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Russian River Deviation (Bottleworks IX)

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RATINGS: 248   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%

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Sampled at the Carolina Crew gathering in Greenville. Big thanks to Turdferguson for sharing! Very oaky and lightly sour funky aroma. Nicely sour and tart flavor. Dry finish. Very easy to drink for a sour ale - a style that I don’t have much experience with and I haven’t enjoyed much in the past. Really enjoyable beer! Thanks, Sam!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
orangesol (918) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Review #950!!! Huge thanks to Kramer for sharing this one with us at last nights Christmas Party. A perfectly cellared bottle since purchase is a rare thing with this one it seems.

Pours clear amber red with a half finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light ring around the edge, leaving small streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smells of woody oak, lactic sourness, tart cherries, light barnyard funk, dash of Greek yogurt, caramel sweetness and some wet cardboard oxidation. Taste is holding up much better than the nose is. Cherry skin, mild musty funk, dulled lactic sourness and only a light hint of the oxidation is present. Smooth, tart feel is much lighter than I had heard it would be making it remarkably easy to consume.

Overall I really loved this one. The nose is definitely suffering for its age but the taste is still awesome. I can’t thank Kramer enough for opening this one for us to try, thanks again buddy!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luk_ (209) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle. Copper pour with a small ring of foam. Aroma is very oxydated: dusty, some nuts and tomatoes. Taste is still enjoyable. It is acetic, but there is a nutty sweetness and citrus. This one was definitly over the hill.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4687) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2014
bottle shared by tom10101, many thanks bro! pours cloudy dark golden-orange with a small off-white cap showing minimal retention and lacing. bretts, toasted wheat, very peppery, other spices - aniseed, some fruity awkward notes, light to medium acidity, but everything is obscured by oxidation - old grass and off-fruity notes. light carbonation, light body, grassy-spicy and tart-citric finish. o-k..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2015) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Bottle 750ml. Pours hazy golden with low white head. Minimal to no lacing. Aroma is of acid, bretts, fruits. Taste is of acid, bretts, sourness, fruits, apricots. Palate: Light-medium body. Light carbonation. Overall: A tad too acidic. Quite good anyways.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (1499) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
Pours a hazy copper with a small white rim for a head that leaves low lacing. Nose is of tomato juice, vinegar. Taste is of vinegar and really acidic. This felt old and past its prime big time. The heavy acidity (acetic acid) makes this beer hard to drink, otherwise it would be OK. Body was light and carbonation medium-high. Pretty sure this was good when it came out but now it is simply dead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (3093) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle (750 ml). Thanks to Mykel for this one! Hazy golden with a small ring of white foam. Aroma is interesting, quite fruity, slightly acetic with wood, brettanomyces and oxidation notes. Taste is more oxidized and more acetic... it’s also quite fruity with oak and herbal presence. Medium body. Soft carbonation. A tad oily mouthfeel. Puckering. Decent AWA. Not super complex, too acetic... definitely on the decline but I can see that it was probably a very good beer when released.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (3472) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle shared at tasting. Flat gold pour. Aroma is dusty, light acetic aromas, woody aromas, earthy brett, oxidization notes (light cardboard). Taste is grassy, dusty & bitter hop, slightly acetic with a lingering woody finish. Palate is dry, med bodied with almost no carb. Unfortunate because this was probably a really good beer at one point, but this bottle was not its former self - still enjoyable though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
jcartamdg (2092) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Pours a hazy golden copper with no head. Aroma of oak, funk, citrus and stone fruit. Taste is sour, oak, funk, citrus and stone fruit. Really complex, l really like this one

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (7214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
750mL bottle at Bottleworks, pours a fairly clear copper golden with a small off-white head. Aroma is extremely complex, with loads of complex brett, maybe other wild yeast, oak, and more brett. Flavour reveals loads of brett all around, oak barrels, yeast, and more brett. No hint of oxidation at all - this has certainly stood the test of time. Quite balanced and mellow. Excellent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2014
75cl, as Deviation, retired exclusive American blended brew, with Brettanomyces, thx alot to John for bringing this rarity over!, complex sour brew, sour/woody and slightly fruity, balanced, hazy, nearly no head, good brew, ’Sadly going downhill...’

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