AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
Pourts an attractive clear copper color with surprisingly, a two finger bubbly head. Nose is tart fruits and telltale brett funk. The flavor is really complex, with the funk leading the way along with a very tart influence, but as it mellows, a smooth sweetness takes over and continues to evolve. A very unique ale that’s lively on the palate. Very nice and mellow finish and aftertaste. emacgee (4680) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 Thanks mj! batch 002. Pours a nice clean red with a thin fizzy red head. The aroma is phenomenal. Very bright and clean acidity with a nice underlying caramelly cherry character. Oh man, cripplingly awesome. Puckering acidity with a very well defined cherry character and sweet caramel notes. Vinous and lightly tannic. ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottle from the recent batch via RR. Aroma is tart like cherry pie, color is orange and amber. Flavor is huge and sour. I’m new to sours, so I’m not fully in the know with these style. It is very unique and the tart sour flavor lasts a long time. I don’t know what kind of food this might pair with, maybe some pungent cheeses or.....
I need to grow my palate to learn more of the sour beer vibe. nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - APR 16, 2008
Amber brown murky shade with a whispy off white head.Aromas of yeast and sourness. Very smooth on the palate. Great tart sour cherry and a little funkiness. aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2008
The color was cloudy and dark amber/brown. The head was creamy, very thin, and off-white. The aroma was cherry, tart, aged, and wine. The flavor was tart, cherries, yeast, aged, and wine. The palate was medium-bodied. The finish was tart.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2009 Update, fresh batch 003. Courtesy SoLan. Not significantly different from batch 002, except to say that this beer is slightly better when fresh. Striking sourness is balanced by a lactic creaminess that just makes this brew so incredibly easy to drink. Both batches were excellent. Russian River kicks ass.SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Batch 002. Pours a cloudy, blood red color. A minimal, foamy tan head slowly dissipates, leaving just a thin ring behind. The aroma features pure, fresh, sour cherries as the backbone. Soft oak and moderate lactic funk emerge, as do hints of Concord grape juice. The flavor is again based on sour cherries, but the grape element really surprises. The use of Pinot Noir barrels (my favorite red grape) is nothing short of genius. The softness of the Pinot lends itself perfectly to a sour ale, and the oak is subtle enough to impart its signature vanilla note without overpowering things. Slightly more substantial than an average sour, the mouthfeel is highly carbonated, yet smooth and silky. Finishes bone dry, with the mouth begging for the next sip. As I stare at my empty glass, I am saddened, and that is the sign of a fantastic brew. Russian River is simply incredible.
Batch 002. Deep amber. Thin layer of off white foam dissipates to a ring. Nose of oak, sour cherries, bretty funk, subtle vinegar, cotton candy, and a toasted malt background. Flavor adds some complex fruity esters- past ripe, floral, berry-like, and more of the same oaky, sour goodness from the aroma. Medium body, juicy yet highly carbonated, very dry finish. Excellent. pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2008
2-24-08 bottle shared at tasting thanks to ChadSpivey BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Clear pinkish amber in color with no head. Smells just like pixie sticks. Sour with a nice well balanced sweetness in the flavor. Overall, a very mild sour that doesn’t feel alien or foreign on the palate. Oaked flavor with a dry finish that leaves you wanting more.
375ml bottle thanks to chadspivey
Reddish amber color with decent spotty head for the style.
Intense Sweet Tart aroma. Sour candy. Generic fruit.
Really extreme tartness, not as sweet as the nose. Generic sweet & sour fruity candy flavors ala Spree or Sweet Tarts, maybe cherry stands out a bt.
Nice and refreshing. Great example of RR wild ale. wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 Rerate 3/16/08 - I’m raising my score to this to a perfect 5, the only one I’ve given so far.....if I could only drink one beer until the end of time, this would be it. It’s so good....once it hits your lips.
This is crack in beer form, seriously. I think I could drink this for eternity. Tar cherries, some bretty action, acidic. Light head that quickly dissipates, leading way for the crack binge to begin. Awesome, awesome, awesome.