BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 Tangerine pour with only a whispy eggshell colored head. Aroma fills the nostrils with Granny Smith, lemongrass, brett, barnyard, and freshly blooming flower garden. Flavor is also quite floral, with citrus pith, jolly ranchers, and aged balsamic. Nice creamy mouthfeel for the style. Really enjoyed this one!!! BUMP!!! MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2011 Bottle thanks to trevor211!andrewje41 (3893) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 28, 2015
2/6/2010 - So many save great beer for the best moments, whether to celebrate an event or highlight a milestone. I had a real shitty day, so I’m cracking a cellar gem. It was almost a year ago that I had a small glass thanks to the Cleveland crew. I would have given it a 5.0 then. I remember the somewhat rowdy room (Lebron had just hit "the shot") quieting and collecting around the bottle, and the ensuing debate over Cantillon tradition vs. Russian River innovation. I guess this whole waste of a first paragraph is to say that each beer has a story... no need to wait to celebrate another.
This time around, I’m the selfish glutton. Whole bottle. Sorry Pgh crew. Pours fiery grapefruit, white head that doesn’t die, bubbly carbonation. I have just sniffed a 4.9 Temptation, best batch of that I’ve ever had, but this nose beats that one. It’s the fruit that makes this special, the fruit I still remember back in Cleveland. The brett and oak just roll off into this fruit combo that stuns: cherry, tangerine, mango... I don’t remember the flavor being this good, but again, perfect balance of yeast and fruit with the wood age showing. What really surprises me, though, is the finish, which first reveals this blast of tangerine right after the brett is swallowed, but then begins oscillating with lemon long... so very long this finish is.
In the end, there is nothing about this beer that sticks out. That’s because everything works here, start to finish. Perfect integration and control. I would have given this 5.0 when hammered in Cleveland. I give it a 5.0 now, enjoying it takes me from sober to buzzed, my day from shitty to special.
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2017 Draft pour at the Brouwers cafe 10th anniversary party. What a great way to celebrate! Pours a super fizzy orange color with a ton of head and lace. Fresh apricot and tangerine like aroma. Flavor is very much the same, which is fantastic. Has a lingering sour apricot flavor late in the palate. I don?t know. Anything I could say about this beer wouldn?t accurately describe how good it is. I started to wonder if my anticipation to try this beer finally may have swayed my judgement, and after about two seconds of thought, I decided no. Fantastic beer to say the least. Loved everything about it. I really hope I run into this again someday. Sum this up in one word: yes.
Update: 750 mL bottle poured at Brouwers. Nothing has changed. This is the perfect beer. The only thing I can possibly change about this beer is that I enjoyed it even more. So I finally have it. The perfect beer.
UPDATE: Retry month 2017. Draft 4 oz pour at Brouwers the day before Sour Fest. Weird! Just needed to confirm that this is still my favorite beer. Indeed it is! Hope this isn’t the last go. Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Simply the most complex, and best sour Ive ever tasted. There were at least seven identifiable fruits, along with the requisite funk, barnyard, and horseblanket, and they were so skillfully interwoven that their esters could be identified singly for fleeting moments, and then they would melt back into a seamless whole. The sour was quite pronounced, yet at the same time, quite elegant. In fact, that elegance is what set it apart for me, and made me long for each successive sip, and for another bottle after the first one had been blissfully consumed. arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2009 750ml bottle election style. nice golden orange color, healthy head that creeps out of the bottle, awesome. Smells sour, fruit, mmmm. It tastes excellent, complex sour lemons, cherries, supplication, some funk, hint of wood. This is one of the best sours I have ever tasted, my friend only wanted a taste and I drank the whole bottle, wow!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-05-2008 05:28:53
not as good as it was almost a year ago, the complexity was muddled by an overpowering sour pucker.
xscottypx (104) - Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2012
poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass, served at 46 degrees. pours a deep gold with slight hue of brown. light fluffy white head that leaves very light retention. very light lacing. has that very typical russian river sonambic scent. deep sour flavors combined with a light peach and apricot. a light zest to it. starts out quite sour and then quickly allows the flavors to really emerge. lots of peach and apricot just dominate. light grape and lemon as background fruit. a light oaky and leathery combination then begin to show themselves. a very fruit finish. a bit of oak in the aftertaste. perfect carbonation, really highlights the flavors. a hint of dryness. sourness really tingles the mouth, but for a short time so the flavors are never dulled. this is pure perfection. i am always weary of hype but this is not hype, this is the real deal. Reviewed on: 03-20-2011 PhillyCraft (7230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle. Huge thanks to jeremy for this one. Pours a pumpkin copper, white head and lacing. Aromas are very woody with spicy cedar, sour lemons/peach and lactic acids. The ph1, sanctification, and orphan sonambic are a perfect combo. Dusty basement notes, musky oaks, yeast, bretty leathery goodness. The most balanced and maybe one of the best sours I have tried from America. More refined beatification, with a woody and long lasting tart dry finish. Insanely complex sour ale. illidurit (2341) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 6, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2009 Review #300! On tap at the brewpub for Russian River’s 4th anniversary. The blackboard describes it as a sour brown ale, but this is much different than an oud bruin.
Pours amber in color with a bit of haze. Nice off-white head that leaves some wet wisps of lacing.
Aroma is sour and appley, much like a good cider. Vinous tartness and gueuze-like barnyard funk.
Flavor starts off with a rush of white wine fruitiness and sharp apple cider, then acutely takes a turn for the sour. Lemon and sour berry melt into a semi-dry woody finish. Great complexity.
Mouthfeel is lively and the carbonation really sticks the sourness to your palate. Wonderful beer, yet another sour masterpiece from RR.
darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2008
22oz bottle courtesy of Oakes and Beershine at the Vero tasting. Poured a bronzed reddish color. No real head. Nose is crazy with hints of lemon citrus, cheesy funk, hay and barnyard notes and some wood. Flavor is peachy and lemony with a rather lightly acidic balance perfect cross of sour and sweet, not mouth pucking sour but its still a wild sour beer. THis is amazingly complex with some vanilla and caramel lingering notes. Definitely one of my favorite beers of all time, if not my all time favorite. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2009
Bottle huge thanks to mes for sharing, had at mes’s gaff. Alround rating: Got a whole boon gueuze glass of this, yummy! The most gueuze like non-gueuze iv ever had. Tart acidity, Girardain like balance, the pale malt is almost impossible to find but is light and biscuity, theres notes of sweet and sour lemons, hints of mandarin, brett is showing nicely. Perfect carbonation. Absolutly outstanding beer.