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The Bruery Bottleworks XII

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Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Placentia, California USA
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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Bottle from 5000. Thanks! This is my last rating of 2011 and I wanted to make it something good. This is a very interesting sour; a lot of it I like and a little I thought was a tad odd. This pours a golden-orange color with a white head that settles as a firm layer on top. The aroma is of wine, oak, an odd funky lemon scent, wheat, and hay. I know it says it was fermented in large red wine barrels but I pick up a lot of white wine and oak. This is a bit acidity and sour up front with funky lemon and citrus flavors. It then mellows out a bit showing some hay, velvety herbal notes, and wheat. There’s some tart berry flavors, I guess, but raspberry is not really that noticeable. Lemon and oranges stick with me more. I like this beer. It’s not world class but I like how it drinks light for 8% and has some tart, refreshing, and interesting flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5924) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Thanks to crusianbeer for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat with a little bit of tartness mixed in. I also get a little bit of lemon in the aroma but it is fairly faint. The flavor is a little more complex. I get some tart wheat and lemons, as well as a little bit of orange. There is a slight acidic note in the flavor. The beer is refreshing and easy to drink. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer by any means, but I wanted a little bit more out of this beer. Not sure where the raspberries were, but I don’t think they were in our bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1370) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Bottle shared by dbsdelight at the STL RB Gathering- thanks, Dan! Pour is cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is lemon peel, light funk, notes of hay and a lightly herbal note on the back end. Flavor is very clean with hints of tart lemon, light salt note, hints of funky barnyard and a touch of hop. Very light, clean and drinkable. A wonderful treat for sure.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vyvvy (4580) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Sampled at a recent RB St. Louis gathering - Wow! Thanks to Dan for bringing this highlight. Pours hazy yellow with a small white head. The aroma is quite sour with citrus and lactic sourness. There are also tart raspberries, bit of creaminess and hints of the red wine barrel aging. Medium / thin body that is very crisp and has fairly sharp carbonation. The flavor start with lots of sharpness with more of a lemon aspect than the aroma. The raspberries are very prevalent along with some buggy funkiness and dry red wine. The finish is very tart and fruity and it shows more of the barrel aging with some tannin-like aspects and dry red wine. Fantastic beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6231) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Hazy peach color with ivory foam. Nice tart fruit aromas of lemon, cherry. medium bodied. The cherry, lemon, musty, caramel flavors are medium tart from front to finish--very good

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Appearance: Pours cloudy pastel yellow with a white ring. Aroma: Brett, sour funk, wood. Taste: Light lemony funk, light husk,slight wood and berry. Mouthfeel: Fizzy medium. Overall: One of the Bruery’s more subtle sours. Need to try more to see if I like it a lot or not.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6166) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2011
bottled, thanks to crusianbeer, cloudy orange color with a funky chalk aroma, flavor is salty sour lemons, yeast and wheat

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (7363) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3000th rating! 750 ml bottle shared by dbsdelight at the STL RB Gathering- thanks, Dan! Glad Dan decided to open this rather than trade it. For that, I owe him a big one. Pours a hazy straw gold with a small bone white head. Aroma of lemon, yogurt, herbs, wheaty funk, raspberries, grapes, and mild spices. Awesome flavor, with notes of lemon, oak, pale malts, yogurt, farmhouse funk, wheat, berry fruits, and light herbs and spices. Medium-bodied, sour, dry, and tart, with moderate carbonation. Awesome sour. Loved it.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
seymour (1623) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Sampled at the Saint Louis Ratebeer Gathering into tulip glass. Thanks, Dan, a real highlight of the night. Poured a hazy straw color with white head, good Belgian lace and noticeable alcohol legs. Aromas and flavors of a Berliner Weiss, with raspberries blended-in and about double the alcohol percentage (warming but well-hidden.) Very tart, slight sourness and barnyard. Effervescent mouthfeel. Dry and fruity, metallic Champagne-like finish. Extremely well-crafted, truly awesome beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jandd1983 (3050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Sampled at the St. Louis RB gathering. It poured a hazy peach color with a small white head. The aroma was very fruity. The flavor was light lemon, a touch of raspberries and it finished light on the aftertaste.


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