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The Rare Barrel

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The Rare Barrel
California, United States
Wild Ale
4.33 | pDev: 5.77%
May 12, 2021
Nov 15, 2016
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Notes: Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels with Raspberries, Apricots, and Peaches.
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep orange beer with a slight pink hue. the beer is topped by a small white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of light sourness and oak but there's a ton of juicy fruit to sniff through with notes of peaches, apricots and raspberries
T: Taste is juicy peaches, apricots and raspberries along with a pleasant amount of building sourness. there's also a touch of oak along with a bit of funk. On the swallow there's more sourness along with all those great peach, apricot, and raspberry flavors.
M: This beer has a mouthfeel which sits right around medium with a slightly syrupy feel. Carbonation is on the lower side for a sour but it's still somewhat effervescent while the beer has a drying finish due to the acidity.
O: Overall this is a really nice beer. The flavors and complexity are really good and all the juicy fruit notes help to keep the sourness from the beer on the more balanced side. I'm happy to see that this one is still around as it's well worth keeping on hand.
May 12, 2021
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Reviewed by macrosmatic from Florida

3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from the waxed 750mL bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass. 2016 bottling, consumed 8/17/17.

A: Hazy gold with a quite a bit of visible carbonation. Despite the active bubbles, only a minimum of white head shows up and quickly fades to foam, then disappears.

S: Lactic tart, stone fruit and cheesy, feet-y funk. Oak and citric acid. It smells to me like the souring is primarily Pediococcus and Lactobacillus - I'm not getting a Brettanomyces presence particularly. Some light cracker malts. Not a huge nose, but reasonably complex and certainly appealing.

T: Surprising on first sip – a mix of lactic and acetic sourness up front. Apricots and stone fruitiness with a fairly puckering sour flavor. Light oak tannins help to smooth things out a bit, as does the mildly sweet cracker malt body. Modest cheesy funk again – I still think Pedio and Lacto mostly. The acetic aspect, though never strongly vinegary, swells up near the end with more puckering stone fruit. Maybe only in licking the lips after the swallow do I get even a hint of raspberry here.

M: A light body, with a reasonable amount - but not a ton - of carbonation sensation. Alcohol is noticeably present but integrated.

O: This sure smelled better to me than it tasted, but was not unpleasant on either count for sure. Good, but not my favorite offering from Rare Barrel.
Mar 22, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by leroybrown10 from Missouri

Oct 14, 2018
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Reviewed by scottfrie from California

4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2016 bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a clear light golden/pale orange color with an active white head that quickly fizzed away into nothing.
S: Juicy peach and tannic/tart apricot skins upon first impression, followed by both tart and sweet raspberry and a musty earth.
T: Follows the nose with notes of bright and acidic fruit balanced by sweet fruit juice. There’s an nice bramble/earthy quality throughout. Finish is full of candy peach rings, apricot purée, and raspberry seeds. Aftertaste is drying and clean. There's a peach skin quality to the mouthfeel.
M: Clean and dry, with clean biting acid that’s short lived and easy enough to drink. Medium body, bright fluffy carbonation, soft mouthfeel.
O: Great blend of fruit flavors with no one aspect dominating. Acid is one dimensional and straightforward. Nice musty earthy quality.
Oct 12, 2018
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had this back at the tap takeover thing between Societe, Rare Barrel and the Bruery that occured at Rare Barrel. The color of this is around light amber/auburn, it has a thin 1/4" off white head. Plenty of those lactic sour notes in it, mild amount of oak, much like most of their beers, it seems pretty clean and devoid of funky brett notes.

Taste is that usual 7.5 range of sourness on the 10 pt scale, again, like the nose, the taste is pretty clean and without a lot of those spontaneous like bugs as opposed to a cultured innoculation or whatnot. I would say the apricot and raspberry seem to be the most prominent of the fruits used. I guess the peach and its softness get pushed around here.

Its a good beer, I think I like the map sun/moon ones more, the straight apricot fire. I guess the difficult question is, would I pay about $25 for a bottle of this? Even though its a very good beer, I think there are even better ones that can be found for almost $10 cheaper. But I would definitely buy another pour of this (was only $6) at the rate of exchange I paid that evening.
Sep 18, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Aug 08, 2018
Rated: 4.43 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Jun 23, 2018
Rated: 4.48 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Mar 16, 2018
Rated: 4.41 by aasher from Indiana

Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by IrishColonial from Texas

Nov 21, 2017
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Reviewed by Nicolaiw from Denmark

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours golden yellow / amber with small white heads disappears quickly.
Aroma has raspberries, apricots, peach, hay, little funk, oak.
Taste is fruit bomb, dominated by raspberries, apricots, sour lemons, hay, oak, oily, little funk.
Oct 17, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Kurmaraja from California

Oct 13, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Narthax from Texas

Sep 20, 2017
Rated: 4.85 by jvillefan from California

Sep 07, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by beer_guy_nc from North Carolina

Aug 11, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by fthegiants from California

Jul 28, 2017
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Reviewed by themayorkoch from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
For this one alone I wish I lived in the distribution footprint of The Rare Barrel. I'm usually scared away by wild ales, but this one was top notch. Very light, easy to drink, not over-powering, and can actually taste the fruits. Highly recommended.
Jul 10, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Jul 09, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jul 04, 2017
Rated: 4.49 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Jun 28, 2017
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Reviewed by cavedave from New York

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A thin wisp of beige foam quits quickly to leave a bare cap atop a peach/amber colored, thickish liquid.

Full aroma featuring oak and peach with rounded tart, earthy funk, sharper tart notes, and lightest sweet berry to make this a delectable and alluring aroma.

Full flavored, with a good deal more sharp tart than expected, but it is balanced perfectly with peach and berry notes, and carry that into an end of sip that is juicy, slightly citrus, puckering, and delcious. Balanced and bright taste that rocks. The oak notes are light and not tannic, earthy and slightly spicy funk accompanies well, and the addition of these notes gives a complexity that increases as the beer warms.

Med. viscosity, low carb., killer finish, tart that never bites but is dominant and welcoming, and natural tasting fruit flavors in a refreshing wild ale that is magnificent.

Really outstanding wild ale, no artificial fruit or carbonic notes in this baby, and no over the top funk either. Delectable and highly recommended.
Jun 25, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by Frosty11161 from California

Jun 12, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by frasergrove from California

Jun 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Phil-Fresh from California

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Raspberry tartness, coupled with moderately light apricots and very faint peaches, with a slight funk and sourness.

A: Deep orange color, opaque, with a mostly uniform white head with adequate retention.

T: Lots of raspberries upfront, followed by ripe apricots and moderate peach flavors that give way to a moderate zippy sourness and dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a bright acidity.

O: Very tasty; the beer has a great raspberry, apricot and peach flavor that contrasts well with the sourness and light oak character.
Jun 10, 2017
Rated: 4.9 by malfunxion from New York

Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 4.6 by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

May 30, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by jaydoc from Kansas

May 26, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by oline73 from Maryland

May 25, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by Beerbom from California

Apr 22, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by vfgccp from New York

Apr 15, 2017
Rated: 4.58 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Apr 09, 2017
Rated: 3.65 by KnappStout from Wisconsin

Mar 30, 2017
Rated: 4 by sweemzander from Illinois

Mar 29, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by BMart from Pennsylvania

Mar 27, 2017
Rated: 4.28 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania

Mar 27, 2017
Rated: 4.71 by Jae61 from Arizona

Mar 25, 2017
Rated: 4.38 by Eziel from Ohio

Mar 22, 2017
Rated: 4.11 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Mar 15, 2017
Rated: 4.54 by joemochas from Florida

Mar 13, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by t2grogan from Arizona

Mar 13, 2017
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