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RATINGS: 1379   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1976) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Aubrey (3482) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6396) - 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!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2695) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Sampled at RBESG 2005.
Unclear dark orange colored, small off-white head. Sour woody aroma, notes of orange, grapefruit and berries. Different and very nice. Tart grapefruity, lemony and woody in the flavor with an orangy middel. Flavorfull and sharp. Very special and simply excellent!! I believe this was my favorite beer of the RBESG! (I wish I had taken better notes.....)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8498) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Batch 2, rated March 2008
Hugely sour after so much time in the bottle, hugely dry and parched, as sour as a lot of lambic can get, the wood and cherry note is milder now, subdued, but still rich and delicious. Less vibrant fruit than at a younger age, more sour, more puckery, more dry, more tannins. Very, very good, and I drank it alongside Selins Grove Phoenix Kriek, and actually found a mixture of both of them the best.

Batch 1, originally rated in October 2005
Very tart and sweaty, perfumy wood scented. To me seems very close to a classic lambic. Light texture, sour fruit and wheat flavors, good creamy body and an almost oily finish. Very well made. I’m craving more.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1871) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2005
GABF 2005. Hazy gold with a big, fluffy head. Very nice sour brett aroma, mixed with horseblanket, soft cheese. Lightly sour flavor, rather floral, with the finish being a tad more sour. Nice light carbonation. I love these sour, funky beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Hazy dark yellow with a lasting thin foamy head. Nose-tart and sour with tart fruits. Some good medium malts. Good use of m,alt vs. sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2005
GABF 2005: Poured golden with a great head and some lacing. The aroma was sweet with hints of cherries. The taste was a combination of sweet and tart but more towards sweet.

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