Gifted Branch | 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): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Golden sour beer aged in oak barrels with bushels of peaches and a dash of apricots. We formed layers of bright stonefruit character by blending a unique mix of microorganisms with our fondness for apricots and peaches.


Added by ewwiccc on 08-18-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
50
pDev:
6.36%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
17
Trade:
3
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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Sour Sunday at Triple Rock Brewing on February 11, 2018. I was intrigued by the apricot and peaches, my two favorite fruits in a beer, on top of that, this is the brewery that makes map of the sun/moon, a phenomenal apricot beer, and what I consider to be the best of Rare Barrel.

This one pours golden but influenced by the orangeish fruit pulp providing a slight haze. Small 1/4" white head. The aroma indeed kicks down plenty of lemon, apricot and peach smells and sourness.

Taste is an easy drinking, somewhat higher end acidity kind of stonefruit wild ale. Well carbonated. Light golden body pale malt provides just a vessel to deliver everything else essentially. I don't think its quite as good as map of the sun/moon, but it is still very enjoyable. The real question is, would I buy bottles of it? I dunno, Rare Barrel seems to want $23-25 for most beers. . . Filmishmish or Cascade Apricot are $16-20 usually. Good beer, but prolly not buying bottles since I have lots of just as good apricot beers that can be acquired cheaper and easier.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

some of the first i have seen of rare barrel on tap in colorado, awesome, i hope more of it comes along as well. this one is a golden sour base aged in oak with peaches and apricots, and its one of the best beers i have had from these guys ever. just a little haze from the tap, bright and shiny and brassy, with a fizzy white head and an aroma that immediately makes my mouth water. its complex as can be with fresh juicy yellow peach right away, dried apricot fuzziness, and unique acidity, more than just a lacto tang, lemony and orangey and super enhancing of the fruit. some white wine woodiness and tannins in the back, this is so sexy! the flavor is almost as good as the nose, with the peaches well in front of the apricots, but both quite obvious and natural and distinct. the exact right amount of sweetness left from these ripe fruits, and a perfect acidic tang on the back end, not nearly as caustic and aggressive as so many of the other rare barrel beers i have had. great carbonation and a lot of lift there, lively and fun, so flavorful and honest, just really expert beer. i adored this, and hope for more of its kind from these guys. simple in some ways, old worldy and rustic and just so well refined. top notch.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dizzy242
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light orange / golden with a small white head, disappears right away.
Aroma has sour lemons, apricots, peaches, hay, barnyard, oak, passion fruit, little funk.
Taste is much more fruity than the aroma, tons of apricots, peaches, raspberry, sour lemons.

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryannotbryan
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 22Blue
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Frosty11161
4.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Zonian1
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 1Sundown2C
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of newbeeraday
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jae61
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TomMorris
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Gifted Branch from The Rare Barrel
Beer rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 50 ratings