Sybarite w/ Raspberries
Pretentious Barrel House

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American Wild Ale
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4.19 | pDev: 4.3%
Pretentious Barrel House
Ohio, United States
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring an acidic shock over Columbus, Ohio, the competent brewers at Pretentious Barrel House has full control over their "wild" fermentation and that exemplifies exquisitely well with Sybarite- a sour red ale, an American spin on Flanders red ale, this one laced with copious amounts of raspberries for balance and interest.

Pouring deep ruby and garnet, Sabarite with Raspberries swoons the senses with an aromatic melody of wine infused raspberry juice with a bold complement of dark, pitted fruit, balsamic and cider, and an earthen pungency of leather, damp burlap and an overall weathered wood character. Juicy on the initial palate, a strong suggestion of hard candy accompanies a host of fruit juices, dry pastry and the gently stewed fruit sweetness of cobbler.

What seems sweet at first quickly trends sour as the sweetness begins to dissolve on the middle palate. Fruit flavors of raspberry dominate with a tangy, robust and deep berry character. But a followup of black cherry, plum, blackcurrant, cider and overall dark berry flavor keep the flavors trending bold rich in taste but drying in texture. Vinous sourness comes with near puckering effects with the late palate favoring a taste of sour red wine, pepper, wood spice and a return of fresh funk in the retro olfactory senses.

Medium bodied for sour ale but continuing dryness ushers in a great sense of refreshment, drinkability and crispness even though the beer refuses to dry out to the point of loosing its fruit identity or roundness. Bordeaux-like sourness applies a peppery balance to the finish with a medium length afterglow of fruit skins and dried leather once more.

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Jul 13, 2018
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3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This thing was just alright - but that being said, I suppose, means I was disaapointed. Bottom line - it was a seemingly limit release beer that after about 90 days in the cellar - came out tasting like Prairie's Vape Tricks.

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Sybarite w/ Raspberries from Pretentious Barrel House
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 8 ratings