Russian River Depuration

Russian River Depuration

Rated 3.633 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Russian River Brewing

Santa Rosa, CA, United States

Style:  Blonde Ale

7% Alcohol by Volume

27 International Bittering Units

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Blonde Ale aged in French oak Chardonnay barrels with white wine grapes for one year with three strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, & Pediococcus

ID: 15943 Last updated 18 years ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank1606
Overall Percentile97
Style Rank3 of 1464
Style Percentile99.8
Lowest Score3.0
Highest Score4.2
Average Score3.950
Weighted Score3.633
Standard Deviation0.472

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  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 4.2 16 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Bottle courtesy of Odeed, and holy smokes, RR does it again, a super duper thanks, Jacob!!! Pour is shazy sparkling golden in color, light sediment gently suspended in the body, quite nice looking. The aroma is inviting, grapes tease the nose, bretty aspects guard against the novice or sweet tooth and any sloppy indulgence. The wheaty notes underneath (no idea if there really is wheat in this thing) make this a wonderfuly refreshing scent to the nostrils. The flavor is as good and complete as the aroma, finely soured, light yeast accompanying all of the nose qualities, lemons accenting every sip, and a wonderful gentle touch of some oak to round everything out. Mouthfeel is significantly carbonated with light acidity, so very nice under all the other sensory joys, probably far more complex than I could pick up in this single tasting, perhaps I should seek out more? Thanks, Jacob, just let me know if you have other RR bottles you're looking to move for something out East here. And, Bert, a great one to have shared with ya!

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 4.2 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Hazy yellow colour, small white head. Aroma is very sour fruits and some slight yeast. Amazingly Cantillonish thing. The flavour is is quite the same as aroma, but has some really big similarities to white wine. Oh yeah! This kicks ass!

  • JOHNC 1186 reviews
    rated 3.0 17 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    A big thanks to cquiroga for bringing this beer to the Woodshop tasting at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA. It poured a clear golden color. The flavor was dry & tart

  • E 2218 reviews
    rated 4.2 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Poured a hazy amber color with a small, white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet grapes, funky, barnyardy, citrus, and toffee. Taste of more grapes, citrus, melon, with sweet toffee, vanilla, and a lingering sour finish. Awesome, beer, on par with Temptation and Supplication.

  • VAC 2186 reviews
    rated 4.1 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Pours with a golden-orange body with amazing clarity topped by a meidum thick, white head with some lacing. It’s tart and vinious with an underlying sweetness, notes of lemon and an oaky undertone. Light bodied, dry and crisp.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 4.0 17 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Tasted on tap at the 1st Annual Bistro Barrel Aged Festival. He blonde ale pours a light gold color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, horse blanket and bretty. A medium bodied golden ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Funky and oaky. And then its bretty and funky. Lots of oak tannins and then a lot of tartness. Crisp and dry. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and funky.

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