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RATINGS: 198   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1216) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle at Brouwerís. Colour... cloudy, medium-orange. Nose... musty, wheaty and similar to the elephant barn at the zoo! Palate... quite tart and dry with lightly acetic notes and waves of different fruits all moving towards a crisp yet lithe finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyJ (4395) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Draft at the Bruery. Cloudy pink/peach colored pour, with a white head. More similar to a berliner weisse then a wit. Tartness, raspberries, oak, faint grape notes, light lemon grass, and light spices. For 8% abv this drinks extremely dry and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
A: The pour is a murky orange-pink color with a finger of white head to go on it. S: The raspberries and the tartness of the fruit and Berliner Weiss culture are strong. A lot of lactobacillus aroma to the beer and a moderate oak note. Mild spices and wheat from the base beer. T: A big raspberry flavor to open things up along with a pronounced tartness. There are notes of cranberries in the beer too. Quite lactic and tart which works nicely with the oak and fruit. The base wheat beer does not come through quite as much as I had expected. M: Medium in body with moderate level of carbonation. O: Pleasantly surprised by this beer. The raspberries and Berliner Weiss bugs really have taken control of this and made for an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2011
My Bottom Line:
Lactic acid, raspberries and pink grapefruit swirl around this tart brewís wheaty presence, while low carbonation and flavor disarray create confusion on the palate.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A quickly dissipating head of foam loudly fizzes its way into the pinkish blond.
-There is no sign of its alcohol in the flavor profile.
-Bubblegum-like, Fruit Loop-y fake fruitiness roams within.
-This was convoluted on paper and sadly felt the same once tasted. After seeing other ratings so far, I wonder if there is a huge difference between the bottle and the tap. The bottle conditioning job sure was problematic with my bottle...
-Spices and red wine barrel are lost.
-This sadly felt like an Imperial Raspberry Wheat, with nearly all the negative connotations you can imagine.
-Carbonation started out furious, but quickly evaporated, leaving a nearly lifeless body.

Bottle. Thx Mike for the opportunity!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2011
On tap at Bottleworks. The "Imperial Wit" moniker belies whatís actually inside here. Pours cloudy orange, with a smallish head. Tart and fruity nose - peach, raspberry, funk, and a bit of a good, dry cab on the nose. Flavor follows suit, although it isnít quite as powerful as the aroma. Itís nice and tart, though - a quality I didnít think would be so prominent. This brew is no Deviation, but itís something different, and itís damn tasty. I love the underlying notes of red wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bvc (1159) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Draft at Bottleworks. Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a pinkish hue and ample slightly off white head that has decent retention. Nose has some base berliner character with the sour mash and wheat, but that makes way tart lemon with a hint of raspberry, some dry barrel notes, as well as some barnyard funk notes. Tart raspberry lemon wheat up front, gets a bit dry in the middle with some funk coming through the wheat and fruit and finishes up dry and refreshing. Nice lively carbonation and a light unfiltered body. One of the best Bruery offerings I have tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4649) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 28, 2011
Sample bottle at Bottleworks and tap at Brouwers. Pours a pale yellow and then the glass starts to fill with a reddish colour from the fruit. Big tart aroma and a sharp initial sip. The only unfortunate thing is that with each sip the initial shock diminishes. A very good beer. Not sweet. Not screaming tart. Very delicious. Light body and perfectly balanced fruit taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Fuck yeah, first to rate this bitch! Nose is that of light wit beer initially - spicy orange, corriander, wit to start. This is taken over by nice raspberry notes, lacitc acidity in the form of mostly lemon and a light funky note in the finish. Pours hazy orange, reddish tint, nice frothy head and color. The flavor is tart to start - lemon acidity, raspberry shows up, more quenching tartness, light wit base beer shows up here and there, more raspberry, more tartness, and light funky notes in the finish. Quenchingly tart, well balanced, interesting base beer, interesting outcome. Dangerously drinkable. Nice stuff, possibly one of the better Bruery beers Iíve had.

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