Pailhead (4361) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Great aroma. Sour/tart lambic-like aromas with a nice cherry balance. Pours a cloudy brownish-orange with a small off-white head. Flavors start tart but not as tart as I was expecting after the aroma. Light caramel hides in the background. Strong woodiness in the finish. Very nice.
shadey (1845) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 01/2007 Bottle, Fresh. Cloudy orange color with a thin but creamy head. Aroma is sour. Flavor is sour and oaky dry. 6/4/8/4/17
01/2007 Bottle, consumed 3 years old. The color is much the same, with a deep swirling orange with minimal head. Aroma can be detected from several feet away - sourness. The sour fruit smell is very intense when I hold the glass to my nose. The carbonation is still very active and adds a lot of life to the beer. The flavors really dance off my tongue. There is lots of sour fruit, but also some funkiness and some wildness that is hard to describe. There may even be some sweetness at the end. A really complex and delicious beer. Age only adds wonder to this already fantastically complex beer. 8/4/8/4/19
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - NOV 3, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Doesnít do it for me.
But if I had a wine-loving friend who didnít like beer, this might win him over. It tastes much like a dry white wine.
But dry white wine tastes better.
Rather sour with a moldy aftertaste.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, Batch 1) Pours a cloudy brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of cherries, oak, and vinous. Has a tart cherry flavor subdued by an oak barrel finish. Another excellent beer from Russian River!.
1FastSTi (3270) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2007 Batch 001 bottle. Pours to a murky amber body with a foamy white head that all but disapates. The aroma is huge. Cherries, Pinot Noir wine, some yeasts, oak. The palate is sweet, tart, fizzy, and acidic all at the same time. Medium-light body. The flavor is heavily winey. This tastes pretty much like a Pinot Noir or a Merlot. Slightly earthy. Vinous. Sweet. Oak, sour cherries, light yeasts. Iím surprised the Brett isnít overpowering this beer. +1 overall for what I can only assume was a difficult beer to brew given the ingredient list. This is pretty good. 8, 3, 8, 3, 17 = 3.9
Batch 002 bottle. Sour cherries! Aromas of New Belgium La Folie. Nice yeasts. Very sour cherry and nice brown ale meets to become a perfectly balanced beer. Sour, tart, and not as acidic as La Folie.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
ruby-orange-copper-gold colors from center to edges. foamy off-white head that goes quickly. medium sized yeast chunks at the bottom of the glass. sweet cherry malt aroma, some yeast and leather/sweat too. very fizzy carbonation, sour & tart start. lightly acidic but not too much. dryish tart finish like a pinot. medium mouthfeel goes foamy from the carbonation. faint unripe/ranier cherry flavor is in the background. thanks DarkElf!
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy blush with some head. Light caramel and brett aroma with sour cherry. Relatively sweet and bitter for the style with a strong caramel component. Noticable wine contribution. Some oak, figs and floral notes arrive as it opens up. Not as cleansing or refreshing as some but still a distinct California version.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful misty amber gold pour, aroma is tart cherry, yeasty. Flavor is complex, tart cherry but nicely balanced with vinous woody tones, somewhat light mouthfeel, finishes tangy tart dry fruity. Gorgeous creation.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz corked bottle from DarkElf, batch 001. Gusher! Pours a brilliant dark orange/light red fogginess with a frothy, smooth off white head. Sediment lingers around the glass bottom and miniscule bubbles meander their way towards the head. Leaves thick lacing along the glass. Nose has an ever so slight belgian funk to it, with great tartness and a wonderful cherryness. Taste is remarkable. A very smooth entry, cherry, tart and sour notes explode on the tongue and take your mouth hostage. The cherry is delicately placed in certain moments and explode on different taste buds, the tartness and sourness fill your mouth, a bitter finish ensues. The bitterness spreds back from your throat to the front of your mouth coating every inch of your palate. Just wonderful in every way.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazed, tawny, deep amber/orange, under a fizzy slab of off-whitish foam...
Oooo...sow-wer aroma, wild and funky, citrus and spice at play in the great outdoors...oooo...aaahhh!
A most unusual taste. Full bodied, and utterly weird. Bold fruit, forward and beautifully blended. Cherries are on top, but donít dominate, thereís a greater complexity, made more confounding by the tartness that abounds.
Gets mellower as we sip, and wider, too...more open, spacious, ...with incessant bursts of cherry-licious flavor...me, oh, my...
This beer requires a larger bottle, and a momentous occasion, to share with special someones...drinks down deliciously...
A most stupendous creation.