Rebus - Boysen
Grimm Artisanal Ales

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Grimm Artisanal Ales
New York, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #140
Ranked #2,189
4.31 | pDev: 6.5%
Apr 28, 2022
Jun 27, 2016
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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Rated: 3.89 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Apr 28, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Dec 09, 2019
Rated: 3.99 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Dec 01, 2019
Rated: 4.6 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Nov 21, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by ThatAmateurBeerDrinker from New York

Apr 25, 2019
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
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
Rated: 4.29 by CreightonSM from New York

Apr 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
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
Rated: 4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Apr 06, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Mar 30, 2019
Rated: 4 by edthehead from Maryland

Mar 27, 2019
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
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
Rated: 4.65 by theseventhson from New York

Apr 25, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by JoeMans from New York

Mar 06, 2017
Rated: 4 by Lucoli from New York

Dec 14, 2016
Rated: 3.93 by kuishinbo_tantei from New York

Nov 19, 2016
Rated: 4.67 by festizio from California

Nov 17, 2016
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Reviewed by mdfb79 from New York

4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -17.6%
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
Rated: 4.42 by smithj4 from New York

Oct 08, 2016
Rebus - Boysen from Grimm Artisanal Ales
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 46 ratings