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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Photo of AleWatcher
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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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%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of mothman
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
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 +2.8%
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 BillRoth
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
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 mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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 weeare138
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Centennial
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Serving: Had a few times, 1st at the release and at a few tastings, review is a cross reference of each tasting.

A. Reddish-brown, slightly cloudy with bubbly head.

S. tart grapes, slight barnyard funk, with wood notes.

T. tart sourness, hearty fruits with cabernet notes mixed with charred oak

M. Medium body with good carbonation and clean mouthfeel.

O. I really enjoyed this, it has developed in the barrel into an excellent sour.

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4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
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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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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 rye726
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at GABF 2011. I was quite surprised by the quality of this beer and sampled it at least a half dozen times. It had a nice tartness that was well balanced by oak, wine and sweet malts. Nice nose as well. Crisp body drinks well. Nice finish. Would love to try this again. Possibly the best beer to ever come out of Weyerbacher. Except for maybe Double Simcoe when it is uber fresh.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 bbeane
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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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4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks brad for bringing this to Jackie os
Pours a hazy golden reddish brown. Sme nice light head. Not much hangs around. Smells tart and fruity. Nice solid malt backbone . Pretty enjoyable aroma. Tart sourness on the tongue. Not overly acidic. Nice carbonation level. Overall quite enjoyable

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4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting at Jackie O's

A-red body with no head whatsoeve

S-very tart and sour smelling. I like it

T-follows the nose. Solid tastingand very tart. Nice fruitinessto it

M-medium body and smooth

O-good beer. Would like to see it with age, pleasant suprise

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

Batch 1, bottled 5/20/11, 750ml.

Soft pop of the cork releases a great wild ale aroma. Pours with a short 1F head over a deep, slightly opaque amber-to-brown body.

Aromas consist of lots of red grape skins at first, followed by red wine vinegar (which takes over as it warms), vanilla/oakiness, leather, and a touch of strawberry in the back. Very inviting.

Acidic pull on the palate grabs you and does not let go. Flavors present more dark fruits than the aroma indicates, and also include a very vinous quality, along with plenty of vanilla sweetness, and a touch of vinegar in the finish. Slightly sweet for the style, and reminded me a lot of a Flanders Red.

Light, soft carbonation on the palate, with plenty of tartness to cleanse. Moderate richness, as you might expect from this ABV and Style.

Not among the very best in class here, but I really enjoyed this much-anticipated limited release, and glad I picked up a second one to park in the cellar for the next couple years as a comparison.

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