The Bruery Frucht: Passion Fruit

Reviewed by on July 17, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: The Bruery

  • Origin: Placentia, CA, US

  • Rated On: July 17, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 4.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Berliner Weisse

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

The Bruery, ah, um, brewery from Orange County, California has a line called Terreux, which showcases (and wisely isolates) their wild beer production, and now has a ‘Frucht:’ sub-series (fruit, in German).

This 750ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat fizzy bone-white head, which leaves pretty much nothing in the way of lace near the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells of sharply tart pale fruit (passion fruit, sure), lemon rind, a more robust yet muddled tropical fruitiness, grainy pale and wheat malt, earthy yeast, maybe some of those sour chalky candies from when I was a kid, and some faint funky woodiness. The taste is rather acerbic and tart generic stone fruit (the sweet flesh of the passion variety now lost in the mire), crackery and wafer-like pale malt, lemon extract, a still tame sodden woody character (some funk, some toasted oak), and a hint of mineral flintiness. The carbonation is quite pervasive in its sassy and gassy frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth, I suppose, if your palate has already made the necessary adjustments (long-term and short-term). It finishes off-dry, just, as the ghost of passion fruit and malt past well up a bit from under the floorboards.

Overall, this a decent rendition of the style, nice and bracing in its tartness, and not too funky from whatever was pulled out of that foeder.  However, if, like others, they were expecting the added passion fruit to play the part of the traditional syrup side serving, this one just doesn’t play that way – the fruit, as detailed, is duly assimilated into the acrid whole.  Big boy sour, all around.

Brady White

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