donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 2, 2009
Pours deep red/brown, with dissipating off white head. Aroma is massive, full of berries and sourness.Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2009
The initial flavour hits with sour currants and a beautiful texture. Full bodied flavour, but as it dissipates the sourness takes over a lot and becomes a little unpleasant.
A great sour ale, hides the ABV incredibly well with a crazy interesting flavour.
Batch 002X2: According to Russian River’s log it was brewed on 6/18/08 and bottled on 3/31/09. Pours dark reddish brown with a creamy off-white head. Currant aroma up front which is quickly superseded by the familiar barnyard brett funk and hints of oak. The oak is much more assertive, almost dominant, on the tongue; definite currant presence in the middle after which the lacto and pedio make their presence known. Slight astringency from the oak but it adds a pleasing complexity. Medium, fizzy body. A very good beer but I think it may have been better if the brett was more dominant. douglas88 (9059) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2009
750 ml bottle shared generously by footbalm. Pours out a dark but clear red/brown color with a large off-white head. The aroma is lightly tart, some cherries or perhaps currants and wood. The flavor is initially a scary tartness, some woody, fruitiness, lots of depth and a nice noticeable alcohol warmth. Very well made and nice. Great. ruffhauser (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Poured at Malt and Vine bottle shop in Redmond, WA. Real nice sour, but not over-the-top. Don’t do one of these if you have acid reflux, as this is a heartburn inducing mother. A little hide-and-seek with the alcohol, which could be a good thing or a bad thing. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Sampled at Night of Funk. Ruby red pour with thin white head. Fruit sour aroma. Oak tart fruity flavor. I liked it and I am not a fan of the style. Reminded me a little of wine.
09maso3 (72) - vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2009
Colour is deep brown-red with rapidly dissapating head. oaky cab sauv aroma. currants, cab, tannins and oak in the flavour. Intense sourness. Quite light with a tannic aftertaste. Delicious! Miksu (5053) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2009
Bottled, thanks Vode! Deep red color, sparkling appearance. Rich sweet and sour aroma with cherry, strawberry, blueberry, red currant (cabernet sauvignon), oak and vanilla. Sweet and sour flavor with acidic fruitiness (strawberry, red currant) and oak. Very firm vinous, acidic and complex flavor. Perfect level of oakiness. Perhaps slightly too acidic for me but I’m perfectly happy with this. Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Thanks Eugene. Pours a cloudy, reddish brown with a thin ring of beige bubbles. The nose is of sweet, dark fruit, spicy red wine and light tobacco. Medium-bodied and effervescent with a tart to sweet finish. The flavor is of tart, dark fruit (black currants?), Cabernet Sauvignon and an odd chemical note. This one is interesting, but it’s not as amazing its reputation would’ve made me believe. Boutip (6336) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2009
Bottle: Poured a hazy reddish color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of oak and tart notes with some blackcurrant notes – very complex. Taste is also a very complex mix between some blackcurrant, some tart notes and some pedio with light sweet figs at the end. Body is quite full for style with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol even though it does pack quite a punch. Very well done. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009
750 ml bottle
Thanks to a generous trader for sending me a bottle of this a few months ago. For Rating #1200 it seemed like a slam dunk so I fished it out of the cellar and let it chill for about an hour. My reward was one of the best sours I have tried - there are a few lambics which are better but this is not one to complain about.
Aroma / Appearance - Reddish black and opaque with a short lived head there was still plenty of carbonation. Citric acid, black cherries, and oak form a crisp sourness about on par with a mellow Cantillon. It smells almost like a cola which has been spiked with brett and lacto.
Flavor / Palate - Tart hayseed, flat cola, and raspberries rinse the tongue before drying out the throat. Medium grade as I expected this was drinkable without being too harsh on the palate. The total impression is like an amped up New Glarus Unplugged Olde English Porter - maybe that will take on some of the same characteristics in time. It wasn’t hard to finish two glasses but I would not want to drink a whole bottle by myself.