Sephira | Marble Brewery

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Marble Brewery
New Mexico, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by amcmaho1 on 05-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes taken during GABF 2011.

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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of nzerbe
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of bump8628
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Really quite impressive. For me, this ranks right up there with the best wild ales being brewed in the USA. Beautiful red body with a healthy khaki head of foam. Balanced layers of malt, sourness, wood, and funk. Starts with rustic, musty woodiness backed by a subtle, warm grainy malt body and some light caramel. Sourness is on the high end, but doesn't overshadow the rest of the beer. A nice deep, funky Brettanomyces character carries the beer. Moist leather, ripened pear, more oak before a long sour finish. Even better than its bigger cousin, Jezebel, this is a must-try if given the opportunity.

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Photo of decadance
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to GrabrielM and the brewmaster for this handy!

A - A nice golden hue, with a good bit of head, even from a hand bottle. Appetizing to say the least. Pretty clear, no cloud/sediment.

S - Like a fine balsamic. Full of fruit tones and tartness. Bit of lemon, but also sweet notes as well.

T - Lots of lemon and vinegar which give way with warming to a thinker fruit flavor. Apples, with some berry notes, closing out with a tart "fruit gone wrong" flavor.

M - A nice full feel. Well carbed, even in the bottle for about a month. Dries out on the end of the palate. Extremely pleasing.

O - Entirely unexpected "extra" from a trade of DONGS, this beer does not disappoint. Exceed the no expectations by a lot. This beer is a wonderful sour, on par with RR. If you can get this on tap, do yourself a favor.

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Photo of BeerZack
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Orangish brown, not quite red with no head to speak of.
Smells sour and woody, like a flanders red. Sour tart cherries, bit of apple and balsamic vinegar.
Taste does not disappoint, this is a serious sour beer! Initially sweet and packed with juicy red fruit, then the sour attack, then the woody depth balances the sweet tart sensation. Nice.
Finely carbonated, with strong but smooth bubbles that pleasantly cleanse the sweet and tart from the palate.
This was a nice surprise for sure.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very red wine-like, but with plenty of depth.

Smell: Raspberries, plums, and vinegar. There's vanilla as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This stuff is excellent! Red wine initially, which turns to a nice burnt vanilla bourbon in the finish. This beer warms very nicely. Mouthfeel has nice body with tannin qualities and champagne carbonation. A bit cider-like.

Drinkability: Exceptional for the wine and whiskey crowd.

Overall: I want more.

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Photo of claytong
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

wow, no wait for this guy at gabf, im amazed

appearance - straw color, no head, lacing rim, hmm

smell - apple/pear vinegar, horseblanket, like where this is going...lots of things going on here and i didnt take good enough notes

taste - starts off with a lovely pear/apple vinegar (far better than any ive had), musty grass (in a nice funky way), estery, tannin undertone (oak/wine/bourbon are very minutely in there with it)

mouthfeel - extremely dry, minor sourness, very light and crisp body, carbonation is on the lower end but im still loving the feel of this somehow (perhaps its refreshing feel was just what i needed)

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.77/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Marble taproom in Santa Fe, NM. They do half-pints and tasting sizes, which is handy for tasters.

Hazy amber body, finger of foamy off-white head. No lacing,head recedes quickly.

Nose has vinegar, apple cider.

Flavor is vinegary, apple and lemon with some of that oaking coming through. Really nails the style, but intense sourness makes subtleties difficult to pick out. Similar to kombucha.

Mouthfeel is frothy, keeps this from being straight vinegar. Not the best, but pretty typical for the style.

Overall, I would believe it if someone told me this were a genuine Flemish sour; impressive for a smaller American brewery.

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Photo of amcmaho1
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Marble's "Rusty Amber," which has been barrel aging/souring for over two years, finally on tap for American Craft Beer Week. 16oz. poured into a special Belgian style snifter, and enjoyed slowly as to let the beer warm.

Appearance: Golden to copper in color, without any real head or lacing. Opaque body, and little visible carbonation activity.

Smell: Immediately, some vinegar notes on the nose, along with some oak, as well as some definite funk (funk on the lines of wet cardboard and wet dog...both in a good way), some oak tannin properties, and an overall wine-like character. I also pick up some apple and grape fruity esters on the nose.

Taste: Lots of ripe green apple skins and vinegar notes, followed by a slight bitterness on the finish of the beer; though the finish remains "bright." There is also some cherry and leather undertones there, which work well with the predominant funk going on there.

Mouthfeel: Dry, though not overly puckering or sour (could use some more time to gain more sourness in my opinion). Actually, the mouthfeel seemed rather thin here, if not all together watery at times, though still thoroughly enjoyable.

Overall: A great local wild ale for New Mexico, as well as further evidence for Marble's relevance in the southwest's beer culture. Perhaps with more time, this beer will become more tart and sour, but for the time being, it proves to highlight the american Wild Ale category very well. Can't wait for the release of the framboise... Congrats Marble, on yet another exceptional beer executed!

Re-review batch 2: Very similar to batch one flavor wise, though there is more of a vineous kick in the taste and slightly less initial tartness, but more pronounced wood and bourbon notes. Great body with this blend, the watery mouthfeel is completely gone. To those of you going to GABF, look for this beer, because outside of coming to Albuquerque you won't have another chance to try it...

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Sephira from Marble Brewery
Beer rating: 4.36 out of 5 with 10 ratings