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The Bruery Provisions Series: Snicklefritz



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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5359) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2011
(750ml bottle from MikeL). Pours a hazy orange-golden color with a chunky off-white head and active carbonation. Aroma has plenty of citrus-I definitely get the orange and lemon plus come coriander, cardomom, and ginger. Taste is sweet with more citrus and an almost savory sweetness from the cardomom and coriander. Aside from the sweet citrusy notes, it is reminiscent of Indian mithai or sweets. Full bodied with a thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is warming, but not noticeable in the flavor. Actually, this is a really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - AUG 30, 2009
I had this on draft at The Bruery. I listed the style as "Belgian Ale" because it’s more of a Belgian style beer with spices than a spiced beer with Belgian characteristics. It pours a hazy orange color with a frothy white head. The Belgian yeast flavors are complemented nicely with notes of orange and cinnamon, along with some other spices I couldn’t make out. This ale does a good job of having the spices enhance the beer, rather than overpower it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3797) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Pours a slightly cloudy deep golden color with a huge fluffy white head that has great retention and lace. Smells of lemon, orange, wheat, and spice. Slightly sweet malt in the nose mixed with tart spicy undertones. Taste is again sweet with malts but also has a spicy citrusy bite to it. Finishes with a bit of warming alcohol heat mixed with some candied sugar. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet but tart mouthfeel. I’m really digging this one! Sweet and strong Belgian pale that’s quite easy to consume.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Growler thanks to JohnC. Pours with a hazy glowing gold and a large fluffy white head. Aroma of tangerine, apricot, florals, oak and coriander. Very nice. Taste is orange, coriander, vanilla, oak, tannic, and Christmas spices. Creamy carbonation. Great, spicy Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Nice gold pour. White fluffy head that dissipates. Classic Belgian style golden flavor, with some hints of cedar. Good all around beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10049) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2016
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with medium frothy off white head that lasts. The aroma is strong spice, citrus, floral. Medium mouth, nice fruity malt, spice, hides alcohol well, held up very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Not much aroma which is odd for a Bruery beer. Beautiful orange/red color. Mild spice and Belgian yeast flavors are nicely balanced. Easy to drink then the alcohol kicks in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Tap at The Bruery. Copper red orange color with white head. Belgian yeast and bread flavors in the foreground with really nice spice in the background. It was about 100 degrees out when I had this and found it really refreshing even at the relatively high abv.

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