iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9oz, $7 at O’Brien’s -TION weekend. Mostly clear amber golden with a small swirly off-white head, fading to a thin ring and sparse film. Smells like Temptation, slightly less acidic. Still has plenty of slightly bitter old wood. Flavor follows suit with moderate lightly sweet apricots. Sourness peaked at a 4, dry and oaky, but seems to be tempered by the apricot sweetness. Has a definite whote wine character to it. More bitter than Temptation, peaking at an earthy 3 that lingers. Soft low carbonation with a light body. Tasty.
callmemickey (3498) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 On tap at Monks. A: Dark, golden-copper body. Clear. Moderate sized frothy white head with solid lacing.
S: Nice funky-earthy-woody notes play on top of peach-apricot fruit notes.
T: Similar to the nose. A healthy interplay between funky notes and softer peach-apricot notes. Interesting but not my favorite flavor profile.
M: Medium bodied. Dry with a bit more carbonation than probably necessary.
O: Nice, but not the best Russian River offering
hapjydeuce (970) - Carlsbad, California, USA - AUG 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at OBriens during Russian River Night 2011. Hazy blond color, with very sticky, lacy white head. Insanely complex, layered aroma showing notes of apricot, pear, yeast and flowers. Some lemongrass present amidst the sour yeast. Big barnyard notes up front in the flavor. Finishes light and soft with more fruit and floral notes. Damn fine!
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Monk’s Cafe.
Pours a very dark golden orange/copper color with a one finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a thick lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind.
Slightly funky aroma with sweet fruit, vinegar, earthy oak and subtle vanilla creaminess. Lactic funk with earthy barnyard and brett notes. Under the funk there is a prominent light fruit presence with hits of apple and strawberry. Slightly floral with some zesty spice and a touch of acetic vinegar.
Medium bodied but on the lighter end with a funky, puckering tart character up front without being very acidic. This is balanced by a faint malt backbone along with some earthy oak, vanilla, cream and light berries, especially strawberry and cherry. Lingering acetic finish.
Overall this was pretty good but not one of Russian River’s best sours. I’ve had it once before and remember it being more sour and complex. Perhaps it varies from batch to batch? Either way, this was a nice beer that is worth seeking out.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Relative Brewing for securing this nectar for this tasting. Served in a mini-snifter.
Pours a slightly-hazy apricot color with a half-finger of head. Aroma brings some really nice notes of grapefruit juice along with the zest of a Ruby Red. There is a slight sour character in the nose, though not all that much comes through. A find a bit of purple plum in there, but that character seems a bit muted.
The flavor melds the citrus peel character with some plum and red grapes. A good level of pucker factor hits here, though not nearly as much as is generally the case with Russian River. All together, the taste is definitely more integrated and complex than the nose, but doesn’t really take it to the next level. The finish is fairly dry and is probably the best component of this beer, although at the same time it does drink quite well and is certainly more quaffable than a few of their other wilds.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 12-07-2010
jrallen34 (3494) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Alex for sharing this...A peachy color, decent carbonation considering the circumstances...The aroma is a very acidic grapefruit juice with typical Russian River oaky undertones. Pretty balanced...The taste represents more of the oak than I would like, loses a lot of the citrus and acidity. The citrus isn’t really defineable to me, grapefruit like, but I guess that’s the unfamiliarity with a plout..The feel reminds of a dry white wine.
Another decent RR sour but nothing significantly different than other beers.
blomster (264) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Russian River in Feb 14th. Went there mainly to drink the sours and Younger. First beer of the day was Compunction.
It pours light golden, hazy, with a small, white, head. Aroma is fantastic, a pleasant tartness, fruity. Dry mouthfeel, brett, sour lemons, finishes a little sweeter with a great, smooth fruitiness that makes me want another sip...and another...and...you get the point. No in-yor-face sourness in this one. It´s so balanced...and great!
I had one small glass of Younger and I think four glasses of Compunction during my visit to RR. In my opinion it kicks ass with the other sours of RR, including Consecration which is one of my all time favourite beers. Please bottle and send me some cases!
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vanilla and apricot aroma with light notes of plum skin. Medium tart and quite fruity (the pluots are quite distinctive) but with a dry, lightly bitter finish. Excellent.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap at Russian River. The appearance is a golden hue with a light pink hue to it. The aromas are tart with a light oak aroma and some white desert wine touches. The flavors are sweet fruit flavors. You pick up the apricots and other stone fruit notes. Light oak flavors, nice tartness. A solid blonde sour.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Aroma is tart and sour and sweet fruit. Appearance is yellow and minimal head. Taste is a mix of sour and mild sweetness with no real hope presence noted. The fruit comes in on the back end and really makes this a refreshing beer. Overall this is one of my favorite of the RR sours.