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Russian River Depuration

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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Blonde Ale aged in French oak Chardonnay barrels with white wine grapes for one year with three strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus & Pediococcus

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle summer 2013. Light backing acidity and white grape with a touch of sweetness. Very low carbonation. Enjoyable, but way past its prime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Sampled at Clockwork’s 4K/5K/10K gathering 2013. Bottle courtesy of Clockwork - big thanks for a taste of this gem. Pours a deep, hazy amber orange body with no head or lacing. Aroma is faint fruit and funk. Mouthfeel is tart with notes of tart oak, wine, grape, faint fruit and funk. This has definitely started to fade with age, but still an interesting sour. I would’ve loved to try this fresh. Brew it again, RR!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (5679) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle at the 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours amber and hazy with almost no head. Light funky-ish base, light grainy malty notes, hints of fruits, and a light tartness. Balanced and drinkable, I guess, but a touch on the bland side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (7110) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle for my 5,000th rating. Thanks to Irishboy. Shared at 5K/10K/4K tasting. Pours orange amber. Nose and taste of yeast, citrus, cheese, musky fruit and light acid. Medium body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle at James’s 4k/5k/10k tasting. Pours a hazed gold with no head. Big funk and a nice cheesy note. Cheesy with a nice amount of musk, light acid and a bit of funk. Long funk with a bit of phenols on the finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (880) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Pours a cloudy somewhat bright yellow. Prominent grape/Chardonnay notes. Barely sour. Somewhat oaky

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Godofthecellar (597) - NYC, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
Thanks Josh!! Huge whale, not holding up IMO.... Flavor was musty grapes, oak and wood. overaged brett. apple peel. Nose and taste of old american sour, which is what it is. Mehhhh

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (1850) - Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle. Big grape and muted vanilla/oak aromas. Cloudy copper pour with a fleeting white head. Slightly effervescent with dry white wine notes, and undercurrents of mandarin oranges, caramel and oak. Simply a another bad ass wild ale from the cats in Santa Rosa....

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Huhzubendah (2262) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bottled acquired via trade. Thanks Brian! Shared at my tasting on August 7, 2010 alongside six other Russian River wild ales. Depuration appears a slightly hazy yellow color. There is only a tiny head which leaves no discernible lacing. The aroma is wonderful. Grapes and a general tannic quality along with hints of oak barrel. I really enjoyed this. I only wish that there was more, as this was a 375mL bottle. I enjoyed the tannic or wine-like aspect of the beer very much. I definitely found a grape presence in there as well. Russian River wild ales are some of the best beers on earth, in my humble opinion. I feel very fortunate to have sampled this rare delicacy. M: Very tannic, with a slight vinegar bite in the finish. Terrifically sour and wonderful. D: Of course, I’d love to try this again. Sadly, there are no plans for a re-release. A great experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cpetrone84 (1201) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2012
pour is transparent orange with a tight white head that dissipates immediately. The nose has some white grapes with some buttery notes and a bit astringent. The flavor is buttery and malty. Some sweet white grapes and barrel notes. A touch messy with a medium body, assertive carbonation and semi dry finish. never had fresh but a bit of a mess now and assuming its well past its prime.

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