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Riserva | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

very good
325 Reviews

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 version, reddish colour and a small head very gorgeous. Funky aroma. Bold tastes, lots of vinegar with the raspberry. Brett made for a balance. Would it mellow if older, or was it not as well put together, I shall find out from 2009 edition. Decent drinkability for sourheads.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with malt, raspberry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with super sour and tart raspberry flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but super sour and acidic.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, this is an intense beer. Got this one from RblWthACoz along with a bottle of Cuvee De Castleton. Very generous trader.

Pours very red, clear at first and then the junk starts coming out of the bottle. Looks very kriek-ish. Produces some head but no retention.

Smells like funk, raspberries, touch of alcohol. Not much like a beer but very enjoyable.

Taste is just like the smell but its heavy on the booze. Thats my one real complaint about this beer. Maybe what ever little malt is in there will mature and cover the abv in time. Also, theres a little bit of oak flavor, it may be contributing to the harshness of the alcohol bite (I'm thinking new oak).

Body is real thin but thats what a "lambic" is supposed to be, light and drinkable, except that this one will kick your ass.

Drinkable but be careful.

Speaking of special releases, why is it that Captain Lawrence and Weyerbacher can release quality rare beers for $13/750 ml bottle and we're paying in $30 for Isabelle or $15 for a 375 ml of Beatification out here in Ca? I think I'm getting my beers from the east coast from now on.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the thing about this one is that it has elements of a flemish red, that vinegar character and a real effervescent carbonation. i dont think the fruit is as forward as it could be, but with the lighter side on the malt, i think it shows through well enough. it certainly isnt sweet, and it definitely isnt artificial in any way. super tart and acidic in the nose, citric and even more so from the berries. wheat in the malt, but thats not all. i cannot believe, i mean, i absolutely cannot fathom this being almost 12% abv, it drinks like 7%, with huge carbonation, dryness, and a pleasant fruity thing that makes it feel summery and light. where does it all come from? i have no idea. there is no candy sugar character or anything else, its really cool. fruit and vinegar in the finish, and it tastes a little like salad dressing for a second, but the quality is through the roof, and this is easily the most complex beer i have had from these guys, who definitely seem to be getting better with time. i like the subtle fruit and the subtle alcohol, well done.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Revised Review: After trying last years vintage (2011) I was floored by how much I enjoyed this beer. This beer was completely different than I remembered it. The aromas and the flavors were much more balanced. The beer felt more complete and had some nice complexity to it also. I'm hoping that the the future vintages will be this solid as well. Very good stuff!

Original Review: This beer is wild for sure. The color of the beer is a like a pinkish hue thats a bit cloudy sort of like a wine that had something else spilled into it. The sediment was unmistakable and the head disappeared within a few minutes after the pour. The aroma of this beer was of sweet and tart fermented raspberries and a bit of the wild yeast in there too. The taste is sour, makes me almost pucker. I sipped this one for quite some time. The mouthfeel is pretty light and a little on the flatter side. Glad I tried it, but it's a little too pricey to have again.

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Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation, somewhat resembling watered down ruby red grapefruit juice. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of tart raspberries are present in the nose; these smell a little like a raspberry sorbet.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of raspberries along with notes of oak from the barrel aging and faint hints of sourness. No sweetness or alcohol are noticeable.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and is a little tart with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is surprisingly drinkable considering its strength because it hides its alcohol very well.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chocked full of raspberries, the 2012 installment of Weyerbacher's Riserva casts a fruity glow over the session; along with piquant sourness, oak nuance, and a peppery, earthen array.

Deep crimson in its pour, its blood red hues suggest something fruity within. A billowing froth ensues- spritzy upon the pour and then fast dissolving, obviously succumbing to its own acidity. And those acids enliven the raspberry fruit- radiant, juicy, succulent and laced with vinegar-like pungency. Oak and nuttiness follow with a first candied-sweet taste of jolly rancher, red wine and balsamic.

As the flavors take hold on the middle palate, the sweetness quickly relaxes and the brazen sourness dominates the palate. Still wrapped in a fruity, berry-infused cocoon, the strong acidity is vinegar-like, cider-like and while carrying a saucy pepper character of acetone that evokes sweating behavior. Trailing oak brings out a cherry and prune taste to resemble robust red wines like bordeaux or cabernet.

Jaw-tightening and mouth-wetting, the beer's relatively full body is dissected by alcohol, peppery flavors, powdery tannins and the sheer brunt of acids that seem enamel-stripping. A fruit forward, vinously tart finish trails only by the woodsy funk of beer oak's natural microflora.

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Photo of largadeer
2.59/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Barry.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear ruby red, completely still; not a trace of carbonation.

Smell: Ripe raspberries and somewhat harsh solventy alcohol. Pretty much completely lacking anything I'd consider wild or funky, this smells more like a boozy wine cooler. The fresh raspberry aroma is about all this has going for it; the base beer would be a trainwreck without it.

Taste & mouthfeel: Dry, slightly tannic and woody. Raspberry flavor is up front but neither sweet nor tart; it tastes oddly flat and lifeless. The lack of carbonation is puzzling as other reviews mention it being carbonated. $20 beers should not have quality control issues like this, as far as I'm concerned. The finish is solventy and somewhat harsh, though the alcohol is masked slightly by the fruit. Oddly one-dimensional; this beer needed a lot more time in the barrel, I think, as it has very little yeast character and any perceptible tartness seems to come more from the fruit. Not a terribly impressive beer on the whole, though I didn't mind drinking half a bottle.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2008 bottling, tasted 9/5/09

Appearance: Pours a hazy garnet color with a bubbly head that fades quickly to a film, like a soda, without leaving much lace

Smell: A somewhat sour profile, with raspberry puree, oak and alcohol

Taste: Sweet raspberry puree, up front, which takes a decided turn to the sour side by mid-palate, though it remains quite sweet underneath; after the swallow, the alcohol makes an appearance and adds fruity complexity to the flavor profile, although the wild, funky side never really develops; woody flavors also persist in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: If you like your Wild Ales on the really sour side, the 2008 will disappoint (it appears the 2009 might be quite different in this aspect); nevertheless, this is a nice achievement for a brewery that frequently tries to push the boundaries

N.B. The 2010 is much more sour than the 2008. I never tasted the 2009, but Weyerbacher is clearly perfecting its technique. A few years later, I tried the 2014 to check in once again and the beer seems to be getting better and better - the funk and acetic tones nicely offset the underlying sweetness; quite complex; bumped up the scores yet again

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.76/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty and cloudy reddish color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention and not much lacing. Aroma of gross funky notes and lightly sweet and somewhat tart raspberry is pleasant but gets gross with the weird funky notes. Taste is also a strange mix between some nice tart raspberry notes with just enough sweetness too offset the acidity but the weird barnyard notes are not that pleasant. Body is quite full with limited filtration and medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. I very much anticipated tasting this one but must admit being disappointed after all.

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Photo of emerge077
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Mike for the 2010 bottle. Also thanks to Russ and Wil for samples of the 08-09 batches. This one seems a wee bit more sour...

Cork was a little stubborn, but eventually was extracted with a pop. No gushing, or any carbonation visible in the bottle. A splashy pour resulted in some larger bubbles and a fleeting head of foam that faded quickly to a cluster of larger bubbles on one side. Hazed pinkish orange coloration in the light, otherwise it's a dead sexy red.

Strong acetic raspberry aroma, god that's good. Pure unadulterated raspberry and oak. As it sits and warms up there's a fantastic raspberry cider vinegar element that becomes noticeable, as the label alludes to.

Truly puckering sourness. Pure juicy raspberry, dry woody spice, finishes dry after the initial pucker kicks the salivary glands into overdrive. Tannic with bitter raspberry seeds (long since dissolved in the barrel), it finishes nicely, aridly dry and oaky with lingering traces of fruit skins. Rustic and sharply sour, purposefully acetic and potentially an esophagus ripper. Double digit abv is masterfully hidden. Not for guzzling... or for the faint of heart. It comes with a warning sticker FFS...

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.51/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to a generous BA for sharing some of this with us at the Splinter Black release. Served in a Savor snifter.

Pours a reddish color with a bit of rust. Zero head, zero lacing, and zero carbonation...well not quite the last one, but pretty close. The nose is intensely sour with quite a bit of very strong lactic character and a mild amount of acetic acid. Some cherry presence lingering in the background. It's rough, but I enjoyed it.

The taste is a different story. This is over-the-top source and the slight fruit presence from the nose is completely gone. Instead, there is an incredible amount of pucker factor and a hefty dose of vinegar. After Alex shared that Santa Fe wild a few weeks back, I thought that I had reached a sour peak. Not necessarily so. I'll bump the mouthfeel for the fact that I somewhat enjoyed trying to choke this down before it melted my nearly-frozen insides on this frigid, frigid morning. Oh yeah, it's flat. Drinkability was not good. If not for the pure novelty of trying to drink something this sour, there's not really much to enjoy here.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Simple yet appealing label art. Branded black hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork. 2014 vintage ("2014.2" - is this a batch #?). 1 pint 9.4 fl oz.

Cost was $26.95 USD at a bottle shop in New York City. Reviewed live (with Schlimenhaumer) as an American wild ale per the label. Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are sky high; I tried a splash of this that had been sitting out in the sun at a bottle share and even that was incredible.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. Grey-white colour. Fairly thin. Not realy frothy or creamy. It could be fuller and softer looking, but it's generally appealing. Retention is below average - ~1-2 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: It's a red hue of some kind; Schlimenhaumer suggests a candy apple red and I'm inclined to agree. But it's somewhat thin and light; not the robust red I expected. Average vibrance. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's not unique or special for the style, but it's generally appealing.

AROMA: A white oak tone lends it cohesion. Raspberry puree is notable. Evokes powdered sugar glazed raspberries. Sourness isn't too intense - maybe a 4/10. It has the clinical clean sourness of lactobacillus, but none of the truly spontaneous funkiness of lambicus, farmhouse brettanomyces, or crazy bacteria. A hint of leather. Oak sugars. Any malt presence is so neutral the raspberry takes over, and the hopping is too minimal (preservative only) to contribute flavour.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

Suggests a balanced enjoyable sour, but I do think the raspberry could be more evocative.

TASTE: Tart raspberry dominates - as well it should - but the pureed aspect of the fruit addition does seem to hold it back; fresh raspberry would likely lead to a more evocative genuine raspberry taste. Sourness isn't puckering; it's a 4-5/10 in terms of intensity. A backgrounded oak tone ties the beer together, lending it undeniable cohesion and infusing it with oak barrel sugars. I don't find vanilla or toastiness. Finishes a bit sweeter than most wild ales would, with the sugars of malts but no distinct malt taste; the malts used were clearly quite neutral and easily imposed upon by the more pronounced oak and berry notes.

Schlimenhaumer points out the jammy feel of the raspberries; I concur.

Nice depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour. It's adequately complex, and I do find it nicely balanced overall, but it could be dialed in a bit more. There isn't a great deal of subtlety or nuance here, and my big note is that it could use still more sourness and tartness. It does develop a bit as it comes to temperature, bringing more layers of berry flavour.

Hides its ABV shockingly well - I was flabbergasted to learn this is 10%. I'm also surprised the brettanomyces isn't lending it aggressive funkiness.

TEXTURE: Smacky and lactic on the palate, with nice acidity. A biteen acetic. Smooth, wet, refreshing. Medium-bodied. The thickness is aptly moderate. Almost perfectably carbonated.

The smackiness it has on the palate is its best attribute, accentuating the sour tart flavours. While this texture fails to elevate the beer, it does complement it quite nicely.

Schlimenhaumer is right in that a more dry feel would coax out the berry more.

OVERALL: Incredibly drinkable for its 10%. I'd have thought it was 6% blind. It's a great introduction for me to Weyerbacher, and makes me eager to try more of their lineup, but I couldn't justify purchasing it again at this price point. A well-executed stab at the style, and a beer every enthusiast should try once. I enjoy it more and more as it warms, and find the berry really opens up. Served cold, it was a "B" but once it started to come to temperature, it grew into a B+. Still, it's not mind-blowing or world-class.

Low B+

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, pale pink color with caramel highlights. It had a small, tan head of bubbly foam.

S - It smelled of raspberry, sour notes and some vanilla.

T - It tasted of raspberry, some funk and mild oak/vanilla notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a sneaky ABV heat.

D - This is a really interesting beer. Thanks to drfabulous fro sharing.

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Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours cloudy red with very little white head that goes away almost immediately.

Smell: This one smells very sour, almost like a raspberry vinegar.

Taste: Initially there is some sweetness. This is followed by extremely sour raspberry, but it's not too fruity. Very, very acidic.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and super dry. There is hardly any carbonation.

Drinkability: Super sour and dry. The acidity is almost overwhelming, but this beer is still good.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sun-fired salmon with apricot colored highlights and a fizzilicious crown of rose petal pink. Too bad the cap disappears rapidly and is depositing next to nothing on the sides of the glass. Possible culprits include the ABV, barrel aging and a lack of hop resins. Looks good immediately after the pour, however.

Brettanomyces funk, although it doesn't attack one's nose with ridiculous aggressiveness, is easily appreciated. Red raspberry puree... not so much. Still, the beer is tart fruity and smells like it will be a complex and delicious concoction. Here's hoping that slightly more than two years in the bottle have been kind.

Weyerbacher Riserva is interesting ale, and is different than anything in recent memory, because it combines high ABV power with sweetness, red raspberries, oak and funkitude. If, like me, you're a huge fan of that list, then pop the cork or trade for a bottle. This is a seasonal release, right?

The brewers did a wonderful job marrying the various flavor elements. No one ingredient overpowers any other, which is not an easy task when Brett is involved. Each sip delivers a river of raspberry jam, sugared oak staves, and a background barnyardiness that won't scare off those who fear the funk.

Even though the mouthfeel is thinnish and underinflated, the sugars add a slick quality that keeps beer in contact with taste buds for an extended period of time. Actually, the laid back bubbles make drinking this high-ABV beast easier, even if the sweetness means that sipping slowly is the way to go.

Kudos to Weyerbacher for bringing something new to the American wild ale table. Riserva is a hybrid fruit lambic and wild ale will probably give purists a stroke, but I'm fully onboard with their vision. If this isn't an annual release, it should be. Thanks onix1agr.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a well-hazed, rosy hued body with a modestly-sized, white head.

Smell: Riserva sits here, largely smelling of raspberries, though some small albeit aspiring notes of vague malts, basement mustiness, and spice are present.

Taste: Rolls relatively sweet along the tongue with an anticipated taste of pulverized raspberries including an easy-breezy tartness to it. Sensibly acidic. Slight spicy phenols work their way through the berries along with a touch of old, stale cinnamon and an underlying schadenfreudenistic band-aid hint. Drying, warming, raspberry-flavored finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Harbors a somewhat spritzy carbonation.

Overall: Some sweetness, some tartness, some berries. It's not quite as complex as others on the market, but it's still reasonably tasty.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

vintage 09 bottle from notes

Full of haze and cloudiness the cherry color really just popped about as big as I could have imagined. Amazing head of nearly three fingers in height just rises up over the top of the glass,

. Deep, tart raspberries were so strong and prevelent it was almost unlike anything I have come across before. Huge aroma, lightly tart, but yet sweet with hints of like woody notes in the back that are all but buried by the huge fruit flavor. Simply amazing as it rolls across the tongue, smooth, even carbonation just a wonderfully rich fruit flavor that would not quit. Raspberry and cherry dominate here with a light tartness and sweetness that seem to be offset but a touch of spice. This was just dripping with ripe fruit flavors to the point That you had all you could do to not drink the entire thing in five minutes, Simply outstanding

overall easily the single best offering from weyerbacher i had ever had.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2015 vintage, bottled in 12/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy ruby red/orange-ish color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge sour raspberry, cherry, cranberry, lemon, green apple, red wine, fruit skin, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of vanilla, brown/candi sugar, vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrel, and light-moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour raspberry, cherry, cranberry, lemon, green apple, red wine, fruit skin, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of vanilla, brown/candi sugar, vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruit/acidic sourness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour raspberry, cherry, cranberry, lemon, green apple, red wine, fruit skin, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrel, and light-moderate malt flavors; with nice malt/sour/spiciness balance, with no astringent flavors after the finish. Good dryness from acidity/spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and lightly creamy/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding fruited sour ale. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, raspberries, oak barrel, and light-moderate malt flavors; very smooth to sip on for the big ABV and acidity. This is nearly puckering on sourness, but has just enough malt character to keep it from getting astringent. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one. I've had this beer several times now, but never got around to reviewing it.

A: The pour is a bright pink-red color with almost no head, as far as I can tell.

S: Very tart, especially lactic acidity, on the nose. But, as usual with raspberries, there's a lot of acetic acid here too. The raspberry aroma is intense, as is the oak and grass/hay. Some obvious booze aromas are present on the back end.

T: Lots and lots of raspberry flavor, which is good. Pretty damn sour, especially from all the acetic acidity. There's a bit of oak and grass, but mostly just brutal sourness.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate level of carbonation.

D: This batch didn't seem to be quite as good as the previous ones, though that could be due to my increased experience with wild beers. Still enjoyable enough, though.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle won at a Monk's raffle
2010 vintage, consumed Dec. 2012.

Poured a ruby-mahogany color, clear at first, hazier as it got closer to that huge trub layer on the bottom of the bottle. A few stray bubbles formed on the pour, but there was no real head to speak of. Aroma loaded with raspberry and funky grass. Blast of raspberry up front in the taste, very sour, with a saliva-inducing acetic acid sensation, though lacking any pulverizing vinegar flavor, underlying berry and malt sweetness, oak and earth mid- to end-palate, with a slight, subtle grassiness in there that is mostly overwhelmed by the tartness of the raspberries. Kind of hard to believe that this had been mellowing out for two years, because it still packed a mean punch. Contrary to some other reviews of this, I can't really say anything bad about the beer...I thought it was great. Medium body, low carbonation, lacking a bit in crispness, but nonetheless, a great sour beer overall. I guess the ABV at 8-10%, and apparently I was wrong.

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Photo of mothman
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fbm115 for sharing this at darkness day. You da man Steve!

'09 bottling

Pours a light tan head. color is a light peach hued copper. Decent retention with some nice lace.

Aroma: nice ripe raspberries, tart and fresh. Oak as well. Nice and sour and I already like it.

Taste: Sour fresh raspberries. Oak, vanilla, tart flavors.

Mouthfeel: Very tart and I like it. I know I have used tart here a lot, but this beer is exactly that, and of course it should be as it is a wild. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation to it. Leaves a clean sour aftertaste.

Overall, this '09 rocked. It is a great beer and I can't wait to see what age does to this one. I have a feeling it will get even more sour. Great drinkability. Thanks Steve.

2010 vintage notes

Apple cider meets vinegar with a ton of rasp berries. Very acidic and sour. Pungent. Mouth puckering. Warheads!!! Sour patch kids!!!! Color is a bright raspberry ruby.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.46/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

thanks for hooking me up with this in 2009 risser09 -shared at the wild ale tasting, poured chilled into a taster.

The color is deep red bordering on magenta with good clarity and visible carbonation rises rapidly to a snowy cap with tight beading. The smell is slightly sour with a hint of sweet raspberry odor, not overly strong aroma-wise, but there is a lot of alchohol noted as it warms. The feel is slightly sour slightly syrupy sweet with a wierd astringent and alcoholic combination that becomes drying and unpleasant when warm.

The taste is odd, one minute it has a sweet raspberry which seems to turn funky and sour and in the same taste is alcoholic and has a bitter edge with more funk and light sugary tang too, I can't say it is terrible, but just doesn't seem to mesh and the wierd vinous elements clash with the strong alcohol taste. I was glad I got to try this, but wish I had tasted it earlier, I probably shouldn't have saved it and I am willing to guess some of the fruit may have covered the strong booziness - It just tastes like it is past its prime.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 Edition

A: Pours a hazy pale ruby reddish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and some faint burnt orange + rosé highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy light tan head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tart raspberries with lighter notes of oak and vinegar.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of tart raspberries with some lighter hints of oak. The beer is quite tart (almost tart enough to cause my mouth to pucker) and slightly sour. No alcohol flavors are present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: While the alcohol is well hidden in this beer, making it easy to drink for it's strength it is not a beer for people that are not fans of sour beers as it is quite tart. It seems like I got a quite tart batch and it is enjoyable.

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4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage purchased from Downeast Beverage in Portland, ME. Review from notes.

A: Depending on the level of sediment, the beer was either a clear dark purple or a cloudy lighter purple/brown color. No real head or lacing.

S: Very acidic with some nice tartness. There is some raspberry, oak, a little vanilla, and a little vinegar.

T: Similar to the aroma with a nice tart/sour quality. More raspberry and a little strawberry with a little wood.

M: Medium bodied, on the sour/acetic side of the spectrum. Not everyone I shared it with was a fan, but I enjoyed it a great bit.

O: A nice American Wild Ale, glad I was able to grab two bottles of this.

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