Another World
The Rare Barrel

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The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #359
Ranked #3,481
4.19 | pDev: 6.21%
Oct 10, 2020
May 12, 2015
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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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4.19 by crobinso from Colorado on Oct 10, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
by Sammy from Canada (ON)

very nice carbonation and complement to le lion. age took off the edge.

May 05, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by brentk56 from North Carolina

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
4.25 by BerryKumquat from California on Aug 25, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Parmesan from Colorado

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
4 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Apr 01, 2019
4.19 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Feb 16, 2019
3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Dec 16, 2018
4.23 by c-rum from Missouri on Sep 03, 2018
4.04 by mig100 from Texas on Jul 29, 2018
4.05 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina on Jun 29, 2018
3.78 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Jun 02, 2018
4.45 by npachl from Wisconsin on May 12, 2018
4.25 by johnlatona from New Jersey on Mar 23, 2018
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3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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
4.24 by dsshuck from Delaware on Jan 01, 2018
4.35 by Bubbawilly88 from California on Dec 18, 2017
4.25 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Dec 09, 2017
4.31 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Nov 20, 2017
4.47 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Nov 17, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Zythophile from District of Columbia

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
4.4 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Oct 22, 2017
4.49 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida on Oct 21, 2017
4.28 by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina on Oct 05, 2017
4.04 by Zaphog from Michigan on Sep 27, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Franziskaner from Missouri

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
4.15 by Spoda1983 from Pennsylvania on Aug 30, 2017
4.31 by shigg85 from Japan on Aug 13, 2017
4.25 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Aug 05, 2017
3.83 by Frosty11161 from California on Jun 12, 2017
4.35 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Jun 02, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by macrosmatic from Florida

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
4.31 by VeganUndead from Virginia on May 08, 2017
4.22 by SadMachine from New Jersey on May 08, 2017
4.47 by PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana on Apr 19, 2017
4.21 by emottram from Massachusetts on Mar 25, 2017
4.13 by vfgccp from New York on Mar 25, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by zimm421 from Ohio

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
4.26 by kell50 from North Carolina on Jan 28, 2017
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