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Russian River Deviation (Bottleworks IX)

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RATINGS: 264   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.17/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 205   ABV: 6.83%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (1096) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2013
At my place with Thomas Scott and Samantha. Aroma is acidic, cherry, vinigar, oak. Taste is huge acidic, but somehow subdued and not mouth puckering; vinegar, tart cherries, tangy citrus fruit, very nice. Interesting. pretty cool beer. With the dregs it has mild orange peel bitterness, finish is long and acidic with grapefruit juice. Long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2014 Wish I had tried this at its peak, still, much gratitude to Ryan for sharing it with me. Tart lemon, slight funkiness, very vinegary though, hard to drink in quantity. Obviously a very good beer even with age, but was probably amazing before the acidity took over.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Pours somewhat clear pure amber with a white head that quickly forms a tannish head. Aroma is sweet Brett yeast, clean and smooth in the nose with some earthy vine notes. Flavor is similar, sweet Brett yeast with a dry body for sure and a decent puckering ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 30, 2013
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2013
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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
McGrupp612 (140) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2012
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2012
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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (5874) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (7027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
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.

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