RATINGS: 431   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This unique Barley Wine Style beer is brewed iwth 57% wheat, 43% barley, and German hops. We boil the 25.2 Plato wort for three hours. Then we start the fermentation with our Hefe Weizen yeast and finish it with a Scottish Ale yeast. Bare Tree is then oak aged for over one year before its release. The resulting product is extremely complex with flavors of caramel, melon, apricot, vanilla, oak, black pepper, and subtle banana. The flavors come in large part from the raw ingredients and this will vary from year to year. Bare Tree is ready to drink now, but like wine, will age in the bottle for the next several years. So, whether you decide to enjoy a bottle now or wait many years, the Two Brothers family offer a toast: "With every bare tree lives the promise of a new life." CHEERS. The 2002 vintage was aged in whisky and wine barrels.

Each vintage is rated here. Seperate vintages do not differentiate in recipe but do in their barrel usage. Because of this and Brewers Intent without changing of names or labels and leaving no differentiation for the beer drinker, these are not seperate listings. If Two Brothers decides to specifically market these products based on their barrel type in the future, changes can be made.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (3058) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2008
Guest tap at Flossmoor Station. Rating from a taster, but just so I’ll know what to expect when I open my older bottle for a fuller rating. Cloudy yellow body, head is off-white, parfait style. Slight alcohol hotness to start. Wheat is very much up front. Some hard candy note. A little thick and chewy, like trying to eat the grains from a decoction mash. An amped-up 312.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Evolutionary (493) - Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2017
2013 from andersons. Nose is wheat and fruity sugars and alcohol. Smooth thick body with complex notes of everything - .bubblegum, banana, clove, wheat, apple, vanilla and apricot? Thick aftertaste lingers. 11% or more now that its almost 4 years old hides really well. This is great and Im glad I cracked it open.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
islay (2527) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Half of a 12.7 oz. bottle, consumed on 8-26-16. 2012 edition, so theres approximately 4 years of age on it. Juicy, malty aroma features a caramel scent. Belgian-esque smell. Yeasty, fresh, borderline fishy smell (but live, fresh fish, like lake water). Mineral aroma. Pours a hazy bronze, cloudy in the final pour. Suspended particulate. Good effervescence. Small amount of beige head. Sweet taste features flavors of cotton candy, bourbon, bread, and caramel muffin. Also apricot. Sweeter than ideal for me. Improves on multiple sips. Medium body. Forgettable palate effects. Overall, pretty good. Its not really my thing but I eventually came to appreciate it. I found it too sweet at first but did come to enjoy it a good bit. Memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GTAEgeek (2117) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2016
500 mL bottle, 2013. Pours a pale, bubbly orange, with a small, foamy, off-white head. The nose is butterscotch, toffee, corn syrup, light pecans, and resin. Cloyingly sweet, with a hint of bitterness that doesnt come close to cutting the sweetness. Medium body, very sticky, lightly effervescent, and smooth. This is an oppressively sweet, thick, beer. Not poorly made, nor simple, just far too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (13525) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2016
A golden wheat wine with a thin lacing white head. In aroma, sweet fruity banana malt with light cloves, alcohol warmth, very nice and smooth. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with loads of tropical fruits, light mineral notes, cloves, alcohol warmth, very nice. On tap at Binnys Lincoln Park.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bnokk (518) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2016
2006 in 2016. APPEARANCE- Light orange amber color. Super hazy. A bit of sediment floating in the glass. NOSE- Sweet fruity notes. Perhaps apricot. FLAVOR- feels very carbonated. Super unique flavors that I having a hard time describing. Thick mouth feel that is persistent long after Ive taken my sip. It almost finishes like a Mead in depth and taste profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sebletitje (9905) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2016
Bouteille 37.5cl de Luekens, Dunedin. Anno 2013. Couleur orange, col fin blanc-cass. Arme est malt, impression de vieille levure, nez sucr rappelant une sorte de honey-wine. Rtro fleuri avec une petite touche ester banane. Palais est lgrement bois, chne et vin blanc? Lger picotement en fin de bouche, note abricot, ester banane dune levure Hefe. Retrouve un collant aux lvres avec ce cot pure abricot. Effervescence est faible. Ok mais un combo qui ne joue pas en faveur de la bire, trop douce, style allemand, alcool bien l, mise en barrique qui apporte un peu mais cette impression de vieille bire qui nuit un peu au caractre final, et cela malgr ses 2 ans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjgmd (2107) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2015
With Z, pours a rusty dark copper orange pour with a small beige head . Nose is fruity and sweet with come tartness , spice and oak . Taste is very sweet, fruity with some spice and buried oak . Finishes on moderately long sweet dry notes . quaff score 7 /10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1938) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Bottle 2013. Pours orange with a white head and aroma of fruits, oak, and peppers. Taste is complex with oak and sweet fruity notes along with vanilla, peppers, caramel, and spicy yeast notes into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
juffage (171) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2015
2013 37.5ml from Total Wine, Miami FL. This is really good, though I dont have a huge frame of reference for style - along the lines of FFF/Mikeller Hvedegoop, but lighter and more weiss-y. Flavour is really complex, dry yet sweet at the same time - apples, banana, vanilla bean. Rose petals, smooth aftertaste. Aroma of wheat beer and booze. Thick coating of the mouth. 11% is very well hidden, doesnt seem boozy at all. Two Brothers usually impress me, and so does this. Be warned when pouring of the insane amount of really floaty yeast though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (7449) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2015
2013 Bottle from my cellar, dont remember where I got it from. Pours clear blonde, regular sized white head. Smell is chemical, dry yeasty ( lager style yeast almost ) sweet, some honey, some fruity ( grape ? ) aspect. Strong scent, but not to be called great. Taste has characteristics of what Id call a typical belgian blonde beer. The overripe fruit notes from the strongly tasteable yeast, the mild bitterness and the thick sweetness. Drinks rather easy though. And less carbonation than the permanently overcarbonated Belgian beers. Appart from these diffrences, this could very well be yet another abbey beer blonde. You dont taste the booze, really. All and all I dont love it though

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