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RATINGS: 1420   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
can8ianben (1423) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Wow! Like a punch in the mouth, this one gets you in the back of the jaw. It made us all pucker up. Aroma is very reminenicent of a glass of wine, but the flavour is all about lemons and a syrupy sweet feel. Iím happy to say I tried this one, but Iím not sure how much of it I could actually drink leaving me wondering if I can actually give it a high rating based purly on surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brianprentiss (681) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2008
just like temptation, this beer is about 10X better on the fourth sip than it is on the first. the sourness is such a surprise at first it take your buds a few seconds to adjust, but then, itís like magic and you donít want it to end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elcaballo (101) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAY 3, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 Of the three Russian River Sours I have tasted i think this baby is my favorite. That said I dont think i could drink this often but it is a great change of piece from my standard fair. Pours amber with a pretty solid white head. The sour aroma is immediatley apperent. But the sour flavor is a bit more mellow than the aroma lets on and i think that really helps the complexity of this brew. The fruit comes through subtley for me and perhaps could have been a bit more forward in the taste. But all said i really did enjoy this and am totally pysched to tackle my second bottle when the mood strikes me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - APR 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2008 Copper color with bubbly head. Nose is tart fruits and sour funk. The flavor is really complex, with the funk leading the way along with a very tart influence. Taste of cherries and fruit. A very unique ale that changes taste as it warms in the glass more than other ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lothore (601) - California, USA - APR 23, 2008
A- Pours a deep sunset orange with a 1 finger, off white head. S- Smells tart, cherries, sour funk. Theres a bit of an off smell here that is sort of sulfury. I like sour but the rogue smell really throws me. T- Tastes sweet with light fruits that move into cherries. After that of course comes the sourness. None of the strange smell from the nose, incredibly well balanced. M- A bit thicker than russian rivers other wild ales with quite a bit of carbonation. D- This is another winner from RR. Well balanced, delicious, what more is there to say. Maybe not my favorite of the sours but it is certainly worth a try (or two).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 22, 2008
Bottle ordered from brewery. Dark amber/reddish in color upon pouring. Tart aroma, quite sour. A little bit of fruitiness. Very tart up front. Tart and fruity. A very slight hint of sweetness. Highly carbonated. Finish has a little bit of hop bitterness. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - APR 22, 2008
On tap at the CBC at T&C Hotel. Pours a hazy coppy/amber hue. The nose is very tangy/tart with whisps of fruit pie. The flavor is acidic and of course sour with black cherries that have fallen from the tree, over ripeness yummieness. This is a wonderful sour and I canít wait for it to be around again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GJF (1397) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 This is a serious sour ale, incredibly tart and funky. On the whole itís a wonderful beer, but the pinot noir aging lent a different character I wasnít as sure about. Great stuff, though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2008
wow the nose was sour and funky and super complex with cheries and barnyard funk! great taste that is super lactic and balanced....sooo fucking good......make more of this next time vinnie!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Haslinger (887) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2008
Bottle batch 003. Iím new to sours and not really sure what to expect but this was very tart and acidic. It was almost too tart at the beginning but as it warmed up it mellowed greatly and became much more drinkable. The cherries were very noticeable. Different, but right now I would not buy again

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