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


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RATINGS: 308   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (6479) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2016
Tap, dregs of the barrel. Murky brown, offwhite foam. Dry berry, wood, leather, chocolate , cherry. Medium body, wooden dry, dry sparkly. Sherry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerowl80 (119) - - MAR 15, 2016
Bottle. Pours reddish dark brown. Aroma of red wine vinegar, forest fruits and plum . Nice and sour with a lovely rich tanginess. Some oak flavor comes through. Had this a couple of times and always enjoy it immensely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Amahunter (1) - - MAR 12, 2016 does not count
You can really taste the oak ageing. Quite zingy with an almost cider flavour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rikstar (1926) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2016
van de tap bij tap house Munich. Diep rode kleur met een bescheiden schuimkraag. Geur van basalmico en brett. Smaak caramelzoet, maar na een tijde iets van tanines en een zuurtje, neigt in de verte naar rode wijn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
peponi (1227) - Mainz, GERMANY - FEB 22, 2016
Aroma: woody, vanilla, roasted malts, red fruits, plum. Appearance: hazy deep brown color and beige head. Taste: roasted dark malts, woody, vanilla, sour notes, slightly astringent, plums, some farmhouse notes. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, ashy finish. Overall: Interesting and complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nerdboy19 (171) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - FEB 17, 2016
Hazy dark brown. Tart sour, woody, barrel, berries, raspberry, blackberry, cherry aroma. Medium-low carbonated, medium bodied. No booze, mainly woody, a subtle sourness and berry, winey. Interesting but...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BlackHaddock (5637) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2016
Large sample from a bottle on 5th Feb 2016: in De Bierboom during the 4th International Beer Exchange Evening. Red hue to the semi-cloudy brown body of my pour, the head a wispy tan coloured affair. Semi-sour cherries in a red wine vinegar taste and aroma, all blended in an old oak container that had apples in it once: strange, yet interesting and making you want to have another sip to see if it really is that weird. Not too sure I liked it to be honest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
geologyguy (1216) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Nice smooth sweet and sour smell...taste isn’t as bold as it smells....very oaky...basically all oak after the initial taste...not sweet at all and not sour so much as bitter...smooths out over time as palate gets acclimated... Meh, smells better than taste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Satyroneto (270) - BRAZIL - JAN 27, 2016
Cor âmbar escuro com tons caramelo; espuma marfim de média formação com persistência fulgaz e pouco lacing. Aroma ácido de frutas vermelhas (principalmente cerejas), álcool e notas vinificadas (vinho tinto - taninos). Sabor com acides de frutas vermelhas e taninos com final ácido; retrogosto de vinho tinto e balsâmico. Corpo leve e baixa carbonatação.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3344) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JAN 16, 2016
This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a semi-dark burnt brown color with a quickly dissipating white foamy head that dissipated pretty quickly. The smell had some tart cherries with a subtle vinous and woody dry character. The taste was mainly the same with a subtle sticky cherry/big fruity ordeal going on leading into the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sessionabile and slightly sour feel. Overall, I can see it as an old ale, slightly with the Wild Beer Company sort of "sour" take. I’d say good for what it is, pretty sure I’d have again.

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