Russian River Brewing‘s Redemption falls in the oft overlooked part of their portfolio that isn’t an IPA or a Sour. Redemption falls in their Belgian range, which includes Damnation and Salvation, amongst others. These beers are some of my favorite beers that Russian River brews, and also some of their most cost effective. You get all the quality and flavor of a Belgian-style beer brewed by Russian River at a really good price. If you see any of these beers, pick one up and see what else Russian River can do!
Redemption is classed as a Belgian Blonde or an “Abbey single.” This beer, after having tasted several in Belgium, would easily be at home on the dinner table of one of the Trappist Monasteries. You can read more about what a single is in my “Q & Ale” piece: Q & Ale – Why are they called Dubbel, Tripel, Quadrupel?
Appearance: Hazy pale straw, off-white head, solid retention.
Aroma: Light yeasty notes, phenolic, grainy undertones, floral/herbal notes.
Taste: Light graininess, herbal and floral with a touch of soft citrus.
Overall Impression: Redemption has a long but light finish with a wonderfully creamy mouthfeel. This beer tastes far bigger than its low ABV. It’s balanced, flavorful, refreshing, with great character. It’s the very definition of a Monastic Table beer. This is definitely a beer worth trying and repeat buying.
Availability: In select cities and bottle shops around the Western US and Philadelphia.