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The Bruery Provisions Series: Snicklefritz

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Snicklefritz is a citrusy, spiced, oaked Golden Strong Ale originally developed and homebrewed by Kyle Manns. It is spiced with cardomom, ginger, juniper berries and coriander, along with fresh lemon, orange, grapefruit and tangerine zests. After fermentation, the already complex concoction was aged on oak cubes to add one more layer of flavor. We’ve production brewed it at The Bruery.
Original batch was 9.2% ABV. The newest release (bottled as a Provisions Series beer) is 10% ABV.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10308) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. Aroma: Ripe fruits. sweetness. berries, spice, citrus. Flavour: Citrus, berries, spice, frutis, grape, sweetness. Medium bodied. Ends sweet, spiced and herbal.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2013
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of thagr81_us. Pours a hazy deep golden with a small off-white head. Fruity, somewhat alcoholic in the nose, a little rubbery. Medium body, fruity bananaish with some subtle phenols and a rather bozy finish. Interesting. 250213

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1856) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2013
February 14, 2013 - bottle from Josh. Orange pour with lots of head that faded quickly, lacing and some sediment. Citrus, spice and wood in the aroma. Taste was consistent with aroma, but just a tad too heavy on the ginger maybe that I didn’t like. Got some alcohol in the finish as well. Medium body and soft carbonation. Was really excited to get this and share with my wife as snicklefritz has been a family joking name for a long time.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
6th November 2011
Very hazy gold - amber beer. Tidy white head. Silky smooth palate with prickly carbonation. Sweetish malts with a little banana ester. Tinned peach syrup and a little peppery spice. Semi dry finish. Not bad - a little tripel like.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (2615) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike! The beer appears orange colored and hazy, with a half inch of white head that leaves some good lacing on the glass. The aroma offers a heavy dose of citrus, along with malt, spices, and subtle wood. The flavor is of woody citrus, with a light, earthy funk about it. Too much wood, a bit out of balance. Medium bodied, with solid carbonation level. Overall, decent. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-05-2011

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Sampled on 3/16/2012. This Belgian Strong Ale pours a slightly cloudy orange gold color from a 750ml bottle. Medium to large sized beige/off white head with long lasting lacing. The aroma is fruity and sweet, citrusy and juniper. A medium bodied Belgian Strong Ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Decent carbonation. Lots of flavors in this beer. Yeasty, sweet, oak, citrusy zest gives way to a touch of cardamom at the finish. A very complex beer, but the flavors are very enjoyable. A nice mix and match of sweet, tart and bitter. Extremely well balanced, so no one flavor profile is dominate. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces an almost, three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The head leaves a nicely layered, it a touch thin, lacing on the sides of my glass as I slowly work my way through a couple glasses of this beer. The beer is a bright amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, dark gold / copper color when held up to the light. The aroma has a solid biscuit, or sweet brown grain cracker like maltiness to it that is accentuated by a richly toasted character that seems oak derived, but seems to escape from overly woody notes. The effervescent carries bright citrus notes to the nose that is noticeable after the toasted / malty notes. There seems to be a fair amount going on in the nose here with other notes reminiscent of ginger, perhaps a hint of juniper, a light turpene spice character that reminds me of clove or cardamom (though this last only faintly), perhaps a hint of earthy coriander and lots of pale malt cracker character once you really start to dig into the aroma.

Quite effervescent, almost foamy, as it first hits my mouth, and this despite sitting ten minutes in my glass. The beer is quite dry, but some warming alcohol seems to add some sweetness and there is also a soft citrus character that keeps this from being bone dry. The finish has a light spiciness and astringency to it that seems oak derived, but the alcohol also adds some piquancy. The rich, toasted maltiness that is in the nose is also here in the flavor but at a much reduced level; it focuses more on the cracker side of things rather than the more biscuit like character that was found in the aroma. The body is quite light, especially when you consider the strength; it doesn’t stop being a sipping beer though as the alcohol and oak add a heat to the finish that keeps me from wanting to quaff this thing (which is certainly a good thing given the strength). The spiciness is quite a bit muted as compared to the aroma, instead there is a general, floral spiciness to the flavor that can be a bit peppery.

I feel like this could use a touch more residual body, at times it can seem a touch too thin, not really from a body standpoint, but that dryness seems to mute a bunch of the spice and malt character that would otherwise be in the flavor. Still this is an enjoyable beer as is, but it seems like it could be quite a bit better without letting the yeast chomp through this quite as much (though it definitely should remain on the dry side).

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 19, 2012
A - Pours a very hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of oak, banana, clove, citrus fruits, coriander and other spices, ginger, juniper, light fruits, and a bit of alcohol. T - Starts off with Belgian candi sugar with some coriander, clove, and other spices, banana, and a bit of citrus peels. Through the middle, some oak comes through with some stronger citrus hop and zest flavors, juniper, and some more yeast character. The finish is a mix of banana, clove, orange and grapefruit, yeast flavor and spices, and a bit of booze. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a spicy, warming, and dry finish. D - Very drinkable. Really big and complex with lots of different flavors mixed in, but the end result has a remarkable amount of balance.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2012
Bottle. Clear light orange/brown pour and an aroma of herbs/flowers. Flavor is also sweet herbs, complex single source flavored honey and finished slightly sweet. Decent.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
portableparty (1919) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2012
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 Bottle. Pours cloudy hazy amber with a soapy off white head. Aroma is sweet and funky burnt canied sugar and malt. Taste is funky sweet and tangy burnt with a rotten weird finish. Palate is medium and very syrupy and drying.


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