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RATINGS: 346   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 200   ABV: 6.66%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokestereo (296) - SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2015
Pours deep amber with a very thin line of white head that disappears rather fast. Aroma; tart, red grapes, cherries, oak barrel and fresh cut wood and earth notes. Flavours; cherries, red grapes, oak, earth tones a touch of caramel with a wine characteristic finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
linusb (716) - SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2015
A: Deep red/brown, thin light lacing. N: Cherry, gooseberry, marzipan T: Bitter almond, cherry O: Quite watery, bit bitter and some butter... Not very tart...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Botte shared at the 10th Annual Epic & Unusual Beer Tasting, 11/29/15. Hazy red, medium fizzy tan head, good retention. Aroma of tart grape and berry, earth, mild caramel malt, hints of wood. The taste is tart berries, grapes, wood, mild caramel. Medium bodied, low carbonation, fairly clean. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (24904) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2015
Draught@CBC2015 (blue session). Murky reddish brown colour with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma is sour wood, some cherries, mild funkiness. Flavour is sour wooden and fruity notes with some mild sweeter malty notes as well as some mild almost toasted malty notes to it. Surprisingly easy to drink, the aroma got the expectations up for something rather sour, but it ended up being quite mellow as for the flavour.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jamestulloch (3284) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 20, 2015
Keg at The Hanging Bat. Impenetrable brown/ruby body with no head, even straight after pouring. No lacing. Aroma of brown sugar, wood and earth. Flavour of red wine, vinegar and sour berries. Thin body with a watery, slight oily texture. Light fizz. A complex beer, that’s a bit too sour and vinegar-like for my taste buds.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (9989) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 20, 2015
Keg at the hanging bat. Pours deep amber, nose is funky, toffee, caramel, taste is berries, toffee, vanilla, funky, dry.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frapi (12) - SCOTLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Tart grapes, oaky, sour, sharp, deep, complex, amazing. If actual wine tasted like this, I wouldn’t be a beer fan.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (2746) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Keg at Bat. Pours dark brown, nose is vinous notes, sour, wood, funk. Tastes sour cherries, wine, wood, growing sourness in aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (3438) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Keg at Bat. Ugly cloudy brown with no head. Flanders red aroma, spicy, Balsamic, oak, berries. Intense taste, berries, dried fruit, cherries, oak, marzipan. Dry, acidic and lightly sour. I’ll be honest, this is tasty

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (5968) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2015
On draft at the brewery. Pours a hazy brown with an ecru head. Aroma of tart apple downfalls. Flavors of tart cherry and dank partially fermented apples with a pinch of salt.


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