The Bruery Black Orchard

The Bruery Black Orchard

Rated 3.377 by BeerPals
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Brewed by The Bruery

Placentia, CA, United States

Style:  Belgian Ale

5.7% Alcohol by Volume

15 International Bittering Units

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Black Orchard is an unfiltered, bottle / keg conditioned Belgian-style black wheat beer, or “black wit”, if you will. This dark but surprisingly light bodied beer is very drinkable while still having character and complexity. Chamomile is added for its floral aroma, while the coriander and citrus peel give the characteristics of a traditional witbier. (ABV: 5.7%, IBU: 15, SRM: 26, Release: Year Round, Format: 750 mL bottles and 30L kegs)

ID: 31343 Last updated 13 years ago Added to database 13 years ago

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Overall Rank6201
Overall Percentile87
Style Rank130 of 1081
Style Percentile88
Lowest Score2.2
Highest Score3.9
Average Score3.490
Weighted Score3.377
Standard Deviation0.528

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  • ANTE 2674 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours out in an almost black colour with a rich tan-colored head. Yeast, roasted malts, Seville oranges and mild coriander in the aroma. Medium-bodied with notes of roasted malts, cocoa, coriander, dried oranges and yeast. Roasted and bit yeasty finish of orange-peels, cocoa, nut-shels, coriander and mild lime. Tasty and funny stuff.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Bottled@Beer Hunters, Pori. Deep amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is fruits, wheat, mild roasted notes as well as some herbs and grass. Flavour is slightly acidic wheat along with some mild bready and roasted notes as well.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    When I first read the bottle, I thought it was from Placenta, California - and I thought that was a rather gross name for a town - but eventually the 'i' showed up and PlacentIa it is. This is a good beer that pours a dark brown hinted black with thin bubbly head. The aroma was chocoalte, coffee, dark fruit, and roasted malt. The flavour was dominated by choclate hints with fruit and grains.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    you can taste the orange peel more than the coriander, the smoky black patent malt almost taking over the flavor and aroma...like a slightly funky good black lager more than a wit. points for uniqueness. this beer was stout dark but light-medium bodied, and had a lot going on, but was still drinkable. the mix of flavors didn't quite come together as much as i'd hoped as some of the wit character was a bit overpowered, but it tasted good. dry finish and feel. aroma a bit weak and unassuming, otherwise a good beer.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of funky yeast with some fruity ester and some great Belgian malt also noticeable. Taste is a very well balanced mix between some floral malt with notes of funky yeast ester and a great malt backbone. The spices are well integrated in the mix and don't play such a prominent role. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Very well done and definitely underrated from this fine brewer.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 2.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    A pretty poor showing for such a hefty priced beer. It’s not that it was awful, but it just wasn’t really anything I could get into. I’ll give points though for experimentation, which always goes over well with me. The beer though...eh. It poured out a clear chesnut brown color with a small off-white head (no retention). The aroma comes off very soapy with a touch of caramel malts, dried fruit and some plastic/rubber. Flavor had some light vegetal flavors, some roasted malt, undefine spices and some weak yeast. I’ve got a few other Bruery beers to try, but this one is avoidable.

  • KILLPINEAPPLE 79 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Tasted on site at The Bruery. Pours a deep dark black color. Flavors were all over the place! Everything from chocolate and roasted malt, coffee, raisin or currant, even a tiny bit of pine. Might pick this up again later.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Sampled on 12/29/2008. This “Black Wit” pours a deep black color from a 750ml bottle. Again upon opening this one was a gusher. It did allow me to pour the beer into several style glasses for an aroma and taste comparison, so it wasn’t a total loss. Large sized white/beige foamy head. The aroma is roasted malts, some coriander and some orange and citrus. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. The malts are caramel and dark fruits. The hops are earthy and floral. Nice balance. Caramel and fruity up front followed by some spices and orange and the finish. Definitely has that wit feel to it, yet also has the dark malt and fruit thing going. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet,

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.4 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    nice looking bottle, classic ... first sip, hmmm has a weird spritz to it ... Ranger McFriendly? .... dark, a dark witbier .. intresting ... pours a cark brown with a medium stable head, lacing is good too ... has tar, molasses, spice , is abit tart too ... an interesting brew to try..

  • SAP 999 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Sampled at Stone World Bistro on tap; June 2008
    Arrives with a hazy, murky, dark brown color and is topped by a thin, frothy and brown tinged, tan colored head. The aroma has the characteristic Wit notes of orange peel and coriander; the coriander is nice in the aroma as it is not overly sharp / earthy-herbal like some Wits and it melds in quite well with the citrus notes. This is also fruity smelling with notes of fermented plums, rum-soaked raisins that are a product of esters and higher alcohols. The nose is actually very ester and phenolic driven; producing ample spiciness and fruit notes beyond the typical orange peel and coriander character; aromas of pepper, ginger, lots of clove, bubblegum notes, banana and phenolic resin are all found here. There is also some dark malt notes here in the nose, it is more of a light roast / light toasted grain character than anything.

    The taste is quite dry and tart, yet it still has an ample fruitiness to it as well as a noticeable, background, dark malt character. This is very light on the palate, quite quaffable, almost thin even, but the ample carbonation provides lots of texture to this beer. This is very spicy and phenolic tasting from the fermentation derived character; flavors of light plastic, big clove, higher alcohol warming notes in the finish as well as a peppery bit that couples with a slight hop bitterness in the finish. This has a surprising fruitiness to it despite by quite dry; flavors of plum and light raisin notes are quite noticeable, especially the former. This gets a touch vegetal in the finish, it is nothing major and might just be a bit of the coriander note coming through. Flavors from the dark malt, while not over the top, have a profound influence on the flavor of this beer; it definitely mutes the spice notes; provides a touch of soft, dusty cocoa; and contributes a toasted, even lightly roasted flavor that is especially noticed in the finish.

    This is quite an interesting beer; tasty, complex, but somehow almost too much. The flavors are at times a bit too cacophonous and almost, though not quite, jarring. I would guess that this was fermented at just a smidge too high of a temperature; the high heat is good because it boosts complexity via fermentation by products, but seems to have gotten a touch too hot. Still I like this quite a bit and will definitely be looking to get a bottle of this brew.

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