RATINGS: 1478   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 232   ABV: 7.75%
Brown ale aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels for one year with sour cherries, Brettanomyces yeast, and Lactobacillus & Pedicoccus bacteria.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2009 Bottle via trade with MrBendo. Aroma or crushed sour cherries. Sweeter malt vinegar. Wine tannin. Oak and sour yeast. Pours bright ruby/pink with a thin white head. Initially dry and quite tart on the palate. Definite vinous and oak notes. Some sour cherry as well. Well balanced. Really great stuff! Rich and creamy with lively carbonation. My first Russian River, and I look forward to more. Thanks Todd!

Batch 3 has dried out an incredible amount. Assloads of acetic acid throughout. A screamingly brash finish. Tons of funk, tons of barrel and all shades of deliciousness.

Batch 2. Wow, wow, wow. Absolutely heavenly aroma. The perfect amount of acetic acid, wine tannin and tart fruit skin. Rivals Castleton for aromatic complexity. Flavor in this batch is absolutely at its peak (maybe, just maybe starting to go downhill)? Still fantastic, though. Nearing zero fruit presence. The cherries have all been eaten up by the yeast. Wood tannin is still quite strong. The acid, though not as bracing as some other RR sours, is still quite present, especially on the finish. Hot damn... this beer sneaks up in my ratings ever time I drink it! Thanks for the most recent taste Jake!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2009 Big J-Nizz pulled in this batch 002 goodie for the d-metal Saturday (9-15) afternoon haze. This was the starter - not bad eh? One of my fav. sours to date. The brett influence was elegant and subtle - as was the barrel. All around - a great contemplative, complex, "beg for the next sip" type of brew. MMMMMMMM!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 375mL bottle, Batch 002 from the cellar list at Toronado in San Francisco. Hazy, opaque orange color with a fine head that fades into a light film. Lace subsides towards the end of the glass. Sour cherries and brett yeast funk are dominant in the aroma, backed by malt and a wine nose imparted by the Pinot barrels. Very smooth brown ale presence that slides right into a near-perfect balance of cherry tart and sour brett yeast finish. The oak wood and earthy tones linger on the palate behind the sourness. Great brew...this must age beautifully!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Bottled, Batch 002. Poured medium caramelly-orange with a short cap of off-white head and a light ring. The aroma picked up lots of extra-tart cherries and vinous notes with a substantial toasted oak presence.. sour with very intricate (yet full) barrel influence. The flavor was all over the sour cherry and oak flavors... skins and pits with plenty of Brett and white wine influence.. sour oak and cherries still through the finish. Mouth-puckering tartness on the palate and grainy at times with a wonderful tart cherry finish. Great beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (3745) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2008 Batch 2 from Schroppfy. Such a thick looking red, lightly orange, color with a small but strong head, No clarity whatsoever. Aroma is a thick cocoa sourness, very sour, and strong brett. Taste is sweet cherries with sourness, orange, and a good acidity. Leaves a long dry aftertaste. 9/5/8/4/17

Batch 3, a little different, I am also consuming it younger. A lot more straight up brett and sour. Taste has aceto but I miss the "cherry" and "cocoa" that I have gotten in the other batch. 8/4/8/4/17.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkMagus (510) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2007
Pours a somewhat fizzy orange/reddish/brownish/amber color with a slightly pink foamy head on top (that fades away very quickly). Sour cherries are predominant in the aroma along with some oaky woodiness, some slight citrus, some very funky brettanomyces/lactobacillus character, a strange musty shoe-leatheriness, and a very slight hint of vinegar. Very pungent and intense sour cherry flavors with a lot of the promised oak character. No trace of the vinegar that I detected in the aroma. Seriously just overwhelmingly SOUR and funky with a huge sour cherry candy flavor. I drank this so fast just because it was so damn GOOD. Lots of carbonation--prickly and fizzy and champagne-like on the tongue Pleasantly syrupy mouthfeel that completely dried up in a super tart/acidic finish. Pretty much perfect. Hugely complex, yet all of the elements were well-balanced. Couldnt really take my time and savor this one, just too addictive and mouthwateringly tasty. Completely amazing stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Muchos gracias to SoLan for sharing this brew that is currently unavailable here in Florida. Poured an orange-ish maroon with hefty lace. WHOOO---can smell this beer a mile away!! Impressions from the nose trick me into thinking this is a lambic. Huge, I mean HUGE tonsil-biting sour yeast here. This is the Brettanomacron of beer, cuz this kills! Yes, thats Brettanomyces mixed with Necronomacon. Look it up on Wikipedia. Tastes, besides the sourload, are incredibly tart cherry, small malt, yogurt, bagel n cream cheese, and wood. High carbonation, full-bodied. The cherry is long-lasting on the palate. I love Russian River brews and look forward to when we can get them in FL again. Amazing and sinister.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009
Date: January 27, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cask Eve, 2006
Appearance: opaque orange, thin whispy head
Aroma: sweet cherry aroma with a nice touch of funk
Flavor: huge tart cherry pit flavor approaching on sour, lots of nice funk

Date: December 25, 2007
Mode: bottle
Vintage: batch 002
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, big dense beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: big tart cherry aroma with lots of woody character
Flavor: lots of tart cherry flavor, balanced with strong oak, dry and tart, underlying chocolate malt provides a good base for the wood and tart fruit

Date: February 20, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: batch 003
Aroma: woody tart aroma, developing musty funk
Flavor: big tart flavor, puckering tartness, light sweet fruityness adds some balance to the big tartness, oak adds a touch of balancing bitterness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - AUG 31, 2007
Poured a pale ruby color with a thin but sturty pinkish cap. The nose was complex with cherry, oak, vanilla and notes of vino. The taste starts with a sour cherry bite. The oak from the nose is next, but bearly noticableon the tongue. The end had a tart and slight merengue taste along with a musty pinot smack. The red wine influence and woody dryness really comes across in the finish. The feel was medium/light in body, quite dry and tart. This was a really nice, easy drinking Ameri-lambic. Its a little pricy at $11, but well worth checking out. A gem of an ale from Russian River.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Pours a deep ruby red with a lastine off white head. Aroma of sour cherries, vanilla, grapes and slight malt vinegar. The body is med-dry for such a beer with a moderate amount of CO2, could be higher. The flavors are OMG this is sour! Some vanilla and grape skins. Some sour cherries and vanilla. Some OMG TART!. What a lovely and complex brew. God it is beautiful to see the art coming out of American breweries these days.

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