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RATINGS: 1319   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2005
(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!.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2005
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2005
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!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2005
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 24, 2005
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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 22, 2005
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2005
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Poured @ Logans During GABF- Pours a slighlty hazy dark orange color, white head floats flat on the brew. Aroma is musty, straw/wet hay, spicy. Flavor is tart, sour with a dry finish. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2005
375-ml. bottle, batch 001, courtesy of CaptainCougar - thanks Tom! Beautiful, hazy and glowing rusty orange with a few bubbly ice sheets as the head. Continued pouring yields a perfect foamy tan head and some of the best lacing Iíve ever seen. Aroma is a predicator of complexity. Sour grapes, pinot grigio, freshly squeezed lemons, pale figs, cotton, lilies of the valley and freesia. Masochistically complex. An anticipated souring presence is shunned for a performance of modest, balanced and elegant simplicity. Oaken smoothness, mashed grapes, fig extract and cherry cobbler. Itís got its sourness but it maintains a healthy, welcoming plateau, never reaching an arguable forte of sourness. Mild sour nodes are sustained by sweet fruity esters of nectarines, apricots and orange rind. Light, delicately sour and omnipresent palate sense, neither forthright nor intimidated. Yeasty, bready quaff lead into a finish of golden raisins and chardonnay. The time and attention dedicated to this creation should be commended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 16, 2005
GABF 2005
Aroma: yeast, little funk, some sourness, some light fruit
Appearance: murky yellow, white head, lacing
Flavor: mint, fruit, yeast, and flowers
Palate: smooth with some sourness, nicely balanced


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