Review: The Rare Barrel The Search | Craft Beer & Brewing
The Rare Barrel The Search
91 out of 100

Style: Golden Sour Ale

ABV: 6.2 IBU: 18

91/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 4

The Rare Barrel The Search

What the brewers say

“Ten Oak Barrel Blend of Golden Sour Beer.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Subtle floral and perfume hops with moderate funk that reveals a little wood character, some vanilla, and a little citrus. There’s white-wine grape, some Brettanomyces, and wisps of stone fruit that feel fresh.”

Flavor: “Lots of wild, mixed-fermentation flavors and a touch of musty complex earthiness mix well with the earthy and herbal hops flavor. Wood astringency is a bit intense, stone fruit and pear, moderate-high sour citrus pith. Bitterness lingers in the finish. The oak overshadows some of the more subtle contributions of malt, wild fermentation.”

Overall: “Wine barrel intensity leads to a taste that borders on beer/wine hybrid, but it brings most of the pleasant aspects of each. Fruity, dry, and crisp like a nice chardonnay, but malty, funky, and tart enough that you know it’s not wine.”

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