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Riserva | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
320 Reviews
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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale with raspberry purée added and aged in oak barrels.

Added by akorsak on 06-14-2008

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Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2014 Riserva. I simply could not enjoy this beer. Flavors were exactly as others described them: Upfront puckering, slightly sour, fruity, then the oak barrel flavors come in, then INTENSE SOURNESS, then it fades into a yogurt after-taste. Separately, I like everything about this beer, but I couldn't handle the oak and sour mixture. Didn't blend well at all for me. Worse still, the sourness was way beyond my threshold. It tasted like I was directly biting into a lemon during the peak. The flavors definitely improved and blended better upon warming, but not enough for me to enjoy it.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 version if that makes a difference. Poured a light and cloudy red body (it's not pink but it's not basic red or purple, either) with one-finger offwhite head and left lace along the glass. Aroma is comprised of extremely tart, with a little sweetness, raspberries and there are touches of sour funkiness. Smooth, balanced, and that is key as this could have been a mess, the extremely tart and sour raspberries also have a touch of sweetness, especially in the finish, so you get the best of both worlds and not just a flat, sour mess..

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a clear red with a very effervescent head that can be heard fizziling like soda. Quickly dissipating it doesn't really leave any visible lacing. Tons of visible carbonation.

S: Can tell this is going to be pleasantly sour. Real nice raspberry aroma that is quite authentic.

T: Very raspberry. As if you picked a sour tart raspberry right off the plant. Lots of sour. Mild malt backing.

M: Puckering art first as the mouth adjusts. Tons of carbonation gives it a light mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall this is very tasty with a great raspberry sour flavor. May be slightly one dimensional which I feel is an area some of the more extreme sours can sometimes fall into. But certainly worth picking up.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL (25 oz.) bottle purchased at Connecticut Ave. Wine and Liquors in Dupont Circle NW D.C., unclear brewing/bottling date but most recent vintage, poured into my NEBCO Gandhi-Bot glass, drank 04/19/2014 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - red-maroon coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see through), off-white/eggshell head pours fizzy and settles into a fine glass lacing persisting throughout the pour, small carbonation bubbles emerge off the bottom of the glass; large alcohol legs (top

S: 9/12 - the predominant aromas are definitely raspberry and lactic acid; there is also some background tannins, oak and alcohol; no hop aroma

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's a moderate sourness - sour hanging fruit - raspberry, green apple and even some lemon, in the middle of the mouth, some of the vinous qualities emerge - tannins and lactic acid - with some mild oak-barrel notes; the alcohol is present but certainly not overwhelming and definitely does not taste like 11.4% ABV

M: 5/5 - moderate bodied and appropriately carbonated for an American wild ale; really nice dry, crisp finish that doesn't linger; again, dangerously easy to drink for an 11.4% ABV!

O: 9/10 - a stellar oak-aged fruit wild ale - tart, refreshing, dry with a complex aroma and flavor that features raspberries; I know that I shouldn't be comparing this beer with straight fruit beers/lambics but it blows Founders' Rubaeus and Lindemann's Framboise clear out of the water; and, for $18-20/750 mL at 11.4% ABV, it's a nice price point; definitely recommended purchasing/trading potential here

TOTAL = 43/50

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is awesome- total delight for funk lovers. Pours a hazy amber/mahogany with very little head. Very nice color.

Smells funky but mild- definitely the lactic acid and a little rasberry.

Tastes very very tart but delicious. Lots of Brett and lactic acid in there, a little malt, and some nice rasberry sweetness on the finish. It is very sour but not like pucker up unbearably sour.

Mouthfeel is nice- medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. This is an awesome beer- I really like it but that's cause I'm really into wild ales. If you like wild ales it's definitely worth the 18 dollar price tag.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up 3 on release day at the brewery. Could do this review in 6 words, funky raspberry mouth puckering sour bomb. Really not much else to say except what I also like about this beer is bang for the buck, $17 but you definitely get your money's worth at this abv. This was a great way to relax after a delicious Saturday night birthday dinner with my girls.

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Photo of rudzud
1.54/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bought this a while back. 2010 vintage..the SUPER SOUR year. Should be fun...or hideous. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear ruby hue with absolutely no carbonation or head. Little bit of legs, but..yah..sigh

S - Aromas of raspberries and oak...oh yah, nostril searing sourness. Vinegar big time. As it warms though it becomes almost all acetone.

T - Taste is well..not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. Let me say though...goddamn is this sour. Almost stomach turning so. The raspberry is there, along with the oak, but this is so acidic and sharp. Like drinking a glass of vinegar and nail polish

M - Mouthfeel is entirely flat.

O - Overall, this is one of the worst things I've ever drank. So pissed...this beer was awesome when it was fresh....it's so horrible now. Why did I not drink this fresh?!

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mini-review taken from notes jolted at a bottle share done at the Albany Taproom in December. This was brought by me – a special thanks to jbravato for sending me this a good long while ago! Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a mini snifter. 2012 vintage.

Medium ruby, with pinkish and light reddish notes at the rim. Contains a decent amount of a light indigo head, which soon dissipates to a slightly noticeable ring. Very vinous in quality (rather than an American inspired Lambic) due in part to the high ABV, which shows. Gets cloudier with each subsequent pour, but pretty appealing for an American wild.

Huge notes of berries and red fruit immediately blast the nostrils in a rather astonishing manner, complete with a refined resilience in part by the oak and alcohol. Tart raspberries, boysenberries, and blackberries are way up front here, with a bit of indistinguishable red fruit at the finish. Some caramel, baking soda, violets, lavender, and other baking spices from the oak, as well as a light bready finish in part of the base beer. This is very close in quality to many top fruit aged Lambics I've had in the past – the missing link is the lack of any barnyard funky notes found in the former. Rather, this is quite acidic and tart, already on the nose, in a manner that is noticeable from a piercing astringency that tickles the nostrils each time. Truly phenomenal.

Less tart on the palate, yet equally enjoyable to savor for other reasons – mainly in part with the astonishing fruit texture that really makes this unique. Slightly soured raspberries and blackberries (mainly, anyhow) coat the palate in the same respect as if you're eating the fruit by themselves, with a crisp, refreshing mineral texture soon following afterwards. Some notes of caramel, toffee, and baking soda make up the oak-laden finish, which really helps round up the sour structure from the fruit and provide a tasty, mouth cleansing experience that prepares you for your next sip. Medium-dry, with a crisp finish. Complex overall, but delightfully restrained. This is what wild ales should strive to be in American brewing – packs a punch without destroying your inner bowels by the finish.

It IS, however, $25 a bottle, and that's definitely a hard sale to make when I can find other excellent options domestically and abroad for far less. Still, I'm impressed how well the fruit flavor has held up (perhaps improved?) over the past year, and I'm curious to see how it would evolve further and find what would replace the fruit notes as soon as they faded off. Absolutely a must-try, and perhaps once again if you're not concerned about the size of your wallet.

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Photo of cvm4
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011 version

A - Pours a hazy dark raspberry color with an off white head.

S - A very acidic smelling, raspberry tartness comes through as well along with a nice oak character.

T - To me, the raspberry really shines here. At first taste, the raspberry comes through then a moment later you're hit with a good amount of sour. The oak comes through the midway and on the backend.

M - Light bodied and medium carbonation. It's a really dry beer that hides the ABV wonderfully.

O - It's not hugely complex, but the beauty is you know what you're getting into.

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Photo of Santanax
4.68/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Weyerbacher Riserva!!! I acquired a bottle of the 2012 from a friend via trade... been sittiing on it for a while and finally decided to open it... only beer im having today....The cork pops open pretty decently so i know im in for some nice fizz... the smell is funky with raspberry tannisn and oak funkyness.. "half digested horse manure smell"... ohh man this is funk...The flav is amazingly full of raspberry kick with nioce funky lactic tones... they dance on tongue as this beer is fizzy...as the beer warms the heat from the 11% peeks out of the corner of the raspberry burst... Superb day after christmas beer... soo glad i kept it to myself...LOL

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage, 750ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a hazy pinkish color. There's about one fingers worth of white colored head, and it retains pretty well for a 11.4% sour. No lacing, expectedly, but there are some (faint) alcohol legs.

S: This freakin' smells like a kick in the teeth. The tartness from the aroma is twisting my nose around - so are the oak tannins, to a lesser extent. I even get raspberry, but holy crap, is it ever playing second fiddle to the acidic attack.

T: Y'know, for a second, this has a nice blend of raspberry and cream...then the sour shock takes over the finish. This is brutally tart, in a good way. But you know what stuns me? It's 11.4%, and there isn't a hint of alcohol anywhere. This will satisfy a sour craving - and then some.

M: Dry and tannic, with some dryness and tannic qualities, backed by more dry tannins and even some tannic dryness! All this dry tannic-ness covers the alcohol superbly...and the carbonation, for that manner. I didn't even cop out and write down "meh, medium carb." like I normally do during the note-taking process.

O: No doubt, this is among the tartest beers I've sampled. It's a really nice brute-force sour - it isn't particularly sophisticated or complex, but it brings all the tartness I like, without being moronic. Well okay, it's a bit moronic, and that's exactly why I find it so charming.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.79/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

amazing beer. poured into tasting size snifter. appearance is hazy to clear amber. no head but excellent carbonation. fairly standard for this style. smell is all kinds of sour goodness. taste is acidic, tart fruity goodness. mouthfeel is amazing front to back. the fruity sour flavor gives ways to acidic sour dryness on the tongue. overall a very excellent beer worth trying over and over. this would pair well with a piece of fish or nice fruit and nut salad. highly recommend.

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Photo of taylor714914
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked from a beautiful corked and caged 750 ML bottle. 2012 vintage. Pours a beautiful pink rose color with ample carbonation. A thin rose tinted head sits atop this beauty. Smells of raspberries and a hint of funky barnyard.

Taste is spectacular. The mix of sweet ripe raspberries, sour tartness, and barnyard funk play beautifully against each other. Initially the sweet ripe raspberries grace the tongue, followed by a tart zing, and then if held, the barnyard funk comes into play. The finish is raspberry for minutes. The ample carbonation helps carry the tart flavors over the tongue, but isn’t overdone as to cause excessive carbonation. A fantastic beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shaun bought over a 2012 vintage C&C bottle today, 10/15/2013. Thanks Shaun! Poured into a Three Floyds' teku glass.

Pours a very pretty reddish-pink body. Surprisingly, this comes with a relatively moderate head for a Wild- a 1cm pinkish head that dissipates slowly over time into a thin film. Not much lacing to speak of.

This beer smells so acidic, more of lactic than vinegar type of acidity. Tart raspberries and a little bit of oak, with hints of earthiness. Not superbly complex, but smelling this beer gives me heartburn, it's just that damn sour.

Sour, sour, sour. Mostly lactic sourness mixed in with tart, crisp raspberry flavours. Not overly harsh, very tasty. Again a little bit of oak and funk. This is not a funky framboise by any means- its pretty much a very sour raspberry beer that doesn't bring much complexity but it does bring what it advertises and in a clean, balanced flavour profile. I dig it.

Medium bodied, heartburn inducing, dry finish with tart raspberry fruit on the tongue. I cannot tell at all that this is a 11.40% ABV beer. I did not know this until I wrote this review. No wonder the night ended the way it did...

I really enjoyed this sour. Its not Lou Pepe Framboise by any means, but it definitely brings the sour and raspberry fruit flavour to the table. It's to the point, crisp and enjoyable. Dangerously so considering this is a huge 11.40% bomb.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 Edition

A: Pours a hazy pale ruby reddish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint burnt orange + rosé highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy light tan head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tart raspberries with lighter notes of oak and vinegar.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of tart raspberries with some lighter hints of oak. The beer is quite tart (almost tart enough to cause my mouth to pucker) and slightly sour. No alcohol flavors are present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: While the alcohol is well hidden in this beer, making it easy to drink for it's strength it is not a beer for people that are not fans of sour beers as it is quite tart. It seems like I got a quite tart batch and it is enjoyable.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Jim. Thanks!

A: Brackish, opaque red. Pinkish head devolves into a ring. Decent lacing.

N: Raspberries, grapefruit, lemon, oak, and vinegar. Touch of red grape.

T: Aggressively sour, perhaps top 3 of any I’ve had. Vinegar, oak, hints of acetone and the sweetness of raspberries offer some respite, but really, this just puckering.

M: Light body, incredibly scraping. Alcohol is well hidden.

O: A kick in the teeth, but it remains enjoyable. This might cause some digestive issues if you’re not careful, though.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a darker pink color. Thin pinkish white head crackles and pops away to a thin shelf of foam.

S-Tart and forceful raspberry. Berries are underripe and tart more than they are sweet and jammy. Brett notes accompany the fruit well. Sturdy oak too.

T-The flavor is great. Strong, tart raspberry coated in wood. Puckering and nearly vinegary. Brett comes into effect as well. I love the raspberries here.

M-I was surprised at how high the ABV was. The body isn't too thick. I still could see a full bottle of this being a long session of sipping.

O/D-Great beer. Always wanted to try it but I didn't want to shell out the $17ish dollars for it. Now after sampling it I am pretty sure I will be purchasing a bottle.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, raspberry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with super sour and tart raspberry flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but super sour and acidic.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation, somewhat resembling watered down ruby red grapefruit juice. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of tart raspberries are present in the nose; these smell a little like a raspberry sorbet.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of raspberries along with notes of oak from the barrel aging and faint hints of sourness. No sweetness or alcohol are noticeable.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and is a little tart with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is surprisingly drinkable considering its strength because it hides its alcohol very well.

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Photo of Treebs
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml c&c bottle served in a Town Hall Tulip. Thanks to BenTenison for the bottle. 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a hazy grapefruit color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring with no real left down the glass.

S: Sour raspberry with a sugary sweetness, almost like a warhead. Oaky with some

T: Tons of sour pucker on this one. Slightly cheesy on the backend with some oak and vanilla. Tart raspberry with some enamel stripping sour notes. Definitely some funky and sour stuff here.

M: Light, but extremely teeth grinding, enamel stripping in texture. It just coats your teeth and the back of your throat with an intense sourness.

O: A little sour and the teeth coating qualities were a little much for me. A little one note.

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Photo of uturn
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How served: 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

A; The beer poured a cloudy reddish brown with a 1 finger off white head. This brew left no lacing on the glass.

N: The nose was of tart raspberries, mildly acidic with hints of oak.

T: The taste was like biting into a raspberry sweet tart, without having an over the top raspberry flavor nor sweetness. As time went by the brew became tarter and some of the woody oak flavors came through. The finish was very dry and refreshing with almost no hint of alcohol.

M: This beer had a medium crisp body with a low level of carbonation.

O: Overall I really like this brew. I'm going to try to see if this brew will benefit with a little age on it too.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says 2012.

A- Pours a reddish orange color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that soon turns into a thick ring around the edge of the glass and sparse surface foam. Minimal lacing.

S- Smells like a very sweet Flanders style ale which is right up my alley. Some lactic acid on top with strong raspberries beneath.

T- Bounces around from sour to sweet and then back to sour with plenty of acidity and a surprisingly small amount of alcohol as it goes down. In the end, the sour wins and ends up not being so subtle. Notes of sour apple, tart cherry and a raspberry aftertaste.

M- Very puckering, dry and it stings the back of the throat. Medium-low carbonation and a lightish body.

O- For the ABV, this is a very drinkable wild ale. For someone who doesn't normally dig on sours, I really enjoyed this. Can only have 8 ounces at a time though.

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Photo of Piddmeista
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle. Little get together with a certain san diego bottle share group. originally had this at a 4.25 but after contemplation and realizing it was 11.4% abv I had to chiggity check myself. The alcohol was hidden too well. I would have guessed 7.75 at the most, maybe 8 if we were getting crazy, but it was a monday night...I digress. It poured a pinkish red the 1st round but got murkier towards the end eventually down until the dregs, which were straight brown and opaque; reaching an extreme funk. The smell was lambic and footy (wild ale for those being PC). The taste matched the smell plus a viscous coating of raspberry puree.. Not super tart but not New Glarus either; A funky raspberry effervescent wild ale/sour This would be very nice as a vertical.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-minimally hazy red amber color with a smallish white head and minimal lacing

S-raspberry, tartness, slightly spicy, oak

T-raspberries, yeasty, hint of sweetness, red wine flavors, hint of oak

F-medium body with moderate prickly carbonation, crisp and refreshing

O-nice, refreshing wild ale with nice flavor, good summer beer

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Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark amber with a thin lacing of off white head

S - tart raspberries, lactic

T - tart, lactic, sweet raspberries, oak, woody

M - medium bodied, warm, well carbonated

This is a fantastic Wild Ale. It has tremendous balance, deep flavor, and great balance. The oak-aging is superb as are the raspberries. The lactic, tartness is intense but almost perfect. This is definitely a beer that is worth trying.

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Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 320 ratings.