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RATINGS: 1462   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 232   ABV: 7.75%
Brown ale aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels for one year with sour cherries, Brettanomyces yeast, and Lactobacillus & Pedicoccus bacteria.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 6, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2009 Bottle courtesy IrishBoy, Batch 002. Murky orange with red hues, pretty weak head, diminishing to nothing, no lacing, yet not that surprising for the style, especially aged 15mos. Aroma is wonderful, lots of cherries, oak, funky horesblankets and other brett nuances. Flavor smacks ya right in the fact with stronger than expected tartness, sour lemons, tart cherries, all supported by a leathery horesblanket and oaky base. Pretty solid stuff, RR proving itself quite wonderful again. Thanks, Richard, a great brew, a wonderful opportunity (beats my one other experience with La Folie). Re-rate, 11/08 on draft at Monks. Gentler than the first experience, certainly tart, but not as sour as my first experience seemed to have been recorded. Love the Cherry and Bret balance. Re-rate as beer number 8 in a killer July 09 Super Secret Sour State Line Tasting (SSSSLT) featuring (first to last by my counts): Supplication, Consecration, La Folie, Dissident, Cuvee de Castleton, Red Poppy, Lambic de Hill, Festina Lente, Panil. The top of this run, great tart, sour, vinous, action, rubbery notes, strong assertive leathery flavors and horseblankets with barnyards character. A little kick and some shivering with the finish of each one. Thanks, Wolf, for including this one in the run. A very well done brew for sure. One of my favorite brews out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2007
375mL Bottle, Batch #2. Pours a hazy pinkish light brown with quickly disappearing bubbly foam. Aroma is huge and oaky with more dimensions than Lawnmower Man. Flavor is a bit harsh at first but settles into itís own as it warms up, tart fruity and dry dry dry. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Bottle. Oh man, did I love this one! Hazy amber with a ring of a white head. Sour cherries, model glue, leather and red wine. Big, bretty sour cherry flavors, pleasantly tart, mild woodiness. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Bottle. Hazy, cloudy, orange, light borwn. Wine-barrel, Gruyere-cheese aroma. Incredibly tart, sour-apple, grassy. A sour patch kid in a bottle. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Thanks to Immy. 375ml bottle batch 002. Pours amber in color with white head. Aroma sweet cherries. Taste of sweet and tart cherries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Bottle from bu11zeye or odeed? Pours red with traces of off white bubbles. Smells of strong cherries, oak, sugar, some perfumy hints. Tastes vinegary and very tarte with a strong oaky quality. Somewhat bitter on the finish. Mouthfeel is on the thin side with some dry tanginess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14090) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
37.5 cL bottle. Aroma of sour cherries. Sure, itís more complicated than that, but reductio ad absurdum! How many ales can be inhaled rather than quaffed? Beautiful cherry amber color with a ring of tiny head bubbles. Medium bodied. Starts with woody sour cherries. Then it gets seriously sour. Tannic might apply. Like sucking fresh cut oak. The finish is simply sour. With cherry pits, wood, bark, all sorts of whatever. Would it be wrong to consider this infected ale? Where are the lines to be drawn? If anyone has used this as a marinade for lamb or beef, let me know how it turned out.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2008 Batch 2 - bottle from Caponeís. Pretty reddish color with a nice off-white fizzy head. Sour aroma with some winey-grape, wood, apple, cherry, and pleasant funk. Taste is pleasantly sour with lots of sour fruit - cherry, apple, lemon. A nice amount of woody/oak/wine in there. Olí Brett really shines in this one. Really nice feel on the tongue, though it fell just a notch below the dancing feel of Cuvee de Castleton - My only regret is that I hadnít had the Captain Lawrence brew so recently as this one deserves to stand on its own as an outstanding brew. Its pretty brilliant. And to think Iím just getting into the world of wild ales.......... Rerate of a 002 in June 08 - still great, but that woody nose is even better. What a beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUL 7, 2007
UPDATED: APR 18, 2009 Courtesy of boboski, damn, how am I going to repay you? I always seem to get a bit hyped when I open one of Vinnieís barrel aged elixirs. Pours a reddish brown color. Aroma is insane. Cherries, sourness, earth, vanilla, Granny Smith apples. Flavor is intense, full bore and in your face. Fruit is there, wood is there, hell yes, the funk is there. Amazing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2007
batch 002. Deep red beer with a sweet fresh cherry aroma, lovely fruit skin tannins and a bit of brettanomyces funkinss. Lots of tart acetic/lactic character as well. Soft sourness with a very well-integrated oakiness. Vanilla character behind the fruit and sweetness. Warming brings up a soft oaky earthiness with a light musky scent. Flavour is also amazing, sweet cherry, oak, vanilla and a soft lacto/pedio chewy acidity. Dank and dark with a heavy earthy vineousness throughout. Funk and barnyard wrapped in a blanket of cherries and woody tannins. Words donít really do this one justice... this is wild ale at its best.

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