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


on tap

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RATINGS: 335   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvsn (1643) - ISRAEL - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle shared at a tasting. Murky brown with a small head. Aroma is funky, with Brett, raisins, prunes, wine and wood in the nose. Sweet-sour, flavors of berries, vanilla, oak, prunes and grapes. Medium-bodied, smooth and oily. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomer (2905) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JUL 13, 2016
At a tasting, many thanks, smallish head, murky cloudy brown color, aroma of sour fruit, vinous notes, vanila and wood, berry vinous flavor, some vanila, caramel and spicy traces, extremely dry with some rough edges, Lip smacking good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 11, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Alexey & Raphaela’s place. Thanks zvsn & rayaron. Murky deep reddish amber. Aroma of oak, wine, cellar, vinegar, caramel, a bit of cookies, dark fruits. Tart flavor with a sweetish note, with oak, wine, caramel, red fruits, a bit of vinegar. Medium-bodied. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 8, 2016
1/2 of the pictured bottle; from Old Town. Aroma: Moderate sour cherry; light cocoa powder; lighter leather and oak. Appearance: Murky, garnet/bruin pour with a stream of carbonation leading to a ring of bone head. Flavour: A burst of sour cherry up front with more oak/leathery funk thereafter; sourness abates very little and leads to lingering, acidic finish. Palate: Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation, lingering finish. Overall: Verges on being a bit much, but also has some enjoyable qualities. Definitely an interesting one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Towey1989 (1806) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nordic (422) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (3935) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodenbach99 (4208) - 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

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
tderoeck (8127) - 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 (738) - 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.

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