Beersiveknown (3453) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home from Erik, cheers
super hazy burnished gold with white lacing, fruity, sharp acidic grape notes, dry and fusty, banana. Sherbetty grapefruit, lacto, tart, complex, yuzu, sharp, palate cleansing, touch of poop, lively carbonation.
RichTheVillan (3707) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from bursprak via BeersIveKnown cheers Steve; hazy golden yellow pour with zero head, vinegar aroma, taste has brett, orange, grapefruit, sour apples, very lip puckering, lemon, slightly drying, really impressive.
devman171 (1100) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle batch 5. Pours a hazy orange yellow with fizzy white head. Aroma is funky barn and grassy hops. Flavor is light tart and funky hay, dry finish, well done.
charule (1339) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to artmcd8. Poured gold with minor cloudy light white head. Aroma sweet funky hay tart acid. Light carb med bod. Pretty tart sour taste.
Prufrockstar (1215) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Two bottles, sampled side-by-side with OldMrCrow the other night. First, the freshest bottle (2013 batch), thanks to bytemesis for this one. Pours sparkling clear light gold with tons of small bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Aroma brings oak, vinegar, leather, and tons of white wine. Taste is holy wow bracingly tart. Sweet tarts, puckering, almost difficult to drink it’s so tart. Gonna have to take this slow. Lots of grape. Some apple cider. Medium body, slick coating texture, lively carbonation. Overall: This is surprisingly unimpressive (I mean, still quite good, but not 100th percentile good). Over the top sweet tart. Different than the older one by quite a bit, and almost not in the same class. Is this age, or batch variation, or something else entirely? 8/4/7/4/15. (3.8)
Older bottle (batch 2, thanks Carl!): Murky cloudy pour, darker gold, no head, minimal carbonation. Lovely complex gueuze-like nose -- cob webs, rubber, musty basement, cheese, funk - there’s maybe a little oak left, but not much, and also the grapes/wine have receded to nothingness. Taste brings some light sweetness with a really nice funky, fruity tartness. Less residual sugar in this dude, and everything just gels better. Could totally mistake this for one of the Belgians. Medium body, soft carbonation, slick coating texture. Overall: This is lovely. Were texture/appearance a little nicer, this would be 4.3+. 9/3/9/3/17.
Dr_Fellini (636) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a slightly hazy yellow light orange color. Aroma is citrusy, fleshy fruit tartness. Flavor is melt your face tart, light oak, tons or darker citrus. Light to medium body with a magnificent lingering sourness. Oily palate that coats the tongue with sour. Absolutely phenomenal!
gramity (1510) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Lightly hazed pale golden witha small bubbly off white head on pour that soon vanishes without trace. Small bubbles rise from bottom to top. Nose comprises woody tones, sour apples, burnt sugars, light vinegar notes, caramelised pears, browned apple skin, crisp and tarte. Tastes of lemon, bitter stewed pears, apple tones, bitter grapefruit, touch of bretts but not huge, wood, tarte, sour, light vinegar but well balanced. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation leading to a slightly burnt tarte finish.
mikem409 (1668) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Color is yellow with thin white head. Aroma of lemon and hay. Taste ix way Pucker with massive acidic lemon.
bursprak (836) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Corked and caged bottle, batch 6. Fizzy clear golden pour with a small head that quickly fades. Nose has an acidic funk to it, loads of lemon and barnyard. Taste has a sharp acidic edge, lemon, lime and some sour orange, apple skin and some oaky notes. Pretty good but would have scored it higher if the acidic edge was toned down a bit.
Clownoisseur (289) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a vibrant golden-honey color. 2 finger white head that recedes into fine lacing. Fine carbonation racing up the glass. Looks gorgeous. Aromas are moderately tart with hints of green apple/grapefruit/lemon grass, coupled with wet oak and basement/cobweb. Taste is nicely balanced between fruit tartness and funky yeast. As the nose suggests, some citrus notes of lemon/grapefruit hit initially, with a subtle sweetness rounding out the body. Notes of bread/hay in the background. Finishes with lively carbonation...not quite fizzy...pushing more tartness across the back of my palate. Nice, oaky and dry. Fantastic stuff from Russian River, per usual.