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


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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9771) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weordie (415) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2015
Pours a dark brown with no head. The aroma is stewed prunes, plums and other dark red fruits. It has a very red wine taste to it, red berries, tannins and a hint of sour. It’s very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hansen (7807) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2015
Amber coloured and unclear. Has an off-white head, lasting. Light acid, sweetness, friuts and berries. Moderate bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
evergreen0199 (2518) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2015
On tap at Beavertown Rainbow Project 2015, Tottenham, London. A dark red/brown coloured pour with a small off white head on top. Dark fruit sour aroma. Tastes similar, ripe dark fruit, tart, berry fruit. Quite Belgian in character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EHSRanders (1892) - Tjele, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber colour with large creamy off-white mostly diminishing head. Malty and Hoppy aroma. Sweet spicy flavor. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (11863) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2015
Bottle. CReamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy nice sour aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Long moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. NIce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (6483) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 24, 2015
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie (Montréal, QC) au coût de 9,25$. Arôme: Légère odeur de cerises avec une pointe de balsamique. Apparence: La couleur est brune. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fruité légèrement sûrette avec une pointe de balsamique. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de balsamique en arrière goût. (Rating #6447)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Wischylini (194) - Grimstad, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2015
Pours hazy dark brown, with a creamy tan head. The aromas are cherries, oak, vanilla, red wine (or port?), leather, tobacco, and horseblanket. The taste is moderately sour, with some subtle sweetness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is mouthpuckering, both from oak tannins and sourness. The carbonation is medium-low, and the body is full. One of the most complex, interesting and tasteful beers I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3716) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 6, 2015
Bottle. Ruddy brown color with a small tan head. The aroma has cherries, vinous notes, wild yeast, leather, and oak. The flavor is nice, both sweet and sour. Quite tasty. Has a cherry and pinot noir note with a jammy but tart finish. Like a Flemish red if I had to peg it. Medium-full bodied with average carbonation. Quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2077) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2015
Tap @ In De Wildeman, sample size, courtesy of Simon, thanks! Dark brown color, hazy. Off white head. Aroma’s: sour, vinegar. Retronasal it’s sour but also somewhat sweet, like a true Flemish red/brown ale. Moderate sour and moderate sweet flavor. Medium bodied. Rather dry finish, with no new flavors. Quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ysok02 (466) - MOns, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2015
une robe brune, peu de mousse, un nez puissant et complexe sur des fruits aigres et une note balsamique et une bouche puissante à la fois fraîche et ample, longueur kilométrique et finale parfaitement équilibrée. Grande bière.

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