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Riserva - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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311 Reviews

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Reviews: 311
Hads: 939
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 179
Gots: 283 | FT: 29
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 06-14-2008

Ale with raspberry purée added and aged in oak barrels.
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Photo of danpam1024
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is my personal opinion and may not be a fair reflection of what may be in fact a great "American Wild Ale". However, through this sampling I've discovered I'm not a fan of sour or high carbonation ales. Loved the smell though...

Others may rate this much higher if this type of beer is up their alley. Unfortunately, this style was overpowering and just not for me. (371 characters)

Photo of Jonada
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. 750ml bottle. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Bright ruby red color. Slightly hazy with lots of visible carbonation. A slightly aggressive pour yielded about a finger of a slightly off white/pinkish head that dissipated almost instantly to a thin collar.

Smell: Sour cherries, raspberries, lemon, a surprising amount of funk, oak. Smells really sour!

Taste: Not as sour as the aroma would have you think. The sourness is still on the high side, but not mouth puckeringly so. As for the flavors, I'm getting raspberry, stone fruits, lactic notes, green apple, and some light funk

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation on the lower end of medium. Nice lingering sour finish. If this is 11.4% abv, you don't taste it.

Overall: Excellent american sour. I can't believe this just sits on shelves in some places. It doesn't get the hype that some of the more popular popular sours get, but it's nearly every bit as good. (972 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, 2012 version. Hazy, reddish-amber in color. The two-finger head has a pink hue and lasts for a bit, but then fades without a trace. On the nose there's a great blend of fruit and wild ale funk. Ripe raspberry jam at the forefront. Some dank and musty cellar notes. After a bit, a tannic and woody character emerges. Great aromatic complexity.

Flavor is tart, with a good amount of raspberry fruit character to stand up to it. I can't believe that this is around 11% ABV -- it doesn't seem like it could be anywhere near that on the palate. Pleasant oaky smoothness in both the flavor and texture.

Pricey but worth the money. The great balance between fruit and funk is right up my alley, and it isn't at all boozy given the high ABV. Along with Insanity, this is the best I've had from Weyerbacher. (814 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. 2012 bottle.

Appearance - Deep red body with a little bit of a cream head. No retention at all. Just some bubbles popping at the surface. Lifeless shortly thereafter.

Smell - Strong raspberry. Mishmash of acidic flavors. Doesn't seem to be the cleanest of sours, but the raspberry flavor is nice. Slight funk to it, too.

Taste - Lots of tart raspberry. Another mishmash of sour flavors. A bit of mustiness and malt in the back as well as some raspberry sweetness. Strong oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. No booze, but lots of residual sugar. Medium carbonation despite its appearance.

Overall - Great fruit character but not without its flaws in the sour category. That said I've enjoyed my sizable pour of this. (777 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage

pours a beautiful raspberry puree color. with no back lighting the body still captures all the light in the room and has a brightness to it. thin off white head settles just as quickly as it rises.

nose is very big yet simple. nothing but freshly crushed raspberries.

taste is more like juice and vodka than a beer. tasty yet simple.

mouthfeel is very wine like, cheap syrupy wine. little burn in the back of the throat from the alochol.

gets better as it warms. i would of been better off waiting till i had someone to share with. not that it's bad, it's just a little too much for me. hopefully it keeps for a day in the fridge. (649 characters)

Photo of shigg85
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle somewhere in Pennsylvania with no label on it because Weyerbacher labels are cheap and fall off. An amazingly beautiful wild ale with some kind of CRAZY funk smell that i'm not sure I enjoy, but is definitely interesting to postulate about. Wonderful sour raspberry flavor and a strong alcohol presence. Overall, a great wild ale, but that smell is something to reckon with. Try it only if you can truly handle wild ales! (437 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle won at a Monk's raffle
2010 vintage, consumed Dec. 2012.

Poured a ruby-mahogany color, clear at first, hazier as it got closer to that huge trub layer on the bottom of the bottle. A few stray bubbles formed on the pour, but there was no real head to speak of. Aroma loaded with raspberry and funky grass. Blast of raspberry up front in the taste, very sour, with a saliva-inducing acetic acid sensation, though lacking any pulverizing vinegar flavor, underlying berry and malt sweetness, oak and earth mid- to end-palate, with a slight, subtle grassiness in there that is mostly overwhelmed by the tartness of the raspberries. Kind of hard to believe that this had been mellowing out for two years, because it still packed a mean punch. Contrary to some other reviews of this, I can't really say anything bad about the beer...I thought it was great. Medium body, low carbonation, lacking a bit in crispness, but nonetheless, a great sour beer overall. I guess the ABV at 8-10%, and apparently I was wrong. (1,024 characters)

Photo of HumanParaquat
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011

Deep maroon in color and quite murky with some visible sediment. Even a vigorous pour musters only the faintest whisper of head, leaving minimal lacing.

A nice mix of raspberries and cherries in the nose. A little bit of red wine vinegar, some oak and funk. No trace of alcohol, surprisingly, despite the high ABV.

Taste is all raspberry jam up front and very sour with a nice level of doughy sweetness muted just enough to keep it out of sweet tart candy territory. Gets a little musty in the finish and even faintly metallic, which bothered me at first, but I grew to like it. Again, the alcohol is incredibly well-masked.

Mouthfeel is fuller-bodied and a bit less carbonated than other sours I’ve had. Not a bad thing…seems to suit this one.

Very interesting and delicious. It really grew on me the more time I spent with it. Kinda reminded me of a raspberry kolacki, only sour. (903 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
2.04/5  rDev -48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Vintage 2010

Pours murky amber with just a thin ring of head from a vigorous pour. No retention or lacing.

Aroma features nail polish remover with some slight raspberry and oak undertones. Smells like pure acetone.

Flavor unfortunately is similar. This beer tastes almost exactly like when I got curious and took a sip of my roselare starter. Acetone overpowers any other flavors in this although if I try hard, I can find the raspberry hidden under the pure vinegar. Also finishes with a weird metallic aftertaste.

Medium to full bodied. Alcohol is hidden fairly well. I would not have guessed this ABV. Dry and oaky finish.

This was a disaster. Not sure if it's the age or if this is just a bad beer, but as someone who usually loves extreme sour and puts vinegar on pretty much everything, it's too much for me. A big disappointment considering how much I love Rapture as well. (885 characters)

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010
A: Amber-red and slightly murky. No head, as to be expected.

S: Raspberries, cider vinegar, oak and tons of funk.

T: Tart and acidic doesn't begin to describe this beer. Sharp tannins, sour raspberry funk and oak all combine to make this a delectable wild ale. There are some notes of vanilla and caramel in there. NOTE TO FIRST TIME DRINKERS OF THE Riserva '10: After the first pour, I immediately noticed a metallic taste on the finish. It turned me off at first, but I decided to let beer breath outside of the bottle for about 10 minutes, and that made a world of difference.

M: Tangy, acidic and full bodied. Tart and round. Big on the palate.

O: A great sour wild ale. If you can get this vintage, I recommend it. I've heard good things about the other vintages as well, but this wasn't too shabby. (822 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked & caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. 2010 (IE, the really really sour one) vintage

A- pours a murky reddish brown with no head at all, and the uncorking had a minimal pop. At least the warning label says "this isn't carbonated well". I'll give them credit for that at least

S- tons of raspberry coming through, and the sourness actually burns my nostrils a little bit. Never had that happen before...

T- the sourness almost burns my throat, it's that intense. Tons of raspberry coming through. But my god, the sour...it almost doesn't taste natural

M- thin bodied, as expected

O- I mean....Weyerbacher did throw a label on this saying it was more tart than ever. The acidity is off the charts. It's not an overly pleasurable experience though, because the beer comes off as very one-dimenstional. A disappointment. (838 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2011 bottling poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a very foggy dark pink color; appears very creamy and viscous with a thin white coating of head topping off the glass. Some sediment sinks to the bottom of my glass while what appear to be raspberry seeds float atop it.

S: A big, rich, overripe raspberry smell controls things here- it's very intense. Fermented fruit provides a damp mustiness, while yeast and oak round the smell out.

T: Raspberry flavors- both sour and sweet- are most noticeable here, with the flavor becoming more tangy on the beer's finish. Oak and a light vanilla complement the sweet berry flavors. The aforementioned mustiness and a considerable dose of alcohol strengthen as the beer warms, and unfortunately along with them comes a metallic flavor which dominates the beer's flavor at the end of the glass. My opinion of the taste really changed over the course of my serving, unfortunately going downhill near the end.

M: Medium to thick body, with light carbonation and a sticky finish.

O: Riserva is a strange and interesting beer; while I prefer most of the other sours I've had to date, it was a good experience to try such a big one, in terms of ABV and body. It's considerably less sour than most other wild ales (or lambics, geuezes, etc.), and unfortunately the metallic flavor put a damper on my enjoyment of it. (1,352 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Most difficult beer to open in the entire world. A huge thanks to Aw Yeh for splitting this me.

Appearance - Lots of raspberry seeds floating around. A deliciously tart and acidic looking beer. A nice white and foamy ring around the beer, though there was really no head on the pour and obviously no retention. A bit of caramel-brown hue behind all of the red berries.

Smell - Smells lightly sour, but not overpowering. Tart raspberries. The berries are really overpowering here. Lots of wild yeast.

Taste - Definitely a complex taste that I was not expecting. This beer packs a huge punch with its 11.4 percent ABV. A huge alcoholic backing full of wild yeast and earthy notes on top of a delicious sour balloon of raspberry puree. A nice lemony punch behind the whole thing. Complex.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - A nice smooth, yet tart, burn throughout the entire body. The wild yeast is intense and gripping. The ABV is very well balanced, though. Gets a little metallic after a few drinks. (1,000 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
1.47/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

2010 bottle i believe.

I think this beer was aged in many small acetone cans. You can not convince me otherwise.
Redish brown color and no head, this thing was decapitated.
The nose is like acetone, just cuts the fruit apart. Bleh.
The raspberries are hard to find under the nail polish mess, some oak, it is sour and acidic, but still a terrible beer.

Run away. (368 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer shared by ahalloin. Had this many times finally reviewing it. 2010 vintage tried tonight.

Pours a beautiful dark red hue with vrynlittl head or lacing, a pretty look for a wild. The smell is very sour, though there isn't much else other than soured berries, I limit much though. The taste is very tart but it has a nice balance with lots of tart berries, lots of layers of flavor for a wild of this abv. Nice raspberries and blackberries in the tast. The feel is acidic but also bry flavorful and deep, lasting very long on the palate.

Great sour overall, awesome. (585 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unclear orange/pinkish with no head and no lacing. Aroma is mostly of fresh raspberries with acetic notes, oak, brettanomyces and light earthy notes. Taste is slightly sweet with fresh raspberries, moderate tartness, acetic notes, wood, earthy notes and light funk. Alcohol is exceptionally well hidden; it’s drinking like a 5-6% abv raspberry beer. Dry mouthfeel. Almost winey at times. Low to moderate carbonation. Medium body. A really good raspberry Sour Ale. Complex and really enjoyable. (495 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml of the 2010 vintage... Poured into a diver glass

A: pours a murky raspberry red color, with absolutely no head and no lacing, although the label warned the carbonation levels ate low due to this batches high acidity.

S: I get a ton of raspberry aroma, I could smell it wafting out of the glasses after I poured them before I even rose the glass to my nose. When I due get the the glass to my nose I smell a ton of tart fresh raspberry with a hint of cherry skin, a bit of oak, there is a bi of raspberry sweetness in there as well along with the tartness.

T: they weren't kidding when they said this was very sour, damn, loads of raspberry flavor up front ending with a Puckering sour blast and some woody oak notes, cherry skin notes and oak tannins are also very prevelant in the taste profile. I can't get over how sour this is, I also get a faint touch of vinegar on the end along with a mild sweetness.

M: medium bodied, with a juicy lush mouthfeel, and a Pickering sour/dry finish.... Leaves me actually puckering my mouth.... The carbonation is low, as it said it would be on the warning sticker.

O: this is one of the sourest sour beers I've had to date, if your in the mood for some really mouth puckering raspberry sour deliciousness, give this bad boy a whirl, I'm still puckering. (1,313 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011

Pours blood orange with a lightly pink thick sheet. Smells of sour raspberries, some oak, graham and lacto. Flavor is sour with a slight sharp sweetness and a nice grain feeling. There are some vitamin flavors as well. I like the flavor of this one. Medium bodied with plenty of carb and an off dry finish. This beer is a surprise for me - I'm not a weyerbacher fan, but this vintage of this beer is good. I've got a "flat" 2010 in the cellar still, and hopefully it's nice, but this one was quite enjoyable. 3.5/4/4/3.5/4 (536 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. The color reminded me of cherry juice a little, almost like a dull ruby color. Just a trace amount of white lacing circled the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a pretty good mix of sour, tart flavors and sweet fruity ones. I get more of a sour cherry flavor to it at first, but the sweeter raspberries did come out soon after. Pretty nice aroma overall.

The taste also blends the sweeter fruitiness with a pretty bold sourness. The sweeter raspberry and cherry flavors come out more up front, but it quickly starts to take a sharp turn towards the sour side in the finish. The finish is very tart, sour and dry with a little of the oak barrel coming out as well. The fruit flavors are very good in it, I got a lot of cherry flavors out of it which I really enjoyed. A little sharp and acidic at times, but pretty nice overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being on the lower end. Overall it was a pretty solid American Wild. It was very tart and sour with some really nice fruit flavors. I do think it lacks some of the depth and complexity of the Belgian versions, but for an American version it was pretty good overall. (1,229 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weyerbacher Riserva

LOOK: Pours a stunning reddish mahogany. Decent clarity with a chill haze. There is some yeast/berry sediment, most of which, I reserved.

SMELL: Aroma of sour raspberries, barnyard funk and Belgian yeast. There is a lemony element as well as a touch of red wine vinegar.

TASTE: In the taste, tart raspberry purée with some complex flavor and acidity. Barrel aged oaky notes and a hint of booze. Fair amounts of bitterness, tannins, vinegar and lactic notes make for an extreme flavor profile. Raspberry and dark cherry flavor lingers into the slightly sour finish.

FEEL: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderately carbonated with a dryer finish.

OVERALL: I was not disappointed with the elusive Riserva. This is a big intense wild ale that has become highly sought after. The flavors make this offering worthy of such praise. Can stand up to any strong flavored cheese its paired with. (908 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage purchased from Downeast Beverage in Portland, ME. Review from notes.

A: Depending on the level of sediment, the beer was either a clear dark purple or a cloudy lighter purple/brown color. No real head or lacing.

S: Very acidic with some nice tartness. There is some raspberry, oak, a little vanilla, and a little vinegar.

T: Similar to the aroma with a nice tart/sour quality. More raspberry and a little strawberry with a little wood.

M: Medium bodied, on the sour/acetic side of the spectrum. Not everyone I shared it with was a fan, but I enjoyed it a great bit.

O: A nice American Wild Ale, glad I was able to grab two bottles of this. (661 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011: $15

A: Pours out a very pretty clear red color with about a finger of white head. The bubbles racing from the bottom of the bottle hold a thin ring of head at the top that doesn't lace all that well. Luckily I was able to avoid pouring the crazy amount of yeast that had collected at the bottom of the bottle. 4.5

S: Big hit of sweet raspberries and really tart, sour oakiness. I was actually pretty shocked to see how high the ABV was, and it is extremely apparent here. It smells delicious, but I am docking it a little because it hints towards disjointed instead of balanced. 4

T: I believe that having an American Wild Ale that is this tart, yet paired with so much booze is a first for me. It starts off very tartly acidic, and evolves into sweet raspberry puree, before being taken over by hints of oak and a boozy finish. The tastes develop very well on my tongue and leave me wanting more after every sip. It's a good thing the raspberry is so sweet, otherwise the beer would be too tart and boozy. 4

MF: Medium to heavy body for an American Wild Ale with a nice amount of carbonation. I'm going back and forth on how drinkable this is. The tartness, sweetness, and booziness does get to you after a while, but it's just really tasty. 4

O: This is a great beer. I really like what they're doing here, and am excited to see how it ages. 4.5

2010: $24

A: The pour is different from the 2011. The carbonation is much lower than normal. Absolutely no head, but still a nice ruby red pour that seems to be a bit more hazy than 2011. 4

S: This aroma is much better balanced than the 2011 was. The alcohol has taken a big step back, with the sour and tart characteristics taking over. The sweet raspberry puree hides in the background, but is stronger than the booze notes. Oak and sour dominated, I much prefer this vintage's aroma. 4.5

T: The variation in tastes between the 2010 and 2011 is absurd, it's like they're different beers! The oak has stepped up its game, with the alcohol mellowing extremely nicely, making the beer more balance.. The raspberry puree lends a very nice amount of sweetness to the tartness (which I don't think is too aggressive. I was expecting an enamel ripper from what the sticker said). Instead of developing on the tongue, this taste is more consistant, which is good and bad. The palate is just bombarded by oak, sour, and raspberries...and I just happen to love it. By the time I reached the bottom of the second glass, however, the sour had taken over-defining enamel ripper. The aftertaste, however can border on unpleasant at times. It's a bit musty and almost seems to come from "extra" fruit. 4.5

MF: The body on this vintage is more thin and much less carbonated than the fresh vintage. I can't say, however, that it hurts the drinkability. I really found the thin, undercarbonated body matched the other characteristics of the beer really well. 4

O: It is actually really difficult to compare these two. My recommendation would be to buy a bottle of this year's and see what happens. 4.5

2009: $26

A: Very clear ruby red pour with an initial head of about two fingers and white in color. The head is nothing more than a few bubbles, and recedes into the beer quickly. I will say that a ton of bubbles are racing up through this beer, which I was not expecting. As before, just a ton of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. You have to make sure you dump the last inch or so of liquid. 4.5

S: This is more a return to the 2011 vintage than the 2010 vintage in terms of aroma. A really nice amount of raspberries really take the forefront, with oak, some booze, and some tartness playing along. I certainly wouldn't refer to it as boozy, but it certainly has mellowed over the last 3 years or so. It's wonderful blend of sweet fruit and sour tartness. 4.5

T: Yet again, a new take on the taste for this beer. I can't really say I expected three years of vintages to have such different flavor profiles. Again, the 2009 vintage harkens back to the 2011. The beer certainly doesn't seem as disjointed as the fresh vintage was, but I can't say the flavors are better overall, they're just not as strong. The taste starts right off the bat with sweet raspberry and is taken over quickly by a nice tart character. There's an underlying oakiness, but nothing assertive. I'm shocked that there's hardly any booze in the taste at all. It's more balanced and mellowed, but less impressive. 4

MF: Lighter body than the others with a medium level of carbonation (much more than 2010). It's really drinkable. The lack of booze really makes this quite an easy drinking beer. Really dry finish, the sour character completely coats the mouth. 4.5

O: I believe the 2009 might have scored the highest, but they all had their high points. They were such different beers, this had to be one of the most eye opening cellar tastings I've done. I absolutely recommend you buy this, drink it fresh, and age it. 4.5 (4,959 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
2.51/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter glass.

2010 vintage.

pours a murky, rusty cranberry tone yielding no head whatsoever. hmm... sticker on the bottle warns this batch is very different from prior years. so it seems.

appealing, bold nose smacks of rasberries and apple cider. big tart/sour presence through and through. my hopes are buoyed. but whoa... taste, unfortunately, takes my suddenly lofty expectations and does an about-face, pile-driving them into the frozen dirt outside. rasberries out in front quickly become engulfed in a tidal wave of cloying sourness, drowning my palate with such mouth-puckering acidity i wonder if it will ever un-pucker. way overdone. also on the boozy side.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with very low carbonation, makes it tough(er) to drink. disappointing. i really wanted to like this beer, especially paying almost $19 for the bottle. alas, it's simply not for me.

originally reviewed: 12-29-2010 (952 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Littleb for hooking this one up a while back. enjoyed from a cantillion zwanze day glass.

2010 vintage

a - de-caged and de-corked with hardly a pop (expected based on the sticker on the bottle). the brew poured an effervescent champagne looking pinkish red almost brownish orange too with essentially no head but some soft tiny bubbles.

s - smells super tart of raspberry and oak. really nice, but very vinegary.

t - WHOA THAT'S GOOD SQUISHY!!! talk about super sour and super tart, but super delicious. HUGE vinegar and raspberries. tart, but digestible. some oak is present, but this bad boy is SOUR.

m - very light carbonation (as expected), medium bodied and very juice like. doesn't really feel like a beer and with all that tartness there is no way you detect the huge ABV.

o - i would DEFINITELY have this beer again. the sourness is huge and it works. would love to try a different vintage, but wouldn't mind revisiting this one again. if you are a fan of sour beers, this is a MUST try. the low carbonation would normally hurt this beer, but the tartness is just that good. (1,103 characters)

Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Definitely leaning (way) toward the brothers' rating on this one.

A: Pours a light carmel brown with a one finger head that quicky disapates to a few floating bubbles.

S/T: Sour nose, fruit flavors and raspberry jam with a nice sour pinch.

M: Cool, smooth and refreshing, really nice!

O: I love this beer. Really nice wild ale. Got the farmhouse funkiness, with plenty of fruit and ale. Nice oak background with a long jammy-raspberry finish. Really, REALLY, nice!!! (472 characters)

Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.