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RATINGS: 155   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!


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pyrmir (2758) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2013
On tap @CBC13. Hazy brown with small beige head. Nose is sweet, sour, fruit, malt,wood and some citric acid. Taste is sour with some sweetness, malt, wood and sour fruits. Finish is sour and tart. Fresh and balanced impression, very nice beer

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dangeruss (20) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2013
Had it on tap at Nomad World Pub. Nice aroma. Very good beer. Not sure if it is worth 20 a bottle but still a decent beer

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Howlader (415) - - JAN 30, 2014
On draught at Churchkey during the 2013 Craft Brewers Conference in Washington, DC.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Pours dark reddish brown, thick cream head. Aroma of sour cherry, earthy barnyard funk. Medium body, light carbonation with up front acidity, sour cherries, light cheese, sweet malts that tail off in a Brett and tobacco finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Calvinroots (15) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Delicious sour beer!!! I only had a small taste at a beer share but would love to drink this again. Sour in the nose up front and following thru all day long in the flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBeforeH20 (126) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Great dark caramel/brown/red color with a small dissipating head. Aroma of tart sour cherries with a backing of sweet malts. Taste really follows suit with the aroma, hits up front with tartness but has a rather smooth finish. I like this wild better than Surly 5, which had more of a dry finish reminiscent of a Cabernet dry red wine. Really glad I found a bottle of this!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (615) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 3, 2013
2013 vintage into a stemmed tulip. Awesome glittery black waxed 750ml with a pretty crazy label. Thanks to Yamar68 for this huge want of mine! A - Pours a dark, dark purple that borders on black. Two fingers of purple stained khaki foam. Great edging and super long retention and lacing. S - Massive red wine barrel presence. Oak, vanilla, grape juice, cherries and some rich charred malts. Man does this smell like sour grape juice! T - Tart cherries, vinous red wine, oak and vanilla, tobacco and some chocolate malts. Not overly funky, just incredibly tart and barrel heavy. Finishes with an odd mashup of smooth oak and sour fruit. Has that lactic twang that most Flanders brouns and reds demonstrate. Mouth feel is a bit lacking and watery. O - This is a super odd beer. Very similar to a Flanders bruin but with red grapes replacing the dominant cherry notes. I really enjoyed this one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (5715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Pours deep ruby red/brown with nice white head. Aroma has big notes of some sour cherry, dark fruit, some tart apple and lemon, some barnyard funk, grape skin and mouth puckering wine character. Taste is similar, with big notes of red/dark fruit, some cherry notes, tart grape notes, dry tannic presence to go along with the tart cherry and fruit notes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2156) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Draft at Butcher & the Boar. Sour cherries in the nose. Dark reddish brown with little head or lace. Quite sour with great malt balance. A treat for sour heads. Fruity with a dry finish. Outstanding.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheHOFF43 (1670) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Tap. Pours dark with no head. Aroma is slight tart funk with some maltiness. Flavor is initially tart but is well-balanced and finishes great. Had two pints and loved it all. The sour is not at all over-powering. Like this beer a lot..


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