Brewed by Wild Beer
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Shepton Mallet, England
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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.

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icehawk's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (876) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Draft. Nice aroma with hints of raspberry and other fruits and a nice oak backbone. Nice slightly dry finish. Good tartness that isn’t mouthpuckering.

wekker84 (2420) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - DEC 10, 2017
Bottle a dark brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts fruits red fruits yeast caramel and sourness flavor malts fruits spicy red fruits some caramel and a sour aftertaste

Drago7 (509) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 8, 2017
Z: bretty mocne, susz winogron, agrestowa, wino z tyłu. S: bretty mocno, gdzieś sie slodycz kołacze. Z old ola to niewiele zostało.

theprof (1301) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2017
Tap. Some oak on the nose but otherwise it is a malty beast. Pours brown clear body with white lace top. Taste is medium to strong sweetness with light sourness. Palate is medium bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation, and finish remains sweet. Maybe 90 days is not enough. Disappointing

MD11 (111) - - NOV 12, 2017
Bevuta in bottiglia. Colore caramello scuro con schiuma beige. Al naso aceto balsamico, cioccolato, botte. In bocca sembra un aceto balsamico di 20 anni. Perfetta.

sharky2kx (25) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - NOV 4, 2017
Nose opens on heavy balsamic vinegar. Initially off putting but as the beer area, it sits back to allow the fruit and wine flavours more exposure.
The palate is all about balsamic, yeast, wine and predominantly, exquisite champagne. I was so surprised when I began to feel I was drinking a decent krug.
A downside is that I found no Bourbon flavours anywhere, which could have reigned back the sometimes-overwhelming balsamic. Very interesting.

ogivlado (8167) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 31, 2017
On tap at Pivoteka Zagreb. Brown coloured, minimal off-white head, fruits and vinager in the nose. Acidic/sweet fruity (balsamic like), notes of cherries and berries with distinct red wine barrel touch. Dry tartish finish.

Ascelja (1793) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 10, 2017
Tap. Very dark red to dark amber, small off-white head. Aroma of honey, alcohol, rowanberries, citruses, bourbon, barrel tones, lactic tones, wood. Taste is strongly sour, sweetish finish. Gooseberries, red currant, sour fermented honey, bourbon, red wine, red grapes, caramel bonbons, toffee. Fuller body, moderately carbonated. <>Greatly balanced! Just perfect!

scirtes (723) - POLAND - OCT 7, 2017
Bottle. Pours redish-brown, with small, beige head. Aromas of red fruits, some sourness, woody notes, very vinous. Taste is subtle sour, fruity, with a bit tannic aftertaste. Aroma is a bit more promosing than taste but still this is a very interesting beer.

Rotin (1803) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 5, 2017
Draught at BeerGeek Bar. Deep copper colored. AROMA- very pleasant, bourbon, barrel, malts. FLAVOR- a bit sweet, quite sour, bourbon, red wine, malts, tart red berries. Fuller bodied.
Really good.

msbernac (2877) - Krakow, POLAND - OCT 3, 2017
Aroma-red wine, sour fruits
Appearance-brown, hazy, tan foam
Taste-medium sweetness, medium sourness, lightly bitter,
Palate-medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish,
Overall-very good

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