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RATINGS: 1327   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
Bottle RBESG. Sour aroma. Beautiful, hazy amber color. Cherries are present in the flavor. Too sour but interesting flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2005
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 :-)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (8823) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2005
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TomDecapolis (4445) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 11, 2005
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 10, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8914) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 6, 2005
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Murky reddish brown brew. Sour cherry nose. Really nice beer. Sour cherry, some over ripe plum. One of RR’s best imo.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heatwaves (54) - Santa Ana, California, USA - JUL 26, 2005
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!

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