The Bruery Nano Series: Bert Zuurman

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Danish rye ale, soured and with lingonberries added to the barrel.

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beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Sampled at the Bruery Provisions on 6/4/2011. This sour/wild ale pours a medium brown color from the tap. Large sized white foamy head, with good lacing and nice retention. The aroma is malty, fruity and tart. A medium bodied sour ale. The malts are fruity, tart and sweet. The hops are herbal. Funk, tart and sweet, with some wood and fruity all are in very nice balance. Good carbonation. Lots of residual tartness with some sweetness in the background. The tartness is the main character in this beer, yet there is a nice balance of malt and wood as well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is tart.

thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Draft at Bruery Provisions. Pours an earthy brown color with a very pronounced head. The tap might have been acting up but the head dissipated nicely over time. The aroma is the most obvious horse blanket smell I’ve ever gotten from a beer. Super funky with some sour and chocolate notes. The taste is rather nice but not overly mouth puckering. As it heated to near room temperature I got some smoke near the finish. Mouth feel is average and didn’t stand out. Overall a nice sour that had a lot more funk than I think I can handle on most occasions.

Getbetter (1033) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Looks very funky for a sour,dough, woody, cloudy, frothy, medium sourness, lively, creamy, light body, long finish, what did I just drink.

JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Draft at the bruery. Slightly hazy dark red/brown pour, thin off-white head. Vinegar up front, lots of rye in the back, with lingonberry, and spice. I am not a big fan, seems chalky and disjointed.

nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Pour from the party was dark brown in color. Barrel like aromas. Full bodied thick brew with plenty of roasted malt flavors. As your mouth explores it more the rye kicks in and the funky lingonberry fruit taste. A different taste which my swedish sister in law obviously loves. Kind of dry on the finish. Cool beer to try.

kbutler1 (1382) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
On tap at the Bruery Reserve Initiation party 2011. Pours a very foamy 2 finger head with a murky reddish brown mahagony color. The aroma has nice notes of both oak and fruit. I haven’t had Lingonberries before on their own but it must have a fairly strong aroma to overpower the rye in this. More funky than I thought it would be, this starts off with a semi sweet flavor followed by some sourness and then the aformentioned funk. Ends pretty dry. Different but pretty tasty. Light mouthfeel.

hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 9, 2011
On tap at the Bruery Reserve Society Initiation Party. Pours brown with some off white head. Smell is vinegar and fermenting fruit. This one had some interesting spiciness to it that most sours are lacking...the Rye maybe?

JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 9, 2011
I had this on tap both at the reserve society party and at The Bruery. This sour ale is nicely complemented with the berries and is quite reasonable balanced. It drinks nicely.

brokensail (16648) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
A: The pour is a murky dark amber color with some mud brown sort of notes. A large dark tan head forms and lasts for some time. S: Tannic and tart berries, which one would assume are lingonberries. Lots of berry skin notes, a mild malt character, and some hints of chocolate and plastic. T: There is a weird blend of tart, tannic, lingonberries and semi-sweet chocolate. Some cherry notes are present as well and there’s a fairly strong alcohol presence. Quite chalky and earthy, too. Just a weird flavor all around. M: The body is medium with a moderate to high carbonation and a drying astringency. D: As I said, this was just a weird beer. I don’t think Rugbrød is the greatest beer to begin with, but hoped that some souring and fruiting might help it out. Apparently not...

nickd717 (4889) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
On tap at The Bruery tasting room. Pours a darker brown color, but nowhere near black, with a one-finger tan head that has good retention. The aroma is very bretty with dark fruit notes, rye, spices, and nuts. Decent. The flavor is like a brown ale with brett. It’s fine, but I’m not so sure this is a great combination. Rye, spiciness, nuts, and berries, with a little cattiness to it, of which I’m not the biggest fan. Medium-full bodied with rather high carbonation and not much acidity really. A decent beer, but for the style I expect a bit more interesting flavor.

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