Ernesto987 (3010) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow this is incredible. Very Russian riveresque. Extremely tart flavor profile. Simply amazing
merc7186 (1462) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: Amber/Light Orangish Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Sour Mash, Tart Cherries, Black Pepper
T: Sour Mash, Tart Cherries, Black Pepper
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Sour, Mild Bitterness
Overall, a really sold and clean flaunder ale
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Draft, at BCTC 2008. Poured murky brown, capped with a thin off-white head. Complex aroma of wild yeast, oak, and grapes. Flavor nicely highlighted the brett, with notes of oak, grapes, vanilla, and caramel. Tart, but not overwhelming. Long, dry, finish, with oak and yeast the dominant flavors. Nice sour.
Resampled a batch 2 bottle today. Oak dominates the aroma, with plenty of grape and tannin in the background. Flavor seems to be more tart than I remember. Red grapes, wood, and tannins stick around for a lengthy finish. Really great beer, Iím glad I was able to grab a few for the cellar at yesterdayís release.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2011 Bottle. Pours an ugly amber brown body with a thin lacing of bubbles. Aromatic character is just mouthwatering; cherry, dried fruit leafs, sour funkiness, lightly woody, chardonnay, and hint of grapes. Mild sour cherry balsamic vinegar and dried fruits. Reminiscent of one of the awesome bullfrog beers in flavor. Very low acidity, tart lingering dull dark cherry mouth pucker with a light drying finish. Awesome brew, i think this will continue to appreciate with time. Batch 1 4.4.
I donít have notes for batch 2.
Batch 3. Pours a hazy orange bruin fleshy body with a yellow off white head. Loads of cherries, funky tart and Flemish. chewy cherries and grape notes. Not nearly as acidic as batch 2. Very nutty chewy finish. Light saccrin like sweetness very complex and comes together quite well. CL is back at it. 4.2
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
C&PLYFOTD: Bottle, courtesy Dickinsonbeer and dchmela. Murky caramel color, no head or lacing. Nose is big with tart, cherries and some tropical elements. Nice wine-like character, with slight oak as well. Flavor is just awesome, tons of tart woodsy badassery, extremely spicy and complex. Cherries, cider, plums. Medium-bodied, very tart but remarkably delicious, and so complex I feel like I could drink gallons before finding even half the flavors.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
BottleÖ C&PísLYFO ThrowdownÖ This beer rocks!... Murky, caramel-colored ale with little to no head. Granny smith - caramel apple aroma. Medium to full-bodied and very creamy with mellow carbonation. The flavor is an ultra sour (this stuff means business), caramel and lactic acid merger with little to no residual sugar. Finishes sour, raspy and dry. Awesome! Bottle provided by dchmela and Dickinsonbeer! * * Video = http://homepage.mac.com/maltajo/RATEBEER/iMovieThe
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle batch 1. Has an interesting aroma of mostly brett and tart acid. Has a nice touch of sweet grape in there, too. Medium light mouthfeel. Flavor is very sour. Probably the most sour beer Iíve tried from this brewer. Has fruit, lemon, funk that melds perfectly, and finishes leaving me wanting more. A huge thank you to Mike for opening this brew. Simply amazing.
hapjydeuce (910) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sent in trade by j12601. Thanks Jay! Shared this beauty with jarspag, Simon and Katie during the 6/27/09 D-METAL of Doom tasting in Del Mar. If tartness is your thing, this bitch is awesome! Pours an orange brown color, producing a light vanilla head and white swirls. A light amount of sediment settles to the bottom of the glass. Here comes the nose...A slam of sour lemon rind, lactobacillus, oak wood and biscuit. Barnyard is all over this beer. Very nice. Flavor follows suit nicely, with a hugely complex profile of biscuity yeast, red grape, funky old cheese, more lemon peel and a grassy, earthy undertone. Some sour green apple hangs in there with pear and grape notes finishing up in the end. Palate is tart, crisp, refreshing and SOUR. Medium to high carbonation. Right up my alley for this style of brew. Killer stuff.
MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2010 Bottle thanks to Mudpuppet (BA)!
Iíve been chasing this one since NYBeer joked about the unwashed beer nerds, piled up high in the back seats of each othersí cars, rubbing their hands greedily and, with an evil grin, successfully growling "Rosso!" to themselves as they sped off together from the release with their allotments. This was of course mentioned while we drank and hoarded all the rarities we could muster at the Southampton release on the very same day.
Slightly opaque mahogany, tan bubbles become a thin white film. The nose has supreme balance and reminds of a tart Sinnerís í08: strong citrus, grape, cherry and wood, light vanilla and brown sugar. Flavor begins slightly astringent with the heavy sour cherry notes (this doesnít bring in the fresh grape and lemon or faint malt as well as Castleton), more wood than the flavor, light balsamic and citrus. Then comes the awe inspiring fresh grape and more red wine, strong towards the finish and the two combining to impart a juicy note that blasts the mouth right before it goes all dry and puckering. Long-lasting grape notes that dance on the wine barrel. I tried to be objective here, even said Iíd keep it low just because it was rare and a sour, but in the end Iím just another nerd that loves rare beer and gets nerdy in its presence. Rosso! 9410519
4/2010, 10/2010 - Iíve had two bottles of b2. The first was 2-3 months old, still showing a lot of softness like b1, some grape though not as sweet as b1. At 8-9 months, carbonation gone, very thin and vinous, lots of grape sweetness (not sugars) but almost nothing else. Floating white flecks on top (ryan explained it, canít remember). Stunned by how bad this was. Hopefully b3 returns to b1 or early b2 goodness.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
huge thanks to moelikebeer. Incredibly sour with a vinous character -and oak butteriness which combined taste like chardonnay barrels were used. Funk and vinegar throughout with a delightful grape character. The aroma was much the same, and a lovely dark red color.