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Russian River Deviation (Bottleworks IX)

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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.18   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 205   ABV: 6.83%
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In celebration of Bottleworks 9th Anniversary, we are proud to present Deviation - a beer unique in every sense. This remarkable blend combines the oak aged diversity of PHI, Orphan Ale, and Sonambic Ale with 100% Brettanomyces Ale (Sanctification) and is bottle conditioned with additional Brettanomyces. Thanks Vinnie. Your beer is a testament to the art of deviation. 6.83%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
750 ml bottle shared with toncatcher and some other guy. Lots of tart fruit aromas. Grape, cherry, apple. More tart acidicness on the flavor. Fruit and citrus. A very delicious sour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2008
Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Chunky rusty orange body. Vivacious tartness and citrusy fruitiness in the aroma; tangerines, cherry, banana, white grape, and honey, softly feathered with a reticent, gorgeous funkiness. Vinaigrette, minerals, oak, vine stems; lots of earthiness beneath all that ebullient funk and glowing tropical fruitiness. Flavor is just as thick with vibrancy and insane complexity. Balsamic vinaigrette and searing acetic acid follows an initial, crippling burst of sunny pineapple juice. Softer touches of apricot, mango, and grapefruit fill in the mid palate with this beautifully pure and real fruit essence.

First pour unswirled yielded alot of barren, dry mineral flavor that lent a slightly harsh bitterness to rub against the sourness. Second, yeast ridden pour was full of that perfect, just-ripened and still on the vine fruit character. Glorious and nearly perfect on that additional drop.

Medium to full palate with a healthy sparkle on a very pillowy yeast texture. Finishes with a blended spicy-tart vibe of barnyard and apricot skin; juicy and tangy, with a drying bite. Light and thick at once, funky and pure at once, confrontational and calm at once. Brilliant. Thanks Andre!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2008
Lots of sour on the nose with some grape and a tad bit of yeasty fruit. For a quick second, there is a bit of fruit up front but then a lot of sourness sets in making it a bit difficult to pick out some of the nice subtleties that are peeking out. Finishes with a dry wine like feel with grape and a strange chewing of raw ingredients kind of feel. I really like this, big sour with a nice balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2012 Pouring a dark copper orange out of the bottle, topped by a finely bubbled frothy white head, it just looks perfect. Halfway through the pour I can smell the oak, the cedar, the brett, the sourness and the bugs wafting up towards my nose. First taste is lively, exciting, prickly, quickly turning sour and acidic, held up by a rich and frothy body, a creaminess in the yeast that I just love more and more in every Russian River I drink. The lightness of the beer itself contrasts with the thickness of the yeast, with a spicy, prickly barnyard, vine and wood character that is just phenomenal. For those times when the acidity of a La Folie was too much, this is what I wished for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lothore (451) - California, USA - APR 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 A- Pours a beautiful cloudy peach color with a small, white head. S- Smell is definite barnyard funk, peach, light fruits, sourness. T- Taste is incredibly complex. Sour all the way through, very earthy, tart, light fruits. M- Light and crisp with a good amount of carbonation. Very dry. D- This is a great sipper. Russian Riverís sour lineup is incredible but I think this is the most balanced one that iíve had of the bunch. Seek this one out, you wonít regret it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2008
Thanks to beastiefan2k for sharing - this was the last beer in a long night of sour ale tasting, and it was STILL and stand out kick in the mouth - hazy straw-colored beer, with a small fizzy head - explosive aroma of light brett, oak, citrus, white grapes, mild sweetness, wheat - an acidic kick up front makes way for serious brett and lacto funkiness - loads of earthy complexities going on - a light sweetness tempers things, and carries with it some citrus and cherry flavors - really soft in the mouth - white wine grapes and wheaty/grainy character arrive late - the extreme acidity and funk never become overpowering or overburden the palate (I could probably drink this all night without palate fatigue) - awesome balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 22, 2008
Poured a hazy copper color with a thin off-white head. Bretty yeast aroma with a mild sweetness. Light leather notes. Citrus and tart flavor with a mild acidity. Bretty bitter finish. Light body with a dry finish. Very nice beer that I hope will keep evolving.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2008
Bottle shared by beastiefan2k... many thanks. Pale blonde cloudy beer. Opalescent appearance. Aroma is awesome with rich pale malt and a light funky vanillaish character. A bit of lovely grapey sweetness. Very soft flavour with a rich tapioca/rice pudding vanilla sweetness. As it warms up the soft funkiness really picks up with a great wild horseyness over the rich clean pale malt. Some mint and a fantastic pale malt character. Lingering apricot fruitiness. This beer is delicious... a great way to end a fantastic tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bartzilla (527) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2008
12th rating. Thanks Naven! Totally delicious, sour as all, get out. One of the most sour ales Iíve ever tasted. Itís like a nice kick to the chops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 20, 2008
Thanks to Dr. Bill for sharing. This poured a dark orange color. The flavor was sour with lots of fruity notes.

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