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RATINGS: 248   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 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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Deep brown and a cream head. Brett, tart cherries, wood, acidic, and light wine. Smooth palate, wood, cherry, yeast, bugs, and funk.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4486) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2014
On draft. Clear brown mahogany, with a light tan head. Acidic, berries, fig, raisin, balsamic vinegar, leather, slight funk, and notes of tabacco. Decent, but not great dark sour.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3713) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2014
I was surprised to see that this beer is a sour rather than an Imperial stout--the trope of hell, damnation, devil, satantic, etc. usually telegraphs a stout. Instead we get a dark sour, and even then, only slightly dark--lighter than mahogany, darker than chestnut. The impression is strikingly sour, but when some complex plum and blackberry fruit. Good lingering notes, though the palate seems unremarkable after the sour hit. Still, a nice, solid beer. Bottle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkleu357 (334) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Buddy brought a bottle to a bottle share. Deep ruby color with a very small White head. Smokey lightly peppery huge sour aroma. Good amount cherry flavor. Red wine, slight pepper. Very sour. Interesting and good.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1483) - Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle sent to me as an extra from an overly generous trader. No date on bottle. Thanks!!! Pours dark brown cola color with a one finger, quickly receding khaki colored head. Tart funky Brett aroma, some sour acidity here, light roasted grain, and definite oaky vinous red wine notes. Flavor is oaky berries, cherry, leather, tobacco, very tart, some additional funky barnyard thing, acidic and sour, graham cracker, vinous warmth in the throat. Lighter bodied than I expected, with a super dry finish and low to medium carbonation. This is a pretty good sour brew with nice cherry and tobacco undertones

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
eruizgarcia (219) - - NOV 2, 2014
Very bright, funky and sweet with a strong fig aroma. Interesting, very unique. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (1333) - Røros, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2014
Amber with off white head - Sour malt aroma - Sour malt body and some hints of winegar in the back - sour malt goes into the finish - This was real good

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hagenwagon (10) - - NOV 1, 2014
Fantastic aroma and smooth finish. So complex and bold, yet easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopwine (375) - Bend, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Huge vinous nose. Flavor is big all around with blackberry, spice, assertive funk and tannins, strong acidity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2014
After removing some of devilish wax I found an elixir full of evil red wine and cherry pits of hell. Some scorched earth (and oak) along with bewitchingly solid bready malts. Behold the smell of the eternal fire as a flash of sulfur burns the nose. No rotten flesh but demonic sweaty bretty possession is taking root of the soul of this American Strong Sour. Be afraid. Be very afraid for one day this viper will age to a serpent with all the powers of Tiamat.


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