Wise Guise
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #195
Ranked #1,608
4.25 | pDev: 6.35%
The Rare Barrel
California, United States
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Notes: Red sour beer aged in oak barrels with raspberry.
Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 242 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of REVZEB
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured semi-clear burgundy with plenty of carbonation bubbles and a beige head, very eye catching despite the darker appearance. Aromas of tart ripe raspberry, oak tannins, and wild yeast, this is full but not powerful, somewhat rustic and dry. Taste sees the ripe raspberry and oak tannins lead, with the combo giving a dry red wine like complexion, some earthiness and dried cherry, with a slight touch of sour oak on the finish, with wild yeast through out. Easy to drink, but because of the depth you want to sip. Yeasty, smooth and some dry and sour, this is an elevated sour perfect for a special dinner

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Photo of JamFuel
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, dark reddish brown with some fluffy head.

Smell is tart and musty with notes of oak, raspberries, vanilla and lemon.

The taste is where it's at with this beer. Tart and perfectly acidic, with big notes of raspberries, charred oak, vanilla and lemon peel. Very complex with subtle notes of grapes and elderflower.

Mouthfeel is medium, dry and brightly carbonated.

Overall, a great tasting sour that's not really a looker...

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Photo of Dr_C
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Found this one on Tavour.

First off I this was a handsome looking brew. Poured into my Sempli plint glass, this beer had a gorgeous burnt caramel colored with a just slightly off white head 3 fingers tall that faded over a few minutes. No lacing on the glass but otherwise perfect looking.

Aroma was raspberry forward with a hint of maltiness. Smelled similar to Lindemans Framboise.

Taste was sour, dry and with ample raspberry with a hint of oak. Less sweet than a lambic. Crisp and light on the tongue.

Overall. An amazing brew if you like sour, raspberry or lambic in general, you should get this brew. I WILL look for this again.

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Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Capital Hop Shop, Sacramento, CA

A: The beer is very dark brown in color. It poured with a half finger high frothy white head.
S: Faint aromas of raspberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste has light to moderate flavors of raspberries along with a light amount of dourness and hints of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and easy to drink as it isn't too sour or heavy on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of snaotheus
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served in a little Cantillon glass. If there's a date, I don't see it (other than the 18 on the bottle).

Pours a mostly clear brownish color, slight ruby tint, with a medium sized head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is rich and tart and fruity -- I'd say cherry, except the label says raspberry.

Taste is tart, creamy, moderate bitterness, and clear berry finish. Yes, that's an unusual combination. Yes, it's quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Overall, very good beer.

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Photo of CHickman
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had Wise Guise 2018 on tap at Haymaker, NYC, it pours purple/pink color with a small pink head that faded slowly and left no lacing. I didn't expect much from the looks and it met my expectations. The smell was fruity with a malty backbone, tart green apple and raspberry, then some sour notes like a white wine or old red wine. Taste was way too tart and sour, to the point of being puckering. I liked the fruity notes and malty/bready aspects, but it was far from smooth and came off too much like a rotted fruit drink or sour apple juice. The oaky notes were present, but it didn't help with the drinkability.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to WestCoastBeerDude for sending this bottle! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from the 750mL bottle into an El Catador teku glass. 2016 vintage bottle, consumed 10/5/17.

A: Hazy reddish brown, with a thin white head that fades away quickly. Relatively low amount of visible carbonation after the initial blush fades away.

S: Nicely funky, with a lactic and vinous tartness but without even approaching vinegary. Some feet and acid and mustiness. Oak and barrel contributes to the vinous feel. Some biscuit malts. Modestly tart fruity berries, but the acid and the oak are the stars on the nose.

T: Malic and lactic sour, with tart cherries and raspberries. Mild citric acid, barrel and oak tannins. Funk with barnyard and feet. Biscuit malts that have just a bit of mild caramelized toast. Big tannic and malic sour presence in the middle. Milder vanilla from the oak. More tart raspberries balanced with the sourness at the swallow and in the hang.

M: Medium-bodied to maybe just a little heavy than usual for an American sour. Average carbonation sensation, and the alcohol seems maybe a bit heavy-handed for style but stays integrated.

O: I don’t think I could drink it all night, and I’m not even sure I could take down a bottle solo. It’s pretty acidic. But quite enjoyable. Fresh tart raspberries play nicely with the big malic sour cherries and oak. It's certainly worth a drink, though I couldn’t rate it among my favorite Rare Barrels, nor fruited sours in general.

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Photo of zimm421
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice amber with hints of ruby. The head is off-white, minimal and dissipates quickly. The nose is raspberries and tartness. There's a touch of oak and a bit of funk coming through on the back end as well. The taste is nicely tart, with great raspberry flavors, oak notes and a touch of funk. There's a bit of malt sweetness as well as citrus tones. Overall, it's a great sour blend, and the addition of raspberries really pulls everything together.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle Date: none
Palate Contaminants: food that had liquid smoke

The appearance is an opaque, deep tan. I'll go with mahogany. There's a fair amount of fine head that leaves some lacing.

For the smell, I get two things: chocolate-covered raspberries and that Lipton iced tea with lemon, but it's not nearly that sweet.

Taste is really sour out of the gate, and it takes a few seconds for that to clear out. It's also one of the most acidic brews I can ever recall having. While I was okay with the lack of sweetness on the nose, it could definitely stand some more in the taste. I mean, I'm not expecting sweetness on par with lychees, but a little sweetness with the raspberry flavor would be really pleasant. Lemon tea is still around, too. I seem to get varying amounts of lactose with each draw.

I'm a little surprised that I don't get any warmth. Medium weight and well integrated carbonation.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sample at EBF Saturday
Light pink color with a pink tinged white head. Huge tart berry on the nose with lactic and earthy funk underneath. Fantastic sour beer.

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Photo of BigGold
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had poured from 25.4-oz. bomber, gift from friend, into tulip. My first beer from Rare Barrel, Wise Guise may be the sharpest, most bracing American sour beer I have yet had.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color. Aroma is tart, acidic & sour. Flavor is tart acidic raspberry. Has a smooth velvety feel and overall this is absolutely delicious.

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Photo of stevoj
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share courtesy of Jeremy. Normal pour for a sour, sweet/sour aroma, puckering sour taste, dry, chalky finish. Not as rare as you would think, but pretty damn tasty.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Raspberry, lemon, lacto, stone fruits and oak. Definitely tart and semi sour, but light and super easy to drink. Amazing balance on this. Very yummy.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Tart raspberry aroma and sourness upfront, with faint oak and vanilla notes in the background.

A: Light brownish color with an amber hue, hazy, with a thin head that becomes almost nonexistent.

T: Moderate raspberry flavor, tart though slightly sweet. The malt provides some caramel notes.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer has a moderate, but pleasing acidity and is fairly tannic.

O: Pretty tasty; the raspberries are quite expressive in the aroma and flavor and are well complimented by the sourness and slight woody character.

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Photo of Tele
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (2015 Vintage - Blend 18)
Consumed: 8.15.15

A: 4.25 Pours slightly hazy reddish brown. The off-white head has good retention, lasting several minutes leaving lace on the glass.

S: 4.5 Smells strongly of fresh raspberries and lactic tartness up front. As the beer warms, some funk, oak, caramel, and a bit of vanilla show up as well.

T: 4.25 Like the nose, lots of fresh raspberries with moderate tartness and even a touch of apricot. The darker malt in the blend adds some of the caramel flavors from the nose, but overall the taste is a bit less complex. Finish is rather tannic and dry.

M: 4.25 Good body and the moderate tartness makes this very drinkable. Carbonation could be a little higher. The dry finish is really nice though.

O: 4.25 Another solid beer from The Rare Barrel, but not their most interesting release. I would have thought a blonde beer base would be better, but the raspberries are really well implemented and the darker base add some nice flavors. Super drinkable and tasty, but a bit more funk and lively carbonation would make this incredible. Maybe some more time in the bottle might help things develop if more funk is desired.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wise Guise is a fairly enjoyable red sour ale with a hint of raspberries. The barrel aging is not noticeable and the berries only really comes through on the nose. This beer could be just as good without the barrel aging and the raspberries.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Brick reddish orange. Minimal head. A small off-white cap drops to nothing almost instantly. No lacing, no cap or collar. Moderate to high carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Raspberry and a lactic in good measure. Raspberry flesh and juice with some lemon zest and a sharp punch of citric acid. Some lime juice as well. Deeply fruity. Slight woody edge. Slightly jammy with some underlying caramel malt. Almost buttery hidden in the back. Tons of acid. Some pale malt in the back.

Taste: Lactic acid. Huge citric bite as well. Lime juice and zest with some lemon concentrate. Raspberry slides under the acidic edge and throws some slightly jammy and cooked raspberry. Fresh muddled raspberry flesh and juice. Fruit sweetness. Malts carry a slightly caramelized sweetness with some caramel malt at the base. Hay and barnyard funk with some grass thrown in for good measure. Warming pushes the raspberry up a bit and lets the sweetness pop over the top of the sour base.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate pushing to high carbonation. Dry and bracingly so.

Overall: Cracking jokes.

It's got the bracing aggressive sour inherent in all Rare Barrel stuff. The raspberry is juicy and sweet and offers a touch of balance, but it's sour and never lets you forget.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to magictacosinus for the trade
Split with Goblinmunkey7 9/26/15

A: Light red-amber, with some nice ruby and orange tones - hazy, cloudy, with some clarity around the edges - pours with a small, off-white head that fades to a few wisps of a cap, small collar, leaves a few wisps of lacing

S: Raspberry and oak - not actually as intense as I expected, but quite potent - tart, sharp, acidity - acidic sourness, mostly, but some damp, musty lactic sourness - some powdery Brett, with some light barnyard - raspberry juice and flesh - some citrus as well, with lemon and hints of grapefruit - nice amount of wood, lightly chewy

T: Acid for days - nicely sour, with some sharp acidity - layers of sour, lactic notes as well - hints of yogurt - some barnyard and some sharp dryness from the Brett - sharp, sour raspberry flesh - other fruits as well, notably orange, grapefruit, and cherry skin - seriously nice wood, chewy oak - minimal sweetness, finishes mostly dry with some acidity

M: Medium body, puckering acidity, low carbonation, tart finish

O: A wise guy, eh?

This is my first Rare Barrel beer, and it does not disappoint. This has the most straight-up sour that I have encountered in a long time. The raspberry could have been a bit more intense, but otherwise this is undeniably stellar.

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Photo of SStein
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark pink, with a small head that dissipates quickly. Smells of raspberries and citrus. It tastes much like a good Flemish Red, a strong mix of raspberry and the sour. The carbonation is light and this goes down easily.

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Photo of MLDucky
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I wanted more raspberry, but other than that I have no complaints. Subtle raspberry in the nose, a bit of funk, nice deep purple/reddish color. Taste was much of the same. I got subtle raspberry on the back end and lactic acid throughout the tasting, which is typical of the rare barrels I've had the pleasure of trying. Overall, a great beer that I would like to try again.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Attained in a trade with a Californian for some Cigar City stout.

A smell that's really hard to place: rubber tire, wet hay, oak, hint of coriander, and almost like a smoky-musk note; an interesting/weird smell, but not off-putting. Sharp, tart acidity; more wet hay/barnyard funk in the flavor, finishes with what I assume to be, a hint of raspberry, but not much. Super dry with a lasting sourness. One of the most sour beers I've had, completely eclipses any notion of alcohol presence. Really an experience. 9.27/10

What she said: "It hits all the notes at the back of my tongue.. then as I swallow it, the taste disappears. It's like I drank nothing." 8.7/10

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from the masters of sour. This one is a lot more balanced than some of their others. The is typical of a wild ale while the tartness leaves room for the raspberry to come through.

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Photo of Beer4B
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely reddish hue. Smell has some faint raspberries and tartness. The taste is really great, tons of sour raspberries. Plenty of sour but not overpowering with lost of fruit.

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Photo of MissSmisje
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: brownish raspberry red with bone lacing.
S: raspberries - tart, ripe, and cooked - and acidity.
T: same as nose with raspberry hard candy and some powdered sugar in the mid palate, some funk. Oak in the finish, a hint of butter. A nice balance of sweetness, tartness and some acidity.
F: light and tart/acidic, tight carbonation
O: very good. One of the better raspberry sours I've had.

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