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


on tap

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RATINGS: 348   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7166) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Keg @ The White Horse On Parsons Green. The pours a soupy, murky reddish brown color with a tiny off-white head. The nose is salted dark chocolate, tangy red berry, balsamic, some wood. The taste is more tangy red berry jam. Slightly tannic, more balsamic. Slight hints of brett and buggy wood. These funky flavors are supported by a fat malty body. Notes of chocolate, charred grain, ash and leather. Dry woody finish. Easy to drink, this beer wears the ABV well. Overall, really nice effort. Thought-provoking stuff. Im looking forward to trying more Wild beers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aminatchime (30) - BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2017
Diep bruin-rode kleur. De geur is melkachtig en licht zurig. De smaak is intens melkzurig met een zoete toets.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrOrla (2488) - Odense C, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown with a small white head. Aroma of malt, dried fruits, nail polish, slight funky, fruity. Taste is heavy sour with sweet tones of caramel, acetone, slight herbal. Sour and dry loads of tannis.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (13069) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2016
New year tasting at Thomas. Brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of toffee, cherry, vanilla and vinegar with a hint of solvents. Sweet and sour flavour with toffee and fruity notes.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
ArtificialCyst (744) - Szczecin, POLAND - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle at The Office. Aroma: Caramel, funk, lactic acid, fruit and huge vinegar. Appearance: Low head, dark amber body. Taste: Awfully sour, lots of vinegar, caramel, malts, fruit, could clean a jammed pipe. Palate: Very astringent throat-burning finish, medium carb, medium-high body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IlGagario (119) - Modena, ITALY - DEC 29, 2016
On tap. Colore rosso sangue fino al marrone. Olfatto balsamico dal vinoso allacetico e fresco di frutta rossa. Carbonazione sottile, da media a molto attiva. Aroma da vinoso a acetico, di frutta rossa (ciliegie, fragole, amarene, lamponi e melograno). Gusto dolce da medio a pieno molto balsamico. Trama vinosa leggera, con corpo da leggero a medio. Un prodotto valido seppure inferiore a suoi contraltari pi blasonati (Grand Cru Rodenbach).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1640) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - DEC 13, 2016
Tasted this at the Six Degrees North, Glasgow on the 25th November 2016. Keg dispense. Opaque mahogany in colour with a thin white head. Malty aroma with sour fruit notes present. Thin mouthfeel and no lacing. Dark malt complex gives a moist fruitloaf base with sweet & sour notes of banana, fig, black grape and pineapple flavours. Could not detect any hop resins present in the aftertaste. Malty finish with oxidised red wine, sour mash notes of banana and fig still present in the mouth. A good attempt at a Flemish Red.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AaronTDubs (401) - - NOV 29, 2016
Dark brown with hints of red. Quickly dissipating head. Aromas of malt, funk, bread, caramel, balsamic vinegar and oak. Flavor is most balanced, but the finish is a bit off. Tastes of berries, vinegar, with a malty touch. Far too much wood flavor for me and it quickly dies on the palate. Tastes good, but lacks the depth of flavor I crave in this style. Either way, its a good non-Belgian version of Flemish red.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25695) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 26, 2016
Bottled (Spontaneous KSMT tasting). Ambery brown colour with a minor head, which vanishes quite quickly. Quite a tight and stinging aroma of sourness, some cherries, mild red berries and some slight winelike notes along with some slight wood. Flavour is tart berries, some sweet malts, mild funky notes as well as some slight yeast, cherries and mild dry madeira like notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shark_Pants (662) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2016
330ml bottle. An ugly duckling to look at - Murky cola colour with small fizzy tan head that recedes quickly. Strong aromas of cherries, plums, oak and balsamic vinegar. Wow, lots of flavour packed into the taste. The cherry and plum notes are definitely there, big whack of oak tannin, vanilla and red wine notes, apple cider vinegar, balsamic. Nice balance of sweetness and sour tang, dry oaky finish. Quite light bodied, spritzy and refreshing. Kind of like a Rodenbach Grand Cru dialled up to 11. Looks are deceiving, as this ugly duckling really is a beautiful swan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kokkenrolv (330) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2016
Bottle. Aroma is vanilla, oak, wood, dark dried fruit, plum. Deep dark red/brown, clear, very small head. Medium sweetness, light sour, taste is soft dark red fruits, plum, hints of vanilla. Medium body, soft carbonation, medium long slightly sour and complex finish. Delicious.

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