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The Bruery Bottleworks XII

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Placentia, California USA
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RATINGS: 217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Imperial Witbier, 8% ABV, sour mashed 1-2 days, and fermented with a blend of Berliner Weisse culture and Belgian Witbier yeast. The beer is barrel fermented in large red wine barrels (132 gal. barrels). Raspberries are added to the beer towards the end of fermentation directly to the barrel, and aged on the raspberries for a minimum of 1 month. The Berliner culture contains souring bacteria and the raspberries will add acidity to the beer. Brewed to commemorate Bottleworks 12th Anniversary.
Originally brewed in 2011. Rebrewed in 2013.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Had new batch twice in two weeks First bottle: delicious., raspberry and brett smell with a raspberry jam flavor. Great depth of fruit flavor which balanced out the acidic tartness. Good funk Bottle two: light raspberry and more lemony citrus. Tasted much younger than first bottle. Light vinegar Ill be aging the rest

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (11243) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours cloudy gold with white head. Nose and taste of stone fruit, wild yeast, light peach vinegar and lemon. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (670) - Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2013
2013 Bottle. Aroma of fruity, berry sweetness and a very acidic tone (which stings the nostrils thanks in part to the heavy carbonation). Pours a slightly hazy yellow squash color with a bubbly white head. Very tart taste of raspberries, extremely dry ginger ale, woody oak, and a touch of citrus. Light body with quite possibly the driest, most abrupt finish of any Berliner weisse or wit I’ve had. OK, but it is way different than I expected. Rating No. 300.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (9721) - Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Imperial witbier, such a goofy style, this one is soured and barrel aged and it helps it a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (8859) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2015 750ml bottle, thanks to caterwaul for sharing. 2013 version. Awesome lemony citrus aroma in the nose. Hazy slightly darker golden color. Couple big chunks of yeast in there. Little white head, couple dots of lace. Color is actually very pretty. Bigger body. Lighter, kind of soft, crisp bright carbonation, great texture. Lightly sticky in the finish. Moderate to bigger sour taste, very light spice. Just a bit of funk, more nice lemon citrus featured in the aroma. Very tasty stuff, very enjoyable, and still pretty refreshing, like a berliner should be. You don’t really notice much of the added alcohol, just a slightly bigger body. Very tasty , enjoyable, easy drinking stuff. Love it more and more as go. 8/4/8/4/16

New rate, during RBWG15: I had swore I had seen this before, but I couldn’t find my review for it in the moment, and the person sharing insisted that this was brand new, so I rated it again... Hazy golden orange color. Little off-white head. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, crisp, lighter carbonation. Dry finish. Great oak, citrus, lemon, mild belgian. Moderate to bigger sour taste. Light sweet. Great sour. 8/4/8/4/17 [original scores kept unchanged] [likely the 2011 vintage, according to Ferris’s notes]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
merc7186 (2653) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Batch 1. A: Light, Hazy Golden Straw Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Some Lacing S: Raspberries, Pear, Sour Apples T: Pear, Sour Apples, Mild Raspberries, Mild Pinot Noir M: Decent Carbonation, Light to Medium Bodied, Sour, Bitter Overall, an extremely balanced sour beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Tart and funky with a good dose of fruit. I’m diggin it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1215) - New York, USA - OCT 8, 2013
Bottle (batch 2), 10/08/2013. Pours dense hazy orange, uneven frothy head dissipates quickly to rest in a swirl on the surface. Aroma is apricot, citrus, raspberry vanilla cream, lactic tart funkiness, oak, fruity red wine notes, earthy barnyard. Taste is lactic tart malt notes, witbier origins evident, mild acidity and citrus, soft raspberry notes coming through the middle, grapes and vinous character to finish. Medium body, mellow sourness and acidity lends a lot of drinkability, well balanced. My favorite sour so far from The Bruery, very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1538) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2013
750 ml bottle - batch one, kindly shared by FX Cannelle and sampled with Dennoman and Romain VeryNiceGuy. Pours hazy light to medium yellow with a fine bubbly foamy head; Aromas of strawberries, raspberries, peach, citrus, lytchees and a buttery note. Light body with an immediate yet subtle hoppy note to it. Grassy taste, not really the typical wheaty taste but still slight fruity and citrussy flavours. Incredibly light and sour beer, drinks away very easily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (8008) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2013
Bouteille 75cl de et partagée avec Pierre T. Dorée-orangée présentant un léger trouble sur la fin, col blanc épais mais se dissipant rapidement. Arôme restitue bien la framboise avec un bouquet qui ici aussi offre le côté typique de murissage en fût de chêne. Des notes poussiéreuses et de grains avec un léger côté blanche belge. Palais est très subtile et le profil des framboises y est bien restitué sans pour cela trop dominer. On note bien le côté suret, sans savoir que c’était une base de berliner, avec ce profil plus belge de blanche. Je note aussi une pointe possible de coriandre. Un petit côté aigrelet se note du fait du boisé - chêne avec ce profil de vin rouge qui arrive en retrait et vient adoucir, si l’on peut dire, la fin de bouche. Pas mal, même à 8%.

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