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Review by seaoflament on 02/14/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 2 10 18 4 8 2006
Bought a bottle at O’Brien’s for $20. The bottle list said this was a 2006 vintage and the bottle stated this was Batch 002.

The beer couldn’t wait to get into the Chimay chalice as the foam started gushing out of the bottle. Pours a pineapple juice/apricot color. Surprisingly there is very little foam once it was poured into the glass.

Aroma of pineapple, apple skins, peach, nectarine, strawberry, oak, and pale malt. Funkiness surrounds the entire aroma as well as a leathery combination. A little earthy as well.

The fruits are a little more subtle in the taste than in the aroma, at least at first. First sip revealed sourness upfront with some fruits—apple, peach, nectarine—in the finish. Slightly salty on the tongue. Mostly tart, maybe a little sour, but not lip-puckering sour. Tart cherries and a little vinous. Very good.

Well carbonated and somewhat thin on the finish, but I would call that refreshing. After-taste of apple and grape skins with some funk. Alcohol is very well hidden.

I was surprised to see this one listed and even at $20 it didn’t take me long to decide to buy it. The only other wild ale I’ve had from Russian River is the Toronado 20th on tap and I really wanted to try their other bottled beers. I probably wouldn’t buy this one again at this price but I’m really glad I tried it. If I could find this one at a more reasonable price I’d definitely take it.

Served In: Pint Glass