brianza_ale (215) - 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. ABUSEDGOAT (2783) - California, USA - AUG 8, 2017
Brown colored with a tan head. Aroma is oak, sour cherry, grape, vanilla, light alcohol. Medium bodied, moderate to high tartness, pleasant and well balanced. thorongil2 (3257) - , Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2017
(Bottle) clear, bright reddish brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of sourness, wet wood; jam, pepper; sour flavour with a long, medium sour and bitter finish kathouse (1925) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - JUL 27, 2017
Clear deep red color with a tan head. Fruity aroma of plums and currants. Tart flavors produce hints of oak and tobacco and finishing with a long sherry sweetness.
MarcoDL (5102) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2017
Draft at the brewpub. Dark pour. Aroma of oak, cherry, tart and mild acid. Rich taste of cherry, tart, oak, vinous red grape, ripe fruit, soft sourness and a long finish. This is true quality. Radek Kliber (7470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 11, 2017
Where and how : mini tasting, bottle Vintage 375? ml
Aroma 7.5 /10
Very complex. More harmonious than other recent samples of RR. Dark malts, some tartness and plenty of barrel feel. Side hinted with alcohol.
Top: smaller fizzy of white top.
Base: dark amber.
Palate medium bodied, low carbonation, very long finish 3/5
Taste complex, as in aroma, dark malts, very string barrel notes, sour, slightly funky. Mind you this is 5 years aged sample. Interesting creation.