Depuration | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Todd on 06-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 74
Photo of kmpitz2
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle. The beer is a hazy peach color with a finger of head that falls to a patchy coat over top. There is a moderate carbonation working up as well. The aroma is dominated by grape fruityness with a strong brett sourness. There is a mild fruity ester and lighter sucrose sweetness as well. I am not getting a whole lot of the blonde characteristics. The flavor is much like the aroma. Lots of grape fruityness and brett sourness. There is a moderate alcohol in there that adds a spicyness. The mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation keeping this feeling light on my tongue. I feel this one is a bit dominated by the grape character, but I also feel this is the beer the brewer was shooting for, so it is what it is.

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Photo of jdoherty
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is white wine moonlighting as beer. They just added hops and some yeast for it to be classified as beer. Very interesting taste

A: Bright yellow with almost not head, a few white bubbles,just like a white wine.

S: Looking at the description of the beer in my guide I see it has been aged in oak chardonnay barrels. It smells like they poured some chardonnay in as well to give a more wine like effect.

T: Very tart, like a nice chardonnay, with a hint of hops which barely, just barely reminded me I was drinking beer.

M: The carbonation was lower than wine, higher than most beers to strike a nice little balance.

D: Its just not my type of beer. Much like lambics, I can only appreciate the taste but can't really consider it beer. Certainly for light sips.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a bottle with Natalie Cilurzo at the Stone 10th Anniversary festival. Thanks Natalie!

The beer poured a pale yellow with a minimal white head.

The aroma was bursting with tart lactic acid, fruity esters, and oak.

The flavor of the beer was bright and tangy, but at just the right level. A healthy amount of oakiness and vanilla made their way through the sips. The hops were subdued and helped round things out. This beer is very complex and almost champagne-like.

The carbonation was high (correct for the style) and helped at bite to the beer.

According to Natalie, this beer was RR Temptation aged in oak for 2 years with their own homegrown muscat grapes.

What a treat!

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Photo of francisweizen
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Please note: this review is of a barrel sample of this beer. It was not cask conditioned in any way, just served from a cask completely un-conditioned. This is the closest serving type I could think of to use though.

Tulip glass sampled right from the barrel (chardonnay/french oak/about 8 years old) at Russian River. Thanks Vinnie! This is a nice looking brew. Hazy golden yellow with a small loose head of white which is expected as this brew was still in the cask, and has not been bottled, or properly carbonated for serving via cask or draught. The aromas are very similar to that of the temptation ale. This one has Brett, lacto, and pedio i'm pretty sure so the funk is definately there. This brew also had a bunch of grapes (muscat I think) added right into the barrel. This makes the aroma even more acidic and sour, and makes it sort of like a Vigneronne sort of thing. The taste is funky, lactic, acidic, sour, fruity, and wine-like. Mind-blowing, to put it another way. Mouthfeel is slick and sticky, but smooth and the drinkability is insanely good. i can't wait until this is bottled or another batch is made ready for draught. I really want to get back out to RR, and Cali in general and i'm soooo glad the bottles Vinnie is relasing are making their way to the philly area in abundance! We are lucky. If you see this brew, try it!

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Depuration from Russian River Brewing Company
4.21 out of 5 based on 74 ratings.
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