The Rare Barrel

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The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Wild Ale
3.98 | pDev: 8.29%
Dec 15, 2016
Oct 21, 2013
Very Good
Notes: Golden sour beer aged in oak barrels.
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4 by BEER88 from Washington on Dec 15, 2016
4.28 by MarkyMOD from Colorado on Aug 03, 2016
4.09 by aj_tuna from California on Feb 24, 2015
4.16 by EB1 from California on Feb 16, 2015
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4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Split with rudzud, duffy, and kyle. Awesome name.

Very little fizzy head, fades quickly mostly golden color.

Nose great, dank sour lacto, big sour lemony funk, floral funk, weird like apricot fruit thing, juicy tart funk and fruit, little golden sour malt, barnyard funk.

Taste starts super sour, tart fruit, site lemony, little grassy and floral, golden sour fruit, little sour apricot and lemon, some flemmy slight milky lacto, bit acidic, dank funk. Finish is long tart sour fruit lingering, mild funk, flemmy and acidic.

Mouth is a lighter to med bod, fluffy slight creamy, decent but lighter carb, flemmy acidic.

Overall pretty nice. I really enjoyed this although others didn't as much.

Feb 04, 2015
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4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by rudzud from Massachusetts

Split with JLindros, Duffy, and Kyle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden hue with thin wisps that fade to leave more light wisps.

S - Aromas of funky brett, great lacto, almost fruit like apricot notes, light yeast. Very bright.

T - Taste is rather yeasty with good brett and yeast note. Good faint fruit, good faint blondes. Pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, body is nice but the lack of carbonation hurt.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, the nose was really great but the taste was just alright.

Serving type: Bottle

Jan 22, 2015
3.73 by greenspointexas from Texas on Jan 11, 2015
4.5 by LakerLeith from California on Dec 06, 2014
4.25 by Hopbully from Virginia on Nov 17, 2014
3.75 by mendvicdog from Maryland on Nov 05, 2014
3.25 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Nov 03, 2014
3.5 by oline73 from Maryland on Nov 03, 2014
4 by obiwan from California on Oct 21, 2014
4 by atpca from California on Sep 19, 2014
4 by DaveHack from Pennsylvania on Aug 30, 2014
3.75 by zestar from California on Aug 06, 2014
3.75 by Reappropriated from California on Aug 05, 2014
4.25 by Thirsty_Rob from California on Aug 04, 2014
3.75 by MastaShonuf from California on Aug 03, 2014
4 by pmarlowe from Virginia on Jul 31, 2014
3.7 by SierraJosh from California on Jul 18, 2014
4.5 by pwoody11 from Delaware on Jun 19, 2014
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3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange body. Small white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Bready. Very grainy. Lightly acidic. Lemon. Kind of a wine barrel presence.

Taste - Light white wine. Very lemony. Bready and very winey. Gets a little acetic in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - This isn't very complex, but it's nice. Simple and nicely sour.

Jun 11, 2014
4 by KevMo84 from California on Jun 09, 2014
4.25 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Jun 09, 2014
4.25 by markgugs from New Jersey on Jun 07, 2014
4 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jun 07, 2014
4 by jaasen64 from Massachusetts on May 26, 2014
3.75 by starshockey9 from New Jersey on May 24, 2014
4 by JesseLara from California on Apr 20, 2014
3.5 by Holland from Illinois on Apr 14, 2014
4 by GatorLCA from Florida on Apr 01, 2014
4.25 by beernads from Florida on Mar 26, 2014
3.5 by yourefragile from District of Columbia on Mar 21, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by scottfrie from California

Reviewed from notes:
Founders growler into Founders glass.

A: Pours a clear bright golden with a very faint short lived bright white head that faded into a fuzzy collar. Wispy lacework was left down the glass.
S: Funky notes of dry oak and yeast, with notes of peaches and stone fruits, lemon, and slight green apple and golden fruits. Tart and earthy.
T: Follows the nose with oaky dry flavors of tart lemon and green apple, apricot, and earthy yeast and straw. Leafy hops and buttery oak in the finish and aftertaste alongside some woody oak tannins. Drying aftertaste and faint earthy spice. Buttery and fruity overall.
M: There a touch of grease to the mouth. Medium body, tingly carbonation, clean tartness with a kiss of vinegary acidity.
O: Smooth and dry, tart and clean. Good flavor but nothing earth shattering. Great flavors, but wish it was dryer.

Mar 17, 2014
3 by vissai from California on Mar 10, 2014
3.5 by VAbdoyan from California on Mar 09, 2014
3.25 by goveia75 from California on Mar 01, 2014
4.25 by 2GOOFY from California on Feb 22, 2014
4.25 by obiwan_k3n00bi from California on Feb 20, 2014
SKUs Me from The Rare Barrel
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 61 ratings