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

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RATINGS: 321   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.9
   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Towey1989 (1583) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2016
Keg at The Liverpool Craft Beer Expo. A cloudy reddy brown and no head. Aroma of cherry, red berries, some vanilla, slight wood and a hint of chocolate. Taste of cherry, red berries, wood, some tartness, slight vinegar, a little bourbon and subtle vanilla. Medium bodied and a slick texture. A tart, fruity finish. Wasn’t sure at first because it’s not my kind of beer but like Rodenbach Grand Cru, it’s very complex and like red wine. The flavours are amazing if you can get past the tart flavour and slight vinegar.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nordic (411) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 14, 2016
Bottle. Dark red/brown color. Aroma: like wine, vinegar notes, oak, fruits & berries. Taste: very sour, lots of wine (even vinegar) notes, wood, fruity, alcohol. Rich & interesting. Not old ale in usual meaning. Like it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (3805) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2016
Bottle, 2014 vintage. Pours an unclear brown colored beer with a small off white head on top. Aroma of bourbon and red fruits with tarty characters. Very woody in the aroma and flavors. A lot of dried red fruits, dry tart flavors and wood again. The tartness is strong in this one, so is the bourbon and wood. Really complex, fruity and interesting brew, yet a bit unbalanced in my book.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4066) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 7, 2016
Style et résumé: Old ale avec bois et levure sauvage à la manière des rouges.
Comment: Bouteille de 330ml.
Portrait: Bue dans une verre Wild Beer. Une bière brune avec des reflets rouges et une mousse beige durable. Un nez de fruits rouges, de bois, caramel un peu à la manière du rouge des Flandres. Une bouche acide et sûre bien agréable, boisé et agréable. Une finale assez sûre qui perdure.
Note: 7/10

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
tderoeck (7806) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2016
30/IV/16 - on tap @ Tilquin English Beer Festival - BB: n/a (2016-465) Thanks to the Belgian Ratebeer Crew (and Beerhunter111) for sharing today’s beers!

Murky beige brown beer, practically no head. Aroma: dirty, diacetyl, butter, bit sourish. MF: soft to no carbon, medium body. Taste: all dirty and buttery, sourish, completely infected, slightly sweet, yuck. Aftertaste: more butter, diacetyl, infection, big big nope. Don’t like!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rask0lnikov (568) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 13, 2016
Dark brown, ruby colour. Modest white head. Berries, hints of spices, hints of caramel, hints of sherry and home made berry wine in the aroma. Also slightly woody. Hints of berry wine at first. Caramel. Some oakiness. Hints of sherry. Berries in the end. Liqeury notes in the aftertaste. Rather medium bodied, quite well balanced, very interesting inerpretation of an old ale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4824) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2016
33 cl. BB: 10.11.2019 Brune avec teintes rouges et faible représentation mousseuse. Le nez est délicieux, borderline Flemish, balsamique, fruité et boisé avec pointe de caramel. Au goût, c’est tout à fait bien. Les fruits sont légèrement aigres et surets, les fûts apportent une profondeur, les malts poivrés par les levures sauvages. En bouche, le liquide est plutôt mou mais agréable. La finale montre la maturité en barriques boisés. Belle surprise. Bien facile à boire.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11004) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepatrickman (693) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poech73 (349) - 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


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