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


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RATINGS: 226   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beersiveknown (3715) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle at home from source cafe. Pours hazy brown with pillowy toffee tinged head. Chestnut highlights. Spicy hay and wood notes on the nose with underlying vanilla coke, rich alcohol and a touch of pear (yeast esters rather than higher alcohols). Balsamic vinegar replaced by earthy blackcurrants. low carbonation, fairly dry with a lengthy finish. Coffee, cola, bitter malt, medium bodied. A complex sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (4054) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle from Birmingham Beer Bash. Didn’t like the sound of this. DID like the taste of this. Great sour body, light on the tongue, but tasty and dngsgimg. Lovely cherry and raspberry notes. It’s a bit sour, a bit fruity, a lot tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (3555) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2013
33cl bottle for CBC, Clerkenwell. It pours a deep ruby / mahogany colour with a huge beige head. Actually this is a slow gusher. Foam is soapy and looks bretty, leaving lacings on the side of the glass as it dissipates. Aroma is quite complex with wine, bourbon and brett above all. Notes of port wine and madeira, leather, tobacco and vanilla. Brett funk in there too. Taste is mostly sweet and slightly acidic. Some tiny smoky notes. The taste is very similar to the nose, but more muted in intensity. Certainly full of red wine, bourbon and barnyard notes. A great combo to me. Palate is quite thin with soft carbonation. Only thing where this beer could improve to me is in getting a bit more body. All else is sublime and well executed. It could use some more intensity in flavors as well, but overall a greta brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sebilinz (883) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle dark Brown Body with nice tan head Aroma is malt caramell with hints of vinegar taste is malt dried fruits some sourness with tannins aftertaste is malt sour and bitter Wonderful complex and balanced brew

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pkomar (224) - Poznan, POLAND - JAN 19, 2015
Graet aroma. Red wine at first, then come belgian beer-like fruits, bananas, a hint of vanilla and some caramel. Pours dark brown with quite big, creamy head with nice lacing. Low bitterness, medium sweetness, some sourness in there as well. Complex beer, that’s for sure - I like it a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OwainTurner (388) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
Dark cloudy apperance... Figs, banana and fruit aroma. Incrdble smooth. Sweet, and slightly sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (2331) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (5069) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 4, 2014
Bottle. Dark copper brown with a small head. Nice sour fruit aroma with yoghurt and caramel notes. Complex flavours, good dry tannins after the initial sour berries, a bit woody, warming alcohol, hints of chocolate. A greatly balanced and complex sour ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4783) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2014
Bottled. 5cl sample. The aroma has caramel, raisin, citrus, hint of wine. Hazy, brown coloured beer with a big, off-white head. The taste is medium sour, has sweetish caramel and raisins, citrus. Very smoothly carbonated. Pretty decent stuff, well made.

   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)

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