RATINGS: 1466   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 232   ABV: 7.75%
Brown ale aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels for one year with sour cherries, Brettanomyces yeast, and Lactobacillus & Pedicoccus bacteria.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - APR 4, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2014 Batch 009. Endless layers of berries and tart fruits in the aroma. The vapors emanating out of the bottle tell beautiful fables of times past, featuring funky Brettanomyces; barnyard; old wood; dried manure; overripe cherries; dust; molten candi sugar; plump, ripe strawberries; a whisper of old leather; and lime. It is magical and it reminds me a lot of my dad’s farm back when I was a child. But it doesn’t stop there: pour it into your glass and you’ll get fresher esters suggesting something like a sort of local cherry cola, not the multinational kind, but something you’d drink out of a clear-glass bottle. I’d call it artificial, but I know it’s only part of the picture. It pours a beautiful, very deep amber. The head, off-tan in color, is fizzy and gets out of your way pretty quickly, with no remnant of it sticking around. The taste is tart and sweet, like ripe berries bathed in lime juice, with accompanying bitterness that feels old and funky. It goes down and greets the stomach with burning sourness. The mouthfeel is medium, somewhat sticky and with carbonation that feels natural and lively. The aftertaste is a bit funky and barnyard-like, but mostly it is fruity, red, and tart. It’s hard to get over how good it is.

bartlebier (4032) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2017
375ml bottled 02/2017, merci BA-beersnake shared at Freiburg August Deluge Tasting 2017. - What a revelation to have this on standby after De Garde’s young&green Pinot Noire US-lambic style: a by now much anthologised US Oud Bruin, pinot noire barreled. Label mentions a min. barreling age of 9-15 months. - - - Lovely thick oaky vanilla nose, adding spicy umami to a mild version of more familiar Vlaams Oud Bruin lacto tartness, including mushroom. Taste is smooth (!) like silky Spätburgunder molecularly infused with a subtle dose of earthy umami champignons. Fruity Tartness of both sweet and sour cherries with lacto edges builds around the umami grapeflesh, remaining well-behaved, gastronomic and not a pornographic end in itself, like in so many other US sours. Slight residual sweetness andstickiness, like the residual sugars of sweet cherry in buttermilk, going on supreme strawberries-and-cream deliciousness. - In parts this is a luxury version of a very good Oud Bruin and one of few US sours my Belgian-socialised palate/enamel agrees with.

Jgunty (8) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - AUG 13, 2017 does not count
Sweetness of the cherry comes out in the nose. Long bitter after-taste. Brown and fresh. The malty nature of the brown ale does a great job rounding out the sour. Wow. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Johnsense (1694) - - AUG 2, 2017
Reddish purple pour, smaller head, no lacing. Aroma of fruit, red wine, lactic sourness, jam. Jammy up front, sour cherries, sour, tart, red wine, light sweetness as well. Medium body, lower carbonation.

PanMarek (460) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2017
Reddish brown pour with thick foam and lots of bubbles. Complex, earthy nose with fruits, including apple and cherry along with some faint caramel malt. Taste is even more complex, with the fruit sweetness and some tartness from the wine barrels, linked by the sour cherries. The yeast gives it a musty, earthiness and perhaps helps lighten the body. Little carbonation, medium body and a slightly dry finish.

thorongil2 (3173) - , Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2017
(Bottle) clear, fluorescent reddish amber colour with a tall cream colored head; somewhat thick palate; aroma of rock candy, leather, barnyard, hint of cherry jam; rich, very sour flavour

sokuzs1 (1437) - POLAND - JUL 24, 2017
Backlog. Earthy, cherries, red grapes, berries, spicy. Medium sour, tannic.

kambei70 (1085) - - JUL 16, 2017
Pours copper, clear with a little haze. Sour, malty aroma features scents of apple cider and purple grape. Really pleasant smell. Tart, sour taste. Lemon juice. Bitter. Metallic. Fresh, kettle-style sour mixed with a substantial, barrel-aged quality. Perfectly executed. Frothy in the palate. Really good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Radek Kliber (7369) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 11, 2017
Where and how : mini tasting, bottle Vintage xxxml
Aroma 7.2 /10
Plenty of barrel character that clashes with brett yeast. A bit of mess. Fruity cherry on side.
Appearance 3/5
Top: smaller fizzy of white top.
Base: dark amber.
Palate medium bodied, low carbonation, very long finish3/5
Taste complex, clash of barrel, sour cherry and yeast. Mild alcohol notes. I fail to see the greatness of this beer. Creative mess ?

eallenbrown (17) - - JUL 4, 2017
Beautiful complex stone fruit-mostly cherries-on the nose, true sourness on the palate. I'd like a touch more sweetness-and maybe alcohol to balance the sourness, but hard to complain. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

tricksta_p (4763) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2017
Bottle from Russian River, Santa Rosa. Aroma is huge Bretty barnyard funk, fruits, oak, wine, pinot barrels, tart cherries, malt, apricot, tart red fruits. Flavour is tart and medium sour. Body is medium. Amazing balance and drinkability. Superb American Sour, world class status well-deserved. Incredible, I wish I had bought more bottles!

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