drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. pours clear amber with foamy white head. nose is sour, vinegar, lactic, very oaky, some apricot and citrus notes as well. flavors are pretty musty, vanilla, sour, okay, vinegar, apricot, orange, grapefruit, lemony. a bit lactic finish. lively full mouth feel. wow this was really good.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
awesome fruity nose with a great funk in the finish of the nose...I can surely taste the santification as the base beer and it has a finish like the beatification the blending in this beer is nothing short of masterful....wow the complexity on the taste is deserving of the 9 that I gave it......damn great beer
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to tertons for sharing this speacial treat. Pours yellow hazy orange gold with a small white head. Aroma is tart with apples and citrus. Flavor is hugely tart, but with noticeable woody notes. Huge finish to this one, and it lasts. It has the very nice quality of being both very funky, and very clean.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: opaque orange, fine off white head, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with a fruityness followed by lots of tartness and a sweaty leather character,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: fruity caramel malt flavor, lots of tartness that blends well with the fruity character, light oaky spicyness, lasting lemony tartness to keep you puckered and salavating,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy pale copper color with a white head. Aroma is funky, horse blanket, barn yard, acidic, tart fruit, and oak. Flavor is brett, barn yard, funk, oak, fruit, and a bitter funky tart finish.
ChainGangGuy (4755) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, cruddy-looking, mahogan-hued body with a cottony white head.
Smell: A sour-minded, fruity bouquet with notes of sliced apples, citrus, and salted peach pits along with plenty of toasted oak saplings and barnyard funk.
Taste: A frothed blending of freshly-squeezed fruit juices - peaches, grapefruits, and apple (like a sorbet sampler platter). Dash of salt and even capsicum. A donkey’s kick of acidity and tartness. Barnyard funkiness all the while. Dry, lightly oaky finish with lingering, tongue-deadening tannins.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A real joy to drink such a complex, yet well-balanced creation. This is seriously good. Excellent work, Russian River.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750ml bottle, caged and corked. Pours hazy, deep golden color. thick white head. Aroma of God like tart sourness. I’ve been drinking Imperial Stouts all night, this blows them all away. Tart flavor goes azll the way over the top!. Wow!
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2009 filmy lace with a short-lived head, ruby-orange color. cassis and sour cherry aroma with some vinegar. lots of sour in the taste desolves into a dark red fruit linger. sourness makes the palate feel fuller.
perfectly fine, but a bit too much sour for my tastes.
---- re rate at 2009 Sour Fest ------
Pours a clear orange with slight lacing and a bubbly head. The aroma is heavy on sour apple but not oppressive. The taste is just more sour apples with a palate that reminds me of cider champagne with a touch more sour. It still seems overrated to me.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from 5000. Rating #1600. Hazy pale, peach body with a medium-sized white head that fades to a lasting cover. Big, funky citrus nose with lots of grapefruit, lemon, cheese, horseblanket and cobwebs. Moderately sour, lightly sweet taste with pithy, citrus rinds, yogurt, melon, light cotton candy and apples. Medium body is round with moderate carbonation. Finish is long with a lasting acidity and a pithy bitterness. This is bringing back memories of Cable Car and Cuvee de Castleton. Lovely!
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (via trade with 5000). Poured cloudy bronze, capped with a moderate sized white head. Beautiful aroma - primarily tart, with nuances of oak, citrus (especially orange), apricot, leather and wild yeast. On the palate, funky barnyardy flavors interact nicely with fruit flavors like orange rind, apricot, and lemon. The complex flavor is further complimented by notes of wild yeast, wood, leather, and earthy herbs. Dry, sour finish. The beer is incredibly drinkable; it’s satisfies my love of sourness, but it doesn’t take the acidity over the top. Another world-class wild ale from RR. Thanks for the trade, André!!!