Another World | The Rare Barrel

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Rare Barrel
California, United States
therarebarrel.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by brewmastercat on 05-12-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,659
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
196
pDev:
6.44%
 
 
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21
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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.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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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.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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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.

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4.15/5  rDev -1%
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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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.

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Another World from The Rare Barrel
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 196 ratings