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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 200   ABV: 6.66%
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This Arcane Seal guards an enigmatic brew that is Funky, Dark, and Sour. If you choose to break the seal, you have been warned!
100% Brettanomyces dark beer fermented in stainless and aged in used red wine barrels.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (5159) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2015
sample @ EBF 2015. cloudy dark amber with a small creamy beige cap, some retention and lacing. juicy berries, chewy bretts - cherry brettiness, winey character - red wine - astringent if not woody; spicy and sweet tobacco, light to medium acidity - some acetic tingling, some citric; other spices, grass, herbs and pepper. average to light carbonation, medium body - oily; tart and oaky-grassy-spicy finish. not overly complex but a nicely crafted/blended medium dark sour. enjoyed!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2317) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
EBF. Pours brown/amber with low off-white head. Aroma is of fruits, roasted malt. Taste is of sourness, fruits, caramel, coffee. Palate: Medium body, soft-medium carbonation. Overall: Nice stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (3557) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
Sample @ EBF.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber-brown with a small off-white head and little lacing.

Aroma: Mild. Oak, quite fruity (cherries mostly), acetic presence, hints of vanilla and perfume notes.

Taste: Caramel, brettanomyces, quite fruity (cherries), a bit winey, light vinegar and hints of vanilla.

Palate: Medium body. Moderate to medium carbonation. Oaky. Finish is a bit acrid.

Overall: Decent dark sour. A bit of vinegar, but not overpowering. Tasty. Not super easily drinkable though.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (4372) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Draft at EBF. Brown ruby pour with tan head. Fruit and tart aromas. Sour is light but throughout the flavor; some fruit, wine and spice tones.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arnold931 (748) - Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Draft at Parlor City. Pours murky brown with no head. Nose is some sourness. Taste is sour up front with funky aftertaste. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5026) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a cloudy copper with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is vinegar and light funk. Medium mouth nice sourness, wood, light funk, really enjoyed this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11479) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2015
CBC 2014. Copper with a thick little off-white head. Aroma of caramel and molasses, dried fruit and vinegar. Sweet and tart flavour with caramel notes, sugar, dried fruit, vinegar and cherry

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (14762) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2015
On tap at Haand Festival 2014. It’s an unclear, orange-brown beer with a small, off-white head. It’s lightly funky on the nose, with caramel maltyness and a hint of balsamic vinegar. It’s dry and tart on the palate, with a pleasant carbonation level, and flavors of caramel malts in the back, with some dried fruit notes, balsamic vinegar and a good funky touch. Lasting finish with a light vinegar sourness. An easy drinkable and tasteful beer that is far from as frightening as the name and bottle design might lead you to think. 140524

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3816) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle from footbalm. Thanks Eric! It pours a dark ruby, black cherry color with a thin khaki head. The aroma jumps out as a bit acetic with some tart and sweet cherries, hints of diluted molasses, a little leather, vanilla and wood. The flavor has strong sweet cherries and a pretty good amount of spicy acetic acid and balsamic vinegar. The sweet cherry flavors balance it up front, but it does kinda burn on the way down a little. There’s hints of woody, vinous notes of spoiled wine and vanilla in the finish. Caramel comes through stronger as it warms, but this is still an acid forward sour. A decent beer and fun to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2288) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle at a tasting at Butler's place. Pours light brown with no head. Aroma is tart apples and red wine. Slightly bitter. Very tart. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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