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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 498   ABV: 16.6%
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The primary component of our “White Oak” ale is a 100% barrel aged wheat wine that we affectionately refer to as “White Oak Sap.” Essentially a “summer” barley-wine style ale, but made with a wheat heavy grain base, White Oak Sap is aged in used bourbon barrels for nearly a year and comes out rich in flavors of coconut, honey, caramel and vanilla. To compliment the already rich flavors of the beer, we’ve added cacao nibs and vanilla beans to give this beer the delicate flavor of white chocolate…hence the name.
2015 Release = 16.6% ABV. ABV varies by vintage.

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4.2
adnielsen (10601) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2013 Bottle @ Stephen’s house thanks to mencansail. Drew Brew you are a fungi. Pours a cloudy orange appearance with a white head. Sugary, somewhat chewy, white chocolate, caramel, thick sugary, lightly herbal, mild bourbon, thickly sweet flavor. Some booze but pretty tasty.


4
teorn88 (7671) - Rimini, ITALY - JUN 21, 2017
75cl bottle via Grand Cru. It pours a deep amber color with a medium beige head. Aroma is rich and heavy with molasses coconut caramel and vanilla. Taste is also rich heavy and boosty with more notes of caramel vanilla coconut and chocolate. Full bodied with ok carbonation. Overall, decent if heavy

4.5
Alengrin (5243) - BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2017
Bottle from De Caigny shared with Jan. Another prestigious Bruery product from a 75 luxury bottle, apparently a bourbon barrel aged wheat wine with added cocoa and vanilla. I was very curious to try this. Lightly lacing, egg-white, irregular, stable but slowly dissolving head over a peach blonde, initially clear beer, turning warmer orangey and hazy as more of the bottle goes in. The bouquet is both unique and mouthwateringly delicious: white chocolate indeed (and I love it), white chocolate mousse, vanilla pudding, but also a very creamy cheese-like, fresh diary-like quality reminiscent of feta, mozzarella and ricotta, eventually even a slight hint of blue gorgonzola; below these utterly dessert-like odours lies a rich barley- or indeed wheat wine profile with impressions of marmelade, candied banana, Kirsch, gooseberries, canned pineapple slices, dough, white port wine, yellow raisins, marzipan, whipped cream melting on a hot pancake, rum. Pineapple, dried banana, white grapes and gooseberry fruitiness in the onset, sweet but perfectly balanced by an underlying sourishness and in any case less sweet than expected based on the nose, medium carbonation, oily, full but supple, vinous mouthfeel (yet weirdly less vinous than you would expect from a beer of this strength), slick and a bit soapy due to the heavy wheat dosis. Wheat remains clear in the middle, with cereally and slightly caramelly edges, leading towards a more dryish finish with a lot of the vanilla returning retronasally, white chocolate notes indeed but less strong than expected based on the first sniff, a creamy aspect, gently drying woody tannins accentuating the vanilla factor, low spicy hop notes and, obviously, an afterglow of colourful, amaretto-like, liqueurish alcohol warming the chest. Very complex brew like all of these super-strength Bruery ales, a dessert beer in its deepest nature, like a glass of sweet sherry or white port - an ideal afterdinner beer more than anything really ’summery’. This luxury wheat wine must harbour great gastronomic potential, whether it be as an accompaniment to a sweet sabayon or bavarois, or even a cheese plate. I especially like the fresh ’cream cheese’ character in the nose - even tilting towards blue cheese for a brief moment - strangely blending in well with the ’white chocolate gimmick’, so to speak; the mouthfeel is also surprisingly light for a near to 17% ABV beer, resulting in a treacherously high drinkability. Every bit as delicious as I was hoping for.

4.6
ZodiacM (1140) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2017
LCI. Van de tap @TheBruery. Prachtig zoet bier, smaken van chocola en vanille, bijzondere smaak voor een blond-kleurig bier. Heerlijk!

4.2
MarcoDL (4808) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2017 Bottle at tasting. Golden pour. Aroma has sweet white chocolate, vanilla, red fruit, bourbon booze and wheat. Flavor of red fruit, white chocolate, oak, booze, bourbon vanilla, caramel and a sweet vanilla bourbon finish. Very good and really unique, never had anything like this.

4.7
onceblind (9404) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2017
Slightly hazy bright copper with a thin ivory foam cap. Brisk sugary white chocolate nose with a kiss of raisin and loads of vanilla. Big boozy flavor that’s rummy/raisin-ish with lots of herbal vanilla and chocolate cake tones. Boozy warm finish a raisin whisper at the end with a bit more white chocolaty vanilla. Incredible.

3.9
Hoprider (632) - DENMARK - JUN 4, 2017
Pours a murky orange brown with an off white head. Nose has white chocolate. Light bourbon, caramel malt, sweet dades and stuff. Taste is sweet with malty, boozy, chocolate flavours. Fouthferl is full and the afrtertaste is lingering and savoury. Fun stuff

4.4
dzudohonor (133) - POLAND - MAY 29, 2017
Pachnie bardzo intensywnie bourbonem, kokosem, wanilią, suszonymi owocami, w smaku bardzo gęsta i oleista faktura, nigdy wcześniej nie spotykana przeze mnie w barley wine’ach nuta białej czekolady, unurzana w likierze owowcowo - waniliowo - kokosowym, alkohol nieźle ukryty. Petarda.

3.8
czlowiekmotyka (257) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 28, 2017
It is complicated to rate this beer. I admire the craftsmanship. But there is more almonds in the taste, rather than chocolate. For a barrel aged beer I did not feel the vanilla. Alcohol is way to dominant. Maybe I am to harsh because I do not like marzipan.

4.5
Kapsel (320) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 28, 2017
Wanilia, marcepan, lekki kokos, biała czekolada w posmaku, jak dla mnie dobrze ukryte alko, piękne piwo.

3.5
TylerGreenDC (929) - - MAY 22, 2017
Draft. Aroma of alcohol, lots of golden raisins and white wine. Flavor of white wine, especially as the beer warms, and some white chocolate (!), but not really much beyond. No hint of bourbon or barrel-aging. Good for what it is, but not a lot of layers or depth.


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