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


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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (10703) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Satyroneto (263) - 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 (3174) - 1st Republic, 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. Id say good for what it is, pretty sure Id have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
borre_m (879) - NORWAY - JAN 8, 2016
Pours cloudy dark red. Aroma is fruity, cherries, funky. Taste is balanced, slightly sour, red wine, fruity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nealblind (1402) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 5, 2016
Brown red some tan foam. Aroma apple cider vinegar, oak, raisins. Tastes yeast cola slight sour, slight coco malt. A British brown take on the lambic?! Love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElDesmadre (2783) - Mikołw, POLAND - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle. Very vinous, with plum and other dark fruit notes, as well as soy sauce making for an overall impression akin to port wine. Moderate body, with the old ale shining through in the form of shy dark malty hints. Sour, with a tanninic, woody bitterness. It tastes like an old ale transformed into a complex flanders red. Lovely stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (5938) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2015
wild berries sour aroma,red, hazy, tan foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, fresh sweet berries and sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (5172) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 25, 2015
33cl bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin off white head. Vinegary, oaky, cherries in aroma. Flavor has vinegar, tartness, wood, wine, cherries. Quite complex, tart, acidic finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjogro (1590) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2015
Bij Maakun. Fles. Zure meuk met kersenzoet randje en veel hout! Lekker schuimig zacht mondgevoel. Backlog from 2015/08/28.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (490) - HONG KONG - DEC 10, 2015
Murky dark brown, very thin head, floating bodies. Sour aroma of vinegar and cherry. Taste is sour at first, with strong notes of vinegar and cherry, then it get sweeter and yeasty. Hints of oaks, not strong. Nice wild ale. Tasty and rich.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
probstblueribbon (3502) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2015
330 ml bottle shared by Phil. Strong acetic tang, fruity malt, sour cherries, mild peppery wood character, solvent, nail polish, not quite as complex and refined as some better Flemish sours. Fairly noticeable acidity, fruitiness, a slightly harsh bite with some bitterness. Interesting, needs a little polishing.

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