I’m a big fan of the corked Russian River beers. A friend and I decided to enjoy 6 of them in one evening.

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Russian River Beatification

Beatification - Russian River

 

4.1

AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20

adamjackson (215) – Canaan, USA – APR 14, 2012

Had a friend in Santa Rosa send me 6 of these for $30 a bottle (2x markup but I’m alright with it). Poured at Cellar temp into a Duvel Tulip. Batch 5. 

A – Half-Finger head. Lacing is solid but dissipated to a very thin ring of carbonation almost instantly. Dark golden color, nice haziness, looks like a standard farmhouse style saison. 

S – Apricot sour tartness. Very wild and very hot on the nose. Intense spiciness as well that’s typical with a Saison but hard to pinpoint what spices exactly. 

T – Very sweet. Extremely tart. Lots of wild fruits like apricot, grapes and persimmons. It’s hard to really give this rating a fair one since I’ve had 5 Russian River beers tonight all sours and corked so I’ll probably re-rate it. Very sweet and tart but hard to pinpoint any exact flavor. 

M – 50/50 carbonation. Ultra dry finish, lingering sour taste. 

O – Fantastic. This is a great beer but I’m finding it hard to really pinpoint. solid A.

Beatification - Russian River

Russian River Supplication

Supplication - Russian River

4.5

AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20

adamjackson (215) – Canaan, USA – JAN 31, 2012

UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 “Thanks to my new friends for sharing this with me! Very exciting to finally have this beer. Poured into a Riedel Snifter.

A – The appearance is a combo of Gold, Hazel and Amber. It’s a very deep woody tone. Two finger head appears but quickly leaves.

S – Pinot Grigio, Cherry and Honey. I’m getting that sour bite that lambics provide and a lot of fruits that are all over the place!

T – Raspberry, sour, grapes, cherry. Everything tastes so light with a red-wine finish! Very refreshing! I’d love to serve this at room temp on a sunny day! 

M – HUGE bubbles on the swish but light and very easy to drink!

O – I really loved this beer. Would love to have it again.”

Supplication - Russian River

Russian River Consecration

Consecration - Russian River

3.6

AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20

adamjackson (215) – Canaan, USA – APR 14, 2012

Purchased in San Francisco at Blackwell’s Beer Store. Duvel Tulip served at cellar temp. Batch 007. 

A – 1-Finger big and tiny bubble head dissipated quickly and very very fast. Beer is an SRM of 5. Dark brown and very hazey. 

S – Sour, tart but not as much as Temptation. Very nice on the nose but nothing too impressive. Subdued almost watered down or oxidized red wine smell. 

T – Wow. Intensely acid like with lots of sour. Loving the carbernet notes which are very subdued and the black curants. It’s a very tasty beer very similar to Hanssens Experimental Cassis. 

M – 50/50 carbonation, dry finish, lingering tartness. 

O – it’s good. B+ but nothing remarkable.

Consecration - Russian River

Russian River Temptation

4.3

AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20

adamjackson (215) – Canaan, USA – APR 14, 2012

Thanks Shawn! Poured into a Duvel Tulip at Cellar Temp. Batch 05×3. 

A – Poured a very tiny head that went away quickly. SRM 2 on the scale. Creamy solid white. Lemongrass wheat color, light golden color. Very beautiful. Very light haze. 

S – Very tart and sour. Dry champagne scent. Funky and elegant. Earthiness and smell of melons and banana. 

T – HUGE explosion of tart. Incredible bitterness. There isn’t a huge flavor assigned from a very belgian yeast and old geuze taste. It’s hard to pinpoint the flavor. Very very balanced. 

M – Dry, 60/40 carbonation on a mouth swish. Tasty as all hell. I love it. Light bodied. An entire bottle alone might be too sour. 

O – Wow. A+

Russian River Framboise for a Cure 2011

4.4

AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20

adamjackson (215) – Canaan, USA – APR 14, 2012

Thanks Shawn for bringing this to my cabin. 2011 batch poured at cellar temp into a Duvel Tulip. 

A – Half-Finger white to red colored head that dissipated very fast to a minor glass-edge line of bubbles. The beer is a ruby red color. No haze, not a ton of carbonation. Very tasty looking. 

S – Temptation with Raspberries. That’s the best way to explain this beer because that’s exactly what this is. Smells wonderful, wild, sour, lambic and delicious. 

T – Huge sour raspberries taste. Very wild yeast taste and lots of white wine sauvignon blanc? Hard to tell. The sour rocks my tongue and makes it hurt with sour intensity. Great feeling. 

M – 80/20 carbonation, very dry finish, light bodied. Very drinkable. 

O – This is amazing. It’s funky and wild and bitter. Remarkable and wonderful. A+

Temptation and Framoise for a Cure - Russian River

Framoise for a Cure - Russian River

Framoise for a Cure - Russian River

Russian River Damnation

Damnation - Russian River

3.1

AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20

adamjackson (215) – Canaan, USA – APR 15, 2012

Thanks Blackwell’s Spirits in San Francisco for sending this to me. Stored in the cellar for a while, stuck it in the fridge and then poured into an Ommegang tulip. Batch 072. 

A – 5-Finger head that’s completely crystal clear. The head lacing and retention is great. Lines of bubbles line the edges of the glass. SRM of 2 on the scale. Bright light golden ale with a stream of champagne like bubbles traveling bottom to top as it sits on my table. 

S – The biggest thing I’m getting is that Belgian Bready Yeast scent that is found more often in Belgian Dark Ales and Trappist ales. Light hops and banana and pineapple maltiness to this. 

T – The first taste is pretty disappointing. Taste is thick and heavy and there is a hoppy bitterness to this alongside the Belgian yeast but no fruits, no spices, no floral or earthiness to it. Just akin to a very heavy Milwaukee canned beer. Taste is similar to an American lager than a Belgian Strong Ale. 

M – 30/70 carbonation, medium-bodied, lingering blandness that stays around a few minutes after tasting. It’s not dry at all. There’s a little bitterness on the finish but not much. 

O – Considering the rating, I expected more. Not a very good beer. Thank goodness this was my only bottle.

Damnation - Russian River

Russian River Redemption

Redemption - Russian River

4.1

AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20

adamjackson (215) – Canaan, USA – APR 15, 2012

Thanks Gary at Blackwell’s Liquors for sending this over. Batch 011. Stored in the cellar since February then stuck in the fridge for an hour. Served in an Ommegang Tulip. 

A – 5-Finger crystal hear head. Exceptional head lacing stuck to the edges of the glass. After 3 minutes, head dissipation is slow with half a finger left. SRM of 2. Bright, light golden color almost akin to lemon juice minus the haze. Very clear beer. 

S – Bready Belgian Yeast, loads of spices and some tropical fruits. Very smooth on the nose except for that really awesome spice that smells like Cayenne, Basil and Black pepper. 

T – Damnation with spice? That’s what I’m getting. Very spicy and that overtakes all of the other flavors. Of course, there’s that standard Belgian Abbey Ale taste and some dry fruits like apricot and raisins. It’s very light on the yeast but it’s there. 

M – 50/50 carbonation, dry finish, light bodied. Lingering spice and bready yeast. 

O – This is a solid beer. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

Redemption - Russian River

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And that’s it! Shawn and I had a great time drinking these beers. Nice weekend at home with great food. I hope you enjoyed reading them.