Ethereal (2417) - 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 (7853) - 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 (2348) - 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 Iím 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) - Woodridge NY, 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 (472) - 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. Iíve 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 itís at 10%! Dangerous. But an awesome beer. Too expensive to buy bottles of it maybe... but worth it if youíve never had it and enjoy sour beers. Even better to have it at the brewery!
jeff789 (1407) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tart, mildly sour, a touch bretty, quite a bit carbonated, some asian flavors, teriyaki?, green apple, berries, wood, leather, holy complex beer... I liked it a ton, didnt necessarily love fully love it, though on a personal level i would still rather a well made flemish sour to an american wild... worth trying, especially at the deal on the bottle price joe found...
RSRIZZO (1852) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Trinity Brewing, Colorado Springs. Color is a deep ruby with good carbonation and a thick tight head. Aroma is a big sour cheery scent. Taste is tart and sour. Starting with a lighter medium body it goes down easy with a sour twang coming on. Finish is big with a bright sour taste of cheery then oak and a hint of vanilla. This is a great Sour Ale, one of the best Iíve ever had.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Caponeís a week ago. Aroma of raspberries, sour grapes, sweet, almost soda-like cherry, pineapple funk, some vaguely fecal funk, and behind everything a good deal of oak with some leather. Flavor quite tart with tons of tart grape and a tannic character with a pruney, leathery finish. Quite tasty.
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - APR 4, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2009 Bottle. Poured a reddish brown with very little head.... other than the champagne like overflow after opening. Aroma of sour wine, oak and cherry. The flavor was spectacular... wine like. Oak, cherry,and leather. Finished with a nice sour bite. A fantastic ale. Canít wait to crack open my other bottle in a couple of years.
UPDATE: 5/5/2009 - Second bottle opened... Fantastic!! I think Iíve gained more appreciation for the style. I canít believe I could taste a more perfect beer.