The Bruery Vitis Series: Pinotlambicus

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 98   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jnkor (364) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Light sweet aroma with some sourness. Color isba mirky yellow/orange, no head. Taste is sour and sweet. Finish is sweet and dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (11487) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
had this during the BCS championship at a local pub that was having a deschutes night to commemorate Oregons near title. Side by side with a fresh Dissident, this beer was its equal, though i know what dissident does with age! right now, this one is more tart - not quite lip smacking but close. a great aromatic and flavorful marriage of wine and beer. the grape aspect of the barrels really made this unique and more akin to a good brown sour (my preferred) to a yellow. well done. waaay overpriced, but we split a bottle "

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Beer Bloggers Conference - San Diego - Big aged sour ale. Tons of sour flavor and finish. Super pucker beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Pours hazy gold with no head. The nose is light funk, grapes and white wine. The taste is salt water, white wine vinegar, grape skins and wood. Medium light prickly mouthfeel. Very good. 4.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (7433) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2014
(backlog) RBSG 11 GT Bottle. Golden pour with white frothy head. Light tart and lactic, some fruit and malty aromas. Light tart, wine, oak and malt flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (13711) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (3098) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Probably my favorite brew from tonights 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brystmar (1314) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - 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.

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