CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Pours a burgundy color with a small head. The aroma is woody and oaky with some mild berries and alcohol with some good funk. The flavor is remarkable plenty of cranberry and currant, the beer is very sour with some tart and funky notes. The beer is just a tad sweet but perfectly balanced between sour malty and fruity. I have never in my life tasted a beer that concealed alcohol so well. Excellent. SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle shared by hellbilly. Thank you sir! Deep red brown color with a thin head. Sour fruit, funky yeast and a bit of oak coming through. Amazingly tasty! jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - MAR 13, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours reddish brown with fizzy, thin off white head. Head disappears quickly. Not much to look at. Aroma has huge sour notes with vinegar, grapes, and oak. Sharp tartness in the first sip. Flavor of sour cherries. Big Brett taste and nose. Thick mouthfeel. Very dry, long finish. Complex and very good. NachlamSie (3479) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2010
750 mL big, big thanks to BossHossBikes for the hook up on this one. The pour into a Trappist glass reveals a clear brown/red body with a fizzy, disappearing head. I cannot see visible carbonation, though the mouthfeel is lively and tingly somehow. The aroma is spot on for the style. True, genuine sour ale qualities of vinegar, oak, horses, overripe fruits and vinous tones make for an enjoyable and balanced bouquet. The flavor is much of the same. Lots of sour funk up front, though without being aggressive, with an endlessly complex body of grape, cherry, oak, vanilla, grass. The most notable flavors are of balsamic vinegarette, farmland and wool. Quite an offering from the masters at Russian River. What makes this beer is its finesse, completeness, and robust flavor. punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle thanks to DuffManSW. Mahogany pour with a ruby highlight and a short lived, fizzy, off white head. Deep oaky aroma with a strong tartness, sweet rich molasses, and strong aromatic black currants. Rich buttery charred oak flavor with some sweet molasses and caramel in the middle and finishes with black pepper, vinous black currant and a strong lactic sour bite. Dry medium body with loads of carbonation.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 Draft at Monk’s for Russian River Day. Pours deep, dark, mahogany silky brown with a calm, smooth surface. No head. Aroma is subtle, but nice; sour cherries, tart fig, grapes, red wine, slight vinegar barley, hints of vanilla, oak, and sweet malts. Medium bodied with a sticky, tangy, yet amazingly sour and juicy mouthfeel. Finishes with an insanely crisp, tart bite. One of the most unique, beautifully arranged sour ales I have ever tasted. Great brew in every regard. puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2010
Nice darkish red looking, thick and rich. Mild but rich oak aroma with pleasant sour notes. Very sophisticated. Mouthfeel is thick and rich with huge fruity and rather original flavours, pleasantly sour, complex and suprisingly fat. Hides the alcohol perfectly while leaving you just wanting more. mjmcend (209) - USA - FEB 27, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2010 Had it a Brouwer’s sour fest. Constantly evolving as it warmed. That was the best part. It pours a reddish brown with a dissipating beige head. Nose is that of cherries, old wood, earth, and some pinot noir. On taste it is bold and not overpoweringly sour. Very well balanced with juicy fruits at the front with a hit of tart brettanomyces, finishing somewhat dry. Great carbonation level as well. This is a damn fine beer. Outstanding. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Poured a hazy mahogany color with an off-white head. Woody and tart aroma with a light fruitiness underneath. The flavor was fairly tart with some light cherry taste. Pleasant woody finish. Light to medium bodied. jonno (2761) - JAPAN - FEB 26, 2010
You’re either with the brett or against it. I can see this beer oscillating between a life changing experience and a complete drain pour. Nose is funky, dank and sour fruity. In the mouth it has almost champagne like presence, but with bracing bitterness help up by a second wave of sweeter currant and cherry. The funk is all over this and was different in three different glasses. Complex but definetely a beer geeks beer. Would like a bit more body to it too, but really easy drinking for 10%. Reminded me of the cantillion kriek in MANY ways, but this has a bit more to it. Thanks vinny will have to try this directly from the source one day. Gonna give it a 4...that could vary greatly though depending on my mood.