Quite Something
The Rare Barrel

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The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Wild Ale
4.45 | pDev: 5.62%
Jun 21, 2020
Mar 03, 2016
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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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4.03 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jun 21, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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 orange which is topped by a finger of dense and slightly rocky white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of light tartness a touch of vanilla, wine barrels, and red berries. Very nice nose.
T: Taste is building tartness with some juicy berry notes, slight vanilla, very smooth and pleasant oak, touch of white wine flavors and just a touch of leathery funk. On the swallow there's more juicy berry flavors with lingering tartness, more smooth oak with a little vanilla, and a little more funk with lingering sourness.
M: This beer is on the lighter side of medium in body with a slightly creamy feel on the palate. Carbonation is effervescent without being prickly while the beer has a pleasantly dry finish.
O: Overall this beer is simply incredible. Great flavors and complexity make this one to be sipped and savored. Very well executed and balanced and not overly sour. Well worth a try if you can get your hands on it.

Apr 28, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by aasher from Indiana

Great American wild with great aromatics, light acidity and plenty of smooth, lightly buttery oak. This bottle held up exceptionally well considering its a 2015.

Apr 06, 2020
4.31 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Jun 16, 2018
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4.76/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by rand from California

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.

Mar 15, 2018
4.49 by sd123 from Georgia on Feb 03, 2018
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4.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Nicolaiw from Denmark

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.

Oct 17, 2017
4.34 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Jul 14, 2017
4.25 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jul 09, 2017
4.16 by jaydoc from Kansas on May 26, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Phil-Fresh from California

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.

Feb 26, 2017
4.98 by npala86 from Florida on Feb 08, 2017
4.64 by SadMachine from New Jersey on Feb 03, 2017
4.38 by joemochas from Florida on Nov 30, 2016
4 by cherche from Washington on Oct 15, 2016
4.69 by scxcrunner from Massachusetts on Oct 03, 2016
4.59 by Dolphinsmarlins1 from Massachusetts on Oct 01, 2016
4.5 by t2grogan from Arizona on Sep 27, 2016
4.5 by allstar255 from California on Sep 21, 2016
4.89 by GolfingGq from California on Sep 08, 2016
4.39 by Kramerwtmf from California on Aug 19, 2016
4.73 by dannyfayy from Pennsylvania on Aug 12, 2016
4.43 by robgage from Pennsylvania on Aug 12, 2016
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4.39/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by scottfrie from California

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.

Aug 04, 2016
4.49 by mklisz from New Hampshire on Jul 25, 2016
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4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by brentk56 from North Carolina

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

Jul 23, 2016
4.25 by emottram from Massachusetts on Jul 23, 2016
4.43 by IrishColonial from Texas on Jul 20, 2016
4.23 by jbaker67 from Pennsylvania on Jul 09, 2016
4.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Jun 17, 2016
4.43 by frasergrove from California on Jun 14, 2016
4.14 by Nuggetz from Texas on Jun 12, 2016
4.12 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on Jun 12, 2016
4 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania on May 27, 2016
4.69 by Dogleg from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2016
4.1 by kingjohnh from New Mexico on May 15, 2016
4.46 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on May 15, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

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.

May 15, 2016
4.8 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on May 08, 2016
4.24 by spycow from Illinois on May 07, 2016
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