Quite Something
The Rare Barrel

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American Wild Ale
4.46 | pDev: 5.61%
The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: Quite Something is a golden sour beer aged in French Bordeaux wine barrels. Fermented with a collection of special microorganisms, this beer presents subtle notes of oak with nuances of crisp grapes and fresh berries. Complex and refined, these flavors dance somewhere between beer and wine.
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Photo of rand
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL wax-capped bottle, into Rare Barrel wine glass.

A: Light copper color, clear, with a reddish-pink hue. Bubbly, but forms no head to speak of.

S: Fruity, tart bouquet. Tones of unripe grapes and cherries play off notes of oak and dried grass. Suggestions of lemon peel and red wine bracket the aromas.

T/M: Flavors are tart and fruit-forward. Distinct notes of unripe raspberries, cherries and lemon peels combine with drying notes of oak and grass. A subtle grainy sweetness reveals itself mid-sip, and along with a gentle, delicate mouthfeel the sip closes with a crisp, quick finish.

What an amazing brew. The layers of the flavor profile are distinct but balanced and seamless. With its light carbonation you could almost trick yourself into thinking you're drinking wine, or a different beverage altogether.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.99/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours beautiful golden yellow with small head that disappears right away.
Aroma has massive wine barrel, sour lemons, tart, moderate funk, hay, apricots.
Taste is wine barrel, sweet berries, lemon tart, very sour, almost Cantillon funk. Extremely well balanced.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 Bottle

A: Lots of grape and light berries, oak, and moderate sourness.

A: Gold color with an orange hue, hazy, with a very thin white head that quickly forms a fine ring around the glass.

T: Crisp, with a grape flavor upfront, light berries, moderate oak, coupled with a clean moderate sourness that lingers through the finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation, and moderately light acidity.

O: Tasty; the beer has an interesting white wine grape complexity, with a clean, crisp acidic sourness.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip. 2015 bottle year date.

A: Pours clear brilliant orange color with a very short lived thin head that quickly fizzed away into nothing.
S: The nose is full of buttery and slightly musty oak, vinous wine, and a touch of bright lemon-like acid. Musty earthy scents of funk, and a touch of tart berry. I get an almost perfumey fruit quality to the nose as the beer warms.
T: Complex vinous and oak flavors dominate. Flavors are very buttery with fresh oak barrel. I get hints of tart red berries, blackberry, blueberry, and a kiss of lemon. The finish is musty and earthy and full of damp basement and old wood, and the aftertaste has a semisweet vinous quality that lingers into the aftertaste.
M: Bright and clean lactic acid punch with a light body and a dry mouthfeel with a few gritty tannins in the finish. Carbonation is tingly and fuzzy.
O: Delicious barrel flavors. Probably the most barrel character in any beer I've had from them yet. Very complex and delicious.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives a clear orange color; the head is an inch high and leaves a few dots

Smell: Sour tones meshed with orange, strawberry and grape

Taste: Lactic fruit tones of orange, strawberry and grape; becomes acetic, through the middle, with a very sour finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Refreshingly tart and sour

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Photo of Knapp85
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out as a golden color with a thin white head on top. The smell of the beer has a solid amount of funk on the nose, some wine-like aromas and some fruity notes. The taste of the beer is tart throughout, lots of acidic flavors here. The feel of the beer is medium bodied. Overall It's a pretty good Wild Ale.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No surprise here. Rare Barrel is world class and this beer was no different. Pours a really nice golden color and has a really nice dry finish like a wine or champagne. Tons of tartness and acidity upfront with a smooth finish.

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Photo of KyleDavis
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nose is sour and fruity and earthy.
Mild-to-low acidity.
Zero funk, as is a trend with The Rare Barrel

The wine barrels add some nice light grape and earthy flavor, maybe even some cider notes. Pours a perfect translucent golden color with a full finger head that recedes quickly.

A very well done, soft, subtle beer.

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