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Depuration - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

72 Ratings
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Ratings: 72
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 330
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 06-01-2005)
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Photo of kkipple
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Craytonic is a generous guy, never thought I'd see this one without a lot of effort on my part. But! lo and behold, here he is cracking it for our drinking pleasure. Consumed during a sour night in mid October. 375ml bottle.

A. Deep gold with minimal head and no lace. Clear, (I see some others report haze) and fairly standard. No active bubbles.

S. I expect good things... and find... Flintstones vitamins? Yes, in fact, the orange flavored ones that you gnawed on as a kid. Really, truly. Strong vitamin B nose at first that lessens with time, dry and oaky with a lush sourness through and through. Lemony, but not 'fresh' lemon. An unusual nose, and overall good, but not blowing me away.

T. Ahh, there's that dry white wine! A fine lemon-funk sour hits first with a touch of salt. Oaky Chardonnay is quite easy to pick out here and the oak is smooth and rounded. There's a definite old-hop cheesiness in the mix. Depuration is: complex, dry, lactic-sour and unusual. This is a sophisticated, erudite beer and one you should take your time on. (And yes, the vitamins make another appearance, albeit more reserved, in the flavor.)
Weird!

M / D. Low carbonation, but okay. The finish is long and dry with more white grape and dry oak while the sour fades out with panache.

Depuration isn't the best beer I've had from Russian River, but that said this is still a step above 90% of the wild ales made in the US. My recommendation to those lucky to posses one: open Depuration as your first beer of the evening and take your time trying to figure this one out. Yabba-Dabba Do indeed!

kkipple, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled acquired via trade. Thanks Brian! Shared at my tasting on August 7, 2010 alongside six other Russian River wild ales.

Depuration appears a slightly hazy yellow color. There is only a tiny head which leaves no discernible lacing.

The aroma is wonderful. Grapes and a general tannic quality along with hints of oak barrel.

I really enjoyed this. I only wish that there was more, as this was a 375mL bottle. I enjoyed the tannic or wine-like aspect of the beer very much. I definitely found a grape presence in there as well. Russian River wild ales are some of the best beers on earth, in my humble opinion. I feel very fortunate to have sampled this rare delicacy.

M: Very tannic, with a slight vinegar bite in the finish. Terrifically sour and wonderful.

D: Of course, I'd love to try this again. Sadly, there are no plans for a re-release. A great experience.

Huhzubendah, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somehow I was at the right place at the right time and got to sample some of this bottle thanks to the other Matt. Thanks buddy. A very cool treat, very cool.

Beer poured into a snifter. Beer is yellow to amber in color. Forms nearly no head, no lacing and the carbonation level is low. There is a moderate haze to the beer overall. Looks OK for a sour.

The aroma is sour with a Brett funkiness to the whole thing, could be some stale wood I'm smelling from the wine barrel but overall its mostly lactic with a biting acetic tinge. Very nice.

Beer is quite sour but not tart. I'm not picking up much of the vinous properties I was expecting. This beer is medium to light in body and leads off with sour, follows up with more sour, and finishes mildly dry. I could definitely drink more of this stuff if that were possible. A rare treat for sure. Thanks Matt.

drabmuh, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to stowehop for this treat. Batch 001. Served in a Duvel tulip and shared with BeerTruth after a long adventurous drive from Maine, followed by a little bar-hopping in the 'Cuse.

A - Pours with a finger of foam that eventually settles to a thick ring and some haze. Not much in the way of lacing. Hazed apricot body that is quite pleasant to look at.

S - Sweet Jesus! Even though this is 3+ years old, it sizzles with the intensity of fresh white grapes, tropical brett notes, general funkiness, wine oak, and light acetic acid. I think the oak has dissipated some from the initial reviews, and revealed the rich, deep, complex web of flavors. It's got all the things I love about sours, working in wonderful harmony.

T - The taste is a little smoothed out, but only a bit. Wonderful forefront of sweet ripe grapes and funky fruity brett, and a finish of sourness and white wine tannins. You can perceive the relationship to Temptation.

M - Superb. Soft, but lively, carbonation that supports a body that is big enough for 7%, but light enough to be refreshing. No perceptible alcohol. Finishes dry, but never reaches parched proportions.

D - I didn't know this was made from Temptation when I drank it, but looking back that makes a lot of sense seeing how similarly I scored the two beers. Again, a dark horse beer emerges from a crowded field to be the highlight of a wonderful weekend.

Why is this not being made again? I will buy Russian River Muscat grapes if that's what it takes...

MasterSki, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of Douglas14
5/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

Douglas14, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of vacax
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

vacax, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.8/5  rDev +14%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Deuane
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Deuane, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of grub
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

grub, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of largadeer
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

largadeer, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml corked and caged bottle, big thanks to oakbluff for pulling this one out of the stash! Batch 001.
Pours a slightly hazed orange amber, very thin white head forms, quickly fizzes down to a thin ring around the glass. Smell is great, grapes, honey, funky sourness, lemon acidity, wood, some light fruits, white cranberry juice, wine, more grapiness, real cool. Taste is great too, very sour and acidic up front, lemons and white grape juice, white cranberry juice, oak, touch of sweetness through the middle with a nicely sour finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, dry and acidic. Real nice beer, right amount of sourness and acidity. Very drinkable. Thanks Scotty!

Viggo, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

DefenCorps, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

FtownThrowDown, May 18, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

akorsak, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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.

orbitalr0x, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wetherel for opening this up. Pale orange/golden with a fizzy head that settles. Aroma is of grapes, vinegar, brett, and some lemon. Initial taste is tart and sour. Sour grapes, some vanilla oak, reminiscent of chardonnay, a sour chardonnay. The carbonation is very high on this beer and the finish is very dry.

HopHead84, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 001. Sunny tangerine with multiple fine bubbles buffeting a light shower of falling yeast as they rise, eventually plinking into the bottom of a barely beige crown. The foam is crackly and unsticky. It doesn't look very attractive as a result and is leaving the glass untouched. Not an auspicious start.

The nose gets things back on track in a major way. Who would have ever imagined that microorganisms and beer would be such a wonderful combination? Depuration uses two different yeast (wine and Brettanomyces) and two different bacteria (Lactobacillus and Pediococcus). That's both ironic and amusing in an ale whose name means 'to cleanse or purify or to become cleansed or purified'.

Simply put, the aroma is an olfactory symphony. The critters add a stunning amount of funky complexity to a base beer that would have probably have been just as aromatic and just as delicious on its own. The fruitiness of the Chardonnay grapes is easily appreciated, as is the buttery oakiness imparted by the barrels.

It would have been almost impossible for RR Depuration to taste as fantastic as it smells. Vinnie has given it a good shot, though. If you like sour funk, seek this one out as soon as possible. Some might think the combination of Brett, Lacto and Pedio is over the top. They would be wrong. Just be aware what you're in for before you pull the cork.

White wine comparisons cannot be ignored. No surprise given that 60 lbs of Chardonnay grapes were used per barrel. The beer has a tart fruitiness and an underlying sweetness that marries perfectly with the more esoteric flavors that are zinging this way and that each time the glass is upended. What a treat for the tongue!

Batch 001 is approximately 2.5 years into its recommended 3 year lifespan for aging. The flavor has probably never been better, but the mouthfeel is showing signs of wear. It's a little light and the carbonation is on the harsh and fizzy side (better later in the bottle). Bottle conditioning can be hit or miss... and this one is more hit than miss.

Depuration is yet another outstanding American wild-sour ale from one of the planet's master brewers. It's too bad that Russian River no longer ships their beer across the entire country. Hopefully, those days will return. This lip smacking, puckery, funktastic masterpiece is worth whatever shipping charges are required.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of brewandbbq
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1

Pours clear copper with an orange tinge. A veil of white yeast slowly waved through the glass at the end of the pour. A few particulates of sediment, but this was from a 100% dispense, so very nice. The pour was a bit of a stretch, and allowed an inch-plus head of white to rise. Retention was short-lived and receded to a placid surface with no lacing.

Aromatics are bone-dry, vineous, musty, and brett-laden.
Green apple skins, grapefruit pith, white grape tannins, lemon-spritzed hay, pineapple rind, wet sock, and cider vinegar.
The brett has really stepped forward since it was "fresh".

Thinnish mouthfeel, with some fine but subtle carbonation. Drying and tart.

A myriad of tannic citrus flows on the pallet.
The funk is somewhat less than what is promised by the nose, which allows for a great balance with the grapes.
Lemon zest, grass-rubbed grapefruit, grape skins, crushed orange seeds, dried pineapple, and green apple pulp.
Tart, dry and citrus-laden with barely a trace of malt. Bitterness is nill, as is all other hopping.

Finishes with lingering dryness, tannic fruit pith, and incredibly quenching.

Very Gueze like in many ways, and I believe
this beer is going to evolve for many years to come.

brewandbbq, May 09, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TipTop(JeffK.) for this great beer.

Batch 001

Pours a lively orange color with a fizzy head that quickly scatters and leaves a tiny ring around the glass.

Aromas of pale malt, slight caramel, apricots, white grapes, white wine, and lemons. Not as funky as I thought it would be but it has a good tartness on the nose. Cherries and strawberries begin to come through as well as some oak. Orange lies just in the background but with a strong enough presence to sneak up for a few seconds and then fade back. As it warms up there are more tart cherry aromas and grapes, reminds me of a fruit roll-up.

First sip has some grape and wine characteristics upfront and the pale, slightly toasted, malt following close by. The acidity comes in the end near the finish and actually is part of the finish along with pears, apples and grapes. Not as tart as I would have liked but a slight tartness in the end with a good dry finish on the tongue. Very good taste. The grape taste combines very well with the oak aging and combines well with the other fruit flavors (mostly pear and apples). The beer also has some orange flavors, or maybe tangerine, that sneak up.

Mouth-feel is crisp and refreshing and leaves a mostly clean and dry finish so almost immediately after swallowing you are ready for the next sip.

This beer is easy to drink and would love to get more.

seaoflament, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Floydster
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle acquired in a trade with Faro, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this brew

Batch 001, bottle says it can be aged for up to three years, split with my girlfriend last night, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Deep orange color with strong pink highlights, 1/2 off white bubbly head, lots of tiny bubbles, settled almost immediately, some lacing at the beginning

S-Grapes, oranges, lemons, sugar, faint cherries, vanilla, oak, sourness, green apple, vinegar, and a little brettanomyces

T-Pretty sour when it was chilled, lots of grapes and cherries, then the oak accents shined through once it warmed a little, a few other fruity flavors including cherries and sour apples, not much of a malt or hop profile, just funky tartiness most of the way through, mild vinegar taste, dry like a chardonnay in the finish

M-Tarty but subtle mouthfeel, tons of carbonation, taste lingered for a long time, crisp and dry, medium body

D-Could have drank a few more of this easily, light on the stomach, taste keeps you coming back, alcohol is hidden very well even though it is seven percent

Sadly this will not be brewed again, with white grapes at least, you do not hear much about this beer but it deserves some serious recognition, one of Russian River's better wild ales, would love to try again someday but the chances of that are pretty slim, highly recommended

Floydster, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  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.

Sammy, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of Mudpuppet
4.9/5  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!

Mudpuppet, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2. Bottle shared with fisherman34. Pours out a hazy light orange with a fluffy head. Smell is woody, some funk and some grapes. Taste- sourness is subtle- more citrus tart than huge sourness. The grapes keep it medium bodies and impart interesting flavour,. Doesn't have the big punch of say supplication, but is very nice in its own right. High carbonation as expected. Very drinkable and I wish I had more.

oakbluff, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of Goldorak
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
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!

Goldorak, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of rowew
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 375 ml corked and caged, barrel aged 15 months. Batch 001. Lots of description on the bottle.

Appearance: Attempted to decant, but ended up with just a bit of sediment. Oh well, better than wasting any of this beer! Orange color, with very little head.

Smell: Lots of brett, smells a bit like a combination of a fruity white wine and balsamic vinegar.

Taste: Mmm.. nice tart flavor. Starts off a tart, some nice acetic flavors, with a good malt background. Lots of fresh fruit flavors. Ends puckeringly tart.

Overall impression: Fantastic - why don't more brewers make sour beers! Very enjoyable, I really wish I could get something like this on a regular basis.

rowew, Sep 20, 2007
Depuration from Russian River Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.