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RATINGS: 1437   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 On tap at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Shimmering light orange-strawberry red with a very thin fine white head. Tart aroma with red berry fruits and cherries. Sour flavor with light cherry fruit and a perceived slight "tannic" edge and vinous fruit and earthiness. Slightly fuller body than the airy fruitiness might originally suggest with the alcohol sidling in near the end. A great effort; an excellent achievement. 375ml bottle sampled 03/08/09 with about a year of bottle age. Happy birthday Amy. Aroma posesses more animal characteristics and additional tartness for a greater overall complexity. The flavor is also quite tart with less overt fruit characteristics and more of a general sourness with animal and aged nuances. The body is bright and lithe with a lot of dimension--really mouth puckering with good presence and superb balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Holdwine (1135) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Best in Show at Savor. The perfect sour. Nose of sour cherry, grapes, slight musk, sweet candy. Strong lasting head with heavy carbonation. Doesnít stop with the perfect sourness, some bready, malty notes remind you that this is a beer. Then, a nice mild bitterness to finish the run. Iím in love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nimbleprop (6661) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Several 2oz samples at the Savor Craft beer event in Washington D.C. Deep amber, purpley color with a thick, lacing white head and nice, tight, small bubbles. Aroma is stunning, citrus, candy, musty funk, sour grapes, and grass. Flavor is just as good, cherries, grapes, sour ripe fruits, and some slight acid. Funny thing is, even with all that going on you can still taste distinct brown malts and a nice grain backing. Finish is sour, but smooth and extremely drinkable. This was getting raves throughout the crowd and was the class of the tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jefcon (1565) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Wonderful ruddy brown pour. Heavy white crown of head. Lots of lacing. Sour cherry aromas, sour apricot, and something rich and sharp -- like a blue cheese -- works to really expand this beerís range from the very first sniff. The fruit and funk on the nose still donít prepare you for whatís coming. The beer is crisp and sour from the get-go. Lots of fruit, from raisin to cherry to lemon, and an acidic bite from the bacteria. Thereís harmony throughout the palate and a long finish to enjoy the best, most careworn American sour ale in production. Wonderful stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2008
This beer is, in a word, divine. If you believe sour is at the top of the beer-flavor hierarchy, as I do, than this beer is for you. If you donít believe this, well chances are this beer is still for you. It offers a rich amber color, abundant head, delicious aroma, and even better taste. Aroma is citrus-y, sour, candy-sweet, yet somehow (despite what Iíve already said) balanced and distinctly beer-like. Flavor is distinctly sour, although Iíve certainly had beers sourer. It has a musty, sweet-tart, clove, complex and delicious. Mouthfeel is excellent. This is not a beer that is not easy for most of us to get our hands on. However, if youíve not had it, you should travel, trade, or attend a festival to get it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle batch 003. Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thick white head. Smells musty and sour. Has a medium mouthfeel. Taste is very complex and has many flavors including: oak, sour, fruit, tartness, pepper spice, and some acidic spiciness. Overall this is not a punch you in the mouth sour like some of the other sours out there. Its more subtle. Its more drinkable. My drinking buddy commented its like eating a piece and candy and wanting more. Thatís what its like between sips. Overall a great brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Batch # 003 Pours a rich dark almost golden color with a haziness tinge to it. Smell is oak and wine, alcohol and the nice sourness that the cherries bring to the table, a interesting mixture. Taste is very winey, dry and quick finish with a real hint of the oak and cherries. The tartness is almost more reminiscent of cranberries that cherry for how sour it is. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Bottle, batch 003. Aroma is very cherry, sweet, funky, slightly sour... I like to say sometimes that things smell creamy but itís hard to describe what exactly creamy means in terms of aroma. It all just comes together really well perhaps is another way of saying it. Taste - wow - mouth-puckeringly sour, first hits the tip of your tongue and then moves on back and you feel the muscles of your face squinching together way back around the jawís hinge. The aroma reminded me of Jolly Pumpkin so I guess I was not expecting the sour shock, unlike anything else Iíve ever had. I love sour beers and this is definitely a favorite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Batch 003. Pours lighter than I expected, for a supposed brown ale. A cloudy orangish color with a small but very well retained white head. The head never goes down. Looks fairly carbonated with a continuous stream of bubbles ascending. Impressive sheets of lace coat the entire glass. Aroma is mild peppery funk, soft and subtle, reminiscent of a lambic. Slight cherry aromas akin to a Kriek are also apparent, though they donít pop out. Warmer temperatures do this beer good, bringing out some acetic qualities that add a pleasant dimension and increase overall complexity. This is the same quality I enjoyed in Compunction, the only other Russian River sour beer Iíve had to this point. Some light vinegar notes are buried deep down that remind me of a more traditional Flemish Sour though they are quite subtle. Warmer temperatures also increase the cherry aroma, thankfully. Canít detect any wine characteristics in the aroma. Taste is immediately tart, wow, yeah, with some sourness mid-palate coupled with intense ripe fruit notes then finished with an even more acidic sourness. While the aroma is quite subtle and soft the taste is really full blown on this one. The huge cherry taste is really remarkable. It makes the tartness much more tasty and multi-dimensional than just straight-forward sourness, though this is plenty sour. Very dry finish, the beer seems to evaporate from your mouth though the lingering tartness and fruit notes can still be detected on the tongue. Iím certainly a fan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2008
big thanks to tom for letting me in this wonderous tasting, - pours cloudy golden brown, very beautiful creamy head nose is sour milk, slightly spicy, and biscuit. raisins are abound as well. taste is gorgeous, full berry fruits, sour, but not overpoweringly so. sour cherry, brown sugar very full bodied, grapefruit rind slight lemon, rasberries- a beer to sit, sip and think about. grapefruit and spice on the finish.

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