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Riserva | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale with raspberry purée added and aged in oak barrels.

Added by akorsak on 06-14-2008

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Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While listening to the Eels new album Hombre Lobo aka Wolfman. Appears a tarnished pink ruby hue over a musky amber brown background, the head is light colored white with a pink overcast. Fine speckled lacing coats my tulip chalice, oh so nicely. If you decide to pour the sediment into your glass, you'll be greeted by liquid apple butter but a few shades lighter with a khaki tint. Even the head turns a light beige brown.

Aroma carries well with strong tart vinous layers of raspberry and mild vinegarette dressing, it opens up like a dry cider with additions of ripened raspberry preserves. Leathery oily components come through as well with wild barnyard funkiness from the brettanomyces. Layered complexities arise while continuing to sniff this brew which excites your brain of the possibilities that the flavor has to offer. Oak barrel aging effects complement the hell out of this beer with the funky brett and tart fruit combos, I'm loving the experience so far.

Flavor initially strikes with a sharp layer of acidity and tart raspberry sweetness, with loads of extracurricular activity of flavor profiles joining the mix. Including the funk from the wild yeast additions, and I don't believe this alcohol content. There is no way this is nearing twelve percent alcohol by volume, or it the acidic nature outweighing the booze. I warn you it may induce cravings for proton pump inhibitors like Prilosec or Protonix after a few glasses but it's well worth it. Strong tree bark oak with a charred after taste hit along with the brett and acidic tart green apple and raspberry combo, what a quality level of complexity.

Mouthfeel has been effervescent and prickly with acidity throughout the drinking experience, which carries the palate with each sip. Sweetness and bitterness collided with the yin and yang of raspberry sugar content and the resins from the oak barrel aging. Keep it up Weyerbacher bring the funk like no other, out of the American versions of sour ales or fruit infused lambics this has been the most outward mouth puckering version I've come across and I love sour ales.

Drinkability is incredible for the alcohol and pure level of acidity that most beer drinkers aren't used to, but I enjoyed every sip. This is one of the beers I received at great discount on my birthday weekend. This stuff is pricey if you can even find it, the first time I had come across any of it was 22 bucks a bottle. I got mine around fifteen and that is well worth it. Overall excellent up there with the best of this style adventurous and extreme much like most of the works of Dan Weirback, again I hale from Weirton, West Virginia so I enjoy a good Weyerbacher every now and again. As I finished listening the album Hombre Lobo, it finished with "Ordinary Man" with a quote from the song "I am no Ordinary Man" that goes for any beer drinker who enjoys the works of Dan and company out of Easton, PA. Not for the mainstream but excellent craftsmanship to be enjoyed by those that appreciate the art of brewing.

My overall review one line review would be..."There's more b vitamins than a flinstone chewable."

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Photo of mystikyle71
4.97/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy red grapefruit color with a slight amount of carbonation.

S: I could smell this beer for a long time and be very happy. The funk and fruit jump out of the glass with a bit of vinegar, but not too much. What I want an imperial raspberry sour to smell like.

T: The fruit is present, but wow is this a tart beer! Pretty fantastic combination of raspberry, lactic acid and no booziness what so ever. I was surprised to see the ABV on this beer.

M: A bit of sugary sweetness, but it is quickly sliced apart by the acidity of this bright beer.

O: A world class sour that I am very pleased to have another of in my stash!

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Photo of kinglouix
4.94/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was fortunate enough to try this last weekend at Weyerbacher. Transparent reddish-brown body with little carbonation and slight head. Splended nose, with hints of rasberry and suttle oak. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but if you like traditional Flemish Sours you will love this. This is one of the top ten beers I have ever tasted. Weyerbacher has done it again! BRAVO

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Photo of smakawhat
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage 2010, poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. No pop off the cork at all.

Pours rather non head like, very much in appearance like a traditional lambic. Body color is a cherry red cough drop color even some nice orange, mixing in with some great red cherry pink hues as the light goes through. Maintains a soapy off white collar, very attractive looking beer.

Mild bret and wild yeast, mixing with purple sweet grapes and juicy cherries. Sweet hard candy, airy cinnamon, my mouth is watering as I smell this, it smells fantasatic!

Very tart at first, then a sweet sense hits mixing the nose of sour cherry and some sugar candy. Mid palate creates a great fruit sense, then finish with a quick hot brett like blast and a lingering warm (not hot) yeast. Wow. Finish brings a great play of acid and tartness, even a hint of white sugar in the palate also. Mouthfeel is nearly vinous, lip coating, not fizzy with a very low carbonation, this is almost like wine. No sense of alcohol heat either, for a very large abv too. Even some sea like salt on the taste. There is so much going on here.

I heard this beer was good, but jesus I didn't think it was THAT good. This beer is NEARLY perfect for what it is, this bottle is going to be gone in 10 minutes!

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Photo of jkane101
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured in tulip

This one looks almost looks like thawed out pink lemondae concentrate. No head, no lacing.

Aroma is all rasberries. Taste starts out rasberry sweet then finishes tart. I was a little worried before my first sip that this would be too sweet but the transition from the initial sweetness to the tart finish in sublime. Medium feel with plenty of carbonation

This is an extremely drinkable beer, the high ABV is well concealed. Wish I had purchased more than two when I had the chance.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pour: Bomber bottle into a tulip. Appearance: Reddish peach in color. cloudy with a thing white head. Aroma: Deep berries. Rhubarb pie and jam like aromas. Taste: Heavy berry and jam flavors. pucker like sour! Almost kombucha in texture. Aftertaste: Huge sour linger. Deep berries all the way. Overall: Intense and excellent. Excellent: 5 out of 5.

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Photo of CraigS119
4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell right off the bat is the wood barrel character, Oaky tannins reminiscent of Rodenbach. However, taste is very different, much more tart and dry than Grand Cru, and the raspberries shine through. Finishes with a great cereal/rice grain flavor. This is a sour that I could drink a lot of, very quickly (10% abv is ridiculous), and very frequently. Weyerbacher has impressed. If I was served this in Belgium I would have been pleased. 99/100

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Photo of stimulus
4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass.
2010 vintage. Note on bottle: this batch has very little carbonation.

A: Pours a deep pinkish red with no head (some light white lacing does show up later, however).
S: Funk, lots of sour, and some raspberry.
T: VERY sour raspberries, but this is certainly the beer I've always imagined when trying any sour/wild ales. The sourness mellows a bit on the finish to allow some sweetness for a good balance on the aftertaste. No alcohol burn given the high ABV.
M: Very light bodied, smooth, and only slightly carbonated, but not viscous at all.
D: Wow, this is great to drink; if I had the opportunity, I'd finish a whole bottle in one sitting without noticing the alcohol until later. I really like how the sourness gives way to some sweetness.

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Photo of Risser09
4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

730ml corked and caged bottler poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008 bottling

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color with a small, 1/2", short-lived white head. There is some stingy lace, but not much. Plenty of carbonation activity flies from the bottom of the glass to the surface.

Smell: A sweet, tart raspberry aroma reminds me of Founder's Rubaeus. However, throw in some Brettanomyces and you have Riserva. The brett smells musty, funky and a little moldy.

Taste: A sweet and tart beer is full of raspberry flavor. The malt flavor is surprisingly light for a beer this bold and boozy. The booze is welcomed to cut the tartness and funk. Very, very tasty and pleasant. Funky, tart, sweet and musty.

Mouthfeel: Tart, sweet, boozy and funky. This beer has a lot of what you don't normally get out of a beer. Medium body and ample carbonation.

Drinkability: This is an awesome beer. I always rate sours highly, and I didn't expect this kind of beer from Weyerbacher. Probably their best beer yet. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Beerverage
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A bottle to the face after bar tending new years eve. Couldn't ask for a better beer to be the first to drink in 2012. I'm a newbie reviewer, and prob shouldn't since I'm in the industry but I love this beer i thought i might as well.

S: Murky ruby red color, not a solid color throughout, pours out of the bottle lighter than appears in the glass. Almost glows.

S: sour sour raspberry

T: Uniquely sour. The flow of the beer taste is sour that fades to raspberry, the raspberry flavor increases till the end at the same tine the sourness kicks bak in and increases until the end as well. the after taste is the sweet raspberries making you want more, and then you get the whole sour roller coaster again. Amazing. Absolutely amazing.

M: Thickish, acidic,

O: One of the, if not the most sour beers I have had. Like i said earlier, unique. This is the 2010 and there is a gold sticker that reads "Though its in the nature of a wild ale to be different each year, this year's vintage is exceptionally different, and may not occur again [I really hope it does]. Riserva 2010 is a very sour ale. Tarter than ever, the beer's acidity has inhibited carbonation which is very low. The taste is fantastic! Notes of cider vinegar mingle with an assertive berry palate. Cheers!" About sums it up. If you love sours like i do, this will be the beer you hope the next sour you land will live up to.

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Photo of ekfinn
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The 2008 Riserva from Weyerbacher is an exceptional beer. I purchased a case (of only three remaining) at the June open house. Serving is a 750 ml corked and caged Belgian style bottle.

This beer pours a beautiful mild reddish hue with a hearty head that leaves thick lace on the glass. The aroma is filled most by the raspberry fruit, with hints of malt and oak in the back. Upon first strike on the palate the fruit is immediately apparent, but settles out with a wonderful oak flavor coming to the front. Carbonation is heavy, and fits the style extremely well. Much love went into this beer, and it shows.

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Photo of Beejay
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drinking this in celebration of buying a house and finishing my taxes... hopefully it will help me forget how much those cost..

2014 bottle.

A: Dusty rose as it pours, and turns into a cloudy cranberry color in the glass. Nice slightly pink head.

S: A good amount of sour funk as well as a bit of acid and salt, followed by the tartness of raspberries. There is a little bit of jam in there as well as a hint of acetone.

T: Wow.. acidic, and sour right off the bat, but underneath the sourness there is a lovely bread flavor, followed by the long lingering taste of rich dark berries. Tart, and jammy, and just damn fine. Knowing that it was barrel aged makes me imagine that I can taste it,

M: Medium light in body, the acidic notes give it a little cling in the finish, and the carbonation is certainly high, if not almost at an aggressive level.

O: Overall this is one damn fine beer.. tart, and sour, but with a deepness of flavor that I don't often experience in other sour style beers. I almost wish I got a little more of the oak from this, but still pretty damn close to perfect.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle of this on the recommendation of both bartenders at Always Ron's in hagerstown. They absolutely nailed it. I gave it a perfect taste, and perfect overall as I could not believe the ABV. Unbelievably drinkable for over 11%. Awesome, hope to buy again despite the cost.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 40 degrees.

Pours a light ruby with a white froth that dissipates quickly, but stays around the rim of the glass. I didn't expect much of a head due to the Brett, but the rating is so high because this is just simply a gorgeous beer! The nose is pronounced & complex with aromas of tart raspberries, cassis, cranberries, bing cherries, light green apples, light orange citrus, passion fruit, red fruit punch, tropical fruit, easy chocolate, light vanilla, some cinnamon, oak, & a soft earthiness. Fantastic nose! The beer starts with a balanced sweet/sour combo and finishes with a smooth driness. Flavors of sour raspberries, cassis, cherries, watermelon, green apple, mango, passion fruit, Red Hawaiian Punch, orange peel, lime, oak (with present tannins), cinnamon, vanilla, soft earthiness, & finishes with a delicious red apple. The mouthfeel has a syrupy texture & some weight to it, but is also refreshing crisp! The key to this beer is that the alcohol is well hidden, it's extremely balanced, presents a very attractive nose, and exactly what I was looking/hoping for from this beer! Needless to say, but this is a world class beer and has one of my highest recommendations!
Kevin - Thanks for the great trade!

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Photo of weltywm
4.79/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into 4 snifters and split with some friends.

Appearance: Dark ruby red with a thin 1/2 finger of foam. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Raspberries, vinegar, and funk.

Taste: Wow, this is good. The raspberries are obvious and big, complemented well by strawberry, vinegar, and lots of funk. As I kept drinking, I also picked up on really dry, red wine flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and medium bodied. The finish is long, dry, and mouth-puckering. Delicious.

Overall: A very, very fine beer. Weyebacher has done it again. All of the flavors are complex and complement each other very well. Despite the steep price, I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.79/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

amazing beer. poured into tasting size snifter. appearance is hazy to clear amber. no head but excellent carbonation. fairly standard for this style. smell is all kinds of sour goodness. taste is acidic, tart fruity goodness. mouthfeel is amazing front to back. the fruity sour flavor gives ways to acidic sour dryness on the tongue. overall a very excellent beer worth trying over and over. this would pair well with a piece of fish or nice fruit and nut salad. highly recommend.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Allagash flute. Thanks goes to the always generous portia99 for this. I tried this at Night of the Funk and it was my favorite beer of the night.

A - reddish brown body, maybe orange at the bottom. Not much head to speak of

S - Oh yeah... this is what I remember. Nice raspberry aroma with a hint of the sour notes that will be coming. Some fruity sweetness is present as well

T - Just like popping a dozen raspberries in my mouth and chewing them up. God I love this flavor. A mixture of sweet raspberry flavor with a nice sour kick. A bit of a zinfandel like character is present as well. A bit acidic but I still love it.

M - medium body, low carbonation

D - It is so easy to drink this... I really love this beer. the mixture of sweet and sour notes along with the beautiful raspberry flavor is amazing. A must try in my opinion for any fan of sour beers.

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Photo of dchester
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer tastes like a true flanders red ale, a lot like rodenbach grand cru. If you can imagine carbonated Hunt's ketchup with malt vinegar, you got the idea. Deep smoky amber color with very little head. Refreshing and smooth, the 11%+ abv really sneaks up on you. Another great beer by Weyerbacher, one of the best PA breweries.

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Photo of mwa423
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a dark reddish gold that is murky as pond water. There was some reddish light head that quickly disappeared.

S - Tart sour smell, strong raspberry aroma is complex and pleasant.

T - Excellent flavor with all the funk of a wild ale along with the sweet and tart raspberry flavors.

M/D - Mouthfeel is biting and sharp, but certainly excites the tongue. This is extremely drinkable, can't taste the alcohol at all and something I will certainly seek out in the future.

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Photo of brantadid
4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark, murky honey brown color into a snifter. Very little head formed. Very little lacing.

The smell is amazing. It makes my mouth water. The fruit completely comes through. Smells nice and funky.

The taste is out of this world. The best thing about it is, is it sour raspberries or the ale? I'm not sure, but its great. Tons of flavor. Raspberry dominates the palate. Citrus notes come through. Incredible sourness that is over the top. There is a nice sweetness from the fruit that is complimented by the oak (vanilla notes). Just fantastic.

Mouthfeel is light because of the carbonation but heavy because of the flavor. Totally reminds me of champagna.

The alcohol is completely masked and the balance between the sweet and sour makes this one of most drinkable beers I have encounter. I wish I had more.

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Photo of beechner224
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into large pint glass since I was drinking it by myself. The appearance was a nice red with a thin layer of foam. Lots of carbonation, which I like with sours. The smell was great, lots of raspberries and vinegar. Thought the taste was great. Just what I wanted with this sour. The raspberries are upfront, then the sour, vinegar, funk comes through nicely. Mouthfeel was very nice, with the tons of carbonation and dry with lip smacking tartness.

Overall, thought the beer was great and would definitely get again. But next time, I might share with a friend, it is a strong beer.

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Photo of chaduvel
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red, not cloudy, faint lacing. Fruity and funky aroma, not over-powering, very inviting. Hint of raspberry or cherry along with oak. Dry, sour, fruity, oaky, faint alchohol, good carbonation level. Enough funk to let you know there's Brettanomyces, but extremely well balanced. Really quite an amazing beer.

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Photo of Santanax
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Weyerbacher Riserva!!! I acquired a bottle of the 2012 from a friend via trade... been sittiing on it for a while and finally decided to open it... only beer im having today....The cork pops open pretty decently so i know im in for some nice fizz... the smell is funky with raspberry tannisn and oak funkyness.. "half digested horse manure smell"... ohh man this is funk...The flav is amazingly full of raspberry kick with nioce funky lactic tones... they dance on tongue as this beer is fizzy...as the beer warms the heat from the 11% peeks out of the corner of the raspberry burst... Superb day after christmas beer... soo glad i kept it to myself...LOL

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4.66/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured gently at 43°F from a 750ml bottle (bottled December 2015) into a tulip. Allowed to warm up to 45°F before reviewing. Consumed on 05Sep16.
SMELL: A gargantuan gush of sour green apple is balanced by strong flavors of sweet and tart raspberries along with mild tobacco, balsamic vinegar, cranberry sauce, earthy yeast, hay, and oak flavors. The aromatic complexity is further expanded by subtle scents of lemon grass, bell pepper, sweet bread, and hints of vanilla.
4.75 out of 5
TASTE: A vigorous tartness of green apple balanced by strong, sweet and tart raspberry flavors initially bombards the palate. Strong flavors of hay provide a firm funk while mild cranberry flavors amplify the sweetness. The funkiness continues to grow as strong earthy yeast and mild balsamic vinegar flavors quickly follow. Mild flavors of tobacco, oak, lemon grass, and bell pepper transform this into a truly multifarious brew. Subtle flavors of sweet bread along with hints of vanilla make their debut at the end while the bell pepper and oak flavors grow slightly stronger. 4.75
NOTE: A near perfect brew from Weyerbacher! This bottle was nearly a year old, yet the raspberries were still a dominating aspect of the beer. I absolutely loved most of the supporting flavors and how they were present in just the right quantities. The only thing that kept this from being perfect, in my opinion, was that the tartness and vinegar were a tad too strong. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Weyerbacher continues to impress me with a mastery of a wide variety of brews.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Definitely leaning (way) toward the brothers' rating on this one.

A: Pours a light carmel brown with a one finger head that quicky disapates to a few floating bubbles.

S/T: Sour nose, fruit flavors and raspberry jam with a nice sour pinch.

M: Cool, smooth and refreshing, really nice!

O: I love this beer. Really nice wild ale. Got the farmhouse funkiness, with plenty of fruit and ale. Nice oak background with a long jammy-raspberry finish. Really, REALLY, nice!!!

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