There Are Rules | 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): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Golden Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels with Raspberries, Apricots, and Peaches.

Added by PhineasMcClintock on 11-15-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
58
pDev:
5.54%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
15
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of leroybrown10
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of scottfrie
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aasher
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IrishColonial
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nicolaiw
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jvillefan
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beer_guy_nc
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fthegiants
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of themayorkoch
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 22Blue
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SadMachine
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cavedave
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.

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Photo of Frosty11161
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of frasergrove
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle.

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.

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Photo of malfunxion
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Casey3236
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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There Are Rules from The Rare Barrel
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