adam42381 (376) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Bottled on 1/10/12 printed on label.
Appearance: Pours a light honey gold with a 1-2 finger sudsy snow white head. There is a fair amount of sludgy buildup inside the bottle where the cork came out, but it doesn’t seem to pour into the beer. The head dissipates quickly leaving a small ring around the edges before finally disappearing altogether. Little to no lacing once the head dissipates.
Smell: Tart, but not overpoweringly. There is a hint of barnyard funk to go along with apple cider, sweet white wine, lemon, vinegar and a touch of oak. Extremely complex aroma which balances sweetness with tartness.
Taste: Wow, that’s one intensely tart array of flavors! Vinegar and wine grape hulls up front followed by sweet cider and touch of funk in the middle before ending with lemon zest and just a faint hint of oak. Aftertaste is bitter, tart and very dry with notes of earthiness, oak tannins and a little funk.
Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with an very high amount of prickly carbonation. The mouth is coated by the puckering sourness.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I could drink a lot of this beer if only I were lucky enough to have multiple bottles.
Overall: Excellent beer overall. Russian River really knocked it out of the park with this one. I can’t imagine a sour beer getting much better than this. I can’t recommend it enough.
popway (42) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally! Been treasruing this for a while. Last year’s batch (No. 6?)
Light yellow piss color. Temporary whispy clouds, circles of foam. Aroma is concentrated grapefruit, fresh, grassy, and sweet. Palate is a pucker upper, with a tartness
sitzds (288) - - JUL 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the last bottles shared at Hunahpu’s Day 2014, poured into souvenir taster. Hazy yellow with a white head that quickly disappears. No lacing to speak of. Aroma is basement must, citrus, especially lemon, tart sour grapes, vinegar, wood, and leather. Taste is a puckering sourness with citrus and vinegar notes, followed by some mellowing wood bitterness and earthy elements. A touch of citrus sweetness. Light-plus body, surprisingly creamy/thick but not overly so, just enough to coat the tongue, lively carbonation, long sour finish.
daafisch (32) - New York, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2014 Very funky, barnyard aroma. Color is a hazy yellow, with minimal head. Taste is very acidic but slightly sweet, citrus flavor, mostly lemon. Very tasty beer. Thanks MuthaCack.
Leveejr (101) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like sour fruit with a golden pour. Taste is similar and super dry. Excellent beer but dry and fruity
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knickskicks (692) - - JUL 5, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch 6. Golden pour, crystal clear. Nose is sour oak barrel, clean lemon. Taste is sour lemons, oak barrel, lactic but very clean, super sour. Light crisp mouthfeel.
Ibrew2or3 (6835) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This caged and corked batch 5 bottle from oRos pours with a clear gold body that supports a light thin tan head. The aroma offers up a bit of grainy malts that get quickly consumed by a firm mix of funky yeast, a slight soured lime note and then a smattering of spicy oak. The taste delivers soured citrus, spicy oak notes, a good level of yeasty funk and then it crashes into puckering tartness and acidity. Too much acidic stuff going on but still drank pretty gud.
krumbum (521) - truckee, California, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cloudy pale yellow with white frothy head. Smells light vinegary. Thin tart acidic lemon grapefruit sours it is wet but has a a dry tart finish.
berntholer (850) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
ivorywhite head fades fast without lacing. yellow colour. aroma is sour. taste is lemonsour. medium body, rather carbonated. didn’t get much of the aroma or taste. bottle @ cantillon quintenssence ’14
dfroms (231) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle--latest batch, I believe--shared by jbeatty. Pours hazy glowing orange with slight film of white bubbles. Aroma is tremendous: orange juice, lemon juice, preserved lemon, sour cherry, nectarine, lambic-like funk, grain. Taste is bright sour apricot, acidic white wine, and lemon, fading into salty lemon zest. Very tasty but perhaps slightly too sour.
Cory (304) - , California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Very sour nose, taste, and across the palate. Citrus acid and white wine nose with a little barnyard that comes in well through the beer and when you’re past the sour taste. Very sour taste which is why i prefer this beer a year or more down in the cellar. Exceptional sour.