sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by nolankowal: Dark amber to brown in color with an off white head. Aroma, sour cherries, a nice oak character, there is some sweetness to it, a faint vanilla, and some hints of grapes. Flavor, light cherry, some other fruits, sour grape notes, a nice tartness, a soft sour acidity, a good bit of oak comes through, and a bit of sweetness as well. Very smooth beer, the sour is just perfect for my tastes. Great stuff.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light fruit and a very nice sourness really makes this aroma very enjoyable.Pours a very cloudy orange/brown with a big off white head.Hints of cherry and a very smooth not overpowering sourness dominates the flavor.Medium to full mouthfeel with a very balanced finish.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at the Stone brewpub. Pours an orange red with a very light, white head. Smells pretty acidic with light citrus fruit and cherries. Pretty big sour taste as expected. Cherries are definitely detected throughout. Kind of mellows towards the finish which is pleasant because the front is so strong. Just a great brew from an awesome brewery.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2008 This was a good sour,i am new to this style and only have had a couple but i am starting to really enjoy this style.Had in FL. as a gift from SoLan and was grateful for him trying with me.Taste was of sour cherries but not overpouring and it was very drinkable and aged in wood barrels.Batch 002 CHEERS!
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - MAR 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty decent. Color is a hazy orange. Aroma is pure sour beer...no fruit...much like a gueze. Flavor is sour with a bit of milky dryness. Mouthfeel is not quite as dry as most sours.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I so love flemish sours...Aroma is of sour mixed berries and comes wafting from a glass that contains an extremely murky copper colored brew. The palate is full and carbonated perfectly for the style. Taste=Wow. Woody, sour cherries (not overpoweringly sour), and vinuous flavors combine to create a really wonderful brew. This is my favorite from Russian River. Cheers to Vinnie!
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7oz bottle, Batch 002 from Hollingshead Deli. Pours a cloudy orange caramel with a 1/2 finger fading beige head. Aroma is quite sour with brett and sour cherries, strawberries, oak and a good red winey characteristic. There is also a bit of brown sugar, though the sourness dominates. Taste is very sour as expected with the oak and wine shining through very well. Flavor has a good amount of tannins showing up in the dry mildly bitter finish. Reminds me of the Panil quite a bit. Medium body with moderate carbonation--hooray that it’s not too fizzy for once.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Im trying to keep an open mind on these sour beers, and to be honest, im beginning to stomach them better. less sweet than some other flemish sour ales I have had. This beer is sour. SUPER sour. Very dry as well. Not much else to say about it. I neither hated or enjoyed this beer.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
375ml bottle from RR online. pours a hazy orangeish red with an off-white head that stuck around longer than most sours i’ve had. nose has wonderful brett to it works very well with sour cherries, lots of oak, and subtle hints of yeast and pinot. flavor is very oaky and bretty, sour, cherries, and pinot rounds the beer out. not as watery as other RR sours seem to me. easily my favorite RR i’ve had yet. well done Vinnie!
TURDFERGUSON (4024) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from RR online. Nose is less extreme than I expected at first, but still very pleasent. Sour cherries are beginning to be evident as the beer warms a bit, lots of heady bacteria (yum)., a little oak, and a deifinite red wine funk that just works so well. Deep oranage amber with small head that continually fades even after swirling. This is such a nice beer. Shockingly sour flavor with an inceredibly subtle, yet rich, cherry flavor in the finish. A little lemon and lime were also noted. The juices, not like Sprite or any shit like that. One of the best. Thanks Vinnie!