Modus Operandi | The Wild Beer Co.

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3.86/5
Very Good
105 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Wild Beer Co.
England, United Kingdom
wildbeerco.com

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
105
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of csmrx7
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent Flanders style sour which is really right in the middle and complex with out over powering with vinegar which can be off putting with this style. Best beer I have have from Wild Beer co.

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Photo of Vexor
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Possiblly the best beer ive ever tasted, great enough to make me create an account just to share the experience. A dark, heavy looking drink that is completely surprising on the sip. A light, cool feel in the mouth is only surpassed in its unexpectedness by the taste. Modus Operendis flavor is almost like a finely mixed cocktail with its complexity and the sweetness of wild yeast.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - these guys might rival Stone in terms of back label verbosity.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some decent Swiss cheese pattern lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates.

It smells of tart cherries, gritty and grainy cereal malt, faint bittersweet cocoa powder, some oakey woodiness, subtle and earthy funky notes, and red balsamic vinegar. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, a mixed sour fruitiness, musty leather, wet barrel staves, funky red wine, and some gentle earthy yeastiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of generic acridity maybe marring the surface sheen here. It finishes trending dry, the malt ceding the floor to the lingering tart and funky essences.

Overall - this comes across as a pleasantly rendered version of the style, nice and balanced in its complexity. The 14-proof booze quotient is also pretty much undetectable, which is always a good thing to have. Worth checking out, as this is not a common sort of brew to find around my little corner of the world.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SiepJones
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamFuel
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky reddish brown, with almost no head.

Smell is tart, with lots of red currants and cherries. Toffee and a hint of leather follows.

Taste begins very oaky, with some vanilla. After that comes some tart currants and a slightly odd bitterness. Finish is vinous, almost a bit coarse.

Body is quite thin, with almost no carbonation.

This was kind of a weird one. Smells like a Rodenbach, but the taste is nowhere near as sour, and comes across more like a red wine mixed with beer. Interesting, though.

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of toscanoigor
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of der_meister
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Malt_Man
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Even from reading the label I can't work out what kind of beer this is meant to be, so here goes....

Served cool from 330ml bottle into tulip glass.

L) Dark red-brown, opaque, thin off-white head.

S) Red-wine odour, this really reminds me of the Flanders Red beer I had last week, so expecting it to taste like that. A sweet edge to it, so reminiscent of a Faro beer.

T) Sourish flavour, definite Flanders Red / Belgian influence, backed by a real hop bitterness and a bit of coffee-type burnt malt flavour. A real mash-up. The sweetness suggested in the nose isn't there.

F) Quite an easy drink, but there is a definite drying of the mouth. No bitterness really on the aftertaste.

O) A real mash-up of a beer, but tasty, enjoyed it. Nothing out of balance, so well done Wild Beer.

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Photo of HopBelT
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Wild Beer Co. "Modus Operandi"
6€ at Domus Birrae, Via Cavour, 88 00184 Roma, Italy on 30 November 2015 (no freshness dating)

Appearance: Clear mahogany brown body beneath a fizzy tan head that drops almost immediately and subsequently leaves little lacing (which is OK for a sour beer). The yeast pour will leave particles in suspension.

Aroma: tart but not so funky with leather and metal, plum, cherry, tart apple, damp earth.

Flavor: Flavor is as the aroma suggests with amplified fruit and the addition of oak. The oak balances the tart fruit nicely. Refreshingly sharp and lightly zesty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium / crisp & acidic.

Overall: I'm quite surprised this has been rated so low on BeerAdvocate as it's really quite charming.

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Photo of BEER88
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of flyingpig
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle from Brewdog's BottleDog, London (£5):
Not a bad effort from Wild Beer, it was definitely a tarty & quite fruity beer with plenty of sourness showing from the very start. It was one that seemed a lot like a Belgian style sour beer but not quite as good. I enjoyed the beer & it went down easily but if I'm honest it's probably not one that I'd go back to again.

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Photo of SStein
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bjd88
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SLeffler27
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A thin, off-white, creamy head quickly turns rocky before dissipating above a very dark brown, clear beer. Carbonation sticks to the wall of an Offero glass while faint ruby highlights and slight lace can be seen.

Sour oak is punctuated by light bourbon. The aroma is very interesting and appealing. Oak is strong, like a wet autumn in the deep woods. Raspberry and blueberry are also noticeable.

Sourness is accompanied by modest acidity and light bitterness. Sweet berries come out in the middle while the finish is tart. Oak and woodland flavors are also noticeable with a long, subtle, sweet-tart finish. Warmth brings out cherries and emphasizes the oak.

A medium body and slick, silky texture are offset by lightly warming alcohol and ample carbonation. The follow through is slightly drying.

Modus Operandi is a very pleasant surprise, as it takes great liberty with the style. The results are quite welcomed and akin to a Flanders Red. I enjoyed this on a cold, rainy August afternoon.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled
Reddish Brown body with tight off white head
smell like a good port
Taste is sherry vinegar & sour cream
Good in an odd way, odd in a good way.

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Modus Operandi from The Wild Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 105 ratings