bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Batch 002: Courtesy of cmr1517...big thanks Chris. A bit of a gusher yielded a murky amber-brown with a medium tan head. Wow...this could be the most intense sour brew Iíve had thus far, massive sour cherry aroma with some oak, spiced malts, and granny smith apple notes showing themselves. First taste just annihilated my palate with its brett-infused goodness. Sour as hell with the cherries in the forefront, oak and some underlying malt notes come through as well...dry, lingering finish.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle Batch #3 courtesy tpd975. Pours a hazy amber with a large white head that leaves great lacing. Aroma of Pinot Noir, oak, cherries, citrus, and spicy yeast. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium thin tart mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness. This beer is freaking amazing. If you like sours do everything you can to get a taste of this delicious brew.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Hazy orange-yellow pour with a white head. Sour aroma with lots of fruit - grape, cherry citrus as well as the usual sour funk. Sour funky flavor with a touch of sweetness. Lots of cherries and other fruit. Perfect amount of sourness. Slight creamy oakiness to finish. Very winelike and a nice full bodied flavor. Amazing!
riversideAK (6160) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of tart and acidic citrus, tart cherries, light oak, and some nice funk. Pours light brown with a thin head. This one had notes of tart cherries with a super light sweet note too followed by a moderate tart acidic characteristic. Some oak Dry and tart this was rather insanely good. It was not over the top tart, but was pretty damn tart. I enjoyed the ability to detect the tart cherries and the light sweetness that was there too. I also enjoyed the dry wine-like oak finish and the funk. This might have been my favorite of the three that I ordered. We will have to wait and see until next time. Fan-fucking-tastic!
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle via Lothore. Cloudy amber color. Smell of candy, lemons, tart cherries, oak, spice and minor sharp cheddar cheese. Just smelling this makes my mouth salivate. Taste of sour cherries, wood, oak, nutty, lemons and cedar wood. Excellent! Must have more!
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A bubbly amber body. Aroma is a sour bretty funk, and tart fruit. Flavor is sour, funky, bretty, and sweet tart fruit. The tingly, tangy mouthfeel is delicious.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A Mes rate: Bottle opened to celebrate Manchester United winning the Premiership, City getting battered 8-1 and Bolton sticking the knife in with an injury time equalizer. What a day!
Apologies in advance to anyone who has to scroll past the ensuing gushing drivel but this was insanely good. This is going to be a long one.
Looks: Stunning amber colour with a thin beige rim and superb condition.
Sniff and sniff and sniff and sniff: Oh my GOD what a smell. An incredible combination of bretty sourness, lovely lovely hoppage, utterly amazing cherry and strawberry fruity notes, barnyardy and barrelly (such gorgeous Russian River wooden notes), red wine vinegar, candi sugar and slightly balsamic. Damn I could go on for days. Such complexity but all in 100% perfect balance. An utterly outstanding smell.
Well spank my arse and call me Gertrude if this isnít one of the best tasting beers of all time: F**KING HELL this is special. All that is glorious about the aroma is present in equal abundance but the cherry comes right to the front. The bretty notes are huge. The sandalwood / sourness mix is beyond description. There are sherbert sweets being catapulted at you at high velocity giving it a show stopping blend of dry and juicy. My whole palate is covered initially with audacious sourness which is washed away with wave upon wave of cherry, wood and citrus. This is one of those beers that sends you on a journey with each sip and you just donít want it to end. i really donít think I have had a better balanced beer. There is such an astonishing amount happening but itís all in perfect harmony. The finish is nothing short of sublime. The immediate tart sourness almost stings and as it departs it leaves gobsmacking cherry, strawberry and just a hint of vanilla in its wake. It lingers for a considerable time and Iím very thankful of that. I just donít want it to be over.
Dancing all over my palate: This is up there with the very best. Dry, juicy and such width to the flavour with a glorious sting at the sides. Two minutes after writing I can lick around at my gums and still more magnificently tart cherries appear. Absobloodylutely fanfunkingtastic.
Final gushings: One of the best beers I have ever or will ever have. Each sip leaves me shaking my head in amazement. As high as itís average score is, I still think it is under-rated. You know those moments where you are in a stonkingly good mood and the beer you choose just hits the spot in a magnificent way? It was like that but better. The ridiculousness of all this is, while drinking it we had a look at the RR website. Apparently at the very moment I was supping this goddess of a beer it was possible to get a pint of it during happy hour for $2.75. Thatís beyond crazy. Iíd be doing cartwheels! Mike you SERIOUSLY rock, once again, I canít thank you enough. A very worthy celebration beer for Man U winning the title. WOO HOOOO!!!
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Holdwine (1179) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.