Bare Tree Artist Series Weiss Beer 2006 | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Bare Tree Artist Series Weiss Beer 2006Bare Tree Artist Series Weiss Beer 2006
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Bare Tree Artist Series Weiss Beer 2006Bare Tree Artist Series Weiss Beer 2006

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by taez555 on 12-28-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 35
Reviews by FLAbeergutinMASS:
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer. Truly reminds me of a Belgian dark ale, except it's not a dark ale. Deep coppery hue, with no lacing, and viturally no carbonation. Heavy musty smell, peppery and spicy too. Wild mouthfeel, kind of all over the place, ripe bananas, sweet melon, and a warming peppery kick. This id feniatley one for the cellar, well worth it if you can find. I will definaltey be picking up more of this beast.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle pours a hazed orange body topped by a small and wispy head. Scattered spots of lacing adhere to the glass. Aroma features oak, green apple, banana, clove and some melon esters. Lighter than expected body has medium to low medium carbonation. Taste has notes of vanilla, oak, pepper, clove, banana, and green apples. Taste is almost identical to the nose. A solid hops bitterness seems floral. Alcohol is definitely noticed but doesn't interfere with the sipping pleasure. Nicely done.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a warm deep apricot body with a slight haze. There is a very gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that slowly glide through the body. The thick creamy head of light tan last and last sticking to the glass after each sip.

S- This beer has a big smell of yeasty wheat bread starter with a light hint of banana and cloves. As it warms the light nose of dry light fruit.

T- The soft apricot flavor blends with soft wheat flavors finishes with a dry club soda note and a bitter finish that is not distinct to hops. That bitterness increases as the beer warms and is stronger than all the other flavors.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a light fizz in the finish. As this beer warms it increases the fizz boosting the mouthfeel. There is no alcohol warmth even at the last sip.

D- This beer is a blend of a smooth triple and a dry club weizen. This beer is not as impressive as the other years with big stoic dark wheat complexity and this year won't age as well as the other years. I'm a bit let down and this was my favorite Wheat Wines, especially for aging.

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Photo of mully
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy carmel color -- bright hints -- thick off white head with rather large bubbles, decent retention. There is a bit of yeast still floating around in there.

Sweet - esters -- Huge malt not much in the way of hops. Some alchohol but not overpowering may have been more when the beer was young. Some apple maybe pineaple and a hint of banana

Deep malt and wheat blend together well. A lttle bit of heat left. Almost like a desert wine simillar to a botritoused sauvingnion blanc - wonderfully complex. some apple to the finish.

the sweetness cut by the carbonation, very smooth, I like it

So smooth, very drinkable for the abv
I rally like this beer, but it is not yet at it's peak I think it could go for another year easily.

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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I traded for this, and saw it later more widely in the good stores. It comes on as a barleywine with extra measures of wheat. It was not the sweetness of a very wheat beer, but it was lighter than a barleywine. Well hopped. Not very complex, but certainly tasty and consistent distinct characteristic of its wheat-barley taste regardless of warming up or what dish it was paired with. Gorgeous
peach colour. Complete mouthfeel.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bold and somewhat brash, this weizen-wine has a spicy aroma reminiscent of a crisp cold day amidst melting snow in the sunshine, wet grass, thin pools of mud and shining blue water, and bare trees. Or maybe I just imagined that based on the name...

It pours a very hazy deep-copper, with orange highlights beneath a frothy head of tan that drops to a partial surface covering but leaves very nice walls of craggy, intricate lace behind.

In the mouth it's gently crisp, medium bodied, and then smooth; but also with a flicker of heat from the alcohol held within.

The flavor is wheatish and spicy; perhaps with the spice coming from the yeast (lots of clove), but at least partially from the alcohol. It's slightly nutty, and clearly toasty, with a bready bulk and some dark caramel drizzle to boot. The yeastiness gives it a bit of abrasion, but at the same time it smooths it out - as does the alcohol. The bitterness is kept at a minimum, and that seems to work with the wheat and yeast, but I keep expecting some hops where there are none... well, there is a subtle film in the background, or even a smear, but really, there's not much to speak of. And to be honest, I'm not sure it would work. There's a great dry sparseness to this beer that really is reminiscent of dried wood. Sandalwood, I think. And the hops that are there are leafy.

Very unique! Nicely done! Enjoyable. It's bolds enough, but sleek enough, to pair with some of the harder to reach spicy fares... Indian, Moroccan, etc. Worth a shot!

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of shbobdb
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, I had this beer back a few years ago and remember really liking it.

It is still very good, but I remember it being, well, wheatier.

The beer is incredibly complex. Nutmeg, allspice, clove, cardamom, a spice cabinet in a beer. Incredibly complex. A strong presence of caramel as well with some wheaty goodness.

It has a crisp finish. Very nice.

Just not a suped-up Weizen(bock), which is what I remember and was expecting.

But this beer delivers everything it promises. A great beer, absolutely stunning. Lots going on, it just lacks that . . . ephemeral quality. That *thing* that a beer needs.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL 2006 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a golden honey colored clear amber with a one inch tightly packed pure white head that fades away into a thin ring with some decent stick bubble down lace, let's see if it sticks (har har) around a little longer. No it doesn't and the lacing that was there goes away, only a thin ring is left.

S: The short story is it smells like a barleywine with extra wheat thrown in, if you blindfolded me I would say barleywine all the way. On closer inspection pineapple, banana, and toasted caramel malt

T/MF: Buttery smooth with boozy heat highlighted edges and tingling hop bitterness, very active mouthfeel works to convey the complex flavors layered in this beer. Big hit of sweet wheat and malt to open then the black pepper and pineapple and melon being to dance at the party, can't really detect any vanilla and just a bit of oak but there is no lack of richness in this beer. Oh wait I found the vanilla, it is slight but it is there in the opening boozy heat. Very fluffy (as they say) mouthfeel for a beer with the detectable booziness I detect, the finish is long long long lasting and has a candi sugar kind of finish that counteracts the peppery spice from the initial sips.

D: I am only half way through my first glass and already I feel a bit strange and this beer has no lack of sweetness, thankfully the peppery spice keeps things from becoming too cloyingly sweet. Big heavy drinking, complex and not meant to be drank alone but to be enjoyed with friends. It's a shame I don't have any to share the rest of this with.

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Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visible yeast caked in the neck of the bottle, similar to Girardin. Fluffy and fine meringue foam poofs up and above the rim of a Duvel tulip, seemingly defying gravity for at least a few minutes and lasting forever. Racing carbonation can be seen through the reddish-amber liquid. Very nice clarity, and a truly visually appealing ale.

Apple and ripe pear aroma, lightly sweet like pie filling, but not cloying.

Rich and very malty, still slightly boozy. lingering earthy bitterness, wheat and spices that remind me of coriander. Flashes of apple, pear, maple syrup, nutty almond or brazil nuts. Lightly carbonated, but not really noticeable, allowing the flavors to take center stage. It's pretty big, i'm wondering how I might finish this 750 now, but it will be an interesting experience trying. This is aging nicely, if you can get more, be sure to pick up an extra.

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Photo of Flyer
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a tranlucent orange with a faint citrusy aroma. It's taste is somewhat unusual, in that it has lots of wood notes right up front, then a malty alcohol flavor with citrus highlights. I can only descibe the aftertaste as "Belgiany." Very nice and interesting -- this is the kind of beer that I suspect would only grow on me with time.

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Photo of abankovich
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber orange with good carbonation. A light yellow head with thick, but spotty, lacing.

The aroma was citrusy, bready and with mild hops. Overall though the aroma wasn't too strong though.

There was a slight spiciness in the taste at first that did fade as the beer warmed. A mellow malt taste with wheat and some banana as well.

This medium bodied beer was very well carbonated and very enjoyable. The alcohol was masked very well, although I'm not sure what the actual ABV is on this one. So the good masking of the alcohol is assuming that it is high in ABV.a

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Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of IBUnit63
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 into the trusty oversized Red Oak glass...

Oooh, awesome, thick, almost coagulated dulce de leche-colored head with staying power. Caramel/butterscotch body has solid carbonation. This looks dangerous.

Exceedingly effervescent aroma of apples and pears with a moderate but pleasant alcohol burn and some slight sarsparilla scent. Hop notes are primarily floral in nature. Oakish wheat/malt texture provides a clean yet solid backbone.

Thick viscous sweetness stays on serve with tone of apples, pears and maybe Muscat grapes. Oiliness of floral hops pairs well with husky wheat and oak to cut the thickness a bit.

Coats the palate gently but with strength. Surprisingly clean for something this formidable. Has a bit of an apple cider feel to it but the wheat component provides good brightness.

This offering is put together very well. Slight disjoints here and there between elements do not detract from the enjoyment of this one - it's big. Sip and savor.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer shortly after release, so I am reviewing from notes. And MAN, do I have a lot of notes to review.

This beer was a nice amber color, with a half finger head that produced nice lacing. It was mostly clear, but there were a lot of floaters in it.

Aroma was slightly sweet, with yeast, cloves, and bananas prominent and a light hoppiness overlaying the whole.

Taste was of strong malt, a big slug of wheat, bitter hops, alcohol, and a hint of bananas. I did not find it to be as sweet as several of the reviewers I have read, but perhaps it sweetened with age.

Mouthfeel was good, rich and full without being too syrupy.

Drinkability has to take a little hit, though, because this was a BIG beer and one bottle that size was more than I wanted at one sitting. Don't worry, I managed to drink it all... and still was able to walk to the sink to rinse the glass.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle via Christmas gift. Thanks for the opportunity, Kris.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head holds on well, esp for the style, with intensely think froth coverage. Aroma is Banana, cloves, and spicing. Taste is lightly sweet upfront, dominantly banana in the middle, closing with alcohol and warmth. Aftertaste is lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is small-bubbled and smooth, and drinkability is nice and easy with style in mind. This one was worth the wait.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of mcallister
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fire orange with scarlet and ruby red highlights. Frothy off white head very thick with great retention. Leaves trails of lace that chase each other spiraly down my snifter.

Both black and white pepper in the nose, with a big shot of clove. Hints of banana and melon as well as a hints of peach. Bready, aromas as well.

Well this is the second vintage of Bare tree i've tried and I'm not overly crazy about the style. I will however give it a fair review.

Mouthfeel is full and thick and very creamy. Hints of vanilla lead into a heavy dose of caramel dipped banana, clove, alcohol, and a finish of white pepper. Vanilla and peach intertwine as the beer devours the mid palate. However I feel that the beer is out of balance in it's present state and taste will become much more defined over the next 4 years.

Right now I couldn't drink more than a 750 of this. But it will be on tap soon at my local brew pub so I really look forward to seeing how this does on draught.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm pretty sure this is 10% ABV.

Pours a slightly hazy golden/amber, bit of orange highlighting, thick white head, nice lacing, chunky, settles to a ring. Smell is sweet, caramel and honey, citrus/floral hops, bananas and clove, some alcohol, smells like a tripel crossed with a weissbier, bit of vanilla and orange in the aroma as well, pretty neat. Taste starts with toffee, very malty, wheat, then yeast, clove and banana, bread, almost sour in the finish, bit of alcohol, but nice. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation, coats the mouth, very enjoyable. Big beer, big flavour, and done very well.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber color with a half finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin film on top. Nice lacing.
S: Aromas are interesting. Belgian yeast aromas with some banana and cloves coupled with an interesting influx of barleywine aromas. Spicy and sharp hop characteristic is subtle playing second fiddle to the belgian notes.
T/M: Fruit, mostly bananas and orange peel with cloves from the weiss side of this brew. Hoppy and spicy from the barleywine side. Abv becomes apparent with the spicyness. Dry finish with a grassy hop aspect that is accentuated by the bitterness. This brew is like Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde or twoface. Well balanced considering the two converging style. Very smooth on the palate considering the barleywine side.
D: A very interesting style, but one that I'm quite glad I got a chance to try. Well balanced and smooth on the palate. Complex and medium bodied.

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Photo of taez555
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a clear brownish/tan/reddish body with a small white head.

Nose has a musty soft yeasty fruit smell to it initially. Fruity caramel, dates, sugar, fresh apples, banana, yeast. The nose almost reminds me a mix of a big malty bock with strong belgian touches as well. Very interesting.

Taste is medium to full bodied. There's a really nice chewy caramel flavor in this beer but blended with a mildly course grainy wheat flavor. Mild sour fruits and yeast. Apple, apple peels, bananas, dates and a mix of spice. Somewhat dry with a husky yeast flavor. I'm not sure what the abv is, but it's pretty big and has a strong alcohol warmth. Bitterness is well balanced, just enough to give it some backbone and bitter flavor, but no overshadowing hops or super bitterness. Ends with a husky dryness.

Out of all the wheat wines I've had, I think this is the first one that lives up to it's name. A perfect combination of wheat beer and barley-wine. Literally all the aspects of both perfectly balanced. I can almost picture a half/half made of an english barley-wine and german weis. Really a very nice beer.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy rich copper pour, small head reduces to ring. Clingy but limited lacing.

S - Light wheat and lemon smell.

T - Wow. Apples, spices, wheat, small banana, more spices. All over the place. Slightly sour and bitter finish.

M - Rich and thick for a wheat, medium bodied great coating and carb.

D - Not my favorite style, but this one is very interesting.

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Photo of Slynger
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bare Tree 06 pours a deep, hazy tangerine-amber, with a big fluffy-creamy lid of apricot tinted cream.

Really nice nose of bananas and melons, light vanilla cream, and yeasty wheat.

Full bodied with really, really soft creamy carb feel. Full creamy wheat flavors with nice melon and banana. Light black peppery spice in the finish.

This was my first wheatwine and I'm damn impressed. Not super complex, but a really tasty brew which I enjoyed immensely.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smells of yeasty wet wheat bread, sourdough, green apples, fresh air.

Medium amber hued deep golden color with a luxurious and lacing white head, sediment visible throughout.

Immediately spicy is the big surprise. Lemon zest, black pepper, dried fruit, dates and figs are cast in order of appearance. Brief cameos by leaf tobacco and a baseball glove. This is crawling with flavor intrigue and nuance.

Fairly medium bodied all things considered. It has an interesting way of biting the tongue and the CO2 froths in the cheeks.

This is yet another terrific reminder of the virtues of patience and care in cellaring. I had this fresh in 06 and it was alright back then, with some hot alcohol and somewhat cloying wheat sweet as main players. Now it is what I had hoped for all along, it is really, really good stuff 6 years later. I'd wager this could have cellared longer, but I'm not sure just what could have improved.

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Photo of MistaSparkle
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Well, My friend founds a bottle of this a week or two ago on the shelf so he picked it up. It may be a bit past its prime or not agedwell, or theres the chance that I don't know barleywine very well (which is very true)

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance: It was very golden in color, every pour had lots of multicolored floaties in it, probably kicked up from bad handling, It ended up with about 1/2" of head and was very viscous in appearance.

Smell: Very sweet and fruity, Apricot, some nuts, smelled a lot like malt extract

Taste, very similar to smell, with wheat malt flavors, again apricots, maybe a hint of apple. Reminded me of some light liquid malt extract I tried, nowhere near as intense, but not as attenuated as most beers (keep in mind, I'm not a barleywine drinker) Lots of viscous body, probably a SG of something like 1.030. The alcohol is covered very well, didn't notice it at all, could be from this bottles old age.

Mouthfeel: Quite Syrupy, very smooth, some carbonation, but not overpowering, I was expecting it to be a darker flatter beer along the lines of a strong ale or an imperial stout (I told you, I'm not a barleywine drinker) but still not unpleasent.

Drinkability: Well, I certainly could not drink a lot of this in a sitting, I was surprised my friend and I finished a bottle between us. This is not something I would see myself drinking throughout the night, too sweet for me, but strangely, I didnt feel the need to sip it as a strong ale or a whisky. I would personally share a bottle of this with 3-5 friends as half a bottle is a bit much.

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Bare Tree Artist Series Weiss Beer 2006 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 41 ratings