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RATINGS: 1340   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Bottle thanks to Sick_boy. Hazy ruby brown color. Frothy off-white head. Funky cherry aroma, sweet grape skin tannins. The funky Brettanomyces definitely comes through with the barnyard. It smells similar to a gueuze, but boy the flavor isn’t the same. Its very smooth and well melded. Its hard to tell where the sweet starts and the sour ends. Some lactic character and Grenadine in there. Also cork-soaked grapefruit hops. Finishes with a light malt sweet caramel character and seven grain crackers, combined with grape skins. It does seem like it is missing something though... its a great beer, but could be a bit bigger. Still, it is incredibly balanced and fullfilling. Yeah, I lied... though I still think it could be "bigger", its still something great and something I could enjoy a lot of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: APR 2, 2009 TAP---ohhhhh man .....this is a beauty..... very similar to cuvee de tomme without the alcohol. Very similar flavors. I was drinking a few stronger ales before and thought this was a little light, but as it warmed up, it was very nice. The yeast wasn’t as dominant as say a geueze, with a light funk funk lingering, and more of a brown Belgian than an experimental brew like cuvee. still......a treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2007 Bottle courtesy of BuckNaked. Re-rate courtesy of moejuck as an extra!! Pours hazy muddy orange, with off white film that fades to ring of bubbles. Aroma hits you right off the bat, can smell this at arms length. Tart lacto aroma with alot of oak woodiness, faint cherry in the background. Wood tannins and cherry up front, fade to tart brett/lacto kick. Wood character gives a dry finish. Unlike most flemish sours, this has almost no acidity. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel very soft, slighty oily. Well done!! Thanks for the re-rate Joe!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6537) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 2, 2005
This golden brown ale poured with a modest off-white head, eliciting a sour fruity aroma. The flavor is similar to gueuze, but the subtle cherry notes make it a bit like a kriek or a sour brown ale. Overall very tasty and quite unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Pours cloudy apricot, head is soft and dissapates quickly. Nose is distinctly of belgian wild yeast, quite gueuze-like and tart. Balanced flavor in mouth, not too tart and very pleasant. Distinct dried cherries, sour peaches and a light/medium body. Delish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 24, 2005
This Belgian Ale pours a murky reddish amber color from a 375ml corked bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is tart, cherries, oak and must. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Flavors are of tart cherries, must, old book and oak. Lively carbonation, lots of small bubbles. Lots of fruit and cherries, lots of tartness, lots of funk and then even more funk. Then there is all that oak and then there is all the bretts and Flemish sour flavors going on as well. Can you say complex? Nice beer. There is a lot of stuff going on here, and all the complexities balance together well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3691) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Deep amber, hazy, low head. Weird aroma, woody, musty, cherry, rice pudding, and flavor notes of spices, like cinnamon, coriander, coconut, and substantial cherries. The payoffs of experimentation with yeast far surpass the results of experimentation with hop (such as using hop varieties, dry/fresh, etc.) Long live the yeast of the world! Thanks to Tad and his wonderful family.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2008) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Draft at Liars’ Club with legion242. Great to meet you John. Dark orange with a head that faded to a ring and maintianed nice lacing throughout. Aroma and flavor were rather vinous. Very tart, and pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Bottle: Great aroma. Sour/tart lambic-like aromas with a nice cherry balance. Pours a cloudy brownish-orange with a small off-white head. Flavors start tart but not as tart as I was expecting after the aroma. Light caramel hides in the background. Strong woodiness in the finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
shadey (1903) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 01/2007 Bottle, Fresh. Cloudy orange color with a thin but creamy head. Aroma is sour. Flavor is sour and oaky dry. 6/4/8/4/17

01/2007 Bottle, consumed 3 years old. The color is much the same, with a deep swirling orange with minimal head. Aroma can be detected from several feet away - sourness. The sour fruit smell is very intense when I hold the glass to my nose. The carbonation is still very active and adds a lot of life to the beer. The flavors really dance off my tongue. There is lots of sour fruit, but also some funkiness and some wildness that is hard to describe. There may even be some sweetness at the end. A really complex and delicious beer. Age only adds wonder to this already fantastically complex beer. 8/4/8/4/19

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