Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml corked bottle, makes a loud pop when opened. Pours a murky garnet hue into my goblet, makes a thin white head of very fine bubbles. Aroma is earthy with sweet dark fruits, bit of caramel and yeast. Flavor is acidic and sour... huge profile of sour cherries... a bit bready, peppery, moderately dry and bitter. Solid meduim palate leaving very thin syrup coating in the mouth, carbonation is high with a likeness to champagne and a warm finish. I like this alot, it is an excellent offering from Russian River. Highly recommended!
TaktikMTL (5377) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Verre de dégustation (provenant d’un fût) au Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2005 (Cooperstown, NY). Arôme: Odeur de cerises et de sûrette. Apparence: Couleur brune ambrée voilée. Aucun col. Aucune bulle. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Gôut de cerises sûres. Court arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture minérale. Arrière goût de cerises sûres. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. (Rating #229)
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - JUL 24, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml bottle, batch 1. Pours more like a De Dolle beer than a lambic style...massive frothy head, and it stays thick & creamy as I drink it...head almost seems to have a pinkish hue to its otherwise obvious tan color. Beer bubbles amber. Oak, must, cherry pit, butter...is this heaven or what? What does balance mean to a beer like this?? Cuz I want to say it might be the most balanced fruit lambic I’ve ever had. The butter dimension is low but apparent, but I don’t feel it detracts from the beer. Malt, cherry, funky acid & wild yeast character. Full bodied and lush for such a beer, like a Yo La Tengo or Nicola Conte track....yet no sweetness. Delicious, and Laura loved it too.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 Draught: Still, headless pour of hazy clay-like orange. Bretty acidic fruit aroma with streams of pineapple, leather, tannic wine, slightly funky cheese, and sweaty horseblanket. Bretty and extremely vinious flavors, thick, oily, and mature character from the barrell aging..warming. The barrell aging seems to keep this beer from being too assertive. 188.8.131.52.16: Re-Rate Bottle 2010 or 2009 or something. Seems pretty one dimensional this time around...where is the cherry influence? It has a bitterness to it too that seems to distract. Must decrease a few points.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Interesting sour aroma of oats, raisins, and cinnamon. Did I just describe a rotten oatmeal cookie? Flavor is more sour. No perception of hops at all. This is the best Belgian brown outside of Belgium I have ever tasted. Dryness is almost mouth-puckering. I can’t detect any cherries.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz corked & capped bottle
This pours an opaque honey color, musty, slightly sweet aroma, with a nice vinuous & somewhat sweet flavor. Finishes smooth & clean. great beer.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
07.16.05 Tap sample at BCTC. Dark honey amber, light haze. Bretty and very sweet nose. Buttery with some cherry. Holy cow complex aroma. Supple body, light eff, vinous and very woody/dry to finish. Astringency cleans up sweetness. Excellent stuff.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Ommegang. Deep orange in color with a little head. Malty and sour aroma. Fruity. Cherries. Flavor is malty, spicey and fruity. Smooth . Very drinkable.
CapFlu (4242) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 (Draught) Sampled at the Belgium Comes To Cooperstown 2005 in Cooperstown, NY. Pours a dissipated yellowish head with an amber body. Nose of a flemish sour with cherries. Tart flavour and stubble spiced. Another excellent Russian River brew! (8/4/8/4/16=4.0). Re-Rate (750ml bottle) Sampled at the post-GCBF tasting hosted by Oaked, "Big Beer Sampling". Crazy cherry gueze. Brown sugar. Sour, fun Fuzzy Peaches with a sour vinegar finish. (8/4/7/3/15=3.7)
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from 375 ml bottle at RBSG. Hazy darkish amber, dirty and yeasty with flecks of foam...light sour, bready nose, bit of citrus and pineapple and light cherry...body quite sour, potent cherry liqueur mixing with sour apples, touch vinegary perhaps...clean body is perhaps a bit too light and domesticated. Though a bit disappointing with all the hype, it was an interesting experience and I look forward to a whole bottle soon.