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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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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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popery

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Good, but a bit of a disappointment. Russian River makes a quad seems like some kind of dream beer description to me. Unfortunately, I found this beer good but disappointing as a quad and as a Russian River beer. It's still quite good, of course. Mortification pours a deep garnet with little head and a bit lacing. The aroma is fairly mild with some bananas, some plums, some spice and a whiff of sour cherries. The sour comes through a touch in the flavor, but it's almost as though the brewery saw a bit of cross-pollination from the sour barrels rather than they were really going for a lightly sour quad. It's fairly dry, especially for a quad. It actually reminds me of a dry barleywine mixed with a tripel, for some reason. The flavors don't punch as much as I would like, but then again, the dryness is a nice contrast to more normal pitfall of a cloyingly sweet quad. Another nice upside to the beer is that it hides the abv almost entirely. I'm pretty shocked to see it listed here as 11% abv. This was my second time tasting this beer and I'm still confused by it.

08-18-2009 04:01:09 | More by popery
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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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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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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

California

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

12-10-2012 02:18:58 | More by AgentMunky
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scottfrie

California

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

12-26-2011 17:20:10 | More by scottfrie
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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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jsanford

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

01-27-2013 20:08:34 | More by jsanford
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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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Arbitrator

California

4.1/5  rDev +1%

Draft at Toronado's Barleywine Festival 2009.

A: Translucent amber. The head has very light retention, and it quickly settles to a ring. Some lacing down the glass.

S: Strong dark fruit aromas: fig, date, plums. Caramel malt, and a nice Belgian yeast nose.

T: The dark fruits dominate the taste, giving it an initial flavor of figs, dates, and plums. A little breadiness in the mid-taste, with caramel malt providing a strong, sweet backbone. The remarkable thing is that the finish is quite dry.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. Well-masked ABV.

D: I'd like to have this again. I could definitely have a couple of pints.

02-16-2009 04:44:23 | More by Arbitrator
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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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notchucknorris

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

On tap at O'Brien's

A: Dark brown color with a thin tan head.

S: A nice, complex aroma. Some hints of dark fruit along with some dark caramel and a touch of light hops.

T: Dark fruits upfront with some bready malt, toasted rye and a touch of earthy hops on the finish. Maybe the best American quad I've had to date, but it has nothing on the complexities found in some of the better Belgian quads.

02-01-2012 05:03:12 | More by notchucknorris
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1%

A nice pour from a growler thanks to onix1agr.

A- a nice hiss when the cap is popped, that's a good sign being that this was a hassle to finally get. A finger or so of tan head from an aggressive pour that held for a bit before settling and leaving a thin ring. Rather clear red brown in color with amber red highlights.

S- bready and sweet with a nice light spice to it. Some dark fruits, figs, raisins, bits of cherry.

T- soooo nice. Opens up with dark bread, brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits with dates and dried cherries. Background spices that lean towards the fall variety. Flavors are well balanced and very complimentary, they flow into each other super smoothly.

M- on the fuller side of medium but not heavy. There's a bit of slip to it. Carb was solid considering the long trip this took. Just about right for the style. Very smooth with almost no heat on the palate just a nice warming in the belly.

O- well rr never let's me down and I had reservation about this one from jump street. A nice quad and one that is super drinkable even fresh. I'd like to see what a bottle of this would do with some time down.

04-03-2011 20:04:35 | More by oglmcdgl
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-10-2012 21:50:05 | More by JRod1969
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n2185

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-18-2013 21:29:00 | More by n2185
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tbeq00

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-28-2012 21:28:13 | More by tbeq00
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jvillefan

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

01-30-2013 18:43:58 | More by jvillefan
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%

11-16-2011 20:43:36 | More by codynevels
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%

Tried on tap at Russian River, 26 Dec 2011. Served in a ~12 oz. tulip.

Small light brown head. Medium carbonation. Clear medium brown color. Aromas of vanilla, bubble gum, caramel, cola and ethanol. Starts a bit fruity, cherry mostly. Cola, ethanol and a mild cinnamon/nutmeg spiciness comes through in the middle. Also some molasses and caramel. A touch of yeast. Medium body, warming alcohol. Slightly medicinal, woody finish and aftertaste.

Insert something witty here. I got nothin.

01-01-2012 17:37:08 | More by htomsirveaux
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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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monitorpop

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

A: Deep dark amber/ruby with a half finger off white head. Decent lacing.

S: Candied sugar, brandy, sweet cherry.

T: Starts off sweet. Some dark fruit (figs, cherries). Malts & bready belgian yeast. slightly burnt sugar a touch of hops in the finish to balance it out.

M: Smooth with medium carbonation and a warming mild alcohol burn.

O: A top notch quad. Up near my favorite quads (Westvleteren 12 & De Struise St. Amatus 12). They should start bottling this one.

01-11-2012 01:21:08 | More by monitorpop
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-09-2011 08:01:30 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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impending

California

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

A

At the source. Crystal clear, rich deep red stained mahogany. Lighter in color than most quads. Served with minor head, nice lacing.

Aroma is unmistakable, thick and heavy. The dark fruits include a hint of black cherry and a touch of sour for good measure.

Taste is sweet, hint of a barleywine. Nice flavor evolution from tip of the tongue to the quietly lingering aftertaste, delicious. While the hop taste is significant for a quad it is relatively minor but of particular note for this style of brew. The alcohol is very restrained, I would not have minded it if it had been more forward. Mouthfeel is viscous without becoming cloying.

One of those brews that I really enjoy yet want to like it even more!
cheers
jd

12-23-2010 23:44:31 | More by impending
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jkane101

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%

05-10-2013 00:45:03 | More by jkane101
Mortification from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.