Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle@RBESG ’05. Pours a red’ish light brown. Aroma is oaky, sour, with notes of cherries. Taste is sour, cherries, strange. Perhaps it’s the lactobacillus that gives me the idea of yugurt really good, but strange :-)
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis (thanks!). Batch 0001. Poured a darker and cloudy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of tart cherries (not overpowering), vinous, and brett. Tastes of the same with the brett and wine lighter on the tongue than the nose. This one took me by surprise! Very good!
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to egajdzis for this one. Poured a cloudy orange amber with a small lacing head. Aroma of the Pinot Noir from the barrels it was aged in. Taste is similar with some tart cherries. Great taste, picking up the cherries with a nice tartness at the end.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden color with a small head and small amounts of lacing. Absolutely delicious brown ale that has been aged perfectly. Variety of flavors including cherries and wine. Tangy and tasty to the last drop- gets better as the bottle is enjoyed.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Murky, burnt orange ale with a small, frothy, off-white head. Great retention. Woodsy, Flemish aroma with lots of fruity, vineous notes... black cherries, red wine, lemon and light caramel. Tart and tangy flavor with lots of oak and red wine. Light-bodied and fizzy. Tangy, dry finish. Wonderful brew.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lightly hazed dark amber color with a a few small yeast chunks. Taller ecru head that settles to a smaller creamy looking lid. Sweet sour sauce aromas with mild pale malt , light floral hops and sweet cherries and vanilla. Lots of malt and mild cherry sourness in the flavors. Soft champagne feel. Turns a hazy brown color with the final pour of the bottom of the bottle. Also seems to hold some more sourness in the later portion of the bottle. Latent lingers of buttered toast. Just misses in a few areas. Like the malt. But some late acid also kicks in and distracts.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow this beer was complex. They did a number of different things to get this beer to taste so great. Pours a deep amber light brown with an ok head but fades to nothing. Aroma is a mix of sour cherries, sweet cherry pie, lots of funkiness from the brett, some oak, red wine, and a wierd citric sourness. Flavor is very much the same with even more oak becoming apparent along with more cherry as it warms. The sour cherries and pediococcus was a great combination.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Murky reddish brown brew. Sour cherry nose. Really nice beer. Sour cherry, some over ripe plum. One of RR’s best imo.
Heatwaves (54) - Santa Ana, California, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This may be a little too sweet for many tasters. In the tasting that I attended, they served this last with chocolate to accompany it. This beer futher displays Russian River’s creativity when it comes to crafting fine belgian ale. The aging process in Pinot Noir barrels and use of sour cherries definitely contribute solidly to the aroma and sweet flavor. Like a red wine version of Temptation, has a champagne-beer essence. Very good. After tasting them on tap, I bout a bottle of this and Temptation for a whopping $20 total. But worth every penny!
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!