Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375 ML C&C bottle served in a Lost Abbey teku glass. Batch 007. Big thanks to Matt (mfavoino) for sending this my way.
A: Pours a dark ruby color with a light tan head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. Not much lace is left.
S: Big sweet currents with mildly tart undertones. Some lighter malts are present with a nice cab body showing itself on the finish of each sniff. Pretty earthy and bold, yet restrained enough to let the beer show.
T: Much more sour than the nose would suggest. There is some lactic sourness with a tart current body. The cab gives some dirty grape punch to cut through the sourness. Just a little bit of earthy and leathery malt to counter balance the tartness as well. As it warms a little more of the barrel comes out with some dry oakiness and light sweetness. The booze is so well hidden. I would have guessed, 6% or 7%.
M: Medium bodied with a nice prickly carbonation. There is a little more body to this beer, but it doesn’t take away from the drinkability. The finish is slightly drying.
O: The Cab didn’t overtake the base beer which is awesome. It gave it just enough earthy undertones to provide some more depths of flavor. This is right up there with Supplication as my favorite RR sour. The booze is extremely well hidden as well. Well put together.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-13-2012
patricks110 (2191) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A simply amazing brew. Pours a murky, opaque burgundian brown with a few beige bubbles forming a head. The aroma is rich, heavy with funk notes, vanilla, raisin and currant dried fruit notes and a plethora of funky barrel notes. First sip is a bit sweet with an underlying vanilla-esque and woody barrel note. Light sugary currant and raisin notes, heavy oak and caramel malts. The beer is in exquisite balance with the finish filled with tart, acetic notes and a ton of funky farmhouse notes. A simply delightful beer!
GTAEgeek (1539) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 mL bottle, brought to Ale Alpharetta by Hamp. Pours a nice ruby brown, with no head. The nose is caramel, tart black cherries, black pepper, syrup, and a touch of rye. Very sweet and syrupy, with a nice, sharp sourness. Medium to heavy body, syrupy, sharp and fairly acidic. This is a nice dark sour - complex, rich and vinous.
Cybercat (4180) - Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours fairly clear mahogany with a nice pale tan head. Fruity aroma has notes of dark fruit plus some apple, and a bit of malt. Tart flavor pleases with notes of apple and cherry as well as hints of plum, banana and malt. Firm body titllates with a persistent and satisfying tingle. Consecrate a glass today.
Bov (10771) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 15, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
courtesy of Thomas Schneider - hazy brown beer with a modest foam left; decently woody aroma with fair notes of cherries and hints of vinegar; full-bodied, lively and a bit chewy; assertive, tasty and effervescent; long woody cherryish, prune and vinegar-like finish, solidly sourish with lingering notes of rhubarb; quite dry - huge beer !
EithCubes (5269) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2015
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A bottle at Tria in Philly, corked and caged. I went into this expecting something very different than what I got: expected heavy ethyl lactate, tobacco, intense acetic character, instead got incredibly dense leathery Brett that was bold and lasting, somewhat like smushed cherry fruit leather at times, but more often like actual leather, a Brett assault unique to my experience. Medium wood component that thankfully isn’t gobsmackingly "oak" helps with the firm vinous character. Lovely dark red hue, a touch sweet only to start (that quickly faded into roughness), not overtly/extremely sour (though a few bottles might have me worrying about heartburn), full, earth-rich, and complex, killer mouthfeel, simply world class. Only thing lacking for me was a better nose, and that owed probably to atmosphere; anyone willing to donate a bottle for home consumption can BM me for the address :)
Gerbeer (2462) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml swing top bottle. Pours a clear dark red/brown with light bubbly head. Aromas of oak, sour red berries and red wine vinegar. Flavors of cranberries, tart cherries, oak, and vinegar. Solid and quenching. But overpriced.
Low69caprice (100) - Yucca valley, California, USA - SEP 3, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Sour wine grapes in nose. Some sour tart fruity aroma as well. Taste very crisp with very acidic tartness. Sparkling white wine fizz and quick disappearing head. Complex flavor of oak wine and wonderful fruits.
Nephilium (1556) - Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice clean aroma of lacto and funk. Pours a slightly hazy ruby red with a full light tan head. There’s a hint of sweetness at the beginning of this beer, perhaps from the currants. This sweetness fades quickly to a complex blend of sour, funk, tobacco, and a touch of wine. The sourness is not overpowering, and fades out quickly, leaving a touch of a tannic note. This is an amazing beer, and if you have the chance, you should try it.
MexiRevo (5) - Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed from bottle dated 11/06/14. Good carbonation but no head on pour. Nice effervescence in glass. Very pleasant sour taste with cherry and currant tones present up front. Just the right amount of funk on this one. A real pleasure to enjoy. I wish Russian River still distributed in WA - I would drink this regularly.
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Alphadelic (1967) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rosy brown. No head. Perfect cranberry, candied orange and vanilla with a hint of tartness on the nose. Aggressively tart, then it opens into a twist of vanilla, a burst of orange, then a long sweet grape/Berry fruitiness. A touch of dry wood too. Really immaculate stuff.