Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2008 I’m in love with this rendition of a Flanders style Oud Bruin/Kriekbier. The color, head, and particularly the lacing are exquisite. The nose is quite refined, and redolent of sour cherries, some restrained, and even elegant banyard/horseblanket (an amazing paradox in itself) very subtle hints of baker’s chocolate, and a touch of something like pomegranite.
The body is not too rich, but nicely mouthcoating, and the flavors echo the aromas, with the pinot noir, and cabernet barrel aging quite evident. There is a nice tartness, although it is somewhat muted compared to the nose...this contributes to this ale’s elegance, but restrains its wildness. Perhaps the Brett will open up with some more aging, but even if it doesn’t, I’m thrilled with how this beauty turned out, (in fact, I’m sort of hoping it doesn’t, since that might impact negatively on the refined elegance the beer has already) It’s my hands-down favorite among The Deschutes Reserve series, thusfar, and one of my favorite three beers ever (the other two being Olde Curmudgeon, and Stillenacht Reserve 1996). GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 Pours amber with a solid head that reduces abruptly leaving minimal lace. Aromas of sharp and sour spices. Medium nectar with superb carbonation almost reaching the creamy sensation I long for. As I ponder my notes I conclude that this beer is supreme. This may be the perfect beer, for me. Amazing balance is achieved to include all components. Mildly sour, dry, defined stonefruit, under ripened wild apple, leather, dusty granite. It’s wild and gamy yet friendly on the palate. The finish lingers with no change of flavor. TRUMP! I am pulling this beer from the shelf and hording it for myself =) You snooze you lose. Where’s the alcohol ? Totally non detectable. phildorsey (161) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2013
1pint 6oz Bottle...pours brown and heavy on the fizzy side. This beer shocked my Palate...not sure what I was expecting. Wife brought home with the Black Butte XXIV. The finish is fruity...like a barley wine or gluwine (Spelling???) from Germany. Completely out of the ordinary but fun and the alcohol content was absolutely on the knock you on your but side. I thought this beer was different but very tasty...recommended!! Jerm719 (195) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2013
2012 release. Beautiful red amber color. Huge nose! Tart cherry, some barnyard. Nice and sour, tangy cherries, bit of earthiness. Some woody notes. Long finish. AMAZING ! bchifley (5) - Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2016 does not count
A perfect Flanders Oud Bruin/Red, just the right amount of sourness and wood. Should age well.
dwyerpg (6368) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 26, 2012
This was truly fantastic. A nice sour cherry aroma and a good reddish color. The flavor has a great sour tartness to it that isn’t really sweet so it’s easily drinkable. Easily worth the price. Spectacular. krumbum (1109) - truckee, California, USA - JAN 21, 2015
Deep woody cherry aroma. Beautiful brown with a slight reddish. You can see through it, it has a light but lasting head. Rich tart cherry with oak undertones. Thick mouthfeel smooth coats your mouth. SudsMcDuff (8468) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 4, 2009
pours a light murky tan/tawny/red colour, with a light head .. . sour cherries and pure sour goodness ... super smooth, and lip smacking! .. . sweet/sour playing on my tongue, really indescribable goodness here .. . The nicest sour yet!! god i wish i had more!! WithEmptyWords (7) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2010 does not count
I love this beer so much it’s hard to put it into words. The 2008 release was one of the first "sour" brews I’ve ever had and I was hooked. Drank the last 2008 bottle I had the other night. Currently sipping the 2010 release. Fantastic! Sour aroma to begin which is met with sweetness that’s honestly cherry. No funk in the nose. First flavor is amaretto followed with almonds then straight into the tart cherries and sourness that lingers perfectly. This is probably one of the most perfect brews I have ever tasted. Thank You, Deschutes. Cheers! satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2009
22oz bottle cellared at least 1 year. aroma is burinng hot sour/tart note of shoes, socks and BO. strong rotten white wine. awesome head retention and burnished amber color, huge nucleation -- this bottle gushed as predicted by my mate gonzoillini right on cue, begging to escape the confines of its container. the ultimate treat is the crunchy candi end, ultra dry -- typically found only in unblended lambics and near perfect geuze. big raspberry flavor comes to the table and bends your facial expression with its sourness that begins to delve into club soda and then tonic water with its wild, uncontrollable dryness. perhaps the nearest perfect beer i will ever sample.