chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 24, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Nuffield (3801) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
fordest (2017) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Pailhead (5554) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
shadey (1985) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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
DCJack (182) - Alabama, USA - NOV 3, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Doesn’t do it for me.
But if I had a wine-loving friend who didn’t like beer, this might win him over. It tastes much like a dry white wine.
But dry white wine tastes better.
Rather sour with a moldy aftertaste.
bu11zeye (12147) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(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!.
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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. I’m surprised the Brett isn’t 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.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!