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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gription79 (2885) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 23, 2011
750 ml-thanks to Eric, a highlight of an enjoyable evening drinking very good beers. Golden, with very minimal carbonation. My notes read "tastes and smells of awesome"...thanks wifey for the valuable feedback. Notes of grape, dust, and barnyard characteristics in the nose. Tasted sour, some malts, some acid, finished dry. A very enjoyable wild ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4585) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Slightly hazy golden color with very little carbonation. Aroma is sweet grapes with a wine-like nose. Light grains and a simple tartness. Flavor is sour fruit with an acidic mouthfeel. Tart grainy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Bottle shared by my buddy Charlie. Random and awesome bottle to pull out at a Super Bowl pre-party with a bunch of folks not really all that into beer, much less sours. Glad he opened it just before I left! Pours bright orange, slightly hazy without much carbonation. Nose of dusty earth, lemons, wine barrel, and some cherries and grapes; similar taste, but with a pleasant tartness. Sweetness creeps back in at the end enough to keep the sourness from being too puckering or dry, which is a bit of a limitation, perhaps, but still a damn fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (7374) - Utah, USA - FEB 6, 2011
750ml bottle shared by the legendary footbalm, you are the man
Appearance: Cloudy yellow/orange with no head or lacing
Aroma: Tart fruits
Taste: Tart grapes, dusty malts, woody with a dry finish
Very nice and drinkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8925) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2011
Another awesome bottle thanks to Eric. Pours a cloudy orange color with almost no head, very light carbonation. The nose if huge vinous and woody notes. The flavor is rich sour sawdust, grapes, more wood, very sour but fruity not acidic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AHTOH (101) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
750 mL bottle. Poured into Bruery tulip. APPEARANCE: Pours bright, deep gold. Color seems to have a faint hint of burnt orange/blood orange hue. Emits plenty of light, though has a bit of hazy character. Some bubbles make a brief presence as beer poured into glass, however, these bubbles disappear very quickly leaving zero trace of any foam. AROMA: Vinous, lemon, strawberry, raspberry, mild floral vanilla sweetness evident when smelled a littler further away, subtle sour white grape juice scent, and faint hay-like funk. Unable to pick out much oak aroma. TASTE: Huge sour lemon citrus on front palate. Subtle grape (almost like a faint version of a grape candy [eg, purple grape Jolly Rancher) on mid palate. Barely noticeable alcohol warmth on back of palate; which is largely masked by sourness. Back of palate also seems to have an extremely faint Welchs grape juice taste in the background. Finish is more sour, little bit of funk, and a hint of straw-like grainy dryness. Upon carefully focused inspection, there does seem to be an extremely faint bit of smokiness on back of palate/finish (presumably from the char of the oak barrel). MOUTH FEEL: Mild. Low carbonation. Alcohol well masked by sourness. Refreshing. Pleasant semi-dry finish. OVERALL: Excellent sour. Wonderfully complex aroma. Grape is fairly identifiable in taste. Highly quaffable and thirst quenching almost too easy to drink for the ABV. Would make excellent aperitif.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (13548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2011
A hazed golden lambic with no head. In aroma, another spot on to style Bruery offering, with epsom salts, ground cherries, horseblanket, wow! In mouth, a smooth lactic lambic, with light saltyness, ground cherries, nice and delectable. Shared with Orlando crew, Jan 6 2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (8472) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2011
1/15/11. Bottle shared at the Sea Bass tasting. Lovely sour green apple aroma with acid. Lovely sour lactic flavor with green apples, sour lemon peel, and more. Quite nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (3230) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle shared by BenC...thanks Ben! - Pours light amber...pretty still. Aroma of white grape, a light boozy bite, light tartness. Not terribly pungent. Taste is tart and pretty non-descript. Lightly cheesy, with chardonnay notes in the finish. Real drying--couldnt drink a lot of this, but its really interesting. Really harsh carbonation distracts a lot, but this is a pretty cool beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Tasted at the big SeaBass has got to go tasting courtesy of fogdog/askofficerfriendly. Pours nice and gold with thin tan head. It has a tart aroma and heads quickly towards sweet berry notes and then becoming dry and white wine like. At the end of the draw a bit of funk seems to waft forward. The taste starts pretty smooth and sessionable with pears and apples moving softly into berries and increasing tartness. Into the finish a modest level of funkiness is noticed. Nice easy drinking and not overall tart for my palate and taste for a sour.

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