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The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Wild Ale
4.37 | pDev: 6.18%
Aug 10, 2021
Aug 18, 2016
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Notes: 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.
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4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by IKR from California

2020 Vintage; 7.7% ABV

Appearance: Very mildly cloudy straw-yellow color with a modest sized white head that quickly faded.

Smell: Mild peach and fruit aromas and mild barnyard funk. Fairly mild nose.

Taste: Tart peach and apricot notes dominate the flavor profile. Just the mildest hint of sweetness but the beer has a dry finish ending on some tart peach and citrus notes.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. The beer's mouthfeel is right where it needs to be.

Overall: A good fruited Wild Ale. The fruit notes do not lead to a sweet fruity finish but fit nicely in the flavor profile which is refreshingly dry.

Aug 10, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by BerryKumquat from California

L: Generic light blonde ale color.
S: Strong fruity notes.
T: A slow start into a rich apricot/peach flavor into an overly dry finish.
F: A good peach/apricot beer.
O: A simple unique fruit beer that needs a bit of refinement for the finish.

Dec 11, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
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 clear and bright golden yellow which is topped by a finger of dense white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of tons of sour peaches and apricots with a light oak undertone along with hints of maltyness.
T: Taste is juicy and sour peaches and apricots up front with some warm oak and hints of bready malt along with a touch of funk. On the swallow it's more juicy stone fruits and sourness with some slight lingering oak and a hint of funk.
M: This beer has a body which is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is slightly effervescent while the beer has a drying finish due to the acidity.
O: Overall this beer is awesome. Great sourness, great flavors, and a decent amount of complexity make this one worth drinking on a hot summer day. It represents the style well and is definitely worth chasing down if you can find it.

Jun 11, 2020
4.31 by nataku00 from California on Jan 11, 2020
4.06 by vfgccp from New York on Aug 07, 2019
4.25 by Beerbom from California on Jun 03, 2019
4.12 by Kurmaraja from California on May 10, 2019
3.95 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Oct 22, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

Aug 02, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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.

Apr 25, 2018
4.81 by jvillefan from California on Apr 23, 2018
4.25 by oline73 from Maryland on Apr 23, 2018
4.35 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Jan 18, 2018
4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Nov 24, 2017
4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Oct 21, 2017
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4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Nicolaiw from Denmark

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.

Oct 17, 2017
4.6 by mattreitz49 from Florida on Oct 06, 2017
4.25 by Ryannotbryan from Texas on Jul 29, 2017
4.25 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Jul 23, 2017
4.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Jul 14, 2017
4.1 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jul 08, 2017
4.99 by Frosty11161 from California on Jun 12, 2017
4.19 by Zonian1 from Ohio on May 23, 2017
4.31 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida on May 23, 2017
4.26 by jaydoc from Kansas on May 18, 2017
4.25 by 1Sundown2C from New York on Apr 09, 2017
4.25 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania on Apr 09, 2017
4.6 by Jae61 from Arizona on Mar 25, 2017
4.49 by TomMorris from Connecticut on Mar 25, 2017
3.75 by acurtis from New Jersey on Mar 20, 2017
4.34 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Mar 18, 2017
4.5 by t2grogan from Arizona on Mar 13, 2017
4.75 by Run4theRoses from South Carolina on Mar 12, 2017
4.44 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Mar 12, 2017
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4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Phil-Fresh from California


A: Lots of peach and apricot aromas with a moderately strong sourness.

A: Bright yellow color, hazy, with a thin white head that quickly forms a ring around the glass with light lacing.

T: Crisp and bright with moderate peach and apricot flavors, some oak, followed by a moderate sourness that lasts through the finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation and lightly acidic.

O: Tasty; a great clean sour with awesome peach and apricot character. Very easy to drink and quite refreshing!

Feb 26, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by mdfb79 from New York

2 10 oz glasses on this on tap at Row 34 in Boston.

Feb 07, 2017
4.74 by johnlatona from New Jersey on Feb 07, 2017
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4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours hazy and golden with a modest head that leaves splashy lacing

Smell: Apricot and peach with a funky undertone; really fruity

Taste: Apricot and peach tones dominate, with a layer of funk building through the middle; the tartness builds, after the swallow, but the fruit flavors overwhelm

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, with effervescent carbonation

Overall: I have enjoyed a few apricot and peach sours in my time but this one has taken me to the mountaintop; hard to imagine it getting much better than this

Feb 05, 2017
4.35 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Jan 16, 2017
4.5 by Bjlynch83 from Oregon on Jan 05, 2017
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