Ensorcelled | The Rare Barrel

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The Rare Barrel
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

an absolute tart bomb! full, crisp feel. def getting raspberry. prefer this on the cold side. problem is this brew is just too damn tasty to savor and nit pick at. perfect beer after moving snow for 2.5 hrs.

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Photo of Tommo
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A very nice offering from rare barrel. The dark sour doesnt overwhelm, Theres lots of lactic and acetic acid without being vinegary in any way. The barrel is wondeful and the raspberries really shine through and are quite tasty. good work

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Photo of kojevergas
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Rating from notes taken Zwanze Day 2014: Bottle was courtesy of Collins - thanks, man!

Red waxed cap. Served into stemware.

HEAD: None. No lacing.

BODY: Dark brown-black. No yeast/sediment is visible within. A bit cola-esque. Average vibrance.

Appears under-carbonated. Looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Fruit skin. Raspberry and accompanying tartness. Sourness intensity seems to be about a 7/10.

Amazing. Any malt are neutral and unobtrusive, letting the tart fruit shine. Lactobacillus bacteria character lends this intangible complexity.

A saliva-inducing aroma of mild strength.

No overt hops, alcohol, or off-flavours are detectable.

TASTE: Sourness is about a 6-7/10 in terms of intensity. Nice tartness. Bureid raspberry. Pediococcus and lactobacillus bacterial intricacy. Maybe even brettanomyces lambicus?

Balance is impeccable, and the build is fantastic, with impressive depth of flavour and ideal flavour intensity. Duration of flavour is average. Comes together nicely, boasting impressive cohesion. Smacky and delicious, with no noticeable alcohol presence or off-flavour. Good complexity.

TEXTURE: Smooth, smacky, wet, refreshing, acidic, and medium-bodied. Complements the taste nicely, coaxing out the nuances of the flavour profile well.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or dragging.

OVERALL: An incredible sour from Rare Barrel. Definitely something I'd seek out, and extremely drinkable. A beer I'd love to revisit when in a better review environment so I could get into its intricacies in finer grain.

A- (4.14) / EXCELLENT

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip glass.

A: Muddy dark brown, capped by a finger of light tan head that fades almost instantly. An active blush of carbonation initially, though it fades quickly. There's enough yeast and/or sediment in suspension that it's almost opaque.

S: Acetic acid tartness, but not overly vinegary. Very tart berries, dry vinous tannins, and faint sweet bready malts.

T: Tart, acetic acid, and underripe tart raspberries. Dry oak tannins, vinous dry grape aspect. Some sweetness from the toasted biscuit malts. Lactic acid sour near the swallow, and finishes with lingering acidic tartness and raspberries.

M: Average to a little light on the body, and low alcohol heat. Good carbonation sensation.

O: Pretty good. I'm not picking up a lot of Brett funk in this bottle, nor do I get much chocolate out of the malts as claimed on the label (though there is a nice sweetness from the malt). Quite tasty, despite it not tasting quite like what the label says.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5 oz taster on tap at the Rare Barrel brewery tasting room.

L: Deep reddish-brown color, with a small, fizzy head.

S: Fruit forward, with a strong raspberry presence. Some oak notes are also present.

T/F: As in the nose, there is a strong fruit presence, with a tart raspberry being the most predominant. A strong sour taste hits first, then the fruit come in. Medium carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Overall a very good beer. Sours are not in my normal rotation, and I would have a hard time drinking a lot of a sour in one setting, but I will probably try a few more of these.

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Photo of Marius
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC 2016, day 2. Dark ruby pour with no head. A boatload of fruit sourness, no vinegar whatsoever, a bit of brett dryness and raspberries. Excellent.

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Photo of Ej8
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle at the 2016 Wicked Weed Funkatorium Invitational. Amber brown with a slightly fizzy head. Hints of red wine, oak, and rasberries. Slightly funky, super balanced. One of the best sours I've ever had.

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Photo of peensteen
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with a ring of white head and light lace. Smell is full of raspberry and red wine, acidic and oaky. Taste has a big sourness upfront, tart red wine, lightly sweet mixed berries and oak with a dry fruity closer. Medium high carbonation, medium body. A solid sour, worth a try.

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Photo of Lucnifter
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am usually critical of lacto-brett sours, but this one is raspberry and brett funk forward with just the right amount of lactic acidity. A very well constructed raspberry sour stout.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

really quality beer here from the rare barrel, they all are, but as their raspberry stuff goes, i reckon i liked wise guise a little more. this one still finishes quite sweet, and the fruit is lost a little to the sourness, where i felt like it was enhanced by it in the other one. there is a higher degree of funk to this one than just the lacto, more musty wood and a little more richness than the other too, which ended up being almost more like a fruited berliner. the fruit character is high in the nose though, fresh preserves and some nice tang, really great and really forward. it may get muddled a little by all the malt in it, but its still pretty vibrant in the flavor. definite red wine notes to this, with some currant and cherry hints as well with the raspberry, pretty complex as they go. its nice that these beers are so interesting and different, you never know what to expect form them, but its always a delicious treat. if i got to have one of the raspberry ones again, it would be wise guise for sure, but this is pretty darn tasty too.

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Photo of popery
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer is a deep magenta with some brown to it. Small, fizzy-ish head, beige. Looks rather cloudy. The aroma is satisfyingly jammy and definitely beats the taste for me. Lots of raspberries with a good mix of sour and sweet, so mostly sour. Light funk and moderate oak. Taste is nice but the fruit gets a bit muddled and doesnt quite have the bright jammy flavor of the aroma. Tart berries with underripe apricots. Some sour grape-iness. Light oak. Fairly dry. Medium body, thins out some in the finish. Good sour, up near the top for what I’ve had from TRB.

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Photo of tempest
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Juicy raspberry upfront but dry sour finish. Only a hint of barn in the aroma, it's otherwise all fruit. This is possibly the best balanced sour raspberry beer I've drank. The funky character is in check, and fruit is tasty and clean.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

dark plum color. nose is bright raspberry with sour raspberry taste. super balanced. one of the better dark sours and phenomenal rasp beer! super impressive.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Big raspberry aroma, followed by malt and a touch of oak

A: Deep opaque brown with some garnet highlights, medium amount of head retention

M: Medium bodied without being overly viscous or cloying. Moderate carbonation

T: Raspberry flavor intertwined with malt flavors, some oak and a moderately acidic finish

O: Whoa, this is delicious. Excellent raspberry aromas and flavors, more malt than I was expecting, but it interplays nicely with the tart raspberry aroma and flavor.

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Photo of bnelson997
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a teku glass. Sour & oak on the nose followed by the subtle raspberry fruitiness. Taste follows the nose with more delicious tannic raspberries. Got more oak and funk as it warmed.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle, dirty cedar brown, with a wispy head. Aroma is raspberry candy and sourdough. Taste was earthy, yeasty, bready, sweet and sour raspberry candy, with a hint of cocoa. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel, with a mid-level tartness. Not bad, a bit messy. Decent overall, but not something I'd want to have again.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-05-02 in Potland, OR at Apex on tap

A - Cloudy brown with short tan head

S - Raspberry, sour yeast, dark bread. Strong and inviting

T - Like the smell. Plenty of fresh raspberry but not sweet. Medium sour. Some grain for balance. Very dry

M - Light body and carbonation. Refreshing.

O - An excellent, balanced fruited sour. Hats off.

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Photo of TychoNDC
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really fascinating beer. Smell is incredibly powerful, like warhead candy. The flavor is similarly powerful, but maybe too much so. Nonetheless, an interesting and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft 3/28/15. Really solid raspberry (rather than "sour") taste foremost, with a strong sourness, oak, very mild smoke in the background. Well-made.

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud.
decent fizy head fades almost instantly, very little lacing, darker chestnut mahogany brown color, ruby light sneaking through.

Nose big candy sweet malt, syrupy candy, dark fruity raspberry, very berry like, lots of raspberry syrup and jam, little tartness and a little vinegar.

Taste starts quite tart and sweet, a tart sour raspberry, with tons of jammy fruit, pure sweet raspberry jam and candy, a mild funky sourness getting into a big acidic tart sour almost wine vinegar but not quite there. Some dark malts, almost dark malt vinegar, tangy and tart, even a lttle tanic raspberry seed thing. Finish is flemmy and tart, very acidic and quite dry, tangy raspberry lingering.

Mouth is med bod, lighter carb, thicker and syrupy like.

Overall quite nice, light carb again, little sticky flemmy but still very nice, great raspberry, etc.

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Photo of rudzud
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark raspberry hue with a thin head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of dark funky brett, light raspberry notes. Nose has loads of vinegar, really nice.

T - Taste is loads of raspberry and vinegar, really tart and dry, not overly sweet, light berry note. The vinegar aspect is delicious, nice tart sour funk. The raspberry juice is bright and tart with awesome vinegar notes. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated. Lightly flemmy.

O - Overall this beer was delicious, great raspberry and vinegar notes.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.56/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep brown. Small off-white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Nice raspberry aroma. Some dark maltiness. A bit of acidity.

Taste - Raspberry and oak. Light vinegar sourness. The raspberry provides more tartness. Some dark caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - A simple beer. It's just raspberry and sourness, but it works well.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle pour at the post-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, fruit, acidic, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better sour presence in the smell to me.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:
On-tap at the TRB. Tulip.

A: Served a deep deep cherry juice red with no head. Awesome color.
S: Huge notes of raspberry dominate the nose with very jam like and fresh berry awesomeness. Faint caramel and cherry pits come through alongside tannic oak. There’s a decent tartness is as well.
T: Follows the nose. A very jammy and fruity flavor profile. The finish is dry and sweet. Nice tart bite and some buttery oak in aftertaste. Mild caramel.
M: Medium body, dry mouthfeel, good sweetness. Very awesome overall. A raspberry lovers beer, not overly acidic, and not cloying.
O: I’ve like all of TRB’s beers, but this is the first one that really took me aback. This almost rivals the flavors of some of the greats from Belgium. Very impressive.

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4.24 out of 5 based on 294 ratings.
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