zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very tart with a beautiful golden color. No head retention at all. Aroma has vinnie/ russian river written all over it! Flavor is tart and smooth with slight horseblanket notes. Just want the doctor ordered for toronado’s 20th! Thanks to mikkel and henrik for the beer (bottle at toronado)!
orangesol (875) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I brought this one to Pre-Ffej to share with everyone, hope everyone enjoyed it.
A - Pours murky brown with a nice one finger tall off white head, quickly dissipating down to a light film and eventually a ring around the edge, leaving small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.
S - Smells of dark fruits, toffee, caramel, oak, wine grapes, leather, a bit of musty barnyard funk, cherrie skins and some lactic sourness. There is definitely some oxidation there but not as much as I was expecting there to be.
T - Starts off with the cherrie skins and dark fruits quickly being joined by the woody oak, wet leather, toffee and caramel sweetness, wine grapes, light must and funk and some light oxidation. Finish is quite dry, lingering long after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Sweet feel initially goes quite dry at the end of each sip. Booze only really creeps in once it fully warms up.
O - After hearing how much this had fallen off I was expecting a lot worse so this was a pleasant surprise. Yes it was definitely showing its age but it is hardly as bad as many people make it seem. I wouldn’t age it any further if you have one, drink it before it really does go off the cliff.
bierkoning (10377) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked bottle. Amber color. Vinous aroma with lemon lime, grapefruit and plums. New oak. Oaky vinous flavor. Lemon. Leather. Very bretty. Full bodied. Alcoholic. Amazing complexity.
Lothore (555) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4 dollars a pour tonight at toronado SF
A- Pours a foggy orangey red hue with a thin head that fades fairly quickly.
S- Cherries, hints of sour apple, deep dark maltiness, bready.
T- Hints of berry, light fruit, strong tart/sourness on the back end. very bready.
M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.
D- This was definitely a good brew and one to seek out. At 4 bucks a pour it seems like a steal even in a champagne flute.
tectactoe (2007) - Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: thanks, Mike! Murky copper color, some slight orange hints with a khaki tinted head that fizzles away to a collar pretty quickly. Aroma has notes of cherry skins, mild vinegar, sharp acidity, lightly vinous oak, & an undercurrent of cotton & hay-like funk notes, seemingly like Brett. Taste has a quick hit of tart acidity & sweettarts up front with notes of apple skins, cherries, & vinegar. There’s a mild perfume essence to the beer, as well. The tartness quickly fades into a subtle sweetness, finishing with some oak & vinous grape-like flavors. Overall, a very nice beer, though I do not believe it lives up to the hype it has been given. Perhaps it has "fallen off" a bit? Not nearly as sour as expected.
kbutler1 (1352) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a light white head. Grape, oak, fruit, a little orange rind, and some floral notes. Medium mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. Tart but not overly sour, orange fruit, oak with some bitterness. The Brett comes out nicely. All in all this ones together nicely! Really doesn’t taste exactly like consecration at all but a completely different beast. Nice depth.
tkrjukoff (4082) - SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small off white head. Aroma is sour fruity appricots acidy. Flavor sour fruity appricots astringent funky good balance, maybe a bit flat. Nice pungent acidy and fruity finish.
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In short: A monster farmhouse, vinous and tannic copper ale of great complexity.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed with some age on it (around 5 years I guess). Bottle sent to me by Bobby91w, thanks a lot Bobby
The look: Cloudy copper body topped by a large beige head medium retention.
In long: Nose is intensely farmhouse, horse blanket, old barrels, stinky feet and all... Body is full and with a very lively carbonation. Taste has sour fruits, plenty of oak, strong vinous character, a whole lot of tannins, lactic acid, milky notes, grape skin, cookies, caramel, some cheesy notes. Medium sourness level and very astringent. Strong barrel presence to say the least. Finish is very dry with a sawdust-woody sensation. This is the type of beer you need to drink with a pint of water on the side, very mouth drying. Alcohol is a no-show in this 10%+ brew, I drank a full 750ml way too easily. A bit of cardboard but overall not a lot of oxidation despite the age, but with a beer this age each bottle will be different depending on how it was stored. My trader assured me the bottle was kept in cellar condition so my bottle was probably as good as it gets for this particular beer. I could feel the beer is past its prime yet I thought it was excellent, this beer must have been mind blowing a few years ago. Any bottles left should be consumed asap, I don’t want to sound too alarming but beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep beep.
Huhzubendah (2615) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared by ygtbsm94. One of my most highly coveted wants. I can’t thank you enough Brad!
Served in my Cantillon gueuze tumbler - I can’t believe I don’t have a Russian River glass...
The beer appears a light amber hue, appearing mostly clear. The head is approx. 1/2" and fades to a thin collar within a few moments, leaving a generous amount of lacing in its wake.
The aroma is wonderfully complex, offering red wine, white wine, oak, tart fruits, acidity, dark fruits, vanilla...wow.
The flavor is equally as complex. A heavy and biting acidity confronts the palate immediately. I find this to be more sour than tart. Very tannic, with prominent wine and barrel flavors. Dark fruits soaked in alcohol add warmth in the finish.
Overall, I am so grateful to have tried this. An interesting and intriguing beer. It wasn’t among my favorites of the night, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-27-2012
deyholla (6702) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Ari, thanks! Pours a hazy deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of sour red fruit with musty funk and a hint of acid. Flavor is similar with musty funk and sour red fruit that grows in acidity.
joeneugs (3324) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle at home. It pours a bright reddish amber color with a huge, fluffy orangy head. The aroma is tart fruity with grapes, currants, plums, hints of wood and vinegar. I had this next to a 25th, and this is not as tart on the nose with more heavy red fruit. The flavor has lots of wood with a sweeter malt background and a rough, bitter acidity in the finish. Oxidation is evident here, not surprising. It starts nice enough with a good balance of sweeter and tart fruit, but the finish is a bit off and unpleasant. I imagine this was better a few years ago.