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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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!


camborne's rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
camborne (655) - 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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaartenRF10 (1464) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - APR 20, 2014
Helder donkerbruin. Ik verwachte een imperial stout te krijgen dus het was even schrikken. Maar na van de schrik bekomen te zijn blijkt het een erg lekkere sour ale te zijn. Goede balans tussen zoet en zuur. alsof gerijpt op rode wijnvaten.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1223) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Bottle share @ Surly Darkness day 2013. Pour is deep ruby with a medium sized off-white head that fades quickly. Aroma is of tart fruit, acidic funk, port wine, and grain. Flavor is similar with a large amount of raspberry jam thrown in. Mild vinegar in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (367) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
From notes, consumed on 3/25/13 at ChurchKey during CBC Week. Draft (2013) poured into a tasting snifter. Pours a dark brownish color with off-white head. Aromas of red wine, grapes, vinegar. Tasting notes of dark fruit, light herbs, sour grapes, tart notes, vinegar. Medium body with a semi-dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4142) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2014
On tap at GTWM 2013. Deep burgundy brown body. Very nice beer. Sour red grape edges. Vinous tones merged with mellow brown malt. Balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Calvinroots (15) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Delicious sour beer!!! I only had a small taste at a beer share but would love to drink this again. Sour in the nose up front and following thru all day long in the flavor.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Howlader (444) - - JAN 30, 2014
On draught at Churchkey during the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, DC.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingCecil (2033) - DENMARK - JAN 22, 2014
Bottle @†homeÖ from tradeÖ It pours clear amber with small beige head.. Tart, fruity like apple, oak notes, red wine notes...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (2911) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Pours a deep ruby, almost black... itís got a small head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is nicely pungent, itís got a mild balsamic vinegar note, plenty of dark berries, and some light woodiness. Itís funky and a touch lemony.

The flavor is fruity & sour, itís got some nice dark berry flavor. Itís really nicely tart and not overly vinegary. Modestly dry, cool, & easy to drink. Would re-pete.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6031) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle: † Deep burnt brown sugar, reddish notes, dirty and thick, moderate frothy off-white head, spotty lacing. † Soft to moderate nose of unripened cherries and wood. † Sweet vinegar as well. † Comes across on the nose as a somewhat pedestrian Sour Red/Brown. † Minor tartness up front, slightly dry, witih both ripened and unripened cherries. † I would say ripened only because this one isnít too sour, only slightly tart. † Has a slight woody aspect, assuming from barrel aging. † Body and mouthfeel are moderate. † Finishes like a very mild and pedestrian Sour Red/Brown. † Both new and young cherries, sweet vinegar, and woody aspects. † Decent, but could stand to be much drier and sour. † Thanks Bob!


3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (205) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours ruby. Aroma is funky, sour, and a little wood. The taste follows the aroma and adds more wood and red wine from the barrels with a touch of chocolate and tobacco. The brett provides a nice tart funk without being too much. Pentagram is dark and evil. Sour, tart mouthfeel but also chewy. Extra points for the sick bottle art and wax seal!!


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