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%

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mathieuc (3861) - Qubec, 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 (5900) - 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... its 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 (5762) - Trois-Rivires, Quebec, CANADA - 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 (3359) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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 (16597) - 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 (5755) - 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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
750mL bottle. Dark gold and red coloration with a slight off-white head. Sharp acetic aroma with phenolic and musty accents. Acetic flavors up front, with a bit of woody and earthen underpinnings, followed by horsey and plasticine brett characters. Slightly spicy in the finish, very tart and drying. Mouthfeel is light and astringent. There are hints of depth in flavor there that have perhaps been eclipsed by the brett given the time at which this opened. Nonetheless, a wonderful beer and an exceptional experience.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Prufrockstar (2071) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2013 Goddamn. Huge thanks to Bruce for cracking this one open at Liquid Sunshine tonight. So weve all just devoured these amazing home-cooked smoked ribs and its nearing the time I have to relieve the babysitter, when B. asks us about our personal whales. The rest of the crowd politely deflects that question, but I cant stop myself from blurting this one out. Moments later the bottle is on the table. The beer ... everything I love about RR. Really remarkable, beautiful beer. The experience ... everything I love about this community.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (12255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2013
From the other day. Lots of mustiness, nice sourness, funk, and oak. Nicely blended, nicely aged.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Finally! Been searching for this too long. :D

Semi-cloudy orange hue turns ominously translucent after adding dregs. Minimal head/lace. Wild grapefruit, funked up yeast, smells really sour (a bit of vinegar?), dark bitterness from the untamed funk imparts its own little angle. Intriguing.

Tons of stone fruit, grapefruit, pears, black cherry peels, bitterness from the yeast. Pretty darn sour. Kinda flat, unfortunately, but that didn't detract much from my enjoyment. Tasty and I'm glad to have tried it, but I won't be seeking this out again. Cheers!

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