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Russian River Deviation (Bottleworks IX)

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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2008
DLD ’08: Bottle thanks to Sprinkle for sharing: Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Aroma, fruity notes, some funk, acidic sour notes. Flavor, tart and funky, some lemon, other citric notes, yeast. A well balanced sour, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
railcat1 (689) - Hammond, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2008
I love sours and this was outstanding with a dark greenish pour and a nice tart yet bitter taste,it also had a nice and yet dry finish overall a good beer.CHEERS!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
I got this in a trade from old mr crow, thanks. Pours golden orange with a nice off white head. Aroma of tartness and citrusness, trart light fruit, grapefruit, grapes, even sour apples. Flavor was tart end sweet, I guess you could say it was like a sweetart.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7177) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Many thanks to sprinkle for sharing at DLD! Poured apple-juicy golden with a light, looser cap of white head. The aroma was to die for.. building vinegar and light fruity tartness (a little pear and some white grapes).. dry oak finish to it.. lovely! The flavor found sour fruit skins upfront (grapes and apples) with bracing vinegar acidity around the edges.. bone dry at the finish, and well-balanced throughout. Sour, strong, and effervescent on the palate, yet the components all seemed to complement each other.. most excellent stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2008
As I pour this brew I get a nice aroma of sour grapefruit and spicy oak. The beer is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some light lacing on the sides of my Tripel Karmeliet tulip as it slowly recedes. The beer is a ruddy, amber hue and shows a lightly hazy, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite tart and lactic; a mix of sour grapefruit, sour-orange & slightly moldy lemon notes. Other than the tartness the nose has alight, underlying funkiness that reminds me of some light musty leather notes, some Brett influenced butyric acid, damp cellar aromas and even a touch of cat piss. Some fruit notes reminiscent of a mix of pears, tart plums, aromatic apples and some star-fruit are also found in the nose and add some needed, additional complexity. I really like the nice, bright acidity that is noticeable in the nose, it makes this quite appetizing.

Bracingly tart, as much or more so than many a Lambic. This tartness melds quite well with the light, yet substantial oak and a tannic, chewy body. Like the best Gueuzes, this beer is quite light and quaffable, yet still has a fair amount of heft to it; this heft seems to come from a tannic texture that in this beer is clearly barrel influenced. Lactic acid notes provide the bulk of the tartness, but there does seem to be a touch of acetic, hints of uriatic acid & some funky butyric acid notes. Oak flavors play a role here, but thankfully they form a part of the supporting cast; the oak provides a bit of spiciness to the flavor more than anything. The oak does provide some hot, oral-nasal notes that hit me as I am taking a sip, this provides a bit of warmth that is almost like that from Bourbon. Brett influenced notes play a supporting role here that provides a lot of subtle complexity; flavors of phenolic soaked cotton balls, light horse blanket and a soft general funk.

Fruit flavors provide a light touch of sour-plum, pear, some sour-cherry notes (this is accented by the tannins that evoke thoughts of tannic cherry skins), definite grapefruit (though more from the tartness than from Kloeckera) and apple essence, all without any accentuating sweetness. As the beer warms the tannins really start to contribute a texture / presence that coats the roof of my mouth and back of my teeth. A bit of hot alcohol also becomes a bit more noticeable in the nose as it warms up, but so does some toasty grain & soda-cracker malt aromatics. My second & last pour is a bit more hazy, but not enough to really effect the flavor. Biscuit malt and soda-cracker grain notes also provide some character to the finish of this brew.

I like that the oak plays a supporting role here; it really provides a nice texture and body to this brew as well as a touch of spiciness that works sort of like hops do (though there really is no sweet malt character to balance here). Actually the texture of this beer is quite divine, the tannins provide a satin-like texture without really interfering with the light, quaffability of this brew. This is much more sour than I was expecting, luckily I am a complete sour-head, and I really am quite happy about how tart this is. Makes me want to crack open one of the batch two Beatifications, that will be the next beer to go into the beer fridge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - APR 30, 2008
Tasted at PP bottle shop. Tim cracked this rare gem. Tuesdays are always better when Tim is around. Had side-by-side with Temptation batch 3, which I love, but this was better. Possibly partly because the Temptation was warmish, and the Deviation was coolish. Cloudy yellow color with a hint of amber. Mild sourness. An illusion of sweetness, possibly because of the fruity aroma and mild sourness reminds me of peaches. Certainly sweeter than Temptation, which was very dry (and delicious, which is hard for someone with a sweet tooth, like myself, to say). Nice mild funky and hay aroma. I like this better than Beatification batch 2, which I had a few days ago. Highly quaffable. Easy to keep filling my glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
Thanks to toncatcher for sharing this bottle. Awesome sour ale. Very tart, sour grape rinds. Some mild vanilla too. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2010) - 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 (1624) - 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.

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