Bruery Terreux The Wanderer

I bought this beer when we were down in DC and stopped by The Bruery store. We’ll be going down there at least twice a year now since we’re Society members for 2019.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Marking the five-year anniversary of winning a silver medal at GABF and the 10-year anniversary of our platypus loving friends in NorCal, The Wanderer returns in 2016 under the Bruery Terreux label. It’d be easy to refer to it as a re-release, but glossing over the years between then and now would be disingenuous to its storied past. Beer has changed. We have changed. Our early experiments with fruited sours and blending have matured into a standalone brewery that focuses exclusively on sour and wild beers at Bruery Terreux. You could say the nomadic platypus now has a roof to linger under. To achieve the ideal profile of The Wanderer, the majority of the blend features wine barrel-aged sour ale with blackberries and cherries. We then folded a small portion of our bourbon barrel-aged anniversary ale into it for additional layers of oak, vanilla and toffee, accentuating the dark fruit notes and delightfully sour tinge. Whether it’s a trip down memory lane or your first experience with these flavors, we hope you enjoy the journey.”

Random: I love the platypus on the label.

The beer poured with a two finger, thick, tan head. It took forever to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a deep mahogany color and cloudy with moderate visible carbonation. The nose had a vinegar note to it along with a lot of berries. There was a red wine note as well. The taste started with some blackberries and raspberries and quickly went into a red wine vinegar note. There was a touch of oak and a touch of vanilla at the end. The body was medium thickness with generous carbonation. It had a lengthy tart finish. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Bruery Terreux Imperial Cabinet

It’s been awhile since I had a collaboration beer, so let’s see how this was.

ABV: 8.3%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to craftbeer.com, “We’re very excited to announce Imperial Cabinet — our collaboration with Bruery Terreux! Imperial Cabinet is a barrel-fermented farmhouse ale inspired by a New Orleans classic cocktail invented in the 1880s called the Ramos Gin Fizz. As is often the case with our collaborative projects, it was fermented with a blend of microorganisms from Bruery Terreux and Jester King, so as to explore the the interesting and unpredictable directions that mixed culture fermentation can take a beer. Designing the beer around the recipe for the classic cocktail was a lot of fun! The grist consisted of a high percentage of unmalted wheat and rolled oats to mimic the creaminess of the drink. Higher alcohol (8-9% abv) was another starting point, and gin botanicals (rosemary, lavender, juniper, and cubeb pepper) were added to the boil. Dried orange blossoms were also added to the boil, as the cocktail recipe calls for orange blossom water. A roughly year-long, mixed culture fermentation in oak barrels with yeast and bacteria from both Bruery Terreux and Jester King, helped promote tartness and acidity in the beer. In the cocktail, the tartness comes from lemon and lime juice. During the final few weeks in oak, we added orange peel, lemon zest, lime zest, and vanilla beans. The citrus peel and zest further plays upon the characteristics of gin. There’s some controversy about whether the original cocktail recipe called for vanilla, but we thought it was a tasty addition. Imperial Cabinet was brewed at The Bruery in Placentia, California in November of 2014. It then spent ten months maturing in oak barrels prior to refermentation in the bottle. Imperial Cabinet is 8.3% alcohol by volume. The name ‘Imperial Cabinet’ comes from Imperial Cabinet Saloon, where the Ramos Gin Fizz was created by Henry C. Ramos. The label art was created by Jester King’s in-house artist Josh Cockrell.”

Random: This is a collaboration with Jester King.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a medium brown color with some cloudiness to it. The nose started with some funk to it and quickly went into vanilla, barrel notes and an herbal note as well. The taste had a bit of funk to it as well, but nothing was overpowering. The vanilla came through next, along with lemon and I picked up a little spice as well. The alcohol was well-hidden and the body was medium thickness. Carbonation was moderate. It had a sticky finish with vanilla. This was an interesting beer that I picked up from The Bruery store in DC. I would definitely try this if you get a chance to.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0