Redemption - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
Poured into a Riedel tulip glass. The liquid is a super-cloudy orange that almost looks like it could be OJ. The pour kicks up a thick, creamy off-white head that fades relatively quickly and leaves a nice amount of lace.
Aroma is dried lemons, cardamom, cloves, bananas, and the other smells typical of yeasty belgian blondes. More emphasis on cardamom here than normal, though.
Taste is similar, with cardamom and cloves taking the lead, and a nice dark-fruitiness makes itself known mid-palate, bringing some raisins and grapes into the mix. Finish is slightly drying and a little bit spicy, and the aftertaste is a nice mix of all the flavors. This one tastes a lot more meaty than most other Belgian blondes I've had, probably due to the heavy-handed emphasis on cardamom here. It's a little overpowering, but welcome to me since this is a style I don't often like as much as this.
Mouthfeel is amazingly silky. Medium-bodied, with a nice creaminess imparted to every sip from the lingering foamy cap.
Overall, this is a really nice Belgian blonde. It manages to keep the trademarks of the style (yeast, lemons, cloves, etc), while tweaking them slightly to make it a bit more interesting.
08-17-2014 00:05:54 | More by MasterfulIdiot
3.45/5 rDev -14.6%
A: Pale straw color, slightly cloudy, thin white lacing
S: Lemon, citrus, tequila, vanilla, fresh and slightly funky
T: Similar to the smell, funky yeast with lemon and bread, clean, refreshing finish
M: light carbonation, minimal finish
O: Not my favorite style but much less cloying and sweet than other Belgian styles-- drier and crisper. Well-made.
08-07-2014 23:31:55 | More by Ready4aHeady
Redemption from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,394 ratings.