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RATINGS: 235   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
valderwort (7) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Very Crisp and delicious. Prominent wine barrel flavor with an acidity reminiscent of red wine that has been left open a little too long. Not as complex a five, which makes it actually fairly refreshing


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
budznsudz (557) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Dark brown pour with whisps of demon blood floating at the top. Funky butthole menagerie makes up the sour taste of sweat socks and belly button cheese.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ben4321 (3916) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Location: 2012 bottle sampled at Where the Wild Beers Are, 6/7/14

Aroma: The nose is a mix of vinegar, some funk, oak, dark fruit, and some dark malts
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a light brown colored head on top
Flavor: The taste is pretty sour, with some oak, and a little dark malt/fruity sweetness as well
Palate: The body is medium-plus, with a solid overall mouthfeel
Overall Impression: I tended to enjoy this one quite a bit. This bottle was quite nice. Id happily try it again. I would think it works nicely with a few months or a few years on it.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11871) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Draft at Churchkey. Thanks, Corey, for bringing this to DC! Hazy maroon amber color, tan edge head. Aroma of sour brandied cherries. Taste like the old sweet and sour Rodenbach Grand Cru.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6745) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 5, 2014
Catching up on RBAG 2014 notes backlog...bottle, shared by Dresden I think. Tawny amber, aroma of sour grapes/sour cherries, caramel malts, lactic sourness more than funk. Flemmish red ale comes to mind here. Tasty!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daje (2450) - NORWAY - SEP 1, 2014
Sample at Haand Festival 2014. Dark red/brown body with a small beige head. Bretty aroma with red berries, hay, oak. Taste has a stronger oak presence, with mild nuts, barnyard, berries, finish is sweet and sour with a wineish feel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kappldav123 (5000) - GERMANY - SEP 1, 2014
Tap at CBC 2014. Dark brown in the glass, nice head. Fruity-sourish aroma. Starts intense sourish, fruity like cherries and some other fruity. Finish a bit milder, dry, bitter aftertaste. Okay.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1294) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2014
On tap at the source. Aroma is strongly fruity, oak, and red wine. Strong flavors - mostly fruit, sour and tart, with a solid caramelly malt. Quite dry. Very, very tasty!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tderoeck (4696) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2014
11/VII/14 - 75cl bottle @ Eerste "Er Klopt Iemand Op De Deur" Samson & Gert Bierproeving (aka Epic Beer Tasting III) - BB: n/a (2014-802) Thanks to Chris - or was it Mathieu? - for the bottle!

Clear purple to red brown beer, big aery beige irregular head, little stable, non adhesive. Aroma: sour, earthy, some chlorine, bit spicy, unpleasant sourness. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very sourish, earthy, tobacco, bit lemony, some chlorine, leathery, unpleasant bitterness. Aftertaste: pretty sour, bit hoppy, earthy, some tannins, sour berries, bit hoppy.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
csaso (1366) - Missouri, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Tap - fair size foamy head, dark copper/amber color, strong sour Brett aroma and flavor, but not overbearing, mild red wine like flavors, solid malty backbone to balance the sourness - very good for a sour/Brett beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RussianDragon (468) - - AUG 20, 2014
On tap at Surly. Pours an opaque copper brown with a fading beige head that leaves minimal lacing or head to speak of. Aroma is amazing combination of tart cherries, crisp green apples and apple cider vinegar. Flavor is same with bright carbonation, medium body and snappy apple cider finish. Easily the best brettanomyces beer Ive ever had.


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