deekyn (1187) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- clear copper amber pour with small amount of reddish off white head. Minimal lacing. S- rich aroma of yeast and brett funk. Strong apricot and other muddled stone fruit. Some sulfur, light vinegar, fresh squeezed lemon juice, musty closet and old orange peel. Faint hint of coriander, grass and lavender. M- tart, light body with strong carbonation and crisp full palate. T- taste follows the aroma. Very strong tart lemon juice to start coupled with vinegar. Dried apricots, sour white grapes and brown sugar in the middle. Ending is more vinegar followed by some warm musty funk and lemon juice. Mild mineral water as it warms.
skoisirius (1715) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled many times over the years at this point. Draft back in the day when it was released, and I think the last bottled sampled was sometime December 2012, thanks to Terry. Heíd also popped bottles (as he had over a case to begin with) over the years since release. This brew is one of the most spectacular and mature sours Iíve ever had. Itís not trying to be overly loud, itís just trying to be what it is: pure excellence. Even sampling the now 5-6 year old bottle last December, it had mellowed and smoother beautifully, aging like fine wine. Not sure how many bottles Terry has left, but I hope Iím around if another one gets opened!
tkrjukoff (4058) - SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared at tasting at CCB. Pours cloudy amber with a small off white head. Aroma i s funky sour fruity balanced. Flavor similar to aroma, very nice balanced funky and sour. Tart finish. Very good indeed.
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber with an off white head. Tart citrus, summer stone fruit, earth, with a little funky musty basement. Flavor is mildly funky, decent amount of oak, summer stone fruit and finishes tart. Reminds me of a mild beatification with a little more oak and funk. At first I wasnít overly impressed, but as I went through my pour, the tartness started to build. I began to appreciate the subtle funk flavor mingling with the fruit and evergrowing tartness. Beautiful carbonation and palate. Very good.
gEUS (1055) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2013 750 ml bottle - thanks to ForgetFu for sharing this beauty! Pours clear yellow golden. Aroma of peach, lemon zest and barnyard funk. Light and sour body with lots of tarty and fruity flavours. Definite like!
PhillyCraft (3222) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Huge thanks to jeremy for this one. Pours a pumpkin copper, white head and lacing. Aromas are very woody with spicy cedar, sour lemons/peach and lactic acids. The ph1, sanctification, and orphan sonambic are a perfect combo. Dusty basement notes, musky oaks, yeast, bretty leathery goodness. The most balanced and maybe one of the best sours I have tried from America. More refined beatification, with a woody and long lasting tart dry finish. Insanely complex sour ale.
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at Muckfest III. Amber pour with a thin off-white head. Peppery and funky nose with sour citrus notes. Malty and citrusy sour flavor with some subtle stone fruit before a peppery and sour finish.
madvike (2729) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Biottle pulled out by Puddintane at Muckfest III...thanks Dave! - Clear amber pour with a huge foamy white head. Nose is pungent lemony tartness, vanilla, Smarties, and a malty, yogurt smoothness. Nice mellow oakiness in the taste, with lemon, citrus rind, apricot, and a vinegar tartness on the finish. Carbonation is velvet, with a big, full body. Wow is all I can say. Iíve heard some folks say this beer is going downhill. It may be for all I know, but if so I can only imagine what it was like in itís prime. One of the best beers Iíve ever tasted. Thanks again Dave for the chance to try this one.
Huhzubendah (2522) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2012 Bottled shared my masterchiefMD at my tasting on August 7, 2010. Thanks Chris! Served alongside six other Russian River wild ales.
A: This beer appears a hazy orange hue with a small head which fades and leaves some decent lacing on the glass.
S: The aroma is wonderful. I was surprised and pleased to detect citrus notes with a musty, funky sourness. Also subtle aromas of oak.
T: Wow. This wild ale lineup is remarkable, and Deviation is among the best of the best. The beer is very pleasantly sour and citric. The taste profile is very complex, with differing degrees of tartness, certainly from the blending. Sonambic Ale, PH1, Orphan Ale and Sanctification batch 001 have been woven masterfully to create this gem. Iím very thankful to have tried it.
M: Very tart, with a slight acetic sharpness in the finish. There is a nice, lingering aftertaste I enjoyed as long as I could.
D: Totally drinkable. I really hope I have an opportunity to enjoy this again.
xscottypx (104) - Missouri, USA - JUN 12, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
poured into a Lost Abbey stemmed glass, served at 46 degrees. pours a deep gold with slight hue of brown. light fluffy white head that leaves very light retention. very light lacing. has that very typical russian river sonambic scent. deep sour flavors combined with a light peach and apricot. a light zest to it. starts out quite sour and then quickly allows the flavors to really emerge. lots of peach and apricot just dominate. light grape and lemon as background fruit. a light oaky and leathery combination then begin to show themselves. a very fruit finish. a bit of oak in the aftertaste. perfect carbonation, really highlights the flavors. a hint of dryness. sourness really tingles the mouth, but for a short time so the flavors are never dulled. this is pure perfection. i am always weary of hype but this is not hype, this is the real deal. Reviewed on: 03-20-2011