hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Cloudskipper who sent me a bottle in a trade. Brownish red in color with a large lasting off white head. Aroma of sour cherries, bretty funk, some slight malt sweetness, oak, some light vinegar. Taste: alot of sour cherries, currants, oak, moderate malty sweetness, a good amount of bretty funk, some balsamic and acedic acid, sourness gets moderate to slightly heavy in the finish. Another winner from Russian River...big suprise!
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Capone’s and bottle fromn Craft Ale. Pours hazy coppery brown with nose is oaky chery, earthy malt, spicy yeast, and root cellary cobwebby figgy esters. Tastes tart, full bodied and complex, with the sour cherry, Bretty funk, oaky and red wine grapey flavors hitting the palate at first, then the tartness rounds out late to give a more cognacy and caramelly flavor. Wonderfully complex, this one is outstanding.
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - APR 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Bman1113vr. Marked 001x2. Brown pour. Aroma of sour cherries, malts and bitterness. Flavor was very sour and tart. Syrupy mouthfeel.
Beaver (1648) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, batch 001x2. Pours a deep red brown with a fizzy off-white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar that leaves some wispy lacing.
The aroma is tart sour fruits and musty yeast. Some sweet vinous fruits come out as it warms.
The flavor is big mouth puckering tart and sour fruits, some wood, with a musty yeast finish. It’s a bit acidic. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low yet sharp carbonation.
Overall, a pretty one-dimensional sour, but boy does it do the sour well. This is right up there with La Folie for my favorite sour.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at City Beer, San Francisco, 28th March 09. Lovely dark ruby colour. Nose and flavour are both all about the rich sour fruit flavours.The sourness is prominent but kept in check and lets the fruit express itself - lots of grape flavours.The alcohol is hidden well and overall this is a dry and very tasty beer indeed. A pleasure to drink.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2009 Bottle marked (001X2). My 1800th rating. Pours with a small, off-white head over a hazed amber body. Aroma is sour and slightly sweet with notes of currants, plums, wood, alcohol and toffee. Taste is a sharp citrus sour followed by a slight sweetness from the currants and a rich caramel quality. Lively carbonation, very easy to drink. Have since had (001X4), which was a bit more subdued in its sourness. Have some batch 002 waiting...
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Teresas Next Door. Pours a dark yet clear amber copper with a small beige head. Aroma of funk, sour fruit, and rotting wood. Taste of sour fruit, funk and rotting wood. Very tart.
BarrelRoller (15) - USA - APR 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
barnyard, leather, alcohol, raisin, woody. Another hit from Russian River. Everything I’m looking for, only possible comment which is REALLY nitpicking this beer is in my travels to Belgium beers of this nature are a little dryer.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2009 Awesome! Tap @ Capones. Nice dark ruby color. Aroma is so bright and sweet and sour. Nice fluffy head. Taste is sweet tarts, acidic, fruity, and some mellow wine hints. Wood and grape skin on the pallete are noticable. Nice and dry, bubbly and delicious. So smooth and tasty.
DarkMagus (503) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is crazy. I’ve had it twice on tap at the brewery. It looks like a belgian dark strong ale of some sort... with a bit of a reddish/purple tinge. Aromas were sour and fruity, not a hint of acetic acid to be found, very floral and woody and nice... along with a strong malty/sugary base. The flavors just explode... sour fruits, sweet dark roasted malt, wine-barrel funk, brettanomyces, and god knows what else. This is one beer that is really deceiving when it comes to alcohol content. It does NOT seem like it’s at 10%! Dangerous. But an awesome beer. Too expensive to buy bottles of it maybe... but worth it if you’ve never had it and enjoy sour beers. Even better to have it at the brewery!