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


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RATINGS: 368   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Wischylini (297) - Grimstad, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2015
Pours hazy dark brown, with a creamy tan head. The aromas are cherries, oak, vanilla, red wine (or port?), leather, tobacco, and horseblanket. The taste is moderately sour, with some subtle sweetness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is mouthpuckering, both from oak tannins and sourness. The carbonation is medium-low, and the body is full. One of the most complex, interesting and tasteful beers Ive ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onceblind (8900) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 30, 2016
Deep dark amber/brownish under a thin ring of ivory foam. Wild and funky tart nose thats slightly malbec-ish, meaty, deep earthy red berries and something semisweet and a touch herbal. Enticingly good. Big wild flavor that hits with a load of funky tartness without much pucker--all flavor no acidity! Just a mellow funky tart red berry and red wine barrel tone thats got some gamey red meat tone, mild earthy fruity sweetness and a oaked, wild, red wine-esque finish. Amazing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (9267) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 10, 2015
300 ml. bottle @ home. Purchased @ Caigny. BBF 10.11.2019. Very interesting beer / concept, clearly inspired by British brewing history, I have always been interested in trying something like this. Dark wood brown with a very dark amber hue, little tanned head. Nose is pleasant sour red wine, vinegar, balsamic vinegar, very sour dark cherries, puckering oak, sour malts with very light sweetness in the back. Taste is delicious red wine with plenty of pleasant vinegar, sour dark cherries, puckering red wine, cherry pits, red berries sour, plenty of red current, Woody & faint coffee aftertaste. Low carbonation, thinned sour malts, Basically a lovely Oud Bruin, highlighting the link of these beers with British brewing history. Wild Beer is very hit and miss for me, this is a clear hit. A touch watery which does lend it a high drinkability, finish caries a light sweetish Coca-Cola note which is a bit odd.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beersiveknown (5205) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle at home from source cafe. Pours hazy brown with pillowy toffee tinged head. Chestnut highlights. Spicy hay and wood notes on the nose with underlying vanilla coke, rich alcohol and a touch of pear (yeast esters rather than higher alcohols). Balsamic vinegar replaced by earthy blackcurrants. low carbonation, fairly dry with a lengthy finish. Coffee, cola, bitter malt, medium bodied. A complex sipper.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (4474) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle from Birmingham Beer Bash. Didnt like the sound of this. DID like the taste of this. Great sour body, light on the tongue, but tasty and dngsgimg. Lovely cherry and raspberry notes. Its a bit sour, a bit fruity, a lot tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wellsbeer (10) - Somerset, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2016
Wicked beer, very complex. Has changed a lot over a couple of years. But drinking really nice at the moment. Wont go into tasting notes as its all there. But highly recommend

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poech73 (390) - Braine, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2016
Sample @ 2d Tilquin English Beer Festival + Open doors -- Sour red brown ale >> Daprs le brasseur, bire mrie en ft de bourbon. >> Une dgustation superbe qui se singularise par son quilibre entre acidit, sucre et vieillissement. Son nez est trs parfum: lgrement acide, bois vanill lgrement fum avec des pointes balsamiques accompagn dun houblon herbeux quasi inerte. Lacidit arrive lattaque avec une gale puissance au corps fort malt assez doux sans vritable rondeur si ce nest en rtro avec un retour du bourbon sur un ct lger sirupeux vanill, livrant en plus de fort armes malts et boiss de barriques. Avec surprise un gentille amertume arrive en finale avec prgnance. Lalcool se fait aussi bien sentir livrant une agrable chaleur dans le gosier. Yum yum

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (1559) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (7632) - Rimini, ITALY - FEB 14, 2013
33cl bottle for CBC, Clerkenwell. It pours a deep ruby / mahogany colour with a huge beige head. Actually this is a slow gusher. Foam is soapy and looks bretty, leaving lacings on the side of the glass as it dissipates. Aroma is quite complex with wine, bourbon and brett above all. Notes of port wine and madeira, leather, tobacco and vanilla. Brett funk in there too. Taste is mostly sweet and slightly acidic. Some tiny smoky notes. The taste is very similar to the nose, but more muted in intensity. Certainly full of red wine, bourbon and barnyard notes. A great combo to me. Palate is quite thin with soft carbonation. Only thing where this beer could improve to me is in getting a bit more body. All else is sublime and well executed. It could use some more intensity in flavors as well, but overall a greta brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sebilinz (2152) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 23, 2013
Bottle dark Brown Body with nice tan head Aroma is malt caramell with hints of vinegar taste is malt dried fruits some sourness with tannins aftertaste is malt sour and bitter Wonderful complex and balanced brew

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