The Rare Barrel’s Ensorcelled
This week’s Whale A Week is an unusual sour beer from California–The Rare Barrel‘s Ensorcelled. I first heard about The Rare Barrel when they were on The Brewing Network’s Sunday Session podcast. Just a day later I bought a large portion of a fellow beer hoarder’s cellar from him and discovered a stash of Rare Barrel (fairly new to the market) in his stash. Based purely on what I had heard from the brewer/blender Jay Goodwin on that interview I asked if he would throw in those beers for me as well. I’ve now tried three of them and have been blown away by all of them! I’ve been saving the bottle we tasted today for special occasion but wasn’t sure it really qualified as a Whale. In 2014 the beer won a gold medal in the World Beer Cup and just a few weeks ago won a silver in the 2015 GABF! Now this is a Whale! RateBeer gives it a 99 and Beer Advocate gives it a surprisingly low score of 89.
The beer is made of a blend of their dark sour beer fermente …
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