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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 Draught: Still, headless pour of hazy clay-like orange. Bretty acidic fruit aroma with streams of pineapple, leather, tannic wine, slightly funky cheese, and sweaty horseblanket. Bretty and extremely vinious flavors, thick, oily, and mature character from the barrell aging..warming. The barrell aging seems to keep this beer from being too assertive. Re-Rate Bottle 2010 or 2009 or something. Seems pretty one dimensional this time around...where is the cherry influence? It has a bitterness to it too that seems to distract. Must decrease a few points.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Interesting sour aroma of oats, raisins, and cinnamon. Did I just describe a rotten oatmeal cookie? Flavor is more sour. No perception of hops at all. This is the best Belgian brown outside of Belgium I have ever tasted. Dryness is almost mouth-puckering. I can’t detect any cherries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
12oz corked & capped bottle This pours an opaque honey color, musty, slightly sweet aroma, with a nice vinuous & somewhat sweet flavor. Finishes smooth & clean. great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2005
07.16.05 Tap sample at BCTC. Dark honey amber, light haze. Bretty and very sweet nose. Buttery with some cherry. Holy cow complex aroma. Supple body, light eff, vinous and very woody/dry to finish. Astringency cleans up sweetness. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2005
Tap at Ommegang. Deep orange in color with a little head. Malty and sour aroma. Fruity. Cherries. Flavor is malty, spicey and fruity. Smooth . Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4493) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 (Draught) Sampled at the Belgium Comes To Cooperstown 2005 in Cooperstown, NY. Pours a dissipated yellowish head with an amber body. Nose of a flemish sour with cherries. Tart flavour and stubble spiced. Another excellent Russian River brew! (8/4/8/4/16=4.0). Re-Rate (750ml bottle) Sampled at the post-GCBF tasting hosted by Oaked, "Big Beer Sampling". Crazy cherry gueze. Brown sugar. Sour, fun Fuzzy Peaches with a sour vinegar finish. (8/4/7/3/15=3.7)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Sample from 375 ml bottle at RBSG. Hazy darkish amber, dirty and yeasty with flecks of foam...light sour, bready nose, bit of citrus and pineapple and light cherry...body quite sour, potent cherry liqueur mixing with sour apples, touch vinegary perhaps...clean body is perhaps a bit too light and domesticated. Though a bit disappointing with all the hype, it was an interesting experience and I look forward to a whole bottle soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Tap at Ommegang, 2005. Hazy golden brown, white head. Funky sour aroma. Malty with good body up front with a big sour kick following. Extremely smooth and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Bottle thanks to jeffin7: I was pretty excited to try this one, as I always am with Russian River. Pours to a dirty copper/ruby amber body with a medium off-white head. More ruby highlights show through when held up to the light. The aroma has a definite sourness to it, with some notes of tart lemon, vinous cherries or grapes, acidic wood. Taste is tart with some flavors of vinous, sharp not-quite ripened grapes, grains, lemon, spicy hops, brettanomyces, cherries and wood. The sourness sticks to your tongue for a bit, not willing to let go easily. Medium bodied, lively carbonation. I hope more brewers will continue to experiment with brett and various bacteria, as well as various ways to barrel age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
RBSG 05 Pours a cloudy amber color. Amazing aroma and flavor of yeast, spices and fruits with an interesting level of acidity.

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