beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Batch 1 at Toranado RBSG 2008. Thanks to who ever purchased that bottle and passed me a glass, very kind. Pours gold with a light cloudy haze and a small white head. Very lively spice to it, dry and crisp with tropical fruits, pineapple and apricot seem to stand out. Very nice funkiness to it leading to a sour and tart finish.
Batch 2 at RBSG at the brewery. Pours gold, medium haziness, with a small white head. soru and acidic, tart apple shows through. Citrus and some funkiness going on in the finish. A bit flat since it was just bottled, but this will turn out beautifully.
beerguy101 (5288) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled during the RBSG 2008 Lost Abbey Tasting. This sour ale pours a hazy yellow gold color from the bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, tart, bretty, funky and sweet. Medium bodied sour ale. The malts are fruity and sweet. The hops are spicy and citrusy. This beer is a nice blend between tart, sweet, funk and citrus. The brett still needs some time to mature in this version, but it is nice now. Touch of wood in the finish. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and citrusy.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at RBSG at Brewery, second batch Pours a slightly hazy golden with a white head. Nice perfumy, flowery aroma. This is how I like my sours, nicely balanced between the sourness, sweetness, and citrus. Not overly spicy and easy to drink.
I had a small sample of the first batch at San Diego Toronado, and I found that to be a tad sweeter- which I liked better.
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
To celebrate my rating number 11,000 I enter this much sought after top-50 beer, which I have been so lucky to sample at two occasions and in two version.
GABF 2007 - first release. A murky golden beer with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet with strong acidic notes of brettanomyces as well as notes of wood and citrus. The flavor is acidic with notes of wood and brettanomyces, leading to a dry tart woody finish.[8/2/8/4/17=3.9]
RBSG at Lost Abbey [8/3/8/3/17=3.9] I didn’t find the second edition as tart as I remembered the first, but it doesn’t show in the rating.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Toronado 21st Anniv. Pale yellow, kinda cloudy, with some white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is lemony tartness, mild brett. Flavor is tart and citrusy, not much funk, but a little bit. Some sweet pale malt also, active mouthfeel and dry finish.
yespr (32032) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy yellow with a lacing white head. Aroma is smooth orange fruity with a hidden brett dryness. Smooth fruity with a light acidic to citric base flavour. Smooth finish with a light dryness and persisting fruity. A bit multidirectional compared to the first batch. The 2nd batch seems not fully developed and has quite a residual sweetness. The 1st batch was bone dry and tart - lovely really. (thanks to alohaC for this treat)
1st version: 8-4-9-4-17=4.2
2nd version: 8-4-7-4-15=3.8
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2010 ~RBSG ’08~
Big tasting at Lost Abbey. Pours a light golden caramel pour, with small head and virtually no lacing. Very sour nose, apple pie, oats and hay. Delightful. Dry, sour flavors. Huge toasted malt finish. Hops are subdued but balance it out well. Just very tasty. Very smooth and dry, crisp. Hope to see this again.
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2009 Citrus and funk nose with oak and dark fruit influence. Incredible oak finish that lasted 10+ seconds.
illidurit (2172) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle sampled at Lost Abbey for RBSG. Pours hazy gold with visible sediment. Head is modest and watery. Aroma is very tart with red and dark fruits, oak, and spicy sweetbread. Epic complexity. Flavors of pie spices, yeast, lemons, vanilla, apple brandy, and some funky must. Palate is dry even without a lot of carbonation. Drinkability is very good considering the tartness.
hopscotch (9550) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... RBSG ‘08... This beer rocks!... Murky, straw-colored ale with little to no head. Lightly acidic, fruity nose affords notes of berries, cherries and pale grain sweetness with insinuations of toffee and butterscotch. Medium-bodied with a skim-milk mouthfeel and restrained carbonation. The flavor is a perfect marriage of acidity and sugar; tartness and sweetness. The tartness wins out, but doesn’t rule the roost with an iron fist. A notation of cherry. The finish is tart and then dries out. Thanks go out to Tomme and all the folks at Lost Abbey who provided this beer and made us all feel like royalty!