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


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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fombe89 (629) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUN 28, 2015
On tap. @Cimmeria, Oviedo 26/06/2015 Color caoba, aroma a madera, sabor malta, final agrio. una old ale atipica.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (5316) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle: Ruby red with thin lacing. Aroma of funk, red fruit, cherries, kriek ish, wild yeast, wood... Flavour is tart, red fruit, funk, chalk, wood, wild teast, light dry, delicious. Aftertaste of funk, red fruit, wood, dry and wild tones. Low carbo, soft smooth tart mouthfeel, more than medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heyden (110) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 27, 2015
Pours deep amber red. Sour acidity up front, trailed by an astringent tannin oak finish. Dry and lasting. Very different to my usual, but im enjoying just sipping at this slowly!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (2641) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - JUN 26, 2015
Keg @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 26-06-2015.
In short: wood sour dark ale.
Pours hazy dark copper with frothy light tan head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Wood, sour, cherries, malty and caramel aromas. Medium body, average carbonation, oily texture. Taste is moderate sour, wood, resins, plums, malty, caramel. Totally on the sour side. Seems like and oud bruin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2008) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Draft at Khyber Pass. Tulip. Murky brown pour with a large foamy beige head. Fair amount of lace. Full-bodied sour with a lot of rich dark red/brown fruit and astringent tannins. Black cherries. Dates. Blackberries. Figs. Merlot raisins. Slightly funky balsamic vinegar. Aged oak. Leather. Pretty darn good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
floydian1 (1173) - FNQ, Australia, - JUN 23, 2015
330ml bottle. Tan foam gushed out of the bottle and spilled over on opening (which may represent how this beer was handled on mail order from Sydney). Cloudy dark brown body. Nose is woody red wine, dark berries, light funk, and a hint of balsamic vinegar. Flavour is vinous with initial fruity malt sweetness followed by a lightly sour tart dry yeasty finish. Palate is medium bodied and vinous with a lowish carbonation. I was reminded of a Flemish brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (7000) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle. Pours cloudy brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of Flemish brown. Smells like a sour/wild tick to me. Tart red fruits, caramel, light funk, raisins and vinegar. Flavour is moderate sweet and over moderate sour with a slight burning acidic finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (1752) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle from ollepood no2, pärnu. Dark reddish brown color, white head. Cherries on nose, fruits, some hops. Taste is cherries, oaky notes, sour notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11252) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, oak, light cherry and light vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of toffee, caramel, oak and cherry with a crisp dry lightly tart finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (5411) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2015
300 ml. bottle @ home. Purchased @ Caigny. BBF 10.11.2019. Very interesting beer / concept, clearly inspired by British brewing history, I have always been interested in trying something like this. Dark wood brown with a very dark amber hue, little tanned head. Nose is pleasant sour red wine, vinegar, balsamic vinegar, very sour dark cherries, puckering oak, sour malts with very light sweetness in the back. Taste is delicious red wine with plenty of pleasant vinegar, sour dark cherries, puckering red wine, cherry pits, red berries sour, plenty of red current,… Woody & faint coffee aftertaste. Low carbonation, thinned sour malts,… Basically a lovely Oud Bruin, highlighting the link of these beers with British brewing history. Wild Beer is very hit and miss for me, this is a clear hit. A touch watery which does lend it a high drinkability, finish caries a light sweetish Coca-Cola note which is a bit odd.

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