dnstone (2049) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly funky aroma. Deep golden in color with an off-white head. A slight tartness of flavor.
harrymel (901) - 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 (1350) - 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 (70) - - 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.
ads135 (2392) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a phenomenal sour. Deep red cherry ale. Lots of oak, hints of vanilla, horse blanket, oak.
PriorL (912) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at home.
APPEARANCE: clear dark blond beer, small unstable white head.
NOSE: sour, cherries, wood, red wine, dried fruits, little hoppy.
TASTE: sour, cherries, wood, red wine, oak!
Lupulucid (175) - - DEC 15, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled 10/21/13 Supplication is a sublime manifestation of the style. A true palate bender which does its work quickly and becomes very accessible by the third sip, this amazingly complex beer is rather unique. The balance of flavors makes room for contributions from all quarters. There is a bit more funk than Iíve experienced in sours of this quality. The beer evolves in the glass.
VinegarStroke (124) - Napa, California, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: hazy, amber brown with a red hue. Low to moderate white head. Massive bretty nose. Dominant barnyard and funk. Very wild. Just a hint of sour cherry. Could easily be a bretty red wine. Dry, sour and bitter. Long, question balance. Loads of flavor thatís all off because thatís the stilly. Mid weight , long and tight. Like liking a horse.
Classic but Iím not convinced this is what the style is about. Totally over the top like the rest of the beer from this house. Hard to see the cherry.
Elwood (2959) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: 375 ml. bottle from bytemesis. Thanks Mike! Pours a nice copper color with a thin white ring. Huge bretty nose with lots of tart cherry and oak notes. Obviously sour up front with nice, bright fruit notes, light oak, and a light sweetness after the sourness subsides. Light to medium body with just enough carbonation. Absolutely delicious.
dansac (31) - Loa Angeles, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A game changer in many ways. Superlatively balanced; big brett, oak and wine notes in the nose, pours amber with about an inch and a half of head. Very tart, with the malts creeping on the back and an amazing sweet middle of the mouth warming up to more oak. A masterpiece of brewing, and a new standard for the style even (superior to the Lost Abbey products).
VastActiv (1697) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Russian River Brewing, Santa Rosa. Colour is clear orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, berries and sourness.