argo0 (11123) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(RBSG07, 750ml bottle) Cloudy lemon body, no head. Aroma is medium sweet, lemon, some cream, duskiness. Taste is medium sweet, sharp lemon. Light-medium body, some acidity. Seems one-dimensional, too tart -- could pass for an Imperial Berliner Weisse. I donít get the devotion to this.
Nuffield (3546) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Entrancing colors, light and hazy--very rare colors for beer come through. Aroma: spice. Flavor: lemon, sourness, grapes...delicious. It tingles as it goes down and offers layers of complexity. Vinous, champagne-like, completely drinkable but deserves to be sipped. I didnít know that this was top-50 when I had it, but it thoroughly deserves to be there. Absolutely outstanding.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG 2007: Bottle thanks to dickinsonbeer and Iowaherkeye thanks guys: Poured a cloudy gold with a white head. Aroma, intense funky sourness, some tart fruity notes as well. Flavor, sharp funk, sour, tart, some fruits grapes. There is some oak as well. Very good beer.
JK (4174) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
An interesting take on the style. I do prefer something a little more traditional, but this was a success. Sour and spicy aroma. A cloudy yellow beer, not brown or red. Very sour flavor. Some hop presence. I did get grape, before I knew it was made with grapes. Oak as well. I do like that this is exceptionally sour, but there was a grainy character that i just didnít care for. Quite good anyway.
1FastSTi (3233) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
RBSG 2007. The beer pours to a murky icky yellow straw colored body with a white head. The aroma is 95% similar to Jolly Pumpkinís Firefly (at least from memory). Funky cheese, complex malts, and funky yeasts. Perhaps some starfruit? Lemon zest, grapefruit zest, and grains of paradise. The flavor is very tart with fresh lemons, acidic lemon/citric acid, complex tart fruits, and malt. Very acidic but "delicate" insofar as it is masterfully blended. Tart acidic palate with tons of carbonation. Very low pH.
maniac (3581) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
RBSG 2007 Grand Tasting. Cloudy white body with a small white head. Sour wheat and fruit aroma. Sour grapefruit flavor with some light lemon in the ending.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting - one of the highlights of the night. Cloudy yellow pour with no head. Spectacular sour nose and with a sour body with apple dominant.
Batch 2: even better than the first. All sour yeast with a distinctly drinkable character. Not so much apple in this batch but incredible nonetheless
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008 Batch 2. Pale golden straw coloured brew with a fast-fading white head. Aroma is just lovely. Rich soft lactic tartness. A bit of lemony citrus as well. As the nose adjusts to this, you begin to notice all of the more subtle characteristics going on in back. Rich and softly tart with a nice malic white grape tartness as well. Soft fruitiness over a soft pilsner malt base that is still perceptible. The pineapple character that was so prominent in last years version is nowhere near as pronounced here. There is also a soft rich vanilla oakiness that adds yet another layer of complexity. Flavour is rich with perhaps a perfect balance of tartness and soft wild funkiness. White grapes, pink grapefruit, oak, white pepper and a soft lactic tartness that wraps in all up in thirst-quenching goodness. Truly a world-class brew. A softly lingering cooling spearminty character. Last yearís brew was so new and different from anything else that I think that accounted for a great deal of the high ratings (mine included)... this one is one of the best beers Iíve ever tasted. I hope this is a prelude to the Rosso coming out this winter... canít wait for more stuff from these guys.
Batch 1. Thanks to beastiefan2k for breaking this one out. Very pale cloudy beer, light yellow with a thick white head. Aroma is incredibly bright and fresh with loads of lactic/malic acid, tart fruit, pineapple and a hint of white grapiness. White pepper and loads of tart acidity. Very complex nose, with lots of wildness and a suggestion of brett as well. Warming gives a cooling spearmint flavour that is quite interesting as well. Wheaty and not unlike a very sour Berliner weisse. Tart apple, pineapple and pear flavours that back the tart bacterial sourness. Warming intensifies the sourness and the complexity... this stuff is world class and I canít wait to try it with another year on it
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JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2007 The only real disappointment with my trip to Captain Lawrence was the fact that they were out of this wonderful, yet very rare beer. Supposedly this wasnít even distributed - only available at the brewery and "accidentally" sent to Lazy Boy in White Plains. So I made the trip, and despite having to consume on premises, I managed to get one of the last available bottles. The appearance is a yellowish-fizzy color (poured into a Duvel glass). The aroma is captivating - A wonderful sour-tart mix of grape, lemon, lime, Brett - one of the best smelling beers ever. The taste has lots of tart citrus upfront, but mellows and goes down quite smoothly - citrus, sour/sugary flavors, wood, and Brett dominate this bad boy. Wonderful mouthfeel. Truly an experience - maybe Iíll be able to snag another one someday...........7/2/07 - Whaddayaknow - I end up in NYC at Blind Tiger and manage to find another bottle. Still amazing, what a beer. If only this was Philly, I could have brought this one home for aging. Maybe next time.
beastiefan2k (2198) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2007 Thanks Andrew (hophead75) for getting this for me from the brewery. 750ml bottle with a mangled label. Pours lemon juice yellow, such a light colored beer with absolutely no clarity in it. Full of yellow light but cannot see through it at all. Aroma was strong of bretty lemon juice for me. Smelled like lemon musk. Taste was cazy acidic and full of lemon brett. Think lemon juice, add white grapes with a mix of brett. It should have been called lemonade brett. Light and refreshing overall. Spritzy, spiky mouthfeel, tickling my cheeks. Very dry and acidic finish.
Update: was able to sample again, bottle at Blind Tiger. Despite my state at the tijme of the above rating, my notes were actually spot on. I wanted to add that when you get your snooze in there and really take it in there is also a cherry aroma that comes off of fresh brett. Also definite grapefruit juice flavors. A killer brew from a really good brewer.