Clownoisseur (239) - 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.
Danyel (1047) - Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours light, clear orange with minimal white head. Aroma is strong of oak, wood, vanilla, sour, citrus, yeasty. Taste is very oak, sweet with lots of sour, light bodied, high carbonation. Overall, fantastic.
Salmoniform (949) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Golden hue with fizzy white head. Aroma is oak, lactic, acetic, straw. Mouthfeel is great with a light body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry with a tart following and slight peppercorn finish. Overall this brew is great.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
batch 3 - "This much anticipated brew was not a let down. The brewer claims this to be "less sour" than batch #2...i can imagine that, but barely. The aroma is compexity perfected...green apples, barnyard funk, sweet & sour, but not nearly as much sour as is in the taste...almost overpowers the other things going on, but not quite...and your palate adjusts as you go! the difference between this and flemish reds and browns is that this is a blonde, but you couldn’t tell by the body. Creamy lactose body, although fairly highly carbonated. Had to agitate quite a bit just to get some white-ish head atop the cloudy bright yellow body. Finish is lingering sour...still on the lips several minutes later. A very very good beer and a great way to break my buddy Ben into a new style. he didn’t know what to think at first, but really liked it by the end. My wife will probably always hate sours - but I make her try em anyway."
BiiruBierBeer (214) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sour smell. Nicely balanced sour. Tastes kind of like Cantillon Vigneronne without the grapes.
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 10, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wonderful barrel aroma, great brett character. Not a huge complex brew, but so good and balanced, with pineapple sour and lemon grass notes. Everything aout this beer is perfect, could drink forever.
wchesser (1216) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
’12 batch from cpetrone-thanks! Deep gold with persistent lacing. Nose is initially bretty pineapple, then interesting coconut, with some light cobweb funk Taste is some light tropical fruit, lots of bitter grapefruit pith, light dustiness. Quite sour, almost didn’t finish the bottle. Can’t believe I’m saying this, but the CS Batch 60 I had the night before crushed this for complexity and balance.
lusikka (6429) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
375 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy yellow colour with a small head, which collapses quickly. Aroma of pungent grapefruity notes, apricot and floral notes. Flavour is really strong and sour with grapefruit, tart wood, white grapes, floral notes, some vinegar and red berries. Full bodied. Extremely vinous, dry, elegant finish. Brilliant.
olio (6392) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle. Bottled 091113.
Pours slightly cloudy golden color with a minimal head. Sour fruits, rowan berries and nettle on the nose. Gooseberries, grapefruits, yeast, wooden notes, some herbs too. Very dry and tart. Excellent.
tiong (3933) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle from Summer Secret Santa 2014, huge thanks to ineedbeer!
Batch 006, bottled 091113 - Pours hazy yellow with a tiny head. Aroma of tart grapefruit, funky bretta yeastiness, sourness and hints of wood. Taste is sour, tartish and funky with some grapefruit, sweet citrus and bretta notes. Finish is very dry and complex with some sourness, tart grapefruit and citrus with some bretta notes. Quite complex and vinous sour ale. Extremely well balanced.