DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a somewhat fizzy orange/reddish/brownish/amber color with a slightly pink foamy head on top (that fades away very quickly). Sour cherries are predominant in the aroma along with some oaky woodiness, some slight citrus, some very funky brettanomyces/lactobacillus character, a strange musty shoe-leatheriness, and a very slight hint of vinegar. Very pungent and intense sour cherry flavors with a lot of the promised oak character. No trace of the vinegar that I detected in the aroma. Seriously just overwhelmingly SOUR and funky with a huge sour cherry candy flavor. I drank this so fast just because it was so damn GOOD. Lots of carbonation--prickly and fizzy and champagne-like on the tongue Pleasantly syrupy mouthfeel that completely dried up in a super tart/acidic finish. Pretty much perfect. Hugely complex, yet all of the elements were well-balanced. Couldnít really take my time and savor this one, just too addictive and mouthwateringly tasty. Completely amazing stuff.
Floback (537) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Muchos gracias to SoLan for sharing this brew that is currently unavailable here in Florida. Poured an orange-ish maroon with hefty lace. WHOOO---can smell this beer a mile away!! Impressions from the nose trick me into thinking this is a lambic. Huge, I mean HUGE tonsil-biting sour yeast here. This is the Brettanomacron of beer, cuz this kills! Yes, thatís Brettanomyces mixed with Necronomacon. Look it up on Wikipedia. Tastes, besides the sourload, are incredibly tart cherry, small malt, yogurt, bagel ní cream cheese, and wood. High carbonation, full-bodied. The cherry is long-lasting on the palate. I love Russian River brews and look forward to when we can get them in FL again. Amazing and sinister.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009
Date: January 27, 2006
Source: Tasting, Cask Eve, 2006
Appearance: opaque orange, thin whispy head
Aroma: sweet cherry aroma with a nice touch of funk
Flavor: huge tart cherry pit flavor approaching on sour, lots of nice funk
Date: December 25, 2007
Vintage: batch 002
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, big dense beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: big tart cherry aroma with lots of woody character
Flavor: lots of tart cherry flavor, balanced with strong oak, dry and tart, underlying chocolate malt provides a good base for the wood and tart fruit
Date: February 20, 2009
Vintage: batch 003
Aroma: woody tart aroma, developing musty funk
Flavor: big tart flavor, puckering tartness, light sweet fruityness adds some balance to the big tartness, oak adds a touch of balancing bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - AUG 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a pale ruby color with a thin but sturty pinkish cap. The nose was complex with cherry, oak, vanilla and notes of vino. The taste starts with a sour cherry bite. The oak from the nose is next, but bearly noticableon the tongue. The end had a tart and slight merengue taste along with a musty pinot smack. The red wine influence and woody dryness really comes across in the finish. The feel was medium/light in body, quite dry and tart. This was a really nice, easy drinking Ameri-lambic. Itís a little pricy at $11, but well worth checking out. A gem of an ale from Russian River.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 30, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep ruby red with a lastine off white head. Aroma of sour cherries, vanilla, grapes and slight malt vinegar. The body is med-dry for such a beer with a moderate amount of CO2, could be higher. The flavors are OMG this is sour! Some vanilla and grape skins. Some sour cherries and vanilla. Some OMG TART!. What a lovely and complex brew. God it is beautiful to see the art coming out of American breweries these days.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml Batch 002 bottle, with special thanks to adrian910ss! Pours a nice hazy copper color with a decent off-white fizzy head that dissipates to a whispy covering, minor lacing. Pleasant aroma of sour cherry, some candied apple, earthy funk and some slight oakiness. Flavor has a nice sour tart bite at the outset, with a lingering mild cherry sourness that gently drifts away. Palate is lively and slick, with medium body and mouthfeel. Another finely crafted beer from RR!
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 23, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a cloudy orange color with small head. Aroma was full of oak and cherries and funk. Flavor was very very sour lemons and cherries and that funk was a perfect blend. SOlid beer.
robinvboyer (3393) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch 002, courtesy of Irishboy, thank you!!!
pours an amber/orange color. nice finger of head. Aroma is very much like a lambic. Sour and funk, and barnyard with a tinge of cherry, and some flemish sour all combined in one. Flavour is sour, and tastes just like a good lambic, but its smooth, and the finish is big on the cherry. The finish is also very fresh, and the cherry lasts a long time. Wow, what an amazing beer!
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle batch 002 courtesy of boboski.
pours an orange cooper colour with a thin head. aroma of brett sourness, some oak and cherry and crabapple. flavour is fantastic of sourness and oak, wondeful cherry and apple.
WankerWeasel (18) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 002 The Russian River website indicates that this was brewed in Oct of 2005 and bottled on January 3rd 2007. "Longer barrel age, more acetobacter than previous. Overall compared to batch 001, batch 002 is more acidic & acetic. Cherries are a little more muted when compared to batch 001."
Served up in a nice chalice. Pours a deep brownish-red color with a nice foamy light brown head. The bubbles soon settle a bit and leave a nice layer of lace covering the top of this brew. Little coat of lace is left down the sides of the glass in itís wake. The smell of cherries is apparent the second you pop the cork from the cute little 12.7oz bottle. Give the chalice a swirl and take a sniff. Big sweet cherries fill the nose. Nice bit of malt sweetness manages to break through. Another swirl, take a quick sniff and then take a sip. A nice bitter and tart cherry flavor coats the tongue. Sweet and sour mingle and dance on the palate then give way to a bit more sweetness and a touch of malt body. The aftertaste comes in with a nice sweet cherry flavor and a smooth malty note. This wild brew is superbly crafted and may have gotten better with even a bit more age (although the 15 months theyíve already aged it plus the 3 or so months it sat in my closet in addition to the time it sat at the traderís house (canít recall who sent me this one) plus the time on the store shelves has been more then enough).