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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BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours hazy dark gold with no head or retention. Aroma is pinot, oak light malt and lactic. Flavor is sweet grapes, pinot, oak, lactic sourness, straw malt and a dry finish. Light body, low warmth and carbonation. Ho hum.

GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
750mL thanks to CaptainCougar. The pour is a flat golden peach. No head formation. Nose is grainy, wheat mash. Taste tamale I think I just took a shot of whiskey! Buttery bourbon, oak, boozy heat. So weird. Not bad...but druiven lambic is not what I would call this.

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2011
750ml bottle: Pours a clear mostly still orange bronze with a few stray white bubbles. Has a lightly sweet pale malty nose with some peppery vinous oak and a hint of grapes. Starts with good fullness and fine carbonation with some light sweetness and puckering fruity tartness before a drier slightly warming and puckering finish.

EricE (1372) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Clear orange yellow pour. Thin white head. Light bourbon, lots of oak, some grape on the nose. Very vinous. Flavor is dry and vinous. Some oak. Bitter finish.

Travlr (26416) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Captain Cougar, thanks! Very ceal bright golden color, no head to speak of. Aroma of apple cider. Taste is sour flat lemonade. Interesting.

LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
From RS2011 Barrel Tasting Party

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber tinted gold. Minimal head retention.

Aroma: Funk, vinegar, lemon, wood.

Taste. Tart vinegar, wood . Acidic.

Mouthfeel: Low yet lively carbonation. On the fuller side of medium bodied. Overall: Not my most favorite Bruery sour.

jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle shared at Paul’s Dec 3rd tasting. Pours a light golden body with nice carbonated lacing. Aroma is fresh, ripened grapes, sour fruits, and wood. Mouthfeel is tart and nicely carbonated with notes of sour grapes, other fruit, wine barrels, and champagne.

50belair (3697) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Bottle shared by destructo at his TOSPH. Clear pale yellow pour with no head. Funk and pinot aromas. Refreshing with sour grape, red wine, wood, and funk notes..

PaulUnwin (92) - Pinellas Park, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Thanks to Zack, and my good luck, fantastic! The aroma is great, Grapes and other fruits, it looked great in the glass as well, no head, but looked slightly pink, like a Rose Wine. The taste is outstanding, a fine sour beer, I believe it’s a one off, I wish I had more!!

fonefan (52351) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2011

Bottle 750ml.
[ As my rating # 22022 on ratebeer ].
[ Trade by JohnC ]. Clear medium orange colour with a small, fizzy, virtually none lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy wood, tart berries - grape, wine grapes, grape. Flavour is moderate sweet and moderate to heavy acidic with a long duration, barnyars, grape, wood, dry, sticky. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat to soft. [20110930]

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