Map Of The Sun
The Rare Barrel

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From:
The Rare Barrel
 
California, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #38
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
98
Ranked #436
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 5.88%
Ratings:
519
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 07, 2021
Added:
Dec 20, 2013
Wants:
  166
Gots:
  109
SCORE
98
World-Class
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Notes: Golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with apricots
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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a slightly hazed golden yellow beer which is topped by a dense and slightly rocky two fingers of fluffy white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of some nice sourness and apricots with a touch of dry oak. Hints of funk and wood spice as well.
T: Taste is apricots and slight funk with some nice building sourness. Touches of pale cracker like malt influence at times as well while on the swallow there's more apricots, light funk, and oak with some lingering tartness.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of heft on the palate with a slightly creamy feel. Surprisingly heavy for the style while carbonation is lightly effervescent. The beer has a slightly drying finish due to the acidity.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. It has some good flavors and a nice amount of complexity that make it really fun to drink. Definitely worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

Dec 07, 2021
 
4.5 by retry4z from California on Oct 23, 2021
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4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

2017 vintage; consumed on 9/30/21

Pours a foggy gold body sporting a steady effervescence and capped with a wavy two fingers of fluffy, white foam; decent head retention leaves a craggy, sudsy cap, thin, frothy collar, and a chunky walling of lacing circling the walls of the glass with consistency.

Aroma opens with apricot flesh and sweet nectarine contrasting the taut, clean earthiness of wet granite minerality; grapefruit zest and lemon rind build to a ripping punch of twangy, lactic funk easing cooly to softening earth and stone fruit pits.

Taste brings apricot pits against wavering sensory notes of damp basement and wet rocks, eventually sweetening to a lighter nectarine nectar into the mid-palate; fresh, citric orange steadies the twang of mild-moderate lactic funk on the back end while a tinge of lemon peel grazes the finish.

Mouthfeel shows a light body with puffy spritzes of moderate carbonation as an oaky grit grazes through into the mid-palate, where a bright, refreshing mild tartness peaks toward a dry tingle and mild acidity eases over the back end with a delicate twang.

Refreshingly sippable with a perky acidity leveled by time, an unabated stone fruit presence is engaged with woody barrel for what's ultimately a bright and understated pour.

Oct 01, 2021
 
4.3 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Feb 04, 2021
 
4.5 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Jan 31, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lucius10 from California

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
 
4 by imperialking from Illinois on Dec 21, 2020
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4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by IKR from California

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
Photo of Holderness
4.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Holderness from Massachusetts

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

86/100

Sep 04, 2020
 
4.5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 25, 2020
 
4.54 by DudeBeerYaBro from California on Jun 17, 2020
 
4.43 by Lofreqwave from California on Apr 11, 2020
 
4.35 by Pstone530 from California on Mar 07, 2020
 
4.08 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Feb 23, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

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
 
4.43 by KeyWestGator from Florida on Dec 07, 2019
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4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by minterro from California

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

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
 
4.25 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on Sep 29, 2019
 
4.5 by paulish from New York on Jul 12, 2019
Photo of drdiesel9483
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

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
Photo of Sabtos
4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Sabtos from Ohio

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
 
4.45 by stephenlee from England on Feb 13, 2019
 
4.1 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Jan 05, 2019
 
4.19 by von_kaiser from Connecticut on Dec 11, 2018
 
4.58 by nater919 from New York on Nov 24, 2018
 
4.25 by Knobs303 from Colorado on Nov 23, 2018
 
4.49 by kmoen from California on Oct 09, 2018
 
4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Oct 06, 2018
 
4.61 by jpacor12 from Massachusetts on Sep 26, 2018
 
4.28 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Sep 22, 2018
Photo of Damian
4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Damian from Massachusetts

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
 
4.35 by MTKATL from Georgia on Aug 28, 2018
Photo of VABA
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by VABA from Virginia

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
 
4.63 by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts on Aug 18, 2018
 
4.5 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Aug 12, 2018
 
4.1 by AleHunter805 from California on Aug 11, 2018
 
4.49 by mig100 from Texas on Jul 27, 2018
 
4.11 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia on Jul 21, 2018
 
4.38 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jul 20, 2018
Map Of The Sun from The Rare Barrel
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 519 ratings