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The Bruery Oude Tart

Saturday, December 31st, 2011
the bruery oude tart

The Bruery Oude Tart

New Years Eve. The year is over. It is necessary to celebrate with an American craft beer that would send the year off with a bang.

Oude Tart by The Bruery, from what I understand, is a one-time release that could only be picked up a the brewery. Does it come out annually? I believe it is aged some eighteen months.

The funk of the beer seemed to arise from some type of Brett inoculation as there are barnyard and earthy aromas and flavors. Cherry dark fruit adds complexity while there is tart rather than sour tones.

Quite a nice drinking beer, mildly dry, that kept the senses wanting. Nicely done. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 8 (25%), Look: 10 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 8.9

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The Bruery Provision Series – Tart of Darkness (365 Day 351)

Friday, November 18th, 2011
the bruery provisions series - tart of darkness

Bruery Tart of Darkness

Yesterday was basketball while today brings on the eve of the end of the week while getting together with the Thursday night American craft beer group. Steve made his first appearance in several months. I let him know that the 1st of December will be my last beer in this year long adventure and that I would make it worth his time to show up for the celebration. This isn’t a detailed preview of what we will have on that evening but what American craft beer found it’s way into my belly for number 351.

Provisions Series – Tart of Darkness by The Bruery came by way of a transaction a month or so ago. An American Wild Ale, Tart of Darkness name does not mislead. A mellow stout makes up the backbone while a sour cherry assaults boldly.

The low ABV, 5%, makes this a very easy drinker while the balance of tart and underlying stout make for a wonderful bouquet and all around beer. Nicely done. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 10 (35%), Overall: 9.6

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The Bruery Provisions Series – Bierbauch (365 Day 323)

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Bruery Provisions Series - Bierbauch

Lately, long hours at work have consumed me to the point were I feel like a walking zombie. Monster has become my best friend, trying to reason with my eye lids to stay open in spite of being so much more comfortable closed. In my sleep deprived state my mind has wondered to the point of knowing that I have gained a lot of weight, since starting this 365 days of American craft beer, trying to figure out how I might solve this problem of the emerging blimp.

I started working out but my mind slipped further to the point of suggesting I should take the month of December off from reviewing beers. See what the lack of good ole malt will do to my waste line combined with a few extra minutes on the elliptical. Luckily not too many people read this blog or word could get out and I might find myself committed.

Of course I managed my way to American craft beer 323. Provisions Series – Bierbauch by The Bruery is their version of a Maibock. I have to admit that I am not much of a lager fan but Maibocks are one of the few exceptions. Bierbauch is finely crafted, enlightening the senses with typical Maibock aromas and flavors, while adding a touch of vanilla from barrel aging. Alcohol comes through but not enough to deter. Very nice.

Today I will leave you with a quote: “There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled” – Edward Lucas (obviously this guy wasn’t drinking good beer, but it feels right at the moment). Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 10 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.8

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The Bruery and Lawson’s Finest Liquids Acer Quercus (365 Day 299)

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The Bruery and Lawson's Finest Liquids Acer Quercus

I wish I had more family that lived in American craft beer hotspots that were willing to allow me to appreciate beer from their nape of the neck. Russ, my most excellent cousin from California, is an American craft beer convert and frequently goes out of his way to try new beers while teasing me with photos from his excursion. The good news is there is usually beer for me surrounding those side trips.

The most recent netted me several different bottles of The Bruery beers that I cannot get locally. Because the beers are all in 750ml bottles, I try to wait for a weekend were I have some time to put that much liquid into my belly.

Acer Quercus is a collaboration beer with Lawyson’s Finest Liquids that has been aged on oak cubes. Exactly my type of beer. The 9.5% alcohol weighs in lightly but when you down the 750 in less than 45 minutes, it weighs heavy on your feet tingling. I really liked this beer but thought the aroma could have used a boost. Nonetheless worth your time and taste buds. Enjoy!

Aroma: 7 (25%), Taste: 10 (25%), Look: 10 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 8.9

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The Bruery Saison Rue (365 Day 137)

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

The Bruery Saison Rue

The Bruery started distributing their American craft beer to Illinois probably eighteen months or so ago now. When they first did, only a couple of their year rounds were available and as time went that group of beers increased to even include a couple of one shots.

The hype was big when they first broke into the market. In spite of their $10 or more per 750ml cost, they didn’t last long. I caught the fever myself. I purchased everything they threw our way, but, for some reason, I really didn’t review them. I held them in higher regard. I have had a few of their beers at get together with other beer guys but never cracked the few bottles I have had.

In the back of my head I have been deciding on a “Bruery” night to try all these beers. Still haven’t decided when but yesterday was the day to have a beer, having enough time to down a 750 by myself.

Saison Rue was the chosen and is probably a good fourteen months old. I obviously don’t know what this tastes like fresh but the cellared version is outstanding. Farmhouse ales are another one of my favorite styles as I appreciate the subtle complexities and tartness. I will be on the prowl for another bottle, looking forward to a fresh take on this beer. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10, Taste: 9, Look: 9, Drinkability: 9, Overall: 9.3

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The Bruery Black Tuesday (365 Day 21)

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

The Bruery Black Tuesday

Black Tuesday, by The Bruery, is currently one of those American craft beers that is highly sought after. I have often wondered if I would have in my cellar what it takes to land one of these.

Recently, with the 2010 release, they had a few they were selling via their website after the initial release. I had it all lined up that my cousin, who lives in California, would travel to pick up the beer. Based on what I thought I read on the site, the beers would go up for sale at 9:00pm. What a goof. I was 9:00am, completely shutting me out of a real chance to pick up the beer.

Well last night was TNBC at my house and Mark brought along Black Tuesday ’09. He has been trying to get us to drink it for several months. I guess it isn’t a beer that has to be forced on many. As our last beer of the evening, after a list of big beers, we decided to partake.

The aroma of this beer is special, inviting, and an overall joy for the snozola. Chocolate, almost creamy like, starts off over the top of a blend of dark fruits, molasses, and dark malts. Time spent taking the aroma in for Black Tuesday is time well spent. The taste is right up there to. Each sip brings out another layer of the delectable beer. The large, creamy body seems perfectly placed for this beer too. In spite of the alcohol (19%) it was very noticeable. Just an outstanding beer that I know want again and again and again. If you have the means to obtain one, please do as you will be doing beer consuming senses a favor. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10, Taste: 10, Look: 9, Drinkability: 10, Overall: 9.9

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The Bruery 3 French Hens (365 Day 18)

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

The Bruery 3 French Hens

In selecting American craft beer to bring to a family get together there are always some limitations to what I feel I can bring. I am always saddened when I see a cup or glass that doesn’t get finished by a Lite fan that would be greatly appreciated by someone like myself if they would have just passed instead of feeling they have to try.

My list of beers was on the darker end, per a request from my now converted wife, but then I added a few to be festive. The list:

Deliverance was the beer my wife asked for as she wanted a bourbon beer. Didn’t write up a review but that is some fantastic stuff. Tyranena was brought for my own self indulgence while the Three Floyds and The Bruery were there in honor of the season.

I ended up having about 85% of the 3 French Hens so I decided to make it my beer of the day. The pour was what I expected with a dark ruby hued beer capped by an off-white, almost tan head. Taste and aroma were both good but neither was really big enough. I don’t bold and over the top but I want enough aroma that I don’t have to submerge my nose to get anything. The body was also a bit light. Now that might make it seem like I hated the beer: I did not, if those items were ramped up a bit, it would have been outstanding. The lingering question: How will this last nine years? Enjoy!

Aroma: 7, Taste: 8, Look: 9, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 7.9

Four Beer Reviews Lead By Black Sun

Friday, January 15th, 2010

three floyds brewing company black sun

Rich and I had our “average” Thursday night talking about the site, about the events we want to attend, where the next brewery hop(s) should be, and reviewing a few quality American craft beers. air jordan 1 femmes Last night was a good line-up of beers that was almost capped off with a Hopslam but we both decided to call it a night after four as we had to go to work in the morning.

Our night began with a beer from The Bruery: Hottenroth Berliner Wiesse. We had both heard good things and were off running waiting to taste this tart wheat beer. A pretty clean beer with lemon and wheat in the mouth and nose, some tartness but not over whelming. Drinkable but low in alcohol and think pricey at $8 for a beer that registers not much over 3% ABV. 7/10

Mortality Stout by ReaperAle Brewing Company was our second beer review. A Foreign Extra Stout, Mortality comes from a style that I don’t have much experience. That said, I found it to be more of a roasted milk stout. Not a bad, just not a beer that jumps out at me and that could be the style itself. Also, not a style/beer that I could have more than one at a time. 6/10

Three Floyds Brewing Company is creeping up on me as one in which I will seek out their beers. I know most are already to that point but I don’t like to jump on bandwagons for the sake of jumping. Black Sun is a stout with a lot of citrus and pine hops that play with the malty profile of a stout. air jordan 3 femmes Similar to Alpha Klaus. 8/10

15th Anniversary Wood Aged by Great Divide Brewing Company is an American Imperial IPA that tastes like an Strong Ale. The beer is good but as a DIPA it is really far from it: no real hop aroma, flavor, or bitterness. From that aspect disappointing. I left it for last for a reason: I really like DIPAs. Downer. 6/10

The beers as a group weren’t as sensational as some evenings but nonetheless, they were still a good group and fun was had. TNBC this coming Tuesday. Enjoy!

2 Turtle Doves Is Damn Good

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

the bruery 2 turtle doves

After 10 days of no beverages, I turned my attention to a new addition to the collection: 2 Turtle Doves by The Bruery. 2 Turtle Doves is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale in which they have thrown in toasted pecans and cocoa nibs.

At 12% ABV the beer packs a punch that noticeable, doesn’t dominate or take away from the overall complexities. Aroma and taste of chocolate, roasted, nutty, and dark fruits that are combined exquisitely to make a really high alcohol, drinkable beer that can also be cellared for up to 10 years. I would have to say that I was pleasantly impressed, free run 4.0 v2 look forward to purchasing one or two more for the long hall, and anticipate the next ten years of releases. 9/10

Try to get some if you can. If you can only get one, the biggest decision will be to open or to cellar. No matter, you will not be disappointed. Cheers to hoping that each beer will only improve on the last. Enjoy!

Wednesday Beer Store Visit To Help Spirits

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

This weeks visit to the beer store seemed special. Not the kind of special like your fifth birthday but it was a good feeling to start putting the past two weeks of physical ailments behind and start fresh. I think the beer store is my place for inner well being and healing. 😉

The beer store different disappoint as there were some good new beers and even a new American microbrewery distributing to Illinois now. Yes, The Bruery is now selling its goods to the Land of Lincoln. I have heard and read good things about their beers. I had my first, Trade Winds, at the most recent TNBC meeting. I picked up a bottle of 2 Turtle Doves but will be back for Orchard White, Rugbrod, and Saison Rue.

free run 4.0 v2 femmes The weekly new beer offerings were as follows:

My biggest complaint each week of visiting the beer store: I never have enough money to afford everything I would like to get. Enjoy!