Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 132
Hads: 271
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 6.52%
Wants: 632
Gots: 29 | FT: 2
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.83% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mnapier on 04-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by FtownThrowDown:
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.67/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle very generously shared by PWoods!

Pours a dark gold in color. There's a subtle frothy, white bubbly head. I could smell this glass from five feet away. Huge sour, pungent smell. Can't wait to taste it following this smell.
Taste is TART! Wow am I surprised on how tart and sour this tastes. Absolutely incredible. I cannot, with my limited vocabulary, explain this beer and do it any justice. Very nice light lemony flavor. The bugs are completely dominating this beer.
Intensely bitter and tart.
Very nice carbonation and sourness in the mouthfeel. Every facet of this beer is damn near perfect. Huge thanks to Patrick for sharing this gem. This has surpassed my expectations. (687 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of orangesol
4.29/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review #950!!!
Huge thanks to Kramer for sharing this one with us at last nights Christmas Party. A perfectly cellared bottle since purchase is a rare thing with this one it seems.

Pours clear amber red with a half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light ring around the edge, leaving small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smells of woody oak, lactic sourness, tart cherries, light barnyard funk, dash of Greek yogurt, caramel sweetness and some wet cardboard oxidation. Taste is holding up much better than the nose is. Cherry skin, mild musty funk, dulled lactic sourness and only a light hint of the oxidation is present. Smooth, tart feel is much lighter than I had heard it would be making it remarkably easy to consume.

Overall I really loved this one. The nose is definitely suffering for its age but the taste is still awesome. I can't thank Kramer enough for opening this one for us to try, thanks again buddy!!! (958 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened last night with friends along side some other outstanding beers but this one was the high point of the night for me.

Bottle opened with a nice pop, very well carbed. Poured a golden color with a small white head ( was a fairly small pour so it didn't kick up to much foam). The smell was acidic with definite funky cheese notes. The taste was sour and surprisingly bright for a 5 year old American Wild Ale. The mouthfeel was light and well carbonated. Overall this was tied with beat b3 for the best beer of the night. Beat out cable car 2012 DDG b1 and b2. The Russian rivers beat out lost abbey the whole night. (623 characters)

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NWer
4.85/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Like dirtylou, I too ticked this beauty off at the Seattle Beer Week Sour Fest at Brouwers Cafe in Fremont.
What a surprise! I had no idea what I was in for when I landed a glass of this gem.
Nice too that it was a full pour into a snifter and not the small 6 oz thing. Savored this all the way through lunch.
Sour, dry, smooth.
I'll leave the subtleties for others.
The thrill of a lifetime. (396 characters)

Photo of tjthresh
3.86/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour appear golden to amber with a lasting dirty white head that coats the glass as you drink. The nose has some oak, bretty funk, a bit of pineapple, and a bit of a cottage cheese or yogurt. Very tart and tangy. Mixed fruit flavors, and tannic. Medium working on full body. Average amount of carbonation and a bone dry finish. A very good beer from a style that I don't typicaly appriciate. (395 characters)

Photo of BobbysLiquors
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of kevwcamp
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of pwoods
4.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Wetherel and StFun for the bottles.

750ml corked and caged brown bottle poured into a GLBC snifter.

Review #600

A: Pours a golden, orangish, glowing amber. Decent sized, nearly pearl white, head on the pour with decent retention. Nice, somewhat spotty lacing.

S: Nice, clean funkiness with plenty of sour and tart fruit notes. The funk big enough to be somewhat cheesy but not near the level of Girardin Black Label.

T/M: Yowza, big time tartness with plenty of sourness and more of the funkiness. Tart and sourness is big on lemon along with a bit of mango in the back. The funk is cheesy but not heavy and with some of the barnyard, dustiness, and wet hay. Some light, earthy oak in the back. Body is meidum to medium light with good carbonation. Very drying that lends some leathery notes.

D: Good ABV and very tasty. You definitely have to be slow and savor it. (886 characters)

Photo of acurtis
4.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joe_sf
4.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ggaughan
4.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer poured a cloudy amber color with a pretty large white head that stuck around for awhile, fluffy. Nose was tart, a bit dried fruit and wood. The taste is dry, tart with some pepper on the tongue. Very present and complimentary oak notes in the background. There is also a nice citrus character. Excellent beer that I am glad I was able to get a bottle of. (359 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ipa247
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RomanW70
4.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Blissscent for sharing this speacial treat. Pours yellow hazy orange gold with a small white head. Aroma is seriously sour with strong notes of apples and citrus. Flavor is also hugely tart, but with noticeable woody notes. Huge finish to this one, and it lasts. It has the very nice quality of being both very funky, very sour, and very clean. (359 characters)

Photo of distantmantra
4.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nkersten
4.08/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared at recent tasting with Chicago crew. Pours a hazy orange with a white head, good retention throughout. Smell is oak, straw, barnyard, lots of lemons and sour citrus. Taste is very tart lemons, some orange zest, a bit of funk and oak. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a moderate carbonation, very nice for a style that seems to be dominated by dry, highly carbonated beers. Overall a very drinkable beer, but not my favorite American wild. (447 characters)

Photo of jh1982
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DJButters
4.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Russian River 'TION Night at Toronado 2012. Finally able to try after many years of searching. The refusal to part with my -bals has paid off. A 6oz pour, for $5.

A: Seems very light in color compared to other RR brews. Somewhere in between Temp & Sup. A dirty light brown, copper. Head disappears quickly after pour.

S: Oak, Cherry and funk. It better have some level of funk, this beer has been waiting in a keg for 5 years waiting for me.

T: It is amazing that this beer is 5 years old. It gives me hope for my 3L collection and the age will not harm it. I have to say that I feel Temp and Beat age very well in comparison. A keg of 08 Temp seemed to provide more funk, while the Deviation was highly acidic. Still a very solid taste where the oak and cherry shines through. As the beer warmed it obviously got better and the flavor profile changed and become more pronounced.

M: Acidic and very well carbonated.

O: Very good beer. Notice how I said very good. I don't think it could match up to the hype and rarity that has been placed upon its narrow shoulders. The keg was blown in 40min. With so many good AWA offered by RR don't stress if you cant get one. Just stick with the standards and you will do just fine. Beat however is a different animal entirely. Thanks to Natalie for popping a few 3L b3 btls. (1,340 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A long time want of mine. Shared at a tasting. 4oz. pour into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a large single layer of coarse bubbles that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear, stunning deep orange. Lacing is non-existant.

S: Nose is musty, earthy, and dirty. Brett funkiness is very apparent as well as a high level of acidity. Fruit characteristics are subtle but hints of lemon and citrus are detectable.

T: Opens slightly sweet but make no mistake, this is one of the more sour beers that I've come across in this category. Very puckering from beginning to end. Brett funkiness in the back as well as notes of grape and lemon. Finish is juicy and aftertaste is tart, and slightly dry.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lively in the mouth and slightly coarse going down. Finish is wet and messy with an aftertaste that lingers and is dry. This is how all sours should feel on the palate.

D: Probably the best or second best Russian River sour I've had the chance to try to date. A very solid beer and definitely at the top of its class. Complexity is present but a bit dominated by the intense sourness this one brings. Feel is spot on though and drinkability is incredible. (1,214 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damnit - I'm a ticker :(

on-tap, sourfest 2012 (1st keg to kick)

appearance: served in a 12oz snifter, rich light amber-mahogany body, 1/2" residual tan cream

smell: smells like a whale...oak-forward, tart cherries, funky lemon rind, earthy and wild

taste: seattle beer week has long since exceeded all expectations - this was the first beer i ordered on a glorious thursday morning at brouwers. It was my favorite of the day, as well as the favorite of the relative-sour novice i beerfriended next to me. Really a terrific sour brown - oak, tart cherry, leather and wood, funky yeast, lemon rind. This has aged wonderfully - a great honor to bottleworks and russian river

mouthfeel: deeply acidic, funky

overall: a whale with a cause (740 characters)

Photo of leschkie
3.5/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Photekut
5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mikey711
4.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to javier for this bottle. Had this over the summer

A: big fluffy white head. the beer is slightly orangy/copper color with some cloudiness. it is slightly cloudy and does leave very nice lacing

S: Extremely fruity with notes of melon, peach and tangerines that are have a very pleasant tartness while being mellow enough to still enjoy. a slight bit of woodiness and funk as well

T: Very fruity again, both tart and sweet. a slight floralness is present with some brett in the finish. its got a bit of lemon citrus and peaches

M: Very well rounded with no real harshness of note.

D: this is without a doubt one of the best beers i have ever had. i feel extremely lucky that i have gotten to try it and i hope to come across more in the future (755 characters)

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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