Depuration - Russian River Brewing Company

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72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 330
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 06-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 | Reviews: 54
Reviews by neonbrown82:
Photo of neonbrown82
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yet another good wild ale from Russian River. Thanks to Crosling for the trade.

The beer pours to a clear golden color with only a light amber hue. Has a medium collar of white head that recedes to a ring after a few minutes. Lacing is not bad. Some carbonation apparent.

The smell is good. Light tartness producing a sharp citrus flavor. A hint of oaky vanilla. There is plenty of white wine grape aroma as well. Very subtle alcohol burn in the nostrils.

The taste is very good. Very dry. A chardonnay-like grape flavor hits up front, followed by a very gentle tart flavor from wild yeasts and bacteria. Light citrus notes in the finish, along with some vanilla and coconut from the barrel.

The body is light to medium and very dry. The bugs seem to have eaten every last bit of residual sugars in the bottle. Very crisp carbonation. There is a very gentle burn of alcohol, but not present in the flavor. All that is left in the finish is a nice lingering citrus. This is one of the most lightly tart wild ales I've had. Very good and easy to drink. Probably the weakest link of the Russian River wild ales I've had, but very enjoyable nonetheless. I'm heartbroken that I won't be able to order RR beers from their website anymore. Hopefully I will encounter more traders who are willing to part with these gems.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001.

Brilliant clear orange pour with golden accents and a small bubbly head that quickly fades. Nice rising bubbles throughout. Aromas of soft sun dried grains upfront coupled with white grape. Quite vinous and wine like. Acetic vinegar twang meets some barnyard funkiness, while being a bit restrained overall. Lemon zest and wood barrel accents. Good stuff.

First sip brings a smooth crisp malt upfront ushering in a vinous grape flavor reminiscent of white wine. Woody tannins caress the palate alongside a puckering tartness. Light vinegar tones mix with mellow Brett funk. A good sweet / tart combo here. Not as acidic or sour as the other RR brews. Tasty libation.

Mouthfeel is light and airy with a soft, smooth quality. Really enjoyable and almost too easy to drink, since the sourness is not so bracing. What can I say, another amazing beer from Vinnie and everyone at Russian River. Thanks to nchrist13 for the opportunity.

Photo of ggaughan
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001. Sampled in a RR Damnation tulip glass.

Poured a hazy deep golden color with a nice pop on the cork. There was a fizzy white head that ran away quickly and gave way to a slight white ring around the edge of the glass.

The nose was earthy, horse blanket, a bit peppery maybe and a tad winey to boot. The taste a bit tart up front with a bit of sweetness on the tongue. There was a definite vineous character going on in here but not overly so. Just enough grape taste to keep you interested but not enough to think you are drinking wine. The carbonation was perfectly layered into this brew and made for a somewhat light and refreshing body. After a few more sips the wine character gets a little bigger and brings out some wood notes as well. Overall this is another fine brew from RR but seems a bit young and could probably use a little more aging in the bottle. Bottle # 2 to be drank after some aging in the cellar.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pinkish with no head, with champagne carbonation.The taste was light, neither sour nor sweet. A cross between a wine and a spotaneously fermented beer.This is majority grape product according to Vinnie. Smooth for a sour ale and unexpected qualities, but not overally complex in the tasting notes.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Mike for this one. 2oz. pour into a Lost Abbey teku. Reviewed from notes 1/12/13.

Pours a thin, white head with no retention. Oily but thin legs. No lace. Beer is clear pale lemon. A bit uninspiring for the style.

Nose is lemon spritz, hay, pear, and some light sweetness. Pretty mellow and a touch dull the the pear is a nice touch.

Pear, lemon, hay, and wet wood. More sweet than tart. Dry, lemon and pear rind finish. More pale fruit in the aftertaste. Decent and again, displays some nice fruit notes I'm not used to in the style.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry in the mouth and spritzy, bubbly and lively going down. Dry finish with a mellow, slightly lingering aftertaste. Very solid considering the age.

A nice beer that really does remind me of the temptation base. That being said, this isn't appreciably better than the "base" beer and is getting a bit old at this point.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed April 5, 2007. 375mL Bottle. Tangy lactic Brett and wheat sugar aroma. Some yuzu, champagne and white balsamic breeze through. Vinous grape sugars possibly hint in the background. Pours a stunning bright orange-gold vibrant and alive. Rimmed in a silky white veil and percolation with swirls. In the mouth a curbing acidity, definitely with some grape juice and piquant vinegar sensations. Not particularly complex or expressive. Flavor is nice and gentle, with subtle sweet vinous character of the pale form, with a bit of golden raisins, curry powder, and salted cantelope. Beer seems to vaporize on the palate, leaving some residual date sugar and a kiss of vaguely grassy hops for a full rounded package. Clean, balanced, unique and well built, however lacking that extra panache to make it a top animal. I would drink this any day of the week as it’s beautifully light and airy, refreshing and pairable. Damn Russian River rules. Thanks very much Andy!

Photo of thagr81us
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review #900! And what a way to do it with another MASSIVE tick on my Russian River -tion Quest... Shared this bottle at one of our weekly tastings with beeruser, funkydelic, and mikesgroove! Batch 001! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a murky red-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, caramel, toffee, wood, subtle sour, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, BIG funk, wood, slight sour, toffee, and dark fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was just plain excellent. Based on the past reviews from a few friends of mine I was concerned about bringing this one out to this tasting due to it being a complete 'gagger'. However, this one turned out to be quite excellent. In all honesty this brew is what I would think an excellent barrel aged Barleywine would taste like if it was infused with Brett. Just plain excellent notes of caramel and toffee to combine with the funkiness in this one. Really well done brew and it appears to have held up quite well in my cellar for some time. Glad I got to share this one with a group of great friends!

Photo of Goldorak
3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 001

Appearance: Had an orangey hue and a really weak ring of lace.

Smell: Sultanas is what first hit me in the aroma, then the barrel like vanilla and woody flavors came next, with a slight amount of cork to give it a good "aged" smell.

Taste: A pleasing soft caramel with a few vanilla beans, a bit of alcohol and a slight acidity gives it a white wine flavor profile, Chardonnay wouldn't have been my first guess, but probably in my top 3. The body was a bit thinner than I would have liked, but the aftertaste is long and strong, and it's where the wild yeast really had the biggest impact. Not my favorite "-ation" from Russian River, but most definately an enjoyable one!

Photo of akorsak
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mmtmatrix for this 375 mL corked and caged bottle of Batch 001.

A: The ale is an apricot brown, brightened by orange hues. The darkness is just enough to prevent a clear view of the other side of the glass. A lack of carbonation on pour was followed by a generally still beer in my snifter.

S: Sweet, juicy white grapes are strong from the first sniff. Apricot aromas, vanilla and oak are all evident before a light tartness bubbles to the surface. The tartness adds a minty finish.

T: How do they do it? How does Russian River make every sour taste so solid? Biscuity grains set a bready stage for sweet white charddonay grapes. The oak is robust, lending vanilla and boozy weight to the taste. The oak has also fostered a pleasant tartness, biting but not blindingly tart. A lemon zest emerges with the tartness, tempering it lightly.

M: The mouthfeel is pleasant, from the sweet charddonay up front to the lemony tartness in the finish. The ale is very dry.

D: The complexity is worth mentioning, with the grapes and oak and funk each adding a vibrant quality to the ale. A beautiful ale.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to Calton for brining this one to our tasting last night. a long time want of mine i was thrilled to see it show up. poured into a snifter.

not at all what I expected as a nice brown colored liquid came chugging out of that bottle. small bubbles around the side and very hazy look to it. aroma is soo odd. lots of toffee, caramel, buttery notes that are layered on top of an odd sour note, but it really really works. flavor was more of the same, you can tell how sweet this was originally as it still maintains massive complexity and a wonderful smooth finish. such rich toffee and complex favor in the finish it was simply unlike anything i have had before.

overall just a superbly wonderful beer. enough good cannot be said of this.

Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Dyan.

A: Clear and golden, the wispy white head doesn't stick around too long.

S: Vinous, buttery Chardonnay up front, the grapes still dominate this one after several years in the bottle. Musty damp cellar, hay and lemons.

T/M: Light lactic sourness, buttery oak, white wine, green grapes. Spritzy, champagne-like carbonation. A bit musty and spicy with a dry, tannic finish. Pleasantly light-bodied and drinkable, but not as remarkably complex as Vinnie's other sours.

Photo of vacax
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Depuration is a deep and dark cloudy golden color with a sparse head. Aromas of sweet grapes dominate the brew, with tart and acidic notes. The flavor is close to that of the regular sour blonde Temptation, with plenty of acid and sourness, but a vinous grape character indeed comes to control on the palate. There are some slight amounts of acetic acids as well. I was excited to try this one, but I think the reason this is no longer made is fairly straightforward... it isn't better than Temptation. Medium bodied with a tight medium carbonation. I was glad to try this, but its lack of presence today is not to be lamented harshly.

Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at The Toronado in San Fran. Batch 001...
Appears a semi-transparent, light gold with a small, white head that fades into a gentle cap and mellow collar.
Smell is of honey, grapes, apples, cherries, horseblanket, and funk.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a standout of tart grapes and citrus coming out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, vivacious, and funky with some tart apples lingering.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Pwoods.

Pours a murky, hazy gold in color. There's a slight froth sitting atop the beer, but no real head to speak of. Smell is a light grape scent, some yeast and oak, and just the slightest note of sourness.
Taste is much along the lines of the smell. Actually we had to look at the bottle to see if it states whether or not it was brewed with Brett, lacto or something. The bottle stated it was, but it was not very present in the beer. I've never aged a Russian River beer,they never last that long in my possession), but I'm interested to know if those attributes get muted with aging. Still a very smooth, easy drinking beer. Nothing off putting or wrong with it at all, just a bit different than what I was expecting. Good beer.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Managed to acquire some of this when it came up on RR's site for sale. Sold out in an hour if I recall correctly.

A - Rich auburn color, like all the other beers from RR, amazingly clear. Minimal of white head, light trickle of carbonation from the bottom the glass.

S - This one is hard to describe. Tart / sour cherries, green grapes, hints of oak and light malts.

T - Similar to the aromas but so much more. The wine barrel / grape characteristics are a bit more pronounced than in the aroma. The flavors swirl and tantalize with each sip!

M - medium bodied, crisp, tart, nice dry finish. Mild to medium acidity depending on your perspective. For me, it fits into the just right category.

D - Savored slowly and happily!

Get it if you can, it's worth a try!

Photo of grub
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

big thanks to oakbluff for sharing this rare treat. thanks scott!

375ml bottle, corked and caged. batch 001, bottled 2/14/2006. sampled july 30/09.

pours hazy and chunky dark yellow, just barely orange. a thin ring of fine white head forms, dropping quickly and leaving a few spots of lace as it falls.

aroma is funky. white grape. lemon. malt vinegar. bit of alcohol. horse blanket and leather. white bread and cracker. bit of vanilla and raw oak.

taste is good. less funky than i was expecting, but still pretty nice. light alcohol. white grape. light lemon and malt vinegar, but they seem to fade very fast and don't linger much. it's almost more like an acidic character than sourness. white bread. bit of cracker and grain. hints of vanilla and raw oak. nice light fruity character. light leather and horse blanket. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. nice light body with a bone dry finish. low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. the restrained acidity/sourness make it go down easily. big thanks to scott for sharing this rare bottle.

Photo of AgentZero
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to knock off one of my bigger whales thanks to MasterSki at our 4th of July get together. This more than makes up for all the malt liquors I was fortunate enough to "enjoy" with him. Milestone review #1050. Thanks to nerd as well for hooking Alex up with this.

A - A cloudy, yellow beer with a very minimal white head. The head did not stick around for long and left the sides of the glass clean.

S - A nice tartness, although I'm suspecting it has mellowed a little bit with time. Some oak and a little bit of fruity sweetness, but the grapes are the thing that really stands out for me here. I'm assuming they are chardonnay grapes, or something else used in white wine.

T - Taste is surprisingly smooth, with an equally smooth white grape flavor. Some decent oak and barrel notes, and a good tartness although not as much as temptation. The grapes come through quite cleanly on the end and then get a little tart to finish things off.

M - Smooth, with some active but soft carbonation and a little bit lighter on the body.

O - Great beer, would have liked to have had one of these to pop open every year just to see how it progresses, but am truly happy to have tried it when I did.

Photo of Douglas14
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice golden color with an awesome head. Lots of sour in the nose with great brett character. Hints of raisins and peaches with lots of white wine grapes. Absolutely phenomenal. Lots of juiciness to it also. Finishes dry. I feel fortunate to have been able to drink this. Thanks, Travis!

Photo of womencantsail
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Andy for bringing this one to the tasting yesterday. I'm very excited to be reviewing this one.

Review #400

A: The pour is a very hazy golden color with some small carbonation bubbles, but not too much in the way of head formation.

S: The grapes really stand out despite this bottle being about four years old. The fruit provides a very interesting combination of buttery sweetness and tartness which is very inviting. There is a bit of lemony lactic tartness to the nose as well.

T: The nose translates almost perfectly to the palate, with the flavor being a little bit better (though that's certainly hard to do). Again, the grapes really come through strongly and have such an amazing contrast. The front end features the sweetness of the grapes with the back end being tart, fruity, and dry.

M: The beer is smooth, and despite the low visual appearance of carbonation, there are a nice amount of bubbles on the tongue.

D: Easily one of my favorite beers I've had the pleasure of trying. It's too bad this one won't be made again and that it's so hard to come by.

Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large Spiegelau wine glass.

Beer is a bright gold color, slightly hazy, and with a small white head.

Aromas are wild and funky. There are notes of white wine, vinegar, and straw. Very pungent smelling beer.

Taste is much more subtle than I expected. There is a very bright, crisp, and dry white wine like character, with subtle fruit flavors and an underlying slightly sweet maltiness and a touch of oak. The finish is sour and tart, not overly sour like some of the other Russian River Wild Ales, but it matches well with the subtle characteristics of this one.

Mouthfeel is nice. I have mentioned this before, Russian River always has very nice mouthfeel in their beers.

Drinkability is very good. A nice subtle yet interesting beer. Not quite as good as some of the other Wild Ales from RR... but still an excellent and pleasant one to drink.

Photo of k3n
2.98/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

375 ml bottle, Batch 001, poured into a wine glass.

A: Dark amber in color, 1/2" head fades quickly to a ring sustained by a contant stream of bubbles. Looks like a really dark champagne.

S: Yeasty and sour. No 'beer' smells seem to be present.

T: It's beer, it's wine, it's wine-beer. (win-eer? be-ine?) I think you need to be in the right place to appreciate this fully. If you're hoping for 'beer' you're in for a shock. If you're looking for wine, this also isn't it. But what it is, is an interesting cross-roads of the two. There's a bit of grape-y tartness like I would associate with a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, but then there's maltiness in the middle, with some caramel. It ends with a bit more sourness, and just a hint of bitterness as the flavors fade, but it feels more like tannins than hop bitterness. I can't find any hop flavor. If it's there, it's buried under all the brett flavors.

M: Tingly from the carbonation and the tartness, and yet creamy as well. Moderately long finish, and not dry at all.

D: As I said, you need to be in the right frame of mind for this. I can't imagine now what kind of food I'd pair this with. Raw oysters? It has pretty good acidity, so maybe it would go well with something fatty like sea bass. The more I drink this, the more I'm getting used to the tart flavors, but it's definitely putting me in a wine mood more than a beer mood.

Overall, I think this is a really unique creation. I'm looking forward to trying more beers (wines?) in this style to see where other brewers take it, or if they're all basically similar.

Photo of Deuane
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let's see...I liked Temptation and this is Temptation WITH Chardonnay, well I think I am in love already!

Batch 001

A-Clear, deep golden yellow with a thin bright white head that left spotty lace.

S-Insane amount of buttery Chardonnay with a nice backing dose of oak and some grape tartness.

T-Big buttery oak flavour from the Chardonnay. Once this passes a healthy sourness kicks in. This is a seriously balanced and flavourful beverage!

M-Light bodied and VERY smooth with a dry oak finish and long lasting flavours.

D-This is simply spectacular to me. I am a big fan of buttery oak Chardonnays and of sours so to meld the two together in a near perfect balance, well! My favorite RR -tion beer I have had to date!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle of this in a trade with Faro. Thanks, Jeff! I shared this at the You Bring the Cheese tasting.

A: Light orange with a thin white head. Excellent clarity, and this beer had the best retention among the sours I drank that night. Left a neat layer of lace too.

S: Mildly sour, mildly musty, hugely vinous with buttery chardonnay on the nose. Great stuff. Plenty of vanilla in the back. Acidity is very low.

T: Opens up a little sour with a lot of grape character. Mildly harsh on the finish with a big grape character along with some sourness. Sourness is moderate, acidity is low, and there is a pleasing butteriness to the palate.

M: Light but enjoyable. High carbonation is present, and the drying finish is enjoyable

D: The 7% ABV is non-existent. Very enjoyable and very drinkable.

Photo of Mudpuppet
4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JeffKrenner for the chance to try this incredible beer.

A- Poured from a 375ml bottle from Batch 1. Poured into a Reidel snifter. Poured a hazy orange that is hazy. No head to speak of.

S- Sour and funk for sure. Orange, lemon, sour cherry. No crazy Brett funk in the nose of this one though. I say that but then I get a little barnyard through the citrus and fruits. This is a very complex nose. One of the best I have smelled.

T- Sour notes at first which gives way to lemons and bright funk if that is even a flavor. The sour notes really bring out the fruit notes and flavors. I get some slight pale malts in the aftertaste. I really love this beer.

M- A thin beer on the tongue. Medium to light carbonation obviously from refermentation similar to a champagne.

D- Man I might move to the Russian River valley just to be close to this brewery. I cannot wait to try the other Russian River brews. Vinnie you are a genius!

Photo of Sixpoint
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Is there a reason why everyone is sleeping on this beer?

Before I go on any RANTS here, when a neo-con defenestrates...

First, I must give props to my man James Bonomo for procuring this rare and precious brew. Well done ole chap.

Appearance - brilliant piercing liquid gold.

Smell - quite subdued, slight lactic sourness, mild honey malt aroma.

Taste - mind-blowing. Like a chilled Riesling and your favorite Pilsner beer with a crisp tartness. Slight tannin from the barrel aging. A gem.

Mouthfeel - out of this world crispness, dry as a bone, but not astringent.

Drinkability - the most perfect beer I've had to date on a hot muggy day in NYC.

Bravo, Vinnie. You've outdone yourself.

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Depuration from Russian River Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.