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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 200   ABV: 6.66%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This Arcane Seal guards an enigmatic brew that is Funky, Dark, and Sour. If you choose to break the seal, you have been warned!
100% Brettanomyces dark beer fermented in stainless and aged in used red wine barrels.

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3.7
BeerandBlues2 (13323) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 16, 2017
Draught. Pours brown with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention. Aroma is moderate plum acetic sourness, cherries with light toast malt and aged earthy hops, light Brettanomyces. Flavor is moderate acetic cherries and plums with light toast malt, light earthy hops and bitterness with soft spices, horsey Brettanomyces and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.8
luttonm (6279) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2017
Barrel Aged blind tasting at Andrew’s. From bottle. Hazy dark mahogany. Small ring foam. Dark red fruit, brett tart. Leather and cherry. A little vinegar on nose and body. Spicy, alc note maybe. Fairly bright. Good, dark earthiness and spice.

3
mjmoen (536) - - MAY 10, 2017
D-. Pours a black color with khaki head. Accidently forgot "wild ale" means sour, otherwise i wouldn’t have gotten it. Far too sour

4.3
sarauckelman (540) - Durham, Durham, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2017
Clear chestnut brown with no head. Lovely fruity sour aroma. Sweet fruits on the front tapering into sour fruits -- sour but not overpoweringly puckering. A little bit malty. Medium bodied and really delicious.

3.9
uckelman (799) - Durham, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2017
Pours chestnut brown, clear. Ring of head. Funky, sour, winey aroma. Sweet and sour. Not much bitterness. Medium body.

3.7
dinkle50 (1477) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2017
Deep reddish brown pour with a thin head. Aroma has hints of wine and fruit, mostly cherries. Light bodied with a very complex taste. Cherries, oak, vanilla and wine. There is a slight tartness to this as well. Lively carbonation with a lingering tartness. Dry finish.

4
Ronritter (734) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2017
On tap at surly pours yellow with small white head, Really enjoyed the crisp tart flavor of this sour,

3.9
hayduke (5211) - Eureka, California, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Sampled at GABF 2105. Somehow I missed entering Surly’s offerings from my tasting notes. My battery had run dead on my IPAD so I I had to resort to written notes. In the tasting glass this was cloudy red amber, with white foam. Nose of sounds and some cherry ir something similar. Medium body a mouth feel with some zip. Flavor is light fund and sour fruit, probably cherry. Finishes wth a nice tartness. Very nice.

4.2
degbert (1773) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Bottle. Side note: if you’re going to seal your bottle with wax, use wax. This plastic crap is a pain in the ass. That said...Pours a rich red brown with a shallow, fine-grained, light tan head. Nose is cherry, apple, acetic acid, pipe tobacco, smoke, cut wood, maple syrup, and washed-rind cheese -- that’s fun. On the tongue, it’s an insistent announcement of sour and bitter at the front of the mouth, then some sweetness and fruit chimes in on the midpalate. The bitterness sticks around; it’s a very herbal bitterness, like licorice or wormwood. The sourness is restrained, but definitely present. The finish closes up into a softer, liqueurish bitterness; it’s almost amaro-like. Elegant, precise, and nevertheless emphatic. Wow.

3.6
McWorta (1627) - LUXEMBOURG - SEP 3, 2016
Amber-copper colour with a small off white head. Aromas of toasted wood, hay, barnyard funk, wet wood, berry fruits and a hunch of balsamic vingear with a herbal undertone develop. Soft and lightly slick with a medium body. Sweet-sour with a very light bitterness. Lasting mouth watering finish. Nice!


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