Rapture | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
6.7% American Wild Red Ale that has undergone 100% of its fermentation and 18 months of aging in pinot noir wine barrels on a collection of micro flora that has created wonderful flavors of berry fruits, oak and a pronounced, yet quite pleasant tartness. The acidity is rounded out with a muted vinous quality, satisfying maltiness and effervescent mouthfeel that is sure to bring you joyful ecstasy.

Added by Jason on 08-11-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 233
Photo of BillRoth
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had not heard about this, but recommeneded by Matt Capone.Wow. I love sours, and consider them a very special brewers art. What a wonderful full flavored; full bodied sour. I decided to to have a sour fest...so I drank this with RR Temptation (a favorite); Rodenbach and RR Sanctification. Rapture stood clearly apart for its body, flavor and mouthfeel. What a wonderful beer. While I still love Temptation, Rapture was a wonderful sister beer, and stood clearly above the other sours. I have had RR Consecration and Rodenbach Grand Cru often...and this is clearly a better beer. For those of you that are looking to to try a well balanced, full flavored tart brett beeer...I can't recommend this enough. This is a very special beer. Seek it out. Pay for it. Enloy!!!

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Photo of Weidman26
4.77/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the brewery release today poured from a bottle.

Delicious smell causing instant salivation. Sour, tart and tangy smells accompany a rich caramel color. Pouring into the sample cups at the brewery detracted from evaluating the head of the beer but what head was there disippated quickly.

Tangy, oakey taste that very subtley held the flavors of the barrell aging. Very, very velvetey smooth mouthfeel with little unpleasant aftertaste. Truly truly smooth.

Excellent beer, try it immediately if you have a chance.

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Photo of StoryOfTheGhost
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smelled of cherry, vinegar, vanilla, oak. Taste was very similar to smell. This was a very balanced sour. Not for the person looking for extreme intensity in their sours. But great for someone like me that is still pretty new to this style. I appreciated the balanced flavor, and the mouthfeel and lingering aftertaste were excellent

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Photo of bbeane
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a DFH snifter... Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a finger thick somewhat fizzy head that disappears quickly leaving little to no lacing

S- Is phenominal... tart cherries, bit vinegary, and some earthy wood notes

T- A healthy amount of tartness up front accompanied by a moderate cherry sweetness. Tartness is still very pronounced in the finish, accompanied by some notes of vinegar

M- Thin in the mouth with little carbonation

O- A solid wild ale... rivals some of the highly acclaimed west coast sours imo. A must try for sure


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Photo of jmarsh123
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red tinged brown with lots of carbonation, but very little head.

Smells of tannins, oak and a little tartness. If it weren't for the slight sour note, I would be tricked into thinking I'm smelling a dry medium red wine.

Starts off with a little sweet berry flavor. Flavors of the pinot and oak also assert themselves and finishes sublimely tart and dry with some blackberry flavor. A bit of tartness lingers on the tongue.

Very light and refreshing with a lot of carbonation.

I don't always drink beer, and when I don't it's almost always red wine. This is the perfect combo for me of a good wild ale along with the nice dry finish and tannic flavors I love in red wine. One of the best ones of this style I've had.

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Photo of weeare138
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy red toned amber with a small, off white head that slowly faded into a mild collar and floating cap.
Smell is of cherry pie, rhubarb, grapes, and red wine.
Taste is of the aromas with a tart cherry and vanilla flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tart, yet balanced with a mildly acidic and sweet tart flavor lingering. Well done!

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Photo of sodiepop
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At the Weyerbacher Brewery release party. They were pouring from the bottles into little sample glasses. Amber, copper, red body with thick bubbles from the pour. They fade into almost nothing, for the style this is what I normally see so it's not too bad but not very attractive. Lots of vinegar, dark red fruits (black cherry, raspberry) and a certain acidity to it on the nose. The taste has a great big tartness initially, more of a vinegar and acidic nature than anything. Fruits come through, especially black cherry, tannins, vanilla and just a bit of oak towards the end. It's highly carbonated, and very bubbly just what the style should be. Very good at palate cleansing.

Riserva is an entirely different beer but the 2010 is much more akin to Rapture in terms of the bite you get. Really good Wild Ale, a must try. Easily up there with other RR sours and Belgium ones.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle sent to me by hellomisterp, thanks marc.

Pours light redish brown with a small off white head.

Smells of tart cherry and some floral notes.

Tastes is huge sour cherry with some red wine and oak hints

Mouthfeel is nice and dry with some light carbonation

Overall amazing wild ale thanks to everyone who took part in the when worlds collide bif.

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Photo of larryi86
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to dborginis for this!
750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A hazy dark red with a one finger white head.

S- Tart cherries, oak, some raspberry, vinegar, touch of funk, just a nice complex nose.

T- Really nice and complex. Berries, raspberries, cherries, oak, pinot noir comes outs, vinegar is there but less than in the nose, has a nice sweetness to balance the sour without overpowering it.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- A well done sour that is worth seeking out. Great level of complexity. This is not a beer that will hit you in the face with sour like Riserva, but still get the job done. I will be seeking this out again!

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4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Axic10 for securing this bottle for me.

$18-20 for the 750mL, poured into a minisnifter
ABV not indicated on the bottle
Sampled 22FEB13

[A] Not much of a head on the pour - less than a quarter finger. Light to medium tan, foamy and quick to fizz out. Retention is short lived and neither a collar or film was ever much of a consideration. The body comes across somewhere in between maroon and burgundy. Very still looking. No lacing.

[S] Intoxicatingly bright fruit aromas. Cherry dominates followed by a nice backing of raspberry, light oak and a mild vinous quality. Fantastic. At its deepest layer, and only at warmer temperatures, a hint of rubber cement pokes through, but it is barely noticeable and hardly interferes with the nose.

[T] Cherry, raspberry, black berry and currants - definitely fruit forward. Ample acidity with great lactic flavor. Whatever yeast strain was used, it was a good choice. This beer is about as quaffable as it gets.

[M] Semi-aggressive mouthfeel with mild sourness, generous acidity and the perfect level of effervescence. Medium-full body.

[O] Honestly, this beer is fantastic and has earned every bit of the high score that it's received. Drinking exceptionally well right now.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to G311 for the hook-up. The brew pours a rustic and cloudy umber hue, and is capped with a very short-lived head. There is a lot of cherry available in both aroma and flavor, as well as a palpable woody dryness. As it airs out, the fruit suggestions segue from tart cherry to a berry melange. There is a definite red wine complexity, as well as a dark caramel note underlying, not unlike, say, La Folie. The tartness is moderate and fairly varied in nature, with the most discernible being some acetic-balsamic notes on the nose. Slightly petillant, with a good weight for the profile and character of the brew. I enjoyed this one very much. Weyerbacher is the MOST underrated brewery out.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from StormKing47. Thanks Josh! Batch 1.

A: Pours a dark, clear, iced-tea color with a very short lived head that faded to a thin collar.
S: Dry, funky, and very fruity. Berries are noticeable, strawberries maybe. Definitely oaky and dry.
T: Fruit skin tannins, dry oak, and definite strawberries come through. Flavors are easy and smooth. I get some sugary fruit notes along with darker prune-like fruits in the finish.
M: Clean and sweet body, very smooth for a sour with no harshness. Even carbonation. Dry but not crazy.
O: Very clean, easy sour, with great fruity flavors. This one was well done. Thanks again, Josh.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice maple amber color. Off-white head has a fine bubble structure with low lace but nice retention.

S - Sharp and clean nose with bright, prickly, tart apple and white peach.

T - A soft sugarcane sweetness brushes your palate before a whip-crack sourness floods through the profile with fresh cranberries and crisp, unripe peaches. Great lemon acidity in the center. The profile is dry almost straight out of the gate, and finishes almost arid.

M - Medium-full body with a dusty dryness. Great carbonation.

O - A big, bright, acidic American Wild. A nice example of the style imho.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reddish amber, burnt sienna in color/ cloudy with a small whispy offwhite head that left a light coating on the sides and bottom of the glass.

oak with a light funk are pressing here. Some light spice and as it warms up lots of cherries coming at me now.Cherries from the start, very nice. light oak and woody notes press in mid palate and as it warms a nice touch of spice starts to come through, almost peppery at times. Some light apple vinegar like flavor in the finish as a dry finish fades off.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a Goblet glass

05-2011 Batch 01

A- Pours a dark copper orange with 1 finger of off white head. Tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass but not much retention other than a small ring around the glass.

S- Funk and tart cherries up front with subtle notes from the brett and yeast. Definitely a barrel presence in there of musty oak, vinegar, vinous grapes, and green apple. Smells really nice, everything I like in a Wild Ale.

T- First thing to hit me was a nice lactic funkiness, tart cherries and balsamic vinegar that faded into sweet oak, vinous grapes, and a touch of green apple. Very straight to the point and loaded with a nice array of flavors. Great sour!

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice tart/sour finish that makes you want more.


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Photo of Knapp85
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured out as a nice brownish amber color. The head laces a little bit, and the retention isn't bad either. The smell is funky and pretty sweet smelling, actually very nice aroma on this for being a sour. The taste is tart from the barrel aging but isn't overwhelming at all. There is a really nice sweetness in the back end. Some light caramel flavors as the sour flavors fade. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, gently carbonated and even a little thick. Overall this is far beyond my expectations. I really enjoyed this and I'm not even a fan of this style too much. Really well done here.

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Photo of jlenik
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: dark ruby red copper. minimal head.

s: sour cherries.

t: not as sour as the smell. funky and tart but delicately balanced. oak flavors pierce through ending with some sweetness. a cherry, raspberry flavor permeates throughout.

m: well carbonated and slightly dry. somewhat smooth drinking surprisingly.

o: it's nice to see a quality wild ale coming from near my neck of the woods. hopefully will pick up a few more bottles when I go to the Idiot's Drool release. interested in trying some Riserva now...

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Photo of danedelman
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love a good sour ale but this one tops the charts. Had this at my good friends house that works for Weyerbacher. Went dowwn very smooth, yet sour and goodness all througghout. yummy!! must try.

Sour yet not quite like Riserva in flavor. Great red sour. Not sure if it will be worth the pricetag though. I got it for free the first time:)

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Photo of CruisaC
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in the Alliteration BIF, thanks oline73! Review #50.

Pours a medium brown with a fleeting, fizzy head. Settles with a rim of foam.

Red wine/tannins, slight funk, some sour cherry on the nose. I can tell red wine has been involved in this process; aging in pinot noir barrels makes sense.

Taste is where this beer shines, which is a laudable goal for any good beer. Slight but noticeable funk with just a hint of sour. Some cherry, red wine grapes, a hint of sweetness on the back.

Nice fizzy carbonation that works with this style, I believe referred to as "effervescent" in the BA description. Above average carbonation.

Overall I was impressed; perhaps a good intro beer for those not familiar with the "Wild" category. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Soonami for the chance to try this. 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours the color of cider with no head, just a soapy skim. Nose expresses citrus, cork and light pit fruit. Taste follows nose; however, there's also a light, buttery character. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively, even carbonation. Not the most complex wild, but great balance and tastes wonderful. Just as good as I remember it from NOTF.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a fantome tulip

Pours a clear deep amber color with a good amount of head. Almost no lacing at all.

Smells like lemons, vinegar, leather, barnyard, and a bit of dark fruits.

Starts of with a ton of sweetness, a coco and dark fruit that opens into a lemon flavor. The lemons turn to vinegar, grapes, and funk with great plum flavors mixed in. Chocolate pokes the tongue before the acid and oak finishes it out. Very dry finish that works well.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick, but not bad at all with carbonation.

Overall, this is excellent...didn't love it at release but it's really good now. Drink warm!

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Photo of lnashsig
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to ShanePB for this huge want! Had this in July at GABF when they first opened these bottles. Amazing stuff back then, and have been looking for a bottle since. Poured from C&C bottle into Jester King Farmhouse Ale glass. Pours a cloudy and rich looking amber color. Smell- tart cherries, cherry pie filling, sugary rich tart flavors. Taste- front of the palate a sharp tart sour flavor. It is followed by a cherry pie filling blast, a little bit of that pinot noir grape flavor is in the background. nice carbonation makes for a nice dry finish. This reminds me of a flanders style sour, possibly close to Supplication. Just a really wonderful sour. Would have this again and again if I could.

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Photo of rwmiscik
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep brown color with a red tint to it. very cloudy

S: The nose is one that reminds of fruity pebbles mixed with oak

T: Taste is one of berries in the forefront and then as it goes onto the back it moves towards sourness and oak with the berries becoming slowly less pronounced. very balanced

M: The mouthfeel is quite nice and very effervescent

O: A very balanced beer and extremely quaffable. Definitely a sour that stand up with the best of them and with time will get even better in my opinion.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: 750ml bottle at Weyerbacher, Easton, PA

Named in honor of Harold Camping's continuing failed predictions, this beer is not a failure at all. Pours a chestnut brown mixed with ruby, a bit murky, with a delicate layer of bubbles for a head. Aroma of tart cherries, vinegar, and spicy yeast. Great taste, sour cherries, plums, slight acetic acid notes, woody, with nutty malts in the background, and a touch of yeasty funk. Think East Coast response to Russian River Conscecration. Medium mouthfeel, a bit lip puckering, which was expected. Very good beer, lots of character, and very drinkable. I didn't want to commit myself to a whole case, but I did end up finding a nearby bar that had a single bottle for sale (for a whopping $27).

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 11.11.13

Batch 1
05 2011

A - Pours a murky dark cider brown with a fizzy light tan head that creeps to the edges.

S - Dark fruit, wood, vinegar, tart.

T - Tart dark fruit, cherry, oaky and apple cider vinegar.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body, tart and oily.

O - Nice tartness and complex fruity flavors.

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Rapture from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.17 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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