brianza_ale (215) - ITALY - SEP 2, 2017 KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. The pour was a clear deep dark mahogany brown with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated in 1-2 seconds and basically had no lacing to speak of.
The aroma was very complex and enticing with a dark grain malt and funky Brett yeast and possessed notes of dark fruit (red grape and black currant), a bit of oak cask and a boldly tart red wine presence.
The taste was sweetly tart and a tad acidic and had strong currant and grape notes throughout, with the finish having a bold and somewhat dry sour wine alcohol taste. The flavor lingered on the taste buds for a bit more than an average duration following the swallow, with a really wonderful sour fruity taste lasting quite a bit longer.
Mouthfeel was right below medium in body with a really smooth dry texture and an almost champagne like carbonation.
Overall I can not express how much I enjoyed this particular brew, it was sweet and fruity yet bold and sour with a fantastic lingering lip smackin’ taste. By far the best Russian River brew I have had to date. I highly recommend if given the chance, that you most definitely give this one a try...
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 (5087) - 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? mlsokuzs1 (1455) - POLAND - JUN 27, 2017
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.
FDP Backlog. Red fruits, berries, vinegar, red wine, oak, caramel, toffee, oak. Medium sour, light sweet. tricksta_p (4861) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2017
From tap at Russian River, Santa Rosa. Aroma is vinous with red wine, grapes, sour red and dark fruits, tart berries, vinegar, caramel, wood, and light funk. Flavour is nicely puckering sour. Body is above medium, rich.. Complex with a stunning tart dark fruity aroma, ample grapes and berries, a great wine sour! DiarmaidBHK (5339) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Bottle at Federal Taphouse Harrisburg. Pours brown with a thin khaki head. Huge red wine, wood, and tartness on the nose. Lots of red wine, dark fruit, and wood on the tongue. Hides it’s booze well. Nice!