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The Bruery The Wanderer

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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: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Wandering into a serendipitous meeting in Boonville led to the forging of a relationship between City Beer Store and The Bruery and a beer collaboration worth celebrating. Cheers to five years! Suitable for aging up to five years if cellared around 55F (13C). Ideal serving temperature is 50F (10C). Please pour carefully, leaving the sediment behind in the bottle. Best served in a tuilp or wine glass.


DTM's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Shared bottle with Timfoolery at City Beer in San Francisco. This was cherries and raspberries all the way. It was a solid brew, but not as sour as I was expecting.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3900) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2015
Sampled February 2014
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a three finger thick, overflowing, creamed amber colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber / dark-brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright red stained, amber-highlighted hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dark, pie cherries; floral, richly berry like, and with a tart, freshly crushed blackberry character. The fruit character is huge and expressive and is easily the dominant note; it is actually quite hard to smell anything else. If you really dig there seems to be a touch of phenolic character that is not quite plastic like, and in truth this seems to come from the dark cherry skins rather than the fermentation character.

Tart up front, but this moves to a sharper sourness as the beer rolls across the palate. A big fruit character is here with the blackberries leading the charge up front, but with the cherries adding a tannic skin character and a rich concentrated cherry flavor to linger in the long finish. A touch of malt character plays a barely supporting role, but adds some toasted, browned grain character, which is accentuated by a toasted oak character that is also fairly restrained. The body has a certain fullness to it without being heavy; the beer is actually quite quaffable. The finish has a light sweetness that is brought out by the fruit character and the acidity, and may in fact just be a perceived thing as I am not sure there is much in the way of residual sugars left in this beer. The acidity is predominantly lactic in character but there is a bit of sharper notes that seem to be more fruit derived than something like acetic acid, which I find to be too sharp at times.

This is a nice, simple, sour fruit beer; it could certainly use a bit more funkiness, or a richer malt character, but the truth is that this would then detract from the clean showcase of cherries and blackberries that this beer achieves.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2859) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2015
2013 bottle. Muddy brownish copper pour with a huge foamy pour that fades to a thick ring. Aroma is funky cherry skins, huge vinegar, oak, and berries. Moderate to strong sour taste and a very big tartness. Packed with vinegar, cherry skins, and tart blackberries. Intense and hard to drink. Very acidic. Sorta fun to drink but it’s way to extreme for me to love.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontape (469) - Valley Village, California, USA - MAR 31, 2015
2013 bottle. Super tasty. I believe this is a blend of Oude Tart and Bruery’s Anniversary ale with maybe one more component. Drinks mostly like Oude Tart with a bonus big malty touch and extra fruit. Oak, fruit, sweet malt. Solidly tart finish. Pretty different and very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdixon77 (1591) - Georgia, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Bottle at RBWG. Nicely done sour. Cherry, citrus, caramel malts. Tart, acidic. Crisp and nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (12925) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle split at CBC Clerko, thanks to KTBP, 06/01/15. Hazed reddish amber with a decent beige covering. Nose is bitter red berries, acidic tunes, musty wood, faint ashtray, tarte cherry skins, light smoke. Taste comprises cherry skins, bitter berry, dank wood, sweeter berry elements in places, tangy raspberry, must. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, acidic strokes in the close, light puckerings. Solid sour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6105) - Utah, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle at the RBWG grand tasting, Tampa
Cloudy amber with a small beige head, some lacing. Aroma and flavors of oak, cherries, tart and fruity
Nice

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (2865) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle at RBWG gt. Nose is dried cherry and pie crust. Light chest burn acidity. Very enjoyable. Still has a nice malt character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3108) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle - Pours hazy amber with a thin tan ring of head. Nose is sharp oak, cherry, lemon, and dry bread. Taste is tart cherry, lemon, mellow breadiness, and a long cherry finish. Smooth and mellow body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (8711) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2015
750ml bottle, big thanks to alexsdad06 for donating to the share. Labeled 8.2%. Bottle was a slow gusher (my favorite kind of gusher -- nothing wasted). Totally hazy brown red color, sort of a brick color. Ring of off-white head. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft, lighter carbonation. Lightly slick. Satisfyingly bigger sour taste, lighter sweet, mild dry finish. Awesome big blackberry, some chocolate, mild cherry, oakiness. Love it. Fantastic sour ale. A great one to sip, sip, sip.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (6785) - Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2015
750 ml to taster (shared by alexsdad06). Looks good; a cloudy amberish caramel with fizzy light caramel head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells and tastes tart and lactic with a nice dark berry presence. Tastes like it smells with a pleasantly lively medium-bodied mouthfeel. Good beer.


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