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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This unique Barley Wine Style beer is brewed iwth 57% wheat, 43% barley, and German hops. We boil the 25.2 Plato wort for three hours. Then we start the fermentation with our Hefe Weizen yeast and finish it with a Scottish Ale yeast. Bare Tree is then oak aged for over one year before its release. The resulting product is extremely complex with flavors of caramel, melon, apricot, vanilla, oak, black pepper, and subtle banana. The flavors come in large part from the raw ingredients and this will vary from year to year. Bare Tree is ready to drink now, but like wine, will age in the bottle for the next several years. So, whether you decide to enjoy a bottle now or wait many years, the Two Brothers family offer a toast: "With every bare tree lives the promise of a new life." CHEERS. The 2002 vintage was aged in whisky and wine barrels.

Each vintage is rated here. Seperate vintages do not differentiate in recipe but do in their barrel usage. Because of this and Brewers Intent without changing of names or labels and leaving no differentiation for the beer drinker, these are not seperate listings. If Two Brothers decides to specifically market these products based on their barrel type in the future, changes can be made.

Merrill's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Merrill (79) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Honestly, I didn’t like this beer. Interesting appearance with odd chunks of various flotsam perhaps fruit in addition to the yeast. The aroma was sweet with some skunky fruit. The flavor was an off balance combination of fruit and dry that seemed to go nowhere. Ugly dryness with a bit of dirt and sickly maltiness, and cloying wiess failure glued on around the edges. I’m sure it was a good effort and I’m glad to see that someone liked it. If you like Barley Wine, this is not a very good example. It might be worth laying down as the overall effect is of something raw.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12384) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2016
A golden wheat wine with a thin lacing white head. In aroma, sweet fruity banana malt with light cloves, alcohol warmth, very nice and smooth. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with loads of tropical fruits, light mineral notes, cloves, alcohol warmth, very nice. On tap at Binny’s Lincoln Park.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bnokk (421) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2016
2006 in 2016. APPEARANCE- Light orange amber color. Super hazy. A bit of sediment floating in the glass. NOSE- Sweet fruity notes. Perhaps apricot. FLAVOR- feels very carbonated. Super unique flavors that I having a hard time describing. Thick mouth feel that is persistent long after I’ve taken my sip. It almost finishes like a Mead in depth and taste profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2016
Bouteille 37.5cl de Luekens, Dunedin. Anno 2013. Couleur orange, col fin blanc-cassé. Arôme est malté, impression de vieille levure, nez sucré rappelant une sorte de honey-wine. Rétro fleuri avec une petite touche ester banane. Palais est légèrement boisé, chêne et vin blanc? Léger picotement en fin de bouche, note abricot, ester banane d’une levure Hefe. Retrouve un collant aux lèvres avec ce coté purée abricot. Effervescence est faible. Ok mais un combo qui ne joue pas en faveur de la bière, trop douce, style allemand, alcool bien là, mise en barrique qui apporte un peu mais cette impression de vieille bière qui nuit un peu au caractère final, et cela malgré ses 2 ans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (1925) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2015
With Z, pours a rusty dark copper orange pour with a small beige head . Nose is fruity and sweet with come tartness , spice and oak . Taste is very sweet, fruity with some spice and buried oak . Finishes on moderately long sweet dry notes . quaff score 7 /10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1858) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle 2013. Pours orange with a white head and aroma of fruits, oak, and peppers. Taste is complex with oak and sweet fruity notes along with vanilla, peppers, caramel, and spicy yeast notes into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
juffage (171) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2015
2013 37.5ml from Total Wine, Miami FL. This is really good, though I don’t have a huge frame of reference for style - along the lines of FFF/Mikeller Hvedegoop, but lighter and more weiss-y. Flavour is really complex, dry yet sweet at the same time - apples, banana, vanilla bean. Rose petals, smooth aftertaste. Aroma of wheat beer and booze. Thick coating of the mouth. 11% is very well hidden, doesn’t seem boozy at all. Two Brothers usually impress me, and so does this. Be warned when pouring of the insane amount of really floaty yeast though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (5725) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2015
2013 Bottle from my cellar, dont remember where I got it from. Pours clear blonde, regular sized white head. Smell is chemical, dry yeasty ( lager style yeast almost ) sweet, some honey, some fruity ( grape ? ) aspect. Strong scent, but not to be called great. Taste has characteristics of what I’d call a typical belgian blonde beer. The overripe fruit notes from the strongly tasteable yeast, the mild bitterness and the thick sweetness. Drinks rather easy though. And less carbonation than the permanently overcarbonated Belgian beers. Appart from these diffrences, this could very well be yet another abbey beer blonde. You dont taste the booze, really. All and all I dont love it though

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Art (2923) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to estover. Pours a brownish orange with no head. Seems completely flat. Aromas of pils malt. Grape skins. Honey. Not what I was expecting. Smells like a really strong Budweiser. Sweet taste. Not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle sampled at a tasting event. From notes. Caramel, citrus and wheat. This is the 2012 vintage. A bit past its prime, but still very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (5717) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Bottle: (2010 vintage) Pours bubbly amber with a tall, off-white head. Aroma of soft, baked bread, banana, wheat. Taste is sweet, delicate...apricot, banana, orange-candy. Like a very sweet tripel...was my first thought.....or a dunkel... Alcohol is barely noticeable.. Remarkably airy and light for the big flavours coming through. Really good.

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