jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2006
From a caged corked 375 ml. olive green bottle with a blurb on the back label with serving instructions, batch number 002, glassware suggestion on the cork, sampled at a cooler cellar temperature in a Russian River wild ale snifter.
Poured as suggested, a clear orangey golden with foamy, bubbly topped white head that settled into a thin lacing, minimal amount of laced sticking.
Aromas of wild barnyard yeastiness, chardonnay wine-like, sour cherries, a light hayish hoppiness and whiffs of alcohol.
Good airy carbonation and a crisp, dry, velvety smooth light bodied mouthfeel.
Delicious wild ale taste, tart, sour cherries with lemons and limes squeezed over them, dry grain bready, a subtle oak barrel woodiness, a soft spicy hoppiness, the alcohol is well masked, but warming in the palate, and a dry, sour and sweet maltiness with a little lingering leafy hoppiness.
Purchased from the Russian River website, just an excellent wild ale, one of the best I’ve had, tasty and balanced, a must try.
luvcasks (178) - USA - DEC 25, 2006
375 ml Bottle - Batch 002
very energetic pour from the bottle, big fizzy off white which dissipates super quickly hazy straw yellow pour
Oak, pineapple some alcohol an unmistakable funk and leather as the beer warms up
Flavor: barnyard flavors Chalky, oak, some leather and fruits with restrained yet complex sourness
palate: astringent , dry and slightly thin in body.. finish being dry and long lasting
Overall: Yet another incredible creation from RR (I think i like batch 002 better than 001) the oak is more muted allowing the brett, sour and fruit flavors to show thry better. Definitely open when cold but savor as the beer warms up. I am planning on laying down a few bottles to taste in the years to come kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 19, 2006
375mL bottle, batch 001, courtesy of gears81. Thanks, Jake!! Hazy and cloudy grapefruit appearance; brilliant white head with nice retention and lacing at the edges. I’ve had this once before, when it first came out, and this definitely has significantly more brett character that I remember. Full, complex aroma: a strong helping of brett coupled with an oaky chardonnay underneath: buttery, toasty, with warm vanilla notes. Plenty of tartness upfront in the mouthfeel; mild acidity. Medium-to-full mouthfeel, showing citrus, somewhat reserved (surprisingly) chardonnay qualities - butter, toasty oak - and a chewy, belgian sugar backdrop. Nicely layered, though the aroma suggests a warmer mouthfeel than one actually receives. The oaky chardonnay quality returns at the finish: plenty of butter and vanilla in a lengthy departure. I’ve got a few bottles of Batch 002 that I haven’t yet picked up from a friend’s house, and I’m curious to see how the increased brett character changes things. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Bottle. Pours copper to orange, slightly hazy. I hated the La Folie but this one is much more accessible. Flavors are more complex., there is definitely some oak in there, also the palate and crabonation are champagne like. There is a sourness for sure but is is well balanced wth other flavors.I .liked it better with every sip. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2006
375ml bottle, Batch 002 mail ordered from the brewery. I opened this one very, very cold per RR’s recommendation (they said so due to such high carbonation. Pours a cloudy pale golden with a staying creamy one finger head. While still very cold, the aroma has quite a bit of sour funk. I also smell some apples and leather. I’ll wait until this warms up to continue. The oak does become more apparent with a fair amount of yeast. Flavor is much the same with some very nice fruity sweetness and a pleasant vinous quality as well. It is fairly acidic, but the sweetness don’t make this overbearing at all. I feel this would be a transition beer to bret and oak (though not bourbon) aged beers. The finish is dry which is somewhat winelike and earthy. Light to medium body, moderate soft creamy carbonation. Quite the tasty brew.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Thanks to egajdzis for splitting a bottle of Batch 002 with me...
Appears a hazy, pale gold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades out. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrusy, funk, oak, vanilla, brett, and mild sugar.
Taste is of the same aromas in a wonderfully done brew. The flavors jump along the palate with glee. Highlights include the light funk mixed with wine, vanilla, and some sugary caramel. This is hardcore and it outdoes some of the counterparts overseas.
Mouthfeel is of a spritzy, nicely carbonated yet restrained brew that is smooth but bouncey with the CO2 giving rise to the vanilla esters riding along the sugary, chardonnay grapes.
Vinnie is an excellent brewer. He is at the top of the charts for American brewers IMHO. With the wine background, he has the experience to make this stuff work. This is no exception to the rule. Well done. CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Many thanks to Alan at Knightly Spirits. Aroma is full on citrus and bret. Touch of yeast, sour dough bread comes to mind, as well. Flavors are full and powerful. The balanced sourness begins, followed by wine like flavors and a touch of hop bitterness. Maybe some vanilla on the end? In any event a great beer, could be even better in 1-2 years. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2006
375ml Bottle. Batch 002. Pours out a yellowish orange color with a little bit of a white head. Smell is sour, with some notes of wine, fruits, and a touch of hops. Taste is sour and slightly bitter with a nice bready oak flavored taste. A truly unique beer in all sense of the word. Very interesting, should be fantastic in another year. Great beer from a great brewery! mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow body with a white frothy head. Smells awesome! Green piney hops, brett-ridden, soft wheat, bread, and sweaty notes. Nice mixture of sugar and bread flavours along with dry yeastiness. Flavourful and wild! WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2008
Re-rate big old magnum @ RBSG I provided. This was sick sick sick.
375ml bottle, batch 001. Purchased at the Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA. Pours lightly golden straw with a large puffy white head. The aroma is citrus, oaky, and slighly like a lambic. The taste is sweet mild complex and robust. It has wine like qualities that remind me of a gueze. Its very good and unique certainly a wine like beer hybrid.