bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber at Cafe Veloce in Kirkland. Pours clear ruddy brown with a quickly fading tan head. The aroma has a lot of red wine in it, along with cherries and oak. Light body and moderate carbonation. Lightly sweet taste with a lightly tart finish. As much as I like this beer, and even though barrel aging adds complexity, ’The Dissident’ is one more example of how wine barrels work better on paper than they do in practice. Maybe in a year or so when the flavors mellow a bit and the brett has a chance to have its way? The cherries end up being an aside. On the bright side, the Dissident does a superlative job of "hiding the booze."
Taverner (1067) - San Ramon, California, USA - SEP 15, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smooth, as smooth as Superfly. The nose is a little metallic, but this fades after the pour. The flavor and resulting nose is bananas with sourness. This does not taste 11%. This is perhaps the smoothest 11% beer I’ve ever had.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a small pink ring of bubbles. Smells of oak, sour cherries, some funky hints, some touches of residual sugar. Taste yields lots of acidity and sourness with a hint of sweetness still there and lots of cherry tartness. Very enjoyable.
robforbes (2001) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a clear brown with a red tint, small tan head that dissipates quickly, above average carbonation, good lacing.
smell is sour, fruit, malt, alcohol, some woodiness to it.
taste is tart, raspberry, sour malt, oak, ends dry and bitter, leaves the mouth tart.
Caskalefan (136) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2008 I’m in love with this rendition of a Flanders style Oud Bruin/Kriekbier. The color, head, and particularly the lacing are exquisite. The nose is quite refined, and redolent of sour cherries, some restrained, and even elegant banyard/horseblanket (an amazing paradox in itself) very subtle hints of baker’s chocolate, and a touch of something like pomegranite.
The body is not too rich, but nicely mouthcoating, and the flavors echo the aromas, with the pinot noir, and cabernet barrel aging quite evident. There is a nice tartness, although it is somewhat muted compared to the nose...this contributes to this ale’s elegance, but restrains its wildness. Perhaps the Brett will open up with some more aging, but even if it doesn’t, I’m thrilled with how this beauty turned out, (in fact, I’m sort of hoping it doesn’t, since that might impact negatively on the refined elegance the beer has already) It’s my hands-down favorite among The Deschutes Reserve series, thusfar, and one of my favorite three beers ever (the other two being Olde Curmudgeon, and Stillenacht Reserve 1996).
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a frothy, somewhat large bubbled, initially three-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is dark amber / plum color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, light cranberry color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite wine like as it smells of dark fruit and oak. Further inspection yields a noticeable, but light, lactic tartness that accentuates aromas of sour grapes, tart plums and fermented raisins. The oak is the most dominant part of the nose with spicy oak notes, a woody tannic sort of thing, a touch of butterscotch, and some light vanillin notes towards the finish. This actually gets fairly toasty towards the finish (a bit like lightly browned saltine crackers) that is definitely malt induced but could also be from some toasty oak influence. The fruit aromatics get a touch jam like as the beer warms up a bit too.
Fairly thick and chewy with a tart, fruitiness that sort of clings to the palate, but doesn’t provide much, if any at all, sweetness. The oak character seems to have contributed lots of tannic structure that has influenced the body and mouthfeel of this beer. this has quite a bit of berry-accented red wine like flavors to it as well as just a touch of perceived fruity sweetness. The finish has a fair amount of oak influence, but it is only one part of this beer and does not play the leading role that it did in the aroma. The tartness is actually less than it was in the aroma too, even though it was fairly light there. This has a substantial, flavorful, though somewhat soft, sour cherry flavor to it, especially as the beer warms up; both the flavorful tannic skin contributes to the flavor as does a fleshy cherry fruitiness. As it warms it also picks up some concord grape flavors as well as definitely getting more sweet.
This is a really easy drinking sour beer; it is very soft for a wild fermented beer and quite clean. The wine barrels and cherries almost seem to be more influential than the wild bugs, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. This is actually on the simplistic side for something that could have been funky and challenging; on the plus side though it is quite refined. This is fantastically drinkable, especially considering its alcohol content & I definitely like the bright fruit character that is here as well as the balance provided by the oak character.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
Reid (1717) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bought from Roths Vista Market,Salem,OR
Bright brown beer with a tan head, thats pretty smal and bubbly,leaves goodly lace.
Marvelous aroma to this one: malty,spicy, fruity( green apple and sour plooms),sour..like fresh lemon juice or good vinegar.Lovelly stuff.
Tartness,semi-sweet malts compete..with a building yet gracious sourness building to coat the tongue, soor plooms aagain , and a bite of cooking apple/crab apple.Slight "barnyard" and oaky residue .
Lovelly and lively on the tongue..great long lasting sourness.
Overall a very nice beer. I m far from being even competent in this style..but this was most enjoyable.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle - clear, dark brown with yellow highlights; off-white head quickly fades to the edges; a pretty looking beer for sure; lots of funk right away in the aromas; also some brown sugar, musky, cherries, orange peels and vinegar; kind of reminds me of JP BdM GR so far; body is thin with some zing from the flavors and mild carbonation; sourness is muted; texture mix is on the rich side; sourness level is just about where i like it, but flavor falls a little flat
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at PDX pub. Dark ruby body with a very thin swirly head that laces beautifully. Nose is funky and fruity. Bright acidity with sweetness and mild earthiness. Very balanced acidity up front fades into cherry and caramel notes. Doesn’t show a drop of alcohol. Full-bodied but not heavy with tingling carbonation, probably a touch more than the style ought to have. Nonetheless this is a huge success for Deschutes, and will probably grow more complex with age (especially since the bottle ratings seem to indicate too much oak and not enough funk).
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22. Super-cool label. Which says 9% for the bottled version, if you’re keeping score at home. Pours a crystal clear dark reddish brown under a towering, thick, moussy tan head that hangs around for a fair little while. Humongous sour cherry, balsamic vinegar, and oak nose. Really funky, strong, and inviting. Taste starts out sharp, plenty of cherry and balsamic. Then the mid-palate goes away to practically nothing, really light and actually disappointing. There’s kind of a CO2 bubble that forms in the mouth. Massive oak tannins take over after the mid-palate, and that woody astringency is pretty much the finish. Not bad for a V1, especially from a dedicated brewer of American ales a million miles from Belgium. If they can body it up and get some depth and complexity across to the finish, they’ll have a serious shot at a world classic here.