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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 200   ABV: 6.66%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Tap at el Bait Shop, 2015 version. Deep brown body with a reddish hint at the edges. A thin khaki head. Malty sour cherry nose with some hay. A little funky. Taste is sour but very restrained. Caramel balance with some dry hay in the finish. Just the slightest note of medicinal character. Smooth lightly carbonated body. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2016
From notes. This one was opened at the Beernanza at Gusís house on May 28. This came from a 750 mL bottle. We opened a couple years next to one another, and I just rated the better one, I think it was the 2016. The pour is a dark orange color, which is weird for a dark sour, and itís got a thin gray head that slowly fizzles off, just leaving the liquid there. This one is something else. The aroma is winey, with a little oakiness and some tart funkiness. Itís like this thing is waiting for some fruit to get added and they forgot about it. Itís really messy and not that great. There is a mustiness that I canít quite place either. The flavor is much of the same. Itís like an oaky wine with some tart funk happening in it. I just donít understand the lure. The mustiness is present, and maybe itís just leftover growth from the wine barrel, I donít really know. The mouth feel is decent. There is an oilier body, decently thick with a lighter carbonation and a woody, winey aftertaste. This one is just a mess from the start. Hmm. Not sure how I feel about it yet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (9111) - Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2016
750 ml bottle shared by someone in the group. Pours a dark cola like brown with a small beige head. The aroma has tart dark fruits, cherry, woody notes, dark caramel with some funk. The flavor has thick dark caramel, tart black cherry, wood, other dark fruits and some funk. The finish gets a bit soft which was somewhat disappointing. Still very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jc1762 (845) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2016
Tap into a snifter showing moderately filtered dark wine red with sparse latte colored foam. The nose shows a mix of brett funk and a strong red wine profile (think goose berry and boysenberry) The palate is moderately carbonated and light bodied. Bretty funk for an instant on the attack then afterwards, red wine tannins and dark berry flavors become very quickly apparent. Bitterness on the finish shows the same red wine flavor profile with bright oak also apparent in the background. Lightly tart, the finish also shows a drying tannic edge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2016
Draft. Medium beige head atop red-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, Brett/cherry, some sourness, light caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, sour cherry, light lemon, Brett. Light-medium body, some acidity, light stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8858) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2016
Draught at Koelschip. High light brown lasting head. Hazy very dark brown body. Sweet and sour caramel brett aroma and flavor with a low carbonation and a long bitter sweet finish. Less sour than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (1414) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle shared with koleminer20, Gus, and others at the Beernanza. Aroma is wine, sour, tart, barrel, a weird moldiness, eh. Appearance is red brown, light tan head, clear. Taste is barrel, wine, sour, funk, some mold, eh. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, woody aftertaste. Overall, this one is just ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1689) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2016
On tap at CBC 2016 - day 2. Sour and spicy, with notes of red fruit and grapes. Some brett notes perfectly integrated into the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (2783) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2016
Tap @CBC16. Clear dark copper. Dark, sour aroma. Dark berries. Sweetish berry flavour and a good deal of sourness too. Blackberry and cherry perhaps. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MetalNHopHead (1454) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 17, 2016
"He is / Heís the shining in the light / Without whom I cannot see" - Ghost. Surlyís Pentagram is the result of dark arts and fermentation. The aromas are oaky, horsey, funky, and fruity. It boasts a flavor profile with sour/rotten cherry, sour/vinous grape, musty ribes, dark berry, wood, tobacco, and balsamic vinegar. Feel is tart, dry, and somewhat lively. A damn good example of the darkened Sour. "The guidance of the morning star / Will lead the way / Into the void."

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