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RATINGS: 239   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2014
After removing some of devilish wax I found an elixir full of evil red wine and cherry pits of hell. Some scorched earth (and oak) along with bewitchingly solid bready malts. Behold the smell of the eternal fire as a flash of sulfur burns the nose. No rotten flesh but demonic sweaty bretty possession is taking root of the soul of this American Strong Sour. Be afraid. Be very afraid for one day this viper will age to a serpent with all the powers of Tiamat.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3295) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 11, 2014
750 ml bottle thanks to Andrew for sharing! Dark ruby color with very light aroma is plum, funky oak, cherries and stinky socks.

The flavor bad oak, old cherries, funky dark fruit, some red wine. Vinous and big funky oak. Aftertaste is very acidic. I understand why people like this beer, but for me it’s just to funky and acidic and bad. Call me old school but this just tastes like infection. Love it or hate it....

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (727) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Bottle shared by Radarsock. Thanks! Pours a medium dark brown with a beige head that fell while I was typing this. Arome is acetic, cherry. Smells like an oud bruin. Actually, tastes like one too. I like but not what. I was expecting.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3022) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2014
Brown bottle, 750 ml, from and with Matthew Tomlinson (merci!); eye: dirty brown, semi-opaque, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: woody, fruity, malt, cherry, acidic, musk; mouth: woody, fruity, malt, cherry, acidic, musk, light astringency, finale in malt with presence of cherry, medium body, average carbonation, a bit thin; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 750 ml, de et avec Matthew Tomlinson (thank you!); œil : brun sale, semi-opaque, petit anneau de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : boisé, fruité, malt, cerise, aigre, musc; bouche : boisé, fruité, malt, cerise, aigre, musc, légère astringence, finale en malt avec présence de cerise, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, un peu mince; en résumé : bien

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (561) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Dark brown pour with whisps of demon blood floating at the top. Funky butthole menagerie makes up the sour taste of sweat socks and belly button cheese.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (4026) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Location: 2012 bottle sampled at Where the Wild Beers Are, 6/7/14

Aroma: The nose is a mix of vinegar, some funk, oak, dark fruit, and some dark malts
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a light brown colored head on top
Flavor: The taste is pretty sour, with some oak, and a little dark malt/fruity sweetness as well
Palate: The body is medium-plus, with a solid overall mouthfeel
Overall Impression: I tended to enjoy this one quite a bit. This bottle was quite nice. I’d happily try it again. I would think it works nicely with a few months or a few years on it.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (12314) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Draft at Churchkey. Thanks, Corey, for bringing this to DC! Hazy maroon amber color, tan edge head. Aroma of sour brandied cherries. Taste like the old sweet and sour Rodenbach Grand Cru.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6886) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
Catching up on RBAG 2014 notes backlog...bottle, shared by Dresden I think. Tawny amber, aroma of sour grapes/sour cherries, caramel malts, lactic sourness more than funk. Flemmish red ale comes to mind here. Tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (2556) - NORWAY - SEP 1, 2014
Sample at Haand Festival 2014. Dark red/brown body with a small beige head. Bretty aroma with red berries, hay, oak. Taste has a stronger oak presence, with mild nuts, barnyard, berries, finish is sweet and sour with a wineish feel. 

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kappldav123 (5030) - GERMANY - SEP 1, 2014
Tap at CBC 2014. Dark brown in the glass, nice head. Fruity-sourish aroma. Starts intense sourish, fruity like cherries and some other fruity. Finish a bit milder, dry, bitter aftertaste. Okay.


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