gad905 (199) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, bought from RRBC. Bottled June 2014. Clear yellow gold, fluffy white head recedes gently. Nose of heavy brett funk, lemon, hay, light cheese, floral perfume. Tastes a touch sweet cereal then heavy sour, vinous, green apple, lacto acidity, dry and buttery oak, some moderate bitterness, touch of funk. Medium body, lightly creamy feel, sharpish fine carb, long sour apple and cheesy finish. If anything this is better than on draft, superb.
itsamber (27) - - DEC 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Scent is lemon and major funk, flavor reflects that with slight pink peppercorn. Amazing beer.
aleigator (380) - GERMANY - DEC 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yields a sunny-yellow color, with a one finger broad, bubbly head.
The aromas reveal a tart sourness among wheat notes. It got an almost sweeter sparkling wine character with a noteable barrel infusion to it, which then turns into a more acidic direction. It picks up on the lactic chardonnay characteristic very well, the resulting tartness comes almost naturally to mind. The nose gets completed by hints of white lemon peel, adding a refreshing, fruity aspect.
While the sourness from the aromas was very well integrated into a complex interplay of smells, it shines through big time while tasting the beer. It rises from the sweeter, pungent sparkling wine qualities to unfold on the palate with an almost tongue numbing dryness. The sweeter aspect doesnít vanish from one moment to the other, but evolves during drinking and turns from sweet to sour, while the lively, soft carbonation turns visible. Funkiness is very well integrated, adding depth to the chardonnay lactic acid, without being recognizable on its own, otherwise defined by its typical barnyard qualities. Due to the high carbonation, the mouthfeel is almost sprizzy, fizzy - another well inserted sparkling wine aspect.
I am impressed, that this is still easily recognizable as a beer, while it features very thoughtful and effectively integrated sparkling wine constituents. Malts and hops play an important role, as they prevent the beer from becoming too sweet and fizzy. The subtle musty and earthy additions do the same, convincing me this is still beer. Finishes quite refreshing with a faint lemon fruitiness and an almost bitter, punching, dry sourness. This is incredibly complex and very convincing.
Blairgus (3008) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16 Nov 2014, bottle. light yellow, clear, steady bubbles. nose is brett, white grape, grape must. thin body and moderately fizzy. pretty tart from the beginning and fades at the end. earthy, dry, some woody notes. reminds me of a dry champagne.
dresden (1072) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden clear with a big white head but it disappeared quickly. Very aroma, some hay and funkiness. Taste is very fruity, Brett and lactic sourness, maybe the best RR sloe Iíve tried yet, really enjoying this.
jbruner (2837) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy yellow from the bottle with fluffy white head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma is sour lemon, funky brett, nice barnyard over lactic citrus. Taste follows, nice lactic tartness with big funky barnyard notes, citrus base, prefect for what you would think.
kevinator (1184) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A more pronounced sour. Citrus and apple tart aroma. Pretty crystal golden color with a big foamy head. Palate was very wine-like. Tartness was up front and more like apple than lemon. Finish was somewhat dry. The funk was a little less. A little more one-sided than I typically prefer.
Ron (2888) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Russian River. Pours a pale yellow with a small white head that dissipates quickly. The aroma has a huge tart apple and grape, vinegar, light oak. The taste is big tart lemon, apple, and grape. There is a residual dry tartness that lingers on the tongue.
BiiruBierBeer (488) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Chardonnay smell and taste. Lots of oak and bubbles. Medium to high carbonation and foamy.
slowrunner77 (6634) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"ok, Russian River knows what theyíre doing with the Belgian style. This is one of the better ones Iíve tried. Iíve only had it on tap...hopefully, as itís corked, itís just as good in the bottle. A little pricey, but worth trying. had for the third time last night-just a sample, but itís grown on me a little (not that i didnít like it before). the brett & barreling seemed more aggressive this time, which was a good thing. near mouth-puckering yuminess."