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The Bruery Bottleworks XII

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Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Bottle thank you Craig for the share. Pours a peach like puree with a very clean and neat white head and speckled lacing. Aromatically soft and fruit. Lemon zest, light raspberry notes, skins, and seeds. Light white grape notes with a soft clean feel. Pezz candies and a hint of wheat. Very low acidity with a crisp raspberry bite. Absolutely delicious and very young when served. I didn’t expect anything out of this beer and yet i was blown away. Fantastic.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
Huge, huge thanks to Brad for opening up this bottle at last night’s tasting. Served in a Bruery tulip. Pours a bit lighter than the color of pink grapefruit juice. The nose is really enticing with a mild lactic character along with a great raspberry presence. Really nice fruit all around. Damn good. A bit of mild coriander in there as well; if not that, then some other spice. The flavor is sublimely fruity with a beautiful sourness hitting in the midpalate and carrying through to the finish. A bit of light spicing is there in the flavor as well. The mouthfeel was splendid and did a fantastic job blending the fruit and sourness, and had a really fantastic level of carbonation as well. Overall, a very, very solid beer that I thoroughly enjoyed. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-21-2011

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2011
Draught @ Bottleworks for rating #3300:   Deep hazy peach, large white pillowy head, fairly clingy lacing.   Funky nose, barnish, musty blanket, a blanket that seems stained with Rapberry syrup.   Smells delicious.   Very tart on the tongue, a little puckering, with some dry Raspberry fruitiness.   This is great stuff.   A nice blend of sour and fruitiness.   Finish is very dry, some musty grasses, Raspberry, and just what I will call plain ole funk.   Really impressed with this one.   Very much a good blend of sourness and fruitiness.   The 8% ABV is not detectable, albeit with nothing in my stomach it sure is being felt.   Has a little bit of mealiness or dank wheatiness to finish it off.   I think its safe to say I would reach for this one again and again given the chance.   Well balanced, with just enough fruitiness to compliment the sourness.   One of the better Bruery offerings.   Tasty!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
750ml bottle. Bottom of the bottle pour - a hazed, murky peach/apricot with a thin ring of white film atop. Aroma has lightly tart raspberry skin, creamy wheat, a hint of wild yeast, peach skin (?), sulphur and the smallest hint of oak. Flavor follows suit. Lightly tart, a touch of acetobacter, raspberry skin, very light oak tannIn, a touch of wheat, tart brett and some odd seasalt note. Creamy texture. Moderate to low carbonation with a short, but fairly gripping (acid wise) finish. Kind of a mess. Thanks fellas!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bottle shared with the crew at Gregs. Hazy light orange, with a bone white head and decent lacing. Fades to a skim rather quickly. Aroma is sulfur, big barnyard funk, cheese, lots of fruit (Peaches, apricots, white grapes), and a touch of hops. Slightly vegetal, in a young sourkraut sort of way. Really nice first impression on the tongue. Lots of apricots, lactic acid, slight funk. Wet bread/grain on the back of the tongue, much like a Berliner. Very, very nice. Mouthfeel has lively carbonation, with a slightly slick feel. A great beer, that I am sure will only improve with age

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
[Bottle] shared by Armin, Caleb, and Greg. Thanks guys! Pours a nice hazy peach color with a lasting film of eggshell white head. Aroma is sulphury, carrot, light fruitiness - peaches, raspberry and strawberry, maybe some rhubarb, lactic sharpness. Flavor has a little coriander, light raspberry, peach, moderate sharpness, dry lactic finish. The berliner weisse cultures are evident. This was pretty good, but the sulfur is just too much.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (7999) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
Pours hazy orange-ish with white head. Aroma has notes of peach, sulfur, rotten egg, some raspberry, funk, barnyard, cheese, yeast. Taste is nice acidic sharpness, some sweet peach and raspberry, lemon, bready, with some sulfur and rotten egg. Very fresh taste, some dusty grain in the back end. Good stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2002) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bottle thanks to 5000! Hazy peach colored pour, lasting carbonation and lacing and a very cheesy sour aroma. Flavor is light lemon, peaches, a hint of tart raspberries and finished light and slightly sweet on the aftertaste. Very enjoyable, but I personally wouldn’t go chasing after this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (7395) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 18, 2011
Bottle at the release of batch 3 Rosso down at Captain Lawrence. Big thanks to whomever shared this. Pours a fuzzy and hazy milky tan white. Smells initially like raspberries, dusty and sun warmed, and Hottenroth (and I love Hottenroth). Fuzzy and soft and lightly sweet. Raspberry and absolute loveliness. Very delicate and clean. Soft raspberry on the finish. Very tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2011
Bottleworks 12. 750ml bottle kindly provided by a generous soul over the weekend... Pours a cloudy pink lemonade hue with a thin to quickly fading soapy white head... Aroma is spicy with an abundance of yeast with somewhat of a grainy backend to go along with it. Some black pepper from a spice perspectivewhile adding to the red berry and mildy funky nature of the brew. softer lemon notes surface underneath... Flavors provide an improvement with the mustiness cleaning up and more of a mildly sour, non-acidic lemon and red berry presence. Medium bodied and quite drinkable. Abv is very much well hidden. A well executed sour without a distracting abrasive acidic feel to it which most sours these days tend to lend themselves towards. would gladly sample this again. perhaps on my visit to seattle in just a couple months <hint, tom> 7/4/8/4/17


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