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Rapture - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 136
Gots: 79 | 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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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 69
Photo of CruisaC
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BillRoth
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
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!!!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.59/5  rDev +8%
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!

Photo of Centennial
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving: Had a few times, 1st at the release and at a few tastings, review is a cross reference of each tasting.

A. Reddish-brown, slightly cloudy with bubbly head.

S. tart grapes, slight barnyard funk, with wood notes.

T. tart sourness, hearty fruits with cabernet notes mixed with charred oak

M. Medium body with good carbonation and clean mouthfeel.

O. I really enjoyed this, it has developed in the barrel into an excellent sour.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red tinged brown with lots of carbonation, but very little head.

Smells of tannins, oak and a little tartness. If it weren't for the slight sour note, I would be tricked into thinking I'm smelling a dry medium red wine.

Starts off with a little sweet berry flavor. Flavors of the pinot and oak also assert themselves and finishes sublimely tart and dry with some blackberry flavor. A bit of tartness lingers on the tongue.

Very light and refreshing with a lot of carbonation.

I don't always drink beer, and when I don't it's almost always red wine. This is the perfect combo for me of a good wild ale along with the nice dry finish and tannic flavors I love in red wine. One of the best ones of this style I've had.

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

a: dark ruby red copper. minimal head.

s: sour cherries.

t: not as sour as the smell. funky and tart but delicately balanced. oak flavors pierce through ending with some sweetness. a cherry, raspberry flavor permeates throughout.

m: well carbonated and slightly dry. somewhat smooth drinking surprisingly.

o: it's nice to see a quality wild ale coming from near my neck of the woods. hopefully will pick up a few more bottles when I go to the Idiot's Drool release. interested in trying some Riserva now...

Photo of rye726
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at GABF 2011. I was quite surprised by the quality of this beer and sampled it at least a half dozen times. It had a nice tartness that was well balanced by oak, wine and sweet malts. Nice nose as well. Crisp body drinks well. Nice finish. Would love to try this again. Possibly the best beer to ever come out of Weyerbacher. Except for maybe Double Simcoe when it is uber fresh.

Photo of joefuzz
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle sent to me by hellomisterp, thanks marc.

Pours light redish brown with a small off white head.

Smells of tart cherry and some floral notes.

Tastes is huge sour cherry with some red wine and oak hints

Mouthfeel is nice and dry with some light carbonation

Overall amazing wild ale thanks to everyone who took part in the when worlds collide bif.

Photo of bbeane
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a finger thick somewhat fizzy head that disappears quickly leaving little to no lacing

S- Is phenominal... tart cherries, bit vinegary, and some earthy wood notes

T- A healthy amount of tartness up front accompanied by a moderate cherry sweetness. Tartness is still very pronounced in the finish, accompanied by some notes of vinegar

M- Thin in the mouth with little carbonation

O- A solid wild ale... rivals some of the highly acclaimed west coast sours imo. A must try for sure


Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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).

Photo of Urbancaver
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks brad for bringing this to Jackie os
Pours a hazy golden reddish brown. Sme nice light head. Not much hangs around. Smells tart and fruity. Nice solid malt backbone . Pretty enjoyable aroma. Tart sourness on the tongue. Not overly acidic. Nice carbonation level. Overall quite enjoyable

Photo of brew3crew
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting at Jackie O's

A-red body with no head whatsoeve

S-very tart and sour smelling. I like it

T-follows the nose. Solid tastingand very tart. Nice fruitinessto it

M-medium body and smooth

O-good beer. Would like to see it with age, pleasant suprise

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, bottled 5/20/11, 750ml.

Soft pop of the cork releases a great wild ale aroma. Pours with a short 1F head over a deep, slightly opaque amber-to-brown body.

Aromas consist of lots of red grape skins at first, followed by red wine vinegar (which takes over as it warms), vanilla/oakiness, leather, and a touch of strawberry in the back. Very inviting.

Acidic pull on the palate grabs you and does not let go. Flavors present more dark fruits than the aroma indicates, and also include a very vinous quality, along with plenty of vanilla sweetness, and a touch of vinegar in the finish. Slightly sweet for the style, and reminded me a lot of a Flanders Red.

Light, soft carbonation on the palate, with plenty of tartness to cleanse. Moderate richness, as you might expect from this ABV and Style.

Not among the very best in class here, but I really enjoyed this much-anticipated limited release, and glad I picked up a second one to park in the cellar for the next couple years as a comparison.

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C&C 750 into a snifer. I thought this one was brewery only but I found a bottle at Capone's for $27(ouch).

Pours a cloudy ruby-brownish color. Some sediment in the glass even on the first pour. The thin and watery white head lasted about a minute.

Cherry, tart dark berries, funky sour notes even a little mild strawberry.

Taste was identical to the nose. I really like the flavor of this one. It has a good amount of tartness and acidity but its not over the top. All the flavors were light and blended together perectly.

Medium body but carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum.

Much better than Weyerbacher's other wild ale.

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of sodiepop
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At the Weyerbacher Brewery release party. They were pouring from the bottles into little sample glasses. Amber, copper, red body with thick bubbles from the pour. They fade into almost nothing, for the style this is what I normally see so it's not too bad but not very attractive. Lots of vinegar, dark red fruits (black cherry, raspberry) and a certain acidity to it on the nose. The taste has a great big tartness initially, more of a vinegar and acidic nature than anything. Fruits come through, especially black cherry, tannins, vanilla and just a bit of oak towards the end. It's highly carbonated, and very bubbly just what the style should be. Very good at palate cleansing.

Riserva is an entirely different beer but the 2010 is much more akin to Rapture in terms of the bite you get. Really good Wild Ale, a must try. Easily up there with other RR sours and Belgium ones.

Photo of mrand01
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle in to a generic tulip glass.

A: Pours with about 1/4" of off-white head that dissipates quickly. The beer is an opaque reddish-brown.

S: Tart, sour, dark fruit, funk, oak

T: Taste is sour with hints of vinegar. It's not as sour as it smells, but is incredibly well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

O: A solid brew from a semi-local brewery. Wish this was just a little bit more sour though. All in all, a great brew.

Photo of slentz
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle to 'tion glass at about 50 degrees. Shared with Kiddynamite920.

A: Easy pour down the center of the glass forms a slight head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring around the glass. A very carmaley reddish brown colored dense looking beer Looks decent enough for a wild ale. 4.0

S: Smell is sour and tart slight vinegar...smells really good actually. hints of cherry and wood....and sour funk overtop. 4.0

T: Taste is good and tart but could really use a lot more bite. Smells is awesome on this but the taste leaves a little to be desired. Definitely a great sour but just never goes over the top. All in all a solid wild ale from Weyerbacher. 4.0

M: Mouthfeel is pretty flat unfortunately and takes away from the overall tastiness of this beer. 3.0

O: Overall a great tasting wild ale however the low carbonation in the mouthfeel takes a little away. Not a bad offering and I am glad I got to try this. 4.0

Photo of yourefragile
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Photo of ShanePB
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Soonami
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Weidman26
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the brewery release today poured from a bottle.

Delicious smell causing instant salivation. Sour, tart and tangy smells accompany a rich caramel color. Pouring into the sample cups at the brewery detracted from evaluating the head of the beer but what head was there disippated quickly.

Tangy, oakey taste that very subtley held the flavors of the barrell aging. Very, very velvetey smooth mouthfeel with little unpleasant aftertaste. Truly truly smooth.

Excellent beer, try it immediately if you have a chance.

Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

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

I love a good sour ale but this one tops the charts. Had this at my good friends house that works for Weyerbacher. Went dowwn very smooth, yet sour and goodness all througghout. yummy!! must try.

Sour yet not quite like Riserva in flavor. Great red sour. Not sure if it will be worth the pricetag though. I got it for free the first time:)

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Rapture from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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