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RATINGS: 264   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (4216) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Draft at EBF. Brown ruby pour with tan head. Fruit and tart aromas. Sour is light but throughout the flavor; some fruit, wine and spice tones.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arnold931 (729) - Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Draft at Parlor City. Pours murky brown with no head. Nose is some sourness. Taste is sour up front with funky aftertaste. Good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (4916) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a cloudy copper with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is vinegar and light funk. Medium mouth nice sourness, wood, light funk, really enjoyed this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11421) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2015
CBC 2014. Copper with a thick little off-white head. Aroma of caramel and molasses, dried fruit and vinegar. Sweet and tart flavour with caramel notes, sugar, dried fruit, vinegar and cherry

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (14701) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2015
On tap at Haand Festival 2014. Itís an unclear, orange-brown beer with a small, off-white head. Itís lightly funky on the nose, with caramel maltyness and a hint of balsamic vinegar. Itís dry and tart on the palate, with a pleasant carbonation level, and flavors of caramel malts in the back, with some dried fruit notes, balsamic vinegar and a good funky touch. Lasting finish with a light vinegar sourness. An easy drinkable and tasteful beer that is far from as frightening as the name and bottle design might lead you to think. 140524

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3740) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle from footbalm. Thanks Eric! It pours a dark ruby, black cherry color with a thin khaki head. The aroma jumps out as a bit acetic with some tart and sweet cherries, hints of diluted molasses, a little leather, vanilla and wood. The flavor has strong sweet cherries and a pretty good amount of spicy acetic acid and balsamic vinegar. The sweet cherry flavors balance it up front, but it does kinda burn on the way down a little. Thereís hints of woody, vinous notes of spoiled wine and vanilla in the finish. Caramel comes through stronger as it warms, but this is still an acid forward sour. A decent beer and fun to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2249) - 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 (1024) - 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 (428) - 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 (4288) - Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Solid sour, sweet with light tartness, muddled body and blended flavors, was decent


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