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RATINGS: 1334   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Brown ale aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels for one year with sour cherries, Brettanomyces yeast, and Lactobacillus & Pedicoccus bacteria.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
nolankowal (926) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2009 Received as a one hell of a bounus from dirtymartini, thanks again man! Hazy reddish-brown pour with a light tan head. Awesome aroma of sour and oak...sour cherries and light caramel malt. The flavor held more sourness, bret, tart cherry, some tannins. Sour throughout the medium body with a nice lively carbonation with a sour/woody/dry finish. Sours, especially RR brews continue to allure me, and this one was especially good. MY favorite sour ale, hands down.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2007
Pours reddish amber with an off-white head. Aroma of cherries and the yeasties. Wow, very sour, but it works very well. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2007
Bottle courtesy of irishboy. Pours a rusty amber color with a smallish beige colored head. Aroma is brett, cherries, oak. FLavor is sour cherries, oak, yeast, grassy, pale malts, vineous. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, starts on the sweet side, finished tart. Amazing mouthfeel, soft and silky, fireworks on the tounge, amazing stuff. There is a complexity that eludes words. Great stuff!!!! Wonderful sipping beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 20, 2007
Bottle from Ross. I had a very shitty day, and I no longer enjoy my job. Kids and wife are asleep, SERENITY NOW! Pours deep reddish amber with pourous off white head. For an unfiltered beer, this has a lot of clarity. Aroma is very pleasant, with notes of cherries, brett, oak, and red wine. Soft mouthfeel with fine carbonation. Initial flavor of sour cherries that transitions to an oaky middle. Finish is tart and dry. Some acidity and yeast flavors linger slightly on the palate. Man, this hit the spot. Vinnie is a great artisan brewer that creates complex beers that are not "monster" beers. I really enjoy the softness or subtleness of them. Ross, I ’ll take another..........bitch.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beermonk (4) - USA - APR 20, 2007 does not count
One of the top five beers I ever tasted. Complex, but not cloying. The finish seems to go on forever. I get the brown ale, the pinot noir infused cask, the sour cherries, the pineapple scented brett...this is amazing beer. A great food beer - maybe fresh fruit and shrimp kabobs on the grill basted in this beer. Better yet, the cook should be basted in this beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2007
Sample at Indy tasting Hotshotz - Aroma is funky brett, cherry and oak. Pours murky brown with a small head and good lacing. Flavor is sweet and sour with the brett hitting first followed closely by the sour cherries and a touch of vanilla. Palate is smooth and tart. This is a fantastic brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2007
Shared by Milkmandan. Excellent and hard to get any better than this. Light brown color. Aroma has yeast and smells very sour. I can smell the cherries but not the wine. Flavor has sour cherry. This is very sour even for the style, and delicious. Light oak character in the finish. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1713) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2007
Pours cloudy brown/orange. Aroma is musty, with wood, and fruit. Flavor is sour cherries, oak, and a little vanilla. Nice body, and a relatively long, sourish finish. thanks to dirty martini for this one.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2007
Shared bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours hazy cider orange with spotty salmon and tan colored head. Aroma is funky, musty bleu cheese, sour tangy apricot. Flavor is super sour, hint of cherry, wheat. It’s so sour that it has a bite. Watch out.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
Purchased bottle at O’Briens. Batch 002. Shared with two other friends. This was the first in a side by side comparrison. The other was Temptation. Russian River continues to impress. Pours a orangish brown. Smells of sweet sour cherries, oak. Tastes of cherries, vanilla, oak, spices. Very good.


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