Nate (3445) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from 750 courtesy of Naka. Light aroma to this one, fruity with some orange peel, light peppercorn, yeasty with mild horseblanket for some reason. Golden clear with a thin off-white lacing head and some nice little chunks floating around in the glass. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts fruity with some bitter peppery notes, mild sweetness and yeast. This is a well done beer that was difficult for me to adequately describe, but is balanced and very drinkable. Dry and funky finish with mild bitter after. Why can’t places closer to me brew beers like this?
tennisjoel (1146) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Islay for bringing this to my recent tasting!
Pour is light golden with a generous head. Smells are hay, belgian sugar. Sweet and grainy, but not harsh. Very drinkable. This may not quite fit the session definition, but barring the expense, I could easily put this into one of my favorite lower alcohol beers to drink. Very very good. Just lovely!
islay (771) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Approximately 6 oz. sample from 750 mL bottle consumed at tennisjoel’s tasting on 1-26-08. Batch 002. This was the fifth of ten beers that we tried. Thanks to jjbreadbowl for picking this up for me at the brewpub on his trip to California. This is my first Russian River beer, and I’m looking forward to trying more. This was also my first Abbey Enkel (a.k.a. Singel), a classic style that deserves its own designation in the RateBeer database. Very nice, sweet, slightly tart aroma features honey, apricot, peach skin, and raspberry scents. Pours a cloudy, very pale gold, almost gray color. Large amount of near-white head. Nice, dry, fruity, floral taste with a large apricot presence. Subdued but good flavors. Slightly dry finish. Light body. Creamy in the palate. Easy to drink. This would make a great “every day” beer if it were more readily available. It also seems to be sessionable (of course, it’s far too high in alcohol to count as a true “session beer”). Russian River Redemption was a big hit among all of the people at the tasting, which included RateBeerians and casual beer drinkers alike.
illidurit (1952) - Sonora, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 002 poured from a 750 into a Duvel tulip. Body is golden with a solid three fingers of bright white fluffy foam on top. Absentmindedly I pour out every last drop of the bottle without looking at the yeast sediment, resulting in SHEETS of yeast floating around. Flat, 1 square inch yeast sheets cling to the beer/head division, and some of it sinks down to the carbonation nucleation point at the very bottom of the glass only to be shot back upwards by the column of bubbles! This beer all of a sudden looks like a lava lamp!
Aromas of overripe apples, pears, lemon, brett (not overpowering funk though).
Flavors of citrus, grain, yeast. A very mellow and subtle beer.
Light and airy without being thin-bodied (if that makes any sense). Goes down really smooth and could even be sessionable.
Another RR beer that doesn’t disappoint.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(batch 003 from ledgers.)translucent yellow with a nice white head that leaves some webbing on the glass.the aroma is very dusty with bit of dried hay,lemon,Belgian yeast,and cantaloupe.the flavor is much of the same with a nice malt backbone.nice medium mouthfeel with a smooth palate.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750, corked and baled. Pours glowing light gold with a thick, fluffy platinum blonde head. Sheets of woolly lace all the way down the glass, can barely see through it. Little bits of slowly rising carb here and there in the beer. Nice hay, lemon, and floral nose. Mild. Medium body, light fizz. Restrained in almost every way, except maybe the lacing. The lemon, hay, and flowers come back around for the mid-palate, and finish with an ever-so-slightly toasty linger. Nice but not built to totally astonish you in any way. Still, this would be a great one to serve to friends of all palates, it’s a good common ground kind of beer.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (batch 3). Golden color with a medium head. Aroma is a pleasant Belgian malt/yeast mix with some light citrus. Flavor is yeasty and a tad grainy, but very smooth and good with food. Citrus, wood, spice, and some light hops are all in there in some capacity. Quality brew that could go with almost anything.
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Did a side by side tasting with this and Damnation. This one pours a light amber straw color with a bit of white head. It was slightly cloudy because some of the yeast got into the glass, but I like to drink the yeast anyway. The aroma isn’t what I expected. It had a good malty body with some woodsy hop aroma. There is also an overall yeasty smell behind everything else. The flavor is fairly sweet but with some hop bitterness to balance. I can actually taste some hops as well. This is a good beer and I was pleasantly surprised.
beerbill (3178) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle, Batch 003, thanks to a trade with dirty_martini. Pours a hazy pale gold with a moderate, foamy snow white head that lasted through most of the glass. Some floaties in the glass despite my slow pour. Very nice, bright aroma of fresh lemons, grains, banana, and yeast. The flavor was equally nice with again, fresh lemon, grains and some yeast noted. The lemons were not sour and added a brightness to the beer. Very enjoyable.
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Hazy straw, quite hazy in fact, large foamy white head, fairly nice lacing, light carbonation.   Musty nose, pale
straw/hay, a little barnish.   Smooth on the tongue, minor sweetness, light but clean, very refreshing after walking 15 blocks to City
Beer to pick this one up.   One of the better Belgian Blondes I have had in a while.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.
Comes across more airy than it looks, *burp*.   Yeasty finish, remaining musty grasses, barnish.   Straight shooter, nothing out of
the ordinary, but very well built.   Not as heavy or astringent as many other examples, light and clean.   Me like!