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RATINGS: 298   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!
100% Brettanomyces dark beer fermented in stainless and aged in used red wine barrels.


valderwort's rating

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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (830) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2015
2015. Bottle to glass. Pours a slightly hazy nut brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is mild, tart, darker malts, touch of vinegar. Flavor packs a nice sour to it, with a good dark malts backbone. Lingering sour into the finish. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2188) - London area, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2015
Thanks Jason! Pours a hazy brown orange with a light tan head. The smell is wood, roasted dark malt, dark fruit. The taste is add out smells with sourness popping through ending dry. Light plus with average carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1794) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2015
2015 variety. Murky, muddy dark brown. Nose of acidity lemon, toasted malt, some dark fruit, mild red wine and oak. Flavor is mildly sour lactic lemon with toasted malt, raspberry, tart red wine and mild oak. Lingering lemon sour. Remember liking the anniversary brew better, but that was awhile back.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bp (823) - Queens, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2015
Bottle: pours cloudy reddish-brown with a quickly disappearing head, lots of fizzy little bubbles, aroma reminds me of Rodenbach Grand Cru, very tart, some cherries, very dry finish with a fairly thin body. Very good!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Erzengel (5516) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUL 1, 2015
Many thanks to Rian for sharing! Round smokey malty nose. Smooth-fresh. The smokeyness and the sourness don’t fit well. Sad because the combination is odd and doesn’t fit well. The aftertaste is sour-smokey, not round, not too complex. Strange idea...

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatDane1632 (1058) - Alabama, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Bottle poured into a snifter -- That’s really good. Wine barrels really come through. Tart and dark and mysterious and awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12736) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2015
Keg at the 4th Copenhagen Beer Celebration, Session 2, 01/05/2015. Rich chestnut brown with a decent beige covering. Nose is tarte fruit, wood, toffee, nutty pangs, funk, damp balsam cherry skin. Taste comprises funky vibes, dark berry fruit, wood must, damp hay, apple core, light acidic vein. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying close. Solid sour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4970) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Consumed many times, surprised I have not rated it. Dark brown color. Aroma has yeast and some berry. Flavor is a little sour, just a little, but lots of earth and some red wine, as well as a little vinegar. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2767) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2015
2013 bottle thanks to Tectactoe. Aroma is sour red wine, some funky yogurt, spices, and musty basement. Tastes mildly sour. Lots of red wine. Good funk. Pretty good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (12665) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 29, 2015
Wenig säuerlicher Antrunk mit leichter Herbe. Würzig, geringe Rauchigkeit. Etwas brennender Nachgeschmack. 10/9/10/11/11/11


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