GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAY 30, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best beers of the night, came courtesy of Lost Abbey. A fantastical American made sour beer, that are just exquisite when done right. The beer pours out a reddish color, almost like black cherry juice, with a 2-finger frothy white head. Aroma notes were black cherries, lots of funky goodness and some soft wood notes. The beer just felt like a total mouth massage...tingly and lively. Sour cherries showed up in the flavor and lots of it. It really had a outstanding combo of sweet and tart, almost like liquid candy. Some of the wood comes out towards the end, finishing this beer in style. Loved the drinkability of this beer.
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Dr. Bill
Muddy reddish-brown. Deep cherry aroma with lots of tartness and wood. Really dry...a woody, austere character. Complex palate with some fruit, but almost astringently bitter late. The finish perhaps lacks of roundness but otherwise itís a really nice sour ale.
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Two samples at different times thanks to after4ever and derkruk. Quite surprised this does not have an over 4 score! Loving the label on this one first of all. Poured you get a cloudy brown with a red tint. In the nose you will experience bliss with tons of funky sour cherry notes mixed with fairly overtaken malts. The flavor cuts right down the tongue with a sharp oak touch alongside deep malts and sour cherries. Thereís also a combination of sweet malty goodness and even sweeter cherry flavors as well, balancing this brew out in an almost indescribable way. Loviní it...LOVINí it...!!
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Which one of these things is not like the others? Sing it Mes! Another that is probably getting the worst of it due to the fantastic lineup and not fitting with the rest of what we had. All I can remember is what I scored it and that it didnít have enough cherry and wasnít sweet enough. Will rerate when I get ahold of another.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate: Bottle thanks to Chad.
Murky dark brown with a slight red hue and a thin off white head. Aroma is clearly that of Lost Abbey. Awesome barrelly sourness, vanillary wooden notes and superb strawberries and cherries. Some peat and earth all the way in the background but it balances it out perfectly. Flavour is verging on the edge of greatness. The sourness is absolutely perfect. If this had more sweet cherry to offset the base beer this could be even better. That said itís still outstanding. Awesome sourness on the finish that is so typically Californian sour. Lost Abbey and Russian River need a sour style all of their own. Totally unique. Utterly excellent. A glorious all rounder and more proof that I love this brewer. God it just needs more cherry.
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Muddy brown pour with a thin white head. Aroma had plenty of cherry and oak. Flavor was up front oak, tannins, caramel, and cherry. Medium acidity, lightly carbonated. I like this one quite a bit. Thanks JW77!
bhensonb (14170) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. A nice mild, sour cherry aroma. No head that lasted. Dark amber/brown color. A little wood in the aroma. Very nice mouthfeel. Lightly sour. Cherry skin. So pleasing the mind goes into suspension. Sour to the end, but pleasantly so.
marcus (9231) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This reddish brown ale poured with a miniscule beige head, eliciting a sour cherry aroma. This is a mild sour brown ale with woody notes. Apparently, Tomme mislabeled a few cases of this beer, using an Older Viscosity label,but this was clearly Red Poppy, and itís a great beer.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love sours and this was a very good one with a dark brown and orange cloudy pour with a tart cherry finish and refreshing taste.CHEERS!
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, complements to da man Dr. Bill. Gorgeous red color with enticing sour aromas wafting. All parts of the cherry are apparent in the nose and body: from pit and stem to the skin and juicy meat. This beer is filled with sour yum yum without ever going overboard in any department. Quaffable palate, could drink this all night but unfortunately canít. A gorgeous, resplendent brew. Worth searching for!