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The Bruery Black Orchard

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Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Belgian Ale
Placentia, California USA

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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Black Orchard is an unfiltered, bottle / keg conditioned Belgian-style black wheat beer, or “black wit”, if you will. This dark but surprisingly light bodied beer is very drinkable while still having character and complexity. Chamomile is added for its floral aroma, while the coriander and citrus peel give the characteristics of a traditional witbier. (ABV: 5.7%, IBU: 15, SRM: 26, Release: Year Round, Format: 750 mL bottles and 30L kegs)


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokephibroke (291) - Mead, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Fruity aroma of cherry and apricot. Extreme carbonation. Nice sour flavor with roasted malts.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (11983) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle with ajax25g and gendv138 at Tuscorora Mills, pleasure drinking with you! Exceedingly dark brown color, small tan head. Aroma of very burnt licorice and espresso. Taste is slightly sour and acetic, but also roasty.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (1370) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2014
750 ml bottle shared between ajax25g, travlr, and I at Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg, VA. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of red wine, chocolate, dark fruit. Tasting notes of licorice, floral notes, dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish. Interesting for the style.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kiwianer (3339) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 2, 2014
FDBK 2010. The head is ok. It smells sour, a bit roasty. The taste is sour, roasty, darkmalty, yeasty-interesting. Medium

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2122) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Nice Off White Head, No Lacing. S: Wheat, Mild Chocolate, Mild Oranges T: Cake, Chocolate, Bourbon, Wheat M: Great Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Spicey, Dry Overall, a great black belgian ale with a great unique taste, highly recommended.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9128) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2013
Dark brown pour, light tan head. Soft roasted malt flavor, light fruity flavors, a touch of spice surrounds the tongue.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonusWagner (1406) - Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2013
’twas a neat little beer, though not meant for this world. a witbier with a dark ale chassis, why would you make interesting low abv beers when you could pump out 20 dollar sours and 30 dollar booze bombs?

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3418) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with an inch of khaki foam that quickly disappears. Fruity notes on the nose. A bit sweet on the tongue. Finish lingers a bit. Not quite quite what to make sure of this one.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (5703) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 1, 2012
75 cl bottle @ O’Hara’s Freehouse. Rated on 09.03.2010
Brown color, looks a bit like cola. Big headAroma is sweetish and stale with spices, some brown sugar and hints of toffee. Flavour is a bit thin with wheat, some licorice and burned sugar. Sour finish. Palate is a bit too high on CO2. Rather typical Belgian dark ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Black Orchard pours a very dark brown with ruby red highlights if held up to the light. It pours a huge carbonated head. Like soda. Just like soda the head fizzes away quickly to what you see above. The smell is actually pretty good. Chocolate and caramel malt. Light amount of spice. Pretty decent aroma. But the taste is where the beer just falls apart for me. I understand it’s a wheat beer and a lot of times wheat beers won’t blow you away but the taste in this beer was almost non existent. Everything was faint. Small amount of sweet chocolate and that was about it. Disappointing. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and medium. I’d say skip this one if you want to get into beers from these guys. They make better.


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