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Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.63
pDev: 6.7%
Wants: 616
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mnapier on 04-02-2008)
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Photo of muttyd


4.65/5  rDev +0.4%

*Reviewed from notes*

Shared a bottle with some BAs last night.

Cloudy amber pour with a thin offwhite head. Fruity apple cider aroma. Some leather, hay, barnyard and peaches as well. Flavor is very juicy - grapes, cherries, and apples. Brett funk balance this beer out very nicely. Dry finish with a mouth watering astringency. Well balanced mouthfeel - not too harsh or acidic.

Overall a phenomenal beer.

02-20-2011 23:29:40 | More by muttyd
Photo of rye726


4.78/5  rDev +3.2%

Great beer, had this at a recent tasting. Thanks buddy!

Pours a nice golden with a silky beige head.

Nose is perfect blend of sour citrus fruits, barnyard funk, wine grapes, oak barrels and sweet yet crisp malts.

Taste was not quite as explosive as the nose, but still perfectly balanced.

Clean, refreshing body. Quite tasty, thanks again for the treat.

02-19-2011 01:32:53 | More by rye726
Photo of Thorpe429


4.23/5  rDev -8.6%

Shared by drabmuh. Served in a snifter.

Pours a golden-amber color with a short white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Quite bubbly and a bit hazy. The nose is really great with an immediate tart funk coming through along with some dark and stone fruit plus a bit of citrus. A bit of barnyard, but the sourness is more pronounced than the funk. Hints of dark cherries there as well. Mild oak presence.

The taste kicks it up to the next level with some great fruit notes accompanied by a beautiful sourness. Mostly lactic with a bit of acetic acid. Cherries, stone fruits, and black grapes come through. Good funky presence here along with a bit of oak tannin. Really complex and full. Mouthfeel is quite sour with lower levels of carbonation and a great sour, dry finish. Drinkability is incredible. This is certainly one of the best sours I've ever had.

01-28-2011 15:38:57 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of MrChopin


5/5  rDev +8%

Have had this one several times, and each time it has been the star of the tasting/day. Most recently was a month ago in a sour tasting. Following review based on that:

Dark red-amberish glow, puffy beige head. Temp 3 Brett-barrel softness with additional peach up front, then nectarine. Whole fruit basket here, sniff after sniff, then toss on creamy brett, dusty barn, wheat... Unbelievable complexity, really. Nose is still #1 in beer, not as much as Blauw but the integration in incomparable. Only complaint with whole beer is flavor, at this point a noticeable mid-palate Brett twang, sligtlly off-putting before the juicy fruit-laden finish kicks in. Drank within 12 hrs of T20, Temptation vertical, Beat 2-3, Sanc 3-4, V004, IP... still easily the best American beer with wild yeast.

12-28-2010 20:30:14 | More by MrChopin
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

4.75/5  rDev +2.6%

On tap at the Big wood..

Unlike my foolish dash to wait in line for the barleywine festival this year, I went at a reasonable time to Big Wood, which fell very fortunately on a Thursday. This was to be the prize and it was still there upon arrival!
She poured golden with almost no carbonation. The sourness reached up for my nose hairs. Strange fruits..throughout the hour I spent drinking this glass, apricots and peaches, cherries and apples and pears all came through in the aroma and background flavor. It was amazing. Slight barnyard going on but very subtle, as was the fruit. Every sip was accompanied by a giggle. It was simply too much fun.
Another outstanding sour from those sneaky Cossacks.

12-06-2010 07:24:17 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of Doodler


4.45/5  rDev -3.9%

An illusive brew I'd wanted to try for some time - so thanks to Jason for offering this one up at his sour party. Poured into my Fantome tulip. Deep aromas of barnyard straw and leather. Pours a cloudy orange with a small head, very little retention, but some decent lacing. Flavors of oaked green apples, peaches and apricots. Nice sour funkiness with some dry / musty flavors. Well carbed, light bodied, and delicious! Sorry this one is so hard to find. A must try sour...

12-06-2010 02:42:24 | More by Doodler
Photo of psiweaver


4.9/5  rDev +5.8%

Had this on tap at Brouwer's Big Wood. Started off the day with two 12oz pours of this

Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice white small fluffy head.

Smells like Cherries and funk and tartness, really complex multi layered and delicious smelling.

The taste is tart cherries with some nice funk to it, but has a nice richness to all of it. really really complex with a ton of flavor without seeming unfocused or balanced. A truly exceptional sour.

the mouth feel was great very smooth and yet just a bit of bite to it to remind you that your drinking a sour. this beer is incredibly drinkable such that I wish I could have it more often.

All in all a world class beer worth searching out.

12-03-2010 16:37:41 | More by psiweaver
Photo of AgentZero


4.47/5  rDev -3.5%

Review #550, thanks to Nate for contributing this rarity at our Chicago Epic: Part Deux tasting.

A - A cloudy coppery gold color with a white head. Decent amount of bubbling in the glass. Pretty good looking.

S - Brett funk, earthy tones, nice grapes come through on this one. Hints of some citrus and lemon as well. There's a fruity sweetness there, cherries maybe? Smells very tasty.

T - Great fruit sourness, cherry mostly, with some nice grape presence. Nice oak barrel with some vanilla, and great barnyard brett here. This beer is really good.

M - Nice carbonation on a ligher medium beer that finishes a little bit dry.

D - Highly drinkable and awesome. So glad I got to have this, as I was not expecting. Here's to bumping into Whales, cheers Nate.

11-18-2010 23:48:27 | More by AgentZero
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +5.8%

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

11-12-2010 00:23:58 | More by mikey711
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


4.83/5  rDev +4.3%

So for my 300th review and my promotion to Disciple of Beer, I figure that I should review a special beer for a special occasion. Again, thanks to Trey, who offered up this bottle for our recent tasting. As I continue to work through my backlog of reviews, this again is reviewed from my notes.

The color is a dirty and burnt orange amber color that glows when held up to the light. The head is creamy and yields some spotty lacing.

Aromas of orange and lemon zest, some cherries, and only a touch of dry cocoa powder. There is a good sourness that comes through with Russian River's funky aroma that complements the citric acidity very nicely. Again, there is a lot of orange and lemon on the palate. Toffee shows up this time and brings with it a compelling almost spontaneous-tasting earthiness. Tart cherries remain on the palate long after the finish.

Light and spritzy carbonation combined with a light to medium consistency. This is somewhat more subdued than the T20, but just as satisfying and enjoyable. The sourness is spot-on, and it doesn't detract from the funky base and fruity aspects of the beer.

11-07-2010 14:28:52 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of JAXSON


4.58/5  rDev -1.1%

I've had this a few different times now. The first review is from the first bottle, 4/2009.

Pours a swirling deep orange, hazy with a pretty large, slowly-receding head. Awesome aroma, bursting with brett, pineapple, some cherries. Strikingly similar to Allagash Interlude at this point. First sip is a punch of sourness, salty almost, really intensified by the high carbonation level. This is not soft at all -- it's hard, really sour and complex. Very little residual sweetness, in fact this is surprisingly close to tasting spontaneously-fermented. There is a really pretty oak, fruit presence in there, behind the bright, tart acidity. Balanced and delicous. As this warms it develops an awesome character, just a full-on explosion of flavor.

After a couple more experiences with this I'm not changing my rating -- it was amazing and it still is, maybe just different in some ways. The most prominent fruit is white grapefruit, in the nose and in the flavor, especially on the finish. In a way I would say that quality is part of the least desirable elements in this, in that it comes across as bitter acids. The nose on this is deep, complex, and fascinating. Stone fruits like peaches really come out alongside the citrus, and it just keeps changing. The brett is exceptionally well integrated especially in the nose. It comes across a tad strond on the mid palate. Working through the bottle it's amazing how this kind of blossoms, how softly ripe peaches become the focus. The yeast really plays well with this as the funk is sharp but expressed through the fruit. This is among the finest sour beers in the world, up there with Blauw and some of the best Cantillon, perhaps not quite as farmy, but this brings it all.

11-05-2010 03:01:10 | More by JAXSON
Photo of beerwolf77


4.43/5  rDev -4.3%

Huge thanks to mothman for sharing this one at our tasting. Poured into my tasting glass fro ma bottle.

A: Dark golden yellow hue. Tiny wisp of head. No lace.

S: There's an initial tart blast followed by a solid amount of wet wood and a hint of black dirt covered wet hay. Mild grape and lemon. Brett is present as well. Funk dubious!

T: Flavor pretty much follows the nose. Sour and funky. Wet dusty wood. Good amount of brett. Just enough pucker power for me.

M: Medium to light body. Light bubbly carboantion.

D: Overall another huge tick in my book. Drinkable as any wild. Thankful I was able to sample this one.

11-04-2010 17:26:11 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of nkersten


4.08/5  rDev -11.9%

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.

11-04-2010 14:56:02 | More by nkersten
Photo of sweemzander


4.55/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle poured into a tasting glass. Big thanks to Ben for sharing this with us; never thought I would end up trying this one!

(A)- Pours a clear orange color that produced an off-white head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- A dry funky aspect. Tart fruits and some earthy clay & hay that open up into a big acidity.

(T)- A nice combo of earthy clay with an acidic fruit sourness. Comes off as a bit sweeter than I expected, but the ample sourness helps clear that up. Really rather good.

(M)- A great carbonation level. Crisp and sour with good fruits. I like that it is a tad sweeter, yet also has some earthy aspects.

(D)- Really. I do not know if Russian River can do no wrong in this category. This one does not disappoint. Bigger sourness, but still carries a nice realm of flavors.

10-25-2010 21:33:33 | More by sweemzander
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

4.43/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

10-25-2010 21:17:29 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of kbutler1


4.47/5  rDev -3.5%

Bottle. Props to Mothman for contributing. Bottle gives a very nice pop. Pours a clear copper color with a nice white head. Malty and sour/tart fruit notes like cherry in the nose. Some Brett makes itself known. Grapes in the nose as well. The taste is a really nice blend of sweet and sour taste. Cherry and grape tart fruit flavors. Nice oak notes as well. Slight bitterness in the ending. Pretty clean ending. A vey fine beer and thankful to get to try it. Light mouthfeel.

10-25-2010 13:28:58 | More by kbutler1
Photo of alcstradamus


4.47/5  rDev -3.5%

Thanks to the "King of Beers" Ben for sharing this one.

Poured into a 5 oz. taster glass. Not a proper vessel for reviewing appearance, so my rating for this category is adjusted to create an accurate overall score.

Pours a crystal clear amber color with effervescent carbonation. The aroma is musty attic up front with a very large amount of nuttiness, earth, and hay.

The flavor is mostly hay and orange peel, with various other earthy notes playing around in the background. Lacking world class complexity, but not world class flavor.

The finish is juicy and a bit dry but not bone sucking. The carbonation is low and appropriate.

Overall this is just a fantastic beer and one of the better American Wild Ales I have had the opportunity to drink.

10-25-2010 00:02:44 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Review 1300. My biggest Wale.

Pours an off-white head. Color is cloudy copper gold. Active carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Grapes up front with the russian river funk. Has some cherry notes. The brett really sticks out a lot. A lot of oak in this beer. Reminds me a lot like the other RR beers' aroma.

Taste: Yep. It is there. Big sour notes with cherries and grapes. A lot of oak and tartness. It does have some vanilla and sweetness which I really enjoy. A nice dose of frunky brett as well.

Mouthfeel: A bit fizzy, but in a good way. Very tart and funky. Light dryness. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. A really nice feel to it. Ends sour and tart.

Overall, a great RR. This beer combines some of the best components of the RR beers I have had. The spice, oak, and tart blend together well and the brett provides a funk that is spot on. No medicinal notes. Very drinkable.

10-23-2010 00:22:12 | More by mothman
Photo of ShadesOfGray


5/5  rDev +8%

Wow! This has got to be in the top 3 beers I've ever had!! Freakin' incredible! Bottle shared with me from Douroguy...thanks Rick!!
Big thanks to Wetherel and StFun for the bottles.

Poured from a cork and caged 750ml bottle poured into my snifter glass. Pours a reddish, orangish, copper color...haha, that's a lot of colors huh? Its a very nice color regardless. Head is an off white, creamy...with very decent retention...and excelent lacing. Lacing stayed on the sides of the glass long after the beer was finished...which went way too quickly!

Aroma is mouthwatering! Loads of tart and funk! Reminds me a lot like Beatification. Not much else to say here...just excelent! Wow, if only all American Wild Ales smelled this good! The tartness is super sharp!

Here we go...
Wow, again...wow! I could drink this, and only this for the rest of my life! Major tart sharpness with a long lasting funk on the back of the tongue. Lots of carbonation and oak/wood notes. The fruit notes are similar to lemon, mixed with an odd sweetness about mid-flavor. Mouthfeel ends slightly dry. I'll say it again, an excelent sour...one of the best I've had! Medium mouthfeel, booze is very low. Thanks again Douroguy!

10-06-2010 16:23:15 | More by ShadesOfGray
Photo of jrallen34


4.2/5  rDev -9.3%

Bottle shared by Nate at out most recent tasting, served into a tulip...Pours light copper peach with an off white head, really good retention but the lacing is a little lacking...Medium aroma that is very musky to start and shows off a lot of oak, very similar to most RR (think consecreation and supplication)...The taste is very oaky as well, some tartness comes through but this is not overly oaky. Not very complex either, oak and funk, wish there was more going on here...A wonderful feel, full, tannic, grape skin...Easy to drink.

Great to try this treasure and its very good for a wild sour. However, doesn't compete with a great Belgian and its not very different than any other Russian River so might as well grab on of those.

10-05-2010 02:23:10 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Bottled shared my masterchiefMD at my tasting on August 7, 2010. Thanks Chris! Served alongside six other Russian River wild ales.

A: This beer appears a hazy orange hue with a small head which fades and leaves some decent lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is wonderful. I was surprised and pleased to detect citrus notes with a musty, funky sourness. Also subtle aromas of oak.

T: Wow. This wild ale lineup is remarkable, and Deviation is among the best of the best. The beer is very pleasantly sour and citric. The taste profile is very complex, with differing degrees of tartness, certainly from the blending. Sonambic Ale, PH1, Orphan Ale and Sanctification batch 001 have been woven masterfully to create this gem. I'm very thankful to have tried it.

M: Very tart, with a slight acetic sharpness in the finish. There is a nice, lingering aftertaste I enjoyed as long as I could.

D: Totally drinkable. I really hope I have an opportunity to enjoy this again.

08-15-2010 01:33:57 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of drabmuh


4.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Thanks Chris for providing this for the Russian River sour tasting at Matt's. A very special treat for all of us.

Beer served in a snifter. Beer is yellowish to amber with a mild haze to it. Forms a momentary head that fades away. Carbonation is low and there is some lacing left on the glass.

The aroma is complicated. Very citric acid leading with decent lactic and a biting acetic note later. There is more acetic in the nose than I expected. There is some oakiness to the whole beer as well. Appropriately leveled sourness for the entire beer.

This beer brings the sour and finishes with the tart, it hits me in the back of the mouth pretty hard. Pretty light in body overall, some mild cherriness to the finish. Strongly acetic though, lactic and citric up front. This was a blend of PH1 and batch 1 supplication, two beers I have not tried individually, this could be one of my favorite sours but if it gets more acetic it may turn the corner on drinkability.

08-10-2010 22:46:20 | More by drabmuh
Photo of womencantsail


4.6/5  rDev -0.6%

A big thanks to Shane for sharing this one at Sour Fest. One of my biggest wants.

A: The pour is a clear dark golden color with some hints of orange and red and a nice white head.

S: Lots of cherries, lactic/lemon acidity, green apple, and maybe some grapefruit too (in terms of all the fruit notes). The oak is wet, musty, and tannic. And there is a solid funk that is earthy and dry.

T: The lemon acidity is bright and clean. The cherry and green apple notes are really intense and provide a nice fruit character on top of the base tartness. Quite dry, both from some brett and oak/tannins.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation. The finish is dry, acidic, and slightly puckering.

D: I see why this is such a whale, it's absolutely delicious. I am very pleased to have try it, and hope I can do so again in the future.

07-20-2010 05:55:43 | More by womencantsail
Photo of DaveJanssen


4.53/5  rDev -2.2%

Split a 750 mL three ways as part one of a night of impressive sours. Big thanks to brian for giving me the opportunity to try this one. Poured into a tulip glass. Reviewed 6/9/2010.

Ar: Tart and beautiful, funky, green apple, heavy sweet floral, cherries, very fruity, great brett character, soft and refined, very sour, peach and apricot, complex and subtle fruit, light alcohol

Ap: Golden amber, very fine haze, white head, great retention and lacing

T: Tart, lactic, funky barn sour with citric end, green apple, tart cherries, very sour, lemons, tart citrus, beautiful melding of rough funk and tart, one of the more acidic geuzes i've had, no acetic acid, acid not too aggressive, soft and polished, brett funk is up front, starts with fruit (peach and apricot) and acid, then floral, then brett funk with tart acidity, ends with long lemon and brett with mild fruit, not especially dry

M: fine high carbonation, prickly acidity, thin mouthfeel, ends with warming acid

O: Not bright but strong and polished, great funk and fruit mix, very strong (but clean and pleasant) acid, darker than expected

It's hard to have a beer of this caliber with an entirely open mind. There were big expectations and i'll admit that i could have been positively influenced by the name of the beer, but it was quite good.

06-20-2010 23:01:13 | More by DaveJanssen
Photo of Chambic


4.88/5  rDev +5.4%

Upset that Icelandair doesn't have daily flights to Reykjavík and that the only one that worked for my schedule caused me to miss Toronado's Russian River Night during San Francisco Beer Week 2010, I had to console myself with a bottle of Deviation at Seattle's Brouwer's Cafe.

Thanks, Nate and Mandy, for making my day.

A: a spectacular, clear cigar brown that sparkles with copper effervescence. A fluffy head sits at the tulip's lip, which clings just enough as I sip.

S: a lovely brett bouquet with a bright, fruity background, it smelled exactly like what I wanted -- and then some

T: the level of funk is perfect, balanced by lots of citrus zing and crisp fruit

M: incredible, this thing is just right. Its beautifully rounded with its medium body, ideal level of carbonation, and the finish is just dry enough

D: I could have this all the time -- and I really wish I could

02.09.10 Brouwer's Cafe in Seattle

06-04-2010 17:09:29 | More by Chambic
Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary from Russian River Brewing Company
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