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The Bruery Windowsill

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


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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
 Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s Good Food, was inspired to collaborate with Patrick Rue and The Bruery after enjoying a homemade Rhubarb Raspberry Pie. The rhubarb’s fruity sourness tempered with the sweetness of the fresh raspberries and the wheat crust, begged to be bottled up in the form of a bubbly beer. Keeping the original pie recipe in mind, specialty grains were chosen to mimic the crust, and rhubarb and  raspberries were used in varying stages of the brewing and fermentation process. The resulting beer is reminiscent of a fresh country pie, cooling on a farmhouse windowsill.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (7115) - Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2015
750 ml bottle to snifter (shared by alexsdad06). Looks good; a slightly hazy amberish orange with fizzy light beige head that dissipates into very thin lacing pretty quickly. Smells good too; tart and semi-sweet with notes of rhubarb and raspberry. Tastes like. It smells with a pleasant medium to medium full-bodied mouthfeel. Good stuff, and dangerously drinkable for the abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (7430) - Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2015
750 ml bottle shared with the group. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have big berry tart fruitiness, some subtle pie crust malt character, acidity, tart to sour finish, hides the abv nicely, big beer and pretty drinkable, though sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Sampled July 2014
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a fizzy, somewhat quickly disappearing, two-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a plum amber color that shows a clearish, gold tinged, red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart and fruity, with raspberry notes leading the way. This is backed by soft toasted oak notes, and a toasted, whole grain cracker like malt character.

The beer is quite tart tasting, much more sour than I was expecting, and has me wondering if this is all from the fruit and rhubarb; Ah, I see this is listed as a sour beer, which makes more sense. The beer has a certain lightness to the body, but has a bit of texture that allows it to cling to the palate. There is a touch of an herbal quality to this beer, not quite minty, most likely rhubarb like. There is a touch of sweetness to this beer that is noticeable after wading through the sourness for a bit; this accentuates the raspberry flavors, and the rhubarb pie like notes. The dominant note is definitely the sourness here, but there are subtle notes of wheat cracker like whole grain in the finish, and a touch of juicy, sweet fruit character.

For a beer of this strength, this beer is dangerously drinkable, though it is quite sour, so may be challenging for those that are not used to that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4280) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2015
Pale hazy brown colour, white head. Aroma of raspberry, rhubarb, spices, sour notes. Sour flavour, light sweet, spices, pie. Sour finish.
(from 75cL bottle @ Sunday Bottle Share, CBC Clerkenwell; RBESG 2014, London)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (5175) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle. Pours hazy amber red, small fizzy off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly with out much lacing left behind. Aroma is light overall, fruity, some acetone, light funk. Flavor is quite acidic, tart, some raspberry and other fruit, a mineral water feel along with a biting tartness and acetone which does die off a little as the beer breathes and I get used to it. Medium body, low carbonation. Not one of their best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sarlacc83 (1540) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle shared by Douglas. Thanks! A: Cloudy red with a thin off-white head. N: Raspberry, cherry, rhubarb, even a hint of blackberry underneath. Grapefruit rind and oak. Some red licorice and green apple; vinegar. T: Tart and lightly sweet. M: Light body, crisp carbonation, alcohol does scratch the tongue. O: Nice sour. The raspberry and rhubarb take center stage here, though I wouldn’t quite compare this to pie. And since it’s the Bruery, it has their usual sharpness which, in this case, really ought to have been rounded off, I believe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (7585) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2015
750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy brown copper color with a medium white head. A big fruity oak strawberry nose. The flavor is big sweet tart berries, oak, rhubarb, tannins. Lively.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (4195) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2015
From my backlogg: RBESG 2014 in London, Sunday Tastinraisins aroma. g at Craft Clerkenwell. Clear amber beer with an offwhite head. Sourish fruity spicy floral vinous aroma. Sourish woody floral spciy citrus fruity flavour. A nice sour refreshing beer :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2015
One of the few Bruery sours that sets itself apart. The differentiating quality is that the fruit comes through strong even though the tartness is dialed up. Nice clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
asceticbrewer (69) - Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2015
(Bottled August 15, 2013) Bomber to tulip. Pours a dark, leathery red with a thin, light brown head. Aroma is acidic, with faint berry notes and a tart, lemony finish. Taste is sour, acidic, with lemon, berry, and tart rhubarb. For some reason this beer feels strangely chalk to me.

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