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Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.61
pDev: 6.94%
Wants: 618
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: mnapier on 04-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to sincereNC for sharing this one with the group! A MASSIVE tick for my Russian River -tion Quest as I never thought I would get a chance to taste this one! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, sour, and tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, funk, sour, tart, and fruit undertones. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this brew is nothing short of excellent! This one really lived up to the hype for as both the aroma and flavor on this one were nothing short of phenomenal. Unfortunately I couldn't taste the rare, but I have decided not to dock any points for this fact. The nice fruit undertones I got in this one helped to blend the beer together and not make it a sour/tart bomb by refreshing the palate slightly between sips. A really well done brew that has held up wquite well over time. Worth the trade weight for sure!

Photo of Verecund
4.3/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened and consumed on June 7, 2011. For some time, this was my personal white whale. Review #250.

Deviation pours a clear tangelo with a one-finger papaya whip head. Decent lacing.

A bright lemony citric acidity softened with peach and wonderful brettanomyces claussenii pineapple. There’s a suggestion of earthy (and mushroom, specifically) funk, especially on the finish, and some nice oakiness.

As expected, there’s a fruity bouquet of the citrus (lemon), peach, some cherry, and apple, along with an accompanying (restrained) tartness and lactic sourness. (White grape as well. I keep trying to figure out a way to describe the progression of fruit, but it’s difficult.) It’s tamer than I expected in many ways, but pleasantly complex. Some mushroomy funk, though less than might be expected from a beer that’s 3+ years old, and oak. Lightly tannic finish.

Soft mouthfeel, great balance, and just lively enough. The lingering lactic sourness leaves you wanting more.

Russian River is one of my favorite breweries in the US and Deviation doesn't really disappoint, though it doesn't blow me away as much as I expected. Delicious, but I wouldn't hold onto it any longer since the flavors don't pop as much as others discuss; it's a little "flabby," so I suspect this bottle was on the decline.

EDIT: A second bottle in May 2013 was better than this first one. So storage conditions appear to be unsurprisingly important here.

Photo of akorsak
4.52/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wetpaperbag for this long ago trade. A corked and caged 750 mL bottle.

A: The wild ale, a treasure finally seeing its time in the sun, is a tea-colored orange-brown hybrid. Darker than I was expecting, the ale retains its translucence. Each pour, done sparingly, leads to a finger of eggshell white head. A few stray legs of lace are the only remnants of the head above the beer level.

S: Very tart, the lemon in the nose flicks at me. Lots of berries and fruit, all sweet and strong, contribute. A wooden fullness, lending vanilla, is comforting. Grapes and apples bring a sweet-and-sour combination. Heavy on the citric acidity; no acetic aromas here.

T: Wow, not nearly as tart as I was expecting. The blending has taken rough edges off, replacing them with sweet berries and wood. On second thought, the ale is plenty tart. Further reflection does a body good. The lemony tartness is strikingly acidic, a citric blast night and day from that of hops. Behind the lemon, ripe berries and fleshy core fruits linger. The wood binds everything together, adding vanilla and strength. Sweet and sour grapes and apples provide a tart-free flavors in the later stages of each sip. Tropical fruits, pineapple and coconut, are also present adding more citrus fodder.

M: Flickering tartness registers throughout. The wild flavors are strong and focused, lemony with a strong biscuity finish. A full taste comes through in every sip.

O: As with most good to great sours, I find that the ale fills me up quickly. A great way to get filled up though.

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's taken me more than 2.5 years, but here's review #100

A - pours like the setting sun with a light layer of head and legs for days.

S - bright lemon citric acid, grapes, green apple, oak, and enough funk.

T - Spectacular! The taste is just like the nose, perfectly blended citric acid with grapes, oak, and nice funk.

M/D - Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel. I had to make sure to put my glass down between sips or I just kept bringing it to my lips.

I'm glad I finally decided to open this bottle with my tasting group. It's over 3 years old now, and it's amazing. The best American Wild Ale that I've had to date.

Photo of drinksyrup
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i will start by saying i am very bias to Russian River brews...I love them
I opened a bottle of this with a few BA's having a "tion" tasting. we have beatificaion, supplication, depuration, consecration, temptation, and the deviation.

pour was a little more agressive then i thought after the age. i have have this beer a few times and it doesnt seem to have lost any carbonation.
the smell is great! close to beatification. I really think this is my favorite russian river brew. Taste is most close to the beatification of the night, but I taste the PH1 in it.

simply a great beer!

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.87/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy coppery color and is capped with a relatively impressive (for style) creamy white head.

S - The nose is funky, fruity, and tart. Medicinal brett, pineapple, peach, pear, citrus and white grape are infused with a woody robustness to produce an aroma that is endlessly complex. It is hard to do it justice with words; sublime and delectable don't even begin to cover it.

T - The brew is fantastically delicious. It reminds me of some of the best Cantillons I've had. Earthy, floral and farm-y notes comingle with overripe stone fruit, grapes of several varieties, slight charred oak, lemons, sweat, elderflower, white grapefruit, peach and pear, band-aid, and more. The taste seems to evolve through a multitude of impressions, even within each sip.

M - The feel is bright, softly effervescent, and lighter than medium-bodied, with a lingering tartness that finishes with a mouth-watering sensation.

O - To date, this is the best Russian River offering I've had; it is atop the list of best Wilds I've had, too, along with IP.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Andre for the bottle!

Pours a cloudy, glowing, orange with a thin white film on top. Mostly just a white collar remains after time. Light lacing.

Sour, acidic, orange, strawberry, peach and oak barrel. Hint of vanilla and mustiness. Wet hay, light barnyard funk. Great complexity. I love the fruit notes.

Orange, lemony-strawberry soaked oak. Earthy hay and light vanilla. Oak tannin. Good level of brett funk and lacto sourness throughout. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slick and soft. Great mixture of funk and sourness for an American Wild. Carbonation is spot on and the ABV is unnoticeable. Excellent feel.

Overall, this is one of the best American Wilds I have ever had. I found the flavor profile to be somewhat similar to Duck Duck Gueuze, except that the brett presence is more dominant here and the level of complexity is greater. Deviation seems to still be drinking very well at this age, but I get the feeling it may have been just a touch better a year or two ago. Worth seeking out, because it is very well done, but maybe not worth the whales it currently lands. Still, highly recommended.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

MASSIVE thanks to Tim for getting this for me. Dedicated to my new house.

poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass, served at 46 degrees

pours a deep gold with slight hue of brown. light fluffy white head that leaves very light retention. very light lacing.

has that very typical russian river sonambic scent. deep sour flavors combined with a light peach and apricot. a light zest to it.

starts out quite sour and then quickly allows the flavors to really emerge. lots of peach and apricot just dominate. light grape and lemon as background fruit. a light oaky and leathery combination then begin to show themselves. a very fruit finish. a bit of oak in the aftertaste.

perfect carbonation, really highlights the flavors. a hint of dryness. sourness really tingles the mouth, but for a short time so the flavors are never dulled.

this is pure perfection. i am always weary of hype but this is not hype, this is the real deal.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared with a group of friends in December of 2010.

A-pours a hazy dark amber color, almost cider like. the head is fluffy and pure white in color with a fair bit of lace left behind.

S-dusty oak hits the nose with touches of sawdust from the barrel. sour notes present with a perfect integration of brett. a blast of peaches, tart lemon, and red grapes accompanies the aroma with tons of juicy dark fruits. well integrated and balanced with a deep complexity.

T-the tartness is right up front with a fair bit of sourness. juicy red grapes and a nice dry oak comes in. the brett plays a little stronger in the flavor as the juicy red grapes are nicely sour lingering on the back of the palate with a note of tart blackberry. This has an amazing balance and integration of flavors. the brett has become a hint strong dropping it just under perfection but the subtly and balance makes this the best beer I've ever had.

M-the body is medium with a lively carbonatio and a spritzing feel in the back. very tart and dry but not puckering at all.

D-damn near the perfect beer, the balanced and complexity are off the charts with an integration of flavors fit for the gods. the brett is starting to make a move but still holds up just about perfectly.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.97/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Received this in a trade a few weeks ago and couldn't wait to pop it open. I opened this with jh1982 and our friend Forest. It was enjoyed by all, and probably one of my top American Wild Ales. Really glad I got the chance to finally try this one.

The appearance on this is beautiful, and with the amount of yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle I was surprised with the clarity of my first and second pour. It is a nice red-amber color with a fluffy white head. It leaves some light lacing down the sides of my glass, with a light leg to follow.

The smell is amazing, and it is an omen to what is about to be the best tasting beer I have ever had. This has some amazingly fruity smells, with green apples, peach, and soured lemon rind. It opens up after a few swirls and some light vinegar and sour candy start showing their presence.

Best tasting beer I have ever had? Its up there, and I was kind of surprised this beer lived up to all of the hype. It is amazingly balanced and complex, with so many intricate flavors showing face throughout. It has a great green apple and citrus flavor that is paired with a nice lactic and framboise like sourness. It has a bit of wood from the barrel with a must and vinegar note once it warms. Rind of both lemons and orange, with a cranberry tartness. Absolutely delicious sour.

It is perfectly balanced between sour and fruity, with a perfect level of bottle conditioning. It is just enough sweet to counteract with the sour, and the wide array of fruit play all over the palate. Like I said earlier, the bottle conditioning is spot on. One of those beers that I truly want on tap at my house 27/7. Could drink this day after day and not get board with it at all.

I would like to thank my trader for supplying this bottle, never really thought I would be able to get my hands on this one. Russian River is truly an amazing brewery.

Photo of jsilva
4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared at a tasting with some other BA's thanks Brian for bringing this one.

A- Nice amber gold appearance pours so nicely into an allagash tulip. Nice small white head with some slight retention.
S- Not super complex on the smell with mostly apple juice, green apples and light wood. Some slight leathery funk but very subtle.
T- Just like the smell but so perfectly balanced with sour sweet juicy apples, grapes, slight red wine vinegar, and a bit of citrus fruit. Perfect amount of sourness not over the top.
M- Very nice balanced sourness not overpowering and dry finish with good carbonation.
D- This was very refreshing and I will definitely look forward to having this one again.

Photo of muttyd
4.62/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*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.

Photo of rye726
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MrChopin
5/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of dragonWhale
4.77/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Doodler
4.45/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of psiweaver
4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of AgentZero
4.47/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mikey711
4.89/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of JAXSON
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.42/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of nkersten
4.08/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary from Russian River Brewing Company
100 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.