AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - APR 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Batch 009. Endless layers of berries and tart fruits in the aroma. The vapors emanating out of the bottle tell beautiful fables of times past, featuring funky Brettanomyces; barnyard; old wood; dried manure; overripe cherries; dust; molten candi sugar; plump, ripe strawberries; a whisper of old leather; and lime. It is magical and it reminds me a lot of my dad’s farm back when I was a child. But it doesn’t stop there: pour it into your glass and you’ll get fresher esters suggesting something like a sort of local cherry cola, not the multinational kind, but something you’d drink out of a clear-glass bottle. I’d call it artificial, but I know it’s only part of the picture. It pours a beautiful, very deep amber. The head, off-tan in color, is fizzy and gets out of your way pretty quickly, with no remnant of it sticking around. The taste is tart and sweet, like ripe berries bathed in lime juice, with accompanying bitterness that feels old and funky. It goes down and greets the stomach with burning sourness. The mouthfeel is medium, somewhat sticky and with carbonation that feels natural and lively. The aftertaste is a bit funky and barnyard-like, but mostly it is fruity, red, and tart. It’s hard to get over how good it is.
Mortlach (1870) - Rome, ITALY - JUN 12, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by ippopotamo36 @King Arthur (Rome), thanks Alberto! Pours reddish with a medium to little white head. Aroma of cherry, pinot noir, barnyard, dust, cellar mold. Flavour is vinous, citric, lactic, lots of red fruits, astringency. High body, medium to light carbonation. Rough and aggressive, but astonishing!
copestx (66) - Vesterbro, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2016
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at RR. Little head and light carbonation. Thin body for such complex taste. Sour cherry, oak, pinot, strawberry, funk deliciousness. Up there with the best sours in the world.
islay (2137) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small pour at a tasting, consumed on 5-7-16. Pours copper, clear with a little haze. Sour, malty aroma features scents of apple cider and purple grape. Really pleasant smell. Tart, sour taste. Lemon juice. Bitter. Metallic. Fresh, kettle-style sour mixed with a substantial, barrel-aged quality. Perfectly executed. Frothy in the palate. Really good.
thomashall (627) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade. Dark caramel color. Aroma has some cherries along with the wine barrel. Taste is acidic up front with dry wine finish. Not picking up much cherry in the taste. Really well done.
TH28 (355) - - MAY 6, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
375ml bottle. Bottled 8/25/15. Appearance: Tea colored light brown, with reddish orange tones. Clear with a moderate off white foam head that hangs in pretty well for a sour.
Aroma: Cherry is strong upfront, along with lactic acid, light toasted oak, and a distinct vinous note.
Taste: Starts with a light sweetness with a touch of cherry, that quickly turns to a funky, earthy, puckering sour. Back end is distinctly vinous and acidic.
Mouthfeel: Light body and moderate carbonation
Finish: Very dry, with a lingering musty oak and cherry. Tart.
Overall: A very unique sour in that the vinous quality of the Pinot noir barrel absolutely dominates the back end of this beer. This beer is puckeringly sour and tart, with a musty, funky quality. Leaves your mouth watering.
ippopotamo36 (1584) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa, CA-USA. Cloudy Amber pour, off-white head. Nose: fantastic! Sour cherries, vinegar, red wine. Terrific. Mouth: very acetic, extreme, some sweet ripped fruit. Top beer!
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Biroholik (771) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - MAY 1, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draught @ Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa, California (20.04.2016)
Sour Brown Ale leżakowane w beczkach po czerwonym winie Pinot Noir z lokalnej winiarni z Sonoma County. Leżakowało przez 12 miesięcy w beczce z kwaśnymi wiśnimi, dzikimi drożdżami Brettanomyces, bakteriami kwasu mlekowego Lactobacilllus i Pediococcus . 7 % alk. 15 BLG
Kolor ciemnego bursztynu, lekko zamglony. W aromacie mocna wanilia i potężne Bretty (stajnia, koń, siodło, siano). Po drugiej stronie barykady beczka, mokre drewno i ciemne owoce. W smaku umiarkowanie kwaśne, mocno owocowe. Zarówno smak, jak i aromat są bardzo złożone i wielowarstwowe. Kwaśny, dziki i owocowy posmak jeszcze przez długi czas po degustacji utrzymuje się w ustach. Potężne ciało, oleista, gęsta faktura. Ogromna pijalność! Coś pięknego! Mega-zajebiste!
stchloe (939) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 24, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
10/10 would beer again, incredible sour ale, sweet banana and sour cherry notes against a sour and slightly puckering strong wild yeasty flavor in back, the smell alone is enough.
donandres (297) - , Washington, USA - APR 20, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap to glass @ Russian River Brewing tap room@ Santa Rosa,CA
A: amber, small head, hazy
A: grapefruit, ooverripe pomelo, sugarcane
T: tart heavily sour like grapefruit
MF:long follow through/finish
OA: Excellent beer for the style, not to repeat, look for- not my preferred style, overpowring sourness
Drank: April 14, 2016
Alengrin (4344) - BELGIUM - APR 12, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
At an American beer tasting in Bruges, many thanks to Bart for sacrificing this upon my request - glad I can finally have a taste of this classic American sour. Medium, off-white, loose head, hazy peach blonde colour with amberish hue - less dark than expected based on the deScription. Lovely sour ale aroma indeed: sour apricot, sour cherry, sour yoghurt, sherry, passion fruit galore, mouldy orange, wet wood, wet leather, gooseberry, sour cream... Very estery taste, peachy, starfruit, tons of gooseberry and passion fruit, dryingly tart with sweetish side to it providing balance but the drying effect lasts till deep into the finish as it ought to be for any sour beer type; some soft caramelly and bready malt sweetness lurks underneath and provides balance and structure. Tart, dry, long finish with lovely but subtle woodiness, tons of lingering fruit esters and true fruit sourishness, complex, bit earthy. This is every bit as great as I have been reading in past years.