Rebus - Rubus
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Wild Ale
Ranked #195
Ranked #2,603
4.3 | pDev: 5.58%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
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Notes: Stainless steel mixed fermentation with lactobacillus, brettanomyces, and saccharomyces. A bright, funky golden sour base beer dosed with an unseemly quantity of raspberries. Explosive berry flavors backed with complex acidity.
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BerryKumquat from California

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: A crisp, clean, pure ruby red color.
S: A lighter blush of raspberries.
T: A fizzy start into a smooth raspberry peak with a smooth clean finish.
F: Raspberry juice.
O: A very light but punch sour beer.

Sep 06, 2020
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3 March 2020 - Beer #41

Price: $15.99 at Food Emporium 8th Ave in Manhattan

Appearance: 5 - Stunning red-orange color. The bright white head remains as a ring around the top. If like to ding it for the filthy yeast residue on top of the glass, but that's against the rules.

Nose: 5 - could be a real winner here. The fruit and sourness is so darn bright. Intense.

Taste: 4 - maybe even sourer than Lilt. Unfortunately the sourness takes over too much and we're left with less fruit than the nose predicted. Can't trust any polls these days.

Mouth: 5 - tiny bubbles everywhere! Cracks and sizzles wonderfully.

Overall: 5 - yes, you can get a perfect overall score even if the taste is not perfect. An exceptionally crafted brew.


Mar 05, 2020
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metter98 from New York

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy purplish red in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high light pink colored head that gradually died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and lots of thick lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of raspberries and sourness are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is somewhat sour with some added funkiness and has moderate flavors of raspberries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked how this beer was blended as you can get some sourness, some funk, and some raspberry flavors all in the taste, neither of which overshadows the other.

Serving type: bottle

Jul 24, 2019
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Delli555 from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Raspberry-centric all around. Smells like Rasberry, but not like a beer. In fact, you would hardly think you were drinking beer if you did a blind taste test. Fermented raspberry health drink like kombucha would be a good guess. The sour punch is quite mild compared to most Grimms, but this one is a definite winner. One of the more unique Grimms I have tried yet, and one that just about everyone would enjoy. Once again, Grimm produces a winner with another successful brew. Cheers!

Mar 09, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Grimm a few weeks back, having never had this before. Saw how highly this was rated and although I didn't dislike this beer, I thought that it was just a bit overhyped. Yes, this was quite fruity, wild, and untamed but at the same time, it felt too sour to be an outstanding American Wild Ale. Combine that with the light alcoholic presence and the end result was a beer that was enjoyable, but not outstanding in any aspect...

If you like fermented raspberries, you've found your match here as the pour was that aspect epitomized in every way, shape, and form. Tons of redness in the hue with a white head that was tinged with salmon; complementing the liquid as perfectly as possible. No lacing was left behind as I sipped this as the foam quickly and loudly settle down, reminding me of a Gose. Acetate, tart fruit, and lactobaccilus in the nose but none of them were terribly strong or overpowering of the other notes at the same time. A lively carbonation, persistent tartness, and underlying sourness were the hallmarks of the taste as this went down easily but needed a bit of adjusting to, as this didn't change much upon warming up.

Not a lot of booze here as it only served as an afterthought to the puckering, rustic nature of this liquid that ultimately won the day. While not one of Grimm's more outstanding offerings, this was a solid brew that had enough carbonation to it to keep it lively while offsetting the heavier tone of this American Wild Ale. While this may be too outdoorsy for some, I enjoyed this and would get it again if I was given the opportunity to!

Mar 06, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright light-red with a slight haze. Nice funky raspberry aroma. Delicious bright red raspberry flavor, crisp, tart, sour, funky, raspberry flavor lingers for a while. Perfect carbonation. Overall, most examples of this style have an obvious artificial flavor, this tastes like a mouth full of juice, ripe raspberries. Excellent beer.

500 ml bought at brewery 4 weeks ago, no bottle date
4.5 rating

Jan 13, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

for how much fruit they say they use in this, it didnt seem all that absurd in the flavor of this lively, hazy pink brew. sure, its unmistakably got a lot of raspberries happening, its juicy and tart and ripe like that, but i wouldnt put this in the outrageous level, it still drinks more like beer than fruit juice, and still leaves some space for the other elements to contribute, namely the yeast elements, which are funky and tart, but maybe not quite as wild and complex and nuanced as they appear in some of the other beers we had in here. i get more of a bacterial tartness than anything else, acidic and puckery, nice way to accent the fruit, but with much less bretty character than i thought it might have, given the presence of multiple agents here. i kind of like this being in stainless and not oak, there is a brightness and lightness about it that can only come from this method, i think making a more drinkable and even approachable beer in this style, and it still seems mature enough on the ferment. floral notes here like hibiscus come in at the end, a sharpness, even astringency from the fruit and the lacto, and just a little balancing jammy sweetness. fun beer, not as unique as some of their others, but decidedly delicious. everything we had in here impressed me!

Dec 28, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a super rich raspberry-colored red, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like pure tart raspberry candy, very lactic, but also juicy, with a light funk, but mostly just sour raspberry.

This is not the most complext beer you'll ever have, but they absolutely nailed a wonderfully juicy and very sour raspberry wild ale. I don't get a whole lot of whatever the base beer is, just very sour raspberry, candied, and puckering.

This is lighter bodied, very juicy, with a good level of carbonation.

This is probably the best new sour that they've done in the past year- absolutely delicious.

Aug 09, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Funny how this description here calls it "golden". It was the color of pulverized raspberries. Aroma was pretty clearly berry-esque but I got just as many tart and sour scents that I wouldn't necessarily attach to the berries. The flavor was heavy on the lactobacillus. The raspberries were flavorful but surprisingly far from sweet. Cool beer. Not the most complicated.

Aug 06, 2016
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NizzleEGizzle from New York

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: deep raspberry red -- an extremely rich color. One of the more beautiful beers I've seen, fluffy white head.

S: smells sour. There's an intense raspberry smell as well, but it's blocked by the lactic burn here. Very pleasant, but works in opposition to the fruit that should be on the nose.

T: This is a sour raspberry beer. The raspberries taste whole and wholly natural, which is rare for fruit adjuncts. There is some sour necatarine on the pallet as well. I can even taste raspberry seeds on the tongue. so good!

F: thick and creamy, but loses something in the sharpness of its sour.

O: an intoxicating, refreshing, and challenging drink. If you see this on tap RUN don't walk.

Jul 25, 2016
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robroc from New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very sour, bursting with raspberry flavor. Reminds me of FW Bretta Rose. I'm not a big fan of the style, so I'm largely going with the flow on my rating.

Jul 02, 2016
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AgentMunky from New York

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Barcade in Chelsea.
A murky pink foretells the berries. Dare I say it's a middling raspberry sour? Plenty of lactic acid and loads of pleasant fruit. If you like raspberries, you'll like this. But Grimm has done much better.

Jul 01, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 06/15/16 notes. 14 oz. pour in a tulip at Valhalla in NYC.

Pours a beautiful murky purple-pink color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Sour sweet raspberries, oak, spices, funk, tart dark fruits, and fruity malts. More sour in the taste. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall very nice. Nice little sour bite in the taste, would love to have it again.

Jun 16, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

5 ounce pour at Lupulo in NYC.

Beautiful looking beer with a sharp red tinge that resembles few others beers I've ever seen.

Smells and tastes of immense raspberry. It's all over this beer and does an effective job of veering the beer into territory where it tastes juice-like. It's remarkably fruit-pronounced.

The feel is impressively refined and doesn't overwhelm with tartness, as the generally tart raspberry here plays the foil to the tartness and keeps this beer tottering between tart and sweet. The beer overall is light and refreshing and incredibly easy to drink.

My wife tried this and ordered a pour. That never happens with beer. She and I liking the same adult beverage never happens and it happened here. Splendid.

Jun 13, 2016
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Bluecrow from New York

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

finely carbonated tap pour, watermelon pink, really pink. Raspberry dominates the aroma. Lacto acidity is moderate; tartness is refreshing. Finish is dry and not cloying.

Jun 05, 2016
Rebus - Rubus from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 66 ratings