puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2009
Bottle, batch 6, shared by MaxxDaddy. Big, skunky (not hop skunky, more like skunky skunky), thick and Belgian aroma, salty and savory. Herbal and salty, nice complex Belgian character, a good amount of yeast character, some malt, a bit of acidic citrus. Very nice. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2009
In short: A basic and clean Belgian blonde ale focussing on drinkability more than complexity and originality. Very good session beer.BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
How: Bottle 750ml. Batch 004, drank when about 1 year old. Bottles from kegbear & HogtownHarry, thanks very much my friends.
The look: Clear blond body (gets cloudy with sediments in last 2oz of bottle) topped by a medium white head
In long: Nose of fruity Belgian yeast, vanilla ice-cream and dry grassy hops. Taste starts off with straws with strong juicy floral & fruity notes. Bananas, citrus, dandelions, kiwis. Vanilla soon join in, a lot of vanilla. That beer is very well hopped but the hop character is pleasantly hard to describe. It’s grassy, floral, a bit citrusy, hints of pine-tree, more dry than bitter. This is really is a highly drinkable light session beer. And a pretty good one at that. This is the type of beer than usually doesn’t score well on ratebeer. In a blind tasting session this soft highly drinkable ale would score poorly with most ratebeerians if they can’t see the Russian River label. Because of my farm animal fetish this beer is the only Redemption I can hope for.
a- pours a cloudy golden hue with a small, white, creamy head that is mostly diminishing with fair lacing
s- very subdued aromas characterized by slight fruit tartness, and grainy malt
t- light and refreshing taste that is initially effervescent and finishes extremely dry, some light apple tones, \alcohol taste is mostly hidden
m- light-bodied with a crisp, quick smooth finish that is mostly dry, adequate carbonation
d- An interesting "belgian single" that is very drinkable, the 5.3% abv is very well-masked and this could well be a session beer if only there was a bit more complexity to the taste, would be nice on a hot summer day and could pair with a whole range of entrees (fish, chicken, etc). nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 6, 2009
On tap at Russian River. Nicely done Belgian pale ale. Golden color with a white head. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruits, and Brett-like funk. Flavor of lemon and spices, yeast, slight vinous notes, and caramel malt. Medium body, nice smooth palate. Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Draft @ O’Brien’s Russian River night. Clear golden color with a white head. Aroma of malt, fruits (a bit of apple, peach, tropical fruits noes) and spicy notes. Sweetish malty flavor with caramel notes, fruits and a drier finish. Medium-bodied.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Malt and herb flavors. A hint of sweet carmel, funk. No Brett? Yeast strain must be wild as it has a very odd complex funk going on. Creamy texture is nice. Could of told me it was belgian and I’d believe it. jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Batch 005-750ml bottle-pours a white head that laces and gold color. Aroma is spice-coriander/pepper/nutmeg, orange, sweet light malt but a dry character. Taste is spice-coriander/pepper/nutmeg, orange/lemon, some grass/herbal/floral hops, sweet light malt but a dry character, slightly musty/funky yeast. OK effervescence. Thanks to brewerb for the trade with jwc215 & me. marcus (10890) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Batch 6 bottle. This golden ale poured with a fluffy white head and a floral aroma. There is a caramel malt flavor with a fruity start and a spice finish. It has that distinct flavor characteristic that lets you know it’s from Russian River. jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Gold in color with a nice thick frothy off-white head. Aroma is fresh, hoppy and spicy. Flavor is lightly hoppy, a little grass and some grain. Light and refreshing. anders37 (27667) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2009
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a pale yellow color with a small white head. Has a malty hoppy spicy aroma with some fruity hints. Sweetish malty spicy caramel flavor with some slightly tasrt fruity hints. Also some hoppy hints. Sweetish malty spicy fruity finish.