bhensonb (8981) - 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.
Travlr (7975) - 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.
hopdog (7652) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz hand bottle acquired in trade with tytoanderso (thanks!). Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized head. Aromas of mustiness, dusty, funky, tart fruitiness, and some citrus. Tastes of funky tartness, green apples, plums, tart cherries, fruity, and some citrus. Nice tartness.
BMan1113VR (7377) - 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!
3fourths (6939) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Growler carefully hauled back from California by Kenís better half. Straw colored clear body from a first careful pour sits underneath a medium to large bubbled white head. Instant acidic nose of cider vinegar, honey, straw, and mild dried peach and apricot skin/rind. Thereís a tremendously high level of acidity in this beer, sharp and vinegar-like, like a Flemish red, but without the typical cherry/cedar/nut Flemish red flavors. Itís prickly, bright, corrosive, assertive and then it shows itís fruity side - dried peach skin, sweet and oily apricot and fruit cocktail juice, but then thatís once again destroyed in the next sip by a stinging acidity, and itís really nice how both of these qualities, the acidity and the sweet fruit, stay nearly completely separate. Itís like drinking two beers one after another. Overall itís a very, very nice beer, well-made and flawless in execution, if not the most deep or complex Belgian blonde/golden recipe used as a base, but the plouts certainly help. The sourness and acidity, though, is spectacularly executed.
womencantsail (6879) - Garbage Grove, 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 fingerís 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. Thereís 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 Riverís beers.
DruncanVeasey (6110) - NUNEATON, Blue Square Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap@the brewpub, Santa Rosa, CA, 13/09/12. Dusty yellow-gold slicked with white. Wow. Dank, sorachi-like satsuma peel soured to hell; DF cream cheese, lime juice, blue hints, lingering lime and softness. Cheesy hop, old hay, lime juice aroma. Dank, creamy, world class stuff.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Rich amber with a nice whitish head. Light yeasty/tart aroma. Tart flavor that lingers and borders on sour. Some apricot fruitiness (much better than fou foune). Medium body. Nice tartness with tart appricots adding good rounding fruity flavors.
GT2 (5657) - Riverslime, California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at PtY 2011 in celebration of rating #2100. My friends and I were probably the only people there more excited about the sour anthology on tap rather than Pliny the Younger. Compunction was my favorite on the day besides the killer batch of Supplication. Compunction pours a hazy light gold with a small, white head. Soft carbonation and scant white lacing. Aroma is the highlight of this beer. serious white vinegar, RR house funk, lambic like impending lactic acidity, but there is also fresh tropical melons, citrus, nothing that I personally could identify as "plumcot". Rather I pick up apricot, peach, caramel. Fleshy apricot abounds. Taste is light and refreshing with some big lactic tartness and serious fruit skin earthiness. The beer is not so much a "sour" as it is fully lactic and tart with a big presence of plum flesh that you feel like you are biting into. Soft carbonation becomes a little prickly on the palate with traces of acetic spice. Really beautiful- I wish it were bottled. But then I wouldnít have a reason to make the hajj to Russian River. :D
Glouglouburp (5545) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
In short: An intense sour and acidic beer halfway between a blonde Sour Ale and a Gueuze
How: Tap at Dark-Lord-Day 2008
The look: Cloudy peach color body with a long lasting medium white head
In long: Nose is barnyard wild, very wild. As funky as the funkiest lambics. Less bretty but more tasty/intense as their Sanctification. As expected the taste is sour, acidic and tart as hell but never falling into the vinegary or lemon extract territory. This is tasty acidity and sourness. Moderately fruity although not specific fruits were coming out. Might be the pluots they use since I donít know what they taste like (didnít even know such a thing existed). Then comes the finish, dry and acidic like the most hardcore gueuzes (Cantillon or Hanssens on a good day). Despite its intensity the beer never cease to be refreshing and highly drinkable. This beer to me blends the best of what an intense Sour Ale and an intense Lambic Gueuze have to offer. I never understood why all those people were telling me that they couldnít understand how could live the life I live without compunctionÖ I understand nowÖ I think.