Beer Review: THE BRUERY THE WANDERER

Beer Review: THE BRUERY THE WANDERER

The collaboration between City Beer Store and The Bruery, spurred by a fortuitous encounter in Boonville, birthed a beer worth commemorating. Marking its fifth anniversary, The Wanderer, with an aging potential of up to five years when cellared at 55°F (13°C), was sampled on tap at ColLAboration Beer Gardens and Events Hollywood, boasting an 8% ABV. Pouring a radiant amber with a fleeting white film and minimal lacing, this beer set the stage for a critical examination.

Appearance

The initial gaze reveals a bright amber hue crowned with a transient white film. Lacing, however, remains disappointingly sparse.

Aroma

Wafting from the glass is a blend of sour fruit, funk, and the unmistakable essence of a wet barrel. The olfactory experience seems promising, hinting at the complexity within.

Taste

The flavor profile unfolds with pronounced sourness, accompanied by mild vinegar and a tinge of tart berries. The sour notes, thankfully, do not overstay their welcome, encouraging another sip. However, the wood elements appear subdued, resulting in a balance that leans towards the fruity side.

Mouthfeel

In terms of mouthfeel, The Wanderer presents itself as medium-bodied with modest carbonation. While not groundbreaking, it complements the overall drinking experience.

Overall

In the grand scheme, I found The Wanderer to be a pleasurable beer. The Bruery’s prowess in crafting sour ales is evident, though not without some room for critique. The beer’s scarcity outside of San Francisco has undoubtedly fueled its mystique, triggering a frenzy on the gray/trade market. While I hold this brew in high regard, I must admit a personal preference for Marron Acidifie and Oude Tart, ranking them slightly above The Wanderer. As you contemplate parting with a hefty price, bear in mind that alternatives might warrant consideration before surrendering your firstborn for a bottle of City Beer’s elusive creation.