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The Rare Barrel

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The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Wild Ale
4.24 | pDev: 6.84%
May 06, 2020
Jan 05, 2016
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Notes: No Salt is a golden sour beer aged in tequila barrels. Fermented with Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and various other microorganisms, this sour beer blends flavors found in an aged tequila with undertones of tart lime. Deviant and refreshing, no salt is needed for this spirited sour.
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a bright and clear light golden orange which is topped by a dense and slightly rocky finger of white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of a surprising amount of honey and melon like sweetness with a little lemon lime sourness and a touch of tequila barrels with some agave
T: Taste is a nice citrus sourness up front followed by a soft and creamy honey sweetness, hints of tequila barrel with a hint of funk going on. On the swallow it's a lot of tequila barrel flavor, some more citric sourness, and a little more funk.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of things with a slightly oily feel on the palate. Carbonation is low and borders on being inadequate while the beer has a semidry finish. There's a good bit of acidity but there's also a lot of residual sugars in this one.
O: Overall this is a very nice beer. The tequila barrels are there but they aren't overpowering which makes them a nice complement to the flavors in the base beer. Good amount of complexity and good execution. Well worth a try.

May 06, 2020
4.28 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on Mar 22, 2018
4.09 by jaydoc from Kansas on Feb 25, 2018
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a modest head that fritters away; squiggly lacing drapes down the glass

Smell: Tart and bready, with lemon and a hint of Tequila

Taste: Lactic and lemony, at the outset, with acetic tones building, through the middle; hints of leather and Tequila, after the swallow; the finish is rather dry though still very sour

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; puckery

Overall: I was anticipating a bit more funk and a lot more Tequila; like all Rare Barrel beers, however, it is a worthy beverage

Jan 30, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Phil-Fresh from California


A: Bright sourness with fairly aggressive acidity, light earthy funk, moderate tequila barrel character.

A: Golden color, clear, with a rocky head that quickly dissipates into the glass.

T: Lemony, light earthy funk, fairly acidic, with moderate tequila barrel character, light sweetness, with a moderate lingering sourness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and moderate acidity.

O: Solid; the beer has a great tequila, almost margarita like character. However, the tequila is a bit overshadowed by the beer's acidity.

Dec 31, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a mostly clear light yellow, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells quite strongly of tequila, with lemon/lime acidity, and slight funk.

This is a bit too strong on the tequila for my personal tastes, but it's still pretty well done. There's lots of sour lime and sour lemon, with just a hint of spiky funk on the finish. I wish there was a bit more oak, and less of an emphasis on the tequila- it's slightly overwhelming.

This is crisp and fairly clean, with a light body, and a normal level of carbonation.

This isn't my favorite, but I'm sure other people would like it more.

Nov 27, 2017
4.24 by jcb7472 from Florida on Jul 12, 2017
3.84 by rab53 from Washington on Jun 10, 2017
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4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by angrybabboon from Massachusetts

Consumed 5/7/17 (pulled out of the cellar for Cinco de Mayo and missed it, oops)

Split with Goblinmunkey

A: Medium gold - hazy - pours with a small white head, fades to nothing - more or less looks identical to every Rare Barrel beer I have had

S: Sharp, bright sourness - straight-up acidity, perhaps some lemon and lime acid - some lactic sour and damp funk - some light fruit, apples - distinct aroma of tequila - wood and some barrel funk - some solvent-like, vaguely rubbery smells, but mostly clean

T: Slightly less tooth enamel-melting sour than the typical beer from this brewery, but still very, very sour - sharp acid - some bright acidity, lemon-like at times - funky, with some barrel funk and lactic flavors - some damp Brett, with some light fruit - hints of apples, pears - tequila, but perhaps not as much as in the aroma - woody, more barrel - light sweetness, hints of pale malts

M: Medium body, puckering sour, little to no carbonation, finishes with acid

O: No salt? What is this, a reverse Gose?

This marks the fifth Rare Barrel beer I've reviewed on BA. My conclusion is that all of these golden sours basically taste the same, with some additional ingredients added on top. It's as if they produce a vanilla ice cream, and each variant has a different topping (fruit, cinnamon... tequila). I'm not really complaining, but it's very interesting. I actually liked No Salt a lot and would seek it out if it was brewed again.

May 08, 2017
4.75 by N1Nkasi from Connecticut on May 03, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 12/2015. Pours slightly hazy pale golden/yellow color with a small dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, green apple, peach, papaya, guava, melon, berries, grapefruit, orange zest, white wine, wood, tequila, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and agave; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, pepper, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, tequila barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, green apple, peach, papaya, guava, melon, berries, grapefruit, orange zest, white wine, wood, tequila, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, and agave; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, pepper, vanilla, white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and light yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, green apple, peach, papaya, guava, melon, berries, grapefruit, orange zest, white wine, wood, tequila, hay, straw, grass, wheat, cracker, agave, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, tequila barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance. Light-moderate dryness from lingering tartness/lactic acidity, increasing through the glass. Eventually turning sour and lightly puckering, but never astringent. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic/grainy, and lightly tannic/saline balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.7%. Overall this is an awesome golden sour/wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, tequila barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, despite the increasingly acidic/drying sour finish. Great well rounded Brett/Lacto complexity and barrel presence, with a solid malt backbone. A really enjoyable offering.

Apr 14, 2017
4.34 by TravisMason from Indiana on Feb 26, 2017
4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois on Feb 19, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by scottfrie from California

750ml bottle into snifter. 2015 bottle.

A: Pours clear golden with a thin short-lived white head that fizzed away into nothing; no lace.
S: Clean, bright lactic acid, over scents of golden fruits mixed with a kiss of peppery spice and vanilla and subtle agave.
T: Follows the nose with clean and crisp flavors. No one quality stands out, and overall flavors are light and easy. I get flavors of tequila, vanilla, pepper spice, and a touch of golden fruit, stone fruit, and bright lemon zest. Apple juice flavors in the finish, stone fruit and vanilla linger in the aftertaste.
M: Medium-light body, creamy and soft carbonation, chewy mouthfeel with a drying finish. Lactic acid is light and adds a nice lemony tart quality to the flavor without any harsh acidity.
O: Very light, clean, and easy to drink with mellow flavors of tequila barrel, soft carbonation, and low acidity.

Feb 06, 2017
4.6 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon on Jan 03, 2017
4.21 by SveNss0N from Massachusetts on Dec 19, 2016
4.49 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Oct 22, 2016
4.87 by durlta from Iowa on Oct 22, 2016
4.35 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Oct 16, 2016
4.25 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida on Oct 16, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

This beer is sour as shit!

Yep, after the initial shock of jaw-tighening, mouth-watering, eye-squinting sensations, the beer's mere scent evaporates in the nose with white cider vinegar, lemon & lime, crabapple, green berry and spicy tequila. Beyond its pale yellow hues and faint froth, the scent alone causes sweat to bead on the brow. Extremely low-lying sweetness carries a hint of warhead candy with margarita lurking in its recesses.

The middle palate is short- the dry and spicy taste of tequila further reinforces that agave, guava, apple, citrus and cider taste but in its most sour-soaked form. Enamel-stripping acidity pangs sharply away at the soft tissues of the mouth and carries any thirst away with ease. Mild earthiness of worn attic woods trail into a sour and musty taste.

Clean, lactic and supremely sour, the beer is harsh and heart-burn inducing. Where no salt additions were used, the touch of salinity would have been nice in order to bring the malt to life and give this bracingly acidic beer some semblance of balance.

Oct 10, 2016
4 by RPM3334 from South Carolina on Sep 05, 2016
4.1 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Sep 03, 2016
4.1 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania on Sep 03, 2016
4.05 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Sep 03, 2016
4.5 by Masters from Massachusetts on Aug 19, 2016
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4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

Appearance - The beer poured a golden color with visible carbonation.

Smell - The beer smells like an aggressive sour.

Taste - Lemon and perhaps more lime dominate the initial taste. Sour green apples are very present. Tequilla seems to be more toward the back and in the mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel - Not sure if its the aging, but this seems a bit thin.

Overall - I would have liked more tequilla. This is great in principle, but does not go far enough. Does it need salt?

Aug 13, 2016
4.5 by Petegrieco from Massachusetts on Aug 09, 2016
4.25 by BakaGaijin from Canada (ON) on Jul 25, 2016
4.25 by suckaj from Florida on Jul 21, 2016
4.49 by thatche2 from Georgia on Jul 20, 2016
4.44 by Ej8 from Georgia on Jul 18, 2016
4.28 by thatoneguymike from Georgia on Jul 11, 2016
3.81 by nmann08 from Virginia on Jul 10, 2016
4.25 by PassMeAZima from Kentucky on Jul 04, 2016
4.34 by Eziel from Ohio on Jun 13, 2016
4.4 by Kramerbarthomer from Colorado on Jun 06, 2016
4.3 by straightlambic from California on Jun 01, 2016
4.43 by SimcoeKid from California on May 31, 2016
3.81 by billab914 from Virginia on May 30, 2016
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