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


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 226   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Share this beer with friends!
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 (2340) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
djoeye (2226) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2015
Looks near clear ruby, tan bumpy good head. Philigranz lacing. Big blend of sour dark and red fruits to the nose. Tastes fizzy sour fruits and berries, juicy wood and malts. Short finish with juice. Body’s normal, carbonation’s fizzy juicy feel. Wild, not old ale. [33cl br bottle, abv7%, BB10.11.2019, B@Vinmonopolet 9008, T@höme17May]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhammaren (1288) - FINLAND - MAY 16, 2015
.5l on tap @Vihreä Haltiatar. Pours cloudy dark brownish red with low head. Aroma is malts, vinegar, dark fruits, sour. Flavor is dark malts, dark fruits, vinegar, some alcohol and some citrus. Dry and sour palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
metalspice (241) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2015
Brunt, uklart med et lite rødskjær. Sur lukt med frukt og gress. Også et lite søtt preg. Surt preg i smaken sammen med litt mer jord og nøtteaktige toner Litt besk mot slutten. Tørr munnfølelse.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (6824) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2015
Draught @ Konttori. Aroma has tart berry juice tones and blackcurrants. Flavour has vinegar, red wine, sour berry juice and hints of licorice. Also woody tones and slightly sweet malt. Balanced, but these sour berry juices are not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarpa (1064) - FINLAND - MAY 13, 2015
Tap @ Konttori. Pours slightly hazy dark amber, beige head. Tart woody, dark berries aroma. Tart, wood, berries, caramel, in the flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlainG (1430) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2015
De couleur brune rougeâtre, sans mousse. C’est tellement acidulé au nez, qu’on a l’impression de sentir du vinaigre balsamique . Une acidité propre à certains fruits, tel que les framboises, le fruit de la passion, le raisin muscat et la cerise. Ça engourdit le palais dès la première gorgée de façon assez puissante, tellement, que ça en est toute une expérience sensorielle. On garde l’effet un bon moment. Ensuite, on goûte à du bois, du poivre, de la levure sauvage et à du citron. C’est intense et c’est sûrement ce chemin qu’ils ont voulu prendre. (1426-030415)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1323) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2015
Red-ish brown body with beige head that leaves some lacing. Fruity, sweet, sour and strong aroma of tart red berries (mainly cherries), fermented berries, vinegar and funk. Quite strong flavour of cherry and other red berries, vinegar, funk and barnyard. Mid-bodied and some dryness in the finish. A brilliant one.
[33 cl bottle shared with mfroseth@Grünerløkka Brygghus, Oslo]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GlassBrass440 (246) - 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 (1855) - 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 (1529) - 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.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 23

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50