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


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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.

Scopey's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9381) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ramboraffe (1293) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2015
330 ml bottle from Ms rosella. Hazy red brown with off white head. Sour, woody, tart and ripe fruit. Dry with low bitterness, medium sour and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maakun (1638) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle shared at home. Hazy dark reddish brown with small beige head. Lots of overripe red fruit, milk, spices, some red wine, raw leaf vegetables, raspberry, dry tannins and wood. Starts light sweet with a tart touch that goes into a more present sourness with woody and herbal bitter finish. Quite complex, more in a Flemish red style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1743) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2015
Fascinating beer. A deliberately crafted sour old ale seems impossibly rare in the world with Sour 3 Guy Off The Scale but this has nice caramel toffee maltiness and cherry/vinegar tartness in good harmony.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MonsterMagnet (632) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2015
Bottle, pours brown with an off white head. Aroma: brett funkyness, red wine, wood. Taste follows with lots of sour red berries, blueberries, balsamic vinegar and walnut notes, lemon. Light sweet and bitter, medium sour, medium body, average carbonation, very dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (2965) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2015
Draft at 3 Dorstige Herten. Dark pour. Aroma of sour oak, milk and red fruit. Taste is very rich, with lacto sour, oak, mild vanilla, red fruit tannine and a vinous finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2015
The medium brown pour wears a healthy, small-bubbled froth. Pretty intense aroma, heavy on the oak like a Flanders Red, very fruity - slightly cooked, even dried cherries, apples and forward grapes pair up in this acidic ensemble. Not as tannic as I would have expected from that oak and sour character. Minute earthy notes. While the beer is on the dry side, there is a caramelly feel back there, bordering on roasty, nutty in any case and that contrasts with the intense almost prickly carbonation. Thin bodied, with a slightly clashing opposition between the roast and fairly high acidity - two traits that to me often feel like nemesis in beer. It’s very tasty, pretty original stuff, but there is not much malty pleasantness left from the base old beer and a lot of acidity from the souring agents and treatment. Can’t help but think that I’d rather drink a straightforward sour brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
flip_soeperman (810) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2015
Sour complex Brown beer. Some vanilla in the aroma, very dry and quite sour. Cherries. Not my thing ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
caesar (5824) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2015
Tap @ dorstige herten, medium sample. Hazy brown color, short head. Aroma is quite funky, leather, bit coffee, bit red fruit. Bit bitter, medium sour, some coffee and roast, leather. I dont really like the leathery notes in combination with a darker beer with coffee notes. Not my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kavu (2999) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2015
0,3l on tap @ Vihreä Haltiatar. Pours deep red with a low head. Aroma is sour malts. Flavor is sour malts with some vinegar. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (4237) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle from a ferry to Åland. Sour smell with fruits, red berries, oak and some dried fruit. It smells similar to a flemish red. Tart smell, earth cellar, oak, dried fruit and some caramel. Nice, I like it.

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