marcus (7080) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2006 Batch 001. This golden ale poured with a thin but well-formed white head, eliciting a sharp fruity aroma. It has a geueze-like flavor, but is more acidic, drier and much more complex. This was a very refreshing treat on a hot Sacramento afternoon. It was definitely worth the 2 hour drive to Santa Rosa to stock up on this one. 12/4/2006 - had a PH1. This was even better than the first one I rated. The flavor was not as sharp or tart.
TheBeerGod (5433) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2006 Bottle - corked and caged - Batch 001. Murky rusted gold with a small white head. I was expecting more foam and was delighted to have a restrained head on this. Nose instantly smacks me with sour. Lots of Bretty aromas, tart fruits, light wet wood, lemon juice, damp basement, light cat urine, and barnyard. I think this aroma is one of the best Iíve ever smelled on a Flemish Sour! Tart fruits dominate the taste with light woody notes, lemon juice, horseblanket, damp earth, dank basement and leather. Some light sweat coming through as well. Body is tart and acidic. Very dry throughout. Very bubbly and effervescent as well. Almost a champagne like sharpness to it. Finishes with more sour fruits, soft leather, cat urine, wet wood, damp earthy notes, and obvious Bretty flavors. Another exquisite brew created by Vinnie. Extremely complex and well crafted. All I can really say is WOW!
Bottle - corked and caged - Batch 001 - PH1. Autumn gold body with a small white head. Nose is extremely sour. Lots of tart fruits, wet leather, sweat, cat urine, damp earth and moldy basement. Again, this is one of the best aromas on a Flemish Sour Iíve had the priviledge of smelling. Taste is sour fruits, lemon juice, leather, sweat, woody flavors, and horseblanket. Body is extremely effervescent. Acidic feel throughout the body and ends bone dry. Finishes with more sour fruit notes, leather, cat urine sweat, wet wood, barnyard, and damp earth. Both versions of this beer are incredible. Kudos, again, to Vinnie at Russian River!
JorisPPattyn (8194) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 001 - PH1 (thanks, Vinnie!). Colour of old gold, tilting towards orange, cloudy; small, vanishing off-white head, fed by lively carbonation. Very lemony nose, lactic acid, some Brett, but restrained, other bugs as well. Extremely complex nose, displaying signs of the best way of careful, monitored aging, ideal for this type of beer. Very sourish oud bruin taste, but nudged towards the lemon/lactic, even citric, rather than towards acetic acids. Some exotic fruit like (not quite ripe) yellow kiwifruit ("Zespri") or unripe peach, as well as roses. Faraway hints at leather. As TAR remarked, thereís iron(oxyde) there too. Sharpish acidburn, wonderfully refreshing, vying with Berliner Weisse. In fact, IMO this has at least as much from Berliner Weisse as from Oud Bruin. But it is way more complex than any BW, goes much deeper. If it werenít for the Supplication, this would be my favourite RR.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, batch 001.
cloudy honey golden color with a white head that quickly disappears. The aroma is like cider vinegar. this is a sour puppy.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Bottle. Batch 001.
The pour is murky and bright orange with a white effervescent head. Brett and a sort of musty cherry aroma jump right out of the glass. Fantastic aroma with a lot going on...apricots, leather, oak, bubblegum and an earthy note. Sharp tartness that hits your tongue immediately just like La Folie but not as shockingly dry. Horse blanket, cobwebs and fruit flavors. Finishes dry but not exceedingly so.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375mL bottle, batch 001. Murky dark orange-yellow with a large rocky white head. Horsey Brett, musty cobwebs and soured citrus in the aroma. Acetic tartness up front, followed by some plasticy phenol over subdued pear and peach flavors. Horseblanket character in the finish with a lingering mustiness and residual tartness on the palate. Mouthfeel is light, very dry.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 001- PH1: Hazy peach. Noisy loosely-packed foam fizzles into a sustained ring. Saliva inducing nose of sulfur, musty oak, brett, dried peaches, and dusty phenols. Interwoven suggestions of sherbet and soft malt. Weightless effervescence sparkles on the palate. Very airy. Irony acidity immediately awakens the palate just as an explosively flavorsome surge of juiciness ensues. Not just tart, but astonishingly adept in its jugglery of succulence and dryness, as well. Deeply quenching and quaffable, as a result. Elegant straw-like malts loosen the tightening brett grip and also provide a touch of body-lending sweetness. Tannins remain secondary to the graceful dusting of powdery-textured oak which complements the succulence as it lightly brushes the palate. As the complexity continues to develop, the acidity slowly wanes to create a remarkably soft and rounded finish of musty yeasty, peach fuzz, and vividly defined crackery malts which eternally linger. The addition of yeast imparts a chalky astringency and seemingly accentuates the bandage phenols. This is surely only a tease of whatís yet to come in regards to the magic Vinnie is sure to achieve with future batches/once he acquires more barrels and begins molding them into perfection through the art of blending. Wow!
Batch 001 : Hazy peach. Undying puffy white foam. Relatively soft and composed aroma of damp wool, maraschino cherry, lavender and musty wood. Light note of butter. Fluffy and feisty carbonation. Hard body. Initially much sharper, dryer, and more mineral-laden than it is succulent. Prominent malts are quick to establish their soft sweetness which meshes with the softer buttered oak flavors. Very musty and chockfull of brett, but the balancing succulence lies deeply buried within. As in the PH1, the oak delivers similarly soft and powdery textures, along with a restrained mustiness. Finishes adeptly balanced with delicate malt and peach flavors, which absorb much of the acidity, and coarser brett. Thereís not much to complain about with this batch, but if forced to choose a favorite, Iíd have to go with the PH1 due to the nose, alone. All around, the PH1 is significantly more polished (while the aromatic brightness is highly apparent in the PH1, it takes a heavy swirl for this to reveal its luster), and the PH1 is noticeably deeper/more complex, bears a juicier tartness, and possesses none of the butteriness of this particular barrel. Still something any brewer would be proud to claim as their own. (8,4,8,4,16 = 4.0)
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 batch 001 decants a gorgeous, almost perfectly bright, deep gold, with a well-formed white head that retains well and leaves great lace. big, brilliant nose features a complex of aromatic elements. the brett notes come out first - lots of leaqther and wet goat, but mellowed and rounded by a sour berry fruitiness and some notes of wood. initial taste impression is tart - but not terribly acidic. a rounder yogurt-y/lactic tang mixes well with the fruit-littered barnyard flavors. definitely a sour beer - grips the throat as you drink it. excellent creation - I like it better than La Follie. I canít wait to see how this will age.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch1-PH1: Pour is murky yellowish orange with small big bubbled off white head...smell is cherry and bubble-gummy vanilla at first, with the sour becomeing more and more apparent as it warms...taste is funky horseblanket and cheese at first...mellowing into a delicate sourness that builds...some woody flavors throughout, but not overly present...an earlier rating likens it to Panil, but not even close...this isnít even close to La Folie...other than sharing a style, this beer is very very different...sour and funky and a lively delicious mouthfeel...what a wonderufl brewery...I will be trying the other barrel shortly...
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - FEB 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
First had in April 2005 at the RR 1st anniversary party. Very mild dry vanilla that leads into a wonderful horseblanket charater reminiscent of a traditional Lambic. The barrel is very soft and underwhelming at this point. Clean and dry with an extremely appetizing sourness. Notes of lemon zest and Balsamic vinegar. Will rerate when it is officially released.