Another World
The Rare Barrel

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Wild Ale
Ranked #314
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4.19 | pDev: 6.21%
The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Another WorldAnother World
Notes: Another World is a red sour beer aged in oak barrels. Fermented with two strains of Brettanomyces yeast and two strains of Lactobacillus bacteria, this red sour presents notes of cherries and caramel. Inside of this beer, there exits another world. A world ruled entirely by yeast and bacteria. This dichotomous world ruled survives and thrives through constant cooperation and competition.
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a clear and deep red which is topped by a finger and a half of off white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of sourness and oak with a hint of red berries/sour cherry and some funk
T: Taste is pleasantly sour with some sour cherries and red berries, sweet oak, and a hint of funk. Just a touch of furniture polish and leather as well. On the swallow there's more sour cherries, oak, light funk, and some slight leather.
M: The beer has a body which is slightly slick and on the lower side of medium. Carbonation is adequate but not quite effervescent while the beer has a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this beer is awesome. It reminds me a little of La Folie but this one is definitely a few notches higher. Really nice complexity and an interesting balance of flavors. This one is definitely worth trying if you like sour beers.

Jun 21, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Blend No. 035

Appearance: Pours a clear tea color with a few bubbles atop; the head fades quickly leaving a few dots to spill down the side

Smell: A complex dynamic - caramel mixed in with woody dryness and funky horse blanket; those elements are met and conquered by acetic sour cherry tones

Taste: Puckeringly sour from the outset, with acetic sour cherry flavors; underneath, the caramel adds a sweet aspect; woody, through the middle, with a lot of cheesy funk and horse blanket; a lot of acid in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very little carbonation

Overall: Not sure how old this is but old enough to have done a number on the mouthfeel, I suspect; there is a lot going on but it really hasn't come out to positive effect

Dec 31, 2019
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:. Pours a dark read purple with notes of orange, almost no head or lacing.

S:. Strong black cherry mixes with a nice caramel sweetness and a strong red wine vinegar, and a strong sour.

T:. Strong black cherry, red wine vinegar, sweet caramel, and a strong sourness. Very sour and sweet.

F:. Sharp carbonation, medium to thick body.

O:. If you like very sour and quite sweet this is the sour for you.

Apr 21, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a slightly murky dark red, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like sour cherry, red wine vinegar, caramel, toasted bread, lemon rind. It smells very sour.

The taste is basically the same. It feels like The Rare Barrel's beers are getting more and more sour as time has gone on. This is tasty, with a nice caramel malt richness, but the house culture just made this quite sour- almost too much so. There's sour red wine vinegar, macerated cherries, and sour lemon.

This is crisp and light, with a fairly strong lingering sourness on the finish.

This is a cool idea, and it mostly works. It's just possibly a little too sour.

Feb 27, 2018
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 2016
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The look is nearly a perfect brown, but there are flickers of red at the edge. Not much head, but the carbonation appears fine. Mostly translucent.

The primary scents are prunes, non-sweet cherries, Smarties, and fresh cilantro, and it has that red ale astringency behind it all.

Taste kicks right away, cherry Warheads. ( I wonder if I'll be able to have anything else after this.) There's something akin to blackcurrants, as well. It's way more sour than sweet, and there's a good amount of sweetness. A little bit of wildflower honey. There's some greatness in there, but it's buried. Those fruit flavors have some savory depth, and the astringency overwhelms it.

That carries over to the feel. Dialed back just a little, it would be great. Carbonation is moderately coarse. Aftertaste is tart cherries.

Oct 28, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown to amber with countless carbonation bubbles surging from within the murky depths. There's a fingernail of creamy beige on top. Heavy lacing. I smell oak, wet horse blanket, and caramel malt. The taste is packed with tart cherries and barnyard funk. You get a bit of the caramel aftertaste. This is definitely a very pronounced tartness that you wouldn't give to someone as a "first sour". The mouth is moderately carbonated, lightly chalky, and bone dry.

Sep 08, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Pours a ruddy brown. Moderately hazy, with a good level of visible carbonation. A thin white head quickly downgrades to fluffy white patches.

S: Mixed acetic and lactic sourness and sour cherries. Some woody dryness. A horse blanket funk with a good bit of feet and cheese as well. More sour lactic acid. Some lightly toasted malts are there if you look for them, but they're snowed under the sour flavors. Very nice and complex.

T: Puckeringly sour up front – more lactic acid, but some acetic as well. Sour cherries and dry oak tannins. Sour lemony citric acid. Passingly fleet flavors of light bready malts, but they disappear quickly. More wood, mild vinous, and mildly funky. More acetic acidic sourness swells up right before the swallow, and it finishes with some drying sourness – like more underripe berries - and acid.

M: A medium to a bit light body, and a low level to almost disappearing carbonation sensation. Minimal alcohol burn.

O: I am really digging this one. Some serious sourness, though it's not terribly funky. An enamel-stripping sourness, but it has enough other flavors to make it work. Not a beginner’s sour...there's a good bit of pure acetic tang...but I think pretty damn tasty.

May 19, 2017
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zimm421 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku - appearance is a nice clear brown with hints of ruby coming through the edges. The head is off-white and quickly fizzes away to nothing. The aroma is tart cherries, a touch of sweetness and oak. The first sip is puckering-ly sour, with tart cherries, amber and caramel malts, good Brett notes and some oak. The finish is slightly drying, but the feel as a whole is smooth, with good body. Overall, another winner from the Rare Barrel.

Mar 12, 2017
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rand from California

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle to Rare Barrel wine glass

Gorgeous mahogany-colored brew with almost no head, Another World is one of the more palatable and accessible beers RB has produced - if the brewers ever had thoughts of canning one of their concoctions (which they likely don't), this wouldn't be the worst first-edition.

A citrusy-tart nose carries sugary fruit and oak nuances along with suggestions of strawberries and red wine, while its flavors carry notes of unripe cherries, mint and red wine vinegar. As the sip progresses, that expected puckering punch doesn't fully develop, in a good way, leaving a pleasant, fruity-sweet aftertaste.

One of the easier wild ales to drink. Instead of a lactic blast common amongst its brethren, the brew has characteristics of port wine and cider. Delish.

Nov 28, 2016
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look is a reddish-brown, crystal clear body with a fizzy head that disappears quickly. Sounds like its really carbed up.

Smells like cherries and maybe sour apples. Some sweet and maybe oaky aromas, but they're light. Kind of leathery.

Taste is very acidic, not a sour for someone who doesn't regularly enjoy the style as its much more tart than funky. However, if you're into this style the barrel and body elements complement the sour fruity flavors nicely.

Feel is prickly and heavy, there's really nice body here. Not as dry as expected, and actually finished kind of long and sticky.

Overall, I like this style - La Roja and Duchesse are a couple of my early non-aal favorites - and this is a very nice version. I recently had Rojzilla and RU-55 which were both comparable to this at a much lower price. Its no bargain, but still a very cool beer.

Oct 04, 2016
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Immortale25 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku pint. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish medium brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that immeditely fizzes away to nothing. Nearly no lacing.

S- Tart aroma brings to mind black cherry and lemon. Also some moderate funkiness.

T- The sourness kicks in hard and brings more dark fruit, pineapple and oak with it. Just about the perfect level of acidity and dryness.

M- Quite a bit of pucker with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- One of those beers that leaves you craving more with every sip. Good amount of of complexity and the balance between dry and fruity is pretty spot on. My only nitpick is I would've liked a bit more funk. Other than that, very well done.

Oct 03, 2016
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mklmcgrew from California

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5 oz taster on tap at the Rare Barrel brewery tasting room.

L: Clear light reddish-brown color, with a small, fizzy off-white head.

S: Tart nose, with a mixture of ripe fruit, along with some earth and oak tones. A bit understated.

T/F: Balance of strong fruit flavors and some earthy funkiness. A smooth finish, with the acidity present but not overwhelming.

O: A very good beer. Strong assertive flavor, but balanced. This was my favorite of the three sours I tried at this session..

Aug 21, 2016
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mtomlins from Canada

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to tbadiuk for the bottle.

Pours a nice clear, reddish-light brown in color with a short, fizzy off-white head that falls quickly leaving no lacing. The nose starts with nice tart, Brett punch, sweet cherries, oak, leather; really nice. The taste is also nicely tart, acid (balsamic?), sweet cherries, oak. Medium body and nice carbonation keep this tart sour ale easily drinkable. This is a great Flanders Red-esque ale with excellent balance of tart sour notes with residual sweetness.

Jun 12, 2016
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crob3888 from California

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a brownish-Ruby color with a small off white head. Aromas and flavors of cherries, overripe dark fruits, lemon, tart funk, sour pith, and caramel malts. Amazing beer.

May 30, 2016
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


A: Moderate malts, almost caramel-like, with bright cherry like aroma, lightly funky, with a moderate and lightly sharp sourness.

A: Brownish-red color, opaque, with a thin white head that disappates into a thin ring around the glass. There is light lacing in the glass.

T: Moderate caramel like malts, give way to bright cherry-like flavor. The beer has a lightly funky and slightly sharp lingering sourness through the finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Very tasty; the beer has a great caramel and tart cherry aroma and flavor. Interesting to note that no actual cherries were used in this beer. Quite refreshing and certainly easy to drink!

May 28, 2016
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Look here is a little ugly to me actually. Brown dark amber, larger bubbles in the head, a little murky but not hazy.

S: Tart caramel apples.

T: The same really. Very similar to a lot of other sour reds out there, however I don't remember any acetic acid so that's a plus for me.

F: Fine as expected. Light to medium, effervescent.

O: Another good Rare Barrel beer. Everything I've had from them has been good, but I'm still waiting for the one to blow me away.

Mar 26, 2016
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scottfrie from California

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into TRB tulip. 2015 release.

A: Pours a clear ruby iced-tea color with a couple fingers of very active light tan head that quickly fizzed away into a faint collar.
S: Tart red fruit notes on the nose with scents of dried cranberries and cherries mixed with hints of currents and raspberries. I get a touch of caramel and musty basement as well. Lactic acidity is bright and clean smelling.
T: Smooth flavors of caramel, currents, and raspberry, with hints of leather and buttery oak in the finish. The acidity is smooth and well-rounded without any harshness. A touch of greasy caramel and sweet fruit juice linger in the aftertaste, and there is a hint of doughy brett throughout.
M: Medium body, soft and creamy mouthfeel from a combination of smooth tartness and fluffy carbonation.
O: Drinks extremely well. I was worried the acidity would be too biting, but this was a pleasure to drink. Flavors are light and . Overall a very clean and easy beer.

Feb 23, 2016
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M_chav from New Mexico

4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not the prettiest pour, it reminds me of a light old ale. Its a burgundy red/brown with minimal bubble action
Nose is huge wood, oaky goodness. this is fantastic. Cherries on oak and brett/lacto can do amazing things and this has fully embraced all characteristics.
Tastes like sweet sugary cherry, not the medicine cherry that ruins so many beers for me. This is that not quite ripe cherry off the tree that you could steal from the neighbors tree sour/cherry goodness. Still tons of oak and even reminds me of one of my favorite sours - Supplication(!?)
Feel is on point, this is quite acidic but its welcomed, tart AND fruity, just a nice blend of all the above.
Overall I am very impressed with this beer. Seems like it is overlooked in the Rare Barrel community but to me this is a go to...I just wish I had another.

Dec 11, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle served into a stemmed tulip glass.

Elegant color in the body, like an amaretto liqueur, glowing mahogany with some blonde hues . Oatmeal head that's fizzy but still full and retains well. 5

Smells of red wine, caramelized sugar, dark fruit, tart funk and barrels. 4.25

Very red wine-like, with oak, brown sugar, faint vinegar, floral, with touches of citrus in the finish. Dried tart cherry. Pretty delicious. 4.25

Mouth-puckering tartness, vinous, especially in terms of dryness, but there's also a juicy, fruity quality. 4.5

My first taste of The Rare Barrel and it's a good one. This beer would impress wine-drinkers.

Nov 24, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

very good beer, but not my favorite from these guys, a flanders red type, it has a ton of acidity, and i thought the lactic sourness overtook the more subtly brett funk almost entirely. i expected a more balanced contribution from these elements, but thats just not the case, especially as the beer warms up a bit, the acidity really takes over. plenty of cool subtlety in the middle of this despite the astringency. tart cherry, vanilla, oak, maple, caramel, and brown sugar. there is clearly a more complex and dynamic malt flavor profile to this than most of the more traditional flemish reds, and thats really what sets this one apart. i like the depth, and i like all the body it has. what little residual sugar there is dissolved on the palate by the lacto sourness, so it seems drier than it is in the finish. fine carbonation, mild citrus on the aftertaste. overall a very good beer, unlike most in its class, but i wanted a little more of the funky wild side from the brett, instead of all this acid. i bet this will improve with age pretty nicely too.

edit: i had this again recently, and while its still really acidic, i think its better than i made it sound. tons of red wine character and dark fruity depth, a cool vinegar element to the acidity, and curious citrus notes. its a sipper, but its great beer. i tend to like things young from these guys rather than old. a solid take on the style here.

Oct 14, 2015
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BucannonXC5 from California

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 10-oz. draft
Glass: Tulip glass
From: Rare Barrel in Berkeley, Calif.
Price: $7.00
Purchased: Sept. 11, 2015
Consumed: Sept. 11, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Was kind of tough to see in the dark setting, but got a caramel, auburn color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head. Could see bubbles coming on the sides of the glass. Spotty, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Poor retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled sour cherry, tart, raspberry, woody oak and Sweet Tarts. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste follows the nose nicely. Got sour cherry, acidic, notes, tart cherry, raspberry, Sweet Tarts and Smarties. I liked it. Not too overwhelming. (Taste - 4.25)

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, astringent, sour finish. (Feel - 4.25)

I really liked this one. Much better than the Council sours I’ve been having lately. (Overall - 4.25)

4.22 | 94 | A-

Sep 18, 2015
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jwhancher from Pennsylvania

4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at the tasting room in Berkeley. Smells amazing with an acetic character with sour cherries even though no cherries are added to this beer. Tastes fabulous with a noticeable oak and slight vanilla character. Maybe a touch of char or even light cocoa from the wood. Very refreshing and tart, crisp, and easily drinkable. Nicely done!

Sep 13, 2015
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Ready4aHeady from New York

4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A really delicious sour---has some nice tartness to it but not over the top.... balanced with some dark cherry notes, and a hint of vanilla... mouth-puckering, juicy, and fairly well concentrated---flavors linger in the mouth... reminiscent of BdNorma but not quite as intense...well-done!

Sep 10, 2015
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me98 from Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice copper color. Little foam, but bubbly. Light aroma and taste of sour cherries. Faint hints of vanilla and caramel. Finishes very clean. A really delicious beer.

Aug 03, 2015
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mothman from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Ruby copper.

Red sour ale. Spices and some fruitiness. Nothing out of the ordinary. Reminds of an oude bruin. Tart, acidic. Light vinegar.

Kind of mouth puckering. Lively carbonation. Light to medium bodied.

Good, but nothing that really stands out.

Jul 26, 2015
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