Symposium Sour Brown Ale - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 59
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 02-11-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Funky aroma, light brown coloured body with little head. Tasty,mild cherry, malty Worcester sauce, very drinkable. Nothing exceptional to report as I was expecting more from RR, just very nice and earthy that I would have again. Thanks for sharing, Jon.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Brien's Pub in San Diego, CA.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruity and sugary aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight vinegar and acidic flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber, copper mix with a single finger head.

S: Definitely sour and tart dark fruit, mostly cherry.

T: The taste comes on sour but moderately so and not quite as strongly as the aroma. Also tart with dark fruit and earthy notes.

M: Light to medium bodied, surprisingly smooth and mild to moderate carbonation.

Overall: More drinkable than the aroma forebodes. This is my first from Russian River as I live in Florida. Very drinkable sour brew.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Calton for sharing this one at my house on Monday night. Really appreciate it man, loved the vertical/horizontal, whatever we call this.

The winner of the day for me, this one ours out a nice lovely brown color with an off white head that streaks down the sides of the glass,

Lovely aroma is a mixture of sour and sugary malts wonderful dark fruits, caramel, toffee, tart cherries, really the closesst thing I have had to a consecration in a long time. Smooth as silk with a great finish and wonderful back to it.

Sooo far and away the winner of the day, just a great, great beer.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle generously shared by Tim. Thanks!

A: The pour is a light brown, call it amber, color with a minimal amount of off-white foam.

S: Really a strange aroma. It's a little bit salty at first, and there's a touch of sulfur. Lots of yeast and a fair amount of oak. Some dark fruit notes and a little bit of wine. There is some acidity, but it's not as strong as I would expect.

T: Really heavy on the oak and yeast. There is a decent enough tartness, and it's mostly green apple with a little bit of lemon. Some miscellaneous dark fruit notes, but they're sort of weak/faint.

M: Medium in body with a very high carbonation and a dry finish.

O: Fairly disappointing. This beer seems sort of rushed. It would be nice to have seen what this could have become with some more time in the barrels.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of largadeer
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy brown with purple highlights. Little head or lacing.

Smell: There's a huge cab barrel character to the noise. Very vinous and fruity, brett-heavy with a touch of lacto beneath the funk. Surprisingly, Sierra Nevada's kellerweiss yeast is very noticeable too, lending a little sulfur and spice.

Palate: Crisp, mild lactic sourness up front. Some bready brown malt, tons of cab barrel providing vinous fruitiness, and a hint of weissbier yeast. The kellerweiss yeast strain may not have been the best choice here, it's somewhat at odds with the bacteria and wine barrel. Very oaky, tannic finish, quite dry. Tastes a bit young, another 6 months in the barrel probably would have produced a better beer, but it's still very enjoyable.

Overall: Good, but not one of Russian River's better sours. It comes across as a rushed effort.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of nickfl
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small, off-white head of foam on top of a hazy brown body with amber highlights. The head settles rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - Deep funky wild yeast character with notes of wet dirt, balsamic vinegar, and burning gunpowder. There is also a bit of caramel and toasted malt in the background to play counterpoint to the phenolic craziness of the bugs.

T - Surprisingly light up front with a little bit of thick toffee and just a hint of lemony tartness. Some acetic acid comes out in the middle with a bit of caramel. The beer finishes with peppery acidity and a bit of earthy funk hiding in the background.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry, somewhat astringent finish.

D - Interestingly it has a very wild aroma but a surprisingly mild flavor profile. The malt is rich and the beer thick bodied, but it finishes quite dry with an astringent, chalky mouthfeel. The acidity is moderate; not puckering, but significant enough to let you know that there were bugs and time involved in the production of the beer. Not bad overall, but something about the taste is flabby and a bit disappointing and I am not particularly broken hearted that this was a one time brew.

Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Toronado. Served in a tulip.

A - Plum brown body, with a finger of white foam that quickly settles to a thin collar and minimal lace.

S - It's a sour brown alright - lactic acidity, dry oak, green funk, some vinous and sour cherry character, and a bit of malt character.

T - Green funk, sour cherries, lactic sourness, some oak, over a light brown ale backdrop. The finish is a bit weak.

M - Medium body, pleasant carbonation, smooth texture, and no obvious alcohol. Surprisingly little tannic presence here.

D - Good stuff, but nothing special. I thought the additional age might help this beer, but it's a somewhat underwhelming offering from Russian River. With so many better offerings this was one and done.

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Monk's Cafe.

Pours a dark golden copper color that's almost brown with golden mahogany edges and a 1.5 finger off white head. Good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring.  Streaky spots of lace left behind.  

Slightly funky aroma with lots of sweet vinous dark fruit notes.  A good barrel character with hints of earthy oak and subtle creamy vanilla.  Slightly funky with Brett but pretty tame.  More vinous red wine notes than funk with lots of dark berries.  

Medium bodied and puckering with a nice tart presence that lingers into a slightly acetic dry finish.  Not as funky or sour as I expected.  The brown ale notes are almost completely overshadowed with only a faint malt presence.  Funky dry brett/bugs and lots of vinous dark fruit/red wine notes.  Lots of dark grape, sour cherry and other dark fruit.  Sweet with subtle funk without being overly sour.  Decent but the notes from the base beer are complety absent making it a bit one dimensional.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Monk's Cafe for beer week, what a place.

A- Poured in the tulip, Symposium is a ruddy brown color with some spots of faint red. A bit of suds on top toffee colored, ok retention, no stick.

S- Very winey, cab barrel influence with some brett and funky yeast. Oak comes through but does not overkill. Malt from the brown base.

T- A winey brown ale with some malt backing. Getting the cab up front here, wine is apparent with brett and tannin quality, slight lactic tone and light yeasty bread.

M- Feel is about less than medium it's kinda spritzy off the tap, oak stays with me and the tartness is not so much. I can taste the base as much as the bell's and whistles.

O- I really enjoyed this, easy enough to drink and it lives up to it's name.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Monk's. Thank goodness for leftovers!

A: The wild ale is dark, a caramel brown color that is opaque. A thin head came with the glass.

S: The nose is funky, tart with lemony citric acids. The horseblanket funk really stands out, the wildest of the RR ales on tap today.

T: Darker caramel malts, horesblanket, lemony citrus. Six words succinctly cover this ale. More in depth, the acidic bite has a soft acetic underside, vinegary in just a small dose. The darker malts don't make much of a difference, allowing the brett to control the ale with plenty of tart funk flavors. Very dry in the finish with just enough of a pucker factor.

M: An honest to goodness sour at PBW? Nice! Plenty of brett to go around, a nice sharp bite in every sip.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

6/24/2011

Thanks to Jason for opening the bottle.

A: Amber with a frothy white head.

S: Lactic and acetic with a lot of oak. Salty and lemony. Notes of ripe berry with a light earthy funk.

T: Oak and light vinegar. A low acetic acidity with lemon and berry. Finish is oak and fast fading.

M: Upper light body with less than desirable low carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little thin with a stickiness.

Overall: Somewhat bland to be honest, especially considering the two breweries involved. It comes off as rushed. Still, a decent beer.

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Symposium Sour Brown Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.