Becoming
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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #180
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,759
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 6.99%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
118
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The Rare Barrel
 
California, United States
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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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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Amguerra305
3.49/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of rand
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL red wax-sealed bottle, poured into Rare Barrel wine glass

A: Reddish pink in color, like pink grapefruit. A small, fizzy head quickly dissipates

S: Tart raspberries jumps out front, followed quickly by lemony citrus notes. Some floral and oaky notes surround the bouquet.

T: The boysenberries really stand out here - the brew is notably drier than a Kriek or sours with added raspberries or strawberries. Notes of lemon and oak play off subtle notes of funk and a floral aspect. Closes with as short, refreshing finish.

M: Light complexion, bouncy and festive on the palate.

An amazing sour beer. Super refreshing and drinkable while highlighting the added fruit and wild yeasts.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous light cranberry appearance. Sour cranberries, lemon, lime, lacto, oak, blueberry, raspberry and currants. Once you get through the initial sour and tartness, it's really jammy underneath. Refreshing, crisp and delicious.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.

A: Expressive, bright Boysenberries upfront with a mild sourness.

A: Cardinal color, quite opaque with a thin white head that dissipates very quickly.

T: Big Boysenberry flavor, slightly tart with a light oak presence. The boysenberries are juicy, but the beer still finishes with a nice dry finish.

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

O: Pretty tasty; the Boysenberries are quite expressive in the aroma and flavor and are well complimented by the sourness. Boysenberries are getting increasingly difficult to find, so I am happy Rare Barrel decided to offer this one!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this one is squarely my favorite of the rare barrel stuff i have been lucky enough to drink, not just because boysenberries are sort of rare in beer, at least compared to cherries and raspberries and apricots, but because of the bacterial and yeast profile on this, its just so unique, something all of its own, and it ranks among my favorite wild ales in existence. deep pink to violet purple color on this one, cloudy but not full of chunks or anything, and holding a short off white head. nose of ripe blackberries, which is about as close to a natural boysenberry i can get on my palate, not having grown up where many boysenberries grow. same acid to fruit ratio, and similar aromatic profile to the blackberry i think, at least as it presents itself here. the flavor is amazing, you get all those funk and puckery weird yeasts right up front, and it goes way beyond the basic lacto character thats so common these days. instead its a mix of others, producing different acids complimentary to the fruit, and some nice musty funk thats a great companion to the wheaty malt base, which actually retains some texture and flavor through all the interesting stuff happening around it. fruity but not sweet, i can get the essence of the berry, and it finishes dry as can be, with radiant carbonation and a really refreshing property as well, especially for a sour. complex as they come, a real neat use of the fruit, and an exclamation mark on a really impressive lineup from rare barrel. i hope they make this one again, its one of a kind.

edit: drink this one on the fresher side. we had an older one last night and it had really turned insanely sour, lacto driving out the fruit and nuance, running rampant. still enjoyable, but much less compelling than it was when it was new. apparently not all wild beer cellars well...

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Photo of VetsPackage
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Such a beautiful looking beer(?). Rich ruby red color that gets a quick dissipation of fizzy white head. Nose is ripe with cherry, raspberry, boysenberry, and a noticeable presence of lacto without becoming overbearing. Absolute juice bomb upon tasting with all aforementioned flavors melding perfectly, just upset of the lack of carbonation as this flattened out super quick.
Overall the best I've had from trb, have a few other ambassadors I've yet to open but I'll definitely be searching for another one of these.

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Photo of soughtbygod
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

GREAT GREAT GREAT BEER....

CLOUDY PINK BRIGHT COLOR JUST BEAUTIFUL LOOKS OF JUICE...

TASTE IS AN EXPLOSION OF LACTO, AND BERRIES, AND HONEY....SLIGHT SWEETNESS ON THE END...

THIS OVERALL WAS A VERY GOOD BEER PROPS TO TRB...

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Photo of tempest
3.26/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great balance of boysenberry juice and tart citrus. The aroma, however, smells like a fart. Really bad sulfur, but I bet 6-12mo of aging would be a huge help.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10oz pour on-tap at TRB.

A: Served a beautiful deep ruby-violet color with a thin off-white head that faded into a bubbly film.
S: Boysenberries dominate and are very fresh, juicy and jammy. Mild lacto.
T: Follows the nose with an incredibly juicy, jammy and fruity taste of boysenberry up front, with lingering notes of blueberry and blackberry in the finish. The tartness is bright and crisp, and isn't overbearingly acidic or vinegary. I get just a touch of stone fruits as well, and the flavor speaks to the golden base (as opposed to a darker sour base). There's is some hints of buttery oak in the finish, and the aftertaste has a nice sweet berry flavor that lingers on my tongue long after the swallow.
M: Juicy and sweet mouthfeel with a clean drying finish that isn't a desert. The carbonation is soft and scrubbing and more on the splashy side than fizzy. Crisp medium body drinks very well.
O: I'm not sure I've ever had a boysenberry sour before but this is as delicious as it sounds. Very juicy and fruity with a perfect balancing tartness. Drinks very well and has amazing flavor. One of the best TRB has to offer.

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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 118 ratings