Becoming
The Rare Barrel

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #169
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,783
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 6.99%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
119
From:
The Rare Barrel
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  9
Gots
  18
SCORE
94
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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.
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 119 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Frosty11161:
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Frosty11161 from California

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 12, 2017
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scottfrie from California

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.

Nov 02, 2014
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tempest from New York

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.

Jul 17, 2015
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largadeer from California

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Oct 17, 2014
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mltobin from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 27, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very acidic and tart

Jul 23, 2016
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pisano from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 05, 2016
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 25, 2016
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jlee922 from California

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 10, 2015
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 30, 2016
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kemoarps from Washington

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apr 01, 2016
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unoriginal from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 07, 2017
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Soneast from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Apr 16, 2016
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 22, 2016
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 14, 2018
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GRG1313 from California

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 18, 2015
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Adamostella from Washington

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 29, 2015
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Hopbully from Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aug 13, 2015
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oline73 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 08, 2016
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 14, 2016
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 24, 2016
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

3.44/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 02, 2016
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IrishColonial from Texas

3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 02, 2015
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nataku00 from California

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 06, 2018
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riotontheroad from California

4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a pure boysenberry sour delight!

Nov 19, 2015
Becoming from The Rare Barrel
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 119 ratings