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The Bruery Carmen - Raisins

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.32/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
First beer in a series of sours called Carmen. This is a dark sour with raisins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (7649) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Draft at the fiery tasting room with Linh. Pours a deep town body with no head and light lacing. Aroma is tart raisins and balsamic vinegar. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of raisin, vinegar, tart fruit and light oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
On tap at the Bruery. Pours with a deep brown (near black) body with a small tan head that fades. Aromas of raisins, vinous, chocolate, leather, sour, vinegar and funk. Flavors of brown sugar, caramelization, raisins, balsamic, acetic acid. Lively bubbles with a dry and chocolatey finish. Pretty hard to drink a full glass of inside the Bruery when it was in the low 90’s (inside).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thome50 (1285) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
On tap. Pours a deep brown to black with a slight tan head. No roasted malt character in the nose at all, just some sour tannin with a slight vinegar trace. Taste is vinegar sour and just across the boards generic. Not sure if I can even pick up the raisin/dark fruit at all here. Overall, a bland sour that does little for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Tap at The Bruery. Dark pour with slight tan head. Malt and raisin flavors hidden behind the tartness. Nice body. Good

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
A: The beer pours dark brown in color with a minimal tan head sitting on top. S: A very strong aroma of vinegar. There’s quite a bit of cola with a hint of raisins, plums, and cherries. Light dark chocolate, leather, and oak with some mild acetone and butter. T: As with the aroma, there is a big time acetic character. There is also a strong acidic quality to it as well as some of the same chocolate, leather, and oak notes. A lot of red wine and balsamic vinegars. Acetone on the finish which ruins this. M: Medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation. O: Really underwhelming sour beer, especially with that acetone character.

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