Bruery Terreux Take My Hand

Tonight’s selection is another beer from Bruery Terreux. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 5%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “American wild ale generally refers to beers brewed in America using yeast or bacteria in addition to Saccharomyces cerevisiae for fermentation. Such beers may be similar to traditional beers such as Lambic and Oud bruin, and are typically fermented using a strain of brettanomyces for part or all of the fermentation. The use of brettanomyces can result in a ‘funky’ flavor profile. Examples include Jolly Pumpkin Perseguidor, Avery 15 and Brabant, Ommegang Ommegeddon. Individual styles can vary from ‘light or dark, hoppy or malty, strong or sessionable, barrel-aged or not’. They often have ‘sour notes as well as barnyard, Band-Aid, animal or earthy characteristics’. Some varieties included ‘mild fruits, such as apricots, to balance the acidity and sourness’. These brews have been said to attract both ‘hardcore beer fans and serious wine lovers’.”

Random: When we were out in California last year, we stopped at Bruery Terreux. It was right after Black Tuesday was released and it was totally empty, but I did get to try a lot of Black Tuesday variants.

This beer poured with a quarter finger of white head that dissipated at a moderate pace and left a small crown on top of the body. There was no lacing left on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and bright yellow in color with moderate carbonation. The nose had some white vinegar tartness along with some white grapes as well. There was a small amount of nectarines as well. The taste had a generous amount of tartness from the vinegar along with a lot of lemon juice. There was some warm oak and vanilla too. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with tartness and oak. I thought this was an outstanding beer and highly recommend it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Bruery Terreux One Way Or Another

The Blondie song of the same name of this beer always struck me as exceptionally creepy. Despite that, I bought this beer. Let’s crack it open.

ABV: 9.3%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The folks at Cascade are some of the nicest & most talented people you’ll meet in the beer industry. A small piece of evidence to support this is they took time out of their day to come onto the Bruery Radio podcast, and be the first episode to be published! Very brave and nice of you, gentlemen! We spoke with Ron Gansberg (Brewmaster) and Kevin Martin (Cellarmaster / Lead Blender) and discussed our new collaboration ‘One Way or Another’. I was also joined by Jeremy Grinkey (Production Manager for Bruery Terreux) and Joel Kennedy (Retail Marketing Manager). One Way or Another started its life as a Belgian-style Tripel, which was fermented with a Belgian strain saccharomyces (ale yeast). It then spent approximately a year in oak, and refermented with marionberries, with lemon zest added for a complex and delicious aroma. Both Cascade and Bruery Terreux are releasing these fantastic beers, which were brewed with the same recipe, but are remarkably unique from one another. The house character of each brewery comes across, and we spoke about why that is and how they differ. Thank you to Cascade for collaborating with us, and talking to us about it!”

Random: I am a big fan of Cascade’s rebranding. Their old labels looked very dated.

The beer poured with a half finger of tan colored head. It was thick and dissipated at a moderate pace. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was clear, but a mahogany brown color with some carbonation visible. The nose was muted. I picked up indistinct berries with a lot of booze. The taste was a bit better. I picked up some blackberry notes along with some aged balsamic vinegar. It had some red wine and funk as well. The body was on the medium side of the thickness scale with moderate carbonation. It had a lengthy and sour finish. This beer was intense, but I’m glad I got to try it. I don’t feel the need to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Bruery Terreux S’mores BBLs

Here’s another beer from my Bruery stash. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 16.2%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “S’more BBLs is the next up in the BBLs lineage. This member-exclusive beer is one of the world’s highest ABV sour beers; and was conceptualized as a Bruery Terreux homage to our tradition of brewing high gravity, barrel-aged stouts. This big, viscous sour beer is a carefully crafted blend of Tart of Darkness & Black Tuesday, aged with marshmallow, graham crackers, cacao nib, and vanilla. Inspired by the the flavors of the gooey, decadent campfire dessert with which it shares its name. One sip will have you asking for… s’more.”

Random: We had fire tables at our wedding and they had s’mores supplies. A lot of people ended up outside and seemed to enjoy it.

The beer poured with a one finger, tan head. It dissipated slowly, but only left a small amount of lacing on the glass. It also left a significant crown on top of the dark brown body. There was no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose had the expected milk chocolate, graham and vanilla characteristics. There was a bit of bourbon as well. The taste started with bourbon and then went into graham and vanilla. The milk chocolate gave it some sweetness and there was a significant alcohol note as well. I got a hit of tartness too, which definitely made this beer unique. The body was on the lighter side of what I expected with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish was lengthy and the tartness hung around. I thought this was a really interesting beer and I’m glad I got to try it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Bruery Terreux Birdie Birdie

I am so happy it’s Friday. It was a long week at work and I’m happy to be home. Time to crack open a beer.

ABV: 7.6%

Style: American Double/Imperial Pilsner

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The Bruery is founded on the excitement that Patrick felt in those first years of homebrewing and we continue to strive for that same passion in every aspect of our business today. We never stop challenging ourselves to develop distinctive & imaginative beers, constantly pursuing improvement in all that we do. We brew dozens of original beers each year with our list of ingredients and inspirations growing perpetually. Our collection of oak barrels has also become a primary element of our brewery. Nearly half of our beer is aged in wine or spirit barrels bringing forth flavors reminiscent of the Belgian countryside or classic American distillers. We greatly value our customers as well as our employees at The Bruery and want to give them all an impassioned way to spend their time while sharing a beer worth talking about.”

Random: I did 9 miles on the bike. I am going to feel this tomorrow morning.

The beer poured with a two finger, fluffy white head that dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was clear and had a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose had some red apple and funk with a floral note as well. There was a mineral water note as well. The taste went more of the direction of green apples and white grapes. There was also a touch of the floral note I picked up in the nose. The mineral water note was present with some grain. There was some alcohol as well. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with white grapes. I thought this was a good beer and enjoyed it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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

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