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RATINGS: 297   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (8319) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, - JUL 9, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Casey & Traci, thanks! consumed in company of Casey & Traci 09.07.13 Pours reddy/brown with a rim of bubbles. Tingle tastic on the tongue with a dab of balsamic, sour and malty this is lovely. This beer has a Rodenbach character which I like. I like the woodiness, I like the furriness on the tongue, I like this beer its really decent. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 3.9


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1788) - 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 (822) - 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!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dr_Fellini (828) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Erzengel (5490) - 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...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (2173) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (12633) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 29, 2015
Wenig säuerlicher Antrunk mit leichter Herbe. Würzig, geringe Rauchigkeit. Etwas brennender Nachgeschmack. 10/9/10/11/11/11

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (2761) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4955) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (12687) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1657) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2015
Enjoyed on tap at Jerry’s Sandwiches in Wicker Park while eating some lunch with a friend. Unfortunately I didn’t take tasting notes for this one, because there was a lot going on. Appearance was a copper brown with not much head. Aroma of sour cherries, oak, dried fruit. Taste was very tart at first but gets better as it warms, all of the common sour brew notes with a dry finish. Would have again for sure.


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