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RATINGS: 285   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bottle very kindle brought to me by my buddy Rodney from Minneapolis. Pours reddish-tinted dark brown with a thin bit of beige head. Nose of sour cherries, cherry skins, dark roasted malts, some wood. Taste is a nice mix of acetic and roast. A bit thin, but still very good. Props for a great bottle, too.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (857) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2015
750ml bottle. Pours deep-ass burgundy with with a beige head. Tons of sediment. Aroma is very tart, with lots of wood, funk, and some spice. Smells good. Taste is of oak. Lots of oak. Aside from the oak, there is also tobacco, earth, and funk. Lingering funkiness. Finishes very dry, almost like a wine. Mouthfeel is heavy, and sticky. Body is medium, and moderately carbonated. Damn, that was good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (2295) - Odense S, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2015
Tap @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2015. Amber body with a small offwhite head. Caramel, molasses, dried fruit, vinegar, cherries.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GIJOE (807) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Pours a dark brown with reddish tones. Creamy off white head. Excellent retention. Nose is sour grain. Taste is quite tart. Good stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brnandersen (2416) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2015
Draught sample at CBC 2015. Dark brown colour with a thin, lightly tanned head. Tart aroma with sour cherries, dark, dried fruits, resin, brett, caramel malts and citrus fruits. Taste is light sour. Medium body with a creamy texture. Finishes dry and lightly acidic with cherries and tart apples. Nice Sour.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (3739) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
Tap at CBC 2015, Copenhagen. Originally rated 20150501. Colour is clear brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Berries, some sourness and malts.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7311) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Bottle share at Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours dark brown with an attractive tan head and a sour brown aroma. There is a fairly complex sour mslt flavor with oak, tobacco and cherry with a red wine finish. Lovely!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Cherries and earthen notes dominate this creation’s lean and dry texture, leading to agreeable, but simple tart fruitiness.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the murky dark red.
-This is not as complex as what I usually like in this type of beer.
-Cherries become quite acidic after a few sips.
-Wilderness fits with the fruitiness, but doesn’t stand out cleanly.
-This is too expensive for what it is, imho.

Bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rouhlas (784) - GREECE - MAY 9, 2015
From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2015, Blue session. Cloudy dark brown color with beige head. Aroma is yeasty and malty, funky and some caramel, dark fruits, wineous, wood, alcohol. Sweet bitter and light acidic taste, wood and wineous fruity. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2015
Pouring at Where The Wild Beers Are 2014. Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Medium bodied, acid. Soft acid and acetic notes, acetone. Tart, malt, acid lingering on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrOrla (462) - Odense C, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2015
Sample at Cbc 2015. Aroma is cherries, wood, tart, and fruit. Taste is berry, gapes, wood fruit.


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