KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle via Lothore. Cloudy amber color. Smell of candy, lemons, tart cherries, oak, spice and minor sharp cheddar cheese. Just smelling this makes my mouth salivate. Taste of sour cherries, wood, oak, nutty, lemons and cedar wood. Excellent! Must have more! wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2008
A bubbly amber body. Aroma is a sour bretty funk, and tart fruit. Flavor is sour, funky, bretty, and sweet tart fruit. The tingly, tangy mouthfeel is delicious. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2008
A Mes rate: Bottle opened to celebrate Manchester United winning the Premiership, City getting battered 8-1 and Bolton sticking the knife in with an injury time equalizer. What a day!Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Apologies in advance to anyone who has to scroll past the ensuing gushing drivel but this was insanely good. This is going to be a long one.
Looks: Stunning amber colour with a thin beige rim and superb condition.
Sniff and sniff and sniff and sniff: Oh my GOD what a smell. An incredible combination of bretty sourness, lovely lovely hoppage, utterly amazing cherry and strawberry fruity notes, barnyardy and barrelly (such gorgeous Russian River wooden notes), red wine vinegar, candi sugar and slightly balsamic. Damn I could go on for days. Such complexity but all in 100% perfect balance. An utterly outstanding smell.
Well spank my arse and call me Gertrude if this isn’t one of the best tasting beers of all time: F**KING HELL this is special. All that is glorious about the aroma is present in equal abundance but the cherry comes right to the front. The bretty notes are huge. The sandalwood / sourness mix is beyond description. There are sherbert sweets being catapulted at you at high velocity giving it a show stopping blend of dry and juicy. My whole palate is covered initially with audacious sourness which is washed away with wave upon wave of cherry, wood and citrus. This is one of those beers that sends you on a journey with each sip and you just don’t want it to end. i really don’t think I have had a better balanced beer. There is such an astonishing amount happening but it’s all in perfect harmony. The finish is nothing short of sublime. The immediate tart sourness almost stings and as it departs it leaves gobsmacking cherry, strawberry and just a hint of vanilla in its wake. It lingers for a considerable time and I’m very thankful of that. I just don’t want it to be over.
Dancing all over my palate: This is up there with the very best. Dry, juicy and such width to the flavour with a glorious sting at the sides. Two minutes after writing I can lick around at my gums and still more magnificently tart cherries appear. Absobloodylutely fanfunkingtastic.
Final gushings: One of the best beers I have ever or will ever have. Each sip leaves me shaking my head in amazement. As high as it’s average score is, I still think it is under-rated. You know those moments where you are in a stonkingly good mood and the beer you choose just hits the spot in a magnificent way? It was like that but better. The ridiculousness of all this is, while drinking it we had a look at the RR website. Apparently at the very moment I was supping this goddess of a beer it was possible to get a pint of it during happy hour for $2.75. That’s beyond crazy. I’d be doing cartwheels! Mike you SERIOUSLY rock, once again, I can’t thank you enough. A very worthy celebration beer for Man U winning the title. WOO HOOOO!!!
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 On tap at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Shimmering light orange-strawberry red with a very thin fine white head. Tart aroma with red berry fruits and cherries. Sour flavor with light cherry fruit and a perceived slight "tannic" edge and vinous fruit and earthiness. Slightly fuller body than the airy fruitiness might originally suggest with the alcohol sidling in near the end. A great effort; an excellent achievement.
375ml bottle sampled 03/08/09 with about a year of bottle age. Happy birthday Amy. Aroma posesses more animal characteristics and additional tartness for a greater overall complexity. The flavor is also quite tart with less overt fruit characteristics and more of a general sourness with animal and aged nuances. The body is bright and lithe with a lot of dimension--really mouth puckering with good presence and superb balance. Holdwine (1232) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Best in Show at Savor. The perfect sour. Nose of sour cherry, grapes, slight musk, sweet candy. Strong lasting head with heavy carbonation. Doesn’t stop with the perfect sourness, some bready, malty notes remind you that this is a beer. Then, a nice mild bitterness to finish the run. I’m in love.
nimbleprop (8386) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Several 2oz samples at the Savor Craft beer event in Washington D.C. Deep amber, purpley color with a thick, lacing white head and nice, tight, small bubbles. Aroma is stunning, citrus, candy, musty funk, sour grapes, and grass. Flavor is just as good, cherries, grapes, sour ripe fruits, and some slight acid. Funny thing is, even with all that going on you can still taste distinct brown malts and a nice grain backing. Finish is sour, but smooth and extremely drinkable. This was getting raves throughout the crowd and was the class of the tasting. jefcon (1858) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2008
Wonderful ruddy brown pour. Heavy white crown of head. Lots of lacing. Sour cherry aromas, sour apricot, and something rich and sharp -- like a blue cheese -- works to really expand this beer’s range from the very first sniff. The fruit and funk on the nose still don’t prepare you for what’s coming. The beer is crisp and sour from the get-go. Lots of fruit, from raisin to cherry to lemon, and an acidic bite from the bacteria. There’s harmony throughout the palate and a long finish to enjoy the best, most careworn American sour ale in production. Wonderful stuff. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2008
This beer is, in a word, divine. If you believe sour is at the top of the beer-flavor hierarchy, as I do, than this beer is for you. If you don’t believe this, well chances are this beer is still for you. It offers a rich amber color, abundant head, delicious aroma, and even better taste. Aroma is citrus-y, sour, candy-sweet, yet somehow (despite what I’ve already said) balanced and distinctly beer-like. Flavor is distinctly sour, although I’ve certainly had beers sourer. It has a musty, sweet-tart, clove, complex and delicious. Mouthfeel is excellent.
This is not a beer that is not easy for most of us to get our hands on. However, if you’ve not had it, you should travel, trade, or attend a festival to get it. fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle batch 003. Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a thick white head. Smells musty and sour. Has a medium mouthfeel. Taste is very complex and has many flavors including: oak, sour, fruit, tartness, pepper spice, and some acidic spiciness. Overall this is not a punch you in the mouth sour like some of the other sours out there. Its more subtle. Its more drinkable. My drinking buddy commented its like eating a piece and candy and wanting more. That’s what its like between sips. Overall a great brew. scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Batch # 003
Pours a rich dark almost golden color with a haziness tinge to it. Smell is oak and wine, alcohol and the nice sourness that the cherries bring to the table, a interesting mixture. Taste is very winey, dry and quick finish with a real hint of the oak and cherries. The tartness is almost more reminiscent of cranberries that cherry for how sour it is. Very nice.