Depuration - Russian River Brewing Company
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3.49/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
01-13-2013 16:28:48 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.13/5 rDev -25.7%
pour is transparent orange with a tight white head that dissipates immediately. The nose has some white grapes with some buttery notes and a bit astringent. The flavor is buttery and malty. Some sweet white grapes and barrel notes. A touch messy with a medium body, assertive carbonation and semi dry finish. never had fresh but a bit of a mess now and assuming its well past its prime.
04-10-2012 13:47:39 | More by cpetrone84
4.47/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
07-08-2011 13:44:54 | More by AgentZero
4.3/5 rDev +2.1%
I had this during a July 4th get-together in Chicago. I was pretty psyched to get a chance at this beer, thanks to the generosity of Alex (Masterski) made possible by the previous generosity of Mike (nerd). Thanks very much Alex!
Poured into a Cigar City snifter. A clear bright copper color with a thin layer of foam, eventually a ring of suds after it settled. It smelled tart & acidic, lots of bret character with minimal grapes (easily detected as I was searching for them).
This tasted nice and sour, lactic and maybe a bit tannic, more grapes in flavor than aroma but still not the lead. Dry and crisp finish. I had a really nice pour (thanks again Alex) but I went through it very quickly, laughing at my luck to try this beer. Wish I could have had it fresher, but still a nice treat even with some age.
07-05-2011 02:19:02 | More by TurdFurgison
4.63/5 rDev +10%
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!
06-28-2011 13:28:47 | More by thagr81us
4.43/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
06-25-2011 15:12:32 | More by mikesgroove
District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev -16.9%
Split with Dan at one of our dirty south mediocre tasting sessions. heh.
Appearance: Nearly clear, a straw-pale with some soda-like bubbles
Smell: Centrum vitamins, dissolved in water with chardonnay oak and light funk with a backdrop of artificial/bottled lemon sourness.
Taste: Incredibly dry, again with the vitamins. Certainly a chardonnay element, which is not one of my favorite grapes and the corresponding butter and oak notes. Might have been the quality of what they chose; doesn't seem to be on the upper end of the spectrum (think temptation with cheap chardonnay).
Mouthfeel: dry; medium-to-low carbonation, a bit thin
Drinkability; this was a good 375ml to split. If you have one drink it now.
11-18-2010 04:24:25 | More by craytonic
Depuration from Russian River Brewing Company
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