hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lots of sour on the nose with some grape and a tad bit of yeasty fruit. For a quick second, there is a bit of fruit up front but then a lot of sourness sets in making it a bit difficult to pick out some of the nice subtleties that are peeking out. Finishes with a dry wine like feel with grape and a strange chewing of raw ingredients kind of feel. I really like this, big sour with a nice balance.
3fourths (7537) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - APR 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2012 Pouring a dark copper orange out of the bottle, topped by a finely bubbled frothy white head, it just looks perfect. Halfway through the pour I can smell the oak, the cedar, the brett, the sourness and the bugs wafting up towards my nose. First taste is lively, exciting, prickly, quickly turning sour and acidic, held up by a rich and frothy body, a creaminess in the yeast that I just love more and more in every Russian River I drink. The lightness of the beer itself contrasts with the thickness of the yeast, with a spicy, prickly barnyard, vine and wood character that is just phenomenal. For those times when the acidity of a La Folie was too much, this is what I wished for.
Lothore (276) - California, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 A- Pours a beautiful cloudy peach color with a small, white head.
S- Smell is definite barnyard funk, peach, light fruits, sourness.
T- Taste is incredibly complex. Sour all the way through, very earthy, tart, light fruits.
M- Light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation. Very dry.
D- This is a great sipper. Russian Riverís sour lineup is incredible but I think this is the most balanced one that iíve had of the bunch. Seek this one out, you wonít regret it.
notalush (4472) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing - this was the last beer in a long night of sour ale tasting, and it was STILL and stand out kick in the mouth - hazy straw-colored beer, with a small fizzy head - explosive aroma of light brett, oak, citrus, white grapes, mild sweetness, wheat - an acidic kick up front makes way for serious brett and lacto funkiness - loads of earthy complexities going on - a light sweetness tempers things, and carries with it some citrus and cherry flavors - really soft in the mouth - white wine grapes and wheaty/grainy character arrive late - the extreme acidity and funk never become overpowering or overburden the palate (I could probably drink this all night without palate fatigue) - awesome balance.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy copper color with a thin off-white head. Bretty yeast aroma with a mild sweetness. Light leather notes. Citrus and tart flavor with a mild acidity. Bretty bitter finish. Light body with a dry finish. Very nice beer that I hope will keep evolving.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by beastiefan2k... many thanks. Pale blonde cloudy beer. Opalescent appearance. Aroma is awesome with rich pale malt and a light funky vanillaish character. A bit of lovely grapey sweetness. Very soft flavour with a rich tapioca/rice pudding vanilla sweetness. As it warms up the soft funkiness really picks up with a great wild horseyness over the rich clean pale malt. Some mint and a fantastic pale malt character. Lingering apricot fruitiness. This beer is delicious... a great way to end a fantastic tasting.
Bartzilla (518) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12th rating. Thanks Naven! Totally delicious, sour as all, get out. One of the most sour ales Iíve ever tasted. Itís like a nice kick to the chops.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Dr. Bill for sharing.
This poured a dark orange color. The flavor was sour with lots of fruity notes.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 22 oz bottle. Shared this with a bunch of people. Some people liked this, most didnít. Nice amber/orange color. Aroma is vinegar. Flavor is pure vinegar. Sour like all get out. This stuff gave me heartburn. Like sucking on a lemon. Like vinegar? Youíll love this stuff.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 16, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 draft @ brouwerís - hazy orange with big white head; aromas are crisp and tart and mix of citrus and sour apples; i havenít had many brett beers, but so far iíd say it has quite the zing to it, both on the nose and on the lips; medium body and becomes creamy mid-way through the glass; rich flavor mix that is almost different from sip to sip; brett and sourness is never overpowering
draft @ Brouwerís Big Wood - dark gold with minor carbonation; texture is very light and there is still some zing from the brett, but this is certainly not very sour; not as good as it was fresh; wish I had some bottles to see how itís aging there b/c in the keg itís pretty tame and Iíll get some hate from folks not in Seattle, but Iíll be passing on this from now on when on draft