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RATINGS: 1398   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Brown ale aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels for one year with sour cherries, Brettanomyces yeast, and Lactobacillus & Pedicoccus bacteria.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (659) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottle from the recent batch via RR. Aroma is tart like cherry pie, color is orange and amber. Flavor is huge and sour. Iím new to sours, so Iím not fully in the know with these style. It is very unique and the tart sour flavor lasts a long time. I donít know what kind of food this might pair with, maybe some pungent cheeses or..... I need to grow my palate to learn more of the sour beer vibe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - APR 16, 2008
Amber brown murky shade with a whispy off white head.Aromas of yeast and sourness. Very smooth on the palate. Great tart sour cherry and a little funkiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2008
The color was cloudy and dark amber/brown. The head was creamy, very thin, and off-white. The aroma was cherry, tart, aged, and wine. The flavor was tart, cherries, yeast, aged, and wine. The palate was medium-bodied. The finish was tart.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2009 Update, fresh batch 003. Courtesy SoLan. Not significantly different from batch 002, except to say that this beer is slightly better when fresh. Striking sourness is balanced by a lactic creaminess that just makes this brew so incredibly easy to drink. Both batches were excellent. Russian River kicks ass.

Batch 002. Pours a cloudy, blood red color. A minimal, foamy tan head slowly dissipates, leaving just a thin ring behind. The aroma features pure, fresh, sour cherries as the backbone. Soft oak and moderate lactic funk emerge, as do hints of Concord grape juice. The flavor is again based on sour cherries, but the grape element really surprises. The use of Pinot Noir barrels (my favorite red grape) is nothing short of genius. The softness of the Pinot lends itself perfectly to a sour ale, and the oak is subtle enough to impart its signature vanilla note without overpowering things. Slightly more substantial than an average sour, the mouthfeel is highly carbonated, yet smooth and silky. Finishes bone dry, with the mouth begging for the next sip. As I stare at my empty glass, I am saddened, and that is the sign of a fantastic brew. Russian River is simply incredible.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Batch 002. Deep amber. Thin layer of off white foam dissipates to a ring. Nose of oak, sour cherries, bretty funk, subtle vinegar, cotton candy, and a toasted malt background. Flavor adds some complex fruity esters- past ripe, floral, berry-like, and more of the same oaky, sour goodness from the aroma. Medium body, juicy yet highly carbonated, very dry finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2008
2-24-08 bottle shared at tasting thanks to ChadSpivey
Clear pinkish amber in color with no head. Smells just like pixie sticks. Sour with a nice well balanced sweetness in the flavor. Overall, a very mild sour that doesnít feel alien or foreign on the palate. Oaked flavor with a dry finish that leaves you wanting more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2008
375ml bottle thanks to chadspivey Reddish amber color with decent spotty head for the style. Intense Sweet Tart aroma. Sour candy. Generic fruit. Really extreme tartness, not as sweet as the nose. Generic sweet & sour fruity candy flavors ala Spree or Sweet Tarts, maybe cherry stands out a bt. Nice and refreshing. Great example of RR wild ale.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 Rerate 3/16/08 - Iím raising my score to this to a perfect 5, the only one Iíve given so far.....if I could only drink one beer until the end of time, this would be it. Itís so good....once it hits your lips. This is crack in beer form, seriously. I think I could drink this for eternity. Tar cherries, some bretty action, acidic. Light head that quickly dissipates, leading way for the crack binge to begin. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 Bottle shared by chadspivey
Pours a rosey amber color with no head. More pleasant nose than most any of the other sours I sampled on the same evening. Nose of sourness, like funk and some dark fruitines. Taste is very tart, mild sweetness, and some fruitiness. Very oaky flavor and some dry, sour cherries as well. Quite tart indeed, yet still pretty drinkable. I can see this being really good, if Sours were my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Poured a nice reddish brown with a very creamy soft off white head that stuck around for the entirety of the beer. Nice presence of oak, sour cherries, brett and lacto in the nose. A great funky bretty aroma with the cherries melding perfectly. The flavor profile is lots of tart acetic cherries with a soft undertone of wood tannins behind the tartness of the cherries. All the littles bugs and critters in this beer make such a wonderful compliment to this beer. The brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pedioccus all play a part and make their presence known. The beer finishes very dry and clean. Fantastic brew!

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