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The Bruery Vitis Series: Pinotlambicus

 (RETIRED)
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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: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Part of the Vitis Series.

Ale with Pinot Noir Grapes. Pinotlambicus will age gracefully for about five years. Ideal serving temperature is 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 Celsius). A dry and vinous beer with hints of smokiness and a touch of oak. First running press of Pinot Noir grapes from Santa Barbara County were added to a year old blonde sour ale (called by many names around here, one you may be familiar with is Cuvee Jeune) and fermented together in stainless. The grape beer was then transferred to wine barrels and aged for 10 months. The beer is pleasantly tart, complex and refreshing; it can easily substitute a sparkling wine for any celebration.


shp555's rating

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Pours a hazy straw color with no head. Aroma is funky, goat, and some fruit. Flavor is fruit, lemon, and nice funky tartness.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3243) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle thanks to George! Pours a cloudy orange with small white head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is strong grape and oak. Light sourness and grape. Easy to drink, really enjoyed this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (1957) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
A: Hazy Orange Hue, Passes Mild Light, No Head, No Lacing S: Apricots, Grapes, Pinot Noir T: Apricot, Pinot Noir, Mild Grapes M: Mediocre Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Tart Overall, pretty nice, poor carbonation, nice mild pinot flavor that the tartness is offset by the grape flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnGalt1 (440) - , Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Probably my favorite brew from tonight’s tasting... Poured a fairly clear light orange brew... no real head or lacing.... The nose buggy/big brett and still pretty fruity. The flavor is interesting for days.... tannic and fruity... brett/mild lactic notes... woody/definite winey presence... a heavier "Cuvee de Castleton" is my big descriptor.. The carbonation is light... body is fine for something this heavy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Thanks Seth! Boring appearance. Big sour profile up front, highly acetic; soured grapes up front followed by a more hearty fruit (peaches?). Damn, this is tasty.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1271) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2012
pour is apple juice with a thin scummy white head and almost flat. Nose is watered down sparkling grape juice with notes of acetic acid. This should be a treat...taste is better than the nose, hard not to be. Has some sour red grapes but still akin to sparkling grape juice, rather tannic behind, fairly sour with maybe a touch of cheese to give it an edge of funk. Quite a dry finish and decent carbonation. Body is a bit syrupy and heavy. Not too bad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Huhzubendah (2399) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man! The beer is a hazy light orange color. The head is minimal and dissipates immediately, leaving no trace of its prior existence. The aroma is delectable, with gueuze funk, grapes. It smells exactly like what I hoped for and expected. The beer is delicious. Not amazingly tart, but certainly more tart than sweet. Grapes shine through brilliantly. A subtle grape juice sweetness is present, making this brew quite quaffable. The finish brings a hint of vinegar and an ever so slightly acetic bite. Carbonation is light and the body is relatively thin. Overall, a very tasty brew. I would definitely have this again. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-30-2011

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jcartamdg (1861) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2012
pours gold with no head. Aroma of pinot, slight vinegar, very wine like. Taste follows, slightly tart but not crazy sour. Great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2012
750 ml bottle traded for at DLD ’11 and opened at DLD ’12. Pours a mostly clear orange color with a small eggshell white head. Notes of grapes from the start, with lemon citrus, oak, bretty funk, pale malts, and peppery spices. Light-medium bodied, sour and tart all the way, with medium carbonation. Another nice sour from these guys.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 9/23/2011. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. My pour has an apple juice brown hue to it with golden edges. Just a tiny big bubbled head forms with an aggressive pour - it appears to have an issue with the carbonation. Pinotlambicus has a sour white grape aroma. A little bit of funk, some grassy notes, and some oak exist to add a little bit of depth. The flavor is flatly sour, with some tangerine, white grape, and peach flavors. The tart flavor is mostly lactic in nature. Up front there is some soft grainy malt, and later in the sip some oak comes into play. This is undercarbonated to the point of being almost flat. Light vinegar acidity. A medium body feels heavy without any crisp carbonation. The lack of carbonation brings the score down in a number of places. For me at least, American Wild Ales are fairly delicate, and having such poor carbonation really causes it to fall off. Beyond that, the flavor is fairly simple and sour. Not that it is terrible, but I really enjoy the complex sours more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Getbetter (794) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
From a bottle,a pinot noir wine color,light sour,a great wine infused beer,basically if your looking at this rating if you should buy this beer for a so expensive price the answer is yes.


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