Map Of The Sun | The Rare Barrel

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Rare Barrel
California, United States
therarebarrel.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with apricots

Added by Paccamacca on 12-20-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#353
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
495
pDev:
5.88%
 
 
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168
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4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nater919
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of kmoen
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jpacor12
4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattmarka1
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian
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.

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

Photo of VABA
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of AleHunter805
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of shelby415
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of EMV
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.

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Photo of FriedSlug
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.

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

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

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4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slack
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.

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Map Of The Sun from The Rare Barrel
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 495 ratings