Poterie – The Bruery (Placentia, CA, USA)

Poterie – The Bruery, 16.8% ABV – 1 pt 9.4 fl.oz., (Placentia, CA, USA)


info from ratebeer.com:

Poterie is French for “pottery”, the traditional eight-year anniversary gift. Our eighth anniversary ale, Poterie, follows in the footsteps of our anniversary releases before it, which are loosely based on an English-style old ale, fermented with our house yeast strain and then blended using the solera method. This means that a portion of each anniversary ale is saved in oak barrels and blended in with the next year’s production, providing more complexity and depth of character as the years go by. The result is layered in robust and complex flavors of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, vanilla and oak. Poterie will age gracefully for decades when cellared properly.


  • Style: (solera method, bourbon barrel aged) Old Ale
  • Taste: Intense sippable vanilla butterscotch liquid barley oaked bourbon
  • Where I got it : Sherbrooke / Edmonton
  • How much: $50.25 CAD (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: YES
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: YES

(from memory, drank on March 2, 2017)

Visual: Hefty bottle. Pours root beer brown with a smallish head, mild activity.

Nose: Intense chocolate, butterscotch-toffee, wickedly aromatic (lvl-10)-pungency

Attack: slightly fizzy, thicker viscosity, rich intense impression

Mid-palate: butterscotch, (lvl-8-sweetness), vanilla, toffee, liquid barley malt, bourbon, root beer

Finish: licorice, chocolate, background woodiness, controlled alcoholic heat

Summary: Super body, balanced, sippable, and should be shared among friends and family. This drinks unlike any of the 1100 beers I’ve tried – a wrecking ball of intensity yet still balanced enough not to be harsh. I probably say this only once it a year but this is something I would like to try again.

Jardinier – The Bruery (Placentia, CA, USA)

Jardinier (Belgian-style Pale Ale) – The Bruery, 4.9% ABV – 1 pt 9.4 fl.oz., (Placentia, CA, USA)


on the back label:

“Jardinier, which is French for ‘gardener’, was inspired by the fresh, thirst quenching beers on the Belgian dinner table. A perfect beer for any occasion, casual or ornate. Jardinier is best enjoyed fresh. The ideal serving temperature is 45°F (7°C). Best servied in a tulip or wine glass.”

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  • Style: Belgian Ale
  • Taste: Creamy crisp soft bodied tangerine wheat malt dry wheat malt
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $11.80 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no, only slightly engaging

Visual: Hefty bottle. Pours opaque pale golden orange with a LARGE foamy head, 3mm retention with sticky lacing, barely visible singular micro streams.

Nose: pineapple wheat, Belgian yeasty, tangerine. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, foamy-airy CO2, light-bodied entry

Mid-palate: tangy banana wheat malt, yeasty-airy, (lvl-2)-sweetness, background soft bitter hops, tangerine hop oils,

Finish: pineapple exhale, wheat malt palate rough DRY

Summary: Solid quality mouthfeel, decent body for a less than 5%er, good brightness as advertised. Not particularly deep (as expected), some palate roughness in the finish. A table beer indeed, not too interesting.

White Oak – The Bruery (Placentia, CA, USA)

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White Oak – The Bruery, 11.5% ABV – 1 pt 9.4 fl.oz., (Placentia, CA, USA)

on the front label:

“Vivid caramel-esque, coconut-like and vanilla-ish flavors blanked in a crisp yet robust wheat ale.”

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  • Style: (bourbon) Barrel-aged Wheat Ale
  • Taste: Apple juice toffee malt vanilla oak alcoholic
  • How much: $17 (after 10% off), @Brewery Creek, Sept 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, QUALITY that you can appreciate

Visual: Hefty bottle, screams quality. Pours pale dirty brown with a massive super long lasting ultra creamy head, very sticky lacing, clusters upon clusters of fast streams. Feelin’ good about this one.

Nose: woody pressed apple juice, hints of white grape juice, a touch of citrus. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: pressed apple juice

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) red apple juice, toffee malt, oak

Finish: tingly fizzy-tang, vanilla, soft but compounding alcohol hit, light-med warmth, malty bittersweet finish.

Summary: Straight away reminds me of a Belgian blonde; fruity, effervescent, crisp, and alcoholic. Quite skilled to get a wheat ale to behave like this. Fantastic body and character, great drinkability and approachable flavour make this one an interesting brew. Their claim of coconut is more like apple to me. 11.5% ABV, you have been warned.

Oude Tart Oak-Aged Flemish Red Ale – The Bruery (Placentia, CA, USA)

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  • My Rating: C

Oude Tart Flemish-style Red Ale aged in Oak Barrels, 2013 Edition – The Bruery, 7.5% ABV – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., (Placentia, CA, USA)

on the front label:

“Pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit, and toasty oak from extended aging in oak barrels.”

on the back label:

“Oude Tart is suitable for aging up to five years when cellared properly. Best stored and cellared around 55°F (13°C). Ideal serving temperature is 50°F (10°C). Please pour carefully, leaving the yeast sediment behind in the bottle. Best served in a tulip or wine glass.”

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  • Style: (Oak) Flanders Red Ale/Flemish Red Ale
  • Taste: Super sour & tart barnyard cherry pukey oak
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $20 (after 5% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., March 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: at your own risk, especially this style

Visual: Pours dark cherry red with a smallish dissipating creamy head, thin ringed retention, micro bubbles, several steady streams.

Nose: sour cherry, barnyard, cinnamon, red wine. Complex. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: extremely tart, off-dry

Mid-palate: (lvl-2)-sweetness, high tart, highly sour, (MAIN) sour cherries, red wine, red vinegar

Finish: oak, puckery, pukey berry w/ mild oak exhale

Summary: The intense sour tartness is very taxing on the palate. The first glass is tough to sip, moreso as it warms up. The fruit flavour is okay, but I’m not too fond of the pukey flavour that creeps up near the finish. I prefer the Duchess de Bourgogne; it’s much more palatable. Not bad with a salad, but not great solo.

 

Mischief Belgian-Style Ale – The Bruery (Placentia, CA, USA)

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  • My Rating: A

Mischief Belgian-Style Ale, unfiltered, bottle-conditioned – The Bruery, 8.5% ABV – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., (Placentia, CA, USA)

on the front label:

“Not quite evil, yet not to be trusted, this Golden Ale is effervescent, dry, hoppy and crisp-you’ll want to keep an eye out.”

  • Style: (Belgian-style) Strong Ale
  • Taste: Creamy/fizzy stone-fruity malt beer, alcohol well-hidden
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $11 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes!
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: In a quality, thick, hefty bottle. Pours slightly translucent bright golden orange, with a massive lasting ultra-creamy head, sticky lacing, tons and tons of fast activity. Beautiful Visually.

Nose: Enticing fruity peach-apple. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: half creamy/fizzy, incoming dense malts

Mid-palate: light tangy, continual tingly/fizzy texture, (lvl-6)-fruity sweetness, (MAIN) malts, honey, apricot, alcohol detection+bitterness

Finish: cuts off-dry, light-medium hopped bitterness + dense fruity malt finish.

Summary: Clean fruity flavours with excellent textural mouthfeel from start to finish. Recommended, especially chilled.

Sour in the Rye – The Bruery (Placentia, CA, USA)

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  • My Rating: B-

Sour in the Rye (Sour Rye Ale aged in Oak Barrels) 2013 – The Bruery, 7.8% ABV – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., (Placentia, CA, USA)

from thebruery.com website

We brewed this ale with around 40% rye as a base malt and let our sour yeast and bacteria eat away at it in oak barrels for over a year creating a sour ale with a complex character of rye spice, oak and a subtle funk.

  • Style: Sour Ale
  • Taste: puke/funked-out sour oaked apple cider
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $23 (after 10% off) – 1 pt. 9.4 fl.oz., September 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: if you can handle funky beer

Visual: Pours extremely cloudy orange/brown with no head, soda-like fizzy activity, big bubbles, lots of fast streams. (Unfiltered, bottle-conditioned).

Nose: Sour apple cider-peach, noticeable funk/puke. (6/10-pungency)

Attack: intense puckery sourness

Mid-palate: (10/10)-acidic sourness, (6/10)-fruity sweetness, (MAIN) oaked apple cider, pukey aftertaste + sourness, sour malt

Finish: lingering astringent sourness, tangy sour finish.

Summary: Not for those who have bad memories of late night drinking games and mornings spent waking up hugging the toilet. Lots of sourness and puke when sipping by itself, but quite effective in refreshing the palate when paired with heavy BBQ’d food. Hard to finish when it warms up.