Becoming
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From:
The Rare Barrel
 
California, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #177
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,943
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 7.01%
Ratings:
119
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 16, 2020
Added:
Oct 11, 2014
Wants:
  9
Gots:
  18
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: Becoming is a golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with boysenberries. Fermented with Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, and Lactobacillus, this blend has metamorphosed from a golden ale into a beautiful ruby sour beer, displaying notes reminiscent of berries and red wine. It's luminous appearance and flavor will rouse your senses and become more alluring with each sip.
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5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 16, 2020
 
4.06 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Jan 04, 2020
 
4.33 by Eziel from Ohio on Dec 17, 2019
 
4.15 by sd123 from Georgia on Jul 15, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy deep golden/orange, slight reddish/pinkish color, with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, fruit skin/seeds, cherry, peach, pear, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, red/green apple, melon, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and bread; with lighter notes of pepper, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, boysenberries, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, fruit skin/seeds, cherry, peach, pear, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, red/green apple, melon, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and bread; with lighter notes of pepper, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang; and light yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of our/tart/tangy blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, fruit skin/seeds, cherry, peach, pear, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, red/green apple, melon, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, bread, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, boysenberries, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/sourness and tangy fruit balance; with minimal puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/sourness and tangy fruit. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic/tangy, fairly crisp, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.3%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour/wild ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, boysenberries, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/drying finish, not overly lactic. Very jammy boysenberries and balanced Brett/lacto complexity; nice pale/wheat malt backbone against acidity, and oak presence. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing spot on style example as expected.

Oct 06, 2018
 
4.3 by XxthaDoggxX from Virginia on Sep 12, 2018
 
4.75 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Sep 11, 2018
 
4.33 by vfgccp from New York on Jul 16, 2018
 
4.19 by SadMachine from New Jersey on May 03, 2018
 
4.37 by johnlatona from New Jersey on May 03, 2018
 
4.73 by jvillefan from California on Apr 23, 2018
 
4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Jan 14, 2018
 
4.23 by nataku00 from California on Jan 06, 2018
 
4.35 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Jul 25, 2017
 
4.41 by Frosty11161 from California on Jun 12, 2017
 
4.23 by unoriginal from Colorado on May 07, 2017
 
4.25 by IckyT2012 from Florida on Mar 08, 2017
 
4.22 by beer_guy_nc from North Carolina on Feb 22, 2017
 
4.29 by South2NW from Oregon on Dec 04, 2016
 
3.44 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Dec 02, 2016
 
4.03 by jaydoc from Kansas on Nov 22, 2016
 
4.5 by cherche from Washington on Oct 15, 2016
 
4 by oline73 from Maryland on Oct 08, 2016
 
4.25 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Oct 02, 2016
 
4 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Sep 30, 2016
 
5 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Sep 28, 2016
 
4.1 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Sep 25, 2016
 
4.04 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Sep 24, 2016
 
4.24 by orangesol from Pennsylvania on Sep 14, 2016
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3.49/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Amguerra305 from Florida

Pours like guava juice. Reddish cloudy liquid. Smell has a hint of funk with the usual vinegar. Hints of guava as well. Taste is puckery tart with a non specific fruit sweetness on the front end. Feel is rather carbonated going down. Overall a pretty decent sour but nothing really special. Not as fruit forward as I would like.

Aug 26, 2016
 
4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona on Aug 08, 2016
 
4.36 by Mersh from Connecticut on Jul 28, 2016
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3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mothman from Minnesota

Very acidic and tart

Jul 23, 2016
 
4.41 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Jul 23, 2016
 
4.37 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Jun 19, 2016
 
3.71 by Kevin67 from Arkansas on Jun 08, 2016
 
4.25 by pisano from Massachusetts on Jun 05, 2016
 
3.89 by frasergrove from California on May 22, 2016
 
4.58 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire on May 10, 2016
 
4.29 by erjaq from California on May 01, 2016
Becoming from The Rare Barrel
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 119 ratings