yespr (34875) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2009 Batch 5. Pours hazy yellow with a lacing white head. Mild spiced and light orange to citric fruity. Medium dry and slight wheaty flavour with a mild spice note. Smooth and mild spiced flavoured into a light yeasty and spiced finish. Smooth and light fruity but also dry.7-3-8-4-15=3.7
From bottle, Papsoes blindtasting #12. Pours clear and golden, huge white aroma. Dry hoppy and slight bogmyrtle like. Mild wheaty and berry fruity flavoured. Light herbal touch to a mild bitterness and vague malty/wheaty sweet note into the far finish.5-3-5-3-10=2.6
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBSG grand tasting. Thanks to whoever brought it. Pours a cloudy gold color with a small white head. The aroma featured Belgian yeasts and sour grapes. The taste was biter-sour with lots of funk, spices and yeast. The mouthfeel was full and malty. The finish was long and spicy. Overall: I’m gonna need to try this again, my notes are getting kind of unreliable and sloppy. Beer # 34 for me on the night of the grand tasting.
emacgee (4367) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pale hazy gold with some floaties. The head is about 2 fingers thick, creamy and offwihte. The nose is fruity, citrusy, nice west coast American hops, spicy phenols, yeasty, pepper, grapefruit rind. Very nice nose. Spicy and yeasty flavor, waxy and citrusy hops, Belgian earthiness, a certain vegetal carrot flavor. Light carbonation and lightly waxy. Very nice American Belgian with a well done hop profile.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to Ryan. Bright, deep golden pour with a bubbly white head. Complex nose: lemon, hibiscus, rose petals, bergamot, light malts, a hint of funk. Smells better as it warms. Tart and tasty on the palate. A little thin; would love to try this after a little bit of age.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color was a hazy light golden/orange. There was small floating sediment. The head fizzy and white while lacing the glass. The aroma was acidic, lemon, and earthy. The flavor was very earthy, spicy, musty. The palate was slick. The finish was waxy.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle sent to me by my Mom - thanks, Mom!!! Scrumdiddlyumptious beer, with a gorgeous body - translucent pale orange with a big foaming head. A nice nose of mild biscuity malts with citrus hops and just a wee bit of funk. Smells like fresh flowers too, a really nice zingy vibe. The taste is just as good, with hints of spice rounding out this profile to make this just an insanely good, well-hopped brew. I would love it if this was available as a session brew around here; I’d drink it infinitely.
FlacoAlto (3838) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch 005; Sampled July 2008
An average pour still manages to produce a four-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass. As the head slowly recedes it forms a mesa that sits in the middle of my glass and slopes down to meat the sides of the glass where ample lacing patterns are left sticking to the walls. Amazingly enough, despite slowly working my way through this beer, the head never has anything less than a full covering of white froth. The beer is a clear, amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, lightly orange tinged, full gold color when held up to the light. The aroma starts with a blast of expressive fruit notes; these are a mix of ripe pear, honeydew and golden raisins. Other fresh aromatics of honeysuckle, sweet flower nectar, and wild flower honey also add the sweeter smelling notes in the aroma. A backdrop of spiciness is here though; substantial enough to anchor this beer solidly I can smell notes of bergamot, white pepper, piquant ginger, light clove and some sharp, though light, herbal notes. Hints of crushed saltine crackers and crushed malt are just noticeable if you really dig for them. This is a fantastically expressive aroma for a smaller beer like this; I could go on just smelling this for minutes on end.
Sweet tasting up front, as much from fruity esters as any actual sweet malt sugars. The beer is actually quite light and quite dry, but the sweetness really is accentuated by other flavor components other than residual sugars left in the beer. While sweet and fruity up front this finishes quite dry; both a noticeable hop bitterness and a spicy, almost astringent, piquant spice character helps to significantly dry the finish out. Fruit flavors of spicy grapes, honeydew, super-ripe pear as well as perfectly sweet, wild flower nectar are offset by spicy notes of pepper, dried ginger, spicy higher alcohols, sharp clove, . This is light bodied, but definitely has some heft to it that keeps this clinging a bit to the palate. An ample carbonation offsets this as it scrubs the palate with a peppery carbonic bite.
This manages to pull off a huge presence in both nose and palate, despite being a pretty easy drinking, lighter brew. A deep complexity manages to be eminently well integrated; this is a perfect beer for those who want to contemplate the intricacies of their beer as well as those who just want an incredibly solid, great tasting beer to session a couple of. A second pour of this beer accents a touch of yeastiness in the nose that seems to temper the fruit notes a bit with some raw dough aromas. This really is just a fantastic interplay between fruity esters, piquant spiciness and quaffability.
Wow, I knew this should be good, but I can’t believe how good this really is. I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as the Brett-laden batch 001, but I might even like this one more. A fantastically tasty creation; I am continuously wowed by Vinnie’s craftsmanship and ability to achieve such well integrated, balanced beers. Russian River seems to operate on another plane of existence than the other American brewers.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased from Russian River via internet order. Thank you RR for the chance to buy. A very nice Belgian ale. I love the lower ABV.
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2010 Batch 005 (5.65%). Pours a clear gold body with a small, quickly vanishing white head. Aroma of apricots, nectarines, pear, clove, coriander and honey. Taste of light fruits, coriander, and a malty bitterness. Slightly creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Not my favorite beer from RR (is this a similar style to Doree?).
Batch 008 (5.15%). Pours with a hazy, very pale yellow body and a large white head. In my Bruery snifter it looks a lot like their berliner. Aromas of fresh cut grass, white pepper, tangerine, light yeast esters and aromatics. Decently hoppy (European hops). Pear. Flavors are light. Straw, grass, pear, [some spice, that I can’t quite put my tired palate on]. Quite spicy from both yeast and hops. Very lively carbonation, quite dry on the palate. Spicy and easy to drink. Nicely done. Overall score would go unchanged.
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at RR. Pour is clear golden with a big white head. Aroma of yeast, citrus, hops, spice, and light malt. Taste is of yeast, fruit, earthy hops. Body is medium and well carbonated. Nice, easy drinker.