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

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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bill Becker (464) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - FEB 24, 2015
It pours brown, 1 finger head of foam and good lacing. I see some sediment in my glass. It smells very funky, fruity, oaky with light vanilla notes. That’s all in the taste too but there’s quite a bit of tartness going on as well, tannins like in wines. Tastes good. Medium mouthfeel. An interesting brew but worthy of multiple repurchases? For me, no.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2859) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2015
From a bottle. Pours hazy reddish brown with lots of particles floating around and a thick, fizzy off white head. Tastes like dried fruits, toasted malt, a hint of tart cherry, champagne. Light body and light/medium carbonation. Smells like dried fruits, light alcohol, a hint of tart cherry, and dry toasted malt.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4045) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours murky brown with a slight ruby tint and fizzy beige head. Aroma is prunes, tart cherries, brett, vanilla, oak, and bready malts. Flavor is brett-forward with dark fruit notes, good malt character, and a dry, woody finish. Medium body and carbonation.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (5419) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 16, 2015
10oz pour at PPD. Pours a murky, garnet red with some quickly fading head. Nose has an odd mix of vinegar and vanilla, some red grape, some rotting melon, some dried berry, acetic acid. Flavor follows, currants, raisins, some red wine vinegar, some wet wood. Full bodied, hot, acetic finish.
Earlier Rating: 1/3/2015 Total Score: 3.3
9oz snifter at Smoke and Barrel pours a murky copper amber with some tight, white head. Nose has some unripened plum, some dried cherry, plenty of vinegar, malt vinegar and red wine vinegar, some wood pulp, apple skins. Flavor is the same, malty and vinegary, dried fruit, wood pulp. Full bodied, tart, acetic finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kayres (570) - , Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Copper to brown. Thick tan head. Smooth and tart crisp and clean. Lots of tart. Awesome ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8250) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid brownish ruby with 3-finger tan head. Nose is tart, fruity, earthy. Tastes tart, with notes of berry, lactic acidity, brown sugar, Complex finish. Solid sour ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (2438) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Draft. Nose is cherry with some other candied fruit aromas. Pour is dark red with a minimal white head. Taste is malt forward with a ton of fruitiness. Decent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (3914) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2015
On cask at Pizzeria Paradiso DuPont circle. Pours a murky brown with a feint tan head. Aroma of cider vinegar. Musky vinous flavors wth some oak and vanilla. Complex and tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aleksander9 (620) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 23, 2015
Dark red with yellow head. Loads of floaties. Aroma is cherries, red wine, floral and brett funk. Fruity palate with some tartness. Aftertaste is cherries, grapes, tart, lemon, spice and barrel. Overall: Very nice! complex, yet easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4785) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Nice stuff. Lots of tart berries in here, black current, cherry and others. Light wooden aroma. Light bretta citrus aroma. Cask at pizzeria paradiso Dupont.


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