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Russian River Depuration

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RATINGS: 192   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


lunaticharness' rating

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
amped up belgian sour ale! lots of winey lambic flavors all over this, hints of corriander, given sturdy legs by a nice oaky flavor, not as acidic as lambics and sour ales can be, a nice leathery backdrop, hints of sweetness came out the warmer it got


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3569) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle from old ticking notes. Cloudy light amber color with a small off-white head. Oaky aroma with lots of white wine, chardonnay in particular. Typically Russian River yeastiness. Light fruit on the flavor - white grape and sour apple especially. Slight caramel. Medium acidity with a touch of sweetness. Mildly biting palate, dry and clean. Somewhat lively mouthfeel. Pretty legit. They should bring this back, not that they don’t already have a grip of awesome stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2014
375 ml bottle acquired via trade with ClarkVV. Thanks, buddy! Truly a priviledge, a beer I’ve been hunting for years. Pours a murky brownish amber hue, a decent haziness and gentle amber glow on the edges. A bit murky overall with loose bubbly offwhite head that dies down, rings small and laces the same. Aromas are rich white grape, chardonnay, vanilla, honeysuckle and buttery oak. Firmer lactic element starts to cut through, sour green apple, grape and gentle yogurt. A faint spiciness, funk and cobwebs. A touch sweet, some wet paper and gentle oxidation linger. Initial is lighter end of the fold in body, some cidery elements, gentle green apple, a faint carmelization meets lactic acidity, some wet oak and vanilla. Touches of sharper lactic elements hit with a touch of butter, bread and oak. Vanillin, wet wood and middling sourness, gentle carbonation, a touch underdone. The wet paper is a touch older on the backend, gentle oxidation and age meet some decent funk, sharper lactic twang on the backend and finish. Touches of gentle tannic grape skin, a solid sourness, lactic and gentle funk develops as we round out this one. This is a bit older and over held, but also a bit sweet at times. A rich but sweeter nose, a bit more complexity and enjoyable sour and richer dry funky brett elements at the backend and finish. A pretty solid offering even with age. A bit underdeveloped or lacking some of the finesse other RRs have (perhaps why they discontinued it). Still, it’s flavorful and the backend is quite nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Big thanks to Adam! Pours a hazy deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a strong oakiness with some very dry and sour grapes with a bit of funk backing. Flavor has much more earthiness and barrel with dry red grapes that have a nice dryness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5624) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (6326) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8897) - , 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6743) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (1000) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Pours a cloudy somewhat bright yellow. Prominent grape/Chardonnay notes. Barely sour. Somewhat oaky

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Godofthecellar (677) - 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


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