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 (40181) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7916) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 Batch 003. A very pretty beer, first pout is clear and then after is a hazy orange/rose color with a small off-white head. Aroma of cherries, sour, banana, spices, pepper and cassis. Taste is very sour at first with a really long tart cherry aftertaste. Slightly sweet in the middle, but the taste does not have nearly as much characters of the Pinot as I was expecting or wanting (compared to the Amazing Grace that I had at the Abbey). Light and a bit fizzy. Alcohol is well hidden. 9,4,7,4,15,3.9
Rerate: Batch 3. Pours pretty with a hazy orange body with great lacing and a huge white head that stays. Aroma is awesome with vinous notes, funk, cherrys, barrel, sourness and wine. Taste is sour, sour and more sour with cherries, wine and a bit of baby diaper. Fizzy, dry and mouthpuckering.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 17, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at cgarvieuk’s, with Stella, the kids, and Traci. Big thanks to kmweaver for the bottle. Slightly hazy orange, translucent white head. Dry wine grapes, apples growing dark and wrinkled on the tree, mind rose petals, old barn boards. Lovely fruit sourness, grapeskin, pepper and wool. Well-balanced and refreshing. Kept wishing for more cherry contribution, but still really enjoyed this.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2009 On tap at RR & in bottle. Poured an amber color with a small white head, light lacing. Aroma is acetic with lots of cherries and oak. Taste is tart fruit and lots of warm oak. In addition to the cherries, there’s grapes and plenty of funk. Very enjoyable standout sour ale.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 16, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2010 1st batch of the 375 ml. sampled with the phoenix crew... supplied by sparky27 (does it ever end?). beautiful orange pekoe iced tea color with a small white head which retains as a ring. it leaves behind light spotty lacing as it recedes. initial aroma of dill pickles (not unpleasant though), wood, earth, lots of minerals and some sweet malt hidden behind the vinegary tartness. it smells very fresh! the flavor is quite funky and dry but malty and well balanced.... wood, minerals, fruit/tart cherries and a similarity to red wine. medium body. prickly and well carbonated...8/5/9/4/18/4.4
batch 04X2. same batch.
much more funky and yeasty. less fruity. tartness has faded. 8/5/8/4/18