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RATINGS: 359   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Murky brown pour with some sediment. No real head to speak of. aroma was nice oaky, vanilla, vinous fruit, tannic tang. Smells quite nice. flavour was a bit underwhelming for me. Woody, tobacco, light earthiness. dark cherry and tart grape. Decent.


4
poisoneddwarf (2572) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2017
750 ml wax-dipped bottle from Happy Harry’s in ND. Creepy fucking bottle, like something from an ’80s horror movie. Aroma is oak, lactic, dark fruit, raisin, molasses. Pours hazy dark brown with orange highlights and a thin beige head. Taste is sour (7/10) and acidic with flavors matching the aroma; faint spiciness. Too much oak influence for me. I’m not getting Brett in aroma or flavor. A tad thin with soft carbonation. The oak is a bit too forward for me, but otherwise it’s good.

5
Jpmercer (53) - shakopee, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2017
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. [ I added the last part about Brett and the tags, beofre it didn’t say anywhere that it’s a Brett beer! Alex, May 2014 ] ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
BeerandBlues2 (13595) - 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 (6504) - 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 (553) - - 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 (542) - 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 (805) - 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 (1488) - 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 (786) - 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 (5551) - 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.


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