The Bruery

Commercial Brewery | Placentia, CA, United States of America

Vital Statistics


Overall average: 70 (logged 84 times)
The Bruery Autumn Maple: 68 (logged 8 times)
Vegetable / Spice / Herb Beer
The Bruery Bakery: Boysenberry Pie: 50 (logged 1 time)
The Bruery Bakery: Cherry Pie: 25 (logged 1 time)
The Bruery Bakery: Coconut Macaroon: 50 (logged 1 time)
The Bruery Bakery: Oatmeal Cookie: 67 (logged 1 time)
The Bruery Barrel Aged Autumn Maple: 50 (logged 1 time)
Vegetable / Spice / Herb Beer (Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
The Bruery Beauregarde: 58 (logged 1 time)
Wild Ale (Aged in Barrels, Oak)
The Bruery Couverteur
Belgian Dubbel Ale
The Bruery Filmishmish
Wild Ale (Oak)
The Bruery Frederick H. Berliner Weisse: 75 (logged 1 time)
Berliner Weisse
The Bruery Girl Grey: 67 (logged 1 time)
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
The Bruery Goses Are Red: 67 (logged 1 time)
The Bruery Grey Monday
Stout (Imperial / Double, Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
The Bruery Gypsy Tart: 75 (logged 2 times)
Wild Ale
The Bruery Hottenroth Berliner Weisse: 83 (logged 1 time)
Berliner Weisse
The Bruery Humulus Blonde
Belgian Pale Ale
The Bruery Humulus Bruin
Belgian Dark Ale
The Bruery Humulus Gold
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
The Bruery Humulus Lager
American Pale Lager
The Bruery Humulus Rice: 58 (logged 1 time)
Belgian Pale Ale
The Bruery Humulus XPA
American Pale Ale
The Bruery Jardinier: 71 (logged 2 times)
Belgian Pale Ale
The Bruery Just a Kiss: 67 (logged 1 time)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
The Bruery Loakal Red: 67 (logged 1 time)
Amber / Red Ale (Aged in Barrels, Oak)
The Bruery Mash
The Bruery Mash & Coconut: 83 (logged 2 times)
The Bruery Mash & Grind: 72 (logged 3 times)
The Bruery Midnight Autumn Maple: 75 (logged 1 time)
The Bruery Mischief: 50 (logged 1 time)
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
The Bruery Or Xata: 8 (logged 1 time)
American Blonde Ale
The Bruery Orchard Wit: 83 (logged 1 time)
The Bruery Oude Tart: 83 (logged 1 time)
Flanders Red Ale / Oud Red (Aged in Barrels, Oak, Wine)
The Bruery Rueuze: 54 (logged 2 times)
Lambic / Gueuze (Aged in Barrels, Oak)
The Bruery Rugbrød: 83 (logged 2 times)
Rye Beer
The Bruery Saison de Lente: 75 (logged 1 time)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
The Bruery Saison Rue: 81 (logged 3 times)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
The Bruery Sans Pagaie
Wild Ale (Oak)
The Bruery Share This: OC: 92 (logged 3 times)
The Bruery Shegöat: 67 (logged 1 time)
The Bruery Smoking Wood aged in Bourbon Barrels
Porter (Imperial / Double, Smoked, Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
The Bruery Smoking Wood aged in Rye Barrels: 72 (logged 3 times)
Porter (Imperial / Double, Smoked, Aged in Barrels, Whiskey)
The Bruery Smoking Wood with Coffee and Vanilla Beans: 75 (logged 2 times)
Porter (Imperial / Double, Smoked)
The Bruery Snicklefritz
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
The Bruery So Radler Tangerine: 67 (logged 1 time)
Fruit Beer
The Bruery Sour in the Rye: 71 (logged 4 times)
Wild Ale (Aged in Barrels, Oak)
The Bruery Tart of Darkness: 79 (logged 7 times)
Wild Ale (Aged in Barrels, Oak)
The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel
Belgian Tripel Ale
The Bruery Tripel Tonnellerie
Belgian Tripel Ale (Aged in Barrels, Oak)
The Bruery Tumescence
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
The Bruery Vermont Sticky Maple: 75 (logged 1 time)
The Bruery White Chocolate: 67 (logged 1 time)
The Bruery White Oak: 92 (logged 1 time)
Wheatwine (Aged in Barrels, Oak, Bourbon)

Limited Edition Single Releases

The Bruery 10 Lords-A-Leaping: 67 (logged 1 time)
The Bruery 4 Calling Birds
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
The Bruery 5 Golden Rings: 50 (logged 1 time)
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
The Bruery 6 Geese-A-Laying
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
The Bruery 7 Swans-A-Swimming: 58 (logged 1 time)
Belgian Quadrupel Ale
The Bruery 8 Maids-A-Milking: 71 (logged 2 times)
The Bruery Bois
Old Ale (Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
The Bruery Bois Fumé
Old Ale (Imperial / Double, Smoked, Aged in Barrels, Oak)
The Bruery Bottleworks XII: 67 (logged 1 time)
Wild Ale (Aged in Barrels, Oak)
The Bruery Bourbon Barrel Aged 5 Golden Rings
Belgian Strong Pale Ale (Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
The Bruery Cuir
Old Ale (Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
The Bruery Cuivre: 79 (logged 2 times)
Old Ale (Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
The Bruery Fruet
Old Ale (Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
The Bruery Madeira Barrel Aged Sucré
Old Ale (Aged in Barrels, Madeira)
The Bruery New American Oak Barrel Aged Sucré
Old Ale (Aged in Barrels, Oak)
The Bruery Rum Barrel Aged Sucré
Old Ale (Aged in Barrels, Rum)
The Bruery Rye Barrel Aged Sucré
Old Ale (Aged in Barrels, Whiskey)
The Bruery Sucré: 71 (logged 6 times)
Old Ale (Aged in Barrels, Bourbon)
The Bruery Tawny Port Barrel Aged Sucré
Old Ale (Aged in Barrels, Port)
The Bruery Tequila Barrel Aged Sucré
Old Ale (Aged in Barrels, Tequila)


Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across the World Raspberry Sundae Ale (collaboration): 58 (logged 1 time)
Fruit Beer

Logs for beers from this brewery

First impression is that the tangerine is dry and essence-y. This isn’t a juicy radler, and makes it a less-refreshing experience. That said, the flavors are pretty good here.
Actively sour. Not fruity. I guess I appreciate that, but it's slightly much.
Will say: this is accurate. A strong, puree-like raspberry-ish flavor -- not gonna lie, couldn't tell you what makes a boysenberry a boysenberry -- but overall this was a lot heavy, thick, syrupy. Sweet enough to give me a headache. Not the best in a series that hasn't really wowed me.
Can at Home
Fake cherry syrup and chocolate flavor. Sticks in the back of your throat. I've been pretty disappointed with this whole series so far, and from a brewery that's usually quite strong.
Way too tart to enjoy. Lots of qualities you'd like in a gueuze, medium funk, apricot-stonefruit, clear look and flavor and a bit of salt left on the lips. But the sourness was unrelenting and got worse over time. I was more pucker than sip by the end.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
The aftertaste kills this... A bit like fake pound cake. To be fair I had significantly better stouts today - eight of them.
This is for sure primarily a strong wheatwine. Hop-fruit, slightly tangy, with a ton of liquor on top. Not really sure I got chocolate or vanilla here, but it was surprisingly smooth given how much... everything... it was. Glass was certainly too big.
A forward, sharp tartness, some followup chocolate, and a whole lot of authentic blackcurrant flavor. This was very good. I don't quite remember what the original Tart tasted like, but I have the strong feeling that this was better.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
Bracingly tart, but clean; emphasis on dank pineapple flavors with some sweet wheat funk right at the end.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
Don't smell or taste bergamot, which is most disappointing. Honey-like sweetness, some bready, tripel-like Belgian body. Pleasant but forgettable. And not Earl Grey! For that, try Breakside.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
Lightly tart, peachy, with lots of sweet wheat cereal to finish. Fragrant and refreshing. The server mentioned a bourbon barrel, but I didn't really taste that. A really delicious beer from The Bruery.
At once richly malty, like a holiday-spiced dark banana bread, and also very yeasty-dry. This beer feels like it wants to be sweet but doesn't quite get there. Finishes tacky. I liked the flavors but it stuck in the throat.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
Medium tart but with a very dry quality and a ton of funk, almost cheesy, on the back end. A while lot of raspberry and some cake like cereal sweetness. Somewhat of a chore to drink.
Yup, this is pretty much what I'd want given a beer with this name. Forward flavor of dark chocolate, with buttery, toasted coconut. Dry, lightly-roasted finish. Tastes exactly like a dark chocolate haystack or truffle. I can't say I picked up a lot of whiskey flavor though.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
Wonderfully balanced creamy chocolate stout. Just enough vanilla to smoothen and sweeten the stout to a remarkably clean finish. No notable rough edges. Only thing kind of missing in action is the orange flavor, but I didn't really care. I kept waiting for this to get worse, but it didn't.
Like dark, molassesy zucchini bread, more bready than sweet. V. slightly on the thin side but a really good, smooth, flavor. Tastes like autumn.
Bottle at Odin Lounge
I don't actually much like raspberry, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised I didn't love this beer. But the real problem was that this was pretty much straight sweet, and on top of a malty Belgian spice profile. No acid that I could really latch onto.
Puckeringly tart sour. Tasty, as expected from this brewery, but not world-changing. I did easily finish the whole thing though.
Poured weirdly opaque, like a grapefruit juice. A really clean, refreshing sour, with just some forward bitterness and a citric sourness. In fact, grapefruit is a good word for this.
The Bruery Sour in the Rye (unknown release)
Good, though it does the opposite of growing on me.
Super tart, sustained from start to finish. Sour stays on the lips. Subtle chocolate slips through on the finish.
The Bruery Tart of Darkness (unknown release)
This is very tart, which normally would be bad, but you happened to catch me in a transitional period. So like Sam Jackson, I'm gonna go easy on this.
The Bruery Tart of Darkness (unknown release)
This time it seems more classically sour than tart .Roy says it's very barrel aged, but I'm not noticing it . Also, Jet got a pour and shared, and his was totally tart like the first time I had this .So apparently it's totally variable .Which is weird .
Really like the vanilla flavors. Might be a little bit sweet.
The flavor was... um, curly, is the best word I can come up with. Sweet coffee and vanilla that, well, curls into wood smoke.
A lot of lactic sourness at the finish marks the milk more than any sweetness. It's at the point at which I remarked that this was probably the closest thing to turned milk that I've ever enjoyed drinking.
A sour Belgian style milk stout.
Has quite a boozy smell. Sweet and a little sour. Weird mix of flavors.
Bottle at Xbeer One
Almost sour, thatch-and-molasses Belgian with some dankness from the pumpkin. This wasn't the all-around winner I remember back from my early beer days. But it's still overall on the positive end.
Bottle at Xbeer One
Pure burnt coffee grind aroma (as well as some radish daikon ones?) Heavily burnt coffee and wood flavors. Maybe a little too strong tasting. Great in small amounts.
Bottle at Xbeer One
I think this suffered after the Event Horizon - the first smell was off-putting, like daikon and caramel. Flavor-wise, the main impression is burnt caramel coffee, which overpowers the thinnish, sweetish body somewhat. Over time this got a lot better, but it never got as great as I'd hoped. It's possible this turned during aging?
Bottle at Xbeer One
Strong yeast bitterness that mellows of after a few sips.
Bottle at Xbeer One
Bit of banana esters before the yeast takes over, imparting an immediate drying quality and then some heady bitterness. Finish is a touch of clean barley. I think I liked this better than last time.
Bottle at Xbeer One
Lots of similarity with sticky monkey. Dark sweet fruit flavors buttery smell, very rich, the booziness is well hidden.
The Bruery Or Xata (unknown release)
Holy crap, was this terrible. I like this brewery and these flavor components, so you know I mean it! This was basically like drinking a vanilla cinnamon Yankee Candle, and the flavor just kept on giving long after I stopped drinking the beer (well before the glass was empty).
Holy cow, it's like someone made a syrup out of Stickee Monkee. In fact, this is very much like the versions of that beer that hovered around 16% in the pre-bottle days. Butterscotch and plum and oh-so-intense. It was a lot to take, but I think this was pretty great.
Drier than I thought it'd be, with hints of hop dankness and perfume to open. Not a lot of the more exotic Belgian spice flavors -- instead, the yeast comes through as white pepper and a high-set bitterness. Mildly sweet cereal finish.
This is very much on the tart end of sours. Heavy, near-apricot taste.
The Bruery Tart of Darkness (unknown release)
I think I'm starting to enjoy sours! A sour more than a stout, it present a mild sourness for a sour. It has a light sweetness and presents faint flavors of dark fruits. Ends on light stout flavors.
It's booziness was a little bit overwhelming, but it's smoked flavors were quite enjoyable.
The Bruery Sour in the Rye (unknown release)
Very powerfull sourness presenting marked fruit flavors. Strong wild yeasts tang. Still not a fan of sour, but its nice to try one from time to time.
The Bruery Sour in the Rye (unknown release)
All the sours I've tried from The Bruery share a similar yeast profile, and this is no exception. Same smooth-entry, finishing tart bite as the Tart of Darkness, but without the plum sugar / malt finish. Not sure I detected what the rye brought, either.
A dry stout with some booze notes and a noticeable, but manageable, charcoal smoke flavor. Pretty good! I do feel like I've had this before, although there's no record of it.
The Bruery Tart of Darkness (unknown release)
This is definitely a sour first, and a stout second. Opens smooth, slightly sweet, before jumping quickly to a bite of tartness. It's faintly pruney, although I wouldn't call this a fruity beer, and it moves towards more stouty characteristics as it finishes, smooth and malty again. I wouldn't go so far as to call this roasty, however.
Good for a smoked beer, but I don't love smoked beers. Nowhere near as medicinal as an Aecht
Plummy quad, not very spicy. Hard to say anything stuck out on this for me, other than being drinkable.
Dry and hoppy, slightly sweet, with a hit of pith at the finish. This was for all intents and purposes a fairly tasty session IPA, but I was promised a rice lager, and this did not fill the bill at all for me. So that has to count against this.
The Bruery Rueuze (unknown release)
Oy, that was tart & funky.
Like angel's share or fred from the wood but way sweeter. smooth on the palate and quite boozy, sweet and bourbony
Still sweet, still over the top, but easier to take on its own.
Incredibly boozy and much too much over the top. Lots of prune and did I mention booze?
Having really liked the base beer, I had high hopes, but I think the extra booze (now 13%) just knocked this out of balance. Lots of yam, maple, caramel and bourbon made for an oversweet, over-alcoholic experience.
Very bready, with plenty of molasses & a touch of gingerbread spice, I thought. I was looking for banana notes but didn't find them, although there was a strong hint of raisin or dried plum. Strong booze presence, but overall, very decent.
Vinous with a light spice presence, and surprisingly strong banana-like esters made me think weizen rather than Belgian here. Very drinkable and refreshing!
Muted hints of fruit & wine, pleasant but bordering on watery. Over time, more complex wood and metallic notes come out, making this beer more interesting, but on the whole it is harder-edged and not as enjoyable as the Saison Rue.
The Bruery Saison Rue (unknown release)
A great basic Saison. Fruity on the palat with a hint of yeastiness (but not so much as to make it funky).
Bottle at Vancouver
Amazing. Soft and sweet wheat flavors on the palate leading into a perfect backing of bourbon barrel aged white. Like nothing I've ever had before, a must try beer.
Draft at Restaurant
Great saison with a distinct yeast character that's not overdone. Crisp, a bit fruity. Clean, if a bit bitter, finish
Bottle at Home
Intensely, puckeringly sour, like sucking on a ruby grapefruit, with an appearance to match. Not bad, but it seemed like work to drink it.
Bottle at Xbeer One
An appealing Belgian brown with nice spice, sweet vegetal yam flavor that almost masquerades as banana, and peppery sugar that dances on the tongue. The maple is just a hint of syrup the smell and a smokiness in the taste. A really nice substitute for pumpkin and definitely of the season.
Fizzy, sour smell. Sour-ish taste. Maple taste on the inhale, effect like that of mint, like tasting a maple sheen afterwards.
A golden ale with an unusual finishing spice profile and a clear pineapple juice presence. It's not as syrupy as I feared, but the pineapple flavor ended up fighting with what I was eating. Might be best enjoyed on its own or as an after-dinner drink.
The Bruery Saison Rue (unknown release)
Bottle at Casa de Mitch
Dry & spiced. Wonderful aftertaste.
Another one from two years ago. No details, but I remember liking this one very much at the time.