fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2008
Real Ale at Dark Lord Day 08. Pours a cloudy blonde color. Smells like grapefruit. Tastes like an atomic sour candy in beer form. Has a sour aroma, sour taste (from the front to the back), and leaves a sour aftertaste. I love it! AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 22, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 This is my new favorite RR Sour. The others are complex and subtle with slight influences that you have to search for and wait as they develop. This one kicks you in the teeth like an explosion of flavor. No subtlety about it! First on the tip of your tongue, than the roof of your mouth, and finally the back of your tongue and throat. Like chewing a sweet tart, the flavors mix wonderfully of sour grapefruit and a Granny Smith like apple to sweet apricots and plums that carry to the finish. A warning, DO NOT try the Beatification immediately after this one. Like going from a hot tub to a cold shower. Trust me, I learned the hard way. GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 21, 2008
Drank this at the brewery. This is admittedly lower than many scores because the style just wasn’t working for me. It was an innovative brew with plenty of flavor and character but the astringent quality of that much sour wasn’t all that appealing for me. Kudos for the craftsmanship, but not to my taste. 3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Growler carefully hauled back from California by Ken’s better half. Straw colored clear body from a first careful pour sits underneath a medium to large bubbled white head. Instant acidic nose of cider vinegar, honey, straw, and mild dried peach and apricot skin/rind. There’s a tremendously high level of acidity in this beer, sharp and vinegar-like, like a Flemish red, but without the typical cherry/cedar/nut Flemish red flavors. It’s prickly, bright, corrosive, assertive and then it shows it’s fruity side - dried peach skin, sweet and oily apricot and fruit cocktail juice, but then that’s once again destroyed in the next sip by a stinging acidity, and it’s really nice how both of these qualities, the acidity and the sweet fruit, stay nearly completely separate. It’s like drinking two beers one after another. Overall it’s a very, very nice beer, well-made and flawless in execution, if not the most deep or complex Belgian blonde/golden recipe used as a base, but the plouts certainly help. The sourness and acidity, though, is spectacularly executed. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
Growler, courtesy of my wife. Thanks, Ali! Pours a hazy, orange-apricot color; thin white head with patchy lacing. Loads of tartness, funk (cobwebs; horseblanket, but mostly cobwebby more than anything too earthy and spicy), tart apricots / peaches, and pleasantly acidic aroma; some white wine grapes and lively, spritzy grapefruit; just a great, intricate aroma. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: loads of tart, zesty grapefruit and citrus rind and apricot; gorgeous fruit character at the core of things, not overshadowed by the tart, funky edges; solid levels of carbonation, clenching tartness, biting acidity, and surprisingly developed funk and brett. Just an excellent balance of tart apricots and lambic-like funk, brettiness, and acidity. I could drink a lot of this, and I think I will. Lengthy finish, showing pluots (apricots, really; no plumminess coming through), tart cherries, and funk.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2008
Growler. Beer muled by Ali. Hazy golden/pale body with a medium sized, creamy white head. Funky, bretty nose with lactic acid, light acetic acid, dusty yeast. lots of cherry and peach. The flavor is moderately sour, lightly sweet with lots of peach, apple, some cherry, lactic and acetic acids, yogurt, melon and citrus. Medium body is round with moderate carbonation. Finish is long with a lasting acidity. Awesome. Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - APR 9, 2008
Drank it on tap at the brewery. Pours cloudy, a light golden color with a lemony/yeasty aroma. Sour and spicy very well balanced. hayduke (5607) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 28, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 Drank this from a 13 oz tulip glass at the brewpub. Color is a cloudy orange, with a small white head. Light lacing. Nose is tart and sour fruit. Mouthfeel is lively. Flavor are incredibly complex and while sour you can taste apricots. Long dry finish. Far and away the best fruit beer I have ever seen. Simply amazing stuff. DYCSoccer17 (3705) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 23, 2008
13 ounce sample on tap at the brewpub. Aroma is fruity, acidic, a little funky, and citric. Some floral notes are also present. All in all, this is a pretty good smelling beer. Mildly hazy orange body with a small, white head. Lacks significant lacing. Very sour, acetic start. Very dry, with lots of funk. Mildly fruity with some peach-like notes in the middle. Finishes intensely sour with some spiciness-almost ginger like. I am not a huge fan of this. One-dimensional sour onslaught on the palate. goldbrew (99) - USA - MAR 23, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 A fantastically sour and surprising beer. On tap at RR. Oakey sour aroma, hint of that vanilla woody barrel. A siren of a brew that beckons you to consume more with each sip. Very digestible beer that will go well with any food. Dangerously tasty with a great balance of dry acidity and tartness-sweetness without a hint of syrupy feel or artificiality. Flavor is complex throughout. A real pleasure.