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


on tap

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RATINGS: 360   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (4850) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle from House of Trembling Madness bottle shop, York. Horse chestnut brown. Off white, thin, but lasting head. Aroma is cherry lips, muscovado sugar, a hint of dark chocolate. The yeast is there, in the background. Hint of licorice too. Taste is sour, and sweet, then bitter. Mighty fine, complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ritzn (1107) - GERMANY - MAR 26, 2017
Black with large beige head. Aroma is fizzy tablet grapes earth yoghurt. Taste is sour fruits smooth sweet cocoa stracciatella. Incredibly smooth and drinkable. Medium body. Not heavy. I dont like the mix of chocolate and fruit so much. But well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FinnIckler (318) - GERMANY - MAR 26, 2017
Draft at taphouse Munich. Pours black with brown head. Nose is a mixture of stout and fruity wild notes, Joghurt . Palate is fizzy tablet, just a touch of stratiatella and Joghurt. Sour finish. Really smooth, velvety. Reminds me of a Joghurt I had as a child. Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ctipping (1721) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2017
330 mL bottle. Pours a deep red with a medium khaki head. Smells of red wine, cherries, caramel malt, oak, and a touch of acetic acid. Tastes of red wine, sweet caramel malt, oak, tart cherries. Oaky and dry in the back end with a slight vinegar sour finish. Medium low carbonation. Pretty heavy and kinda sweet. A heavy and sweet, mildly sour brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mishnok (214) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2017
Interesting beer which almost tastes like a red wine. Pours dark red from the 330ml bottle with a sour cherry like aroma. Bit of carbonation in it and a sourish red wine, off cherry taste. Very good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CurlyJoe (193) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2017
Dark brown, not too hazy, absolutely zero head. Very funky aroma, almost like off fruit but in a good way. Maple-y. Builds in sourness when tasted, initially mild but ends big. Rusty, brown, rye taste. Very refreshing and carbonated. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (1456) - Kiel, GERMANY - FEB 16, 2017
Flemish Red Alarm!!! Sour and funky and sooo simple lgger. Ausgewogen und geheimnisvoll leicht ;)...Tap. 0,1. TAPHOUSE MUNICH.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigtaster (939) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2017
Wild yeast. Dark brown opaque with large light brown head. Very sour nose, marzipan, molasses. Medium body, medium to high sourness, light carbonation, a hint of funk. Long savory finish, some pepper and anise. Good but complexity is lacking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (3771) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2017
[email protected] Tap House Mnchen during BKL 2017 - Fr. - - "A study in patience" quickly becomes a "study in tolerance" once you notice, too late, that an imported 33cl glass of this, foam-free, in Munich now sells for a staggering 11,90. In se a decent, somewhat superficial crafty tribute to Liefmans Gouden Band, a provision beer of the same ultimately UK pedigree that would merit its own hype-free introduction to Munich craft beer drinkers unfamiliar with Oud Bruin. Terrible, self-awarely priceless, beauties are being born...and I would advise EU craft bars to at least put Rodenbach Grand Cru or Liefmans on the menu for a fair comparison. - Old vinegar, caramelly roast malts, sweet cherry and a paradoxical "superficial depth" studded on lacto and oak sustain flavours that are familiar from Gouden Band, but remain unpolished with watery pockets. I am willing to sample this side by side with its classic style example if someone is willing to put up the cash. #BrexitBeerDegentrificationNow

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmzl (308) - SLOVENIA - FEB 10, 2017
Bourbon-ish oak, chocolaty backbone clashes a bit with high medium lactic acidity, still not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
oobawa (1003) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2017
Pretty abysmal sour, combining a fast-dissipating tartness with a oak-tinged aspirin-n-seltzer finish. Lacks any wild yeast funk, and the taste briefly flits about wild-cherry-and-lemon acidity but quickly fades to nothingness. Smells and looks decent, but its all lies. This beers terrible.

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