SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 002. Deep amber. Thin layer of off white foam dissipates to a ring. Nose of oak, sour cherries, bretty funk, subtle vinegar, cotton candy, and a toasted malt background. Flavor adds some complex fruity esters- past ripe, floral, berry-like, and more of the same oaky, sour goodness from the aroma. Medium body, juicy yet highly carbonated, very dry finish. Excellent.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2-24-08 bottle shared at tasting thanks to ChadSpivey
Clear pinkish amber in color with no head. Smells just like pixie sticks. Sour with a nice well balanced sweetness in the flavor. Overall, a very mild sour that doesnít feel alien or foreign on the palate. Oaked flavor with a dry finish that leaves you wanting more.
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle thanks to chadspivey
Reddish amber color with decent spotty head for the style.
Intense Sweet Tart aroma. Sour candy. Generic fruit.
Really extreme tartness, not as sweet as the nose. Generic sweet & sour fruity candy flavors ala Spree or Sweet Tarts, maybe cherry stands out a bt.
Nice and refreshing. Great example of RR wild ale.
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 Rerate 3/16/08 - Iím raising my score to this to a perfect 5, the only one Iíve given so far.....if I could only drink one beer until the end of time, this would be it. Itís so good....once it hits your lips.
This is crack in beer form, seriously. I think I could drink this for eternity. Tar cherries, some bretty action, acidic. Light head that quickly dissipates, leading way for the crack binge to begin. Awesome, awesome, awesome.
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 Bottle shared by chadspivey
Pours a rosey amber color with no head. More pleasant nose than most any of the other sours I sampled on the same evening. Nose of sourness, like funk and some dark fruitines. Taste is very tart, mild sweetness, and some fruitiness. Very oaky flavor and some dry, sour cherries as well. Quite tart indeed, yet still pretty drinkable. I can see this being really good, if Sours were my thing.
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a nice reddish brown with a very creamy soft off white head that stuck around for the entirety of the beer. Nice presence of oak, sour cherries, brett and lacto in the nose. A great funky bretty aroma with the cherries melding perfectly. The flavor profile is lots of tart acetic cherries with a soft undertone of wood tannins behind the tartness of the cherries. All the littles bugs and critters in this beer make such a wonderful compliment to this beer. The brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and pedioccus all play a part and make their presence known. The beer finishes very dry and clean. Fantastic brew!
ABUSEDGOAT (2603) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown pour, gushing action (god it still pisses me off SO much) with a head that rapidly dissipates. Aroma is sour cherries, some barnyard action, caramel, various other fruits, very complex. Medium bodied, great sour kick that Iím lovin. If I didnít get half of it on my pants I woulda scored it higher.
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #002. Copper color with an off white head. Strong oak, caramel and earthy funk aroma. Medium body and smooth. Taste is oak and caramel quickly snuffed out by a strong tart acidic sour cherry flavor. Love that oak barnyard smell here. 367
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to footbalm for sharing this one. Pours a hazy amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is sour cherries, wood, and funky brett. Flavor is woody, tart cherries, and a dry tart finish.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Caged corked 375 ml. dark olive green bottle, description and serving suggestions on the back portion on the label, Batch 002, glassware recommendation on the cork, sampled in my Russian River tasting snifter.
L: Poured carefully to keep the yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle, hazy orangey amber with a compact beige head, fair amount of lace sticks to sides of the glass. A very impressive start.
S: Caramel and brown bread, new leather, earth, wine soaked wood, a light herb spiciness, and, of course, tart, acidic sour cherries, I am really enjoying the nose on this. Everything comes through, the brown ale, the brett yeast, the barrel it was stored in, and incredibly fresh smelling sour cherries.
F&T: Lightly creamy, pleasant rounded feeling in the mouth, smoothly tart and dry. Sorta of lambic like, but not really, the backbone of the brown ale is noticeable, tastes of brown bread and a pinch of caramelized sugar. Mildly tart sour cherries with a sharp, but balanced acidity. Just after the middle, tastes of carambola, oak nutty woodiness, earth and a soft spiciness emerges, giving some bite to the overall taste. Finishes with a nice tart arid dryness with lingering tastes of sour cherries and wood.
Everything about this is a testament to how extremely well crafted it is, when I reach the end of the bottle, I long for more.