Kmeggs1 (22) - - JAN 18, 2018 KajII (801) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. The pour was a clear deep dark mahogany brown with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated in 1-2 seconds and basically had no lacing to speak of.
The aroma was very complex and enticing with a dark grain malt and funky Brett yeast and possessed notes of dark fruit (red grape and black currant), a bit of oak cask and a boldly tart red wine presence.
The taste was sweetly tart and a tad acidic and had strong currant and grape notes throughout, with the finish having a bold and somewhat dry sour wine alcohol taste. The flavor lingered on the taste buds for a bit more than an average duration following the swallow, with a really wonderful sour fruity taste lasting quite a bit longer.
Mouthfeel was right below medium in body with a really smooth dry texture and an almost champagne like carbonation.
Overall I can not express how much I enjoyed this particular brew, it was sweet and fruity yet bold and sour with a fantastic lingering lip smackin’ taste. By far the best Russian River brew I have had to date. I highly recommend if given the chance, that you most definitely give this one a try...
Wow , what an experience. The flavor is hard to describe. Take a sour beer, age it in Cabernet casks and make it great. It’s got all the profiles , wood wine beer tart tangy. Your taste buds will wonder what the hell is going on but somehow it’s delicious . I can’t imagine the thought process that crafted this beer but I’m going to say cheers to the mad scientist !!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone WillRunForBeer (2804) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2017
750ml bottle from my first ever trade, iirc. Date code 003x4 puts it at 2009... 8 years old. Pours mahogany with a beige head. Aroma is dark cherry, vinegar, oak. Aroma is quite nice still. Flavor is tart cherry, oak, acetic. This is still a top beer in this style. Pretty amazing. Chalumeaux (1850) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2017
Poured from 2009 bottle thanks Willrunforbeer numbered 003x4 reddish brown no head. Aromas of oak tannin cherry skins lemon. Taste is tart fruits oak lemon. For 9 years old its amazing. ffaoe (1021) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2017
light sour and cherry/plum aromas. red and clear in color with great long lasting faint pink head. taste is very tart. strong currant, faint oak flavors dzudohonor (340) - POLAND - NOV 8, 2017
backlog z PAKK 2017. W aromacie bardzo przyjemna beczka, pestki winogron, taniczność, czarna porzeczka. W smaku dosyć wytrawne, lekko dzikie, z czasem wychodzi skóra, ziołowa goryczka i porzeczka.
MrTipple (7004) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2017
Intense dark cherries, oak barrels, prunes, oak, alcoholic, dark fruits, dark, dried toasted malts, sweet bourbon. Clear, very dark brown, small, creamy, beige head, small, creamy, white head. Heavy sour. More aggressive sour citrus, lemon peel, acidic lemon, lime juice, soft carbonation, medium bodied. Keg at Euclid Hall, Denver. beton (720) - Tarnobrzeg, POLAND - OCT 7, 2017
Od początku potężny, głęboki, kwaśny profil z niuansami owoców w typie wiśni, jeżyn, porzeczek, czyli tym czym cechuje się Cabernet Sauvignon i piwo oddało charakter beczki. Wysycenie ciut za wysokie. W smaku na początku słodkie, przyjemne, momentalnie staje się kwaśne, taninowe, owocowe, a finisz jest długi, obfitujący w garbniki, wytrawny. Dużo ciemnych owoców, dębiny i dzikiego charakteru. Świetne w odbiorze przy dosyć potężnym ciele, alkohol świetnie ukryty. Piwo bardzo przyjemne, z czystą przyjemnością sięga się po kolejny łyk. Klasa. jsporrer (1147) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2017
Pours a dark cranberry reddish brown with no visible head. Tart aroma with notes of red wine. Not too tart or sour but enough to give a full mouth tingly feel. The currents give it a nice tart cranberry like flavor. Slightly dry finish but very refreshing and enjoyable. brianza_ale (218) - ITALY - SEP 2, 2017
37,5 cl bottle, last one on Whole Foods shelf, straight from California back to Italy. Pours a moderate one finger off white head, deep ruby to dark brown appearance. The aroma it unleashes is a pure and pungent aromatic bomb: cherries and amarena, raspberries, ribes, fruit and berries all over the place, and then this unique fresh piedmont red grapes background that captures everything, closing with a sweet wooden scent. Tastes young northern italy red wine, ribes, berries, amarena, with again a fabulous barrel and wooden finish. Spot on medium and fruity sweetness, medium plus and very smooth sourness which dissolves quite quickly leaving a light fruity tartness behind, not acidic or balsamic whatsoever; almost inexistent dissolving bitterness, it doesn't even need it. The red wine and light carbernet notes are really there and very pleasing. Medium to full bodied and mid carbonated, light fizzy and creamy texture. It probably can't surpass the BFM Saint Bon Chien as the best Flemish/Brown Red Sour I've ever tried (and in the world), but it's there, and honestly beats by far most "real belgian" brown sours. With the Lost Abbey Framboise Amorosa elevates California as a really serious producer of amazing dark sours in general. Awesome stuff... Great Job! lefossoyeur (615) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2017
Pours reddish amber with a minimal beige head that fades quickly. Nice vinous aromas with currants and grapes and hints of wood and lactos. Tart attack, nice currants and wood complexity on the palate, finishes dry and tart. Very good.