nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks cmubeerman. batch 2 and 3 side by side. Batch 2 is really excellent - sour, funky and tart, lemony. Extremely well balanced and outwardly Russian River. Batch 3 is much more subdued, but still similar. Oily in the mouth, especially when compared to the fresh tartness of batch 2. (batch 2 = 4.3, batch 3 = 3.7). What a fun vertical.
SCBrew (31) - San Clemente, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy deep orange color. Wonderfully tart aroma of sour cherry and funk. Sour cherry flavors and slight oakiness come out as it warms. Sour finish that lingers on the tongue. Love it!
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 11, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Warm orangy amber with a denser small bubbled head. Sourish dry fruity salty yogurty nose. A bit tannic. Some strong cherry. Lighter carbonation, full body. dry tart yogurty fruity cherry. Some biting oaky tannins. A bit salty. Lingering small heat and fruity tannins. Really delightful joy to dirnk.
Oscbert (1230) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
~Pours a light golden copper color with small white head.
~Scent of sour wine, citrus, oak, and cherries.
~Sour sweet taste. Similar to a cherry sweet tart. Cidery and tart, but not over bearing.
~Light feel, Quick dry finish.
~My first sour ale. I wasn’t sure what to expect. i really enjoyed this one. Wish I would have bought a bottle or two of this one to share.
DrDogbeer (6) - weymouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Pours a clearish orangy-brown color with a think wispy white head. Lots of champagne type bubbles that fade quickly. I don’t know if i have ever seen a color like this before, either.
WHOA- the smell is pungent. As soon as I open the beer you can get a whiff from across the room. I get a lot of vinegar, some musty red wine, some alcohol and the barnyard as well on the nose. Smell is consistenty strong throughout.
Tast is similar. I get the huge pucker of the sour cherries, vinegar etc. right up front. Aftertaste mellows it quite a bit and makes it even more enjoyable. Bit of alcohol on the end.
Nice champagne fizz on the mouthfeel.
Fairly drinkable for the style- has a lot going on throughout the beer and my mouth is pretty puckered after this one.
yespr (39962) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
37.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a lacing white head. Dry and citric fruity aroma. Citric and crisp base flavour with a nice acidic base touch and mild mliky note. Smooth and acidic finish.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ BCTC 2008. deep orange color. Very funky, earthy, barnyard aroma. Sour, tartness, funky yeastiness, Very acidic & tasty. Very good well worth the long wait at the festival
bumpskier (33) - Sonoma, California, USA - JUL 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle of batch 3. Huge off white had that was quite persistent. Aroma is of the sour cherries and the Pinot barrel. This beer carries a much strong sour aroma than the previous batches. I like it a lot. Light brownish almost orange color with a nice tingling carbonation that permiates the mouth. Very balanced beer with the hops only adding to bitterness. The superb dryness of the beer makes it incredibly digestible and nearly refreshing. I absolutely love this beer. I am so glad I bought a case of it.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, batch 3, @ Ebenezer’s. Pours a dark orange amber, very hazy, slightly off white head. Aroma is sour cherry, a bit of orange. Taste is sharp tartness up front, bit of vinegar, with a citrusy acidity on the finish - a bit earthy also, woody barnyard. Crisp and so light in body. Beautifully done beer.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 27, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2010 Rating number 500! 375ml bottle, batch 3, at the Trappist in Oakland. Crystal clear amber-orange with a beige head. Sour lemon, white wine and subtle sour cherry aroma. The flavor is quite dry and sour, mostly citric sour, with a hint of vinegar. The cherries are quite subtle, but being sour cherries, they can be expected to blend in with the overall tartness of the beer, I guess. Light bodied and highly carbonated, with a dry, puckering finish. This is definitely my kind of sour, with emphasis on a fruity sourness. The complexities of the wine and cherry flavors are really nice. Props to the Trappist for serving this perfectly in a couple RR chalices. (8,4,9,4,18=43)
Rerate: batch 4 on tap at the brewpub. All I can say is WOW. The cherry is so much more vivid than I remember from batch 3, with more body and acidity as well. A touch acetic, but dry enough to pull it off. Great balance between the fruit, malt, and acidity. Vinnie really nailed it on this batch.