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RATINGS: 218   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7976) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle at WWBA. Etched glass. Pours brown with tan head. Nose/taste of oak, caramel, sour light vinegar, funk and wild yeast. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BLADT (499) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle pour. Dark brown. Off white head. Pleasant nose. Cherries, sweet bread. Taste follows. Tart finish. Enjoyed.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cunningham (4329) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2014
Appearance: Deep cloudy amberish color with a tan head. Ok lacing
Aroma: Yeast, fruity and oak.
Palate: Medium + body. Moderate acidic and a fine sourness. Average to soft carbonation.
Taste: Acidic and a bit vinous. Pleasant sour, brett, fruity and oak. Well balanced.
Overall impression: One more please. Pure class. On of the absolutely best at Haandbryggeriet Beer Festival 2014.
Personal stats: On tap at Haand 14 in Drammen, Norway

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Bomber at Jerry’s. Darker red-amber with light, whispy off-white head / Sour and tart nose of cherry, oak, caramel, brett / Light to medium body, moderately sour with some sweetness, acidic but with very nice balance, light bitterness on finish / Flavors of dark cherry, apple, caramel, straw, chrysanthemum, horse blanket, oak / A beautifully balance and restrained sour, with good complexity. Only knock is a preference for more pronounced funky, brett character.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joet (2137) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Acetic brown apples berries peppers low carbonation still prickly acidic feel. Cool idea and beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeq215 (68) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark orange with a cream head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, funk, red wine. Taste is sour cherries, yeast, wine. Medium body, dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Desverger (1713) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2014
tap@Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014 - amber pour with white head. Sour and barnyard fruity and malty aroma and taste, bretty, some nice sour berry fruits, earthy herbal spice to it as well. Lovely.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SHIG (3555) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle at Culmination Fest: Poured an orangish with white head. aroma was fruit cherries and grapes. Taste was very sour with more fruit grapes and spice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3265) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of red wine, earth, funk. Some tart cherries and lemon notes. Flavor is tart, mild lactic and earth notes. Some cherry and funk, mild oak and wet wool. Medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Dry finish. This is pretty nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5549) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has some cherry and grape notes as well as a bit of toffee. The flavor is very similar. The sweet toffee notes are complemented by some nice tart cherry and grape notes. There is also a light bit of funk and sourness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.


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