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


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RATINGS: 213   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.

Garrold's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (2228) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle from House of Trembling Madness bottle shop, York. Horse chestnut brown. Off white, thin, but lasting head. Aroma is cherry lips, muscovado sugar, a hint of dark chocolate. The yeast is there, in the background. Hint of licorice too. Taste is sour, and sweet, then bitter. Mighty fine, complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPAgutten79 (688) - 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 (1664) - 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 (1217) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1316) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 27, 2015
10.1.2015. Aroma of sour cherries, berries, tannins. Flavour has still cherries, sour red wine, wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keanex (1595) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2015
No bottling information.
Glass: Firestone Walker Reserve tulip.
Appearance: Hazy brownish red body with a short creamy tan head.
Aroma: Aroma is light sour cherries with sweet vanilla, caramel and light bubblegum. Very appealing aroma, mild and balanced.
Taste: Prominent sour cherry with oak tannins following, not overly sour but prominent. Underlying vanilla and caramel, nice beer.
Palate: Medium bodied, highly carbonated.
Overall: Solid and unexpected beer. I like the complexity in the aroma even if it doesn’t fully transfer to the taste. Worth a buy!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5359) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2015
330ml dark bottle, unfiltered, from Southampton beer shop. £4.70. I can see the brewers have made something of an effort here, but the end result doesn’t seem to live up to the effort or the price. Body is rather thin, and I suspect that’s the result of using the wild yeast, which has consumed the sugars. The yeast has left a pleasant slightly tart, fruity/vinegary aroma, but that seems poor compensation for the loss of body and malt character. The aroma is pleasant, but it’s not wonderful. You can pick up the vanilla flavours from the oak soaking, but these flavours are more suited to red wine than malty ale, so I’m not finding the flavours and aroma present in this beer complement each other. My feeling is that I might have enjoyed the original 7% old ale rather more before the wild treatment. That’s not to say I don’t like this. I do. It’s a pleasant beer - relaxed and restrained in its flavours, which suits me. But I just feel that it could be something more, and I find that makes me slightly uncomfortable. Give me this beer blind, and I think I would enjoy it more. Load me up with expectations, and ask me to pay over £4 for 330ml, then I am going to want a little bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Buongiorgio00 (933) - - MAR 16, 2015
Opera da maestri, davvero. Uno dei picchi di questo stile, che sa coniugare tradizione e originalità. Profonde note acido-acetiche accompagnate da sfumature legnose, fruttate e leggermente vinose. Exellent!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
suprchunk (2505) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2015
Reddish brown pour. Big off white head. Plenty of lacing. Funky malt aroma. Taste is watered down malt with a slight trace of funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omega (778) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 12, 2015
Complex beer on all fronts. The bourbon barrels come through on the nose, yet on the palate it shows more like a red wine. Little bit of cherry, but on the whole a great beer.

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