MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at Dickinsonbeerís Oktoberfest, batch 002. cloudy light golden yellow/straw color, whitish head. aroma is sour and bretty, flavor is sour & tart like a lambic. not exactly a straight up belgian ale, but another great brew from RR!
bgburdman9 (856) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Columbus tasting 2.0. Poured very light yellow with average white head. Aroma was pretty funky and got some of the horse blanket. Also had a little sourness to it. Pretty good beer.
Miksu (4741) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - OCT 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Deep golden color, hazy and creamy. Acidic aroma with grapefruit, pineapple and leather. The acidic fruitiness continues in the taste with grapefruit and pineapple. Very good balace.
Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with beigaman, Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and GregClow, courtesy of biegaman, Batch 002. Hazy lemon yellow, small foamy white head. Neat fresh farmyard yeasty aroma, spicy. Really really nice and complex. Wow, the taste is really sour up front. Yeast, acidic malt, long bubblegum finish. Some lemon rind as well. Really good and terrible complex, what a joy to drink. Thanks for sharing Jan!!
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 002. 750ml bottle provided by csbosox. Pours a murky (gusher) straw yellow with a big white head. Funky, hourse blanket, sweet socks, yadda yadda yadda, with some citrus also. frizzzzleís SweetTarts analogy was pretty good. Really fruity and tart. Dry finish with high CO2. Really love these Russian River beers.
frizzzzle (76) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very, very strange beer. It pours orange-ish, slightly cloudy, with little head. The scent reminds me very much of a salon, with a hint of socks in the background. This beer has one heck of a funk to it, but strangely enough, itís not offensive. The flavor is a lot less in-your-face than the scent, but itís very tart, with lots of sugary candiness. It reminds me of fruit-flavored sweet tarts. I didnít have very much of this, just because it was so... different, but I didnít get much carbonation in it at all. I was a bit too shocked to notice the finish -- Iíll definitely look for it next time :p
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 26, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 It really blows me away every time I read comments like "sure, itís sour, but not much else" or "sour, but not much going on beneath the sourness". I wish people would try to be a little more discerning, especially with the references of Russian River beers (not picking this one, or any in particular) to Cantillon and other lambics. I donít see the similarity and itís apparent that some of the elegance of this beer must be lost on many, if those comments are often being made. None of Vinnieís beers are attempting to be American lambics, certainly not something like Cantillon. Thatís like saying that Orval is similar to Cantillon because they both have brett in them. Anyways, back to the question of this "not having much more to it than sourness", well, A) these 002 bottles arenít even that sour yet, the lacto not having emerged all that much. There is just a slight oily, lactic character hinted at, but the main force is the tart, complex brettanomyces. Not much behind the sourness? This is a brett and lacto golden ale, what were you expecting, some chocolate and roast? Itís got a lovely, true grainy malt character that melds well with and supports the tartness. Sweet, honey notes and a touch of soft dough. The brett puts forth a plethora of flavors, including pears, peaches, band-aids, pineapples, limes, hickory nut skins, green apples, chardonnay, and more. The bottle conditioning and unfiltered nature create a tight, engaging mouthfeel and no alcohol is ever noted. Canít remember what kind of hops it uses, was it sterling or magnum or something (or actually Iím probably confusing Mo Betta Bretta), but they show some very light, playful tangerine/mimosa qualities. Wonderful attenuation level as well, not even bone dry, with plenty of chewy malt character, as previously mentioned. Not sure if I like the 001 or the 002 better, only having compared fresh samples of each, thus far. I think the brett might actually provide more character and flavor in the 002, with a little bit more malt sweetness (though the attenuation was higher to begin with in the 002). I donít know, no real point in deciding. Theyíre both masterpieces and I wish I had an endless supply of both batches. A touch too much winey, lacto-cheesy-like acidity, creating some minor breadiness/fatigue on the palate is one of my few complaints. Just a touch of thinning upon warming, as well. Thanks, Ken, for the 002 bottle.
blankboy (5616) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, biegaman & tupalev -- courtesy of biegaman. Batch 002. Pours a very cloudy yellow-gold with an average size white head. Nice sour, funky aroma with citrus, yeast and spices. Flavour of sour citrus, funk and spices -- lip-puckering! Nice medium body. A really good, enjoyable brew -- thanks for sharing biegaman!
Svesse (5689) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 6 Oct) Golden yellow colour, hazy, with white head. Very acidicic and wineous nose with a distinct gueuzey character. Acidic, sourish taste, rather harsh and wineous with lemon notes. Well balanced with a nice gueuze touch. Very nice, surprisingly good experiment.
GregClow (2797) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared with biegaman, blankboy, tupalev & HogTownHarry - courtesy of biegaman. Hazy light golden-orange with a decent white head. Aroma is citric and spicey with a nice dry funkiness. Body is on the thin side, but very crisp, working well with the flavour which is dry and tart, with notes of lemon, pepper and yeast. Very, very nice!