Compunction - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.22/5 rDev -5%
San Diego, CA
Hazy golden orange with very little, almost zero, head that eventually leaves dots of lace down the glass. Pretty and appropriate per the style.
A big aroma and quite the combination: oaken wood, fresh, juicy pluots, and big notes of Bretty yeast. The funkiness is far more present than in the other Russian River sours, along with lots of stinging acidity.
The flavor too is quite funky, complementing the big, juicy, pluots' flavors. There's also a touch of graham cracker sweetness and a hint of sulfur.
Thin to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. A true joy to drink.
Another incredibly enjoyable, complex, fruity sour from Russian River. Probably not quite as good the best batches of Consecration, Supplication, or Temptation, but damn good nonetheless.
01-28-2012 16:43:18 | More by ehammond1
4.65/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured into a tulip side by side w/ Cantillon Fou Fune at Beachwood's Sourfest '11. Nice orange color, less dense than the other. Great aroma, the pluots really came out (plum/apricot) and were complimented by a nice bretty aroma that wasn't noticeable in the appearance. Beautiful smelling stuff.
Epicly pungent sourness, yet a clean, dry and refreshing mouthfeel from it, sticks to the teeth, gets that squeaky thing going, like when you eat fresh cheese curds in Wisconsin. Really like sour blonde ales, the light body allows the fruit and sourness to jut out even further, but never being abrasive here. Mild oak component to it, the furthest thing you have to look for (but don't).
11-08-2011 19:41:23 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.65/5 rDev +4.7%
Another winner I tried on-tap at DLD.
I knew nothing about this beer before it was handed to me in line. It smells like vinegar. Really tart and fruity like the previous review stated. I also detected some melon as well.
Upon first sip, my lips puckered like alum. Holy cow is this sour. Easily the most sour beer I've had in a long, long while. But delicious! I had to pull back because I kept sipping and I needed to savor it.
I love tart everything and this was a tart beer. It was perfect after all of the heavy beers I had been drinking to stay warm before the sun came out. Kudos RR!
05-22-2008 15:11:59 | More by rudylaw
4.68/5 rDev +5.4%
This beer pours a cloudy orange color, with pretty much no head. What little head that was present was slightly off white. It left some off white leace on the glass.
This beer has a sour aroma. It smells of tart fruit. It has a slight viniger aroma as well, but the viniger aroma certainly did not detract from this beer. I could also smells a slightly spicy aroma when I looked hard.
This beer tastes just like it smells. Sour, with tart fruit and viniger. The slight spicy aroma I detected was present in the flavor as well.
This beer was highly carbonated, suiting the style. It left a sour aftertaste.
I am not sure this beer would make the best session beer. It is not high in alcohol, but it is sour, and aggressive.
Overall: I loved this beer, and could probably drink it all night. I wish this beer would be made more available.
02-18-2008 20:08:48 | More by OStrungT
2.53/5 rDev -43%
On tap at DLD. 8oz. sample
A: Cloudy apricot. Short white head, frothy. Not much retention but a bit of lacing.
S: Very sour. Vinegar. Oh, man, what am I getting myself into? Sweet but with overpowering sourness.
T/M: Loads of sour cherries in the front. Sourness is massive. Very tart cherries, cranberries, raspberries. Vinegar is nearly overpowering. Body is light and feels very watery. Mild bitterness in the back. Gherkins pickles keeps popping into mind. It actually makes my mouth pucker a bit and then water to try and dilute it.
D: I haven't had too many soured beers but this is by leaps and bounds the most sour. I made it about half way through the sample and had to call it quits. The vinegar and sourness just intensified far too much. I appreciate what RR and all these breweries are doing with sours but I just don't think I'll even develop a taste for them. There have been styles that I've 'not liked so much' in the past but none that I have not at least come around to and none that I continually can't finish.
Note: Please don't flame me :)
04-30-2008 01:17:47 | More by pwoods
4.72/5 rDev +6.3%
Sampled with my cousin krkearney. Thanks keith. What a treat this is.
The beer poured a clear golden color with a thin but bubbly white head that stuck around for a bit. There was nice fruity (based on the pluots that are aged in this) aroma and some funky earthy tones as well. the taste is fruity up front, apricot maybe and tart throughout. This is another fine example of a wild ale from RR and I can't see anything wrong with this one. There is a lingering fruit taste that runs around the mouth and sticks on the tongue and some peppery notes that are mixed in as well. I think the plummy taste at the end is a nice finish to this fine beer. I really wish this made it to bottles but this sampling will do me for now.
05-10-2007 03:51:45 | More by ggaughan
4.53/5 rDev +2%
A: The pour significantly darker than its Sanctification counterpart. I had a pour of Sanctification prior to this pour of Compunction.
S: The nose starts off with lots of tannins from the oak and pluots. Significant amounts of sour fruit smell gets the salvation glands kicked in to high gear for what is coming.
T: Smooth for a sour beer - perhaps a bit too smooth. Lots of dry oak notes along with pluot/sour fruit notes. A mild acidity and less bitterness than San.
M: The body is medium with a moderate to high carbonation and a very crisp finish. Think green apple bite.
D: I will be back for more as I was very impressed. Watching the Chargers/Raiders game at the brewery left a sour taste in my mouth... but I think this beer was sourer.
12-07-2010 00:19:53 | More by DJButters
4.4/5 rDev -0.9%
Huge thanks to alfrantzell for hooking up a "special growler" of this new tick.
Mostly clear deep amber in color with a lasting bubbly white head. Really looks excellent for the style.
Nice plum aroma along with a very Russian River like yeast aroma. Funky and musty with Brett and lacto evident.
The flavor is excellent, like most other Russian River sours. Big plum and pluot flavors, slight sweet malt notes (although the sweetness is minimal). Excellent tart and funky finish.
Really nice acidic tingling on the palate with a good level of carbonation. Medium bodied and very dry.
Overall, another really awesome sour from Russian River. Never surprising but always enjoyable.
12-02-2010 18:50:41 | More by nickd717
Compunction from Russian River Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.