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Riserva - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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890 Ratings

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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 14.22%
Wants: 172
Gots: 266 | FT: 28
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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Riserva from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.