Gifted Branch
The Rare Barrel

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Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 6.15%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
56
From:
The Rare Barrel
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  19
SCORE
95
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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.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 56 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Frosty11161:
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Frosty11161 from California

4.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jun 12, 2017
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

May 18, 2017
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GRG1313 from California

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps one of the best stone fruit sours on the planet. Hazy orange with a stone fruit and citrus nose, and wonderful balance, the overwhelming character of this beer is huge apricot assertive flavor profile. There is an undertone of peaches but apricots just abound. Best apricot beer perhaps made in America at this point and give a certain prestigious Belgian brewery a run for it's money!

Sep 15, 2016
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scottfrie from California

4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at the brewery, tulip.

A: Lightly cloudy powdery lemon in color with a thin cap of off-white foam.
S: Nose is incredibly juicy with extremely fresh scents of ripe peaches. Smells like I'm smelling the skin of the fruit. Apricot is right there as well with a fresh and jammy quality, and to me it is sweeter more juicy overall than compare with, say, Map of the Moon.
T/M: Follows the nose with incredible fruit forward flavors of juicy peach and ripe apricots. Again, the fruit flavors in this are the real deal and taste exactly like the ripe fruit. The tartness is bright but definitely not overly acidic. This has TRB's characteristic tartness and yeast/bug profile. Drying finish with a punch of gritty tannins. Carbonation is splashy and smooth with no sharp edges. Acidic is balanced with no harshness. Doesn't become a chore to drink after awhile, but the acidity is high.
O: One of the best peach or peach/combo sours I've had, and probably my favorite beer I've had from TRB in recent memory. Amazing fresh flavor. My only small suggestion would be that since this beer is so juicy and fruit the flavors may benefit from a creamier more complex yeast profile. Regardless, I hope they make this regularly as it is fantastic.

Sep 27, 2016
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oline73 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 23, 2018
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mdfb79 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Feb 07, 2017
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IrishColonial from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 08, 2016
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impending from California

4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

sublime at room temp, peachy keen

Sep 04, 2016
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dertyd from California

4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 28, 2016
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Kurmaraja from California

4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 10, 2019
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acurtis from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 20, 2017
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Oct 22, 2018
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 12, 2017
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mattreitz49 from Florida

4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 06, 2017
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 21, 2017
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Texasfan549 from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 19, 2016
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium head that quickly dissipates to a collar.

Wow! The aroma is just exploding from the glass with waves of apricot and peach! A nice backbone of funk and sour. More luscious fruit notes follow. This is just glorious to smell!

The flavor does not disappoint, with an abundance of stone fruits and funky goodness! Definitely mouth puckering, with a medium to high amount of sourness. The amount of peach and apricot present is stunning, but there's more than just the fruit here! The base sour is spectacular, and shines through splendidly!

The mouth feel is light to medium, with nice effervescent carbonation.

This is an absolute world class fruited sour! Definitely the best beer I've tried from Rare Barrel to date!

Nov 06, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Apr 25, 2018
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jvillefan from New York

4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apr 23, 2018
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allstar255 from California

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 21, 2016
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1Sundown2C from New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 09, 2017
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smartassboiler from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 27, 2016
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Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 24, 2017
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Zonian1 from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 23, 2017
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 18, 2018
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 56 ratings