Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary | Russian River Brewing Company

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Deviation - Bottleworks 9th AnniversaryDeviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.83%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mnapier on 04-02-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I received this one from the VERY generous younger35 in the recent Fight Club BIF. Thanks Dan, you fuckin' rock.

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a murky bronze with a fluffy two finger light off-white head that dies down to a soft layer of bubbles. Very nice webbing left on the sides of the glass, holding on for dear life. Smell is floral and oaky with a sweet funk to it. Mmm, you can definitely smell the Sanctification in this one, I love it. Grapes, young apples, and grapefruit find their way into the nose as well. I also enjoy how the aroma isn't "in your face" like a lot of Wild Ales seem to be. Sour cherry flavor up front followed by grapefruit, pear, and a touch of sweet honey. Midway the oak flavors emerge more with a white wine like taste. Aftertaste consists of faint mandarine oranges and peaches that leaves the mouth slightly dry. Such complex flavors, sip and savor this one for sure. Soft medium body with a strong, but fitting carbonation. I've had some difficulty finishing Wild Ales in the past, but with Deviation I just kept wanting more. Sour flavors are in check which make this one too easy to put down. This beer was perfect for the 90 degree weather in Syracuse tonight. Thank you so much Dan for the opportunity to try a beer I never thought I'd get my hands on, I'll hook you up in our next trade for sure ;)

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.62/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a big wine glass at 55 F/ 13 C.

Deep golden color, hazy with swimming particles, small but attractive off-white head, speckled sheets and tendrils of fine lace.

Rich smell of toasty oak, vanilla, caramel, honey, fresh tart fruit - white grape, apple, apricot, pineapple, grapefruit - funky damp earth, sweat, and a hint of oxidization like brown apples. Complex. Cohesive; the ethereal whole is much greater than the sum of the parts. Phenomenal.

Tastes plenty sour, but well balanced and not over the top. Sour yogurt, fruit salad, honey, caramel, on a deep foundation of brett and wood, and some mild leafy bitterness. A bit of oxidization like brown apple develops and adds to the complexity. Long finish of musty damp earth, sweat, wood, brown apple, and leaves.

Plenty of fine carbonation and prickly acidity, Highly sippable.

Great beer.

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Photo of jwolfie70
4.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Another great sour beer from Russian River. Had on tap at their fourth anniversary party this weekend. This beer made the two hour drive worth it.

Poured a deep copper brown. Smelled of funky, sour cherries, with some sourdough bread mixed in. Tasted tart, sour, funky, with some dark fruit sweetness coming through at the end. A very enjoyable beer, but like all wild ales, can only have so many. Still I wish I could have got a growler of this to take home.

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Photo of illidurit
4.85/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Review #300! On tap at the brewpub for Russian River's 4th anniversary. The blackboard describes it as a sour brown ale, but this is much different than an oud bruin.

Pours amber in color with a bit of haze. Nice off-white head that leaves some wet wisps of lacing.

Aroma is sour and appley, much like a good cider. Vinous tartness and gueuze-like barnyard funk.

Flavor starts off with a rush of white wine fruitiness and sharp apple cider, then acutely takes a turn for the sour. Lemon and sour berry melt into a semi-dry woody finish. Great complexity.

Mouthfeel is lively and the carbonation really sticks the sourness to your palate. Wonderful beer, yet another sour masterpiece from RR.

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Photo of WeisGuy
5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Dan (younger35) for this bottle! This is my 300th review.

a - pour a deep amber/honey color, two-finger dense ivory head with good retention and lacing, especially for the style, quite cloudy, great looking sour ale

s - huge amount of funkiness on the nose, more sour and tart smelling than barnyard funk, but there is some leather and slight barnyard, lots of lemon and some sour cherry, sharp vinegar, some perfumy aromas, slight lavendar, incredibly complex

t - sweet and tart explosion up front, big lemon and granny smith apple flavors, lighter notes of grapefruit with the tartness really engulfing the midpalate, finish is of lingering sourness and tartness right in the middle of the tongue, peach and apricot flavors also on the finish with a nice amount of oak and vanilla, some tannin-like bite, like the aroma, no hint of alcohol, incredibly complex

m - medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation, finish is fairly dry, but not overly so

d - quite drinkable for such an intensely tart and sour beer, pretty easy on the palate, especially for the style, the complexity of the taste and aroma, along with the unnoticeable alcohol make this beer disappear way too quickly

Well, this one sure lived up to the hype, so much so that I'm giving it my first perfect 5 in 300 reviews. I have no qualms about calling this the best beer I've ever tasted. This is a perfect blend by Vinnie, further solidifying him as, in my opinion, the king of funk (and, arguably, American craft brewing). Man, I wish this wasn't so hard to get.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Brownish-amber, quite ruddy and hazy with a quarter-inch of head that left a minimal amount of lace.

Smell: Green apple and lemon, hints of musty oak, very sour but mild on the funk and quite clean overall.

Taste/mouthfeel: Similar to the nose but richer and fuller; hints of caramel and vanilla reside beneath the puckering sourness. The body is on the full side of light; it coats the palate with a ton of flavor but goes down easy. The finish is drying, sour and slightly tannic.

Drinkability: A definite sipper, but I had no troubles sipping two glasses of this over the course of a couple of hours. Highly drinkable stuff that seems to grow in complexity the more you sip on it.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Blissscent for sharing this speacial treat. Pours yellow hazy orange gold with a small white head. Aroma is seriously sour with strong notes of apples and citrus. Flavor is also hugely tart, but with noticeable woody notes. Huge finish to this one, and it lasts. It has the very nice quality of being both very funky, very sour, and very clean.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, cruddy-looking, mahogan-hued body with a cottony white head.

Smell: A sour-minded, fruity bouquet with notes of sliced apples, citrus, and salted peach pits along with plenty of toasted oak saplings and barnyard funk.

Taste: A frothed blending of freshly-squeezed fruit juices - peaches, grapefruits, and apple (like a sorbet sampler platter). Dash of salt and even capsicum. A donkey's kick of acidity and tartness. Barnyard funkiness all the while. Dry, lightly oaky finish with lingering, tongue-deadening tannins.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A real joy to drink such a complex, yet well-balanced creation. This is seriously good. Excellent work, Russian River.

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Photo of Floydster
4.95/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with bespin15, thank you so much for giving me a chance to try this beer, had to celebrate finishing another big project at work and this was just the brew to do so, orginal price of this was thirty dollars at the source, poured into my Duvel tulip glass

A-Awesome bright orange color with some pinkish red highlights, small 2/5 of an inch bubbly white head, did not last long, not much retention or lacing, tons of small bubbles rushing to the top though

S-Tart, grapefruit scent reminding of Beatification, horse blanket, funkiness, white wine like Temptation, lots of peaches, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, tons of brett, tangerines, cherries along the lines of Supplication, and sour strawberries

T-This beer was quite the blend, more tarty than any lambic I have had including Cantillon brews, initial taste is funk with a hint of straw and oddly a chewy feel, then the middle is packed with sourness, the finish is dry like a chardonnay, tart settled down with each sip because the colder it was the more strong, Sanctification played a big role in this beer and brettanomyces was extremely obvious, sour berries and citrus rounded out the wild taste, great balance and complexity, wanted more immediately after pouring the remaining contents into my tulip

M-Sour, tart, dry, attacking, and lively mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, more carbonation than you could imagine, taste lingered for a long time, the sensation was unforgettably aggressive

D-Drank this whole bottle and still wanted more, this stuff could get dangerous it is so easy to drink, ABV is low enough to make it a session beer though, no booze in the flavor, smooth as can be

Being that this was available at one store being Bottleworks and it is in Washington, I was skeptical that I was going to get the chance to try this one, Russian River makes another beer that is practically perfect, could really see the Sanctification presence in this one and the extra brettanomyces helped the flavor even more, would love to drink again, cannot recommend this enough

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I pour this brew I get a nice aroma of sour grapefruit and spicy oak. The beer is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some light lacing on the sides of my Tripel Karmeliet tulip as it slowly recedes. The beer is a ruddy, amber hue and shows a lightly hazy, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite tart and lactic; a mix of sour grapefruit, sour-orange & slightly moldy lemon notes. Other than the tartness the nose has alight, underlying funkiness that reminds me of some light musty leather notes, some Brett influenced butyric acid, damp cellar aromas and even a touch of cat piss. Some fruit notes reminiscent of a mix of pears, tart plums, aromatic apples and some star-fruit are also found in the nose and add some needed, additional complexity. I really like the nice, bright acidity that is noticeable in the nose, it makes this quite appetizing.

Bracingly tart, as much or more so than many a Lambic. This tartness melds quite well with the light, yet substantial oak and a tannic, chewy body. Like the best Gueuzes, this beer is quite light and quaffable, yet still has a fair amount of heft to it; this heft seems to come from a tannic texture that in this beer is clearly barrel influenced. Lactic acid notes provide the bulk of the tartness, but there does seem to be a touch of acetic, hints of uriatic acid & some funky butyric acid notes. Oak flavors play a role here, but thankfully they form a part of the supporting cast; the oak provides a bit of spiciness to the flavor more than anything. The oak does provide some hot, oral-nasal notes that hit me as I am taking a sip, this provides a bit of warmth that is almost like that from Bourbon. Brett influenced notes play a supporting role here that provides a lot of subtle complexity; flavors of phenolic soaked cotton balls, light horse blanket and a soft general funk.

Fruit flavors provide a light touch of sour-plum, pear, some sour-cherry notes (this is accented by the tannins that evoke thoughts of tannic cherry skins), definite grapefruit (though more from the tartness than from Kloeckera) and apple essence, all without any accentuating sweetness. As the beer warms the tannins really start to contribute a texture / presence that coats the roof of my mouth and back of my teeth. A bit of hot alcohol also becomes a bit more noticeable in the nose as it warms up, but so does some toasty grain & soda-cracker malt aromatics. My second & last pour is a bit more hazy, but not enough to really effect the flavor. Biscuit malt and soda-cracker grain notes also provide some character to the finish of this brew.

I like that the oak plays a supporting role here; it really provides a nice texture and body to this brew as well as a touch of spiciness that works sort of like hops do (though there really is no sweet malt character to balance here). Actually the texture of this beer is quite divine, the tannins provide a satin-like texture without really interfering with the light, quaffability of this brew. This is much more sour than I was expecting, luckily I am a complete sour-head, and I really am quite happy about how tart this is. Makes me want to crack open one of the batch two Beatifications, that will be the next beer to go into the beer fridge.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rusty blood orange with brown. highlights. Off white small head with Bruges lace highlights. Aromas of funky barnyard brett. The PH1 and orphan ale come through more than anything else, but you can sense the cranberry and sanctification in the blend as well! Taste is fresh cut cranberry, bog and all with barnyard horse barn funk, wild Belgian notes. Cantillon brewery funk, Crab apple cranberry and more. Such as funky hay, leather shoes, and nutty fruit seeds. Fuck me, this is complex. Fuck. Fuck. Mouth feel is smooth and super refined. Saint Lamvinus like, but almost better, although not quite. The best of the Russian River sours, maybe in overall presentation and effect. Maybe not from a strictly brewing accomplishment standpoint, but still...This is up there with the compunction. Oh yes, drinkability is INSANE. Damn this shit is off the hook. Oh man, if you can find this one....definitely get it !

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Photo of Lothore
4.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a beautiful cloudy peach color with a small, white head.

S- Smell is definite barnyard funk, peach, light fruits, sourness.

T- Taste is incredibly complex. Sour all the way through, very earthy, tart, light fruits.

M- Light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation. Very dry.

D- This is a great sipper. Russian River's sour lineup is incredible but I think this is the most balanced one that i've had of the bunch. Seek this one out, you won't regret it.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.92/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a luscious shade of honey kissed by golden sunshine. The head is flat and dense ... white as summer clouds.

Nose is amazing. Tart sourness, flanked by lemon, rose petals, and fleeting candy sweetness.

Taste is all about the sourness. In spite of that there's plenty of lemon, citric acid, fruity zest, and an insane crisp dryness like no other. Truly remarkable.

Carbonation is just slight enough to be pleasing, and never steals the show from the flavor.

In all, this is just as good as us Seattlites hoped it would be way back when we heard RR was doing the next in the series for Bottleworks. I'm going to miss this when I run out of bottles.

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Photo of mnapier
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Service Temperature, 35 degrees. Service Glassware 10oz Brandy Snifter.

Service Location Brouwers's Cafe

Pours with a light copper with a strong density. The head profile is strong with a web of tattered lace throughout.
Slight wild floral, almost farmlike, with some raisins, and figs.
A bitterness throughout, alongside some roasted, oakiness.
Mouthfeel is strong but thins out as it coarses down my throat.
This beer kicks major ass and would go awsome with some pork.

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Deviation - Bottleworks 9th Anniversary from Russian River Brewing Company
4.59 out of 5 based on 283 ratings.
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