adam42381 (383) - 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 doesnít 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, thatís 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 canít imagine a sour beer getting much better than this. I canít recommend it enough.
tectactoe (3076) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Have had batch 004, 005, & 006. Review is based off of a fresh 005 bottle thanks to Tim. Dull, opaque & jaundice yellow pour with a small eggshell cap that wisps away quickly. Aroma gets the saliva glands sweating. Green apples, white grape, cherries, white wine vinegar, oak, sweat socks, dusty cotton; huge lactic acid & yogurt presence with a bracing lemon-like acidity. Flavor is sour as hell. Lemon flesh, sour apple, white grape, enormous drying acidity that nails the gum line back a few millimeters. Hay, sour lacto, yogurt, white wine, vinegar, muddled oak, a touch of sweaty funk. Dry finish. One of my favorite American attempts at a spontaneously fermented beer. So goddamn delicious.
umich03jm (2550) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 5 bottle (3 yrs aged) and batch 6 (1.5 yrs aged) bottle side by side. Batch 6 from trade with dogday. Batch 5 from northernbrews. Thanks! Clear gold pour from both, big frothy head that fades normally to a messy film. Excellent appearance. Batch 5 is more funky for sure. Strong funky sourness thatís hard to describe. Definitely getting cheese and strong barnyard, wood, citrus, some light apple and pear too. Taste is very sour but remains drinkable somehow. Very intense. Apricot, lemon, vinegar, cheese, brett, and wood. Awesome stuff. Batch 6 is pretty much the same but just less intense which makes it a little less great.
bierkoning (10911) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked bottle. Golden color. Citrus, oak and gummi bears in the aroma. Intense sour flavor with lemon and gooseberries. Oak. Top quality beer!
mR_fr0g (4971) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share at Bruceís birthday drinks craft beer co. Huge thanks to Bruce for that rare treat. Batch #6. Aroma is huge in your face funk, sharp citrus, baby puke, bile. Light hazed yellow straw coloured pour with a small white head. Flavour is crisp lemon, little wheat, funk, horsey, clean sharp lacto, many layers of complexity. Palate is medium full, spritzy carbonation and uber sharp, uber dry Iím the finish. Awesome.
CousinBrenden (125) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 6, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Fantastic sour lemon rind nose with added pear and sour funk aroma. Nice lively carbonation. Flavor of sour tart mango and apple with a backbone of horsey funk. One of best tart brews out there.
Beersiveknown (3716) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home from Erik, cheers
super hazy burnished gold with white lacing, fruity, sharp acidic grape notes, dry and fusty, banana. Sherbetty grapefruit, lacto, tart, complex, yuzu, sharp, palate cleansing, touch of poop, lively carbonation.
RichTheVillan (4163) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from bursprak via BeersIveKnown cheers Steve; hazy golden yellow pour with zero head, vinegar aroma, taste has brett, orange, grapefruit, sour apples, very lip puckering, lemon, slightly drying, really impressive.
devman171 (1183) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle batch 5. Pours a hazy orange yellow with fizzy white head. Aroma is funky barn and grassy hops. Flavor is light tart and funky hay, dry finish, well done.
charule (1520) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured gold with minor cloudy light white head. Aroma sweet funky hay tart acid. Light carb med bod. Pretty tart sour taste.
Prufrockstar (1388) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Two bottles, sampled side-by-side with OldMrCrow the other night. First, the freshest bottle (2013 batch), thanks to bytemesis for this one. Pours sparkling clear light gold with tons of small bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Aroma brings oak, vinegar, leather, and tons of white wine. Taste is holy wow bracingly tart. Sweet tarts, puckering, almost difficult to drink itís so tart. Gonna have to take this slow. Lots of grape. Some apple cider. Medium body, slick coating texture, lively carbonation. Overall: This is surprisingly unimpressive (I mean, still quite good, but not 100th percentile good). Over the top sweet tart. Different than the older one by quite a bit, and almost not in the same class. Is this age, or batch variation, or something else entirely? 8/4/7/4/15. (3.8)
Older bottle (batch 2, thanks Carl!): Murky cloudy pour, darker gold, no head, minimal carbonation. Lovely complex gueuze-like nose -- cob webs, rubber, musty basement, cheese, funk - thereís maybe a little oak left, but not much, and also the grapes/wine have receded to nothingness. Taste brings some light sweetness with a really nice funky, fruity tartness. Less residual sugar in this dude, and everything just gels better. Could totally mistake this for one of the Belgians. Medium body, soft carbonation, slick coating texture. Overall: This is lovely. Were texture/appearance a little nicer, this would be 4.3+. 9/3/9/3/17.