ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Served a dark black color with a thin finger of tannish head. Head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind a bit of lace.
S - Lightly sour cherries with some Brett, roasted malts, chocolate, and oak.
T - Starts off with some roasted and lightly burnt dark and chocolate malts and Brett funk. Through the middle, some sourness and bitter cocoa comes through with some more Brett and some oak. The finish is a mix of lightly sour dark fruits, chocolate, funky Brett, and some roasted malts.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sour and lightly sweet finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nicely sour with a good balance between the funky and roasted flavors.
Ibrew2or3 (7777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Lagunitas during SF Beer Week, what a week! It pours dark with mahogany hues and near white head of foam. The modest aroma sets up some malts sweetness, a bit of roasted malts and chocolate malts along with a modest level of Brett in the background. The taste has sweet malts, a bit of roasted maltiness, some chocolate malts and then it moves into a slight red wine sense followed by lingering Bretty yeast like notes. I love the layers of beer flavors rather than straight up Brett. Great sipper.
Scopey (10703) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Lagunitas. It pours deep cloudy brown, with a thin beige head. The nose is sherry, stewed fruit, plum, fig, strawberry, vanilla, oak and only a hint of tanginess. The taste is caramel, toffee, coffee liqueur, roasted malt, dark fruit, vanilla and booze, with a long warming finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. I would have liked more brett character in the taste, so it was perhaps a bit sweet for me. Still a good beer.
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewery. Dark black pour, thin head. Aroma of vanilla and fruit, didn’t notice the bourbon so much. Just the right amount of sour, really nice beer. Would love to have some aged.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at brewery. Dark pour’ little head. Bretty funk, grape juice, dark fruits. Figs and prunes. Chocolate with grape and raisins , dark fruits and light Brett. Pretty flavorful.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Ruben and the Bretts Return" on tap at the brewery. Pours with a near black hued body with a frothy tan head. Aromas are of brown sugar, barrel, vanillin, dark fruits, brett, vinous. Lots of bourbon. Dry though. Flavors are dry, lightly chalky, damp leaves, brown sugar, barrel, vanillin, dried cherries, light funk and caramel. Medium bubbles. Quite warming. Tasty stuff. Always love a visit to Lagunitas for the atmosphere and fun beers like this!
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. I had no idea what this was when I ordered it, I was just intrigued by the name. Deep brown pour with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt coffee, leather, a bit of funk, some oak notes. Huge complex nose. Flavor is earthy slightly tart, with some good roasted malt character. The two flavors play well together and there’s a nice stout roundness. This was a very good beer.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Dark brown in color with literally no head. Nice full-bodied beer. I’m not a huge fan of sours, which knocks down the score a little. Not as sour as the neighboring RR brews, but still good.
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub. Difference experience than RR brews. Definitely had a less sour palate and more like a straight-up IS. Even still, it’s unmistakable as a sour. Pretty damn awesome beer.
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brokensail (14580) - San Leandro, California, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Labeled as Return of Ruben and the Bretts, but from what the bartender told me, this is the same thing. Pours a black color with a thin layer of tan head. Has a nice bourbon aroma to it and plenty of tannic oak, cherry, and chocolate. A light tartness to it, too. The flavor is highly influenced by the barrel. Lots of bourbon, oak, and some tartness. A little bit of vanilla and quite a bit of chocolate. Semi-dry, too. Medium bodied and medium carbonation.