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Russian River 2011 Symposium Sour Brown

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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Special release for the 2011 Craft Brewers Conference in San Francisco.

This sour brown ale was made by Russian River with Sierra Nevada, using the latter’s Keller Weise yeast for the primary fermentation, and barrel aged with Russian River’s house “bugs and critters” in wine barrels from Fritz Maytag’s York Creek Vineyards.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"a nice surprise at Craft Reno’s 1st AV party. Mellow for Russian River, but distictly there’s. Tart, lactic sour, slightly vinous & acidic on the palate in just the right way, but easy drinking and refreshing. This makes a great intro to the style and is good enough for the snobs as well."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (4797) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Sample @ RBWG Grand Tasting. Soupy brown pour with a tiny head. Not attractive, to say the least. The Nose is of red fruits and toasted compost. Some bread. Taste is of old leather, wood shavings, jammy buttered brown toast. Slight acetic character. Medium body, dulled.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4160) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle shared by the SN rep during RBWG GT. Poured a medium bodied orangey brown under a smaller to almost not there head. Aroma is nice. Sour and tart with notes of cherries, funk, leather and wet wood. Bigger body than I was expecting from a sour, very light carbonation and a lingering acidic sour burn. Flavor of sour patch kids, leather, funk, cherry, green apple, band aid and lemons. So good I can almost taste the rar.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6665) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle shared by the Sierra Nevada rep at the RBWG Grand Tasting. Wowe, didn’t think I’d ever see this one around. Pours a cloudy amber with small spots and rings of lace. Notes of apple, grapes, berries, oak, brown sugar, earth, leather, and funk. Medium-bodied, with low to moderate carbonation and a tart, funky mouthfeel. Good sour. Has held up well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (4933) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2014
On tap at Toronado, February 2014. Sold as CBC Sour Brown 2011. (rating number 3900) Hazy orange with a small head. Tart with oak, funk, berries, hay and some notes of wine. Fairly light with low carbonation. Easy to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6829) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle shared by the Sierra Nevada rep at RBWG 2014, thanks! Pours a clear amber brown with a tan head that dissipates completely. Aroma has a nice sour red fruit note with a good amount of acid with a bit of bread backing. Flavor starts with red fruits that grow in sourness with a bit of acid and a light bread backing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (8678) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #134. Bottle shared at the Grand Tasting. Pours a dark amber color with a thin frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of earth, funk, stone fruits. Taste is bright citrus, stone fruits, earthy funk. Medium bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5785) - Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle shared at RBWG by SN rep. Pours a hazy golden color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have a nice tart fruitiness that favors sour plums and citrus, decent acidity. It gets soft mid-palate, but in general still shows good flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11612) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle at RBWG Asheville Grand Tasting. Thanks fella! Pours murky golden-brown with a frothy off-white head. Acetic aroma, some tart citrus fruits, berries. Light sweet flavor with good, balanced tart bite, light leathery fruits, modest funk. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Moderate acetic finish, further tangy berries. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
On 06/18/2011. Cloudy orange body with a small frothy white head. Big tart fruit and light caramel aroma. Big tart fruit flavor with pear, apple, and light spice. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation.


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