The Rare Barrel

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Wild Ale
Ranked #81
Ranked #765
4.35 | pDev: 6.9%
The Rare Barrel
California, United States
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IKR from California

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark brown color with a medium sized beige head that gradually faded. A nice appealing look for a wild ale.

Smell: Moderate musty notes, grassy hay notes, some sweet fruity notes, and a hint of Bourbon. A nice nose.

Taste: Tart berry notes, modest grassy/hay notes, and moderate Bourbon notes come through in the taste profile. The palate is complex and all the elements work well together. The finish is moderately dry. No alcohol presence in this beer.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium bodied with a fairly generous level of carbonation. Definitely a fuller mouthfeel than the typical Wild Ale.

Overall: A very good Wild ale. The sourness is at a good level and the taste profile is complex and very nicely balanced.

Nov 14, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

3.33/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

De Mikkeller. En copa Teku. Leyendo modos de direccionamiento de ensamblador y jugando a God of War 2 HD.Una sour muy amable, con una acidez marcada pero suave, sin que las frambuesas se vayan de madre. No obstante, no proporciona una experiencia lo suficientemente memorable como para justificar su precio

Aug 20, 2020
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a turbid brown color, like prune juice. Head was very short lived, disappearing instantly.

Smell: strong aroma of funk, very vinegary to the point it was quite astringent to the nose, almost like a burning sensation. Some raspberries in the background.

Taste: quite a pucker in the mouth but quickly balanced out by juicy raspberries layered with cocoa. Also hints of dark tart cherries and sweet malt. Drinks quite like a raspberry chocolate cake.

Mouthfeel: quite acidic and sour. For that, its a sipper.

Overall: honestly quite impressed how a fruited dark sour can give you an impression of drinking a raspberry chocolate cake.

Jul 20, 2020
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Barettes from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big rush of jammy raspberries up front with oak, funk, tannins, dark roasted malt flavors, a flash of vinegar tartness, sour raspberry notes on the finish. Interesting and delicious.

Jun 05, 2020
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a dark beer which is dark reddish brown with a rocky two finger light tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Smells of raspberries, oak, and an almost bitter dark chocolate note from the roasted malts. Nice sourness as well.
T: Taste is raspberries up front with a hint of dark chocolate and roasted malts, nice oak, pleasant sourness with a slight jammy raspberry flavor, very light funk, touch of caramel. On the swallow there's a huge rush of juicy raspberries with some light roasted malts and oak with some lingering sourness toward the end.
M: This beer has a body which is on the lighter side of medium which is slightly slick in feel. Carbonation is adequate and just below prickly while the beer has a drying finish due to the acidity.
O: Overall this beer is amazing. Great fruit flavors and some really nice complementary notes from the base beer make this one a real pleasure to drink. Well worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

Mar 06, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark semi-clear mahogany body with a cap of brown foam that fades. I love how the raspberry is in the taste, ripe, fresh, tart, sweet, and you get aspects of the skin, fruit, and juice, all fits in well with the oak, funk, and decent malt bill. The front of the taste is the best part, very deep in the flavor, but the finish is more on the basic sweet and sour notes. The smell however is more uniform around the tart and sweetness of the raspberry juice and oak. Feel is a little heavy given the delicacy of the fruit, but the textures, tartness and oak are all on point. Nice raspberry sour

Aug 01, 2019
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was a dark brownish red color. In appearance, it resembled a Flanders.

Smell - Raspberries are apparent in this one. There was a hint of the sour notes to come.

Taste - The initial taste leaned rather dry. Once that passed, sweet vinegary raspberries dominated the palette. Oak undercurrents were lying in wait. The profile was not overly acidic and demonstrates good balance.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation seemed to make the sourness more aggressive. There was viscosity with the body.

Overall - Everything about this made me think of a Flanders with raspberries. I could drink a lot of this.

Jun 23, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a sleeper! I'm just not accustomed to raspberry by means of a dark sour delivery device.

Ensorcelled reminds me primarily of a cabernet or a merlot - it's deep, rich, dark, and acetic. It's frighteningly sour for some, and just about perfect for me. The tartness is measured, though again, the sourness is serious business. The raspberry adds huge depth to the flavor profile. It smells quite pleasant as well.

While my teeth have been melted, it's an amazing beer!

Apr 25, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark blackish-purple with minimal head, this is seedy, toasty and almost vinegary. It's a mature raspberry sour that somehow is not too sour, but is certainly on the edge.

Mar 21, 2019
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark beer with a tiny tan head that fades quickly. Smells mainly sour with the Brett and a hint of raspberries. Lightly sweet and funky with a nice amount of raspberries. Nice tasty sour.

Jan 20, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark red with fine, pink foam.

Smell is tart with huge notes of ripe raspberries and blackberrries, along with a bit of lime.

Taste is superb. Raspberries and blackberries in all their sour glory, underscored by a perfect acidity and some notes of lime and grass. Sourness is excactly right, gettting your mouth watering for the next sip, but not assassinating your tastebuds outright. Great balance, complexity and execution.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and well cabonated.

Overall, this is world class. It rivals almost any raspberry sour I've had, and I looove raspberry sours.

Nov 13, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage bottling, blend #019. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red/light brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge sour/tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, cranberry, cherry, strawberry, lemon, orange, peach, plum, fig, pear, apricot, currant, red/green apple, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, cocoa, oaken vanilla, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with amazing balance and complexity of raspberries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark/bready malts, and oak barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge our/tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, cranberry, cherry, strawberry, lemon, orange, peach, plum, fig, pear, apricot, currant, red/green apple, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, cocoa, oaken vanilla, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and light yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, cranberry, cherry, strawberry, lemon, orange, peach, plum, fig, pear, apricot, currant, red/green apple, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, brown sugar, toasted bread, light leather/funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark/bready malts, and oak barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/sourness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness frrom lingering tart/sourness and tangy fruit, Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly acidic/tangy, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.8%. Overall this is an amazing fruited sour red! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark/bready malts, and oak barrel flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/tennic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Insanely jammy raspberries with balanced Brett/Lacto complexity, dark/bready malts, and nice oak presence. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example. Best sour I have had from them so far.

Sep 29, 2018
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Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with small beige head.
Aroma is straight raspberry jam, oak, balsamic, vinegar,
Taste is lots of raspberry but not as much the aroma, oak, little sour, dry.

Oct 17, 2017
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Muddy red maroon color, with very little head and no lacing on the glass. Not the prettiest beer.

S: Leads with a very strong note of raspberry, followed by a strong tartness and sourness, slight bit of vinegar near the end, and a slight note of vanilla.

T: Strong notes of raspberry lead the way with a note or two of blackberry, followed by a strong tartness mixed with a bit of a puckering sourness.

F: Lighter body and a little lower carbonation than expected.

O: This is a nice sour, lot of tartness and sourness.

May 14, 2017
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von_kaiser from Connecticut

4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Feb 10, 2017
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Tommo from Texas

4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Oct 03, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
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

Sep 27, 2016
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Sep 16, 2016
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mklmcgrew from California

4.09/5  rDev -6%
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.

Aug 21, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Aug 02, 2016
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Ej8 from Georgia

4.66/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Jul 18, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Red Session. Aroma has tart fruits, some dark malts and light liquorice. Taste is tart with black tea notes and dark fruits. Well balanced overall.

May 19, 2016
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Jan 20, 2016
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Lucnifter from California

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Nov 01, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Oct 14, 2015
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