Soliloquy
The Rare Barrel

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From:
The Rare Barrel
 
California, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #52
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
97
Ranked #615
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 6.14%
Ratings:
202
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 11, 2020
Added:
Dec 05, 2014
Wants:
  59
Gots:
  47
SCORE
97
World-Class
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Notes: golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with rose hips and orange peel
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4.4 by moltch from Massachusetts on Jun 11, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a slightly hazy golden orange which is topped by a dense and rocky two finger white head which fades a little quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of pale malts with some sour citrus notes, rose hips, a little orange and a touch of oak
T: Taste is a pleasant sourness with some rose hips and orange with some hints of cracker like malt along with a touch of oak. On the swallow there's an almost orange marmalade like quality to this with a real nice balance between sweet and sour. A pleasant oakyness comes in at the back end with some more rose hips.
M: This beer has a body which sits at a nice medium while being fairly neutral on the palate. Carbonation is effervescent and just slightly prickly while the beer has a drying finsh due to the acidity.
O: Overall this is an excellent offering from The Rare Barrel. Great flavors and a killer amount of complexity make this one a real pleasure to drink. Well worth a try if you can find it.

Feb 06, 2020
 
4.25 by BerryKumquat from California on Sep 15, 2019
 
4.23 by vfgccp from New York on Aug 07, 2019
 
4.27 by cd34 from Illinois on Apr 25, 2019
 
4.49 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland on Nov 16, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, cranberry, strawberry, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, rose, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, leather, musty/lacto funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, rose hips, orange peel, oak, and pale/wheat malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, cranberry, strawberry, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, rose, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, and bread; with lighter notes of peppercorn, leather, musty/lacto funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness; light fruit tang, and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, cranberry, strawberry, citrus peel/zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, melon, red/green apple, white grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, rose, floral, grass, wheat, cracker, bread, pepper, light leather/funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, rose hips, orange peel, oak, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/sourness balance. Lightly increasing pucker through the glass, but not overwhelming. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/sourness, tangy fruit, and oak tannins. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/acidic, and fairly crisp/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited sour ale. All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, rose hips, orange peel, oak, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on; despite the increasingly puckering/acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Outstanding balance of Brett/Bacteria complexity, rose hips, orange peel, and oak barrels; with solid pale/wheat malts against acidity. A highly enjoyable offering, and well made sour as expected.

Oct 06, 2018
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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Another beer from the Rare Barrel, Bruery and Societe event that occurred at Rare Barrel. Basically Rare Barrel's beers strt as either a blonde or dark base, this one started blonde. The color variations from there seem dependent on the fruits used. Here, we have orange peel and rose hips. Hey hey, I like Rosario hips :) Anyways this one comes in that slightly light amber color from the rose hips and orange peel darkening the srm up. Thin 1/5" white head with almost no retention despite plenty of obvious carbonation going on. The aroma is the usual lemon sourness with a hint of more sweet citrus (the orange I suspect).

The taste is the usual 7 on a 10 pt scale sour wise, good amount of acidity to it. Light body, the rose hips/petals are noticeable and give kind of a saison aspect to the beer. Oak is mild. Mouth feel is plenty dry and light. I think the best thing about this beer is the rose, breaks it out from the usual similar feel of most of the RB beers.

Edit: I had this beer (2016) out the bottle in April '21 and I don't think I need to adjust the scores at all. Samesies.

Sep 18, 2018
 
4.29 by XxthaDoggxX from Virginia on Sep 12, 2018
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4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Hazy golden color. Aroma has tart stonefruits, light acetic notes and some meadow flowers. Taste is quite sour, really dry and astringent, fruity, floral with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Light body with medium plus carbonation. Quite nice overall, sour and really dry.

Aug 31, 2018
 
4.46 by sd123 from Georgia on Aug 01, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Light copper to copper colored with a mere fingernail of off white, but there's plenty of vibrant carbonation bubbles erupting from within. The first pour was clear, but it gets cloudier with additional pours. I smell oak, Brettanomyces, tart green apple, and pear. I'm tasting plenty of sour Brettanomyces tempered with some woodsy oak. The orange peel adds some bitterness to the sourness at the back of the palate. There's plenty of carbonation and the mouth is otherwise very dry and crisp.

Jun 29, 2018
 
4.68 by Eman17 from Illinois on Feb 19, 2018
 
4.5 by AngEo from Texas on Jan 15, 2018
 
4.2 by BAsbill from California on Dec 28, 2017
 
4.44 by kmoen from California on Dec 28, 2017
 
4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Dec 18, 2017
 
5 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts on Dec 11, 2017
 
4 by SoCalBeerIdiot from California on Oct 20, 2017
 
4.31 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Oct 14, 2017
 
3.98 by M_chav from New Mexico on Oct 12, 2017
 
4.78 by jvillefan from California on Sep 25, 2017
 
4.4 by ssgunbond from Belgium on Sep 21, 2017
 
4.35 by GClarkage from California on Sep 17, 2017
 
3.72 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Sep 02, 2017
 
4.5 by knicks19947 from New York on Aug 21, 2017
 
4.35 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Jul 22, 2017
 
4.25 by Skellbop from New York on Jul 20, 2017
 
4.24 by Kurmaraja from California on Jul 16, 2017
 
4.31 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina on Jul 09, 2017
 
4.34 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jun 27, 2017
 
4.11 by Jhfinn from New York on Jun 18, 2017
 
4.04 by Frosty11161 from California on Jun 12, 2017
 
4.48 by thatsarealplane from California on May 15, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BEER88 from Washington

Bomber with RB-14 on it which makes me believe its from 2014 consumed today and it is pretty solid! Looks like a hazy peach colored ipa but smells and tastes like: funk, oak, vanilla, citrus, tart, funk, and the Rose some how makes its way in the back. Feel is light and effervescent. Overall its rare barrel so you know it's good.

May 14, 2017
 
4.5 by Texasfan549 from Texas on May 14, 2017
 
3.92 by swanfungus from California on May 09, 2017
 
4.35 by dsshuck from Delaware on May 07, 2017
 
3.85 by BMart from Pennsylvania on Mar 27, 2017
 
3.93 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Mar 27, 2017
Soliloquy from The Rare Barrel
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 202 ratings