The Rare Barrel

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American Wild Ale
4.03 | pDev: 7.69%
The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 114 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is one of their dark sours. Pours, auburnish brown, not overly viscous. Small lighter brown head, 1/3". Aroma of lactic sour, mild roasted malt.

Taste, hey this tastes a lot like Tart of Darkness, that is a good thing. Not quite as sour or as acidic as Tart of Darkness though. The oak doesn't come out as much, isn't quite as dry, but still very good. No discernable fruit to describe this one with, lemon I guess, but the base beer doesn't seem to make you think lemons given its color.

I liked this one. Only problem is I get ToD for around $20, so I don't know how this fits into being a repeat purchase.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A quality, sessionable sour from The Rare Barrel. Nothing overly complex, just a nice sour beer with a fruit presence and barrel character.

This was an extra in a trade and an enjoyable one at that.

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Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Split with rudzud

Pours light fizzy 1 finger head that fades fairly quickly hints of lacing, semi clear, dark ruby maroon brown.

Nose tart mild fruit, darker fig like fruit, generic tart sour fruit, mild vanilla barrel notes, a tart cranberry like, little acidic note, funk like.

Taste brings mild sweetness, very tart fruit, sour like, cranberry and tart berry fruit, sticky flemmy sour funk, sticky malt, little syrupy, sour berry, mild funk, little acidity. Finish is sticky flemmy, nice tart sour funk and berry fruit lingering.

Mouth is med bod, little syrupy flemmy, decent carb, nice sour

Overall decent, nice sour fruit, very, tart funk, but not very drinkable and not great.

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Photo of rudzud
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice clear reddish chestnut hue, thin off white head fades to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of brown malts, light lemons, acidic, oak.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice lemons, brown malts, acidic, oak barrels, some apple skins, tannins.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, nicely crisp, quite acidic.

O - Overall this beer was decent. The brown malts kind of clash though with the wine elements.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks steve, enjoyed from a TB 004 taster. pours a shiny ruby thin head. nose is plastic burgandy sour. taste is really nice. red velvet beer. easy drinker mild pucker. worth checking out.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber brown body. Ruby notes. White head. Wispy surface.

Smell - Musty. Brown malts. Nutty. Acidic and oaky.

Taste - Sour, kinda lemony. Brown malts and bit roasty. Lightly winey in the back end. Oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Medium body.

Overall - This worked pretty well, despite the dark malts.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Spencer hosted an AMAZING tasting and broke out this gem tonight... Thanks Buddy!! Pours a sorta ruddy amber with a decent off white head.

Tart apple skin with a good oak push.. underripe plum and tannins.. lightly acetic with some background malt/raisin qualities.. a bit dusty.

Light body and good bubble... exceedingly drinkable..

All jokes about "tasting rarity" aside, this brewery is on to something.. I dig the lower ABV sours.. Please remember the little people when you make the big time.... Very cool Spencer, thanks once again!


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap for The Bruery Sucreversary held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, fruit, vinegar, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but only mildly sour in my opinion.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founder’s growler poured into matching glass.

A: Pours a very dark amber red with two fingers of fuzzy light tan head that faded into a faint collar and wispy film. Thin streamers of lace were left down the glass.
S: Woody and dry oak tannins and acid dominate with a dry, tart, and light nose. I get a few hints of red berries and maybe some blackberries.
T: Tart and dry like the nose, with more berry presence than the nose. I know there are no berries in this beer, but the tart acidic finish reminds me of hints of unripe blueberries, tart raspberries, black currents, and faint cranberry and strawberry. Biting acid, and tart dry oak overall. Unripe berry lingers in the aftertaste with maybe just hint of sugary caramel and just a kiss of balancing sweetness.
M: Medium-light body, tart, slightly buttery/greasy oak mouthfeel, drying and gritty tannins and creamy
O: Highly drinkable with clean and light flavors. Not their most interesting sour, but definitely a delicious “session sour” as advertised.

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