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Symposium Sour Brown Ale - Russian River Brewing Company

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Symposium Sour Brown AleSymposium Sour Brown Ale

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very good

75 Ratings
no score

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 58
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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4.6/5  rDev +17%

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.

10-28-2012 19:31:29 | More by cbeer88
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3.63/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

09-12-2012 19:33:28 | More by scottfrie
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-20-2012 03:25:30 | More by ellswrth
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3.38/5  rDev -14%

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.

06-24-2012 03:56:50 | More by mikereaser
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-29-2012 15:06:31 | More by Bike2work
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-13-2012 20:42:14 | More by seeswo
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-02-2012 17:49:29 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

04-27-2012 22:31:13 | More by popery
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

02-22-2012 07:04:46 | More by MasterSki
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-21-2012 04:52:20 | More by sliverX
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

02-20-2012 18:32:58 | More by Sammy
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New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-20-2012 15:30:01 | More by trxxpaxxs
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-13-2012 03:59:42 | More by alano
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-27-2011 15:20:28 | More by SPRichard
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

12-04-2011 13:59:23 | More by AshleyMiller
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-22-2011 03:47:27 | More by bob727
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-19-2011 17:51:53 | More by jerichobear
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

11-18-2011 14:59:06 | More by jh1982
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

11-15-2011 20:18:24 | More by DJButters
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-15-2011 17:23:45 | More by BeerThursdays
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-15-2011 17:17:27 | More by MrFootstones
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-15-2011 13:57:50 | More by sideshowe
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

11-14-2011 17:52:57 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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5/5  rDev +27.2%

11-14-2011 17:25:17 | More by Jspriest
Photo of patm1986

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%

Notes from the final course at Monk's RR Dinner 7 June 2011

Cream filled donuts with local rhubarb

mud brown with a red base hue with an inch of tan head.

smells like soured malt, wood chips, a little honey, and some, just a light amount, molasses. smells much like a starting point for consecration.

reallly niiice. not as intense as consecration, but it has most of its characteristics: mild cassis, oak, cherry, bread. smooth, mild funk in comparison. the donuts were a miss unfortunately, but it is incredibly difficult to make donuts to order for 75 ppl, so it was understandable. the rhubarb was brilliantly paired. this beer is a course good enough on its own.

some bite that numbs the mouth, but, overall, thicker than most sour brown ales with some creaminess to balance the whole palate experience.

thank you, monk's, as always. this was one INCREDIBLE experience.

11-02-2011 15:37:07 | More by patm1986
Symposium Sour Brown Ale from Russian River Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.