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RATINGS: 1358   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.


3.7
   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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Lots and lots of samples at the GABF 06. This thing wreeks of funk and tart cherries. I love it. Golden straw color with lively carbonation with a spritzy white head. The cherries come through very nicely. Oat and then the bugs. Awesome stuff. Next time they are selling the barrel stuff online, I’m pulling the trigger.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2006
gabf 06. amber with medium to high carbonation. Aroma is brett, light caramel malts, some light funkiness, fruits and wood. Taste is lightly sour cararmel malt, brett, oak, some wet basement like taste, with a dry tart finish. a great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2006
Bottle, with ClarkVV and Sully. Beautiful stuff. Hazy deepish orange/amber. Aroma is sour and oaky, slightly wild, citruc, berries and oak. Beautiful mouthfeel and flavour. Juicy, acidic, sour, yet quite smooth and refreshing. Lightly caramelly malts also noticed, but this is more about the bret characters, and that wonderfuly vinous, oaky, juicy cherry character (or characters as it were). This was very well balanced, and something i really would like to try again. Fantastic.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
This beer pours an amber cherry color with a thin uniform bubble head that is sustained by a few little bubbles from the bottom. There isn’t any lace as the head just slides down the side. Smells strongly of oak with a bit of cherries, mandarin orange, raisins and a pungent chemical smell. The flavor is at first dominated by oak, but then transitions into a delightful wild cherry and sour milk flavor and then finishes with a clean oak that left my tongue tingling. The mouth feel is light to medium with a smooth carbonation. This is an awesome sipper. Definitely give this a whirl.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2006
Poured a slightly murky amber brown, medium head. Nice sour cherry aroma with some vinegar. Palate wasn’t thick, but there was plenty of flavor - sweet fruits, raisins, sour cherries - a little puckering tartness, and all encased in an oakey layer. Finishes dry and then you want some more.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
FlySwatter (34) - USA - JUL 11, 2006
My favorite from Russian River. Fantastic sour cherry aroma. Flavor of cherries and vanilla with plenty of sourness create an unbelievable delight.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2006
From a 375. Beer is a hazy, medium-bright copper with a little ring of white sandy seamonkeys hanging out in the bottom of the snifer. Head is average, white, frothy, mostly diminishing. The aroma is much like a FSA, but with a lot more earthiness: Malty with light notes of toasted grain, caramel; Hoppy with a moderate-to-heavy note of herb, lemon zest; Yeasty with light notes of horseblanket, trace of band-aid/plastic beach ball ; Miscellany contains a heavy note of vinosity, moderate-to-heavy notes of cherries, sherry, raisin/date and oak, trace balsamic and allspice. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately-to-heavily tart/acidic with a long, moderately acidic/tart/dry, lightly sweet finish. The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively. Another winner!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2006
375ml bottle. Damned beautiful glowing bright amber color, crystal clear, with offwhite head that fades quickly. Sour fruit and vinegar nose, with sharp aromas of tart, sour cherries, tart apple, rotten grapes, and a vinegar quality similar to red wine gone bad. Flavor is very well balanced sour fruit over a nice, crisp, light malty beer, with nice hints of the pinot and subtle tart cherry. Sour funkiness sticks to your tongue and cheeks in the finish. Quite nice, and I like how light it is, even at the 7%.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Bottle (courtesy of cquiroga, as always) into Duvel tulip glass (the best tasting glass ever). Dope beer. Uniformally hazy ruby grapefruit color with yeast floaties in suspension. Medium to small off-white head diminishes to a thick ring and surface dusting. Brittle sudsy lace crumbles and slides leaving a ring around the glass; racing is deep, slow and plentiful. Ripe cherry smell is wonderfull, enhanced by a crisp lemony acidity and spiderweb brett aroma, with a little ginger. Crisp and lively up front, medium body fills the mouth with flavor, becomes light and spacious right before the swallow. Lots going on in the flavor: sour apple and cherry predominate at first with a biting woodsy/alcoholic tang (from the barrel, I guess) that dries the beer out just a bit but retaining the mouthwatering acidity. The flavors in the finish take on a lighter, melony quality, like honeydew and watermelon, without the sweetness. An acrid bitterness in the finish seems a bit untutored, and detracts from the overall impression; it comes on a couple seconds after the swallow, lies on top of the soft melony flavors, and then gets drowned in a resurgent acidity which is nice, so it’s not really a big deal. Also, I wish the cherry were a bit fuller, but I like the balance of fruity and earthy qualities. A sour, balanced beauty.


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