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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.


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1896) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Murky brown pour with some sediment. No real head to speak of. aroma was nice oaky, vanilla, vinous fruit, tannic tang. Smells quite nice. flavour was a bit underwhelming for me. Woody, tobacco, light earthiness. dark cherry and tart grape. Decent.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4831) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle shared by thebaldwizard at Muckfest V on 7/12/14. Thanks Joe! Pours a clear brown color with a thin beige head. Aroma of sourness, cherry and dark malts. Malty caramelly flavor with cherry before a bitter and tart finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1736) - USA - JUL 21, 2014
Enjoyed at FWIBF 2014... Amber red in color... Aroma of light tart berries, red wine barrel... Flavor is berries, oak, currants, caramel... Solid beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6286) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by somebody during Muckfest while we lingered at Jackie-O’s production facility - thanks! Pours a cloudy red-amber with a moderate off-white head. Notes of leather, oak, vanilla, mixed fruits, earth, plenty of wine, tobacco, and balsamic vinegar. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a funky, fruity, earthy, dry mouthfeel. Good complexity; something I’ll need to revisit, though.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle courtesy of "MrPlumpy". Colour...light amber-straw with no head. Nose...very funky with barnyard hits and plenty of overripe fruit. Palate...funk-a-delic! The funk holds its own as lacto comes in and notes of leather and spice that meld well with the dried orchard fruits and dark currants. The finish is lengthy and mildly sweet and tart, all at once.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1652) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle at first "Er klopt iemand op de deur" tasting aka EBT3. Thx to everyone for sharing today’s beers! APPEARANCE: clear brown beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: sour, fruity, little lactic. TASTE: sour, fruity, lactic, nice. Weird though.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3592) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
65 cl. bottle sampled @ "Er Klopt Iemand Op De Deur" Samson & Gert Bierproeving I. Thanks to Chris! Gorgeous waxed bottle. Spare rocky off-white head. Murky brown ruby. Molasses, lots of leather, oodles of wine, tobacco, vinegar, lactic, dark grapes, sour chocolate lactic vinous, cassis, thick lactic. Very interesting, reminds me very heavily of Surly Five, would be interesting to taste them side by side & see what the differences are.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (7816) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2014
Small white rim; deep brown beer. Very nice, aromatic nose, lactic, oud bruin, dark chocolate. Sourish, oud bruin, lactic acid, sour chocolate (does that exists?), bit of dark fruit. Medium bodied at least, very velvety slick, very light acid burn. Feels more carbonated than it looks. Very nice surprise - strong oud bruin.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dresden (811) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
Darker ruby with a tart suture most. Currant and cherry, sour with a lightly funky noise..good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (3057) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle - Cherry and balsamic notes. Cloudy copper with a thin bubbly head. Light cherry and woody notes. Pretty uninspiring considering the cost and packaging. More like a basic Flemish Red.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3801) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 5, 2014
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Aroma of sourness / tartness, dark malts, light chocolate, hints of dark fruits and oak and wine, and some light spices. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Average texture. A pretty good beer but not the best of the style.


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