Rebus - Boysen
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Wild Ale
Ranked #204
Ranked #3,063
4.33 | pDev: 6.24%
Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Notes: Boysen Rebus highlights the alchemy of fermentation. Its bright funky acidity focuses attention on the complex character of our house mixed-culture and old-world fermentation methods. We fermented this sour beer in our oak foeder and re-fermented it on boysenberries, a cross between a European raspberry and blackberry with deep flavor. We blended in a few of our most pungent and bretty aged hop barrels for additional satisfying funk.
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up recently at Grimm, as it looked quite interesting and different than anything that I've had in a while. Fruity and funky, this came out great and was so easy to quaff without feeling overdone, underdone, or artificial. As much a Fruit / Vegetable Beer as it was an American Wild Ale, this had a lot going for it until the last sip!

This had a nice pour to it as the liquid was a rich, boysenberry hue with plenty of cloudiness to it. A light raspberry head topped it off and lasted quite a bit longer than I anticipated when I first poured the beer out. A bit of sediment lingered at the bottom of the liquid once I worked my way through this and there wasn't much of any lacing left behind either, as this was not terribly thick. A good amount of boysenberry lingered on the nose with lots of yeast, funk, wood, and tartness in the mix for good measure. The taste had all of those as this was tart to the point that the vinegar and acetate came on quite strong once this fully warmed up. A nice amount of carbonation and balanced body rounded this out as the oak foeder came through and made this feel like strong Gose, minus the salt...

Lots of taste but not not a lot of booze here as this was easily enjoyable, making me pace myself throughout my time with this. One of the better examples of the style I've had, this had tons of fruit but was funky enough to pull me in and keep this from feeling one-dimensional. Lovely stuff that was perfect for the emerging spring season!

Apr 22, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy deep, dark red, nearly impervious to light. Fluffy light red head quickly fizzled away. Big jammy raspberry aroma mixed with an earthy funkiness. Flavor is tart raspberry, bitter blackberry, has a pronounced funkiness and earthy flavor, sourness lingers on the finish with the rAspberry flavor. Ample carbonation lends itself to a bright, crisp mouthfeel and balances the acidity nicely. Overall an outstanding sour, just a a tad too sour for my taste, but I would drink it again and again!

500 ml bottle purchased last month at the brewery
4.25 rating

Apr 11, 2019
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metter98 from New York

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is rather hazy purple in color. It poured with a quarter finger high pink colored head that left a wide collar of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass and wisps of bubbles covering the remainder of the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of boysenberries and funk are present in the nose.
T: The taste has sour flavors of boysenberries along with notes of oak foeders and hints of funkiness that linger into the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the combination of boysenberries, funk, oak, and sourness in this barrel aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 16, 2019
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mdfb79 from New York

4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a great looking hazy purple pink
Earthy, funky, oak, some spice, sour raspberries, dark fruity mats, light tart citrus, and light vinegar. Medium body and low carbonation.

Good, less sour and funnier than I expected

Nov 04, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-draught @ The Ginger Man NYC. Brief notes given the crowded environment .

Muted reticent aroma.

TASTE nails tart boysenberry, but the texture fails to bring the bacterial smackiness and acidity that would really bring out the berry. Not very sour - maybe a 3/10. But the jammy boysenberry is remarkable, and depth of flavour is good.

Mouthfeel is smooth, wet, jammy without being sticky, and soft. Medium-bodied yet refreshing, finishing clean.

A drinkable wild ale that delivers on its boysenberry premise. More good work from a rightly well-regarded brewery.

Low B (3.55) / GOOD

Nov 04, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is berry blood in a glass on appearance. Deep pink and ruby notes.

The flavor bursts of berries, berry skin and hint of the seeds, tart jam, medium sour, clean tart qualities,

Aug 23, 2016
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Skellbop from New York

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - turbid, purplish red, light to medium red head
S - nice acidity and berry
T - balanced tartness and fruit, and neither overpowering
F - medium carb, nice mouthfeel
O - one of the most unique looking beers I've seen. Very nice sout

Aug 21, 2016
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L -looks like V8. Murky maroon with no head

S - bacteria and raspberries with tart salt

T - Raspberries and sea salt with bacteria strains. Not an overload of sugary fruit juice. Very well balanced.

F - light feel. Gose-esque salt with the sourness of a fruit lambic. Crushable.

O - Tart fruit and Gose-like salt which drinks easy and is refreshing. Awesome.

Aug 19, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Swillburger/The Playhouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a vividly dark red color, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells super juicy and super fruity, as indicated by the color- it just looks vibrant and tasty. Smells really strongly of boysenberries, cherries, and raspberries, even though only the first fruit is in there. There's a bit of pickled fruit aroma as well, a little briney.

This is not the most complex beer ever, for sure- it's a showcase for absurd amounts of fruit flavor. There's a little bit of pickled/briny off-taste on the finish, not sure what that's all about, but it's not super strong.

This is medium bodied, finishes pretty dry, with a good level of carbonation.

This is definitely a fun beer, but not sure I'd ever order it again. I'd prefer a bit more funk or any other complexity.

Aug 18, 2016
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cosmicevan from New York

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

went to check out Billy Martin (aka illyB) at threes brewing in Brooklyn and was pleasantly surprised to see this on tap. took a pour at 11 bucks, rolled the dice. all I can say is appreciation who? this beer is titties...and I love titties.

Aug 17, 2016
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ChipChaight from New York

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

32 oz growler from Beershop NYC on the UWS
Pours a super hazy dark ruby red with a thin creamy pink head, smell is tart, funky, and sweet crushed raspberry, mixed berry jam, and a hint of biscuity malts, like berry crumble, taste is very sour up front followed by dark berry sweetness, red grape, raspberries, blackberry, frutti di bosco juice, finishes with a tannic dry tartness and a raspberry seed bitterness, the feel is bright and dry, very well carbonated. A tart mixed berry explosion! Yum!

Aug 09, 2016
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Stakebone from North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy raspberry red. Smells of musty macerated fruit. Flavor is all about the fruit without the sweet. First impression is of intense raspberry fruit that quickly gets balanced by lemony sour. Have not tasted anything that has both of those intensities in one beverage. Mouth feel is in line with plenty there up front that thins to a pucker.

Jul 26, 2016
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 45 ratings