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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Blonde Ale with Pluots (Apricot/Plum hybrid). 5.80% ABV / 1.048 O.G / 25 BUs

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17672) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Tap at the source. Hazy dark golden color, small white head. More bitter than Temptation, fuller body, and the sourness is a bit more subtle. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
A: The pour is a hazy golden orange color with a fingerís worth of white head and some spotty lacing. S: The nose starts off with lots of tannins from the oak and pluots. A nice lactic acidity provides some lemony tartness, along with pluots in terms of the fruit. Wet oak and grass give the requisite funkiness. T: Very, very earthy and tannic. Lots of dry oak notes along with pluot skins. A slight fruity character from the pluots as well a fairly mild lactic acidity. Thereís a bit of a chalky dryness and astringency, too. M: The body is medium with a moderate to high carbonation and a very dry finish. D: After how much this beer was talked up, I tried to be realistic going into it and I think I was. This was indeed a very good beer, but so are pretty much all of Russian Riverís beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (12959) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Pours very hazy dark orange gold with a creamy white head. Nice fruit sour aroma. Puckers the mouth. Sour enough that the fruit taste is uncertain. Could be citrus/apricot. Long, long, sour and super tasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (10266) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2008
12oz hand bottle acquired in trade with tytoanderso (thanks!). Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized head. Aromas of mustiness, dusty, funky, tart fruitiness, and some citrus. Tastes of funky tartness, green apples, plums, tart cherries, fruity, and some citrus. Nice tartness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2014
On tap @ Russian River. Pint down the gullet with Joe UngstrŲm. Somewhat cloudy golden orange appearance with a tan head. The aroma has a bit of funk, plums, stone fruits, vanilla, and white wine. Good acidity. Moderately sour. Juicy plums. Light grape. Dry. Tame.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 7, 2011
Tap at PtY 2011 in celebration of rating #2100. My friends and I were probably the only people there more excited about the sour anthology on tap rather than Pliny the Younger. Compunction was my favorite on the day besides the killer batch of Supplication. Compunction pours a hazy light gold with a small, white head. Soft carbonation and scant white lacing. Aroma is the highlight of this beer. serious white vinegar, RR house funk, lambic like impending lactic acidity, but there is also fresh tropical melons, citrus, nothing that I personally could identify as "plumcot". Rather I pick up apricot, peach, caramel. Fleshy apricot abounds. Taste is light and refreshing with some big lactic tartness and serious fruit skin earthiness. The beer is not so much a "sour" as it is fully lactic and tart with a big presence of plum flesh that you feel like you are biting into. Soft carbonation becomes a little prickly on the palate with traces of acetic spice. Really beautiful- I wish it were bottled. But then I wouldnít have a reason to make the hajj to Russian River. :D

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (8800) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Growler carefully hauled back from California by Kenís better half. Straw colored clear body from a first careful pour sits underneath a medium to large bubbled white head. Instant acidic nose of cider vinegar, honey, straw, and mild dried peach and apricot skin/rind. Thereís a tremendously high level of acidity in this beer, sharp and vinegar-like, like a Flemish red, but without the typical cherry/cedar/nut Flemish red flavors. Itís prickly, bright, corrosive, assertive and then it shows itís fruity side - dried peach skin, sweet and oily apricot and fruit cocktail juice, but then thatís once again destroyed in the next sip by a stinging acidity, and itís really nice how both of these qualities, the acidity and the sweet fruit, stay nearly completely separate. Itís like drinking two beers one after another. Overall itís a very, very nice beer, well-made and flawless in execution, if not the most deep or complex Belgian blonde/golden recipe used as a base, but the plouts certainly help. The sourness and acidity, though, is spectacularly executed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8000) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 27, 2007
On tap at Toronado. This dark blonde ale poured with a miniscule off-white head. The sour acidic pluot flavor is comparable to some of the better Belgian fruit lambics, and the barrell aging has made the overall taste pleasantly subtle. Another interesting offering from Russian River.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7911) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 27, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Finally. Pours with a hazed golden body and a white head. Aroma is huge with acetobacter, and acid, fruity, nectarine, stone fruit, wine. Very funky. Flavors are sour and fruit with rich fruit skin tannins and lingering fruity sweetness. Some lingering musty and honeysuckle notes as it warms. Very fruity. Lively, dry, tart and amazing. Not Fou Foune, but still brilliant!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DruncanVeasey (7882) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2013 Tap@the brewpub, Santa Rosa, CA, 13/08/12. Dusty yellow-gold slicked with white. Wow. Dank, sorachi-like satsuma peel soured to hell; DF cream cheese, lime juice, blue hints, lingering lime and softness. Cheesy hop, old hay, lime juice aroma. Dank, creamy, world class stuff.

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