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Rapture - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-14-2013 04:45:27 | More by baybassboy
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Huge thank you to mrbubbler for this treat!

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep burnt orange/amber with a finger of amber tinted cream coloured head.

Smell. Cherries and green apples. funky old barrel, lactic sourness and vinegar, and a bit of caramel. Nice.

Taste. Sour cherry, funky brett and dank old wood, apples and melons, and a touch of vinegar and caramel.

Mouthfeel. Fairly light body (maybe a little watery even), medium-low fine carbonation.

Overall. A very nice sour that has everything you could could ask for in the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 01:12:40 | More by Rutager
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t0rin0

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

03-04-2013 02:14:31 | More by bonkers
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Axic10 for securing this bottle for me.

$18-20 for the 750mL, poured into a minisnifter
ABV not indicated on the bottle
Sampled 22FEB13

[A] Not much of a head on the pour - less than a quarter finger. Light to medium tan, foamy and quick to fizz out. Retention is short lived and neither a collar or film was ever much of a consideration. The body comes across somewhere in between maroon and burgundy. Very still looking. No lacing.

[S] Intoxicatingly bright fruit aromas. Cherry dominates followed by a nice backing of raspberry, light oak and a mild vinous quality. Fantastic. At its deepest layer, and only at warmer temperatures, a hint of rubber cement pokes through, but it is barely noticeable and hardly interferes with the nose.

[T] Cherry, raspberry, black berry and currants - definitely fruit forward. Ample acidity with great lactic flavor. Whatever yeast strain was used, it was a good choice. This beer is about as quaffable as it gets.

[M] Semi-aggressive mouthfeel with mild sourness, generous acidity and the perfect level of effervescence. Medium-full body.

[O] Honestly, this beer is fantastic and has earned every bit of the high score that it's received. Drinking exceptionally well right now.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 17:09:44 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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Missouri

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haazer

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the idiots drool release. "Batch 2" it says on the bottleneck.

A- Tan, extremely bubbly head rises up from the pour. It settles down rather quickly to a thin ring onto a murky violet color. Carbination is evident throughout the glass with small bubbles rushing to the top.

S- Definite pinot noir effect here. Oak is detected from the barrel. There is a big whiff of grapes, and some wine. Smells a lot like a flanders red.

T- Strong grape tannins hit the palatte hard, followed by a sharp vinegarrette acidity. Midway through you can feel the oak creep in. The flavor does round off with enough pale malt to remind this is beer. Nice and tart, turning fairly sour here.

M- Light bodied with high carbonation. Highly drinkable.

O- I thoroughly enjoyed this. I got three bottles of this and tried one relatively soon after I bought it. It was more malty, and less sour then. This is progressively getting more sour in my opinion, and should only get better with age. Anyone who held on to their bottles is in for a treat. Not afraid to let the other one sit for another year. Weyerbacher please make this again!!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 01:32:44 | More by haazer
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Chilled almost all the way down to fridge temperature before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Weyerbacher Rapture pours an absolutely stunning cherry red, with plentiful lighter red highlights and a good bit of clarity. Almost three fingers of bone colored foam rise up to crown the beer. Head retention is pretty good, but there's not much lacing. The nose has some berry fruit aromas, and the pinot noir character imparted by the barrels is readily apparent as well. The flavor leads off with a nice raspberry-blackberry fruitiness, before transitioning into a vinous acidity. There's not much in the way of classic brett funk, but a noticeable oak flourish closes things out nicely. The mouthfeel is just off, both in body and carbonation. The former's a hair full and the latter a little bit off. The beer ends up feeling just a little bit too slick. Still, Rapture is a great sour, and one I hope Weyerbacher plans on releasing again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 04:57:18 | More by axeman9182
Rapture from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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