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RATINGS: 647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 155   ABV: 5.15%
Editor’s 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 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Batch 4. Again, ginormous thanks to Naka for sharing. Super strong spicy aroma - ginger, pepper, floral and grassy. Grapefruit, peach, pepper, spicy, doughy, bready, and a slight funk in the background. Full & creamy mouthfeel. Amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpjuart (1094) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2008
750 ml bottle, Batch 4, courtesy of Naka split with the Exec Board. Pours golden w/ fizzy white head. Nose is sweet w/ some funk, caramel and orange peel. Notes of apple. Taste is sweet w/ funktastic apple.Notes of citrus with a good dose of alcohol. Good beer with lots of things going on that are somehow balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2008
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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1230) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2008
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (1541) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2008
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2244) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 21, 2008
(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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6734) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2007
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.

   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 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.

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