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: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by emerge077 on 03-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 61
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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of jwinship83
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, let me tell you what a pain in the ass it was to get this thing open. The cork/bottle was too small to grab with my bare hands and I had to resort to a corkscrew for this one. ive heard bad things about opening beers with a corkscrew, so picture me wincing and holding it as far from my body as possible as i was opening it. and after all that all i got was a near silent pop.

A- pours out a hazy golden color with almost no head at all. Small amounts of lacing left on the sides of my glass.

S- the smell is very spicy and yeasty. Lots of clove and coriander. Banana/bubblegum too. I can smell the booze, but barely. Very much what I was expecting.

T- wow, the taste is incredible for something this fresh and big. The alcohol is hard to notice. Lots of yeast. Lots of spices like cloves and coriander. Banana and bubblegum as well. Very much like a hefe took steroids.

M- perfect. Full bodied and very smooth. Low level of carbonation that adds to the experience. Slight warming from the alcohol, but id never be able to guess it was 11.5%.

D- very hard to put this one down. They made this in a smaller size this year so it would be easier to finish. Ha, I wish it was a 750. Excellent example of this rarely brewed style, and something I look forward to every year. The brewers say it will aged for 10-15 years. i cant see how this one could improve, but im anxious to find out. And for the record, the cork hassle was well worth it.

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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 botham
4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7 oz bottle poured into a snifter. pours an orangish-amber color with a few loose bubbles on the surface that dissipate quickly.

aroma is of fruity yeast and some wheat malt. apple and grape notes are up front, with a citrus note close behind. a bit of alcohol as well. overall the brew is concentrated and rather pleasant in the nose. reminiscent of a fruity belgian pale in the nose.

taste is again of fruity yeast up front with the same apple, grape and light citrus notes, along with a base of wheat malt and bready yeast. the yeast character is distinctly Belgian, with undertones of tropical notes as well. the alcohol is very well hidden, only showing up in the aftertaste after considerable warming.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and lightly dry on the back end with a lightly sweet profile on the palate.

drinkability is good. this is very well put together, and for 11.5% APV there is not much more to be done in regards to concealing it. the brew resembles a strong belgian pale with some wheat malt thrown in. this BA can't speak for past versions of this brew, but will be looking forward to future installments. cheers!

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Photo of klewis
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy golden with a small, bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: A strong, estery smell with tropical fruit, phenols, and moderate alcohol.

T: Hefe yeast and its typical flavors with an emphasis on cloves. A prominent spiciness. Very nicely balanced with a complex taste that alternates between a fruity malt character and a gentle bitterness. Rounded out with an herbal, tea-like hop quality.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. The highlights of the taste linger on the palate.

D: Somewhat unusual yet interesting, complex, and quite satisfying. This one is going to run out before I'm ready for it to end.

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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 Heferwiezer
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12.7oz bottle caged and corked from Action Liquors in Antioch, IL. A vintage rarity, I guess thats the upside of buying from places that don't get much business in their craft beer section.

A: Hazy straw yellow/amber. Thin creamy head that dissipates slowly into a white collar around the edges with wisps are swirls left floating on top of the beer. Residual lacing with some yeast sediment clinging to the walls of the glass.

S: Alcohol, clove and lemon zest. Vibrant and citrusy, tingles the sinuses. Low ester and banana phenol levels. Semi sweet honey. Reminds me of a cool summer day.

T&M: Tart lemon and mature wheat upfront and then boom! a quick flash of sweetness in the middle reminiscent of honeydew or some sort or mild fruit followed by a long semi-dry clovey finish. A tad of crispy acidity seeping in similar to a good Chardonnay. Buttery mouthfeel that doesn't leave one part of the tongue uncovered in this experience. Astringent at first and then tinny amounts of carbonation not felt until the finish on the back of the tongue. Amazing how this beer goes through three very different cycles of flavor: tart, sweet then dry.

D: Highly drinkable due to the thinner body, although you get some alcohol in the nose, it is not tasted at all. I could easy sip back a few of these but I would feel rather gluttonous as it is a bit of a rarity. Wouldn't mind switching to a normal Wit after this. Wish I would have saved it for that cool summer day then.

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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 spointon
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this one from a 12.7oz green bottle into a tall pilsner flute glass.

A= This ale poured a slightly cloudy (but not as much as I expected) orange-gold color with a 3/4" white head. The head quickly disappeared altogether and did not leave any lacing to speak of. Lots of lively carbonation release throughout the entire time I was sipping this one.

S= This being my first wheat wine I didn't know what to expect, but I found the aroma to be very pleasant but a bit muted. Some wheat twang in there for sure as well as some malty sweetness, nice spicy yeast, and a pleasant clove note. A total absence of alcohol in the nose.

T= Great complexity of flavor here. Some caramel-malty sweetness started things off and was quickly joined by the tangy wheat malt. Midway there was a fantastic peppery spice that kicked in as well as a delicious burst of yeast and some faint grassy hops. Finish was dry and nearly devoid of any alcohol heat.

MF= Medium bodied with a prickly crisp carbonation feel.

D= This was a scary drinkable ale for 11.5% abv. Seriously, I could drink three bottles of this on a hot day before I ever realized what I had done. I enjoyed this a lot and recommend it highly.

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

Thanks to TATTORSO for this bottle.

Green 12.7 ounce corked bottle.

Just a faint pop upon opening. Pours a cloudy burnt orange, with a thin head that fades rapidly to a thin cap and ring. The lacing is actually pretty decent considering the small amount of foam.

Smell; musty wheat and tart fruits, with some green apples and lemons. Some faint hints of sweet malts float around in the background. Very surprised by the tart aromas, reminds of some funky Belgian Saisons I've had before.

Taste; that tartness is present, but not as strongly as it is in the aroma. Cloves, green apples, pears, lemons and fresh cut grass. A pleasantly mild sweetness comes through near the finish with caramel and a touch of bread dough. Herbal hops top it all off with a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; medium bodied, which is a bit surprising with the huge abv. I was expecting a thicker beer, but I'm not really complaining. The drinkability is very good, especially with the alcohol barely being noticeable.

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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 Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml corked and caged bottle, picked up in MN.

Pours a lightly hazed orange/amber, nice colour, thin white head forms and quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some legs and lace spots on the glass.

Smell is nice, sweet and caramelized, sugary, fruity sourness, grapefruit, wheat, banana like a weiss, sharp and acidic juice, alcohol, pretty neat character in this one.

Taste is nice too, caramel, sugary grapefruit, yeast, banana, bit of wood and vanilla, alcohol, wheat, some floral, prety neat, like a tripel or Imperial weissbier.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with low to medium carbonation. ABV is pretty well hidden and I like the mouthfeel on it, light and drinkable but still big with lots of character.

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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 mocktm
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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 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 thewimperoo
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Pours a slightly dull orange yellow colour, with some haze, and a filmy fine head of white foam. Lacing is really excellent, surprising, given that the head itself isn't particularly impressive. Body looks lovely and thick, and swirling leaves some truly wonderful static carbonation bubbles in the edge. Nice.

Big, rich and mature wheat notes on the nose. Lots of banana phenols, spicy clove and nutmeg, with characters of butter, toffee and general sweetness. The wheat note cuts through it all though, ensuring it doesn't get too cloying. Very nice.

There's notes of boozy alcohol present on the palate, but very little harshness, and the smooth if slightly acidic wheat characters ensures that these have a firm basis otherwise. There's something slightly metallic to it as well, and these clean notes leaven what would otherwise be quite boozy and quite heavy. Mouthfeel is a little light. It could be smoother, but it has a pleasantly spritzy carbonation that sets of the slightly citric notes on the palate.

Overall, a different style of wheatwine to what I've tried. If anything this really accentuates the wheat characters in it - the phenols, the light acidity the lighter body. It doesn't create something heavy and cloying. It's particularly impressive for how alcoholic it is - it stays surprisingly light and drinkable.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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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