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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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 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 Retsinis
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Adam (mrbubbler) for bringing this to the tasting.

Review is from notes, tasted mid October.

A: Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass, an intial quarter inch of soapy head forms, & quick disapation, settling to just a ring of bubbles. Beer is a hazy brown, with a ruby hue.

S: Still training my wild ale/sour nose, but I get acidic & lactic scents, wood, some light raspberries, & dates.

T: Mirrors the nose for me mostly, dates, light wood, touch of apples as it warms. Acidity & lactic acids are a bit potent for me personally.

M: Medium carbonation, light touch of medium dryness. Sticky sweetness.

O: Good to Decent, but more acidic then balanced to me.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike (AgentZero) for sharing this beer. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - A finger of off-white foam settles to a thick collar, some wisps, and minimal lace. Dark orange-brown body.

S - Oak, vinegar, some lactic sourness, and perhaps a touch of plastic. Somewhat generic "American" wild ale flavor profile, and a touch too woody, but on the whole fairly pleasant.

T - Taste is a bit less exciting. There's some spicy red wine mingling with the oak and acetic sourness. The finish is dusty and somewhat medicinal.

M - Zesty carbonation, mild pucker, and a medium body. Finishes quite dry and tannic, with light acidity. Alcohol isn't present. Goes down quite easy, and doesn't cause stomach distress, which is appreciated.

D - A solid American Wild Ale. Nothing super exciting, but drinkable, enjoyable, and something I'd drink again if it were available. Unfortunately I can think of many beers of this style that I'd rather drink.

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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 Sean9689
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure who opened this one...750ml bottle into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a rusty reddish/brown color, white head, some bottles around the sides of the glass, no cap.

S - Lots of acetic notes, red wine, oak, more Oud Bruin then anything.

T - Very sharp sour cherries, vinegar, oak, light funk. Finish is tart cherries, oak, and vinegar.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - A pretty solid Wild that reminds of of a Flanders Oud Bruin. Relatively easy to drink and right up there with Oude Tart and Red Poppy, IMO.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.83/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of yourefragile. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a red-amber color with a good off-white head and a bit of lacing. The nose carries some cherries and oak plus a bit of an acetic character behind the lactic acid. Flavor ramps up the acetic character a bit more; not surprising given what Riserva is normally like. Light-medium body with oak and acetic acid. Not the best sour, though not awful.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to the sent me this one in a recent trade (can't remember who it was)! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a slightly hazy dark red with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherry, wood, vinegar, and a subtle amount of funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, fruit, funk, vinegar, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I have to be honest and say that I have been quite impressed with the Wyerbacher Wild Ales I have had and this one was no disappointment. All of the flavors and aromas on this one were spot-on for the style and quite enjoyable. Everything blended quite well together making this one very easy to drink. A definite must try if you get the opportunity.

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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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.59/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to capra12 for picking this one up for me. 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a coarse, 1 finger off-white head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear, dark, reddish-purple. Lacing is non-existant. A bit below average for the style due to little head and poor lacing.

Nose is sharp, tart raspberry, vinegar, and sweet red fruit. Moderately robust. Nice.

Opens sweet raspberry and cherry. Vinegary with a nice creaminess. Spicy towards the middle. Brett and wet hay notes. Sweetens even more as it warms with the tartness dropping into the background. Finish is cobwebs and wet hay with a sour vinegar finish. Nice. Flavors are pretty simple but well integrated.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and silky in the mouth and spicy and puckering going down. Dry finish with a lingering aftertaste. Great feel.

A solid take on the American Wild Ale overall. However, this is much more of a Flanders Oud Bruin in my opinion... a very good one. Would love to sample this one again in a year or so.

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Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish amber with a modest somewhat fizzy head that disappears quickly leaving some spotty lacing

Aromas begin with oaky tannins and a little tartness. Light sour and vinegar notes also begin to assert themselves as it warms more to room temp. But the wine/oak coupled with berries dominate here for me.

The tastes begin with a little sweet berry coupled with some raspberry vinegar. Pinot and oak also assert themselves. As it warms you get more of the tart and dry blackberry flavors. A bit of tartness lingers on the tongue throughout the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium in body, dry with some medium-light carbonation.

Overall I really enjoyed this wild ale, probably more so than many other highly rated ones from the West Coast. Very balanced, not too sour, vinegary, fruity or oaky, just right in all the important flavor areas for this style. Wine barrels really bring out nice berry/cherry vinious qualities which I have come to love in this style. Weyerbacher continues to impress me by branching into a new style (for them) and knocking it out of the park.

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

At the time of this review this is the #37 beer on the Top Beers - American Wild Ale list. Served in a snifter.

Beer is orange, with a mild haze, big white head, small bubbles, low retention, moderate carbonation, minimal lacing, low retention, looks fine.

Aroma is bretty, oaky, strong, a little harsh. Interesting.

Beer is good, light in body without being too dry on the finish, enjoyable, good Brett b presence to the beer, the flavors are good, the dregs are very chewy and a little harsh but ultimately very nice. I would have this again.

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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 hippityhops85
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 'Sons of Westy' event at the Blue Dog in Chalfont, PA 11/14/11. Poured from 750ml bottle into small tasting glass.

Pours a deep ruby/red with slight pink highlights - really happy to see this from the barrels. Stoked

Nose is very tart and funky. Sour cherries and a strong vinous character. Balsamic Vinegar came up in conversation. Exactly what I was looking for.

The taste is right what I wanted it to be. Not nearly as tart and sour as the nose led me to believe but I think that will pick up much more with some age. Sour cherries and semisweet vinegar dominate the profile. Really enjoyable.

Overall I was very impressed by this offering from Weyerbacher. I can't wait to revisit this in a year or two and see how it develops.

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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 HopHead84
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Bottle shared by Carlos.

A: Red tinged orange with a small white head.

S: Nondescript berry with grape, oak, and a little plum. Lactic notes are pronounced. The tartness is pretty clean. Vinegar is evident.

T: Soft lactic notes with a pleasant acetic acidity. Notes of grape and raspberry are apparent, and oak is well integrated. There's a moderate tartness throughout and a drying oak finish with mild tannins and an increased acetic quality.

M: Medium body with lower moderate carbonation.

Overall: A solid Wild Ale. A little simple but enjoyable nonetheless.

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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 ColForbinBC
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of younger35
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
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 +1.2%
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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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Photo of BigMike
3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
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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Photo of mothman
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light white pink head. Color is a hazed peach.

Aroma: Sour cherries and fruit. Oak and spices. Not as sour as riserva.

Taste: A little sour but more fruity. I get a lime flavor here. Cherry tartness. Oak and some spices. A little caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Light bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends slightly clean.

Overall, decent, but I surprisingly like riserva better. This was kind of light flavored. Somewhat drinkable.

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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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