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:
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Reviews:
9
Ratings:
49
pDev:
6.12%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
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17
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by dvmin98:
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4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rossracing
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

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Photo of Run4theRoses
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
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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4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jae61
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SadMachine
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TomMorris
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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