Rapture - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 228
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 4.82%
Wants: 135
Gots: 78 | FT: 6
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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 +2.2%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml C&C bottle served in a Deschutes tulip. Big thanks to Andrew (nasty31) for the share.

A: Pours a murky apricot color with a thin light yellow film forming on the pour. It leaves some light splotches along the sides.

S: The smell is a little underwhelming. Mild tartness, some peach core, some sweet berry flesh.

T: the taste is way better. Mild citrus and bright berry tartness. Strawberry fruit flesh that's mildly sweet with little pucker. The finish is some grassy hay.

M: Light and clean in the finish. The carbonation is spritzy and refreshing.

O: This beer was a little underwhelming at first, but the taste was very nice and it light and refreshing. (669 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle; pretty sure it's from 2011.

Reddish pour with brown hues. Off-white head of tiny bubbles leaves nice lacing on my glass.

Aroma is fruity, mostly raspberries. Taste follows suit, starting fruity and a little sweet before dirty yeast takes over. Briefly turns earthy/funky, then (surprisingly) bitter. Reminds me of Rosso, but not quite as good.

A decent American sour. We're lucky to have so many well-made sours available these days, and because of that I probably won't be seeking out this one again. (520 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

HUGE THANKS TO A RANDOM DISTRIBUTION FORM A GREAT GUY! He will love me post-DLD 2012.

A- Easy head developed, not too much stickiness. The retention time on this one is low, as expected. Very minor body, the coloration is a ruby red with low lacing.

S- Oh soo sweet and so acidic too. We have raspberries with hints of strawberry in front of acetic acid... minor lactic. Strawberries and its seed. Its fruity and acidic all at once. You can't tell if this will rip your face off or not. Very delightful.

T- Flavors are more sweet than tart. Its full fledged strawberry and raspberry middle with a gentle lactic finish. This needs tons of time to get to the stage of lambic or any appreciable sourness Its the VERY beginner sours. Finishes a delightful vine like quality of strawberry and raspberry sweetness with just the hint of anything sour. Its more like a fruit beer than anything else.

M- For what it is, it is perfect. Quickly tart, but finishes dry, woody, sweet. Its like a quick burst of fruit juice... just a hint of too much citrus. Very nice change-up if you are TRYINg to get into sours. Anyone else need not apply. Not bad, but I've loong been acustomed to this style. Please make something stronger! (1,221 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
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 (542 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from StormKing47. Thanks Josh! Batch 1.

A: Pours a dark, clear, iced-tea color with a very short lived head that faded to a thin collar.
S: Dry, funky, and very fruity. Berries are noticeable, strawberries maybe. Definitely oaky and dry.
T: Fruit skin tannins, dry oak, and definite strawberries come through. Flavors are easy and smooth. I get some sugary fruit notes along with darker prune-like fruits in the finish.
M: Clean and sweet body, very smooth for a sour with no harshness. Even carbonation. Dry but not crazy.
O: Very clean, easy sour, with great fruity flavors. This one was well done. Thanks again, Josh. (637 characters)

Photo of bs870621345
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a fantome tulip

Pours a clear deep amber color with a good amount of head. Almost no lacing at all.

Smells like lemons, vinegar, leather, barnyard, and a bit of dark fruits.

Starts of with a ton of sweetness, a coco and dark fruit that opens into a lemon flavor. The lemons turn to vinegar, grapes, and funk with great plum flavors mixed in. Chocolate pokes the tongue before the acid and oak finishes it out. Very dry finish that works well.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, but not bad at all with carbonation.

Overall, this is excellent...didn't love it at release but it's really good now. Drink warm! (615 characters)

Photo of craytonic
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of yourefragile

Appearance: plumb-red with a very small off-white head that quickly disappears, no lacing.

Smell: Reminiscent of a consecration/supplication blend clone, I get oak, rhubarb, cherries, leather and acid. Touch of must. All the right notes but they aren't working together to play the right tune.

Taste: Very sour/acidic, again very similar to a consecration/supplication blend/clone. Oak, cherries, berries, must. The thing I dislike is the post-swallow finish, something off about it. Could be the brett.

Mouthfeel - light body, low carbonation.

Overall: Needs a bit of improvement - touch more carbonation and whatever that weird finish is that tastes slightly like gym socks should be eliminated. A good example of what average is for the category. (786 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by a kind soul. I can't recall who, but thanks nonetheless! Poured into a tasting snifter.

Burnt amber hued with plenty of haze. The head was poor, hardly a few bubbles hanging around. But the bottles at a tasting table get shaken up quite a bit, so I will give it the benefit of doubt.

Strong lemon funk... yum! Slightly sweet and moderately tart after getting used to. Finishes slightly bitter and very very dry. The carbonation is up there and the beer is very mouth filling. I loved the lemony notes in it! There was an odd softness that might have been from the dregs, so I will let that go. A good beer for sure.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4 (644 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smelled of cherry, vinegar, vanilla, oak. Taste was very similar to smell. This was a very balanced sour. Not for the person looking for extreme intensity in their sours. But great for someone like me that is still pretty new to this style. I appreciated the balanced flavor, and the mouthfeel and lingering aftertaste were excellent (333 characters)

Photo of Retsinis
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of lnashsig
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (706 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -31.8%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (904 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to dborginis for this!
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy dark red with a one finger white head.

S- Tart cherries, oak, some raspberry, vinegar, touch of funk, just a nice complex nose.

T- Really nice and complex. Berries, raspberries, cherries, oak, pinot noir comes outs, vinegar is there but less than in the nose, has a nice sweetness to balance the sour without overpowering it.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- A well done sour that is worth seeking out. Great level of complexity. This is not a beer that will hit you in the face with sour like Riserva, but still get the job done. I will be seeking this out again! (649 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (1,075 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of rwmiscik
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep brown color with a red tint to it. very cloudy

S: The nose is one that reminds of fruity pebbles mixed with oak

T: Taste is one of berries in the forefront and then as it goes onto the back it moves towards sourness and oak with the berries becoming slowly less pronounced. very balanced

M: The mouthfeel is quite nice and very effervescent

O: A very balanced beer and extremely quaffable. Definitely a sour that stand up with the best of them and with time will get even better in my opinion. (552 characters)

Photo of hippityhops85
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 'Sons of Westy' event at the Blue Dog in Chalfont, PA 11/14/11. Poured from 750ml bottle into small tasting glass.

Pours a deep ruby/red with slight pink highlights - really happy to see this from the barrels. Stoked

Nose is very tart and funky. Sour cherries and a strong vinous character. Balsamic Vinegar came up in conversation. Exactly what I was looking for.

The taste is right what I wanted it to be. Not nearly as tart and sour as the nose led me to believe but I think that will pick up much more with some age. Sour cherries and semisweet vinegar dominate the profile. Really enjoyable.

Overall I was very impressed by this offering from Weyerbacher. I can't wait to revisit this in a year or two and see how it develops. (750 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (701 characters)

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