Shades Of Cool
The Rare Barrel

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Wild Ale
Ranked #541
Ranked #6,973
4.17 | pDev: 6%
The Rare Barrel
California, United States
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Notes: Shades of Cool is a golden sour beer aged on oak barrels with black currents. We only made two oak barrels of this fruited sour, so enjoy it while it's here!
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MFMB from Idaho

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly turbid ruby red with purple hues. Thin slightly pink head on medium pour. Nose of bright lemon, sour crabapple and mellow funk. Taste more mellow than expected. Notes of lemon peel mingle with berry tartness. Barnyard funk and musty oak create a smooth backdrop for the lemon berry tartness. Hints of yogurt and yeast with a light pepper kick that goes faster than it stays. Smooth medium body with a dry finish.

Mar 04, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a violet red with plenty of pinkish foam. The smell was cranberry, currant, orange, and lemon forward, with some funky barrel to boot. The taste was deeper, more tart than sour, love the black currant intensity through out. Medium to full body, smooth and little yeasty, with good barrel character

Nov 13, 2017
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm really enjoying this beer - it smells and pours quite a bit like a geueze. The body is rich and almost syrupy, but pours clean with nice, light carbonation. The head is generous and exhibits just a bit of rouge coloration though otherwise white. It doesn't have quite as much nose as I'd expected of a beer that so obviously has currant notes - given the coloration (particularly as it's a golden sour), I'd expected a bit more fruit to the nose. It's certainly there, but the funky lambic character is quite a bit more prominent. The beer is crisp on the palate and doesn't give up much to the tip of your tongue. The back of my tongue and mouth picked up quite a lot more sour fruit, while the initial taste is mostly just a light tartness. I really appreciate that the acidity isn't quite so powerfully pronounced as in many sours, as my acid reflux/heartburn aren't actually bothering me that much. I'm surprised.

It's quite warm here this evening, so this beer is very much hitting the spot for me. Rare Barrel gets plenty of accolades, but if you're on the fence, I very much recommend this specific beer.

Nov 13, 2017
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scottfrie from California

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tulip, on-tap.

Lightly cloudy deep red color with a thin, very light pink head. I get tart bright lemon on the nose, mild red berries, and mild barrel funk. The current comes through nicely and is very tart and berry like. Very bright tartness. I get slight cranberry notes as well, with some faint peppery spice in the finish. Tingly spritzy carbonation, bright acidic mouthfeel, clean drying finish.

Feb 09, 2015
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Dodgerrigo77 from California

4.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer is beautiful!
Very bright smell, common to most of the 3 barrel blend here.
Great flavor, black currants are a fantastic for golden sours. Slowdown with this to really enjoy the flavor as it warms up.

A little more carbonation then I like but easily a favorite of mine, great job with this!

Dec 21, 2014
Shades Of Cool from The Rare Barrel
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 39 ratings