Map Of The Moon
The Rare Barrel

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The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #105
Ranked #1,329
4.35 | pDev: 5.98%
Jan 10, 2022
Oct 18, 2015
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Notes: Sour Blonde ale that uses twice the amount of apricots normally used. Map Of The Moon is a follow-up to Map Of The Sun, which uses 42 lbs of apricots for each oak barrel.
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4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is very hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down and left a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sour apricots are present in the nose.
T: The taste is quite sour and has notes of apricots.
M: It feels light-bodied and very tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite sour but isn't completely overpowering. There are lots of apricots in the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 10, 2022
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4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by ChipChaight from New York

Bottle from the brewery in Berkeley, CA. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a finger of rocky white head that dissipates, minimal lacing, smell is dry apricots, apricot skin, apricot jam, overripe apricot flesh, some acidic acid, hints of vanilla and oak, taste is sour apricot hard candy, tart apricot jam, apricot skin, underripe apricot flesh, hints of oak, guava, kiwi, and pineapple, finishes with a nice mildly tart apricot nectar that lingers, feel is medium bodied, bright carbonation, medium carbonic bite, medium acidity, dry finish. Apricot for days!

Dec 30, 2021
4.43 by kmoen from California on Sep 04, 2021
4.4 by BAsbill from California on Sep 04, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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 bright and clear golden tellow which is topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger and a half of white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of a ton of apricots and sourness with a little oak to round things out along with some doughy malt. Just a hint of musty funk as well
T: Taste is big and juicy sour apricots up front giving way to some slightly musty oak, a little bready malt, but mostly sour apricots. On the swallow the apricots are still very prominent along with the sourness while the oak does linger a little bit into the finish.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of things in body but it does not come across as watery. Carbonation is effervescent which is perfect for this beer while the acidity gives it a drying finish.
O: Overall this beer is incredible. Great flavors and some decent complexity make this one a really well executed fruited sour. Definitely worth trying if you can get it.

May 12, 2020
4.34 by aasher from Indiana on Feb 24, 2020
4.5 by BerryKumquat from California on Feb 12, 2020
4.77 by festizio from California on Feb 12, 2020
4.02 by Eziel from Ohio on Dec 26, 2018
4.44 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Oct 18, 2018
4.43 by kjkinsey from Texas on Oct 09, 2018
4.28 by c-rum from Missouri on Sep 03, 2018
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4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

Map of the Moon - Rare Barrel
Golden Sour - 5.9% abv
2017 vintage

L - trace head atop a translucent yellow body.

S - apricots, oak, sugar, vanilla, salt.

T - massive apricot punch to the face. Very tart. Oak follows, with a small bit of funk. Hints of mushrooms, wheatgrass, and earth. No bitterness. Low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium-light body with minimal carb.

O - very refreshing, and has complexities from the oak that are beyond my ability to describe.

Jul 22, 2018
4.84 by jvillefan from California on Apr 23, 2018
4.32 by Ryannotbryan from Texas on Apr 18, 2018
4.28 by kevindp9 from Arizona on Feb 05, 2018
4.45 by swanfungus from California on Dec 12, 2017
3.99 by acurtis from New Jersey on Nov 18, 2017
4 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Nov 13, 2017
3.88 by vfgccp from New York on Nov 01, 2017
4.55 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Oct 18, 2017
4.5 by Kurmaraja from California on Oct 16, 2017
4.46 by cd34 from Illinois on Aug 26, 2017
4.2 by Rizzy17 from Pennsylvania on Aug 26, 2017
4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Jul 22, 2017
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4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by FriedSlug from North Carolina

Bright yellow beer with haze and a fluffy white head. The head fades but stays around the edges. The aroma is like fresh apricot skins with a tiny bit of oak and vanilla. The first sip is brutal. So lip puckering sour but finishes with a really great apricot flavor. This beer shines after the palate adjusts. You can taste all the apricots in the world. The sour accents the fruit. Great beer.

Jul 21, 2017
4.31 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on Jun 25, 2017
3.18 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania on Jun 18, 2017
3.87 by Frosty11161 from California on Jun 12, 2017
4.5 by oline73 from Maryland on May 18, 2017
4.41 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on May 12, 2017
4.54 by nvbrew from Nevada on Apr 30, 2017
4.1 by 22Blue from Kansas on Apr 16, 2017
4 by stereosforgeeks from Virginia on Apr 08, 2017
4.5 by SimcoeKid from California on Apr 02, 2017
4.33 by StoutSnob40 from California on Apr 01, 2017
4.38 by fthegiants from California on Feb 06, 2017
4.3 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Jan 28, 2017
4.43 by Beerbom from California on Jan 21, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Treyliff from West Virginia

750ml bottle poured into snifter

A- pours a deep golden color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a ring

S- smells of fresh apricots with woody oak undertones, general stone fruit all around, hints of lemon peel & melon

T- light and woody up front, immediately followed by a hit of sour stone fruit; apricot and peach. Some lemon tartness kicks in, followed by just a hint of acidic funk. The finish gives more apricot and wood

M- medium-light body with moderate bubble carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and dry finish

O- very good apricot showcase

Jan 14, 2017
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 72 ratings