The Rare Barrel

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #271
Ranked #2,747
4.23 | pDev: 7.33%
The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Notes: Dark sour beer aged in oak barrels with currants and blackberries.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 101 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours red with a strong sourness. Good brett in this beer with some solid earthiness and oak barrel ageing. Clearly taste all the blackberries and currants in this.

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npolachek from New York, Sep 01, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep red with a a hint of a head. Supermassive oak and over ripe cherries on the nose. Green berries and new oak on the palate with warming dark cherry. A nice woody funk with just a little pucker. A little flat and bright at the end.

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dogleg_left from North Carolina, May 14, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome brew- the barrel character really comes through. Taste of black berries and tartness. Really great mouth feel, and really nice finish. Really enjoyed this beer

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Vivs85 from New York, May 09, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Bottle.

A: Jammy blackberries and currants, with moderate oak and moderate lingering sourness.

A: Deep brown with an amberish hue, clear, with a thinish white head that recedes into a thin ring around the glass.

T: Crisp, super jammy blackberries, light currants, moderate oak tannins, coupled with moderate lingering sourness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and moderate acidity.

O: Solid; super jammy blackberry and light currant character, coupled with a fairly acidic sourness.

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Phil-Fresh from California, Feb 26, 2017
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4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a deep reddish color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of berry jam with some vinous and tart notes is extremely enticing. Taste is also an excellent mix of berry and cherry notes with some light jam notes that are very well balanced against some vinous and tart notes with some oak also perceptible. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Extremely enjoyable while retaining a good mix of drinkability/complexity.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Jul 15, 2016
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4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into TRB stemware.

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with a finger a soft dark tan head that quickly faded into a fuzzy and long lasting collar.
S: Jammy notes of boysenberry combined with lightly tart notes of cranberry and current. Musty funk throughout. Slightly cheesey. Slight blueberry. Touch of lactic acidity. Slight dark fruit and sweet candied fruit.
T: Jammy berry combined with tart cranberry-like flavors, followed by black current, and musty and earthy barrel funk. Tartness in the finish is bright and lactic, touch of red grape, touch of candied dates.
M: Medium body, fairly soft carbonation. Finish is drying but there is still a good dose of lingering sweetness. Sweet mouth with a balanced amount of dryness.
O: Sweet and jammy, earthy and funky. Juicy blackberry/boysenberry, sweet black current, earthy barrel spice, musty funk and a touch of lactic tartness. Very good overall.

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scottfrie from California, Feb 24, 2016
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4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tart, lactic, tannins, dark fruits and oak. Think, a more jammy, more malty and more oak forward version of a Flanders Brown Ale minus the vinegar. Dry. Yum.

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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts, Jan 04, 2016
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3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at the LA Beer Talk bottle share.

2015 vintage. Blend No. 20.

Pours a murky dark reddish-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, earth, berry, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, berry, earth, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid sour berry qualities, but this one is also pretty malt and wood forward too.

Serving type: bottle.

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UCLABrewN84 from California, Aug 24, 2015
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4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What another fantastic offering from the rare barrel, i had this on thursday at the tap room, great jammy notes that i have not experienced in a rare barrel offering. My only gripe is that the rare barrel raise the temperature of their draft system. The beers just come out too cold.

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teamchevymxer from California, May 12, 2015
Supermassive from The Rare Barrel
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 101 ratings