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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3566) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2016
Sour grape, green apple, sour cherries. Hazy brown, small, creamy, off-white head. Medium bitter and light sour. Fry, sour cherries, wood, red wine, acidic, lime juice, soft carbonation. Nice Sour, yet lacks some complexity. Keg at the brewery, Minneapolis.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhamp9 (1641) - Corinth, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Red brown pour with an off white head that quickly fades to nothing. Aroma is berries, very woody, earth, and some cola and vinegar. Taste follows with some additional funk. Light medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4992) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2016
(Vintage 2014) Ça sent la Flamande. Corps rougeâtre sur lequel flotte un anneau de mousse. Fruits et vinaigre balsamique. Le raisin arrive bon premier dans mes narines. Sur ma langue, on capte le meilleur des mêmes choses. Une aigreur fruitée qui ne va pas jusqu’à me brûler le gosier. La barrique de vin rouge marque chaque gorgée. Il y a un côté givré qui balance le tout. Le corps est pétillant sur un moyen temps. La texture est légère. La finale vinaigrée est, contre toute attente, plaisante.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (3050) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2016
Draft at the source. Pours out a darker cola color with a small off white head. Aroma is of some funky Brett, plastic, light fruity notes, sour/sweet cherries. Taste is solid, complex notes of sweet and tart cherries, some oaky notes, soaked wood chips, funk, mild tartness, more sweet and lightly tart fruits. Well done and not overly sour.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13100) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2016
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering a!ber head. Aromas of caramel, cherry, earthiness, vinous notes, light coconut and light oak. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of caramel, vinous notes, earthiness and light oak with a crisp dry tart lingering vinous finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (7976) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2016
dark sours can be tricky to nail down, this is an example of how to do it .. . tar and sour tar dominate .. fruit skin, wood, cooked on bbq sauce .. . ample mouth, medium to long grungy finish .. always a treat to have .. . . as a promotion i could compete against some kind of bagging machine. a russian bagging machine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stouby (4428) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 27, 2016
Draught at Koelschip. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma medium sour malty (caramel,sour cherries, barrel). Flavor medium sour, cherries, barrel, tart, ending dry. Medium body, lively.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 20, 2016
Tap at el Bait Shop, 2015 version. Deep brown body with a reddish hint at the edges. A thin khaki head. Malty sour cherry nose with some hay. A little funky. Taste is sour but very restrained. Caramel balance with some dry hay in the finish. Just the slightest note of medicinal character. Smooth lightly carbonated body. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (2413) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2016
From notes. This one was opened at the Beernanza at Gus’s house on May 28. This came from a 750 mL bottle. We opened a couple years next to one another, and I just rated the better one, I think it was the 2016. The pour is a dark orange color, which is weird for a dark sour, and it’s got a thin gray head that slowly fizzles off, just leaving the liquid there. This one is something else. The aroma is winey, with a little oakiness and some tart funkiness. It’s like this thing is waiting for some fruit to get added and they forgot about it. It’s really messy and not that great. There is a mustiness that I can’t quite place either. The flavor is much of the same. It’s like an oaky wine with some tart funk happening in it. I just don’t understand the lure. The mustiness is present, and maybe it’s just leftover growth from the wine barrel, I don’t really know. The mouth feel is decent. There is an oilier body, decently thick with a lighter carbonation and a woody, winey aftertaste. This one is just a mess from the start. Hmm. Not sure how I feel about it yet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (8917) - Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2016
750 ml bottle shared by someone in the group. Pours a dark cola like brown with a small beige head. The aroma has tart dark fruits, cherry, woody notes, dark caramel with some funk. The flavor has thick dark caramel, tart black cherry, wood, other dark fruits and some funk. The finish gets a bit soft which was somewhat disappointing. Still very good.


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