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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.75%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bierman9 on 10-27-2004

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Photo of rfgetz
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed ppale straw color, as expected a rush of bubbles forms a pillowy head, diminishes quickly but leaves sticky rings around the glass. Scent is all about the sour and funk... while being 100% brett, I would expect the funk to dominate, but it is there in perfect amounts while letting other components come through, the tart and sourness is welcome considering the yeast used. Hints of musty grain complete the profile. First sip is whats expected from the scent, great blend of tart and sour flavors with barnyard funk, musty wet straw and a kiss of riper watery fruit. Medium bodied, bubbly carbonation, dry and slightly puckering. A nice simply constructed beer that shows the quality of ingredients and crafstmenship are what makes a great beer.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks to ablackshear for this extra from a trade!

batch 6. nice loud pop when cork came out of the bottle.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: opaque and hazy straw yellow bodied beer with big fluffy white head. Drops down slowely to a ring with clumpy lacing.

Smell: green apples, oaky, lemons, earthy with mild funk.

Taste: mild tartness in the for of citrus, but primarily lemons. Oaky and a touch of vinous. Really earthy and funky mostly musty and barnyard. Nice oak barrel notes as well with just a hint of white grapes.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Soft and gentle carbonation. Really easy drinking beer.

Overall: I think this is more brett forward sour than a tart sour beer. I really liked it and its just another wonderful offering for the sours line up at russian river.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I'm not one to go for the tick, but this is Vinnie's recently reformulated recipe that I was lucky to get a growler of thanks to Chris. Split this with a few friends as a precursor to a gueuze tasting.

The pour is hazy yellow-orange with good retention and mild lacing. On the nose, this reminds me of my friend Mike's homebrews in a good way. Plenty of clean citrus aromas, with mild lactic character. When revisited after a real gueuze, it reminds me of a hoppy beer, that's how bright the citrus/pineapple character is. Pretty awesome, it's radically different from past incarnations, but still very,very good. On the palate, the gamut of citrus fruit flavors with orange and pineapple are replicated with a moderate, spicy funk with lemon pepper. The finish is dry with more citrus. The mouthfeel is rather surprising, with a definite "ropiness" leading to a slick palate that's out of touch with the bright citrus and light body. Carbonation is solid, but all told, the finish is a little disappointing. That said, I did not have a problem revisiting this beer 5 separate occasions tonight, each time being a different experience. Highly recommended


**Edit 16 Mar 2014**
Bottle, batch 003 that I received in separate trades from Faro and largadeer. Thanks, guys. This particular batch got a 4.95 from me back in 2008. Let's see how it's coming along.

A clear golden amber with a thin, wispy head that falls off to a ring leaving little lacing, this looks solid. The nose has a beautiful melony funk, mildly earthy, a little dusty, nutty ( almonds) , honeydew melon, a tartness reminiscent of Meyer lemons. The palate is similarly delightful. A light yogurty lactic tartness, a clean citrus note, a brightness that has flavors of white peach, cantaloupe and honeydew melon. A mild Brett note- a touch of clove, a wisp of bandaid, are also present. Drying on the finish with a soft, buttermilk-like lactic tartness, along with a touch of honey, this is exquisite. Carbonation is moderate, lending a mild carbonic mineral bite, beautifully so. Still spectacular. 4.5/4.75/4.75

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Photo of tigg924
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful funky beer. Appearance is hazy caution light yellow with 1/4 inch head and high carbonation. Taste is funky with white wine, oak, and funk in the taste. Body is light and bubbly. I prefer other Russian River beers better, but would not hesitate to pick this up again. Great beer.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to HopHobo for sending this my way in a trade. Day 1 of insane DrJay visit epic tasting.

Pours a cloudy golden, big thick pillowy off white head forms, drops some nice lacing, settles to a thin layer, great retention, looks nice. Smell is neat, brett funkiness, some acidity, lemon and orange zest, wood, leather, honey, vanilla, barnyardiness, straw, pretty nice. Taste is acidic to begin, oak, quite tannic, lemon juice, funky, grapefruits, very juicy, nice and sour in the finish, vinegary, pretty kickass. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, very drinkable sour, sourness is well balanced, very nice. I dig this one a lot, lots of character but not over the top. Thanks a ton Matt!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

550mL bottle poured into a stemmed Ommegang flute; batch 005

Pours a golden yellow with a foamy, frothy paper white cap. Cap settles to a thin layer over the body with a bold collar forming along the edges. Decent lacing.

The aroma is deep and musty. Lemon, soft peaches, tartness, chamomile, and horse blanket funk. Soft and inviting.

Loads of lemon tartness, soft hay, peaches and white grapes. A Belgian Blonde with Brett, very nice. A fantastically light and playful beer. Flavors all hit at once and subside into a tart finish.

Light and playful, crisp and clean, with a tart, dry finish. Perfect.

Delightfully drinkable. The tartness never really builds and makes itself unwelcome.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, batch 005 opened on 4.15.12

A - Pours a light cloudy, pale orange with a small white head that fades to a few small white bubbles on the edges.

S - Lots of funk, lemons, wheat, and some oranges.

T - Sour oranges and lemons.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Wonderful tartness and flavor. Making me wonder if I should fly to RR or not?!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a fuzzy and inviting yellow haze. Aroma is salivation inducing, tart, slightly lemony, just perfect.

Taste is great, straightforward sour, similar to temptation in many ways, although a little less complex. Gets the salivary glands working overtime, small amount of white wine residual to it. Very easy to drink. Seems to go good before or after any beer. Light in body, relatively high in sourness. No real discernable fruit feel to it, other than maybe the aforementioned lemon.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml c&c dated 11/27/2012, poured into a Russian River stemmed snifter and quaffed today on a 80 degree afternoon in Wisconsin, 5/18/2013. Cork popped hard, forboding great things for this beer.

Aroma: I get tons of Brett funk along with very tart cherry and vinegar. Tons and tons of it all. It reminds me of a funky chardonnay- its got that sweet tartness along with that earthy funk. A bit one-dimensional but definitely brings its game. (4)

Colour: Pours a hazy straw blonde colour with a ton of head- even as I pour slowly it throws up a massive >3cm head that slowly recedes into a supremely thick white film that is about half a cm. And stays that way. The lacing is spectacular on this Russian River glass. Absolutely amazing and appetizing blonde. (5)

Flavour: Woo! Lots of sour funk up front that makes me pucker up a bit, followed by a more subdued tartness reminding me of cherry and grapes along with a sweet breadiness ending in a vinegary and lemony funk. Very unique flavour profile that I cannot help but savor. Delicious combination of Brett funk, tart vinegar and malt backbone. I've never tasted anything quite like this and I'm very impressed. If this kind of beer was its own category rather than an AWA, I can't imagine anything being much better. I actually would like a bit more tartness on top of the funkiness, but honestly it's world class. (4.75)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale with incredible carbonation that isn't too over the top. A bit dry but stings the palate everywhere it comes into contact with a nice tart funkiness that lingers as the aftertaste briefly. It's very quaffable and refreshing- perfect for a 80 degree day in May. (4.25)

Overall: Russian River does it again. I feel they pretty much own the AWA category at this point in my young sour appreciating life. Very quaffable, full of complex flavours that satisfy my palate without overloading it while not being too heavy on any one particular characteristic. I am a big fan and will continue to seek out the Russian River offerings whenever I can get them. And you should too. (4.25)

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Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Monks in Philly for the Zwanze 2012 celebration/release.

Pours a cloudy light golden color with a frothy white head that retains fairly well and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Aromas begin with some crackery pilsnery malt and some champagne-esqe vinous oak notes. As it warms I get some light citrus, funk, earth and doughy yeastiness with emerging green apple.

The tastes follow the nose with the clean pilsner, maybe some wheat maltiness and then the sour lemon, funk, oak and apple skin flavors come in. The backbone has a definitive Belgian Bretty yeast presence throughout.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average champagne-esqe effervescent carbonation. Finish is plesantly sour and dry but not overly so in either category.

Overall I enjoyed this very much for my first time sampling it. I was always hesitant because of the inflated price tage but for $5 on draft at a bar during Zwanze Day, why not give it a go (or 2). I enjoy this offering more than Supplication as I feel it is a bit more complex and the flavor profile pops just a bit more.

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Photo of dgilks
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale straw colour with a small white head. Decent head retention for a sour. Nice lacing.

Light lactic and acetic tartness. A touch of crisp apple and pear aroma.

Nice lemony character with plenty of tartness. Hard apple and some berries. Well built.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A crisp, balanced and fruity sour ale which is nicely built and has a good mouthfeel.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank at our Epic Chicago tasing, thanks to AgentZero. 750 ml bottle into my Narke glass...I was super excited to tick off the last Russian River top 100, but boy was I disappointed in this one...Pours light honey gold, white head, ok retention but pout lacing...The aroma is plain as day light sourness but that is it, no complexity here at all. The taste is the same, just lightly sour, a boring goldren bret is all this beer is. It might be a good representation of a plain bret, but that's not what you drink these beers for.

A totally overrated wild and with so many other Russian wilds to drink, this is not one worth pursuing.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dave (BuckeyeSox) for this bottle, which he brought back from San Francisco. The bottle was 750 mL (bigger than the other RR wild ale bottles I had in 2006), cork topped and labelled as batch 003.

The beer looks like most others, clear golden color with a thick but finely celled foam. There was a thin layer of yeasty sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma and taste are sour, very nice and puckering. There is a hint of sweet maltiness in the smell but mostly this disappears from the flavor as the Brettanomyce takes over. Another excellent Russian River brew.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Joe - much obliged! Batch 004.

Pours a hazy golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts and huge amounts of brett - funk, wet hay, and light citrus.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large hits of brett. There's less funk than in the aroma and the wet hay and citrus hold more sway in the flavor profile. The lightly tart citrus flavors intensify through to the end of the sip before they fade out into a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have another.

Overall after my first sniff of the beer I knew this was the most brett-forward beer I've had from RR. After giving it a few sips I found it to be close to a drier and more brett-forward version of Temptation. A very good beer that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from 2beerornot2beer in the Blind Beer Round 6 BIF.
375ml. bottle poured into my Bruery snifter:

A: Pours a wonderful cloudy gold with very little head. There is only a thin ring of pure white bubbles that lines the top of the beer, hugging the glass.

S: The smell is huge brett, some grape skin, lemon zest, and earthiness. It’s really crisp smelling.

T: The taste follows the nose, spot on. There are essences of light grape, citrus, grass, and grains. There is also a perfect amount of bretty funk. It’s fantastic.

M: Light bodied beer. The mouthfeel starts off a bit wet, and it finishes crisp and dry.

O: This is a great sour, and a great beer all the way around. I’m loving all of the big funk and puckering sour.

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Photo of champ103
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Dajtai007 for sharing this with me and several other BA's.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy straw yellow color. A bubbly white head forms and recedes after a minute. A white color sticks around, with some light lace.
S: Just awesome. Funky Brett, spice, and flowery aromas. Tons of tart fruits. Lemon, pears, apples. I can just plant my nose in the snifter all day.
T: Follows the nose with funky yeast and tart fruity esters. Tart lemon and pears again. Very nice.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and smooth. Not watery at all, I just wish it was a bit more crisp. Very easy to drink. There is plenty of tartness, but it is not overbearing. Which makes for an exceptionally easy to drink beer.

I really enjoy this. Not over the top sourness or alcohol, and just all around enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes: 2/20/2011

A: golden yellow to orange with a 1/2 finger head, leaves decent lacing on the glass

S: very slight sourness and a hint of sweetness, citrusy (mostly lemons), and a speck of apples

T: very dry, tart, citrusy, and that hint of apples found in the smell, has a slight sourness, but finishes sweet

M: moderate carbonation, crisp, refreshing

O: can imagine sitting on the deck on a hot summer day throwing one of these babies back without a care in the world

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

batch 002 - thanks to whoever sent me this

appearance: poured from the corked/caged 750ml bottle into a bells tulip...active and lively bubbles, huge foamy crest, bright golden body, very clear but full of distortion

smell: if an aroma can be bright, this would meet that characteristic...sour and tart lemon and citrus, explosions of active yeast, cider vinegar

taste: funky brett yeast all over the place, apple vinegar, tart-sour cherry/lemon/orange citrus, refreshing hop presence, bready, high complexity. its a belgian pale with tart/yeasty interminglings throughout - quite enjoyable

mouthfeel: light and full of life

drinkability: easy street

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in sample glass at the brewery. From notes. Reviewed 14 April 2012.

A: Pale straw milky gold. Translucent. Light head with some lacing.

S: Banana and spice...it smells like a hefeweizen. Funky.

T: Light and pleasant...sort of sour...then BAM! the Brett hits after several seconds in a wave of funky weirdness. Yeasty-spicy, acidic, but rather light in flavour.

M: Bright, interesting, and moreish.

O: Super-light, very drinkable, and quite tasty. Highly recommended. Will have again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle split and poured into a tulip. 6.75% ABV, Batch 004, "Serve in a tulip". Label complete with classic, hideous, Comic Sans font.

Thanks to "King of Beers" sweemzander for #2 of the epic sour night!

A - Very lightly hazy golden yellow in color with a well-formed, two-finger head. Nice retention and some lace left on the glass but nothing screaming "sexy".

S - Mildly sweet pale malts balance the lemon-lime citrus hops. Big barnyard wild funk is awesome in the nose. A swirl really brings out tart, sharply funk sweat socks. Damp straw and horse-blanket cover the back end.

T - The wild side of this brew sticks to the aroma predominantly. A lot of citrusy, floral hops in the flavor with the Brett funk coming through after. Barnyard aplenty, it's backed very well by pale malt.

M - Deliciously tart but not outrageous, this lighter-bodied wild has a sharp and crisp carbonation finish that's great on the tongue.

D - A nice drinking wild with subtle complexities, easy drinking and flavorful, this goes down well and pairs nicely with a host of cheese!

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Photo of ccrida
2.39/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Batch 005 375ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip,
Sanctification is a murky piss yellow with a few big bubbles on the collar, a smattering of it sticking to the sides of the tulip as I drink it down.

Smell is musty, smells like vegetables that have gone bad. I love sours, all strains, single and combos, and this is the worst smelling in a hard to be able to even take another whiff way.

Taste is similar, a big vegetable taste that is rather unappealing. There some chalkiness, a little malt sweetness, but very little sourness, no horsehair,

Mouthfeel is watery, thin, a bit like a lambic, with a little acidic pucker.

Drinkability isn't that good, not digging this one at all. Russian River is pretty hit or miss with their sours, depending on where you drink them in their evolution, and judging by the high scores, I obviously should have given this brand new batch more time. The problem is, it's so bad, I'm not sure I want to buy another one just to see if it improves. Regardless, it's pretty bad right now, I want my $10 back!

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Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 005, 375

Appearance. Pours a nice yellow gold with a little haze and a finger+ of fluffy white head.

Smell. Light, funky-funk and a little sweet belgian yeast funk with a bit of sour green apple.

Taste. Nice dry sourness, some wood and pear. Clean finish.

Overall. Lovely, clean and sour.

Much too expensive at $12...

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden and yellow pour, some good haze to it, soft white 1/2" head on it. Aroma was bad ass, makes you salivate, lemon, gueuzy like aroma, oak. Just phenomenal brett and sour character to it.

Taste is light bodied, but powerfully lemony sour. Like Temptation without the white wine barrel notes. Brettier too.

I really can't think of an inappropriate time for this beer. Wish it was still $8 a bottle. . . sigh.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle of batch 003 courtesy of Asymon13. Nice orange-yellow color and a funky smell. there was a hint of the perennial favorite barnyard, brett, brett, brett. The taste was a little sour with a bretty pineapple flavor that reminded me of DeProef La Deux Brasseur. Good beer, not as sour as I expected but easy drinking and delicious.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

300TH REVIEW

375mL bottle poured into wine glass. Batch 5

Pours a clouded straw yellow with some lighter golden tones. Soft fluffed white head dissolves into spots and wisps of film with plenty of spots along the glass.

Strong scents of bretty funk with Belgian yeast. A bit of straw and grain along with soft fruit sweetness. Zesty tart as well.

Bitter and tart up front with pronounced brett character. Some cracker and light graininess underneath continuing sour tones. Juicy citrus zest with lemon and orange, lightly sweet and a touch of acidity. More dry sourness throughout the finish.

Lighter medium body, tingly carbonation, dry and refreshing on the tongue. Super drinkable, nice level of sourness but not really lactic or overly acidic. I finished my glass and was ready for another right afterward. Another incredible wild ale from RR.

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