Companion Ale | Brooklyn Brewery

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Companion AleCompanion Ale

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Brooklyn Brewery
New York, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by John_M on 09-24-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of Lantern
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of DrStiffington
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the second time I've had this out of a growler, the first being New Year's Eve. Everyone really liked it. The second time was for a beer tasting party. It pours a very clear golden color into my tulip glass. Has a strong aroma of honey and booze. Slightly sweet and inviting. I don't get a heck of a lot off the taste. It's pretty understated for a 10% brewmaster type beer. I thought the taste would be more over the top. I have to say, I like Brooklyn's monster barleywine much better. This was not bad, and reasonably priced.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 1/10/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains citrus, honey, wheat, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of honey, citrus and caramel. Then a hearty malt and wheat breadiness comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice stronger beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of kspongeworthy
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Burt
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the more well-rounded wheatwines I've had. Fairly sweet malt, with a cane sugar aspect. Low hops bittering, with some woody notes toward the middle. Alchohol heat is prominent but not overwhelming. I would be curious to see how this settles down witha little age, as right now it seems to have a bit of a raw edge.

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Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of capra12
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed out of a growler into a medium snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a 1/2 finger head that dissipates into a slight film. Golden brown with a tinge of yellow.

Smell: Not too prominent of all the areas to review from, but from what I do smell candied sugar, faint caramel, fruit esters.

Taste: Opens with a strong malt back bone. Not too much hop detected on the palate. mid palate the malts subside to unveil a unique Belgian yeast profile that melds with damp alcohol soaked wood. Almost taste as though the alcohol created from the fermentation penetrated an oak barrel drawing away some earthy tones as well as some undertones of vanilla. A bit of heat on the back end, barely noticeable ABV. Leaves a yeasty aftertaste on the palate.

Mouthfeel: light bodied with moderate carbonation. this leaves a bit of dryness on the tongue.

Overall: I would have this again but only one. I would recommend this highly to those who enjoy wheat wines and want their bang for their buck for ABV and taste.

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Photo of 1Adam12
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a tulip.

Pours a very clear golden honey amber with no head lest a small ring on white foam 'round the ring. Nose is sweet like honeysuckle and caramel.

Right off it's very smooth, rich & creamy with a dry & sharp finish, as the nose leads on there's a lot of earthy honey and chewy malts. The alcohol is well hidden but it is detectable. Overall its quite delicious.

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Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Kelly88
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first wheatwine ever and I'm pleasantly surprised.
Had on tap at keystone in Covington, served in one if my favorite glasses, a Kentucky bourbon barrel ale snifter.

A- Pours like Cortez liked it, golden. Stays the same in the glass with a nice light fluffy 2 inch head of eggshell white. Head recedes mildly to a foamy wispy ring with some skim on top that is leaving tree trunks of lace on the side. Beautiful beer.

S- sweet fruit of apples and some acidity like pears or kiwi are all mingling to create an intoxicating smell. There is some alcohol esters in there that remind you that you are dealing with 10% beer.

T- almost exactly mirrors the nose. Wheat is there but only for a second. Such a smooth taste. Almost reminds me of buffalo trace bourbon without the harsh heat of bourbon if that makes any sense.

M- maybe the best part of the beer. So silky smooth. Feels uncarbonated at first then at the very end you get some sparkling effect. Buttery smooth and you could just down these before you pass out due to the high abv.

Overall a great wheatwine that I have no others to compare to since this is my first. Lots of flavor with a silky feel and great to look at in the glass = a nice drinking experience.

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Photo of demgoth
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at The City Beer Hall's Brooklyn event last night.

A-Clear orange, two finger head with some lacing.

S-Spice heavy with some lemon and wheat notes.

T-Lemon, spices, wheat, slight bitterness.

M-Light and carbonated, very smooth.

O-The spices resembled that of a saison but with more lemon flavor and bitterness. An good beer that I was glad I was able to try once.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Slatetank
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewhouse grille in camp hill. Served chilled in a snifter.

The color is a tanished golden shade with a light chill haze and quick dropping white cap with tiny bead and light lace with visible carbonation. The smell is nice with malt aroma and slight tropical fruit ester with a light alcohol presence and slight wheat toasted aroma. The nose has a mild candy/bubblegum scent. The feel is semi-dry with a bit of booziness and moderately highly carbonated with a mild fruit tanginess an subtle sweetness for the style in the finish. The alcohol influence is very mild for the abv which I like.

This wheatwine has flavors of gentle ripe banana with a slight floral tinge and mild toasted grain with hints of spice and dried fruit. There is a hint of tea(white) and mild woodiness which add to the sweetness and bring out a slight fruit and earthy blend of flavors which are light yet noticeable. The flavor of alcohol is there letting you know this is a high gravity beer, but it is light enough to be pleasant with slight tinges of graham cracker in the finish. The beer is semi-dry in taste as it finishes Overall this is a pretty high quality wheatwine and it gives a nice perspective on the style from Brooklyn. I enjoy the quaffability (?) for a wheatwine it is -possibly depends on you definition but a very low alcohol presence in the taste makes this a recommended example of the style for me.

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Photo of Discordian
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with two fingers of white foam on a clear, copper colored body. The head fades slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - spicy yeast notes of clove and pepper. Some light herbal hops in the background.

T - strong clove and spicy wheat up front. More clove and some black pepper in the middle. Finishes with toffee and clove.

M - a thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - considering how rarely this style works on any level, this is a surprisingly good beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with a small off white head. In the aroma, a bit fruity and boozy. In the taste, fruity and a small alcohol note. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. A nice fruitiness all the way through with a note of alcohol.

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Companion Ale from Brooklyn Brewery
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 196 ratings