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RATINGS: 258   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Great looking brew. Nice upfront sour cherry nose. Palate is dominated by tart dried cherries. Out of fresh tapped keg at release party. Funky goodness


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2093) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle at a tasting at Butler's place. Pours light brown with no head. Aroma is tart apples and red wine. Slightly bitter. Very tart. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (972) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 29, 2015
750ml bottle 2014 vintage pours semi clear red brown with small head. Nose is tart, some acetone, touches of grape and dried fruit. Taste is straightforward, low funk, medium acidity, a bit acetic, some vinous grape and dark cherry skin, plum. Finish is tart, acidic fruit, hint of oak, dried dark fruit, grape. Lacks complexity and has some acetic issues. OK.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnymusky (375) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Crazy weird flavors going on here...a little sour but rather enjoyable..................

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (4078) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Solid sour, sweet with light tartness, muddled body and blended flavors, was decent

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3789) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 29, 2014
750 ml. bottle. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of tart fruit, funk, and malt. Taste is tart cherry, fruit, funk, malt, and some wood. Very funky.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thomashall (181) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Bomber shared. Pours hazy brown with minimal head. Strong vinegar sour smell. Taste same with bitter dry finish. Really good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palme (3606) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2014
On tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014. First beer! A blurry really warm amber brown colored one this. A nice medium sizes beige head on the top. Lovely tart red wine vinegar nose. Red berries. Yeah, it’s definitely betted with something this. Lots of funky woody dark charred matches. It’s lovely prickling on the soft bubbles and oily in the mouth. A bit watery perhaps? Well, not really after a few sips. Lots of flavors, quite bitter as well. Sour strawberries, sour apricots, red wine and fruity strawberries. Really lingering aftertaste. A wonderful start. 02.05.2014

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (803) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2014
On tap @ Brouwer’s. Pours hazy dark reddish brown with medium lacy mocha head. Aroma is tart cherries up front, followed by dry oak, leather, and more red berries on the back. Taste is clean light caramel red malt, crisply tart smooth finish with big vinous red wine flavor on the finish. Very restrained tartness and ABV, but plenty of flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewje41 (800) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Draft pour at the Brouwers Big Wood festival. Pours a reddish orange color with an interesting sour peach, cherry aroma. Really dry sour fruit flavor. Tiny bit of a wheat finish. Tangerine and sour cherry flavor too. More dry finish. Solid beer. Fits right in with other great sours. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4178) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Sampled at the STL Hops 7th Anniversary Party - Pours light brown with a tan head. The aroma has sourness, berries, oak, vanilla and light vinegar. It has a medium body with some mush and light carbonation. The taste has the Flanders red aspects of the aroma, but it is more malty and more sourness and a salty aspect. Very well done.


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