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RATINGS: 1334   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.


4.6
   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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1975) - Nolanville, USA - OCT 14, 2005
GABF 2005: aroma of sour cherry with nice wood notes. Flavor is brett and cherry that is sour with a light sweetness. I love Russian River and this is another reason why.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2011 Smooth, yet vibrantly effervescent. Hazy yellow-orange with a frothy, lasting head. Incredible nose -- yeasty, sweet and oaky. Great tartness and sourness from start to finish. Notes of sour cherries, fresh Granny Smith apples, cherries, earth and other sprightly fruit. Complex, rich and very tasty. Ultra pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2005
375mL bottle. Murky brown orange with a small offwhite creamy head. Phenol plastic tones, with sour and funk aromatics. Tart cherry tannins, heavy plastic notes, along with a dank mustiness that joins more tannic flavors in the finish. Sour flavors exlode on the palate but disappear quickly. Mouthfeel is medium, suprisingly full yet still quenching.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6013) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
GABF 2005: Surprisingly more copper hued than brown with a very good head and lace. The aroma has big funk and cherry notes with some earthy and dusty character, light notes of caramel and bready malts as well. The taste starts with tart cherries, soft oak undertone, and biting brett nature. The Pinot Noir does show only at the finish along with some subdued spice. Great depth of palate! The feel is biting, lively and shocking, quite lambic like on the tongue. This was among the best I enjoyed at the fest. Color me happy!!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2607) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 GABF 2005. Samples tried: 3, ~3.75oz total. Absolutely incredible tart, fruity aroma, plenty of cherry and woodiness with abundant brett character and some faint malty sweetness. Medium golden-amber color, lightly hazy with a nicely lasting head. Instantly tart flavor, fruity and gently sweet, plenty of pear/apple fruitiness towards the finish along with notes of peach, red grape and cedar and more lightly farmy brett overlaying it all. Smooth, quenching palate, body is unusually full for a lambic-type creation. Very drinkable, flavorful and impressive, and seemingly fully Belgian at the time. 8/4/8/4/16

Bottled sample, Batch #002, thanks to JB for sharing this one! Incredible aroma, with notes of tannic oak, sour cherry, red grape, yeast funk, fruity sweetness, earthiness...very nice. Cloudy rusty red-orange color, head is fully dissipating. Flavor is a good balance of sweetness, winey touches here and there, sourness, tart fruit and oak, finishing semi-dry and lightly acidic with lingering cherry tones. Smooth and thin on the palate, body is medium. This is a really enjoyable and tasty creation.


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