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Rapture | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a chalice

Pours a hazy brown infused mahogany with minimal off-white head. Little to no retention or lacing. Pretty much as expected for the style.

The nose is of dry oak and balsamic vinegar with a small touch of vanilla and a good dose of berries. This is on par with the elite of the category. Strong on the vinegar with good notes of oak.

On the palate, balsamic with oak and leather. When swirling, you get some berries and a touch of vanilla. The finish is dry and tart. This guy delivers.

Refreshing, dry and sour. High carbonation, natural for the style. Finish is full of oak and vinegar.

This is on par with some of the elite of the style. It misses the mark on depth, but this is a win. I am extremely impressed with this offering from Weyerbacher.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of younger35
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this beer from thebeast777 out of the goodness of his heart. Super generous! The last Weyerbacher sour I had was very good so hopefully this one follows suit. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a light pinkish red with a slight bit of chill haze and a vibrant bubbly body. Not much in the way of head but the beer is abuzz with aggressive carbonation.
Smell- Really sort of exactly what you’d expect. Tart and acidic smelling with a nice amount of really great smelling cherry/raspberry thing. A bit fruiter than maybe what I expected but definitely nice. I would actually sort of describe the nose as clean smelling rather than funky or tart. Some light woody tones with a touch of vanilla. Not too shabby!
Taste- Not as tart as I was expecting as the taste starts with a fair amount of really muted, lightly tart berries. The beer is quite a bit earthier and funkier than the nose hinted at with a light cheesy mushroom tone. Acidic with a definite vinous aspect and a fair amount of red wine vinegar. The barrel is really prominent in this beer adding a tannic sort of quench and plenty of vanillin. The vanilla lingers into the finish as does earthy fruit.
Mouthfeel- Decent body for a sour with a nice biting quench and aggressive carbonation.
Drinkability- Very much of a ying-yang beer to me. It smells fairly fruity and clean but tastes really earthy and woody. Definitely not a bad thing, just unexpected. I very much enjoyed this – Thanks Kevin!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this at a tasting today.

The beer appears a sunset orange hue with a small, off white head. The aroma offers sour cherries, oak. Nice lactic and acetic presence. The flavor is tart and sour...wonderful. Sour cherries and oak are the dominant flavors. I'm a big fan. Easy drinking with a bit of a pucker in the cheeks. Glad I have some more of these to enjoy.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to smoked for hooking me up with this. Corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter. This brew appears a fairly clear color that is caught somewhere between a copper amber and orangish red depending on how you want to look at it. When held to the light, it shines with almost a ruby coloration through the body and lighter yellowish indications towards the top. An initial surge of tan head forms across the top with a finger's strength that quickly fizzles away to a thin penline around the outside perimeter of the glass. A light swirl agitates some bubbles from solution but fails to compose any significant formation of a head. The retention is fairly poor.

The smell of this brew is inviting with a notion of sour berries, specifically cherry that is met with a light herbal tinge that makes for a lightly medicinal aspect to the aroma. A light funky aspect of cheese and feet is present along with a mellow smoothness of vanilla sweet character from the barrel aging. As the brew warms up, there is a light musty aspect of moist wood that adds a nice dimension to round out the nose.

The taste of this brew has a flavor of unripe mixed berries coupled with tart cherry upfront. Some funky, stinky cheese flavoring is present mixed with the barrel aged inclusion of moist wood and mild vanilla smoothness that accents the fruited flavoring. There is an herbal hop presence that brings on thoughts of a bit of mineral aspect and more medicinal quality about this brew as it warms up. The overall character is well rounded and enjoyable but seems a bit one-noted and not as complex as most wild ales. As it gets increasingly more warm, the sourness gets a bit more sharp and drying to the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest to light level of carbonation. An overall enjoyable mix of flavors with nothing off-putting about it. At this stage, it almost reminds me more of a young flanders red than an american wild ale (if that means anything.) I suppose some age could do this brew no harm, as-is I have no complaints, its an all and all decent brew that is worth trying if you have the chance. I am interested in seeing what this brew evolves into with some time.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of BigMike
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a brownish maroon color with a thin tan colored head.

S: Cherry tartness. Green apple, pear and red wine characteristics and light oak notes.

T: Very disappointed with the flavor. I was expecting lots of brett and mouth puckering tartness. Overall this isnt that sour. There's a lot more fruitiness than funk or sour.

M: Pretty spot on as far as carbonation. Finishes dry yet crisp.

Overall: A middle of th road Wild ale. I definitley liked their Riserva better then this. 18 months in oak would impart much for flavor one would think. This lacked the brett and oakiness i had hoped for.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at The Hulmeville Inn, split with oglmcdgl and sourbatchkid.

Rapture has a dark red appearance with some dark brown mixed in with maroon. A nice strong beige finger of foam with minor sticks. Some yeast on the bottom of the bottle, careful pours needed. Smell is ripe with grape, cherry, fruit and some oak with the expected vanilla. Some funky scent with alot of warming. Cold, Rapture shows off the malt presence, caramel, mixing in with the ripe fruits up above. Cherry comes out alot, with grape. Some funky bugs, brett? lacto? creating a nice pleasant tartness, that seems young. Feel is medium with a nice carb with a twang on the backend. Glad I split this one, Rapture was not the bomb. Seeing how this spent 18 months in oak, plus another 6 additional months in the bottle, I was looking for more pucker. Hopefully this beer comes together in future batches.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Rapture from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 236 ratings
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