jonnyguns (775) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from City Beer, SF. Pours a reddish copper with an off white head that holds up ok. Lacing is clinging to the glass nicely. Aroma is fucking sensational. Lots of tart cherries, Pinot, oak, funk and hints of brown sugar. Taste is where this one just explodes on to the palate. Mouth is coated with upfront sour cherry and brown sugar. Very tart lingering bitterness that coats your mouth for a while. Fucking unreal stuff. Dry tart bitterness that leaves you wanting more. Drink this slowly, savior every sip. One of the best beers I've ever had.
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JefVerstraete (843) - BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red amber colour, some white foam. Low carbonation. Medium body with complex sour notes. Vinous and fruity, sour cherry. Very drinkable. Dry and bitter finish. Good but very overrated.
hezron (609) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber in color, little to no head. Aroma of apples, cherries, vanilla and brown sugar. Sweet upfront with cherries and then major sweet tarts. Very sour. Light body, lots of carbonation and dry finish.
seth_lfod (313) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle shared with myself on new yearís eve. Labeled 121712. Deep reddish brown pour with minimal white head. Smell is waterlogged wood, cherries, basement funk, slight apple cider. Taste is sour cherry, oak, apple, wine grapes. Sharp tartness up front, very pleasing and smooth finish. Wonderful fantastic.
rgfellow (100) - - DEC 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin head and minimal lacing. Sour cherries and hints of grapes and sugar. You can definitely smell the sourness but its not overpowering. Fruity sourness all around with a sweetart aftertaste. Coats your palate and lingers a bit afterwards but very pleasing. Delish.
ThanksYeast (27) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Everything was excellent going on here Lacto, Lambic Brett, Basement and Barnwood Pear pencil Cherry raspberry fruitiness all balancing the aroma the body the flavor and in the end finish! excellent beer
jbruner (1882) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
October 2013 bottle shared thanks to Tim and Rachel! Pours a cloudy golden orange with nice ring of off-white lacy head. Aroma of lactic sourness, cherries and musky wood, acetic middle, and a sweet fruity ending. Taste follows, with a nice tartness that lasts forever. Awesome, nice soft carbonation, amazing stuff.
harrymel (1434) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating based on most current review:
Batch 005x4 - Brewed 2009, bottled May 2010
A: A lovely amber ale pours from the bottle and falls under a finger of taupe foam of fine nature. The foam settles into a solid, thick sheet of the same. Sandy, spotty lace. Excellent clarity. Looks both rustic and inviting. (4.5)
S: What jumps out at me immediately is how much this smells like a Flanders Red now, oak and cherry hues over an apple cider vinegar intonation. Thereís a tannic characteristic in the nose as well. Thereís a slight grassy funk which is woven into the tart and woody characteristics quite well. Although there is much going on here, I find the nose a little too delicate. (4)
T: Tart with cherries so dominant. I am very, very surprised on how pronounced the cherry is here. It is followed through with oak, dry grapes, and interesting canned spinach flavor. Iím noting an umami/leather flavor as well. Complex, intriguing. Thereís a bitter undertone that is just bitter enough to impress me to reserve appreciation for the other flavors, but just as I start to get annoyed, it seems fleeting, and I almost seek out the bitterness to help clean the medium of my tongue. The tart aspect of the beer is inhibited by this bitterness in so much as it accentuates the character and marries the other nuances of the beer together. Seriously, this is really, really well blended beer. Impressive. (4.5)
M: Medium bodied and lively foam conspire to a really velvety feel and as this roams my mouth, I think it will dry it out. Upon swallowing and exhaling, my mouth is simply wet and the notes are warmed via alcohol and blossom back through the mouth. Really nice feel here. Iím hard pressed to think of what I would change here, canít think of a thing, a hard earned 5 here. (5)
O: I am struggling to think of another beer in this particular style I prefer to this one. I am calling this a Flanderís Style, and I am only considering one other in the realm that competes for me: Dissident. And only time will tell if the í11 batch will meet expectations. I really enjoy this beer. And although Iím not likely to go out of my way to find it as much, I would likely grab some next time I see it on the shelves. (4)
Batch 005x3 - í09, bottled May 2010
A: Beautiful blood orange color. Light and sandy lemon foam atop ale - two fingers which last for-ev-er. (4.5)
S: The smell of this burst out the bottle as the cork came out. Sour apple, cherry, farm funk, and grain all balance so beautifully I struggle to understand the process of developing this type of complexity in a beer. Goddamn gorgeous. (5)
T: So sour. Deliciously sour. So much going on here, Iím not going to waste time trying to articulate. (5)
M: Lovely carb tone with great latitude when gliding over the palate and I get to savor every. last. drop. (4.5)
D: Donít ever NOT drink this beer. (5)
Serving type: bottle
haddon90 (1371) - Newport Beach, California, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, blood orange color with little to no head. Thick, cherry aroma with some oak notes. Slight, sour taste with a nice hint of cherries. Smooth finish. Amazing sour from Russian River.
hopwine (105) - Bend, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Reddish amber hue with small white head. Tart cherry and funk on the nose. Unbelievable balance between brett funk, lacto tartness, bright pinot noir, and light sweetness and acidity from the sour cherries. I always tell people this is my favorite beer in the world, and every time I drink it Iím convinced itís true.