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The Rare Barrel

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #228
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,558
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 6.34%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
86
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The Rare Barrel
 
California, United States
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Wants
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Gots
  18
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: Blend of three golden sours aged in a single oak barrel with ~80 lbs of blueberries. This single barrel release.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 86 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of superspak
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy golden amber/light orange color with a small fairly dense off white head with poor retention, that reduces to a nothing pretty quickly. No lacing on the glass, some clinging bubbles and streaming carbonation. Good appearance. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy blueberries, raspberry, cranberry, strawberry, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, plum, pear, green apple, red/white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, blueberries, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy blueberries, raspberry, cranberry, strawberry, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, plum, pear, green apple, red/white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and white bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, leathery/musty/lacto funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang; and light yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy berries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, peach, plum, pear, green apple, red/white wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, bread, pepper, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, blueberries, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; with great malt/tart/sourness and tangy fruit balance. Mild increasing puckering through the glass, but not overwhelming. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic/tangy, and fairly crisp/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.4%. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour/wild ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, blueberries, oak, and moderate pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink; despite the increasingly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish, not overly lactic. Awesome balance of juicy berries and well rounded Brett/Bacteria complexity; nice oak presence and pale/wheat malts against acidity. Not as jammy as I expected, but still plenty of fruit presence. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as usual.

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Photo of BEER88
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I love blueberries and BA sour beer. This is exceptional. The color was a little murky and almost brownish but the smell taste and feel are what I loved about it! Bravo to this, hopefully i can land a freshie this has a 2015 stamp on it!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Batch #1

A: Bright pink color, hazy, with a super thin white head that quickly dissipates.

A: Moderate blueberries, light stone-fruits, coupled with moderate sourness.

T: The beer has moderate blue berry character upfront, that gives way to some sweeter stone-fruit like notes, light oak, coupled with a moderate lingering sourness and dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and moderate, but pleasing acidity.

O: Solid; the beer has a great blueberry and slightly sweet stone-fruit character, though borders on being almost too acidic.

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Photo of Marius
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CBC 2016, day 2. Ruby/peach pour with no head. Grapes, gooseberries, a nice amount of fruit sourness and some floral and vanilla notes in the background.

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Photo of Tele
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (2015 Vintage)
Consumed: 6.7.16

A: 4.25 Pours a slightly hazy, peachy-yellow. The small, off-white head dissipates within a matter of 30 seconds.

S: 4.25 The golden sour base dominates with lots of lemon, yogurt, and a bit of oak and funk. Berries come through, but are mild and smell equally of blueberries and raspberries.

T: 4.25 Starts off very sour when cold, but opens up quite a bit once at about 65 degrees. Still plenty of lemon and yogurt, but the blueberries are more present and add some mild sweetness to balance out the sour flavors. The finish is really nice with very nice, fresh blueberry flavors lingering.

M: 4.25 Good body and nice dry finish. Carbonation is a little low.

O: 4.25 A nice beer from The Rare Barrel, but nothing too shocking. Their golden base is very tasty and the fruit is a nice addition. However, it seems a little safe for good they’ve gotten with the golden sour + fruit formula.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tart. Lemon, lacto and Blueberry skin. Purple-ish hue. Some sweetness. Dry, oaky and golden sour. Short finish. Lower end carb. Some sour apple cider flavors. As with most blueberry sours, the blueberry comes off muted. Really solid.

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Photo of Lare453
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh man, this is good. Blueberries. Fresh blueberry in the nose and taste. Also light lemon juice. Lactic, oak, other citrus are light. Great mouth feel.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i like these guys a lot, but its starting to seem like a lot of their sour beers have the same sour profile. i thought the same thing about almanac for awhile, but they are coming around. the last few rare barrel bottles ive had have all been insanely sour, all acid and not a ton of flavor in terms of yeast, kind of disappointing, although i still really liked this. its hazy and flat looking in the glass, unimpressive with a little navy blue to purplish pink hue in the center, murky and still. smells great though, tart tangy fresh blueberries, like the little mountain ones that grow wild, so yummy, and not shy with the amount of them at all, they are really prominent. my mouth waters from the sourness, its so much acid. lemon notes to it, but really not funky or distinct in any way. the flavor is great with the blueberries too, theyve really packed them in here, which is the winning element of this one. not as much wood on it as expected, i hardly taste that element at all. the sourness is too intense and lactic to really appreciate any nuance, and the grain base is irrelevant. if you love blueberry and have not found a good blueberry sour beer you like, seek this one out. if you are looking for a next level wild ale, look elsewhere, this is not quite as good as it should be for the hype and the price tag.

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Photo of jayboyee
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I generally don't get too excited for blueberry sours, but this was pure juice. Pure blueberry juice. Mild acetic flavor, lactic, juice, crisp. I love this beer.

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Photo of rand
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL red wax-sealed bottle, into a Lost Abbey Teku glass

A: The beer is a pretty, rose-pink color, with virtually no head or lacing. High opacity - even with its light colors, very little light escapes the brew.

S: Tart bouquet with plenty of lactic notes right up front. Citrusy as well, with notes of oak, blueberries and a touch of Brett funk.

T: More sour than expected, slightly puckering. Lactic acid highlights unripe blueberry notes, blending seamlessly on the palate. More dry than sweet, with oak and subtle suggestions of mint to offset any fruity treacle. Closes with a short finish, dry and sour between sips.

M: A little more viscosity than typical for Rare Barrel, but still a light and festive complexion.

I think a year in the bottle has done the beer well. The brew is well balanced between unripe blueberry notes, drying oak and sour aspects.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap, tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful shade of violet with a very airy and bubbly off-white head that slowly faded to collar.
S: Blueberry is definitely noticeable, especially as the beer warms, but it is not in your face. Scents of lactic acid and woody oak poke through as well.
T: Blueberry is subtle but what is there is juicy and not cloying or synthetic tasting like some blueberry beers. It really comes through in the finish and does taste like eating fresh fruit. Oak and light brett linger alongside the fruit. Clean lactic bite up front. Aftertaste is awesome with blueberry flavor. Too bad it doesn't come through a bit more up front.
M: Medium body, nice bit of chew and a fairly creamy body with a clean and fairly dry finish. Slightly heavier than some of their others.
O: Well balanced overall. Delicious for what it is but don't expect a juicy blueberry blast. Tough fruit to make a sour with.

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Photo of thedankness
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

Gnarly hydrogen sulfide odor that dissipated as I got lower into the glass and let it breathe. Other patrons thought I was crazy when I said that it had the off flavor until a couple bartenders overheard me and confirmed my suspicions. Would be much better without the hydrogen sulfide.

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