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The Rare Barrel

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The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #151
Ranked #1,636
4.29 | pDev: 7.46%
Apr 29, 2022
Oct 17, 2014
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Notes: golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with elderberries and lavender
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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 reddish tinted beer which is topped by a finger of pink colored head which fades fairly quickly without a trace
S: Smells of lavendar and oak with some fruity sourness
T: Taste is elderberries, lavendar and oak with some nice sourness throughout along with a touch of funk. On the swallow there's more lavendar, elderberries, dry oak, light funk and lingering sourness
M: This beer has a body which is on the lighter side of medium and slightly creamy. Carbonation is light and slightly effervescent while the beer has a drying finish due to the acidity.
O: Overall this is a very good beer. Really nice flavors and complexity with everything working well together. I wasn't sure what to expect when I opened this but everything about this beer is top notch.

Apr 29, 2022
4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland on Apr 05, 2020
4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 03, 2020
4.18 by Beer21 from Florida on Mar 30, 2020
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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

I remember reading about this beer a while ago, thinking to myself how neat it would be to try beer from the rare barrel. They have come to be one of my favorite sour breweries, and this one is a reason why. Murky brown with mauve tinting, a dark white collar with lazy lacing sit atop the beer. Smell is very pleasant: berries are pure with both juice and skin, lavender does well not to overpower into grandma's cupboard territory, and the oak shine through well. The taste is not as nimble as the smell, more oak souring for sure, with the elderberry being jammy before the lavender, yeast, and flowers add some complexity to break it up. Nice work to capture the depth of the elderberry, which in it self is a divisive ingredient. Feel matches the flavoring, shall we call it apropos? Medium tartness, smooth, plenty of oak tannins, and a kiss of acidity. Perfect for a wet day as winter turns into spring

Jan 03, 2020
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3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Elderberry is not necessarily the best tasting or smelling fruit. Drinkability depends on the supporting cast, and one would expect oak to be better than lavender. Oak not so present, but still a good sipper.

Dec 22, 2019
4.18 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Nov 11, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

A ruby to burgundy pour came from the bottle, bringing a light pink froth from the bottom of the glass. The latter becomes a large ring and eventually just a few spots of lace.

The smell of berry was quick to hit my nose as I poured. I didn't get any lavender initially, but a closer inspection of the aroma shows the lavender is far from a hidden component. I can't say this beer smells of elderberry, not knowing that specific berry's aroma, but I get a mix or blackberry, blueberry, and cranberry. The fact this is a sour might mean some of those notes are not directly from the berry.

There's a little sharp acidity up from, then the berry medley flavors come through. The carbonation is a little stronger than expected, joining the tartness to increase the bite a little. When this passes, the tartness dulls and a little lavender-accented earthiness escorts my taste buds across the oak floor to the end taste.

Nice mix of flavors, a little more tart than the bottle led me to believe, which is fine. The feel was the only off thing for me - a little bit heavy on the carbonation.

Nov 03, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by VABA from Virginia

A-Pours a ruby color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has sourness, elderberry and lavender hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a sir, elderberry and lavender flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good American Wild Ale

Oct 04, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bobv from Vermont

2019 Vintage.
6.8% abv.
25.4 oz bottle.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/2 inch light pink head over a pinot noir colored body with some lacing. Nose of elderberries, grapefruit, and very slight lavender. As it warms, the lavender becomes more pronounced on the nose. Taste mirrors smell as the lavender comes forward with a really nice gentle sourness and acidity right through the finish of elderberry tannins. Nice feel and overall, a very pleasant experience and would definitely recommend and have again. Cheers!!

Sep 23, 2019
4.44 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York on Jul 27, 2019
4.18 by dsshuck from Delaware on Jul 18, 2019
3.3 by cmurphy7 from Massachusetts on Jun 23, 2019
4.41 by paulish from New York on Jun 12, 2019
4.47 by themayorkoch from Ohio on Dec 01, 2018
3.77 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Jul 02, 2018
3.75 by t2grogan from Arizona on May 05, 2018
4.39 by nataku00 from California on Feb 12, 2018
4.25 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Sep 29, 2017
4.25 by krome from Illinois on Sep 29, 2017
4.54 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon on Jun 17, 2017
4.17 by Frosty11161 from California on Jun 12, 2017
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3.39/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Had this after the DIPA fest (17th annual) last weekend. I really dig the name to it, pretty dope.

Pours a light purplish red color, fizzes up another pinkish leaning head color on it. Aroma is kinda cranberry like, the lavendar is very subtle. Reminds me of that one beer I had at the Stone Sourfest years ago and Bed Bath & Beyond store.

Taste, a dry, cranberry like tartness and mouthfeel. Gritty. Not as sour as I expected it. Acidity is average. I dunno, so many of RB's beers are either very little variation from the golden sour or dark sour base, but this one definitely got outside of that small variation comfort zone. Unfortunately it also made it into the less favorite realm of my Rare Barrel samples thus far.

Feb 15, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by The_Epopt from Texas

looked gorgeous. I assume this is the same base as their golden sour Sourtooth Tiger but the color imparted by the elderberries (smells like dad) and the light touch of the lavender really set this apart. Definitely would drink a lot of this, too bad I couldn't bring it home.

Feb 14, 2017
4.06 by 22Blue from Kansas on Feb 12, 2017
4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Feb 05, 2017
4.13 by lambiclove from California on Jan 23, 2017
4.21 by HeartofMiami from Florida on Jan 23, 2017
4.19 by Futbolmanby from Michigan on Oct 22, 2016
3.5 by cherche from Washington on Oct 15, 2016
4.36 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Oct 13, 2016
4.03 by jaydoc from Kansas on Oct 12, 2016
4.25 by Stillyman11 from California on Oct 09, 2016
4.35 by deereless from Colorado on Oct 09, 2016
4.25 by Dreynolds1808 from Texas on Oct 07, 2016
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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Marius from Netherlands

On tap at CBC 2016. Dark ruby with a pink head - perfect look. Blueberries, cherries, fruit sourness without any vinegar. Sour aftertaste, medium to light bodied and with a medium amount of carbonation.

Jun 23, 2016
4.24 by dcmchew from Romania on Jun 01, 2016
4.4 by Ciocanelu from Romania on May 18, 2016
3.97 by IrishColonial from Texas on Apr 23, 2016
4 by Beerbom from California on Mar 12, 2016
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