Articles Comments

The Beer Circle » American Wild Ale, Beer, The Bruery » The Bruery Filmishmish

The Bruery Filmishmish

If you’ve been following this site (as we know you all have been! Thanks!) you’ve probably realized that we enjoy apricots…a lot. I gave Cantillon Fou’ Foune a 5 overall and Garrett laid himself down at the feet of Dogfish Head’s Aprihop (4.5 Overall). We aren’t ashamed, and I’m not going to stop. Today, it’s The Bruery’s Filmishmish; tomorrow, apricots will be growing in my stomach.

As you will also recall, Bob and I recently received our first shipment of allocations from The Bruery Reserve Society. Of that box, this was the beer I wanted to crack open first.

One of the benefits of having a roommate who is fluent in other languages is that when I’m rambling on about beer, he can pick out funny nuances I would have otherwise missed. He said that “filmishmish” is an Arabic term literally meaning “in the peaches” which is used to refer to something along the lines of “fat chance” in a funny way (and apparently in other dialects refers to apricots, which makes a lot more sense). Seeing as I’m a sarcastic guy, I found this fitting.

The beer pours out a thick yellow color that glows in the glass. Hardly any head even with a really aggressive pour. The first glass is much less hazy than the second. Even though I left some in the bottom of the bottle, the second glass looks like a fruit smoothie with the amount of stuff floating around. Disappointed about the lack of head, but the color is outstanding.
My roommate says it smells like tuna salad, but I disagree. It is pretty funky with a ton of dank apricots. The oak aging is really apparent, and the sour blonde ale imparts some really nice tartness. The balance between sweet fruit and tart sour is phenomenal. I can't stop smelling it.
The blonde ale is surprisingly notable on the taste. It's paired with a nice amount of apricots and tartness. The balance isn't exactly what I wanted here, though. It's more blonde ale than oak, fruit, or tart. It's delicious, but not quite as good as Cantillon Fou Foune. All the flavors are there, they just aren't big enough or blended well enough.
Light with a really low amount of carbonation as oe could surmise from how the beer poured into the glass. The beer is insanely drinkable and fresh and feels tart and crisp on the palate.
This was $17 from The Bruery Provisions, but when you figure in the shipping costs and fee for joining the Reserve Society it set me back a bit more than that. Bob and I really put an investment into this, and I was really hoping to not get a bunch of run-of-the-mill IPAs and Stouts. So far, so good. I actually hope to track down another bottle of this.
The apricot and sour blend is a match made in heaven.This is a great beer and I hope The Bruery makes more like it. I noticed a number of these Reserve Society beers are sour blonde ales aged in various oak barrels, if the rest are this good the membership was money very well spent.

Beer Stats
Style: American Wile Ale
Serving: Bottle
Size: 750ml
ABV: 5.80%
BA Score: 89
RB Score: 98

Last updated by at .

Written by Russ Beck

Russ can trace his beginnings in craft beer to sitting in Zeno’s Pub in State College drinking various craft beer options from across Pennsylvania. Since then, he has never faltered in finding new brews, whether they’re rare, delicious, or hopefully both. Russ will be writing on a large variety of subjects, including but not limited to: reviews, homebrewing, and how to take labels off of beer bottles. He’ll drink just about anything, but prefers a nice Stout, IPA, or Weizenbock. Find Russ Beck on Google Plus

Filed under: American Wild Ale, Beer, The Bruery · Tags: , , , , , , , ,