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Rapture - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 139
Gots: 83 | 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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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of yourefragile. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a red-amber color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some cherries and oak plus a bit of an acetic character behind the lactic acid. Flavor ramps up the acetic character a bit more; not surprising given what Riserva is normally like. Light-medium body with oak and acetic acid. Not the best sour, though not awful.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 14:21:24 | More by Thorpe429
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Daniel9913

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -29.6%

01-05-2012 21:52:44 | More by Daniel9913
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cmiley123

Ohio

3/5  rDev -29.6%

12-30-2011 00:16:16 | More by cmiley123
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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.6%

11-15-2011 02:20:34 | More by brendaniel
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pavpav12

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

05-05-2012 21:08:00 | More by pavpav12
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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

03-07-2013 02:53:35 | More by t0rin0
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light white pink head. Color is a hazed peach.

Aroma: Sour cherries and fruit. Oak and spices. Not as sour as riserva.

Taste: A little sour but more fruity. I get a lime flavor here. Cherry tartness. Oak and some spices. A little caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Light bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends slightly clean.

Overall, decent, but I surprisingly like riserva better. This was kind of light flavored. Somewhat drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 23:45:56 | More by mothman
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Njstoutlover23

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

04-28-2012 04:04:58 | More by Njstoutlover23
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

01-03-2013 02:13:01 | More by Rhettroactive
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

01-11-2013 00:08:30 | More by IrishColonial
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FullObs

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

07-16-2012 19:31:52 | More by FullObs
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a brownish maroon color with a thin tan colored head.

S: Cherry tartness. Green apple, pear and red wine characteristics and light oak notes.

T: Very disappointed with the flavor. I was expecting lots of brett and mouth puckering tartness. Overall this isnt that sour. There's a lot more fruitiness than funk or sour.

M: Pretty spot on as far as carbonation. Finishes dry yet crisp.

Overall: A middle of th road Wild ale. I definitley liked their Riserva better then this. 18 months in oak would impart much for flavor one would think. This lacked the brett and oakiness i had hoped for.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 21:44:22 | More by BigMike
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 02:17:47 | More by SpeedwayJim
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Batch 2. Big thanks to stevefinny for this.

3.5 A: Mildly hazed amber plum color. Two fingers of fizzy beige head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.0 S: Cherry and mixed berry fruitiness to start. Just underneath that there is a savory component that is hard to describe - maybe like a pithy fruitiness, perhaps if berries had peels like oranges. Moderate tartness that seems more fruity tart than sour tart. Dusty type funkiness with old, dry wood, and attic. The faintest of medicinal qualities. Oak and vanilla. Vinous red grapiness to round things out.

3.5 T: Cherry is by far the strongest flavor in the taste. Assorted berries probably come next. Surprisingly more sour than fruity tart, which fooled me in the nose. Only a cursory sourness though. The oak comes through a lot stronger and leaves a hint of tannic astringency. Same type of funk as mentioned in the nose. There's a decent complexity to this, but the flavors run shallow. Additionally, this would benefit greatly from just a hint more acetic acid. It just seems like it's missing something. Still, it's a tasty brew.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. The carbonation, while not heavy, is not as spritzy as I'd like. Smooth nonetheless.

3.5 D: Decent effort and worth a try if you can find it, but don't plan on being blown away.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 05:16:37 | More by DavoleBomb
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HopHead84

California

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/20/3011

Bottle shared by Carlos.

A: Red tinged orange with a small white head.

S: Nondescript berry with grape, oak, and a little plum. Lactic notes are pronounced. The tartness is pretty clean. Vinegar is evident.

T: Soft lactic notes with a pleasant acetic acidity. Notes of grape and raspberry are apparent, and oak is well integrated. There's a moderate tartness throughout and a drying oak finish with mild tannins and an increased acetic quality.

M: Medium body with lower moderate carbonation.

Overall: A solid Wild Ale. A little simple but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 00:33:41 | More by HopHead84
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at The Hulmeville Inn, split with oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid.

Rapture has a dark red appearance with some dark brown mixed in with maroon. A nice strong beige finger of foam with minor sticks. Some yeast on the bottom of the bottle, careful pours needed. Smell is ripe with grape, cherry, fruit and some oak with the expected vanilla. Some funky scent with alot of warming. Cold, Rapture shows off the malt presence, caramel, mixing in with the ripe fruits up above. Cherry comes out alot, with grape. Some funky bugs, brett? lacto? creating a nice pleasant tartness, that seems young. Feel is medium with a nice carb with a twang on the backend. Glad I split this one, Rapture was not the bomb. Seeing how this spent 18 months in oak, plus another 6 additional months in the bottle, I was looking for more pucker. Hopefully this beer comes together in future batches.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 07:24:08 | More by BARFLYB
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Retsinis

California

3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Adam (mrbubbler) for bringing this to the tasting.

Review is from notes, tasted mid October.

A: Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, an intial quarter inch of soapy head forms, & quick disapation, settling to just a ring of bubbles. Beer is a hazy brown, with a ruby hue.

S: Still training my wild ale/sour nose, but I get acidic & lactic scents, wood, some light raspberries, & dates.

T: Mirrors the nose for me mostly, dates, light wood, touch of apples as it warms. Acidity & lactic acids are a bit potent for me personally.

M: Medium carbonation, light touch of medium dryness. Sticky sweetness.

O: Good to Decent, but more acidic then balanced to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 22:51:36 | More by Retsinis
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for sharing this beer. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A finger of off-white foam settles to a thick collar, some wisps, and minimal lace. Dark orange-brown body.

S - Oak, vinegar, some lactic sourness, and perhaps a touch of plastic. Somewhat generic "American" wild ale flavor profile, and a touch too woody, but on the whole fairly pleasant.

T - Taste is a bit less exciting. There's some spicy red wine mingling with the oak and acetic sourness. The finish is dusty and somewhat medicinal.

M - Zesty carbonation, mild pucker, and a medium body. Finishes quite dry and tannic, with light acidity. Alcohol isn't present. Goes down quite easy, and doesn't cause stomach distress, which is appreciated.

D - A solid American Wild Ale. Nothing super exciting, but drinkable, enjoyable, and something I'd drink again if it were available. Unfortunately I can think of many beers of this style that I'd rather drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 04:13:44 | More by MasterSki
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to smoked for hooking me up with this. Corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. This brew appears a fairly clear color that is caught somewhere between a copper amber and orangish red depending on how you want to look at it. When held to the light, it shines with almost a ruby coloration through the body and lighter yellowish indications towards the top. An initial surge of tan head forms across the top with a finger's strength that quickly fizzles away to a thin penline around the outside perimeter of the glass. A light swirl agitates some bubbles from solution but fails to compose any significant formation of a head. The retention is fairly poor.

The smell of this brew is inviting with a notion of sour berries, specifically cherry that is met with a light herbal tinge that makes for a lightly medicinal aspect to the aroma. A light funky aspect of cheese and feet is present along with a mellow smoothness of vanilla sweet character from the barrel aging. As the brew warms up, there is a light musty aspect of moist wood that adds a nice dimension to round out the nose.

The taste of this brew has a flavor of unripe mixed berries coupled with tart cherry upfront. Some funky, stinky cheese flavoring is present mixed with the barrel aged inclusion of moist wood and mild vanilla smoothness that accents the fruited flavoring. There is an herbal hop presence that brings on thoughts of a bit of mineral aspect and more medicinal quality about this brew as it warms up. The overall character is well rounded and enjoyable but seems a bit one-noted and not as complex as most wild ales. As it gets increasingly more warm, the sourness gets a bit more sharp and drying to the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to light level of carbonation. An overall enjoyable mix of flavors with nothing off-putting about it. At this stage, it almost reminds me more of a young flanders red than an american wild ale (if that means anything.) I suppose some age could do this brew no harm, as-is I have no complaints, its an all and all decent brew that is worth trying if you have the chance. I am interested in seeing what this brew evolves into with some time.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 03:16:23 | More by stakem
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL C+C bottle, stamped 052011, Batch 1. Served in a Weyerbacher tulip. Bottle opens with a gentle pop. Overall reminded me of one part Duchesse, two parts Rosso and one part "Oh no, is this sort of, kind of like Riserva?"

Pours a dark, turbid, muddy amber color. Hard pour produces a light tan, cream colored finger thick head that fades to retentive collar with thin film and minimal lacing. Sweet aroma of cherry, tart apple, red grapes, and oak with a mild leathery "funkiness" and minimal sourness. Big relief upon first taste as this isn't the vinegar bomb of Riserva '10. Similar to the nose in sweetness and fruitiness with the 18 months of barrel aging imparting a stronger dry and vinous texture throughout. Almost non-existent funk or brett presence and woody, tannic presence that increases intensity through the finish. Medium thick body, with soft, light carbonation and a disappointing thin, watery finish. Decent aging prospects and definitely a step in quality above Riserva, but "fresh" it's difficult to get excited about this the same way as a Russian River much less most Belgians. Regardless, well done Weyerbacher, this is greatly exceeded my expectations.

Edit: I got really bored half way through this bottle and dumped it to drink a Rosso instead. Knocked down the overall .5 accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 18:57:40 | More by yourefragile
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12%

08-04-2013 11:36:32 | More by mendvicdog
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12%

04-28-2012 16:47:44 | More by ygtbsm94
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure who opened this one...750ml bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a rusty reddish/brown color, white head, some bottles around the sides of the glass, no cap.

S - Lots of acetic notes, red wine, oak, more Oud Bruin then anything.

T - Very sharp sour cherries, vinegar, oak, light funk. Finish is tart cherries, oak, and vinegar.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A pretty solid Wild that reminds of of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Relatively easy to drink and right up there with Oude Tart and Red Poppy, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 19:29:40 | More by Sean9689
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mattafett

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -12%

11-16-2013 01:51:00 | More by mattafett
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12%

02-26-2014 13:20:42 | More by drummermattie02
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Rapture from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.