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Rapture - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 139
Gots: 82 | 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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Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

10-26-2012 04:57:18 | More by axeman9182
Photo of sind310


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

10-23-2012 09:41:08 | More by sind310
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

10-18-2012 00:14:06 | More by ncaudle
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-15-2012 21:14:44 | More by kapkenobi
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3.6/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

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

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-14-2012 14:55:02 | More by 603BeerMe
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-14-2012 05:17:27 | More by ReeseMax3
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

09-05-2012 02:03:05 | More by Auror
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

09-03-2012 08:25:01 | More by standardcherry
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

08-06-2012 23:51:33 | More by Jwale73
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-07-2012 01:57:12 | More by PuFtonLyfe
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

06-03-2012 02:44:25 | More by DIPAbrewer
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

1293rd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
750 Ml C/C

Batch 2
Thanks to CPAbeer and Stormking47 for this one

App- Still not sure how this beer got so damn dark but with this and Monomoy Kriek. Im thinking wine barrels. Was an off dirty brown with a small quick receding head and zero cling.

Smell- A lot of the tannins come through 1st on this one. The fruit and oak come next with a thick and deep earthy floral note.

Taste- A very nice wild ale. Has a great layered flavor with a lot of juicy fruits and then comes the oak and a bit of the pinot tannins on the finish.

Mouth- A light body with a bit of a low-medium carbonation. Needs a bit more bubbles on this one.

Drink- This is a very tasty beer with well rounded flavor and a juicy kick on the end. I was sad that I drank my bottle but then Callmecoon gave me one as a gift.

05-20-2012 03:03:05 | More by FosterJM
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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

05-19-2012 22:11:50 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-18-2012 18:35:57 | More by SickNukes
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-10-2012 03:48:50 | More by RSchaeffer
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

05-05-2012 21:08:00 | More by pavpav12
Photo of Treebs


4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

05-04-2012 13:11:19 | More by Treebs
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

05-04-2012 01:37:15 | More by mdaschaf
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

04-28-2012 04:04:58 | More by Njstoutlover23
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3.8/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

04-18-2012 04:02:07 | More by brystmar
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-08-2012 01:24:05 | More by leschkie
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

04-06-2012 05:25:47 | More by Callmecoon
Rapture from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
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