khaynes (1) - , Utah, USA - JUN 10, 2011 does not count
This is the 2011 Vintage and it’s just fantastic. Nice bit of sour up front and the brett rolls in afterward. Big head that quickly dissipates to a thin froth. Light and refreshing. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 2010 750mL Bottle. Sour Ale #100. Thanks, Douglas, for the trade. Awesome, amazing tart funky nose. Cherrys, ripe fruit, citric acid, and developed grain. This has an aged complexity, funk, and acid to it that puts it up there with the best. Fresh, complex and almost gueze-like. Honestly, the flavors harken Jolly Pumpkin more than any other wild/funky/sour ale I’ve had. Fluffy, fresh, tart and crisp. Approachable and not overly weird or complex. Drinkable. Really, really solid. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Courtesy of footbalm. Clear somewhat bright yellow, nice head, tiny carb bubbles. In your face peach/apricot combo, hints of oak. Flavor much the same, fruit character is nice and juicy, slight sour and tart, really well rounded. No hint of alcohol whatsoever, 7.3%?. Lively mouthfeel, perfect carbonation. Really impressed. hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2011
i’ve managed to drink a few of these since my trip to utah in july, 2010. it keeps getting better!
hazy yellow pils color with a soft white head.
funky peachy aroma... fresh apricots, slate/calcium, lemony tartness, straw, cement and flowers.
the flavor kicks the ass out of the aroma... everything plus peppery spice, yeast, grass, lacto, outside and salt.
soft textured medium body. carbonation is abundant and very pleasantly crisp.9/4/10/5/19+ gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2012
750ml @ the original pub. This one lives up to the hype! Sweet and sour aroma. Large white head. Amazingly complex flavor of citrus, peach, and some spice. Very nice champagne like palate. Wow!
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Aroma: Tart, Brett, kind of dusty. Strong sour flavor, with some sour apple fruit. Some earthy Brett flavor; not as prominent as in the aroma, though. Light malt flavor.
Bottled 11/2012 kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 7, 2008
750mL bottle @ Squatters Pub. Pours a gorgeous, clear and bold honey-yellow color; thick, frothy white head with fine-bubbled lacing and retention; a beautiful pour. Loads of tart lemons, bright acidity, and touches of white pepper in the aroma; immediately brings back RR Temptation: the lemon and funkiness, the soft wooden character (strikes a balance of oak and vanilla butteriness that falls somewhere between Batch 1 and later batches); gorgeous, generous, mouthwatering aroma that would be perfect if it only lasted a touch longer; great balance of elements. Temptation clone? Medium-to-full mouthfeel: this doesn’t have the bracing acidity of the most recent RR batches, but the toasty and softly buttery / vanilla / oaky Chardonnay aspects are turned up closer to Batch 1; this strikes an ideal midpoint of both, for me; lively citrus acidity (grapefruit shows strongly), solid levels of lightly buttery Chardonnay-tinged oak and toastiness; fluffy, effervescent carbonation; a gorgeous beer, if suffering only slightly for being ever so close to something preceding it. I’m not sure if the overall complexity of this would measure up side-by-side with Temptation, but it’s very close and hits a particular note perfectly. Medium finish: tart citrus (lemons, some grapefruit), toasty oak, very slight touches of butter and crackers; nicely dry. Utah? Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2010 Courtesy of Stylescraftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Bottle: The aroma is floral, moderate lemon, funk, yeast, and light must. It pours a hazy gold with lots of sediment and a small white head. The flavor starts citrusy with moderate lemon. There are some faint vinous notes in the background. The finish has moderate funk, increased tartness, floral notes, and a hint of wood. Light-medium bodied with lively carbonation.
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2010 sample @ GABF on 9/17/10. this was one of my favorites from GABF this year - truly an amazing beer! light golden pour with a big 1 finger white head. huge lactic sour nose with Brett notes, oak and citrus. medium body with tons of sourness throughout. dry finish with layers of oak barrels, citrus, peach and more funk. A world class beer... NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle at FoBAB. After wanting to try this for about 2 or 3 years, it showed up. Pours as a slight gusher from the bottle with a cork that didn’t want to budge. Beautiful glowing gold with a billowy white head. Nose is fantastic. Reminds me of the best Fantome I have ever had. Funky and fresh, alfalfa fields, straw, grass, seville oranges and basement. On taste, incredibly quenching, great dryness and fresh. Nice tart note and fantastic Brett development. Was my best of show and did win second overall and it’s category. Epic.