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Rapture - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 231
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 19.18%
Wants: 136
Gots: 78 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-11-2011

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.
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at FosterJM's birthday celebration courtesy of FosterJM.

Bottled 5/27/11. Batch 2.

Pours a slightly murky brown with a tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some slight vinegar and sour fruit aromas. Taste is very much the same along with some woody flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good wild ale with a really nice flavor.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured out as a nice brownish amber color. The head laces a little bit, and the retention isn't bad either. The smell is funky and pretty sweet smelling, actually very nice aroma on this for being a sour. The taste is tart from the barrel aging but isn't overwhelming at all. There is a really nice sweetness in the back end. Some light caramel flavors as the sour flavors fade. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, gently carbonated and even a little thick. Overall this is far beyond my expectations. I really enjoyed this and I'm not even a fan of this style too much. Really well done here.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with a rather modest head; a few squiggles of lacing

Smell: Tart cherries and caramel; a hint woody

Taste: Tart cherries, green apples and a hint of grape overlay the caramel tones; after the swallow, the wood comes through to add additional character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation; very effervescent

Overall: A very nice wild that once again redeems Weyerbacher's reputation that had fallen a notch after tasting their Last Chance IPA the other night

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reddish amber, burnt sienna in color/ cloudy with a small whispy offwhite head that left a light coating on the sides and bottom of the glass.

oak with a light funk are pressing here. Some light spice and as it warms up lots of cherries coming at me now.Cherries from the start, very nice. light oak and woody notes press in mid palate and as it warms a nice touch of spice starts to come through, almost peppery at times. Some light apple vinegar like flavor in the finish as a dry finish fades off.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: 750ml bottle at Weyerbacher, Easton, PA

Named in honor of Harold Camping's continuing failed predictions, this beer is not a failure at all. Pours a chestnut brown mixed with ruby, a bit murky, with a delicate layer of bubbles for a head. Aroma of tart cherries, vinegar, and spicy yeast. Great taste, sour cherries, plums, slight acetic acid notes, woody, with nutty malts in the background, and a touch of yeasty funk. Think East Coast response to Russian River Conscecration. Medium mouthfeel, a bit lip puckering, which was expected. Very good beer, lots of character, and very drinkable. I didn't want to commit myself to a whole case, but I did end up finding a nearby bar that had a single bottle for sale (for a whopping $27).

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 09/09/11 notes. Got to try a few pours of this at NotF.

a - Pours a murky reddish brown color with an inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cherries and oak, light vinegar, and light barnyadr funk. More sour than funky, but a really nice acedic nose.

t - Tastes of cherries and raspberries, wood/oak, dark fruity malts, and vinegar. Again, tiny bit of funk but some nice sour dark fruits.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. A touch undercarbonated.

o - Overall this was the first Weyerbacher wild ale I've tried and I enjoyed it. Not overly funky or sour, but some nice tart raspberries and cherries. Would like to have a bottle of this one.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review this is the #37 beer on the Top Beers - American Wild Ale list. Served in a snifter.

Beer is orange, with a mild haze, big white head, small bubbles, low retention, moderate carbonation, minimal lacing, low retention, looks fine.

Aroma is bretty, oaky, strong, a little harsh. Interesting.

Beer is good, light in body without being too dry on the finish, enjoyable, good Brett b presence to the beer, the flavors are good, the dregs are very chewy and a little harsh but ultimately very nice. I would have this again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of mothman
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, fresh from the brewery on release day. Poured into a tulip glass, served slightly chilled.

A: Murky, dark copper/brown colored body with some visual floaters. A small, bubbly light tan head that settled quickly into nothing except a thin ring around the edges. No lace to speak of, either. It's rather lackluster in looks.

S: Caramel, sweet vinegar, black cherries, caramel apple, leather and hints of oak wood towards the end. It has a very "dark" smelling profile for the style, and is definitely more akin to a sour Red or even Oud Bruin.

T: Bready malts, sweet granny smith apple, dark roasted caramel, and more black cherries. It finishes with a rush of tartness and a very nice acidic sour bite at the end. That puckering quality at the end is really very nice and also brings in some more sweet caramel and subtle dark fruits.

M: Bubbly, light and prickly carbonation all over the palate. It's really exactly what the style should be. The finish is very sour like it's going to be quite dry but it isn't at all. Really well done.

The sour qualities come full circle as this beer warms and is present from the moment it touches your tongue, unlike being slightly chilled. It seems to be more of a cross between a Flanders Red, Flanders Oud Bruin and a Wild Ale. It's very unique and delicious, and certainly one to seek out to try if you can. Another well done "sour" from Weyerbacher.

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this at a tasting today.

The beer appears a sunset orange hue with a small, off white head. The aroma offers sour cherries, oak. Nice lactic and acetic presence. The flavor is tart and sour...wonderful. Sour cherries and oak are the dominant flavors. I'm a big fan. Easy drinking with a bit of a pucker in the cheeks. Glad I have some more of these to enjoy.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had not heard about this, but recommeneded by Matt Capone.Wow. I love sours, and consider them a very special brewers art. What a wonderful full flavored; full bodied sour. I decided to to have a sour fest...so I drank this with RR Temptation (a favorite); Rodenbach and RR Sanctification. Rapture stood clearly apart for its body, flavor and mouthfeel. What a wonderful beer. While I still love Temptation, Rapture was a wonderful sister beer, and stood clearly above the other sours. I have had RR Consecration and Rodenbach Grand Cru often...and this is clearly a better beer. For those of you that are looking to to try a well balanced, full flavored tart brett beeer...I can't recommend this enough. This is a very special beer. Seek it out. Pay for it. Enloy!!!

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Photo of HopHead84
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


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.

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Photo of weeare138
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy red toned amber with a small, off white head that slowly faded into a mild collar and floating cap.
Smell is of cherry pie, rhubarb, grapes, and red wine.
Taste is of the aromas with a tart cherry and vanilla flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, yet balanced with a mildly acidic and sweet tart flavor lingering. Well done!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice maple amber color. Off-white head has a fine bubble structure with low lace but nice retention.

S - Sharp and clean nose with bright, prickly, tart apple and white peach.

T - A soft sugarcane sweetness brushes your palate before a whip-crack sourness floods through the profile with fresh cranberries and crisp, unripe peaches. Great lemon acidity in the center. The profile is dry almost straight out of the gate, and finishes almost arid.

M - Medium-full body with a dusty dryness. Great carbonation.

O - A big, bright, acidic American Wild. A nice example of the style imho.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 11.11.13

Batch 1
05 2011

A - Pours a murky dark cider brown with a fizzy light tan head that creeps to the edges.

S - Dark fruit, wood, vinegar, tart.

T - Tart dark fruit, cherry, oaky and apple cider vinegar.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body, tart and oily.

O - Nice tartness and complex fruity flavors.

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Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a modest somewhat fizzy head that disappears quickly leaving some spotty lacing

Aromas begin with oaky tannins and a little tartness. Light sour and vinegar notes also begin to assert themselves as it warms more to room temp. But the wine/oak coupled with berries dominate here for me.

The tastes begin with a little sweet berry coupled with some raspberry vinegar. Pinot and oak also assert themselves. As it warms you get more of the tart and dry blackberry flavors. A bit of tartness lingers on the tongue throughout the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium in body, dry with some medium-light carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this wild ale, probably more so than many other highly rated ones from the West Coast. Very balanced, not too sour, vinegary, fruity or oaky, just right in all the important flavor areas for this style. Wine barrels really bring out nice berry/cherry vinious qualities which I have come to love in this style. Weyerbacher continues to impress me by branching into a new style (for them) and knocking it out of the park.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is murky amber with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Somewhat funky, acidic, light vinegary, woody, vinous aroma. Taste is plum, red grapes, tannin, vinegar, light acid, oak, and wax ending moderately sour, leaving my lips feeling tingly. Light body with high carbonation.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Soonami for the chance to try this. 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours the color of cider with no head, just a soapy skim. Nose expresses citrus, cork and light pit fruit. Taste follows nose; however, there's also a light, buttery character. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively, even carbonation. Not the most complex wild, but great balance and tastes wonderful. Just as good as I remember it from NOTF.

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Rapture from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.