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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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This American Wild Rye Ale was brewed with a substantial portion of rye malt, and the spicy character of the grain asserts itself with clove and pepper in the aroma and flavor. Add in sour cherry notes from our special blend of micro-organisms and vanilla from the red wine barrels and you’ve got a mouthful!
ABV varies from year to year.
2010: 10% ABV.
2011: 8.7% ABV.
2012: 8.8% ABV.
2013: 7.8% ABV.
2014: 7.6% ABV.


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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
750ml bottle into a pint glass. What better way to treat myself on my birthday? A: Pours a hazy reddish-orange color. I’m VERY impressed with the head this pours - it’s about one fingers high (off-white shade) and superbly creamy. Granted, getting such head to form requires an aggressive pour, but even still, its retention is quite good. S: On the nose at least, the sourness is more acetic than lactic to me. Beneath this assertive tartness lies some nice fruit esters - cherry, peach, and apricot come to mind. Even if it’s not really deep, I usually enjoy these vinegary sours a lot, especially when they have a level of balance to them. I don’t pick up much rye, though. T: A good puckering bite starts this one off (in addendum, the sourness seems more lactic than acetic, unlike what the aroma suggested to me). The fruitiness reveals itself after the sourness leaves the palate, with some pleasant cherry notes to go along with tart crab apple and lemon juice qualities. It’s in the finish and aftertaste where I notice the rye malts; they both provide a subtle spiciness and a palate-scrubbing sensation. It’s actually fairly complex: some sips accentuate fruitiness, others accentuate the oak barrel (even providing a distant flavor of vanilla on occasion), while others bring out the rye notes. The only thing for me to really complain about is a slight lack of balance...as excellent as this is, it’s perhaps a half step blow La Folie or Rodenbach Grand Cru in terms of delicacy. By the way, in the name of contrarianism, I decided to pour the yeast in about 2/3rds of the way in, and I’d reckon it’s made the beer a bit harder to drink. Keep the yeast in the bottle, trust me. M: For about a half second on the palate, it’s fairly creamy...and then the oak tannins, rye malts, good carbonation, and sourness give it a slight roughness to it - which is nothing out of the ordinary for the style. Not the easiest drinking sour, but the moderately high ABV is hidden flawlessly. O: On these kind of occasions, I can totally justify spending $20+ on a bottle of sour ale (because YOLO ’n’ shit) only for yours truly to consume solo. Thankfully this is good enough where I could easily justify doing such a thing again. Actually, it’s pretty fantastic where I’d purchase this somewhat commonly...goddamnit, I’ve been suckered in by another sour ale. STOP DRAINING MY WALLET DRY, DELICIOUS YET EXPENSIVE STYLE!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (1833) - DENMARK - DEC 25, 2014
Bottle, 2013 version. Clear light brown with a medium sized diminishing white head. Lactic sour, lemon, oak, light vanilla, spicy rye notes, light warming alcohol. Medium body, light/medium sweet and medium sour, light prickling carbonation. Long sour finish. Works well for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (1943) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Refrigerated 75 cl 2014 brown bottle poured into a tulip. Slightly hazy burnt orange with small white head. Aroma is tart, medium body, medium/low carbonation, and pretty good small-bubble lacing. Taste is tart cherry, oaky, earthy, some rye. Complex, but not a favorite.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bule (981) - California, USA - JAN 2, 2015
750ml bottle of 2013 vintage. Pours a reddy brown color without much head. Lots of sourness, and mild rye spiciness to add some complexity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnstone (2269) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 13, 2015
Musty grape aroma. Nice tart character but sweet enough to balance it out; grape, tart, funk. Golden color with white head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenriqueBraga (111) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - JAN 20, 2015
Âmbar com nuances de rubi. Boa espuma, embora não muito persistente. Aroma incrível de maçã, canela e cereja, acético. Na boa, o centeio é presente e o acético também. Final doce e acético. Ótima cerveja.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
crlnts (378) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 22, 2015
Light amber. White quickly vanishing head. Powerful brett aroma. Dry and sour. Fruity and oily. Sharp.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
petergaynor (136) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 31, 2014
750ml bottle, pours rich hazelnut amber with a hint of red, thin dissapating head. Nose is a hint of sourness with raisin. Taste is slightly on the sour side with some citrus and spice coming through. Deliciously well balanced beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LapinMalin (11) - Nancy, FRANCE - FEB 27, 2015
Superbe nez toasté, vanillé. En bouche, attaque avec une acidité franche. On retrouve les arômes grillés / toastés du nez. Sensation fruitée, sur fond caramélisé et vanillé. Le bois reste bien présent également. Finale longue et acide, sur des notes de cerises...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sebilinz (665) - Linz, AUSTRIA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle. Light amber slightly cloudy body with White not very long lasting head. Aroma is apples some cherries and other sour fruits. Taste is sour with fruits.Aftertaste is also sour and slight fruity. This sour is really clean and sharp, absolutly stunning. Perfect.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AbouAli (180) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 21, 2014
Nez très brett mais également fruité. Grande acidité et complexité en bouche, avec une bonne longueur. Très sèche mais malgré l’acidité il y a une forme de douceur. Aspect vineux et huileux. Très bonne longueur et complexité.


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