Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2009 | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2009Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2009
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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2009Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2009

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by hawks10 on 02-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ancient and dusty from the cellar, we cracked this open right next to the 2010 vintage, so old now, but in a happy accident, this has basically turned into lambic in the cellar. i dont know if it was ever supposed to be wild or sour tasting, but over this much time, perhaps the slightest contaminant or infection has propagated through the beer and totally transformed it, which normally would be a turn off, but in a wheat wine like this, with partial oxidation and prehistoric status, it seems to flatter it oddly enough, and i ended up finding this to be delightfully complex. its weird and funky in the nose, some acidity obvious, a fresh lemony citrus note offsetting all the stale malt, and thats true in the flavor too. some honey sweetness and floral character, a simple wheat base thats in a middle stage of decay, and then this yeast, which has a bready english start and a serious lambic funky sour finish, bright and tart, woody and musty, earthy and old, i really like it, especially as it warms. much to my surprise as well is that its really well carbonated, almost effervescent, and it moves along really well despite the coin sized flecks of sediment swirling around in my wine glass. i thought this was good, really good, probably an entirely different beer than it was when it was bottled, and probably an unintentional funk here, but it works and who am i to judge? stoked to have had something this old and good, it absolutely crushed the 2010 vintage in my opinion, which had none of this yeast character and just tasted old to me...

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with virtually no head.

S: Aromas of roasted nuts, toffee, wheat bread, caramel, brown sugar, and earthy hops are present on the nose. This smells nice, but lacks a bit in terms of presence.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, roasted nuts, praline, heavy cream, nougat, wheat bread, brown sugar, simple syrup, and mild grassy, earthy hops wash across the palate. The finish is warming and simple with wheat bread, syrup, caramel, nougat, and earthy hops underscored by mellow, gentle alcohol. I'm rather surprised that the hop aromas and flavors have held up this well in a nearly three year old bottle of beer. It's certainly not what I would have expected from something that has been cellared this long.

M: Full-bodied, but a bit slick and oily, and with a quick kiss of syrup before the fade. Alcohol presence is obviously noticeable, but very subdued. Doesn't burn so much as it warms. Carbonation is very slight, which is to be expected from an ale of this age.

O: This isn't a bad wheatwine by any means, but as I was unable to try Bare Tree 2009 fresh, I have no means of determining how well it has aged. As is, this is an above-average take on the style, but there are better out there.

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Photo of stbo101
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to seeswo.... held on to this for a while...

Diggin' the label art.

Pours a dark cloudy orange color, with a tan head that dissipates to a nice frothy ring around the glass. Bits of lace. Aroma is fruity, yeasty, banana, clove, wheaty, with no real notes of booze. Fast forward to the taste, and it's quite similar. A bit of a hop note in there though, but it's aged of course. Stills adds nicely. Very creamy feel, mildly rich and smooth. Nice full body.

Drinkability is nice. This never feels like a chore...which some wheat/barleywines can be to me with the high alcohol and high residual sugar.

I like it a good deal. I am joyous and regretful that I cracked this bottle.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of CooperEllis
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12.7oz bottle into 6oz tasting glass. '09.

The aroma is exactly as one would expect from a wheatwine, though I think the complete absence of any sour notes here give the score a bit of a bump as well as contribute to the general smoothness of this across the board.

The wheat is noticable but there is a nice malt backbone and a bit of sweetness at the end. A lemony citrus with a white pepper bite is in the aftertaste.

Fine mouthfeel. Middling to light but crisp.

I've enjoyed it, and I have to say this isn't normally a selection that is in my wheelhouse. The malt (or I suppose "barleywine styling") is quite present here, I can't imagine that this needs to age too much longer.

The art on the bottle is quite nice.


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Photo of hosehead83
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a corked 12.7oz bottle, 2010 vintage, into a wine goblet. Ruby/amber in color, with a very short, quickly fading head of foam. Tons of rather unappealing sediment floating throughout the glass.
Aroma-Sharp, spicy yeast, damp wheat
Taste-Tart green apple, spicy yeast. Thin, flat mouthfeel. More winelike flavor than beer. Maybe a fresher bottle would have scored higher with me. Overall, a letdown.

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Photo of gigaknight
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this lonely '09 sitting on the shelf at the store I work at for quite some time, eventually decided to give it a loving home and see what almost two years in the bottle did for it.

The appearance is an inviting sunburst palette poured into a tulip glass, growing more fiery orange as it meets the quickly disappearing 3/4 finger head. There's a whole lot of sediment here, but I suppose that's to be expected of the style and age. The aroma is a bit more shy than I expected, but I'm getting some definite sugary Belgian yeast backed by an ultra faint white-wine grape sort of sourness. Yum!

My thoughts scatter a bit as I take my first sip... it's juicy... almost not even like beer. Strong carbonation and a very pleasant Brettanomyces spice are immediately noticed, and a flash of bitterness carries out the finish, joined by a little but of tart white grape. The hops do peak out at the very end, but seem to have been muted considerable with the age of this beer. It's really quite tasty, but doesn't act much like a beer, perhaps more like a lambic? Like almost everything else in this beer, a slight sweet maltiness is present, but quiet. The aftertaste really ties the whole thing together, leaving that lingering lambic/Brett tang.

It's really very nice drinking, especially to be paired with food, but if you were expecting a traditional Barleywine, maybe grab the Old Horizontal. If you're in a Belgian farmhouse funk sort of mood, this is an unexpected treat. Cheers!

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Photo of seeswo
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In my continued quest to find the ultimate wheatwine, I had to grab a bottle of the Two Brothers bare tree "barleywine style weiss beer." For undoubtedly being a big beer, poured out of a corked and caged 12.7oz bottle, this beer doesn't bring a whole lot to the table. It tastes like a Weiss beer with a bit more back. You can certainly ascertain that there is some 'barleywine'-like flavors behind it, but not all that much. This beer has a dry flavor that is lacking. Bland and almost selzer-like.

There isn't too much to say about this other than, don't bother. If this were the only wheatwine I had ever had, I probably wouldn't be interested in the style. Oddly enough, the Capital Weizen Doppelbock is a better version of this beer, even though it is allegedly a different style. That beer has a similar feel to it, with much more flavor. It's not like I am not drinking the rest of it, it's just a forgettable brew.

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Photo of wschmit
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy, golden-orange wheat body, with a fluffy white head that lingers a bit, with sticky lacing and plenty of carbonation up through the body. Looks very much like a regular wheat beer.

S: Wheaten, sweet, and vaguely raisin-y nose. A bit of coriander spice, perhaps, but subdued. Distinctly bready aspect, too. No hops, as far as I can tell, but not surprising on a year-old beer.

T: Not as sweet as I was expecting, given earlier reviews. I expected this to dry out, and it has. Some sweetness lingers, however, but I don't find it at all unpleasant. Good carbonation helps. The only drawback is a sort of moldy or wet bread taste, but it's mild and certainly not too bad. I detect just a hint of spice; otherwise, this tastes exactly like a strong wheat beer.

M: Pretty good, actually. Bottle fermenting helped, with a bit of yeasty chew and good carbonation. It might even be a bit too thick, for as light as it looks--a bit incongruent.

D: Not a palate-altering beer by any means, but the booze is nicely hidden and it's well-executed flavor-wise, if one-dimensional. Too expensive for what it is, though. A bomber for this price (7.50, I think) would be more reasonable, but 500mL? An acceptable beer, but that's about it.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy light orange color with half a finger of white head. leaves decent lacing behind.

smell is a bit stagnant. smells musty with wheat coming through. sweet and wheaty.

taste is much sweeter than other wheatwines i have tried. citrus hop or perhaps grains of paradise are present. wheat is there but malt and other sweetness is a bit overwhelming.

mouthfeel is a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. sticky and stays on your palate.

not very good drinkability. to sweet.

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Photo of champ103
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. The foam has good retention, and gently recedes to leave patchy lace behind.
S: A big bready wheat aroma. Dry crackers, with a light lemon and apple like fruitiness. Spicy clove and big funky yeast.
T: Big wheat and bread flavors going on. Sweeter than the nose would suggest. A substantial spiciness and yeast flavor. A interesting tartness lingers as well.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Very crisp and dry. A big boozer, but still very enjoyable to sip on.

I really do enjoy this, and I feel I should score this higher. Though for whatever reason this did not make a big of splash. Just shy of being a great beer for me. Very enjoyable however. Something that I would recommend.

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Photo of levifunk
2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

it says barley-wine style weiss beer. didn't know what this was, but was expecting something close to a barleywine. I guess wheatwine makes sense.

a - pours is copper in color, lower carbonation...head dissipates immediately.

s - smells like a malt liquor with some spices. not much going on.

t - wheat, clove, yeast... a ton of clove, which i hate. that aside, its not what i've understood wheatwines to be. I'm not sure what the ABV is on this, but its closer to a wheat ale with a bunch of spice.

m - medium body. lower carbonation leaves a thick syrupy feel.

overall - I'll never get this again.

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Photo of AJacob81
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my third bottle of Bare Tree, I think it's time for a review. 6-oz. pour into a snifter.

A - Golden, very lager-y appearance. A minimal head forms and leaves no lacing.

S - Caramel malt, wheat bread, and apples. A hint of citrusy hops, but just a tad.

T - Each time I have this beer, it tastes a little better. The malt is smooth, buttery, and pronounced, balanced nicely by sour mash apple cider notes, and what taste like English-style hops. Not super complex, but very good for what it is.

M - Medium bodied, with good carbonation. Finishes sweet, but not too sticky.

D - Easy to drink, but not compellingly so. A nice complement to a poultry dinner.

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Bare Tree Weiss Wine Vintage 2009 from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 37 ratings