hapjydeuce (950) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 On tap at the Russian River brewery, one of my favorites of the evening of tastings. Clean pale color with a nice hazy golden-saffron hue in the middle of the glass. Plenty of lace and carbonation, the aroma rocks your nostrils with a great blend of light citrus, apple, white grape perfume; plus its got that musty old barnyard smell from the brettanomyces yeast that I love. Sweet flavors at each sip that slide nicely into slight peppery spice, chardonnay notes, wood, and an assertive sour finish. Use of the brett here was impressive. A bit over-puckering for my taste, but balanced enough in all other aspects for me to want it again.
piscator34 (1980) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled sample via my friend Trevor. Hazy honeycomb yellow in colour, with strong carbonation. Aromas of peach, lemon, honey, herbs, and a bit of funk. Flavor wise, there’s a touch of sweet malt before plunging into sour, wood, and lightly herbal territory. Soft carbonation and light bodied. Dry, but less dry than expected. Easy drinkin stuff. Very nice indeed.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml Bottle) Pours a lightly hazy golden body with a small white head and nice lacing. Aroma of barrel, brett sourness, floral, apple, and barnyard. Flavor of floral, lemon/grapefruit sourness, and some wheat with a dry finish.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 another simple review from me. more russian river sour deliciousness. why cant we get this in so cal all the time???
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2009 Bottle via trade with IrishBoy. Wonderfully tart and sour aroma. Sour yeast, a hint of baking bread and faint (lemon and lime) citrus zest. Cilantro. Granny Smith apple peeling. Pours a hazy light honey with a big white head. Flavor was full of of balanced brett tartness. Quite lively and refreshing. Lemon and lime. Sour yeast. Apple. Almost cider-like. Quite complex. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant sour bite. Nice stuff! Thanks Richard!
Re-Rate 8/20/2009 out of a growler filled August 2009. I’m not going to change my score, because I was absolutely enamored with this beer the first couple of times that I had it. But the ages seems to have tempered this one some. Gone is the fantastic tart apple skin and sour citrus flavors. The brett is still there, but is now much mellower and shows notes more along the lines of leather. Still quite tasty, but more along the lines of a brett-spiked Belgian ale than an American Sour Ale. New rating: 8/4/7/4 - 3.8 Thanks Randall!
jefcon (1418) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. What a beer! The brettanomyoces lends a sour taste, not unpleasant. Despite the danger of this tasting like spoiled wine, the brett is actually tasty. It is aggressive, but lends a unique character to the beer that accompanies the fine carbonation and rye aromas and flavors to create a very Belgian blonde ale. Somewhat sweet. Very unique and very good.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Jose Pistola’s in Philly. Hazy yellow color. Aroma and taste is bretty brett. Also a distinct sweetness with a little lemony citrus.
bp (805) - Queens, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft: This is the first ever Russian River product that I have sampled and it was damn good. Golden color with a thin head, tart aroma, sour taste and a dry finish. I think I had too many of these as my head hurts today.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy The_Epeeist. Hazy gold topped by 1.5cm of frothy white foam. Aroma is musty, tart, sweet light colored fruit (apple), citrus (lemon), urea (not in an offensive manner), and hints of butter. Flavor is similar, adding some earthiness and losing the urea. Medium/full body is just smoother than balanced. Very nice brew.
IndianaRed (2569) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the BrewPub
Slightly hazy pale yellow. Very fine whit head and silky lacing
Sour friut aroma due to the Brett. Flavor eas sour but still felt like it ha sme sweetness and flavor. Not near as dry as I expected.