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The Rare Barrel

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The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Wild Ale
4 | pDev: 8.75%
Aug 13, 2017
Oct 27, 2013
Very Good
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Notes: Amber sour beer aged in oak barrels.
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Rated: 3.76 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

Aug 13, 2017
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.54/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Whoa, hold the horses, we have a beer of a different color! This one comes in amber, thin off white head, which means it is one of the 2% of beers from Rare Barrel that isn't the dark or golden sour base!

Lactic sour and tart aroma as usual, real clean. Taste is more of the same. Dry oak tannins in the mouth feel and aftertaste. Lemons as usual is the first fruit descriptor in terms of the taste. Mild hints of caramel. More acidity than that. Some apples and cranberry like notes as well. Another good but not great beer from Rare Barrel. Price point makes it a pass on a to go bottle.
Dec 28, 2016
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from Washington

Dec 15, 2016
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Rated by Marius from Netherlands

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap at CBC 2016. Ruby with a white head. Hazy. Sour fruit, cherries, graps, oak and vanilla. Quite good.
Jul 20, 2016
Rated: 4.21 by dcmchew from Romania

Jun 01, 2016
Rated: 4 by Ciocanelu from Romania

May 19, 2016
Rated: 4.35 by erjaq from California

Feb 14, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by JRod1969 from New York

Feb 10, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by nmann08 from Virginia

Feb 06, 2016
Rated: 3.67 by RollBounce from New York

Jan 17, 2016
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Reviewed by frasergrove from California

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Very clear amber colored body, tiny white head that dissipates almost instantly. Light aroma, a tinge of lactic acid with underlying oakiness. Not as mouth puckering as most Rare Barrel offerings, which is nice. Some sweet cherry up front that turns to bright lemony acidity. Smooth body. A nice session sour!
Jan 03, 2016
Rated: 4.19 by MarkyMOD from Colorado

Oct 31, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by Gobzilla from California

Oct 26, 2015
Rated: 4 by JohnnieNepal from Michigan

Oct 05, 2015
Rated: 4.14 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

May 30, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by largadeer from California

May 30, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by JoelClark from Idaho

May 21, 2015
Rated: 4 by wulfie85 from California

May 13, 2015
Rated: 4 by mychalg9 from Illinois

May 05, 2015
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

May 02, 2015
Rated: 4 by Williaar from Colorado

Apr 26, 2015
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Another split with rudzud.

Pours a mild creamy foamy head, fades semi nice lacing, quickly to big bubbles, crystal clear tan iced tea color.

Nose tart generic fruit notes, sour malts, some reddish candy soured malts, tangy with touch of acetic acid, very generic sour brown.

Taste starts with acetic acid, sour malts, tart flemmy generic sour fruit, soured reddish malts with little candy note, so much acid bite, little berry seed tannin. Finish is very flemmy, big acidic, soured fruit and tart berry seed.

Mouth is med bod, sour flemmy, decent carb, big acid.

Overall it's good, but very generic and average for a good American sour. Yeah a few years earlier this beer would have been great, but these days it gets lost in all the other great American sours out there, and way too acidic and flemmy.
Apr 03, 2015
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear golden rose hue with a head that fades to leave a light wispy blanket.

S - Aromas are super generic musty. Clearly a sour, but, nothing really pops or is notable.

T - Taste is nicely sour, cherries dance in the background. Lightly fruity, cherries are a mix between syrup and fresh fruit. Good vinegar notes, light barrel, little flemmy. Good base beer background.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, flemmy.

O - Overall this beer was typical of rare barrel...promise but at the end of the day a run of the mill American sour.

Serving type: bottle
Apr 03, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Feb 19, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by IrishColonial from Texas

Feb 06, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by HeadyTheElder from Louisiana

Dec 20, 2014
Rated: 4 by jschonert from Missouri

Nov 20, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by olradetbalder from Sweden

Nov 20, 2014
Rated: 3.7 by EB1 from California

Nov 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by stevec32 from New York

Nov 06, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by BT_Bobandy from Ohio

Nov 03, 2014
Rated: 4 by obiwan from California

Oct 21, 2014
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.12/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Amber body. Small white head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Generic amber sour aroma. A little musty. A little bit of cherry and vinegar.

Taste - The slightest bit of sourness. A bit of vinegar. A hint of oak and some light caramel malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation and medium body. Very light sourness.

Overall - A very uninteresting sour.
Oct 21, 2014
Rated: 4 by jarrgal from North Dakota

Oct 21, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by baybum from Pennsylvania

Oct 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by riemster from Ohio

Oct 16, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by ShanePB from Pennsylvania

Oct 16, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by KVNBGRY from Florida

Oct 06, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Axnjxn from North Carolina

Oct 01, 2014
Rated: 4 by SocalKicks from California

Sep 29, 2014
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