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RATINGS: 638   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 155   ABV: 5.15%
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Editorís Note: There is no brettanomyces in the base Redemption beer served at the brewpub. This entry is for the draught version as well as bottled batches 002 and onward.

ABV info:
Batch 002: bottle listed as 4.8%, actual ABV 6.14%.
Batch 003: bottle listed as 5.3%, actual ABV 6.01%.
Batch 004: bottle listed as 5.65%
Batch 005: bottle listed as 5.65%
Batch 008: bottle listed as 5.15%
Batch 009: bottle listed as 5.15%
Batch 010: bottle listed as 5.15%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drseamus (103) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2007
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 isnít 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2007
Batch 3 750ml. Bikesandbeer bought this for me in SF @ Whole Foods thanks dude. Pours gold with lots of carbonation and a big 2 finger bright white head. Really nice nose, wild yeast and lots of punch. Taste is sweet, grassy, yeasty and bright. Very nice and smooth. Very nice, wish it had a bit more sour in it, but Iíll live.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle. Batch 003. Like a toned down triple - less sweetness, but still spicy. Nice mellow bitter finish. Nothing crazy, but well done and really well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1451) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Bottle. Batch #002. Pours a huge head and releases wild yeasty aromas. Some soft grains. Tremendous use of alcohol to heighten flavors. Orange, apricot, citrus, clove, pepper. Plenty of residue left in the bottom of the bottle and the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Bottle via trade with IrishBoy. Batch 002. Pleasant but slight aroma of lemongrass, dry hay, dried grass and mildly aromatic earthy hops. Pours cloudy light gold/rich yellow with a creamy but quickly disappearing white head. Flavor is light, crisp and refreshing .Slightly grassy and herbal. Hint of flowers. Mild lacto tartness on the finish. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Thanks Richard!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 Clear golden yellow color. Aroma is fruity sweet and tart with some faint funk. A blonde but very champagne like. Nice bubbles but not overwhemlming. Balanced, some bitterness and spice. Smooth and light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle... Murky golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Lots of small floaties tooling about my glass. The earthy, lightly acidic aroma is of pale grains, wood and straw. As with most Russian River beers, this one offers terrific balance between bitter, sweet and tangy... it sways, maybe a hair, toward bitter. Full-bodied with a coarse mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Tangy, caustic, Mojave-dry finish. Thanks, mgumby10, for providing the sample!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 16, 2007
Batch 2. A mid-sized white head quickly fades and gives full revelation to a clouded deep yellow/light orange pour. Copious coagulated protein chunks, a la Abbaye des Rocs, clutter the glow. Spotty, irregular lacing. Aromatic complexity is as soft as it gets whilst retaining an elegance reserved for very few beers, particularly Belgian golden ales. Everyhting is subtle and restrained, but not without a streamlined and clean crispness and regal quality. Notes of superb Belgian yeast, light candi sugar, fresh grain, coriander and lemon zest in moderation, very light tangerine rind, a respectable maize component and no alcohol whatsoever comprise the bulk of the aroma. The remainder, in very small quantities, includes mint, honey and freshly picked white flowers. The nose is great, though Iíd prefer greater expression, at least of the yeast. It does topple the pyramid in one aspect, one that is most laudable: it is so clean itís heavenly. The flavor is very refreshing. Astringency is multifarious, with a breakdown of familiar acids as such - 60% lemon, 30% honey and 10% orange. Lovely malt, very clean throughout. Candi sugar is fully and perfectly utilized and never overzealous. The finish is lightly sweet and lightly sticking, lengthy and soft, peppery yeast and fruit lingering. The palate is silky soft and light bodied. Medium carbonation results in a great, easygoing, sessionable Belgian golden ale for the ages. This is great no matter what itís compared to.

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