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Mortification - Russian River Brewing Company

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119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 67
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: largadeer on 02-11-2009)
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mjl21

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%

On tap at Russian River. Poured into their 14 ounce Belgian glass. Listed on the board as being 26 IBUs and 11%.

A-Pours a dark brown with a half finger off white head.

S-Smells sweet. Stone fruit, caramel malt, and candy sugar are predominant. Also getting a tad bit of funk on the nose.

T-It tastes of rum soaked fruit. Pick up on lots of dark stone fruit and pineapple. It reminds me in a lot of ways of a tropical drink. The candy sugar and caramel malt give it a nice sweetness, but it is by no means cloying. The hops stay in the background.

M-Super creamy mouthfeel. It is thicker with a soft level of carbonation.

D-The 11% is very well hidden. I had no problem drinking this one.

A deceptively drinkable 11% beer. I was surprised by how much pineapple flavor was in this one. The citrus gives it a uniqueness to most quads that are dominated by raisins and other dark stone fruits.

06-24-2009 23:57:17 | More by mjl21
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rand

California

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%

From notes, 01/29/11

From Tap to chimay chalice at o'brien's russian river weekend

Pours a dark ruby-red in color, forming a foamy one-inch head in the Chimay glass. The head's trail completely covers the glass is completely covered.

Smells of toasted bread, sweet, suggesting toffee. Candied fruit, figs, along with strong alcohol volatiles round the nose.

The taste follows with sweet malty notes up front, raisins and buttery figs. Really bready. Slightly bitter hops join alcohol spice (although subdued for 11%). Just a touch of grape-like tart toward the finish. Long sweet finish.

Oily slick, mouthfeel, full bodied and rich but never wee sticky. I'm drinking this way too fast for the alcohol, the beer is amazingly balanced. This is crafted as well as any Belgian quad.

12-30-2013 05:59:28 | More by rand
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surfer4life

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

On draft at Toronados

A - Dark copper with minimal head that quickly recedes to a thin film which does however leave some lacing to be seen.

S - Raisins, Plums and light citrus character. Very big caramel maltiness in the nose. Alcohol smell dominates.

T - Is it a barleywine or is it a quad? Vinnie says both. I can see the where you could get that, it does have the fruit and light bitterness that comes with the quad, however I get the great amount of sweetness that comes with a BW. The is a fine tasting hybrid. Raisins, figs and oakiness.

M - Carbonation is just right here, very crisp however it coats the mouth well. Leaves the palate yearning for another baptism.

D - Very much so, but what from Russian River isn't?

02-16-2009 07:33:58 | More by surfer4life
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femALEist

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Had this on tap at Toronado during SF Beer Week
Mortification is a quadrupel and 11% abv. It poured a nice dark chocolate with some red highlights. It smelled of sour malt, toffee, cherry, dried plums and vanilla. It tasted like roasted malt, plums, cherries with a hint of sour funk. Pretty tasty.

03-25-2010 19:24:54 | More by femALEist
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

A - Served a brown-ruby color with a finger of finger of frothy off-white head. Fades at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet dark fruits, raisins, dark cherries, and plums. Also some candi sugar and rich sweet malts. Bit of booze comes through as well.

T - Starts off with some sweet rich dark fruits with plum and raisin coming through. Some candi sugar and a bit of earthiness. Through the middle, some dark cherries and a touch of booze starts to come through. Finish is a mix of rich dark fruits, candi sugar, and some booze alongside with a touch of Belgian yeast.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a big sweet warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balance of big sweetness and warming earthy flavors. Not overly boozy.

04-19-2012 19:35:02 | More by ngeunit1
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DovaliHops

California

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a dark brown with a hint of red, almost a purple color with a tiny white head. Scent is heavy with dark fruits. Biscuits and caramel malt are present as well. A little bit of candied sugar and prunes. Taste is initially sweet malt flavors, immediately followed by dark fruits and Belgian yeast flavors. A little bit of bread-like flavors with just a hint of booze. Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy-smooth. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a fantastic Quad. I love it, and if not for the high ABV, I could have a few of these in one sitting.

12-22-2011 07:51:05 | More by DovaliHops
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Bubba83

California

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

Had a 3oz sample at the 2009 Toronado Barleywine Festival. Even though this isn't a barleywine, it was still somehow in the competition? I'm not complaining.

Sort of a cola colored concoction, maybe a little darker, with some purple and dark reds. Thin rim of fairly vibrant white head with a tiny little bit of lacing.

Smells musty and a little bit cheesy at first, which seems odd. Plum is there too with some roastyness and smokeyness, but the whole thing seems like it has been barbecued, I'm confused, but it does smell nice.

It doesn't taste much like the smell. Starts of sweet and caramel-like, with some dark fruits driving in hard toward the center, then follows with some roasty malt and finally some alcohol and even feint apples int he finish. A little mustyness is present all the way through. Interesting is an understatement.

Mouthfeel is always at a very high standard with RR beers and this guy is no different. Pretty smooth, yet lively and not too heavy.

Outstanding drinkability. Pretty dang easy to quaff really. No alcohol heat is present at all, sort of just like liquid candy... At 11% that's no small feat. Nice all around Quad but a little odd...

04-21-2009 07:33:28 | More by Bubba83
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Gobzilla

California

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured a dark brown in color with burgundy highlights and a half finger of head that left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. Plenty of dark fruit is noticeable upfront in the nose with nice belgian yeast sweetness, slight candi sugar, booze is present and hints of brown sugar. The belgian yeast character was more apparent on the palate alongside dark fruit accents, welll balanced booze that was not overwhelming, subtlt brown and candi sugar but with mild spice. The brew was medium in body with good amount of carbonation which has a sweet, yeasty, dark fruity, slightly boozy and sticky finish. Finally got to tick this beer after some years of chasing. Yeeahh!!

01-26-2013 19:17:18 | More by Gobzilla
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Swonkie

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

10-28-2012 20:04:39 | More by Swonkie
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danwho

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-20-2013 17:19:50 | More by danwho
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N17shelfside

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-27-2013 03:39:36 | More by N17shelfside
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clubarsky91

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-18-2013 18:31:48 | More by clubarsky91
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aasher

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-22-2012 03:46:35 | More by aasher
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Spike-likes-beer

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

05-06-2014 15:07:53 | More by Spike-likes-beer
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-20-2013 01:00:34 | More by drewone
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Azrael


4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-08-2013 04:23:34 | More by Azrael
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

02-05-2012 16:51:09 | More by kspongeworthy
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

06-15-2012 18:45:44 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

01-20-2013 18:46:32 | More by BeerLover99
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mithrascruor

California

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

On-tap at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Pours a very dark, yet clear, ruby-red color. Has a big light tan head with good retention. Aroma is light, but has hints of malt and some smokeyness. Nice malty flavor with hints of cherries (not sour), chocolate, and smoke. Smooth and medium-bodied. Strong ABV, but no real taste of alcohol.

01-30-2011 22:54:00 | More by mithrascruor
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%

On tap at Toronado, San Francisco, CA on 7/21/09.

A - Really pretty ruby/copper-colored body with burgundy and royal purple hues and a thin alabaster head that receded into a thin ring of retention, leaving attractive lacing around the glass. Head flared up with each swirl of the glass.

S - Dark fruit reminiscent of raisins, currants and plums with a prevalent boozy presence. Slight waft of magic marker. Pretty strong, pungent nose with slight sour and oaky notes around the edges.

T - Again, the flavor is heavy on dark fruit and alcohol, although the latter isn't too heavy for a Quad weighing in at 11%. An array of dark fruits akin to raisins, currants, prunes, dates and black cherries come to mind. A slight oaky, sour character emerges in the backend, followed by an earthy hop tinge in the finish. Overall, the dark fruit character dominates the flavor.

M - Medium to full bodied with a very thick, syrupy texture and bristly carbonation. Hint of sweetness with warm alcohol notes and just a tinge of sourness on the palate.

D - Glad to get another "tion" brew from Russian River under my belt, and a rare one to boot! While I don't have a whole lot of Quad experience, I found this one to be pretty damn good.

08-24-2009 00:36:30 | More by ffejherb
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Floydster

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

250 ml serving in a Chimay goblet at the Pizza Port Belgian Beer Party on 3/29/09, reviewed from notes on my cell phone

A-Medium to dark brown color, 3/4 inch creamy off white head that stays around a few minutes, some lacing
S-Floral hops, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee, roasted nuts, dark fruits, candied sugar, and red grapes
T-Starts off with a bitter hop welcome, some sweet malt in the middle that is mostly caramel, more sugar is present later on when it warms, finish is dry and bitter with hoppiness, nicely balanced, get a lot of raisins and toffee later on, also a little alcohol burn
M-Dry, sweet, nutty, and fruity mouthfeel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, taste lingered a long time
D-Could have drank another glass of this, strength is not very hidden, can also be filling, hops do help provide balance against all that sugar, malt, and fruit, decent drinkability

I was really hoping this would make it there and I am glad it did, it was actually the only Russian River brew on draft, got quite lucky with this one, would not quite call this quad, it reminded me more of a barleywine especially with its hop profile, I would like to have this again, recommended

04-02-2009 19:38:17 | More by Floydster
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JWD

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

On tap at RR

A- Golden with fairly high carb, this is a quad.

S- Yeasty, bready and very belgian, i was very interested to try this as it replaced the barleywine that i really like and i had heard that it was kind of a blend of the two, not the case this is a quad straight up.

T- outstanding, i would put this up with any other quad out there.

M- Good, nothing out of the ordinary here.

D- Very good, I could drink several of these but the ABV is dangerous to most.

Overall, i tried it because it was there, good but not something i will quest after but that is just my personal preferance.

03-28-2009 20:25:23 | More by JWD
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glid02

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Served from a growler courtesy of gford217 - thanks!

Pours a slightly hazy light brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates slowly into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated dark fruits - plums and figs - with solid malt aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sugary malt flavors are joined shortly by dark fruits before ending with just a touch of sweetness. The booze is noticeable but not as strong as the ABV would indicate.

Mouthfeel is very nice. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation. Very smooth.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass and could have a few more. This goes down very easily.

Overall this isn't as complex as some of the world-class quads, but the flavors all work very well together. Certainly worth a shot.

03-22-2009 03:35:25 | More by glid02
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Got a growler of this and shared it with a bunch of heads at Capone's 2011 PTY event. Then I used the remains to get drunk late at night at the crib.

A- A loud pop from the lovely RR growler, Mortification comes oozing out a bark brown color with some hazy specks of red on the edge. Alot of foam for a 10 percenter, off white/beige in color, leaves a cap and some streaks.

S- Malt forward would be the smell and Im surprised that Im not drowned out by candi sugar sweetness. Some dark fruits and caramel/biscuit malt, hops don't make a dent and the alcohol is hidden very well.

T- I was really surprised by this one, a very balanced quad without the signature Belgian candi sugar addition, which kills alot of quads for me. I like Vinnies vision for this style. Dark fruit, plum, caramel that is not overstated, morning biscuit and bread, a box of chocolates but no werthers. Balanced and not overly sweet, SWEET!

M- A smooth quad that leaves a lasting impression for a nice while. Semi coating and not hot at all. Medium bodied with present carb that does not bite, or bark for that matter.

D- Another solid take on a style by the RR crew. I don't see why this is not rated higher, it's more drinkable than most authentic Belgians in the same vain. I don't want to sound like a RR fanboy, but they can do no wrong.

04-03-2011 18:41:35 | More by BARFLYB
Mortification from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.