Rapture | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
weyerbacher.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
236
Reviews:
71
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
134
Gots:
76
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Huge thank you to mrbubbler for this treat!

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep burnt orange/amber with a finger of amber tinted cream coloured head.

Smell. Cherries and green apples. funky old barrel, lactic sourness and vinegar, and a bit of caramel. Nice.

Taste. Sour cherry, funky brett and dank old wood, apples and melons, and a touch of vinegar and caramel.

Mouthfeel. Fairly light body (maybe a little watery even), medium-low fine carbonation.

Overall. A very nice sour that has everything you could could ask for in the style.

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of haazer
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the idiots drool release. "Batch 2" it says on the bottleneck.

A- Tan, extremely bubbly head rises up from the pour. It settles down rather quickly to a thin ring onto a murky violet color. Carbination is evident throughout the glass with small bubbles rushing to the top.

S- Definite pinot noir effect here. Oak is detected from the barrel. There is a big whiff of grapes, and some wine. Smells a lot like a flanders red.

T- Strong grape tannins hit the palatte hard, followed by a sharp vinegarrette acidity. Midway through you can feel the oak creep in. The flavor does round off with enough pale malt to remind this is beer. Nice and tart, turning fairly sour here.

M- Light bodied with high carbonation. Highly drinkable.

O- I thoroughly enjoyed this. I got three bottles of this and tried one relatively soon after I bought it. It was more malty, and less sour then. This is progressively getting more sour in my opinion, and should only get better with age. Anyone who held on to their bottles is in for a treat. Not afraid to let the other one sit for another year. Weyerbacher please make this again!!

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Photo of Brew33
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of axeman9182
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Chilled almost all the way down to fridge temperature before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Weyerbacher Rapture pours an absolutely stunning cherry red, with plentiful lighter red highlights and a good bit of clarity. Almost three fingers of bone colored foam rise up to crown the beer. Head retention is pretty good, but there's not much lacing. The nose has some berry fruit aromas, and the pinot noir character imparted by the barrels is readily apparent as well. The flavor leads off with a nice raspberry-blackberry fruitiness, before transitioning into a vinous acidity. There's not much in the way of classic brett funk, but a noticeable oak flourish closes things out nicely. The mouthfeel is just off, both in body and carbonation. The former's a hair full and the latter a little bit off. The beer ends up feeling just a little bit too slick. Still, Rapture is a great sour, and one I hope Weyerbacher plans on releasing again.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Batch 2. Big thanks to stevefinny for this.

3.5 A: Mildly hazed amber plum color. Two fingers of fizzy beige head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.0 S: Cherry and mixed berry fruitiness to start. Just underneath that there is a savory component that is hard to describe - maybe like a pithy fruitiness, perhaps if berries had peels like oranges. Moderate tartness that seems more fruity tart than sour tart. Dusty type funkiness with old, dry wood, and attic. The faintest of medicinal qualities. Oak and vanilla. Vinous red grapiness to round things out.

3.5 T: Cherry is by far the strongest flavor in the taste. Assorted berries probably come next. Surprisingly more sour than fruity tart, which fooled me in the nose. Only a cursory sourness though. The oak comes through a lot stronger and leaves a hint of tannic astringency. Same type of funk as mentioned in the nose. There's a decent complexity to this, but the flavors run shallow. Additionally, this would benefit greatly from just a hint more acetic acid. It just seems like it's missing something. Still, it's a tasty brew.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. The carbonation, while not heavy, is not as spritzy as I'd like. Smooth nonetheless.

3.5 D: Decent effort and worth a try if you can find it, but don't plan on being blown away.

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Rapture from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 236 ratings.
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