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


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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (8365) - Croydon, Greater London, - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle at the Euston Tap. It pours deep brown, with a thick beige head. The nose is spice, oak, vanilla, vinous, earth, Dandelion & Burdock, blackcurrant ham and raspberry yoghurt. The taste is oak, spice, leather, red berry (particularly raspberry), brett, vinous, jam, port and vanilla, with a dry, jammy finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Great depth of flavour. Interesting and well balanced. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GlassBrass440 (230) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 3, 2015
Pours an almost clear brownish red with no head. Aromas of cherry, cinnamon, oak, vanilla, and ’funk’. Flavour brings a clean sourness, with a tart cherry and vinus component. Good sweet/sour balance. Finish is on the sweet side with a lingering sticky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (1795) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle from Rehills of Jesmond. Pours ruby with a cream head. The aroma is sour cherries with balsamic vinegar. The taste is sour cherries with sherbet and a very woody finish. The finish feels a little watery. Certainly a good beer, just missing a little something that would make it exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danlo (1502) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
330ml bottle. Dark reddish brown amber colour, creamy beige foam head leaving lots of lacing and aroma of woody oak, sour fruity, funk. Taste is marzipan, oaky vanilla, sour dark berry fruits, cherries, woody, funky, bittersweet. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry woody oaky finish. Nicely drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ManVsBeer (5325) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2015
Bottle from Cocktails, Littleborough. Deep red-brown with a very thin head. Strong tasting with a fairly strong sourness too, with plenty of nose in this respect. Has a rich fruitiness with cherries certainly evident.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreatDane1632 (707) - USA - APR 27, 2015
On tap at the Craft Bar in Destin -- This is an extremely well done Sour Old Ale. You can tell even without the sour this would have been a good Old Ale, and the Sourness adds that extra dimension to it. Brilliant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (2752) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2015
Bottle shared with bjammin from cellar door, sutton coldfield. Brown beer with small head. Aroma of red wine, some oak and malts. Taste is dark sour berries, vanilla, wood and quite tart. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAgutten79 (692) - Skui, NORWAY - APR 19, 2015
Brun med medium høyde på skummet. Aroma av eddik/balsamico og noe kirsebær. Smaker mildt surt, med mild eddik, hint av karamell og litt av kirsebærene fra aromaen. Mildt sur i ettersmaken, medium konsistens. Interessant øl.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Erasmus_ro (1675) - Alabama, USA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle. Smells of vinegar, balsamic, some cherry candy, a lot of oak. Taste is quite dry, quite sour, puckers the mouth. Balsamic, oak. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
berntholer (1264) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2015
yellowish head leaves some lacing. red brown colour. aroma is vinous. wood, lactic acid, bit of rotten fruit. taste like aroma, fob’ish, bit of roasted malts, some vanilla and slight wry finish. medium body and carbonation. bottle 33cl

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
codfishh (132) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
Pours a murky reddish brown, tan head fades quickly. Smells of sour cherry and some light caramel. Flavor is mildly tart more cherries and some caramel. Nice bright acidity good malt back bone. Tastes like a good Flanders red.

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