Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Rerate: NYE, 2007. PH1. Unbelievably lovely, sour but not overly so.
Batch 001 and PH1 side-by-side. The PH1 carbonation was constant and really thinned out the body. The 001 was positively creamy and gets much higher palate scores. Both beers have peachy aromas but the PH1 was severe and acetic on top of that while the 001 was nuanced and contained cherry and tropical notes. Flavors were sour but more than handleable, with some soft minerality in the 001 plus a little sugariness. The PH1 was much more aggressive. Rating the PH1 alone would be 8/3/8/3/17=3.9, rating the 001 alone would yield 9/4/9/5/18=4.5. The 001 is close to Temptation and Supplication qualia! drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Batch PH1. Served in an Ommegang glass.
A: Brilliantly clear, highly carbonated amber body. There was an initially thick white head but it fell quickly leaving nothing on the sides of the glass but only a rim of head on the edge.
S: The La Folie influence on the aroma is overwhelming. I can immediately recognize it. The aroma is nice and tart with some citrus notes. VERY inviting.
T: Damn, I love wild ales and this one is outstanding. Very pronounced tartness but it still manages to be smooth. Great pucker effect. The flavor has an earthy note typical of Brett. There are also some sour cherries lurking in the background. This is really a top notch beer. Brew this again Russian River!!
M: The carbonation is great on this and gives it a great mouthfeel. It takes what would otherwise be a pretty light bodied beer up a notch or two and gives it enough body to last.
D: Outstanding. Perfect. Top notch. Insert any other compliments you can think of. Especially when you consider that it is only 5.5% ABV, the drinkability on this is out of the park. This is by far my favorite RR beer and certainly one of the best beers I have had.
Edit: When you drink this beer, pour the yeast into the last sip. It is excellent. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Bottle. Batch 001.
The pour is murky and bright orange with a white effervescent head. Brett and a sort of musty cherry aroma jump right out of the glass. Fantastic aroma with a lot going on...apricots, leather, oak, bubblegum and an earthy note. Sharp tartness that hits your tongue immediately just like La Folie but not as shockingly dry. Horse blanket, cobwebs and fruit flavors. Finishes dry but not exceedingly so.
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 375 mL batch 001 bottle via marcus. The beer pours to a hazy coppery straw colored body with a thin but lasting fizzy white head. Looks gueuze like. The flavor is buttery, tart, acidic, sour cherries and apples, leathery like a gueuze, wood, lots of brett and a great balance of the other 3 bugs. This "regular" batch is phenomenal. More like a gueuze than a Flemish sour, but I realize it isn’t because this isn’t a lambic. Wowzers. I wish I had the PH1 to try. The aroma is sour cherries and Turkish apricots up front with tart lemony oak underneath. Italian leather and funk all mixed into a pie. This beer brings together the best of two styles and blends them nicely. So unique, so delicious. The palate is tart, drying, nicely carbonated, wonderful feeling. This is damn near perfect. I think PH1 would be a 5.0. Excellent brew Russian River!
375 mL batch 001 PH1 shared via JCapriotti. mmmm...