Modus Operandi | The Wild Beer Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ADZA on 08-17-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
98
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamFuel
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
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 -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of toscanoigor
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of der_meister
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Malt_Man
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

T)

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
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 +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of flyingpig
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
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 +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bjd88
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SLeffler27
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
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 +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Walbert_Neto
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jfstilling
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Acuity
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tdenham
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz bottle. Sampled on December 27, 2014.

The pour is attractive with its brown tone and reddish hues leading up to a tremendous, soft silky tan head.

The aroma is of toasted malts, nuts, clean hops and just enough of a sour punch to let me know that is what it is.

Smooth medium body.

The taste also has a yeasty, biscuity note more so than the sour. There is a light pucker-up character to it but that's the way sours are.

Sours are usually low on my list I go looking beers but this one is more approachable for me. But a tad pricey where I bought it.

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Modus Operandi from The Wild Beer Co.
3.93 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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