Brewed by Wild Beer
Style: Old Ale
Shepton Mallet, England


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RATINGS: 314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Bottle: Unfiltered
Sold as Modus Vivendi in the US.
Barrel-aged and using a variety of yeasts; a study in patience Barrel ageing, blending and using different yeasts, this embraces our love of the unpredictability of wild yeast with the subtlety and complexity of maturation in oak barrels. A study in patience, it takes at least 90 days for the wild yeast to work its magic. Modus Operandi is the perfect accompaniment to red meat and game dishes, such as duck or venison, a beer that could easily replace a red wine on the dinner table. A transformation of an old English ale into a beer that is Wildly different. A unique, dark, flavourful beer with a smooth, rich, full body and complex fruit flavours of berries, sweet cherries and tannins.

icehawk's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Draft. Nice aroma with hints of raspberry and other fruits and a nice oak backbone. Nice slightly dry finish. Good tartness that isn’t mouthpuckering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10807) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle. Poured a deep and cloudy amber, near brown color with an off white head. Earthy woodiness, dark fruits, and light vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepatrickman (557) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 3, 2016
Brilliant sour red. Viscous and vinous. There’s a good amount of oak backbone that combines nicely with fruit and cider flavors. Reminds me of the best Flanders Reds I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poech73 (344) - Braine, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2016
Sample @ 2d Tilquin English Beer Festival + Open doors -- Sour red brown ale >> D’après le brasseur, bière mûrie en fût de bourbon. >> Une dégustation superbe qui se singularise par son équilibre entre acidité, sucre et vieillissement. Son nez est très parfumé: légèrement acide, boisé vanillé légèrement fumé avec des pointes balsamiques accompagné d’un houblon herbeux quasi inerte. L’acidité arrive à l’attaque avec une égale puissance au corps fort malté assez doux sans véritable rondeur si ce n’est en rétro avec un retour du bourbon sur un côté léger sirupeux vanillé, livrant en plus de fort arômes maltés et boisés de barriques. Avec surprise un gentille amertume arrive en finale avec prégnance. L’alcool se fait aussi bien sentir livrant une agrable chaleur dans le gosier. Yum yum

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Syfher (244) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2016
Drinked @TilquinEnglishBeerFestival 16’, on tap. Boarf, it’s not even red... But part of that, the beer is good, it’s just not a sour red beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerhunter111 (14074) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 1, 2016
Leicht trübes orange dunkel orange goldenes Bier mit einer mittelgroßen beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr säuerlich, rote Früchte, Brett. Geschmack holzig fruchtig, rote Früchte, Brett.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9086) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2016
Draught No head to speak of, hazy orangeish-rimmed brown beer. Lactic acid, fruitjumble (in the good sense of the word!), vinous, berries, point of acetic, and old barrels. Chocolate, berries, wine and wood in the flavour, pretty complex. Acidburn and -thinning, medium bodied, slick, dry. Very good BA fruitbeer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ElManana (1581) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2016
Draft at Tilquin English Beerfestival. Red wine, foeder, buttery (diacetyl?), sour. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wombat23 (334) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2016
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. As Modus Vivendi. Pours amber brown with a large beige head. Aroma is red wine, cherry, and oak. Taste is vinous, sour, cherry, oak, and leather. It’s like a weak sour red/brown dominated by wood flavoring. Has a mildly sour, acetic, oaky finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
darbeer75 (265) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2016
Aroma: pure cherry sour, similar to a kriek; Appearance: very dark red/amber with billowy off white head that dissipates slowly; Taste: like a combination of an ale and a sour; not sure if this works; Palate: medium body with long, sour finish; Overall: interesting but I like a traditional sour better. Will try others from this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wellsbeer (10) - Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2016
Wicked beer, very complex. Has changed a lot over a couple of years. But drinking really nice at the moment. Won’t go into tasting notes as its all there. But highly recommend

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