Brewed by Wild Beer
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Shepton Mallet, England
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 327   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
tderoeck (7901) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rask0lnikov (629) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4920) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11196) - 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 (714) - 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 (355) - 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 (312) - 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 (15488) - 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 (9254) - 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 (1729) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2016
Draft at Tilquin English Beerfestival. Red wine, foeder, buttery (diacetyl?), sour. Meh.

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