illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled at the 2nd BA Tasting. Pours dark reddish amber, murky with a dissipating off white head. The strong aroma just flat out kicks ass- cherry, burlap, brett, and lemon. Medium bodied with a slight spritzy carbonation, and mildly sticky texture. This is loaded with lots of flavors, all melded and balanced- berry, vanilla, oak, caramel, and wine. The residual sweetness is just right for my tastes. The finish is acidic and sour and not overdone. People who want something over the top should just look elsewhere (buy a vintage Cantillon if you want sour bombs), and give me your bottle of this. Excellent without being extreme,
Lothore (550) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- Pours a deep crimson color with a fizzy, off white head that fades fairly quickly.
S- Smells of dark fruit, plums, raisins, currants, figs, with a hint of sourness.
T- Tastes of currants, slight oaky cherry flavor and a nice funky brett flavor to round it out.
M- A little overcarbonated, semi viscous and fairly creamy.
D- This one was very drinkable. It definitely wasnít a standout for me as far as russian rivers lineup goes, iíd much rather grab a temptation. At 22 dollars a bottle id venture to guess this will be the last bottle iíll buy for a while.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Liquid Solutions. Pours a reddish brown with a dissipating beige head. Nose is that of cherries, old wood, earth, funk, pinot noir and some acidic notes as well. On taste it is bold, not super sour. Very well balanced with juicy fruits at the front with a hit of tart brettanomyces and earth, finishing reasonably dry. crystal malts come through and a nice, pleasing carbonation level as well. This is a damn fine beer, but I be it gets a lot better with some age on it. Outstanding.
Grovlam (4154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. [Papsoe grand American tasting] Large beige thick head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Cloudy amber color with particles in flow. Aroma of vinegar, wood, leather, mild dried fruit, barnyard, citrus. Medium to full bodied with an average carbonation and light dry texture. Moderated sour and sweet flavor in balance. Lingering sour fruity finish. 8 / 3 / 8 / 4 / 16 = 3.9
yespr (31206) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle, Papsoes blindtasting #13. Pours hazy and dark brown with a light orange glare and a good solid and slight off-white head. Acidic and cherry fruity to acetone aroma with a nice roasted and caramelish note - light breadish. Solid acidic with a nice acetone like flavour, mild cherry note and dense breadish caramelish malt. Acidic and slight acetone like finish.
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - APR 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cheers to Drink4satan for sharing this bottle with me. It was poured into a bell shaped snifter glass with a thick initial head which faded quick and formed a thin ring around the outskirt of the glass. The color is a dark nut brown with a reddish tint to it. The aroma is very strong with some toasted almond, oak, dark fruit mainly black current, with a sweet sour finish to it. AS you take small sips and swish it around in your mouth you can feel it decarbonate and release all of the interesting and unique citric flavors on the palate. This beer should be served with a tums and a small slab of cheese to balance out the acidity. You can really taste the vanilla, oak, fruit and citrus as you sip the brew, but once it is gone the flavor leaves and does not leave much of an after taste in your mouth. Overall it is a great sour ale and Iím glad i get a chance to rate it after already having it at " Night of the Funk" beer fest in Boston last year.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kudos to cloudskipper for this mega-dank brewski! 750cl, poured into a crystal snifter. Pours a completely opaque, very deep crimson colour, almost like a stout. The head is beige, puffy, and mostly lasting. The nose is musty, dirty, and slightly acetic, with strong notes of oak, vanilla, ceder, cherry, black currants and horse blanket. The funk is not as predominant in the nose as I anticipated. The flavour, however, brings forth a kick a strongly acetic, bretty, and tart sourness that overwhelms the senses. The finish is salty and tart, but in a citric way. The currants create a delicate balance that makes sour, lemony quality a bit toned down. The alcohol is definitely a substantial part of a flavours, though it isnít a bad thing somehow. The mouthfeel is airy, and the light, yet spritzy carbonation makes up most of the body, though it does coat nicely at the end of every sip.
hayduke (3369) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was on draft and though it was so amazing I bought a bottle to take home. It came a deep rich ruby red with a medium white head with pink tinges in the bubbles and light lacing. The nose is very strongly of ripe frutis like berries and cherries. Very wild on the tongue and lively in the mouth by not unpleasantly so. Flavor shows some sour notes which is amazing when mixed with all the sweet flavors. Light bitterness in the dry finish. I was simply blown away by how much fun the was to drink, and am looking forward to sharing the bottle with friends.
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, drank for my bday. Deadish brown pour with a minimal head. Carbonation is not lacking, though. The aroma is surprisingly vegetal, actually kind of thin and lacking, with some olive and smoke notes. Not sour in the nose. There is in the flavor, for sure, but the currant notes donít blend especially well with the sour ó as is often the case ó and we are left with a beer that tries to bridge two kinds of beverage and doesnít do so particularly well. There is just little agreement between the sourness and the fruity wine notes. Certainly this is not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but for now Iíll happily stick with Vinnieís other sour offerings.
Beerman6686 (4348) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This poured a dark ruby red color with basically no head at all. Aroma was very sour, dark fruits and currants, and some funk barnyard aromas too. Flavor is puckeringly sour, but this does not cover up all of the awesome sour dark fruit and citrus flavors/ A great beer.