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The Rare Barrel There Are Rules
93 out of 100
The Rare Barrel There Are Rules

Style: Sour

ABV: 6.0

93/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

The Rare Barrel There Are Rules

What the brewers say

“Fermented with a combination of microorganisms, this golden sour beer strikes up aromas of bergamot and fresh-picked raspberries and is pinned with flavors of tart raspberries, ripe apricots, and juicy peaches.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Apricots and peaches, with raspberries hiding in the background. There’s a candy-like element, almost like Twizzlers or peach rings. Moderately sour with acetic notes, with a funky, sweaty, hay-like complexity. Malt sweetness.”

Flavor: “Moderately sour up front with big peach sourness. A classic wild beer that tastes spontaneously fermented, with the focus on the wild bugs and less on the fruit. Juiciness from apricots and peaches, with some raspberry notes to follow. The lactic acidity is medium, with light vinegar in the background. Medium body with lots of carbonation keeps the beer refreshing and dry.”

Overall: “The fruit blend plays a complementary role to the fermentation. The tartness and funk are enjoyable, with the wild notes providing lots of complexity. Acidity is closer to the top end, but not unpleasant—with the fruitiness, it’s gives the effect of a Sour Patch Kid.”

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