TAR (2597) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAY 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
RAF 2003: Bottle. Hazy strawberry shade. Sticky, chunky foam. Medicinal aroma alongside notes of whiskey, wood, sour cherries, must, and leaf. Buttery flavors followed by sour cherry pie filling. Finishes with a touch of coconut and acidity. A respectable example, only lacking in acidity and malt depth.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle RAF. Doesn't seem to be a true kriek. A musty aroma with hints of yeast. Mostly-lambic type flavor witha hint of cherry. Just not enough of the classic yeasty, musty, cheesy lambic flavors for me.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the RAF 2003: Hazy pink orange, thin white lasting head. Thicky musty aroma, very natural. . . Reminds me of wandering around in the creek behind my house when I was younger. Some pretty nice farmhouse aromas as well - grass, stone, and wood. A very natural sour flavour, tart and bitter, some acidity like orange juice and a little metallic in the finish. Overall a very interesting selection and one I enjoyed.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A beer of nostalgia for me. Aroma brought me back to picking cherries as a child during the middle of June...chasing away the blue jays and stepping on moldy fruit, stubbing my toes on the pits. Tasted exactly like past-the-prime cherries I've nibbled on: nuttiness of the pit, as well as the juicy bite that consumes the mouth. The thing is, I don't want a beer to taste like this. I don't eat those cherries anymore because...I know better.
jaymobrown (1814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Hmm, well there was some bite to this. I mostly tasted fish, which is not a good thing in this instance. Some sour mash thrown in for good measure.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2003
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
This was way off style, almost like a plain-old lager with some cherry juice added. The Belgian yeast didn't help a bit. Totally unbalanced, not even close. I'd prefer one of those teeth-gritting Chapeau Banana beers before trying another Rock Bottom attempt at a fruit beer.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a golden color with just a touch of pink from the cherries. A well-formed head again with little red hue to color it. Dry and musty with a strong sour kick. It didn't seem quite right, maybe a bit accelerated to achieve the sour they were looking for. An interesting beer that was well worth drinking, but something was just a little off.