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RATINGS: 1465   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 232   ABV: 7.75%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brown ale aged in Pinot Noir wine barrels for one year with sour cherries, Brettanomyces yeast, and Lactobacillus & Pedicoccus bacteria.

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beermonk (4) - USA - APR 20, 2007 does not count
One of the top five beers I ever tasted. Complex, but not cloying. The finish seems to go on forever. I get the brown ale, the pinot noir infused cask, the sour cherries, the pineapple scented brett...this is amazing beer. A great food beer - maybe fresh fruit and shrimp kabobs on the grill basted in this beer. Better yet, the cook should be basted in this beer.

4.1
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 19, 2007
Sample at Indy tasting Hotshotz - Aroma is funky brett, cherry and oak. Pours murky brown with a small head and good lacing. Flavor is sweet and sour with the brett hitting first followed closely by the sour cherries and a touch of vanilla. Palate is smooth and tart. This is a fantastic brew.

4.2
JK (6200) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2007
Shared by Milkmandan. Excellent and hard to get any better than this. Light brown color. Aroma has yeast and smells very sour. I can smell the cherries but not the wine. Flavor has sour cherry. This is very sour even for the style, and delicious. Light oak character in the finish. Excellent.

4.1
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2007
Pours cloudy brown/orange. Aroma is musty, with wood, and fruit. Flavor is sour cherries, oak, and a little vanilla. Nice body, and a relatively long, sourish finish. thanks to dirty martini for this one.

4.1
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - APR 18, 2007
Shared bottle thanks to CMUBEERMAN. Pours hazy cider orange with spotty salmon and tan colored head. Aroma is funky, musty bleu cheese, sour tangy apricot. Flavor is super sour, hint of cherry, wheat. It’s so sour that it has a bite. Watch out.

4.4
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
Purchased bottle at O’Briens. Batch 002. Shared with two other friends. This was the first in a side by side comparrison. The other was Temptation. Russian River continues to impress. Pours a orangish brown. Smells of sweet sour cherries, oak. Tastes of cherries, vanilla, oak, spices. Very good.

4
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2007
courtsey Fantomas23. Explosive, un-corked bubbling out of the bottle. Sour aroma, banana, cherry, apple. Pours hazy light brown. Sour cherry, tons of Brett! Oaky, sharp upfront, oaky vanilla finish. Very nice!

4.1
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2007
Bottle batch 002 thanks to ross. A bit of a gusher. Pours reddish brown with a thick foamy off-white head. Smells of damp oak, tart cherries, grassy brett funk, some candi sugar and a bit of port. Flavor is strong sour cherry with a delicate creamy sweetness balancing it. There is a strong oak note and grassy funk from the brett, a bit vinous too. Medium body with a very lively carbonation.

4.1
Skyview (6076) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2007
From a 375 ml bottle shared at JK’s Spring Gathering, pours a cloudy orange amber with a thin white head. Aroma is quite different with hints of sour cherries, toffee, vanilla and banana bread. Taste has the sour cherries, butterscotch, and aged oak wood. Palate is medium carbonation and a dry finish. Remind me more of a Lambic style brew than a Flemish Ale. A nice complex brew.

4.5
UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - APR 4, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2008 This has become one of my sour ale standbys. Stunningly complex, deep, and tart while almost being addicting. I wish that it would be produced more often and was more available. One of the best beers I have ever had the luxury of trying.


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