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RATINGS: 1327   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAME (160) - California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
Sampled at Dr. Bill’s party, and I am sure glad I did. One of the samples was straight diacetyl, and was worthy of a drain pour, but I will rate the good sample. Sampled from a beautiful 1.5L bottle, probably the most gorgeous bottle I have seen to date. Pours a murky/cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is quite nice and not overly sour. Mustiness, sour cherries, and oak are everpresent. Flavor is amazingly well balanced, and definitely moreso than most interpretations of this style. Hints of cherry tartness and oaky vanilla work perfectly together. The finish is very tight and not overly sour. Definitely an amazing brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 29, 2006
bottle-sampled at the brickskeller in DC. pours orange with a small white head that was fizzy. really didn’t look all that special. noce of sour and oaky cherries, vineous wine, cocanut and dark cherries. soft palat with light carbonation for the style. long sour and oaky flavors with a touch of vinegar and lots of cherries. palate is very nice i must say. nice and truely unique. very complex and im very happy to have been able to try this fine brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 26, 2006
Brooding of a hazy brick hue, its head bubbles to a buttery hat. Supplication is well named, its aroma wafts a wreathing amalgam of soothing scents drawing you in by its prophetic grandeur yet emanating of an earthy presence. Vinous and sweet, laced in a keen oaken complexion and the smooth sourness of apple and cherry. Condensed milk, vanilla and brown sugar add to the blend a luscious finish. The palate is surprisingly light-bodied, sour in the gentlest way, but complex and different with every sip. Pinot noir is obvious, as are the oak and vanilla tones conferred by the beer’s aging. Wild strawberry and melon liqueur perform prestidigitatory tricks upon the tongue only to evaporate in a poof leaving behind nothing more than a raw lactic acidity and the aftertaste of Champagne. Russian River has brewed a Flemish Sour for sure, entertaining as the best examples, but perhaps lacking the proper balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2012 Slightly hazy, amber body with a tiny, off-white head. The aroma is cheese, horseblanket, cobwebs, some cherry and caramel, and some acetic acid. The flavor is sour cherry pie and caramel, with bright acidity and fairly dry. Medium body with soft carbonation and crisp tartness on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Bottle, Batch 001. Light reddish-brown appearance; off-white head with decent lacing; nothing remarkable in the appearance. Aroma shows tart cherries, horse blanket, perhaps a bit of lemony citrus. Nice, vanilla-tinged tartness upfront, tart cherries, a pleasant toasty oakiness around the edges. Long finish, showing cherries, lemons, and oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Well, I’m not a flemish sour kind of guy but this one was reasonably good. Extremely sour though with a heavy cherry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2006
sweet and sour, heavy on the cherry flavors. The sour is very noticible, as is the very yeast flavors. Sweet

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2006
GABF 2006. Clear brown. Aroma is rich with sour cherries. Taste is nice and acidic, mild cherries. Very bready, yeasty, and delicate. Nice long sour finish. Medium body is appropriate here. Great stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - OCT 10, 2006
Where do I start, with the wonderful sour notes that waft to you nose or the dark fruits that come with it. The wood and Pinot come thru nicely but just enough to inform you of there presence. Sour and well balanced beer that is better with each bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2006
GABF 2006. Light copper color, slight haziness, good head retention. Aroma is oak, cherries, sourness--awesome. Flavor - sour dominates, cherry in the background, followed by some oak and tannins. Very dry. Finishes smooth.. Overall, very nice beer, but a little more body would improve it.

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