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RATINGS: 1337   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1716) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2007
courtsey Fantomas23. Explosive, un-corked bubbling out of the bottle. Sour aroma, banana, cherry, apple. Pours hazy light brown. Sour cherry, tons of Brett! Oaky, sharp upfront, oaky vanilla finish. Very nice!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2007
Bottle batch 002 thanks to ross. A bit of a gusher. Pours reddish brown with a thick foamy off-white head. Smells of damp oak, tart cherries, grassy brett funk, some candi sugar and a bit of port. Flavor is strong sour cherry with a delicate creamy sweetness balancing it. There is a strong oak note and grassy funk from the brett, a bit vinous too. Medium body with a very lively carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2007
From a 375 ml bottle shared at JK’s Spring Gathering, pours a cloudy orange amber with a thin white head. Aroma is quite different with hints of sour cherries, toffee, vanilla and banana bread. Taste has the sour cherries, butterscotch, and aged oak wood. Palate is medium carbonation and a dry finish. Remind me more of a Lambic style brew than a Flemish Ale. A nice complex brew.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - APR 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2008 This has become one of my sour ale standbys. Stunningly complex, deep, and tart while almost being addicting. I wish that it would be produced more often and was more available. One of the best beers I have ever had the luxury of trying.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2207) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2007
Bottle. Batch 2. Pours a hazy copper-orange body with a small white head. The vinous aroma consists of oak, cherries, grapes, and green leaves. Fruity flavour, creamy coating, reasonably aciditic with a lot of lovely brett. Finishes with some tart fruitiness. Had this a few times between March 21 and March 25 and I enjoyed it everytime.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayg1 (552) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Batch 002. This pours out a reddish brown with a nice fizzy head to it. Aroma is amazing of oak, tart cherries, and sour dark fruits. Taste is cherries predominatley but I still pick up on the oak with a hint of the wine as well. This beer is great and refreshing on a warm day such as this.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Bottle shared by nolankowal: Dark amber to brown in color with an off white head. Aroma, sour cherries, a nice oak character, there is some sweetness to it, a faint vanilla, and some hints of grapes. Flavor, light cherry, some other fruits, sour grape notes, a nice tartness, a soft sour acidity, a good bit of oak comes through, and a bit of sweetness as well. Very smooth beer, the sour is just perfect for my tastes. Great stuff.


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