Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #20
Ranked #308
4.45 | pDev: 8.54%
May 07, 2022
Sep 19, 2003
Notes: A blonde ale fermented with a special strain of yeast, then aged in French oak chardonnay barrels. Flavors of wine and oak absorb into the brew throughout twelve months of aging. During this aging process, a secondary fermentation occurs using a yeast strain disliked by most brewers and winemakers called Brettanomyces.
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4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by UWDAWG from Washington

Poured from 12.68 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Look- Pale gold, very hazy, no visible particulate, sudsy white head, below average head retention and lacing.

Smell- White grape, oak, chardonnay, mildly brett.

Taste- White grape, chardonnay, sour finish.

Feel- Thin body, clean finish, very dry finish, sourness induces saliva, gentle carbonation.

Overall- A wild ale with an abundance of chardonnay characteristics. This is a large descent from the beer styles I typically drink, but was an enjoyable new experience.

May 07, 2022
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4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by arizcards from North Carolina

A friend of mine visited Colorado for a family Christmas and he brought back a bunch of RR goodies 12-31-21 including this 375ml bottle for $14.99. Bottled 1-14-21; consumed 4-7-22.

Beer poured deep golden with a pretty good white head.

Nose is very nice, a nice combination of horse blanket, white wine, and a touch of sourness.

Taste follows the nose with a light but fairly substantial malt base that initially comes across as a sweet tart but has some funky leather. Finishes very dry and oaky.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with each sip.

Overall a sour that is very well done and does not obliterate my sour sensitive palate!

Apr 07, 2022
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4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by pthoolihan from Pennsylvania

Pretty color with a nice head on an aggressive pour. Smells fruity, tastes sour and dry. Comfortable feeling in the mouth but a little after bite

Apr 03, 2022
4.34 by not2quick from Missouri on Mar 31, 2022
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4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by eluvah from New York

On tap at Iron Abby in Horsham PA. Pours a hazy gold with thin white head. Smells of grapes and oak. Nice tart flavor and finishes with a little tartness on the tongue. A very nice sipping beer.

Mar 22, 2022
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4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

Bottled 1/14/21

Oh man, it’s about damn time I get to try some of the Russian River Wilds! I managed to wrangle up 4 different ones, and plan to try them in order of lowest to highest ranking, starting here just short of the top 250 at #310. I’m too excited so let’s just get into it

Pours an opaque pale gold with a finger of white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

Oh man, this is super funky in the nose. I’m picking up on aromas of earthy white wine, wet hay, old leather, sharp oak, lemon juice, pear, apple skin, and light white pepper

The funk really keeps up in taste, it’s soft and delicate up front yet tart and funky on the finish. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting dry white wine, pear skin, white grape, smooth oak, and light apple. The swallow brings notes of earthy white wine, sharp oak, wet hay, clove, lemon juice, apple skin, and leather

A light medium body pairs with moderate tingling carbonation, resulting in a sharp beer. Finishes quite dry and funky

This one is very good, but the straight up funk holds it back just a little bit. Still, it’s masterfully done, and I can’t wait to try the rest

Mar 06, 2022
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4.27/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Had a 2014 on tap in 2022
Look - Clear golden color with a nice white head and slight lacing. Shocked it looks this good
Smell - grainy tart citrus. Guessing the aging brought it to this smell but still fantastic
Taste - floral tart with a slight citrus
Feel - medium body with a crisp carb
Overall - really great beer. Would love to try fresh and see the difference

Feb 25, 2022
4.59 by dexterk1 from Illinois on Feb 17, 2022
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4.76/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Gatch from Massachusetts

Had this right after PtY, been wanting to try this almost as long as Pliny. Certainly one of the top sours I haven’t been able to try. Fathom Bistro & Bar on Shelter Island, San Diego. So much funk and delicious barrel character. The definition of a sour blonde. Wayyyy to easy to drink. Wow!

Feb 17, 2022
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4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by ovaltine from Indiana

Golden color, nicely hazy, with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is green grape, lemon, oak, and da funky Brett.

The taste is very refined, with the green grape and funky Brett up front and the oak and lemon at the back of the palate, with a lingering flavor profile that is delicious.

The mouthfeel is bright and fizzy, per the style. An excellent wild ale, IMHO.

Dec 18, 2021
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4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Patrick2012 from California

Bottled 3-27-2020. Poured in Tulip.
Excellent chardonnay aroma with slight earthy notes. Chardonnay is the main note in the taste followed by some apple and pear. Very dry and bitter. Tasty.

Oct 29, 2021
4.06 by Quarantinehobby from Massachusetts on Oct 20, 2021
4.63 by pdonovan16 from Massachusetts on Sep 23, 2021
4.5 by wshinevar from Massachusetts on Sep 13, 2021
4.32 by EMH73 from New York on Aug 29, 2021
4.25 by rstump24 from Ohio on Aug 24, 2021
5 by kblomseth from California on Aug 19, 2021
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4.88/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by jb_4226 from Texas

Definitely taste the chardonnay, good stuff!

Jul 19, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by mkh012 from Colorado

Bottled 6 months ago.

Pours semi-hazy sunshine orange with a persistent off-white head.

The nose is lemon, peach, pineapple, oak, and light cheesy funk.

The taste follows. Lemon, pineapple, orange, and oak. Low to medium tartness.

The mouthfeel opens medium and finishes dry. A touch too dry in my opinion.

Overall, very good. Delicate and complex. My one knock is that it leans bitter and dry on the finish, which undercuts the fresh fruit notes that are so prominent on the nose.

Jul 11, 2021
4.65 by mush from Illinois on Jun 22, 2021
4.6 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Jun 21, 2021
4.68 by JAWS from New York on Jun 17, 2021
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4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Bottled 01/14/2021. Enjoyed on 05/28/2021.

May 29, 2021
4.46 by gefinley from California on Apr 10, 2021
4.83 by CAcker from California on Mar 20, 2021
4.29 by TimG_0913 from Delaware on Mar 07, 2021
4.3 by Lucoli from New York on Feb 26, 2021
4.52 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin on Feb 16, 2021
3.63 by Bugsmcl from Ohio on Feb 12, 2021
5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 09, 2021
4.37 by eshooshoo from California on Feb 05, 2021
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4.82/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by IBU_Hunter from California

*Aroma: Oaky, white wine, Chardonnay
*Looks: Pale amber, lemony hazy, 1.5 finger head that sticks around
*Taste: AMAZING! What a superbly made beer! Notes of Chardonnay, but slight sour ale notes with perfect dryness, this is a truly well made, work of art! I am speechless.
*Finish: Balanced, delicious, champagne-like but sour ale! Better than most Belgian Sour Ales. And that’s saying a lot.
*Overall Verdict*: A+++ all the way. Russian River has made an instant winner with this beer at 7.5% abv, super smooth, amazing balance, amazing sour notes balanced by carbonation. Perfect style for whatever the style it represents!

Feb 01, 2021
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4.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by KeithHartwig from Pennsylvania

RR beers are incredibly difficult to find on the East Coast, especially in PA, where (according to one source) they are randomly distributed. Was very excited to discover a few dusty bottles dated 050118 at Waywood Beverage in Kennett Square, PA. Opened on 1-10-20 and poured into a champagne flute.

A: Clear straw gold. Rocky white head that settles quickly. Some lacing remains after letting the beer open up for a minute.

S: Strong lactic sourness. Vinous white wine notes followed by golden raisin. Initially detected a sweet citrus (tangerine) aroma. Apparent oak tannins on the nose.

T: Carbonic bite followed by golden raisin, citrus and lactic acidity. The acidity is not as sharp as I had assumed from the aroma - its actually far more restrained and well balanced, like a sparkling moscato or chardonnay.

M: The combination of high carbonation and tannins create a full mouthfeel despite the thin body. Some lingering silkiness, perhaps owing to soft water (pure speculation).

O: Very well rounded flavor profile and balanced body. This is an elegant and quaffable beer, with just enough funk and acidity to be rustic and refreshing and not toilet stall and corrosive.

Jan 11, 2021
4.12 by EasternIsh from California on Jan 10, 2021
4.4 by corm44 from New York on Dec 10, 2020
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4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Dillpickle315 from Colorado

Funky with a nice tartness to balance it out. Great Chardonnay barrel as well. Very solid beer!

Nov 08, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by zonker17 from Texas

Great wood notes that blends well with the chardonnay and ale. Quite sour but not over the top. Low carbonation.

Sep 18, 2020
4.15 by mxracercam from Pennsylvania on Sep 16, 2020
4.27 by JoeMarinello from Ohio on Aug 30, 2020
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