Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008 | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008
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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Wheatwine Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by emerge077 on 03-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 61
Reviews by mocktm:
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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Photo of brownbeer
2.66/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had an impossible time getting the cork out. I had to eventually resort to a corkscrew.

Pours autumn orange with suspended sediment and a thin, creamy white head. The chunky sediment didn't help much and I poured carefully and actually left quite a bit in the bottle.

The smell and taste were pretty unpleasant, for me. Wet and dried cardboard, funk, damp leaves, and fruit rind. Somewhat syrupy mouthfeel with orange pulp and sulfer that come out later.

If this were supposed to be a belgian style maybe. I considered drain pouring this several times. I could never recommend this. This one's over the hill.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into an Brewery Ommegang glass.

The cork took much effort to get out. I couldn't budge it by hand so i used a strap wrench to loosen it. I'm attributing this to the pretty low carbonation of the beer. it poured a hazy golden color with no head; just a ring of small bubbles around the rim.

Smell is very reminiscent of a not as sour geuze style beer. Wheat, tart apricot, a little brett maybe? I'm just loving it.

Taste is what would be expected of the smell. This big flavorful tart beer. To me this is like a lambic's big brother with much more body behind it but not as sour. Not really a hint of the alcohol unless one goes looking for it. I once again just love it.

Carbonation is low which is nice and it is very drinkable; much more so than any barleywine of the same strength.

This was my first example of the style and I was very pleased. I guess I was imagining the body and similar flavors to a barleywine. What I got was this fairly light flavored but full bodied tart kind of sour beer. If this was any indication of the style I will be seeking more out.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a snifter)

A- This was a 5 min struggle to get the cork out with no help from the carbonation. This beer pours a deep clear but slightly dense orange body with a sea of microbubbles sticking to the glass. The head was a thin white patchy foam that faded to a small ring pretty quickly.

S- The smell of clove with a light wheat dough note comes through an otherwise pretty clean aroma. There is a faint overripe banana smell followed by a earthy hop hint both of which grow as the beer warms.

T- The light wheat bread flavor has a hint of toast followed by a soft dry bubblegum, clove and club soda flavor that has more of a fruity quality as the beer warms. The finish is a pine hop note that turns more noble and bitter as the beer warms but still stays pretty soft.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat even when it is warm.

D- This taste like a average wheat beer or maybe a borderline imperial wit but there isn't much depth and I wouldn't call it a wheat wine. Its just pretty pedestrian with no caramel or malty flavors anywhere. It is also pretty impressive to make sell a 12 oz bottle that looks like a much bigger bottle, but still sells for close to the price of last years 750ml bottle of Bare Tree. I don't see any advantage to aging this one.

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasant wheat wine, this was very "weiss", as opposed to heavy and barleywine, though the ingrediants are majority the latter. Medium on the tongue. Dry yet not drying, it was elegant with dinner and very drinkable.Light toasted wheat, fruity with some mild cloves.Aged one year.

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Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As an initial matter, the cork on this bottle was a flat out pain in the ass. I don't know what the deal is with this thing, but good luck getting it out. It's far from a pleasant experience.

This vintage Bare Tree is moderately hazy and gold in color. Looks like there's a few floating particles, but not many. Active carbonation yields a white head that's only rises to a finger in depth. It receded very quickly and left light, spotty lacing on the glass. The abv force is strong with this one.

The nose needs a little more punch. It's a little spicy up front and features a pretty nice clove smell. There's some pepper and perhaps other ancillary spices that I can't identify. It's very grainy and features some grassy notes. Some sweet caramel/toffee malt aromas are noted, but they're very faint. Surprisingly, there's no trace of alcohol. Pretty impressive given its stature. It's not bad at all, but would benefit (perhaps a great deal) from a little more muscle.

It's a little sweet up front. Caramel malts give it a pleasant sweet flavor and a nice base. Clove and pepper spices follow. They're not as pronounced as the nose suggested, but are quite flavorful. A very faint banana flavor emerges. I'm actually not sure if it's here or if my imagination is wanting it to be here. Close call. I believe it's here, but it's very subtle. Grain and grassy flavors permeate throughout. It has a strong earthy character. This tree isn't quite so bare after all. I'm amazed, but I'm not appreciating any alcohol. It's not noticeable in taste and isn't warming or hot at all. Very nice job there. It finishes grainy and a little spicy. I like the flavor quite a bit, but it seems like it's missing that little something extra to drive it to the next level.

Bare Tree has a medium body and is nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down to just the right level. Not bad. Drinkability is good. This is one of the more drinkable Wheatwines I've encountered. It goes down easy and is deceptively strong. This doesn't seem like an 11.5% abv beer at all. Still pretty strong nonetheless.

Wheatwines, in general, have been hit and miss with me. It's not a style I've consistently been impressed with. Two Brothers did a nice job with this vintage Bare Tree. It's solid all around. The nose would benefit from a little more strength. A little something extra in the flavor would probably drive it to the next level. It just seems like something's missing. A little more spice? Maybe some hops? Both? I like it quite a bit as it is, but a bump of something would surely improve it. Recommended without reservation nonetheless. Especially for those looking for a good Wheatwine. This fits the bill.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of morimech
4.51/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this bottle when it was released and has been in storage since. Started with an epic struggle to remove the cork. Corkscrew, towel, and gloves to release the beer. Never fought a cork in any bottle like this one. Clear amber color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Nothing too impressive with the look, certainly nothing to alert me of things to come.

Aroma was a complete surprise. Vinous and spicy indicative of a tripel or something of Belgian origin. Spice is like cloves and pepper while the fruit is like grapes and pears. A little bit of bubblegum just adds to the intrigue. Very complex.

The flavor just reinforces the Belgian impression. Hints of pears and honey. Not as much spice as the aroma indicated but still get some cloves and pepper. Dry charactor overall. Absolutely no sign of the 11.5% ABV. Remarkable.

Surprisingly light body for the ABV. Plenty of carbonation but stops short of interfering with the favorable impression I have of this beer.

Absolutely delightful beer. Surprised to see that my review is skewed much higher than the consensus. I think this is the best Two Brothers beer I have ever had.

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gravity-pour from a small pin cask, 7 oz. serving in a wine goblet. At the Bare Tree release party @ The Bluebird. Listed on the board at 11.5% abv, higher than years past.

Hazy peach, opaque with fine particles. Despite the cask serving, it maintains a constant head for the duration, leaving spindly lacing all around the edges of the glass. Big Hefe yeast aroma, cloves and light pear. Flavors remind me of and imperialized Hefe also, with spiced pears and an orange peel bitterness in the background. Body is full and very smooth. It's lacking the boozy heat of vintages past, though there's a hint in the last sip at room temperature. It had a refined softness that rendered it very light-bodied and drinkable. Looking forward to the bottle release, rumored to be in 375mL bottles this year...

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Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

People weren't kidding, this was a very tough bottle to open...

A - A radiant orange honey color with pale golden highlights... One finger worth of fizzy white head quickly fades leaving a thin veil of lace that forms into a partial moon shape... A small rush of carbonation to start slows quickly leaving only a very slight amount of slow paced carbonation...

S - Wheat... Plastic... Yeast and funk... Dried fruit... Orange Zest... Clove...

T - Wheat... Gentle malt base... Sugar... Apricot... Clove... Slightly medicinal aftertaste...

M - Delicate... Alcohol warmth on the tongue along with ever so slight carbonation bubbles... Medium bodied... Syrupy... Smooth...

D - A delightful sipper... Lots of subtle complexities to explore and enjoy... Can't quite seem to put this one down...

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz corked bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. No date on the bottle.

A - Slightly hazy and filled with specks of unavoidable sediment, this beer's golden apricot-orange color is brilliant in the light but deserving of a larger head. A fairly turbulent pour only created a ring of thin, creamy off-white foam. Legs upon a vigorous swirl were noted so it's lack of head could be in part to the strength of alcohol (no listing on bottle though). Good retention for the small head however. No real lacing sticks to the side though.

S - An aroma of Belgian yeast gives it a triple-like smell. Light bananas and sour dough bread with a touch of butter but the main aroma is a pear and white great fruitiness laced with dry wheat. Light clay and earthy tones float in the background as well. A nice light orange citrus aroma can be noted too. Very complex and inviting. Just the smell is making me love it already.

T - Interesting is the first word that jumps to my head. It's flavor is reminiscent of a triple while also a weissbier and barley wine (no crap right?) all mixed together. The Belgian yeast strain imparts its classic flavors of earthiness and clay lightly in the background while exhibiting a light banana ester as well. The pear doesn't pull through as much as the strong white grape which empowers the "wine" part of the style. The orange citrus may be attributed to a low level of hops added. A mild spiciness from the alcohol is also worth noting. With the amount of complexity here I almost forgot to mention the wheat which tastes like the primary source of fermentable sugars. Delicious and delicate, it's a treat for the taste buds.

M - Crisp and light, this weiss beer sparkles on the tongue like soda without that nasty carbonation bite in the throat. It is flavorful yet refreshing and has a bit of alcohol warmth to it although that could be the lack of food in my stomach.

D - Despite it's price tag for a mere 12.7 oz bottle, it's a great beer and a fantastic sipper. I'd love to pick up a few more of these bottles and hang on to them for a bit to see what some age will do. Doesn't touch the 2007 vintage, but its a good offering from the brothers!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Believe I got this bottle from Czoch75 back in the 2nd Round of the Fight Club BIF... I had this one time before thanks to Ditmier.. tonight, I'm drinking this because I'm broke and trying to clean up some bottles from the cellar.

The cork came apart in at least 3 pieces... I ultimately had to use a corkscrew to get out the last bit... no POP or anything, thankfully on the pour, it seemed to have carbonation.. descent enough 1 finger white head leaves a little lace.. the brew is crystal clear lite orange.

Nose seems pretty flimsy.. sorta musty pale malts.. a fruitiness that reminds me of apricot jam without all the sweetness..

Flavor is pretty much the same.... this is not DEAD FLAT.. but it is certainly in need of a bunch of carbonation.. reminds me of apple cider with a small shot of booze..

I'm done reviewing this one... it is only gonna get worse if I keep writing.. I remember the bottle Ditmier brought over as better, but my mind could easily have a better description.

Thanks Clint.. and Eric!!.. but I am really hoping the other bottle of the '08 and the single '07 in the cellar are going to be a shit-ton better..


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Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

another night of epic tastings before i have to take a forced long break. i decided to go with six more new beers last night and had a really fun time with them. served in pint glass and consumed on 11/05/2010.

decided to crack this one open last and 11%, wtf! pours out a nice ruddy brown color with a smooth head of white that quickly fades and leaves behind only token lacing that is really hard to pick up at all.

aroma id earthy, hints of honey, bready notes, touches of light grass and a pear like fruit note. nothing really coming out at me as being terribly strong. flavor was somewhat similar with a light earthy taste and a smooth and even profile, but just nothing really breaking through on me as being out of the ordinary. light grape flavor in the finish with a honey like flavor left on the palate.

overall the most remarkable thing here was that the abv was no where near detecable. amazing drinkable if not a touch bland.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light orange toned gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a mod film. Scattered bits of lacing s left around the glass.
Smell is of huge mellon, apricot, pepper, poached pear, and tart wheat.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with mild apple and bread yeast flavor pulling through.
Mouthfeel ismedium bodied, mldly tart, refreshing, and yeasty.
Holy smackeral. I need more of this. This is going to age well. 5 years would be optimal IMO.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7floz bottle into a Captain Lawrence Glass

A- Pours a murky golden honey orange with tons of yeast particles floating around. Less than a finger bright white head that goes away fairly quickly. Not much lacing but some really nice alcohol legs on the side of the glass.

S- Really sweet caramel and toffee barley malts with lots of wheat as well. Lots of citrus, lemon peel, banana, cloves, spices, and a nice alcohol finish.

T- Just like the aroma. Sweet wheat malts and honey with a nice breadiness. Banana, citrus, lemon peel, all that jazz comes out strong. Some alcohol in the finish but hides it very well.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice wet full finish.


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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into two small snifters. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

2008 vintage

A: I actually broke the cork trying to get it out of the bottle. I ended up having to use a corkscrew to get it out the rest of the way and I did get a nice little pop when it came out. Pours a slightly hazy, golden brown. Tiny off-white head left a bunch of lacy specks.

S: Aromas of pear and peach, more sweet fruit, candi sugar, spicy yeast, and toasty grain.

T: See above. Mellow orchard fruit, "wit-y" yeast, and gently toasted wheat. Sweet and fruity.

M: Slick and oily. Sweet but not at all syrup-y.

D: This drank so well we were lamenting the fact that this years' version wasn't in a 750. Where is the alcohol? Excellent!

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is my first wheatwine, so this should be interesting.

Pours a clear copper color with a finger of head. Luckily, there are no cork bits floating around considering the epic struggle I just had that left my hand numb and a the cork laying decimated in a pile of rubble.

Smell is strong citrus, yeast, and clove. Like a fine Hefeweizen only with a bit more alcohol burn and overall potency.

The taste is very malty with more caramel characteristics than I would have anticipated, but still plenty of that wheat/yeast flavor to make it stand out. There is a bit of an unfortunate metallic presence, but luckily it is rather small. This is quite odd and perplexing, I'm not really sure whether I like it or not to be quite honest. One side of my brain is saying "yum" and the other is saying "ehhh"

A big grassiness eventually comes into play and that is making me now lean towards the "ehhh." Mouthfeel is just fine, but overall I guess I'm just not too crazy about this. Not really complex and tasty enough to justify the high ABV. Still, worth checking out if you have the chance.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gatornation
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from 12.7 oz bottle

A- corked and caged it opened with very little poured a slight hazed golden orange color with a quick to dissipate head.not much lacing or collar

S- was light fruit some lemon not much else

T-was a slight sour funk of apples and pears with lemon and a musty stale taste

M- very low carbonation with a sour funk,it was a smooth silky feel..abv very well hidden

O- not my style or taste on this one it was stale tasting in a negative way to me

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Photo of bheilman
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really like this beer. Nice golden color with little carbonation. I usuaully like a little more. The smell is ok, sort of astringent. The taste is slightly sweet. but more bitter and the alcohol is not very present at all. I expect a lot more sweetness compared with others this strong and because of the wheat flavors. I have to say this is probably the best beer I've had this year. I am a Two Brothers fan and this beer only increased my desire to try more. This is a clean and sharp beer almost like a very intense pilsner.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish brown with a bit of a white head. The nose brings pepper, pear, light fruit, mild grain, and a bit of banana. The taste is mild spice and some light fruits including pear and maybe some other stone fruits. Light wheat, which contributes to the mouthfeel, although there is certainly some booze there. In the end, a bit cloying, but pretty good.

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Photo of Barleythenred
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Orange and hazy

Smell: Citrus like

Taste: Almost like a lemon peel was added in the brew finish

Mouthfeel: thick and milky like

drinkabliity: superior for a 11% drink

All in all a decent drink but the cork is like the hulk push on the system himself I used my teeth just to loosen the cork and im not a weak guy if you want to open it ask superman to come by he might even have difficulties

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Photo of jlindros
2.62/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to rjacklin for this possibly interesting beer.

Pours very slight fizzy head fades almost instantly, hazy murky yeast sediment laden golden honey colored.

Nose starts with cork, it's def corked, and a bit oxidized, some wheat aromas, hint spices and straw, some apple cider. Pretty much cork and apple with hint of wheat.

Taste isn't much better, tons of Apple cider at first, then yeasty bready flavors, wet cardboard oxidation and nasty cork. No wheat, little slimy even, light bitterness and bit of warming booze. Tons of dried apple.

Mouth is med bodied, light warming booze, little slimy, no carb.

Overall meh, it would probably be good without the corked and oxidation. That's too bad, wish I had this fresh now.

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2008 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 73 ratings