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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kbutler1 (1351) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours a cloudy hazed yellow straw color with a nice little white head. Good carbonation. The wheat and straw type notes are eveident right off the bat in the nose but you also get some barnyard funk, raspberry, and lemongrass. I am really hoping the taste is like the nose! The flavors in the taste are nice with notes of lemon, wheat, and raspberry. As it warms a bit the barnyard funk flavor moves in and becomes more apparent. I could drink this one all day! There is little to no real alcohol flavors here.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Sample at the 3rd Anniversary. Rating #32. Nice little beer, decent amount of sourness, slightly sweet. Pretty good stuff. Sorry this is short, but I had a lot of beers today and the next 15 or so are going to be very similar.(1738)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Tap. Pours a yellow/peach color with white head. Lots of fruit flavors with funk and tartness. Really good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle with much thanks to Stephen of New Brew Thursday fame. Pours with a hazy golden to amber hue with a huge white head that lasts and gives great lace. Retention is strong. Aromas are huge. Raspberry, blackberry, malic acid, wheat, hay, very lactic, light wood, red wine, and a hint of funk. Tannins and some esters. Flavors are extremely tart, and acidic, with slightly sweet fruit. Both raspberries and blackberries. A hint of malt sweetness. A slightly full mouthfeel and light wheat malt note, with a touch of leather and a tinge of alcohol (although pretty well hidden overall). Lively bubbles, acidic and very dry. Lightly tannic. Supper drinkable. A lot of lactic acid. A very lovely beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Bottle pours cloudy orange/peach with a white head. Aroma shows notes of raspberry, peach, leather, vanilla, and funk. Flavor shows the same with wheat making itís appearance, but quickly followed by tart fruit and that oh so wonderful funk. I was extremely impressed by this one. Acidity is extremely well balanced and I could drink this stuff all night!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sarro (122) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Bottle shared by splax23 during a small, albeit awesome gathering of BAís--thanks Adam! Look is a hazey peach with a fluffy whitehead after a couple nice pours. The smell is full of tart raspberries and light mold accompanied by plenty of funk. Vanilla also makes itís way in from aroma to taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but also a bit slick and goes down rather smooth. Moderately carbonated, itís a mild sour with a bit of tartness that pokes at the cheek from the sides of the tongue. Finish is a bit dry, but the raspberries continue on the palate. Overrall, it was incredibly drinkable and pretty refreshing (shouldnít be a surprise for a Witbier). Wish I could have picked out more of the spices, but they seemed to be very much in the background. Iíd love to try this again in a few years and see how acidic the raspberries make it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2011
(750ml bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a cloudy peach body with a small white head. Aroma of raspberries, wood, peach, salt, horse blanket, lemon peel, mold, mustiness, and earth. Flavor of raspberries, wood, lemon, minerals (mostly iron), and wheat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3989) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 7, 2011
750 thanks to Andre. Light, almost pinkish color. Funky aroma. Taste is totally fruit, raspberry. Almost spritzer. Very different take on sour. Enjoyable. Very enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2011
Orangeish straw colored pour with a short lived white head. Tart, hay, and funk in the aroma with soft clove and raspberry. The flavor comes in layers. Tart, acidic and funky upfront. Then the wit layer rolls in with a nice, smooth and soft clove and banana and gentle spice. The raspberries kick in at the end with a fresh, tart note.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doodler (312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Thanks to Popkas for sharing this recent release. 750ml bomber, poured into a Fantome tulip. Fuzzy yellow color with a tannish head and nice lacing. I commented that it smells like something my daughter would like. Aroma was like a mixture between Tang and Squirt. So I am expecting a sour influenced Witbeer. Okay, thatís new. Starts off with doughy grapefruit and apple skins. You can get the influence of the wine barrels and raspberries right up front. Lighter notes of the brett throughout. Well carbed. Somewhat lactic, with orange rinds and kumquats on the finish. This is different, but a pretty nice brew. Thanks Jason.


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