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Rapture - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 139
Gots: 82 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

6.7% American Wild Red Ale that has undergone 100% of its fermentation and 18 months of aging in pinot noir wine barrels on a collection of micro flora that has created wonderful flavors of berry fruits, oak and a pronounced, yet quite pleasant tartness. The acidity is rounded out with a muted vinous quality, satisfying maltiness and effervescent mouthfeel that is sure to bring you joyful ecstasy.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011)
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Reviews by ktrillionaire:
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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%

Big thanks to G311 for the hook-up. The brew pours a rustic and cloudy umber hue, and is capped with a very short-lived head. There is a lot of cherry available in both aroma and flavor, as well as a palpable woody dryness. As it airs out, the fruit suggestions segue from tart cherry to a berry melange. There is a definite red wine complexity, as well as a dark caramel note underlying, not unlike, say, La Folie. The tartness is moderate and fairly varied in nature, with the most discernible being some acetic-balsamic notes on the nose. Slightly petillant, with a good weight for the profile and character of the brew. I enjoyed this one very much. Weyerbacher is the MOST underrated brewery out.

11-22-2011 14:03:02 | More by ktrillionaire
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

03-15-2012 14:51:43 | More by Outchillen
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-06-2012 05:25:47 | More by Callmecoon
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-18-2011 13:05:47 | More by Hoops4life511
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

09-03-2012 08:25:01 | More by standardcherry
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-14-2011 14:14:58 | More by PatrickSullivan
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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Sampled from a bottle during the release party at Weyerbacher.

Rapture is a very nice sour red. I wasn't sure what to expect from this beer given the reputation that the '10 Riserva has earned for being a vinegar bomb, but Rapture was delicate, complex and well-balanced. The 18+ months spend on wood really shows through in this beer with a lot of dry vinous and oaky flavors that permeate the nose and the palate of this beer.

The beer is the deep vibrant color of dried blood with a slightly pinkish beige head that leaves good cling. The smell is dominated by the wine and bugs giving it a tart fruity aroma that smells almost like dry fruit punch or lemonade powder (weird description, I know). The beer is woody and wine-like, that has a dry black- and raspberry notes, a little aged tobacco and a gentle sour finish. There was not a lot of brett funk and pedio character, though there is a little leather and earthy must. The beer does have a nice touch of lactic and citric acidity.The beer has a very soft, pleasant mouthfeel with tickling carbonation that coats the mouth.

I think that a fair comparison for this beer is Russian River Supplication, which is also a red/brown ale aged in Pinot Noir barrels. I would be interested to try this side by side because my memory of Supplication is not that great. This beer is definitely fruit forward with only the slightest bit of earthiness. If you told me this was a Flanders Red, I would say this is the best, compared to the best examples of American Wilds, this is very good.

09-23-2011 17:56:11 | More by Soonami
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-10-2012 09:37:36 | More by tugg407
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

12-05-2011 01:46:31 | More by acurtis
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4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

Many thanks to ShanePB for this huge want! Had this in July at GABF when they first opened these bottles. Amazing stuff back then, and have been looking for a bottle since. Poured from C&C bottle into Jester King Farmhouse Ale glass. Pours a cloudy and rich looking amber color. Smell- tart cherries, cherry pie filling, sugary rich tart flavors. Taste- front of the palate a sharp tart sour flavor. It is followed by a cherry pie filling blast, a little bit of that pinot noir grape flavor is in the background. nice carbonation makes for a nice dry finish. This reminds me of a flanders style sour, possibly close to Supplication. Just a really wonderful sour. Would have this again and again if I could.

12-20-2011 01:37:06 | More by lnashsig
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Thanks to ShanePB for this one!

A: Pours a hazy red/copper/brown color with a small tan head that reduces quickly to a ring around the top. No lacing.

S: Dark cherries, vinegar, and a little bit of caramel. There is definitely some wood coming through and a little bit of vanilla.

T: More dark cherries and a little bit of red grapes with a slight tart green apple flavor as well. There is a little bit of brown sugar and caramel.

M: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is lively. Not overly sour, but overall has a nice tartness. Slightly dry finish.

O: A really nice wild, seems more like a flanders, but it doesn't change the fact that it taste good.

05-04-2012 01:37:15 | More by mdaschaf
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-19-2013 14:18:52 | More by Varkias41
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-21-2011 04:42:15 | More by jh1982
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%

Thanks to capra12 for picking this one up for me. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a coarse, 1 finger off-white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear, dark, reddish-purple. Lacing is non-existant. A bit below average for the style due to little head and poor lacing.

Nose is sharp, tart raspberry, vinegar, and sweet red fruit. Moderately robust. Nice.

Opens sweet raspberry and cherry. Vinegary with a nice creaminess. Spicy towards the middle. Brett and wet hay notes. Sweetens even more as it warms with the tartness dropping into the background. Finish is cobwebs and wet hay with a sour vinegar finish. Nice. Flavors are pretty simple but well integrated.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and spicy and puckering going down. Dry finish with a lingering aftertaste. Great feel.

A solid take on the American Wild Ale overall. However, this is much more of a Flanders Oud Bruin in my opinion... a very good one. Would love to sample this one again in a year or so.

12-01-2011 02:17:47 | More by SpeedwayJim
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-08-2012 01:24:05 | More by leschkie
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

06-18-2014 02:37:02 | More by Gonzoillini
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3.93/5  rDev -7.7%

Cheers to Riggsy for this one!

Pours a semi-hazed orange with a slight ivory colored head. Looks more like a glass of wine, zero head retention & lacing

S: Raspberries & oakyness

T: Much sourness up front, raspberry, a touch of vinegar & oaky dryness. Puckery dryness, leather, vinegar notes. Finishes puckery & dry, with a bit of sherry & tart cherries

MF: Medium bodied, dry,dry, dry & near zero carbonation

A nice sour, a fairly good jolt to the palet, sour freaks will enjoy this. I was hoping for a bit more diversity in the flavors

03-17-2012 04:53:17 | More by russpowell
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-27-2011 22:04:05 | More by GuisseppeFranco
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-07-2011 03:49:41 | More by OddNotion
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.4%

11-14-2011 22:04:00 | More by bbpro47
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

Big thanks goes out to the sent me this one in a recent trade (can't remember who it was)! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a slightly hazy dark red with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, vinegar, and a subtle amount of funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, fruit, funk, vinegar, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I have to be honest and say that I have been quite impressed with the Wyerbacher Wild Ales I have had and this one was no disappointment. All of the flavors and aromas on this one were spot-on for the style and quite enjoyable. Everything blended quite well together making this one very easy to drink. A definite must try if you get the opportunity.

12-11-2011 22:54:36 | More by thagr81us
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

12-02-2011 14:45:00 | More by Damico
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-24-2011 19:04:13 | More by GRG1313
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4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Received in the Alliteration BIF, thanks oline73! Review #50.

Pours a medium brown with a fleeting, fizzy head. Settles with a rim of foam.

Red wine/tannins, slight funk, some sour cherry on the nose. I can tell red wine has been involved in this process; aging in pinot noir barrels makes sense.

Taste is where this beer shines, which is a laudable goal for any good beer. Slight but noticeable funk with just a hint of sour. Some cherry, red wine grapes, a hint of sweetness on the back.

Nice fizzy carbonation that works with this style, I believe referred to as "effervescent" in the BA description. Above average carbonation.

Overall I was impressed; perhaps a good intro beer for those not familiar with the "Wild" category. Worth seeking out.

11-07-2011 00:50:02 | More by CruisaC
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