elcaballo (101) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - APR 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Lothore (621) - California, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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).
mjg74 (2992) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
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 can’t wait for it to be around again!
GJF (1507) - 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 it’s a wonderful beer, but the pinot noir aging lent a different character I wasn’t 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 (907) - 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. I’m 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 that’s lively on the palate. Very nice and mellow finish and aftertaste.
emacgee (4593) - 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.