Nik925 (751) - California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An amazing sour from Russian River? haha...moving on. More wild than expected from them, some barnyard and odd bitterness but a beautiful sweetness to balance everything out. A wonderful yeast flavor. The fruit wasn’t too evident, but the hints of it made it clear that it was there for a reason. R.R. can do no wrong with sours, it is just a matter of how great they will be.
JohnnyJ (4356) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at OBriens. Clear golden orange pour, white head. Sour fruit, apricot, soft tartness, stone fruit, lightly funky and acidic. A really nice, moderately sour beer. Drinks easy and very tasty.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Obriens. Light orange with a creamy white head. Nose is light plums and pears with hint of acetic sourness. Flavor is light fruits up front with a consistent puckering sour quality, light bitterness and underlying malts, finishes sour. Light body, watery, spritzy carbonation. A solid light sour ale with prominent plum-apricot flavors.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Finally. Pours with a hazed golden body and a white head. Aroma is huge with acetobacter, and acid, fruity, nectarine, stone fruit, wine. Very funky. Flavors are sour and fruit with rich fruit skin tannins and lingering fruity sweetness. Some lingering musty and honeysuckle notes as it warms. Very fruity. Lively, dry, tart and amazing. Not Fou Foune, but still brilliant!
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #500 on tap at Russian River! Pours a full, hazy golden orange with fizzy white head. Aroma starts as rich cherry pie with lemon and brett. As it warms, some nice oak and vanilla qualities emerge. Flavor is an initial rush of cherry and peach that makes way for plenty of barnyard. Slight sense of club soda and limoncello. Finish is slightly bitter and more dry than tart, though there’s still plenty of sour goodness. Another hit from Russian River! I’m glad they brought this back. (Edit: we need a new video for rating 500: it’s been blocked for copyright infringement)
nickd717 (3483) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Official tick #2500!!! Huge thanks to alfrantzell for hooking up a "special growler" of this new tick.
Mostly clear deep amber in color with a lasting bubbly white head. Really looks excellent for the style.
Nice plum aroma along with a very Russian River like yeast aroma. Funky and musty with Brett and lacto evident.
The flavor is excellent, like most other Russian River sours. Big plum and pluot flavors, slight sweet malt notes (although the sweetness is minimal). Excellent tart and funky finish.
Really nice acidic tingling on the palate with a good level of carbonation. Medium bodied and very dry.
Overall, another really awesome sour from Russian River. Never surprising but always enjoyable.
bhensonb (11047) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 8, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very hazy dark orange gold with a creamy white head. Nice fruit sour aroma. Puckers the mouth. Sour enough that the fruit taste is uncertain. Could be citrus/apricot. Long, long, sour and super tasty finish.
popery (1418) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to cloudskipper for the tip. Draft, Russian River. Very excited to try this beer and it did not disappoint. On the more sour/acetic end of things for a RR sour right out of the gate. Good fruit flavor. You can definitely taste the pluots, but they don’t come through as strong as the fruit in some RR’s sours. Sort of tasted like it had spent awhile in the barrel. Good oak flavor. Sour lemons, mild cheesy funk, mild bitterness. Good lactic character. Lots of wild character in the finish. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel was a bit lighter and less bracing than RR’s bigger sours. This was more in line with Deification/Framboise for a Cure/Beatification. Just a wonderful beer to drink - had about four glasses. As much as I liked it, it wasn’t necessarily better than RR’s normal sours, which are all similarly awesome beers. Just nice to try one more variation.
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is a hazy golden orange color with a finger’s worth of white head and some spotty lacing.
S: The nose starts off with lots of tannins from the oak and pluots. A nice lactic acidity provides some lemony tartness, along with pluots in terms of the fruit. Wet oak and grass give the requisite funkiness.
T: Very, very earthy and tannic. Lots of dry oak notes along with pluot skins. A slight fruity character from the pluots as well a fairly mild lactic acidity. There’s a bit of a chalky dryness and astringency, too.
M: The body is medium with a moderate to high carbonation and a very dry finish.
D: After how much this beer was talked up, I tried to be realistic going into it and I think I was. This was indeed a very good beer, but so are pretty much all of Russian River’s beers.
Travlr (11810) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the source. Hazy dark golden color, small white head. More bitter than Temptation, fuller body, and the sourness is a bit more subtle. Good stuff.