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RATINGS: 1394   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nuffield (3835) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fordest (2024) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Draft at Liarsí 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2005
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DCJack (182) - Alabama, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Doesnít do it for me. But if I had a wine-loving friend who didnít 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bu11zeye (12256) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2005
(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!.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2005
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. Iím surprised the Brett isnít 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - OCT 28, 2005
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Pours a hazy blush with some head. Light caramel and brett aroma with sour cherry. Relatively sweet and bitter for the style with a strong caramel component. Noticable wine contribution. Some oak, figs and floral notes arrive as it opens up. Not as cleansing or refreshing as some but still a distinct California version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 24, 2005
Beautiful misty amber gold pour, aroma is tart cherry, yeasty. Flavor is complex, tart cherry but nicely balanced with vinous woody tones, somewhat light mouthfeel, finishes tangy tart dry fruity. Gorgeous creation.

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