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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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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted blindly courtesy of the Blind BIF. Poured into Lost Abbey teku glass.

Appearance: Pretty amber/brown and a nice fluffy two finger head. Great lacing as the head dies down.

Smell: Oak is most prominent, with some strong fruity balance that I believe is cherry. Definite acetic tart odor as well. Stronger aroma would have gotten this rated higher.

Taste: Fantastic. Oak, vinegar, and fruit all blend together fantastically. The malt body is a perfect balance to carry the rest of the flavors.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, with a nice carb level.

Drinkability: Very high - this beer is the perfect amount of sour for when you're not trying to rip your enamel off.

Overall: This is a great beer. Honestly this is about perfect for the style, and I don't have much bad to say about it at all. I could drink this regularly.

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

Thanks for sharing MrFootstones!

A: Pours a clear amber brown with a quarter inch light tan head that faded to collar. Spotty lace.
S: Clean brown ale nose with the addition of tart citrus. Light scents of raisins and red fruits come through beneath.
T: Like the nose, smooth brown ale flavors blend well with dry and tart flavors of citrus and apple juice. Raisin, amber malts, citrus juice, berries and a little bit of cherry and oak are present as well.
M: Bubbly and tingly carbonation, lightly greasy mouthfeel, mild tartness.
O: A bit underwhelming but there are no bad flavors to this beer, just muted. A very easy drinking and mild sour.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mikereaser
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Amy Fowler for a chance to try this beer.

A - Pours a dark brown with a few floaties, there is a nice short white foam that left some lacing down the glass.
S - Nice sour aroma, green apple and sour cherry, some oak, like someone else commented, smells like the beginning of consecration and supplication. a mix between the two.
T - Very vinous taste, a very faint version of consecration, light oak and wine flavor but not much more else. Kind of disappointing.
M/D - thin bodied, nice carbonation, this beer seems unfinished, maybe rushed. Its good, but most likely not what it could have been.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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