Map Of The Sun
The Rare Barrel

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Wild Ale
Ranked #31
Ranked #390
4.42 | pDev: 5.88%
The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Map Of The SunMap Of The Sun
Notes: Golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with apricots
Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 516 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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lucius10 from California

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sweet and tart, fruity apricot, hint of yeasty funkiness, and oak-barrel nose on this one! Taste follows with a well-balanced, apricot tart and slightly acidic, oak-barrel finish. Everything fits together well on this one...if I was nitpicking, I wish the apricot notes were a little more dominant. This is good stuff!

Jan 07, 2021
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IKR from California

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can

Appearance: Cloudy yellow color with a generous sized white head that slowly faded with nice lacing.

Smell: Upfront barnyard funk, tart apricots, mild hay/grassy notes, and mild citrus notes.

Taste: Tart apricot notes, moderate barnyard funk, moderate grassy/hay notes, and mild citrus notes. I also got a touch of leather in the taste profile. The beer has a dry finish ending on some tart citrus notes.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. The beer has a nice mouthfeel.

Overall: A good wild ale. The apricots come through well and the beer rides the line between tart and sour very nicely.

Oct 03, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Hazy golden orange body with 2.5 fingers of lovely solid white head that laces and retains excellently. There's still a head sticking around 20 minutes after pouring
S -- Apricot, yellow peach, lemon, apple cider vinegar, fruit leather, raw chanterelle
T -- The apricot is front and center here, with ample clean lacto lemony tartness to back things up. Very pale slightly grainy malt bill. Decent amount of oaky astringency but not overwhelming. Wouldn't say there's too much funk. The fruit character is very juicy
F -- Medium mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Nice dimensionality
O -- Bit on the pricey side, but a nice wild for those who like the tarter end of the spectrum and also like apricot


Sep 04, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden sours can really be hit or miss, but this one is not only a hit, it is a home run. The yeast doesn't get in the way, in fact it enhances the oak, apricot, and the supporting citrus and slightly acidic funk in both smell and taste. Feel is like a sightly tart apricot fresca, with decent carbonation, airiness, but lets plenty flavors go forth. Oak is there but not more than a backing, slight acidity, tartness, and funk seen best in the finish. A very clean wild ale

Jan 03, 2020
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minterro from Colorado

4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer as a celebration of my wife and I being fully moved into our new place in Boulder. Found at Argonauts right after GFAB. ~25$ for the bottle.

A&S: Head was very fizzy when poured, from there fading from a thin ring around the outside to nothing. It is a slower transition than most. The color of the beer is wonderful. Murky deep yellow with a hints of yellow. Initially, no hint of sourness in the aroma. It almost smells like a mild saison or triple. Wheat and floral hops are the main components, with hints of citrus. As it warms you get some of the apricots that are talked about on the label.

T&M: The taste is pretty interesting. Upon the first second of the sip, it is puckeringly sour, however, right after that, it mellows quickly to a fruity taste of pears and apricots. Very slight bitterness and lemon tastes at the end. Not as intense as some other really phenomenal sours I have had over the years, but better balance while remaining true to the style. Not tasting or smelling any oak. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonation is smooth, but prickly on the tongue.

Overall: One of my favorite beers I have tried this year. The Rare Barrel remains one of my all-time favorite breweries.

Nov 22, 2019
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Barettes from Washington

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 bottle. One of the prettiest beers I've poured into a mini tulip, bright and hazy yellow-orange with lots of lively bubbles underneath a huge white cap of foam that lingers for several minutes before dissipating.

A strong apricot presence dominates, with sourdough bread, funk, a hint of lemon or orange, and a fluffy soft feel that nicely offsets the tartness of the apricots. Delicious.

Nov 16, 2019
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look - hazy yellow tan color
smell - super tart funky hey brett
taste - peach tart funkcy grainy slight citrus tang
feel - super dry full body light carb good bite
overall - interesting different sour

May 28, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mostly clear but slightly foggy golden-yellow with a thin creamy head leaving a clinging collar and light arms of lace.

Delicate and balanced for a Rare Barrel, peach, apricot and orange introduce a light phenolic funk via a fluffy, softly fulfilling body that finishes semi-dry and Sweet Tart-like. Sharp, bright lemony oak brings wild, herbal qualities with a touch of cheesy funk.

Apr 08, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 1 pint & 9.4 fl oz bottle purchased at Fort Point Market, Boston, MA
Vintage 18
Served in a tulip

The beer poured a hazy straw yellow and was topped by a super tight and fluffy, two-finger tall, bright white crown that slowly fell to a thick, lasting, foamy cap. A patchy wall of streaky lacing stuck along the glass. As the beer sat, the chill haze dropped to reveal a nearly clear body.

The aroma was fantastic. There was a big peach/apricot presence. Freshly picked fruit came to mind. Really crisp and bright. Lemon notes were apparent. Fairly tart with a noticeable lactic acid quality. Hint of sweetness. As the beer warmed, the fruit really intensified. More sweetness came forth as well.

The flavor profile was also impressive, even though the peach/apricot notes were much more subdued here. Touch of biscuity malt character up front. Big lemon presence. Tart and acidic but not excessively so. Definitely some lactic character too. Hay-like notes came through in the center. More lemony tartness and acidity on the back end and the finish. Hint of dry oakiness. Subtle peach/apricot notes and a bit of sweetness appeared after the swallow.

Fantastic frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. The liquid contained a super fine yet fairly zippy effervescence that turned creamy, slick and smooth on the palate.

Map Of The Sun is a fantastic, apricot-infused, golden sour ale that draws obvious comparisons to Cantillon’s Fou Foune. Be sure to drink this one fresh in order to enjoy its full fruit splendor.

Sep 15, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

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

A-Pours a hazy golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has oak, tarty and apricot hints
T-The taste follows the nose with very well balanced oak, tartness and apricot flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A very well balanced wild ale with a complex flavor

Aug 23, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip. 2015 vintage

L: Clear golden amber pour with thin fizzy white head. Falls fast... modest ring of lacing.

S: Tart and funky... underripe fruits... picking up a little apricot and oak.

T/F: Follows the nose. Tart bordering on puckering sour... musty oak barrels, green fruit, and mild lemon. Light apricot which has probably aged off a bit... nice tart fruit though. Light bodied... zesty carbonation.

O: A high quality Wild Ale... love the oak and fruit... a little harsher on the tartness than expected but not in a bad way. Would love to have a new bottle for comparison. Overall one to seek out.

Jun 09, 2018
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

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

Bright, hazy, pale gold with a white head that leaves a few specks of lacing. The aroma is sweet but funky with bright acidity and lots of apricot. Tastes sweet at first then sharp and bitter with a lot of fruit like the apricot and some peach notes. The blue cheese like moldiness is present as well. Finishes tart, fruity and clean. This is a really great beer.

Jun 09, 2018
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Slack from Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1

Pale gold in color with a fair amount of head and slightly unclear.

Nose is a mix of stone fruit - apricot, peach, lactic acid, minor oak

Taste when cold is mild apricot, oak, and a stronger lactic acid
Taste when warm is much stronger stone fruit accented by the oak with a hint of apple and lactic on the back end

Mouthful is light to medium. Carbonation is average to above. Finish coats your entire mouth and puckers the lips

I have not comparison for this fresh but this is an excellent sour that imo held up quite well. The bottle states 35-40 degrees serving temperature which may be the case when fresh but I would suggest trying it both cold and about 15 to 20 degrees warmer. Overall an excellent sour that perhaps could be a tad light and cleaner but it is highly recommended.

Apr 14, 2018
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Hookstrat from Iowa

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

Overall an excellent apricot sour. Hate to be that guy, but you have to let it warm up. The nose opens up into musty stone fruit and oak with hints of coconut and vanilla eventually remniscent of a tropical cocktail. Apricots can be sour as hell. The nose braces you for sourness and the first sip prickles the tongue, but the back end washes away with an almost spritzer-like quality. There is some noticeable acetic detracting from my rating, but overall it's highly drinkable for an apricot sour.

Mar 01, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Hazy bright yellow with thin white head. Has medium low carbonation.
Smell: Sticky apricots, peach cobbler, oak, lacto, with a hint of vanilla.
Taste: Lightly tart, sticky apricots, peach cobbler, and lacto.
Mouthfeel: Thin, not much complexity.
Overall: A good sour from Rare Barrel, but was expecting a bit more.

Feb 05, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours clear and orange colored with a head that looks more familiar to soda drinkers than beer imbibers; spotty trails of lacing drip down, however

Smell: Lactic apricot tones, with a funky overtone and a hint of cinnamon

Taste: Very sour, at the outset, with an acetic character that devolves into lactic apricot tones; funky, though the middle, with a hint of cinnamon spice; only after the swallow, does the sweeter aspect of the fruit appear, almost as a mirage, as the sour tones drive home the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low carbonation but a high pucker factor

Overall: If you like sour fruit beers using apricot then this will press most of your buttons

Jan 28, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like your mom’s Toyota Previa after a long rain, this bad boy is all kinds of clean. That beautiful golden hue is met by a crisp vibrancy that I could only imagine is like playing with a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader’s pompoms.

Is Raul into it? You bet. Hut! Hut! Hike!

*I just have to interject - the warmer this gets, the bomber it becomes. Yep!

Jan 20, 2018
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

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

This might be the best offering from The Rare Barrel.

On the palate, there is a nice mix of tart base beer, sweet candied apricot, and a subtle cinnamon finish.

Nov 01, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015, blend #027. Lemon, stone fruit, lacto and some sun/apricots. Lighter feel, lower carbed. Oaky, semi dry finish. Pretty good but substitutes a bit of flavor for sourness.

Oct 16, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Matthew. Thank you!

Light orange body, mostly clear, small head that rapidly fades to nil. Grandiose apricot aroma that leaps into the olfactory senses. Medium high acetic character. Prominent apricot throughout. Delicious.

Dec 30, 2016
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 12/27/16

A: Golden orange with some bright gold around the edges - light haze but mostly clear - pours with a small white head, fades rapidly to a virtually no cap, not much lacing

S: Straight-up sour, with some acidity, some lactic notes, and some funk - sharp tartness - fleshy apricots with some juice, sour apricots -oak - some light sweetness and pale malts at the base

T: Wonderfully sour and tart, tons of apricot - mostly sharp and acidic sour, with some sharp tartness, but some funkier lactic notes as well - some general funk - undercurrents of oak - lingering sour - lots of apricot flavor, with some under-ripe apricot and some apricot juice - some light sweetness, neutral pale malts at the base

M: Medium to light body, low carbonation, lingering light puckering

O: Getting lost on the sun sounds good to me

The apricot rounds out The Rare Barrel's usual golden sour base in a very nice way. This is one of the best Rare Barrel beers I've had, and I look forward to drinking more.

Nov 27, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.74/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 Boise stone fruit bottle share on 8/27. Pours out a hazy pale golden color capped with a small bubbly head. Peachy notes come forth in the aroma, along with a hint at the tartness that follows. Taste brings the peaches, paired with some nice wooden barrel flavors, all wrapped up in a big funky pucker.

Sep 02, 2016
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nerdboy19 from Korea (South)

4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look : Hazy golden with white foamy head. - 4/5
Aroma : Subtle apricot, soft sourness and little bit of funkiness. - 8/10
Mouthfeel : Medium bodied and medium-high carbonation, perfect for a sour - 5/5
Flavor : Apricot, funky, very sour, complex, oak... - 8/10
Overall : Not the level of Fou'Foune but it's not too far. Pretty complex, and sour, love it - 16/20

Jul 14, 2016
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy dark golden orange color that's reminiscent of pulpy orange/tropical fruit juice. Half finger white head that immediately settles. Poor retention without much in the way of lacing. Nice color though.

Very complex aroma with strong funk and earthy, musty character. Almost lambic-like with a delicate vegetal presence along with diaper and barnyard funk. Lactic cheese sweaty brett countered by tropical juicy, fleshy apricot. Really nice fruit presence countering the funk. Seedy acetic character as well but not too harsh or solvent like.

Medium body with prominent tart and puckering acidity. Strong but not harsh, nicely balanced when the palate adjusts. Puckering citric acidity dominating the palate, lingering over the funk and juicy fruit sweetness into a bone dry finish. Delicate seedy acetic quality but not harsh or solvent like. Sweaty, musty funk with earthy soil, barnyard funk and lactic cheesiness. Just bursting with juicy tropical apricot sweetness. Surprising how much fruit is crammed into this complex beer. Really nicely balanced even with the prominent acidic sourness. Dangerously drinkable.

Jun 26, 2016
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rand from California

4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL

Light, effervescent, apricot-orange appearance. Any wispy head that tries to form quickly dissipates, leaving no trace.

Tart, fruity nose; unripe raspberries, boysenberries, lemons. Plenty of drying oak and honeyed malts. No alcohol, but lactic acid penetrates.

More dimensional on the palate, expanding on the base notes of the nose. Along with the berry notes, unripe grapes join in, and undertones of pit fruit. Citrus notes, and a vinous floral aspect. Light, festive mouthfeel makes it feel as if the flavors bounce around the palate. Tart, short, clean finish.

Jun 21, 2016
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