bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
GJF (1448) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
Haslinger (901) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pourts an attractive clear copper color with surprisingly, a two finger bubbly head. Nose is tart fruits and telltale brett funk. The flavor is really complex, with the funk leading the way along with a very tart influence, but as it mellows, a smooth sweetness takes over and continues to evolve. A very unique ale thatís lively on the palate. Very nice and mellow finish and aftertaste.
emacgee (4487) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 Thanks mj! batch 002. Pours a nice clean red with a thin fizzy red head. The aroma is phenomenal. Very bright and clean acidity with a nice underlying caramelly cherry character. Oh man, cripplingly awesome. Puckering acidity with a very well defined cherry character and sweet caramel notes. Vinous and lightly tannic.
ChazMania (661) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - APR 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.