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Russian River Compunction
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Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2008
In short: An intense sour and acidic beer halfway between a blonde Sour Ale and a Gueuze
How: Tap at Dark-Lord-Day 2008
The look: Cloudy peach color body with a long lasting medium white head
In long: Nose is barnyard wild, very wild. As funky as the funkiest lambics. Less bretty but more tasty/intense as their Sanctification. As expected the taste is sour, acidic and tart as hell but never falling into the vinegary or lemon extract territory. This is tasty acidity and sourness. Moderately fruity although not specific fruits were coming out. Might be the pluots they use since I don’t know what they taste like (didn’t even know such a thing existed). Then comes the finish, dry and acidic like the most hardcore gueuzes (Cantillon or Hanssens on a good day). Despite its intensity the beer never cease to be refreshing and highly drinkable. This beer to me blends the best of what an intense Sour Ale and an intense Lambic Gueuze have to offer. I never understood why all those people were telling me that they couldn’t understand how could live the life I live without compunction… I understand now… I think.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Erika_Jay (5) - - AUG 10, 2012 does not count
On tap at Russian River. Bright, floral, acidic aroma (in a good way), a balanced sour with a hint of sweetness from the fruit, medium body. A great example of a Russian River sour leaning toward the lighter side, perfect for summer. Paired perfectly with brewpub pizza because the acidity balanced nicely, but this would be a great warm-weather sipper as well. I loved this, and wish it were around longer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
blomster (256) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2011
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!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 On tap at the brewpub in Santa Rosa. Gorgeous hazy pale gold color with light orange highlights and a light, thin white head. Sweet earthiness in the aroma with a sour acetic edge, ripe stonefruit, and some faint wood and oxidative barrel-aged characteristics . Very tart flavor with sweet stonefruit notes. Light body with sharp a prickle of fine bubbles that really lifts up the flavors which come across light and nimble on the palate which highlights the multi-dimensional. This is very well constructed, sophisticated, and intellectual beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nik925 (751) - California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
An amazing sour from Russian River? haha...moving on. More wild than expected from them, some barnyard and odd bitterness but a beautiful sweetness to balance everything out. A wonderful yeast flavor. The fruit wasn’t too evident, but the hints of it made it clear that it was there for a reason. R.R. can do no wrong with sours, it is just a matter of how great they will be.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wavers1 (877) - Notown, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
wow is this a good one. yummy. mildly sour, not a total face pucker-er. very well balanced, nice and fruity and tart, just an overall world class brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldbrew (99) - USA - MAR 23, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 A fantastically sour and surprising beer. On tap at RR. Oakey sour aroma, hint of that vanilla woody barrel. A siren of a brew that beckons you to consume more with each sip. Very digestible beer that will go well with any food. Dangerously tasty with a great balance of dry acidity and tartness-sweetness without a hint of syrupy feel or artificiality. Flavor is complex throughout. A real pleasure.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 [DLD 08] Thanks Funky Brewster! Darker golden with not much of a head. Belgian yeast aroma with sour tart fruits. Intense flavor! Very tart and sweet yet still manages to maintain some of the freshness of the fruits. Vinegar and lactic acid. Lemons, ginger, grapes and berries... this stuff was delicious and completely overshadowed the 05 Panil I brought. Fantastic palate.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2008
hazy yellow/orange with a larger white billowey head. Quite nice aroma, sour nose with some yeast and fruit. Damn this tastes great, soft on the palate with a sourness that gently rolls over tounge. Nice soft fruit with some high acidity. Lots of balance put into this beer. Really enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Hand bottle from Hellomynameis. Very good bottle, still has full carbonation and doesn’t appear to have lost anything in transportation. Holy lord, this is delicious. Though the aroma is mild, horsey funk, carrot, a touch of fruit, the flavor is an onslaught of woody sour with just the faintest touch of fruit sweetness. Freaking amazing flavor. I must have more of this.


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