Barrel Aged Nectarine Grizz
Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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3.75 | pDev: 18.67%
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: The Grizz is back in this Limited Edition barrel aged release. Refermented in the barrel with local nectarines, the intense maltiness of The Grizz serves as a delivery vehicle for the essence of the fruit, balanced by bright nectarine acid & tannins and the earthy sour character of the native micro flora & fauna of Dry Creek Valley.
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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was one of those beers that turned me around in terms of stone fruit in beers. Hadn't had a nectarine beer possibly ever before this one. The maltiness was apparent, the color is that burnt orange and light brown auburn kind of scheme, thin off white head 1/6". The aroma was all over the place, a little boozy, a little fruity, a little sour and acidic in part from the french oak that seemed abundant in this one.

The taste was like it was a dark fruit kind of beer/yeast blended with nectarines. Big malty body is cut right through by the sourness and french oak. This is a real complex beer. A lot of different parts going in different directions, but ultimately, it came together similar to some of the better Cascade beers that are big, woody, sour and fruity. Haven't seen it since that first drink on November 13, 2010 at the West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival at the Bistro and then Stone's Sour Sunday in 2011. Would welcome another batch showing up.

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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a wine glass. Beer poured a dark brown, with some orange and brown at the edge of the glass when held up to a light. Little to no head, just a light tan color film with a thin collar of small bubbles.

Nose is a strong nectarine, sweet fruit and astringent skins, earthy stone fruit pit, nice malt presence with toffee and roasted grains, vinegar and a very light touch of oak. Barrel mainly shows up with a light charred wood.

Taking a sip, nectarine sweetness and skins, light tang from vinegar, then mid tongue is all malts in toasted and darker roasted grains to bring up some toffee and cocoa. The sour fruit and cocoa finish dry.

Medium body with some light carbonation. Finish is pretty short, with a bit of alcohol heat at the back of the throat. Another interesting version of this beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sour Fest

A: The beer pours a very dark amber color with a finger of soapy khaki head.

S: Really an interesting nose. The nectarine aroma is incredibly strong, which I find to be a good thing. There's still a fair amount of malt sweetness, particularly toffee and chocolate. A nice oak with a little bit of vinegar and vanilla.

T: The flavor is quite nice too. There are a lot of different fruit notes to it with some cherries, raisins, and plums in addition to lots of nectarine. Quite a bit of caramel and toffee with only a moderate tartness.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I never would have thought of putting nectarines in a beer, but they really gave this beer a great flavor.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at Stone Sour Fest.
A: Dark brown and opaque with a small fast fading light brown head.

S: Light chocolate blends with nectarine. Some lactic notes with a bit of acetone. Some vinegar.

T: More lactic nectarine in the flavor than in the aroma with some chocolate. Light acetic acidity with a touch of acetone in the finish.

M: Upper medium in body with low carbonation and a sticky, smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: The nectarine is nice with the chocolate but the acetone is a bit detracting.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 06-27-2011 13:00:42

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Such apprehension trying this one, just the name made me think there was a possibility I would absolutely hate this. I mean, how many good nectarine beers have you had? And then barrel aging it? Whoa. That's the great thing about awesome festivals like this, you try so much new and out there stuff.

Came about in a dark orange and brown way, reminiscient of Supplication. Weird aroma, equal parts fruity alcohol and astringency.

Taste, so sour up front, then alcohol warmth, very full body, dark fruits, fig, plum, and of course, the bittersweet nectarine flavor, melding so seamlessly. Great mouthfeel, it will alternate between all of the flavors, super sour, sweet, malty, light woody.

Official notes from the fest say: "Refermented in the barrel with local nectarines, the intense maltiness of The Grizz serves as a delivery vehicle for the essence of fruit, balanced by bright nectarine acid & tannins and the earthy sour character of the native flora & fauna of Dry Creek Valley."

Was one of the few beers I had twice that day. Definitely one of the most unique, and most enjoyable beers I've ever had.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 11/13/2010 at -bal fest 2010. The Grizz aged in French oak with nectarines and soured (possibly inadvertently) by the bugs present in the fruit.

Pours dark brown, almost black, clearish for a barrel aged fruited beer. Beige head with some surprisingly good retention.

Aroma is awesome. Nectarine, fig, oak, and hints of vinegar.

Flavor is equally awesome. BSDA (fig, cherry, some booze, and fruity Belgian yeast) mixed with oak (sweet and tangy fresh oak) and fruit (nectarine and a bit of tartness and balsamic vinegar). I have a low tolerance for vinegar in beer but this one is in check. Dont know how the kegs will age but right now it's pretty good.

Body is medium and drinkability is exceptionally high.


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Barrel Aged Nectarine Grizz from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 9 ratings