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The Rare Barrel

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From:
The Rare Barrel
 
California, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #215
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
94
Ranked #2,434
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 6.1%
Ratings:
90
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 22, 2022
Added:
Dec 03, 2014
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  20
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.
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4.38 by festizio from California on Feb 22, 2022
 
4.42 by NorCalYeti from California on Jan 07, 2022
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4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by ChipChaight from New York

Bottle from the brewery in Berkeley, CA. Pours an almost clear very dark ruby red with a finger of bubbly dark pink head that sticks around, nice lacing, smell is tart and jammy blueberries and red grape pomace, tart blueberry pie filling, underripe blueberry flesh, frutti di bosco juice, and oak, taste is brightly tart and tannic red wine, tart blueberry jam, grape and blueberry soda, red grape skin, floral and tart mixed berry juice, oak on the finish, feel is light and bright, medium carbonation, dry finish, decent amount of acidity. A tart mixed berry sangria like drink, deep in color and berry/fruit flavor.

Dec 29, 2021
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Lucular from Maryland

2021 vintage. 13 oz tulip glass pour at Lures Bar & Grille. Pours a deep blue/purple with some sediment and a light purple head. Aroma and flavor feature tart berries, wheat, oak, tannins, and a hint of funk. Complex and easy to drink. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Overall it's a very solid fruited oak barrel-aged sour.

Dec 07, 2021
 
3.75 by ADTaber from South Carolina on Jan 05, 2019
 
4.23 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Nov 17, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

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.

Oct 13, 2018
 
4.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Sep 29, 2017
 
4.5 by krome from Illinois on Sep 29, 2017
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4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by BEER88 from Washington

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!

Sep 27, 2017
 
4.2 by swanfungus from California on Jul 17, 2017
 
4.25 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Jul 03, 2017
 
4 by oline73 from Maryland on Jun 19, 2017
 
4.23 by Kurmaraja from California on Jun 18, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Phil-Fresh from California

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.

Jun 10, 2017
 
3.97 by grover37 from District of Columbia on Mar 30, 2017
 
3.79 by Bammer21 from Illinois on Mar 15, 2017
 
4.15 by joemochas from Florida on Mar 13, 2017
 
4.5 by KensWorld from Florida on Mar 12, 2017
 
4.23 by frasergrove from California on Jan 29, 2017
 
4.24 by jaydoc from Kansas on Dec 04, 2016
 
4.03 by dannyfayy from Pennsylvania on Nov 29, 2016
 
4.48 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Nov 18, 2016
 
4.25 by cherche from Washington on Oct 15, 2016
 
4.13 by moysauce from Illinois on Sep 22, 2016
 
4.19 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Sep 22, 2016
 
3.99 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania on Sep 22, 2016
 
4.35 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Sep 22, 2016
 
4.46 by reebtaerG from Maryland on Sep 17, 2016
 
4 by HumanParaquat from Indiana on Sep 01, 2016
 
4.46 by Yellolab2010 from Pennsylvania on Aug 24, 2016
 
4.3 by esimonoff from California on Aug 23, 2016
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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Marius from Netherlands

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.

Aug 02, 2016
 
4.5 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Jul 20, 2016
 
4.42 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Jul 16, 2016
 
4.13 by aasher from Indiana on Jul 15, 2016
 
4.25 by PassMeAZima from Kentucky on Jul 04, 2016
 
4.14 by spycow from Illinois on Jul 03, 2016
 
4.42 by HeadyTheElder from Louisiana on Jul 03, 2016
 
4.4 by SimcoeKid from California on Jul 03, 2016
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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 90 ratings