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The Rare Barrel

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The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #262
Ranked #2,553
4.23 | pDev: 6.38%
Sep 22, 2020
Jan 03, 2014
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Notes: Red sour beer aged in oak barrels with raspberry.
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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Parmesan from Colorado

L:. Pours a murky Amber red with a slightly tan head and no lacing on the glass.

S:. Notes of raspberry and caramel, sweet malt and some slight tartness.

T:. Tart and raspberry with notes of caramel and sweet malt, very pleasant

F:. Smooth carb, medium body.

O:. The raspberry and caramel blend with the tartness to make a very nice beer

Sep 22, 2020
4.25 by ilikebeer03 from Texas on Sep 03, 2020
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3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Scored a 2016 bottle back in early 2017.

Pours a dark reddish amber color, I think I was expecting the color to have more in common with that of a raspberry. Plenty of carbonation results in a 4/7" head, off white. The aroma was the usual clean lemon sour of Rare Barrel meets some raspberries. The earthiness of the base red ale is largely absent.

Taste is familiar to Rare Barrel consumers, it has a clean, no funk golden sour component that is about half of their beers, then with some added characteristics of a red, heavier malt bill for one. Good raspberry taste, not too much nor too little fruit character. Real good mouth feel because of the dry finish like it was a lighter beer/SRM. Plenty of carbonation to spare on this one. The caramel and toffee barley malt notes are largely lost of the pre eminence of the lemon sour power going on. It was good enough on tap that I took the plunge on a $20 bottle. Almost never do that now, too many $1 beers from Sierra Nevada, Founders etc. . . to bother spending 20x as much.

Jun 30, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 deep reddish brown which is topped by a finger of dense and rocky off white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of juicy and sour raspberries with a nice amount of funk along with a little oak.
T: Taste is juicy raspberries and sourness up front followed by a little bit of funk along with some nice underlying oak. There's a little barnyard and must but a lot of juicy raspberry. On the swallow the raspberries are the star of the show with some nice lingering sourness. The oak and funk come in at the very end as well.
M: This beer has a body which is on the lighter side of things but it is not watery. Carbonation is effervescent and just slightly prickly while the beer has a drying finish which is expected of the style.
O: Overall this is a really awesome beer. The flavors are great and it's everything that I look for in a fruited sour. This one is definitely worth trying if you can get it.

Apr 22, 2020
4.21 by impending from California on Feb 17, 2020
4.27 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Jan 19, 2020
4.54 by BubbleBobble from New York on Nov 11, 2019
4.25 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Oct 16, 2019
4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Aug 04, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

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

Jul 27, 2019
4.34 by cd34 from Illinois on Jun 18, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JamFuel from Sweden

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...

Jun 15, 2019
4.45 by KensWorld from Florida on May 11, 2019
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4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Dr_C from Colorado

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.

May 05, 2019
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3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

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

May 05, 2019
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4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by snaotheus from Washington

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.

May 04, 2019
4.21 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Apr 28, 2019
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3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by CHickman from New York

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.

Apr 26, 2019
3.57 by sweetbrew82 from California on Apr 19, 2019
3.86 by BerryKumquat from California on Mar 26, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by macrosmatic from Florida

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.

Mar 24, 2019
4.22 by npachl from Wisconsin on Dec 08, 2018
5 by Panda_Rock from California on Nov 10, 2018
4.55 by XxthaDoggxX from Virginia on Sep 12, 2018
3.99 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Feb 18, 2018
4.02 by taospowder from New Mexico on Jan 29, 2018
3.94 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on Jan 28, 2018
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Jan 14, 2018
3.5 by rspauldi from Texas on Dec 27, 2017
4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Dec 16, 2017
4.25 by Hophazzard from California on Nov 26, 2017
4.16 by BAsbill from California on Nov 25, 2017
3.81 by Mxsluis from Michigan on Nov 11, 2017
4.06 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Oct 24, 2017
4.34 by hopkrid from Florida on Oct 06, 2017
4.25 by frasergrove from California on Sep 03, 2017
4.32 by vfgccp from New York on Jul 29, 2017
4.18 by Brewery_Decimal_System from Texas on Jun 15, 2017
4.22 by kbgratz from Texas on Jun 15, 2017
3.68 by Frosty11161 from California on Jun 12, 2017
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