wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours cloudy orange with a thick white head. Very good head retention. Aroma had vinegar, lemon, citrus, orange, vanilla and cherry. Cherry, oak and vanilla round out the taste along with a butteriness. Palate is very creamy and has a cheese feel to it. Very good but just a knotch below the supplication in my opinion. Still one would never guess that an American Brewing Company makes this.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy gold with a huge white head, some effervescence, and a whole lot of lacing. Interesting aroma. Smells like a good Gueuze mixed with an Orval. The main aroma is a funky sourness, but thereís also some citrus and oak. Some phenols come out with a swirl. Tastes a lot like a toned-down Gueuze. Thereís a lot of sourness up front and some standard Belgian Ale flavors (cross between an Orval and an Ommegang Rare Vos) backing it up. Nice, subtle oak flavor, too. Very unique. A fuller body would make this one incredible.
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours hazy buttery yellow - I think I got the yeast shot at the bottom. Tart lemony and a little floral aroma. Citrusy and spiced flavors, a little oak, and some strong wine characters. Very acidic and tart. Some funk in there too. I liked this, but this would be hard for me to drink a lot of - just a bit too acidic.
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First off I have to admit a slight bias to oak aged beer. The aroma is a mix of a flemish sour and an abby ale. Pours out a nice golden color with a little to no head. The taste is fruity and complex with some notes of cherries, oak and vanilla, tastes like I described the aroma, a flemish meets a blonde and sits in oak for a while
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to alanC for this beer.
Poured an effervescent golden with a frothy white head. Aroma is delicious sour cherries, cream, and cinnamon. Taste is highly acidic lemon, pear, and a heavy dose of dry toffee/wood... the latter seems to overpower the other flavors. Refreshing and complex, but I would prefer the toffee toned down.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1.5 L bottle, shared by Kiel. Thanks dude! Pours hazy, light golden with a thin head. Definite bretta yeast aromas, sourish notes, young oak, a little funk and wet wool. Nice bitter, sour, astringent flavor, woody, green apple along with other sour fruits and old socks. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel and gentle carbonation.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear bright gold with a thin, white head. Nose very aggressively sour, some fruit and cheddar. Flavor is sweet, lots of cookie-ish malt, creamy and mildly sour. Vaguely cheesy, quite sweet, nice malts. Very good stuff, the oakiness blends in beautifully with the beer rather than overpowering it. Great stuff.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 A light barnyard aroma, and a little oak, Cloudy orange beer. A very sour beer, with grapefruit and some wheat. I would have said I was drinking a Belgian gueuze if I didnít know better. Excellent.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
MilkmanDanís MN Welcome Night: Hazy yellow color with a medium head. Sour aroma with some hints of nutmeg. Dry lemon taste with a sour finish. Some wheat lingering near the end. The is not nearly as up front as many gueuzes will be, instead it drags it out. Awfully nice!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy golden with a nicely lacing white head. Aroma is dry, barnyardy, funky and nicely oaked with a touch of fruity tartness and brett. Very complex and balanced body has lots of yeasty funk and good tartness without being overpowering. Enjoyable white wine character with great flavor and a touch of cheesiness. A nice, authentic and unique beer. Russian River is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries.