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Mortification - Russian River Brewing Company

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90
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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 68
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: largadeer on 02-11-2009)
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Photo of arash1000
2/5  rDev -50.7%

arash1000, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of deebo
2.53/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at RR. 1 of my favorite styles so of course had to save room for a full pour of this one.

A-Lacks the thick tan head of most quads. This 1 is much weaker with a foam that quickly breaks down. Color is dark brown but transparent.

S-Weak notes of sweet malts, not nearly as complex as the good Belgians.

T-Definitely a subdued quad. Notes of raisin and other sweet malts. Not much else really there. Missing the yeast fruity esters here.

M-Alcohol is a little more evident than the greats. Fairly thin body.

O-A decent quad but is missing the complexity of my Belgian favorites like St. Bernardus and the alcohol is clearly present. Yet to find a good American version of this style.

deebo, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of fezmeister
2.53/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Served as part of a full flight of tasters at Russian River Brewing in Santa Rosa. Guessing it would be large, heavy, and malty, I left it until later in the flight to allow to warm a bit and open all the way. This may have been a mistake, my personal tastes considered. A rich dark mahogany color and nose full of cherries and malt led me to take in a hopeful, healthy mouthful. Unfortunately, that first sip was all I drank, as this beer was simply, well, mortifying to my palate. Big and fruity, but cavity-inducingly sweet, my word. This much sugar would need a truckload of hops to balance the flavor. As a result, the drinkability is dismal, suffering a terrible cloying factor. Worth trying, but I can't picture even a sweet beer afficionado getting all the way through a snifter of this.

On a positive note, nice mellow Belgian yeast flavor with no musty aftertaste.

fezmeister, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared by Thorpe, every brewery makes a bad beer, unfortunately for Russian River, this is it for them. Completely underwhelming piece of trash beer. I won't be going out of my way for this one ever again.

Beer served in a Russian River wine glass because I can. Beer is brown and clear with low carbonation, almost no head, no lacing.

Aroma is sickingly sweet, like malt syrup disolved in water.

Beer is medium in body and really sweet on lead off. The beer unfolds to reveal almost no interesting yeast character and an overly bitter finish. Not pleasant.

drabmuh, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of nataku00
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a goblet at the brew pub. Beer is a muddy brown, a bit of red highlights on the edges when held up to light, with no head. Swirling the beer in the glass force a half a finger's worth of off white foamy head but it quickly dissipates.

Nose is strong, but a bit one dimensional, just boozy dark fruits, rum soaked figs and raisins showing up.

Tastes follows the nose, lots of boozy dark fruits, that borders on unpleasant after a few sips.

Medium body with low carbonation levels makes the beer a bit slick on the tongue, finishing sweet and boozy on the tongue. Definitely a sipper, though the one dimension flavor profile is a bit disappointing.

nataku00, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer appears a hazy shade of brown, with little activity in the way of carbonation. The head is undersized, thin, and wispy, generating virtually no lacing upon the tulip glass.

The aroma is of sweet malts, dark fruits, particularly raisins.

In both the nose and flavor, I find myself missing the yeasty, bready character associated with the style. The beer has a prominent raisin and sweetened malt taste, with additional notes of caramels soaked in alcohol.

The beer is pretty smooth, given the double digit abv. Carbonation wasn't an issue as I thought it would be, based on the appearance.

Underwhelming. A mediocre beer from what is possibly the best brewery in the country. Not nearly in the same league with the great Belgian quads like Rochefort, Chimay, Westvleteren, St. Bernardus Abt 12, etc.

Huhzubendah, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery.

A: Served a dark raisin with a very dense and fuzzy head that faded into a thin and long lasting film/collar. A great network of thin lacing was left down the glass.
S: Light notes of booze, grape skins, dark fruits, and lightly tart scents. Fruit dominates.
T: I get flavors of grapes, raisins, plums, dark fruits, juniper, pepper, coriander and a hint of cinnamon. There is a light tartness that boarders on sour. Hops come through in the finish along with a touch of mint. The aftertaste has that sour fruit skin sensation as well and is a little off putting.
M: Thick full body, very fluffy carbonation.
O: Strange quad, strange beer, and not my favorite from the brewery. Not what I was expecting in a quad, but not a terrible beer in and of itself.

scottfrie, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of emilylee
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

emilylee, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

jsanford, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of bstyle
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

bstyle, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of spamages
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

spamages, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

largefarva, Jan 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

podunkparte, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a sampling glass at the brewery.

A: Tranlucent red amber. Light head. Darkish.

S: Malty and vague Belgian yeast. Some spice.

T: Meh. I'm not huge on American quads and this is no exception. Sweet grape, faint cherry, malty sugars.

M: A touch thin.

O: Good beer, poor quad. Might have again.

AgentMunky, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Retsinis
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fellow BA (thanks Skuter) brought a growler of this back from Russian River to share with a few friends.

A: Poured from the growler into a Bruery tulip glass. The beer is murky to semi clear amber brown, with a copper hue. A nice, bubbly and creamy head rose over a good inch, then settled slowly, leaving behind nice lacing.

S: I get whiffs of caramelized sugar, light Belgian yeast, toffee, caramel, some rye spice, and a mild bready or grainy malt.

T: Raisins, candied figs, some light spice. The yeast and wheat bread notes are subtle, and take a back seat to the upfront flavors. The alcohol comes through a bit as well.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Slick.

O: Good Quad, glad I got to try this one. Great way to start a tasting, but no more than one in a sitting, but for me that's not unusual for a Quad, as the candy sugar flavors are a bit much after 1 glass.

Retsinis, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a stemgoblet at Russian River's taproom in Santa Rosa during their Pliny the Younger release event. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high due to the brewery - which is a favourite from the Americas, and the style - which is one of my favourites.

A: Pours a half finger head of good thickness, nice cream, and abysmal retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Candi sugar, vanilla, plums, chocolate, caramel, and toffee. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Plums, candi sugar, some vanilla, caramel, and toffee. Balanced and full bodied, with delightful complex layering. It's good, but far from the best quad I've had. Very well done for an American quad. Well built all around, and very nicely balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours quite well. Could use more cream. Neither too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV. A lovely little quad, but not the best I've had - even amongst American quads.

B

kojevergas, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 03/05/11 notes. Thanks to Thorpe429 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a reddish, brown murky color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raisins, bready malts, dark fruit, spices, and alcohol.

t - Tastes of raisins, bready malts, alcohol, spices, and figs.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

d - A pretty nice quad from Russian River. Lots of dark fruits and bready malts, and it had a great mouthfeel. Would have again.

mdfb79, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Devi0us, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of gonzowestwood
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

gonzowestwood, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of geuze_gone_wild
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

geuze_gone_wild, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always welcome a new Russian River tick.

A: The pour is a bit light for a quad. It appears to be a dark amber sort of color with a creamy, off-white head.

S: It has the requisite sweetness to begin with. A nice caramel and brown sugar sort of aroma with a fair amount of yeastiness. A mild spice ester profile and maybe even a bit of grape must.

T: Starts out with dark fruit flavors such as plums, red grapes, and cherries. Some toffee, caramel, and molasses are present, which provide some sweetness. However, this has some different flavors that I wasn't quite anticipating. I pick up a fair amount of toasted malt flavor and a sourness that seems to pick up the more I drink.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation being middle of the road (usually I like my Quads a bit more effervescent).

D: This was quite different. I enjoyed it, but it's not exactly what I was anticipating. Still worth trying out, of course, and the complexity of it kept me interested.

womencantsail, Dec 06, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

efrank, Jun 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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Mortification from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.