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

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RATINGS: 391   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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Camons (12450) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2017
Draught @ Mig & Ølsnedkeren. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, light caramel, light sourness, wood, berries, cherries, dark fruit, little balsamico. Flavor is sweet, light sour, malt, caramel, wood, oak, light spicyness, berries, dark fruit. Medium body, average carbonation, sweet and light acidic finish. 8-4-8-4-16. 240617

4.1
blueruin (98) - - JUN 21, 2017
Pours a deep ruby red. The aroma is complex, dark tannic wine with a very distinctive balsamic note. Promises a very complex beer. The flavour is actually somewhat more one-dimensional than the aroma suggests - good tangy red grape with oaky depth and richness, pepper and bramble. It’s great, but all quite overridden by the sour tang - doesn’t quite deliver the complex finish I’d want. Some good juicy sour cherries in there too. Normally sceptical of pairing suggestions, but this is genuine spot on - would be fab with game-y meat.

3.8
Muggus69 (2494) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2017
330mL bottle from Carwyn Cellars, Melbourne Rather enticing deep ruby beer, near-opaque, holds a tan rim in anticipation. Brooding aroma promises great things - vinous blackberry, blueberry, currants, old wood & butter, with dark caramelised malt notes. Palate has lovely weight, reasonably thick & substantial yet a balancing tartness & tannin structure. Body delivers what aroma promises and more - very vinous in the best sort of way - reminiscent of a Pinot Noir in some ways - blackberry, dark cherry (pit, stalk & all), touch of forest floor mulchiness to boot with chewy tannins, buttery vanilla oak - and if that was no enough you have a lovely rich dark toffee malt sweetness to accompany proceedings, slightly nutty as is warms. Very smooth finish. Lovely beer, enjoyed it immensely!

3.6
bytemesis (8411) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 4, 2017
Bottle. A bit of a gusher on opening. Pours reddish chestnut, small beige head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. Some fairly large floaties. Aroma is dark fruits, wood tannins, roast, molasses. Flavor is light sweet, light bitter, a hint of tartness perhaps. Medium body, soft. Interesting.

3.8
Lilja (3165) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2017
Flaska från SB. Tack Samuel214. Syrliga toner som drar åt kolaremmar, körsbär och kandisocker. Stora ektoner och tanniner tillsammans med rödvin. Den liksom luktar snustorr och stram. Något större kropp. Inte alls så torr som förväntat, snarare lite oljig. Smaken drar åt rödvinsvinäger och körsbär. Lite ek. Även en del alkohol som värmer på jämte lite bittra toner och en snäll beska. Helhetsintrycket drar mycket åt ett lite eldigare rödvin. Trevlig!

3.7
beer-yum (1710) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 20, 2017
Funky tart aroma in a deep red brown pour. Similarly complex flavour profile with sweet malt, tart berries and funky wood - all with the subtlety of the Belgian masters. One of my favourite beers of the style.

3.8
WilleLW (273) - Lund, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2017
Dark brown colour. Aroma of wild yeast, cherry, port wine, some tart and strawberry. Taste of a mix of sour and sweet berries, tart, cherry, some yeast. Well balanced!

4
rodsquad (243) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2017
Keg at Casc. Pours deep dark browny ruby red. Aroma reveals plenty tannins, aniseed, red winey-ness and toffee chew sweetness. More tannins in the taste with soft apple, lively sweet n sour fruits. Finished with a gentle pepper earthiness. Body is soft and smooth with the gentlest prickle of a sparkle. There’s fresh sweet fruit tannins, toffee sweetness and dark fruit sourness. There’s absolutely heaps going on in this wonderful ale. Superbly different.

3.7
Samuel214 (1147) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2017
Flaska från SB. Mörk rödbrun med liten beige skumkrona. Syrliga toner som drar åt kolaremmar, körsbär och kandisocker. Stora ektoner och tanniner tillsammans med rödvin. Den liksom luktar snustorr och stram. Något större kropp. Inte alls så torr som förväntat, snarare lite oljig. Smaken drar åt rödvinsvinäger och körsbär. Lite ek. Även en del alkohol som värmer på jämte lite bittra toner och en snäll beska. Helhetsintrycket drar mycket åt ett lite eldigare rödvin. Trevlig!

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Antzrhere (181) - Blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2017
UPDATED: APR 30, 2017 Very oakey and distinct malt vinegar. Winey dryness coupled with malt vinegar. Sour beers arent my goto style and some of the better examples IMO blend the sour characteristics to balance it out. For me this novel but way too acidic to be enjoyable


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