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RATINGS: 252   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7028) - 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 (2609) - 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 (5163) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1420) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2014
On tap at the source. Aroma is strongly fruity, oak, and red wine. Strong flavors - mostly fruit, sour and tart, with a solid caramelly malt. Quite dry. Very, very tasty!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2014
11/VII/14 - 75cl bottle @ Eerste "Er Klopt Iemand Op De Deur" Samson & Gert Bierproeving (aka Epic Beer Tasting III) - BB: n/a (2014-802) Thanks to Chris - or was it Mathieu? - for the bottle!

Clear purple to red brown beer, big aery beige irregular head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: sour, earthy, some chlorine, bit spicy, unpleasant sourness. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very sourish, earthy, tobacco, bit lemony, some chlorine, leathery, unpleasant bitterness. Aftertaste: pretty sour, bit hoppy, earthy, some tannins, sour berries, bit hoppy.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (1461) - Missouri, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Tap - fair size foamy head, dark copper/amber color, strong sour Brett aroma and flavor, but not overbearing, mild red wine like flavors, solid malty backbone to balance the sourness - very good for a sour/Brett beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (515) - - AUG 20, 2014
On tap at Surly. Pours an opaque copper brown with a fading beige head that leaves minimal lacing or head to speak of. Aroma is amazing combination of tart cherries, crisp green apples and apple cider vinegar. Flavor is same with bright carbonation, medium body and snappy apple cider finish. Easily the best brettanomyces beer I’ve ever had.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1627) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Mucky reddish brown; tomato, raspberry, high acid aroma with brown sugar, and balsamic. Rotted fruit stink coupled with alcohol, limestone.

Pleasant, soft acidity in the flavor with balsamic, currant, black cherry. Lots of drying, silty calcium and gravel. Blood orange. Calmly tart with balancing sweetness throughout, though it lacks some for buoyancy.

Soft rounded mouthfeel with plush texture; quiet carbonation buzz. The gravelly earth finish fades, and a deeply unpleasant sweat sock, moldy cheese settles in on the back of the tongue, in the far finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10453) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
A hazed brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with ground cherries, light Brett and cork, sour lactic notes, classic Oude Bruin. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with loads of lactic acid, woody notes, licorice, a bit dry and astringent, but well done. On tap at Links.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (889) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. Tart, sweet, light vinegar,dark fruit aroma. Clear but brownish red color, light tan head. Fairly tart, sweet, light caramel notes, more tart in the back end.


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