Soliloquy
The Rare Barrel

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #62
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
97
Ranked #661
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 6.14%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
202
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The Rare Barrel
 
California, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  60
Gots
  47
SCORE
97
World-Class
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Notes: golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with rose hips and orange peel
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 202 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Frosty11161:
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Frosty11161 from California

4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Jun 12, 2017
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blabaer from California

4.75/5  rDev +8%

Possibly the best beer Rare Barrel has made. Smells and tastes like a juicy, crushable, Pinot Noir. Ridiculously balanced and interesting.

Dec 10, 2014
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GRG1313 from California

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 03, 2015
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harperman69 from Tennessee

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into small tulip. Slightly hazy with an orangish glow more than the golden color I expected. Paper thin head with no lacing left. No overpowering smell just a hint of peach and orange. More sour than tart on this one and it works well with the big bold flavors. Really my favorite offering from them so far.

Oct 20, 2015
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Hopbully from Virginia

4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mar 14, 2015
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scottfrie from California

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into Ambassador stemware.

A: Pours a fairly clear apricot color with a very short lived fizzy white head.
S: Juicy citrus, orange zest, apricot, musty and bright funk, with a touch of earthy barrel and floral rose. Bright citrus and clean tart lactic acid.
T: Orange rind, apricot, spicy yeast, rose, and sweet stone fruits. Orange is juicy and citrusy, but I'm getting a lot of apricot pie and spice as well. Slight peach, musty and dry barrel, spicy yeast, sweet fruits very juicy bright lactic acid. Aftertaste is sweet, citrusy, and lingering spice.
M: Medium body, very juicy and delicious. Not super drying, clean and crisp carbonation. Nice oaky greasiness.
O: Very good. Juicy and super fruity with a nice amount of grease.

May 09, 2015
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dubinsky from California

4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Jan 26, 2015
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oline73 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 08, 2016
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petermethot from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 06, 2017
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SkiBum22 from New York

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Oct 04, 2015
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kingjohnh from New Mexico

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 22, 2016
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Danimal25 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Feb 08, 2015
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 23, 2015
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 03, 2017
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ystazi from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jan 14, 2017
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mdfb79 from New York

4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

EBF.

Mar 24, 2017
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aasher from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 29, 2015
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duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 02, 2016
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kdown from California

4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 18, 2015
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IrishColonial from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 08, 2015
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Eternal218 from California

4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 29, 2015
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warnerry from Michigan

4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Jun 10, 2015
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thampel09 from New Jersey

4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Mar 28, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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kjkinsey from Texas

4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 27, 2017
Soliloquy from The Rare Barrel
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 202 ratings