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Rejection - Russian River Brewing Company

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86
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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 19
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2005

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Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 65
Reviews by yeastsipper:
Photo of yeastsipper
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled up courtesy of Phil Kirk. Consumed immediately.

Beer pours a dark black with a rather large, fluffy off-white head. The intense carbonation and head surprised me (pleasantly) coming from a growler. The smell is 'dark' with roasted malt the primary scent, also some wood, licorice, and root. Taste is pretty much similar. There are some light chocolate and anis flavors, but the roasty, earthy taste is most noticeable. Beer goes down very easily and is much more sessionable than others from RR. This is a fine beer, but not terribly memorable, and not one of my favorite offerings from RR. Very glad to get a chance to try....

More User Reviews:
Photo of magictrokini
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tap @ O'Briens TION night. Poured very dark brown, almost black, with a short, rapidly fading off-white head. Roasted malt and smoked aroma, some chocolate. Loose mouthfeel and felt kind of flat. Grainy and malty up front, but more earthy than roasted. It was hard to determine if the bitterness was from the chocolate flavors or brett; either way it was pleasantly unusual. Bits of coffee and dried fruits popped up here and there. Overall, the taste was muted; not necessarily watery, but weaker than wished for.

Photo of deebo
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brew pub. Served in a goblet this beer had a thin topping of tan head that quickly receded. Black. Aromas of dark malts not picking up any yeast. Flavor is indeed malty. This beer tastes like a porter to me. Not sure what makes it Belgian inspired-maybe a hint of esters in there but it is weak. Well carbonated and medium bodied a flavorful beer that is average but solid.

Photo of ehammond1
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Belgian Beer Festival 2011
Pizza Port
Carlsbad, CA

Dark brown with dark ruby highlights. Thin light brown head. Specked lacing down the glass.

The aroma is a combination of sweet and roasted malts. Some dark fruits and perhaps chocolate make for a very inviting aroma.

The flavor is a bit simple and, in that respect, surprising: a mainly bitter flavor along with roasted malt, perhaps some dark fruit, but relatively simple and average. I hoped for more.

Thin to medium bodied. Easy drinking. Appropriate.

A relatively simple Belgian dark (porter?). Good, but not great. Glad I got the opportunity to try this on-tap only treat.

Photo of OStrungT
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an inky black color, with, surprisingly, a light tan head. The head fadesslowly, leaving a thick curtain of lace.

This beer has a toffee like aroma. It has a caramel like malty aroma as well. It smells slightly smokey. All the aromas are mild, and pleasent.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Caramel malt, with some toffee, and smokey flavors. It tastes slightly spicy as well.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a malty, toffee like aftertaste. It has a medium body, and is carbonated perfectly.

This beer would make a great session beer. It tastes great, and is not too high in alcohol.

Overall: This beer is great. I would drink it any day, and I would definately drink it if I was rejected.

Photo of Shane_Gr
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite style of beer. Nothing bad nothing great.

Photo of watermelonman
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This arrived in near-black darkness, with slight hints of ruby. The head
is small but lasts well, and the lacing is minor.

The smell has some of the traditional ester charactoristics, but bits of
chocolate and coffee come through strong. The taste follows that same
pattern, really throwing the drinker for a loop. Some don't appreciate the
fusing of styles, but this is done in such a great way that it's hard to
argue with.

Unique and pleasing, this is definitely a good beer.

Photo of augustgarage
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub (2/4/10), served in a generic wide-mouth tulip. This was presented as a "Belgian Black" beer.

Turbid taupe (or maybe rose-taupe) muddy purple brown body. Spackled head recedes to nothing, but leaves behind nice lacing.

Dark bread, hot chocolate, black malt, and light caramel aromas.

Lemon0lime, slightly salty, dark malt, faintly roasty; mild yeast - almost like a Belgian version of an English Mild - rather strange. Light caramel mid-palate, sweet bready finish. Maybe a touch of rye/grain somewhere in there as well.

Smooth, a little light bodied, but with adequate carbonation.

Enjoyed this over conversation, but while not heartbroken, I was somewhat disappointed by it...

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/20/09. Part of a full day of Russian River beers here. Served in a Chimay glass.

Pours black with thin wispy brite-white head. Retains at just about the same level, staying sturdy and leaving some solid swathes of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet and toasty smelling with notes of roast, chocolate, and smoke, with accompanying notes of fruity citrus, floral hops, and a pervasive yeasty scent.

The taste is of chocolate, caramel, bisquits, and roasted malts, with a touch of fruity citrus character. Bittering hops sit in the back, as does a definite Belgian yeast feel that really comes out for me in the finish, mixing with lingering notes of bitterness. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a nicely effervescent and creamy feel that is fairly gentle in the mouth.

I liked this. Nice balance between the roasted and sweeter notes and the more yeasty esters knew their place in the profile. Plus there was a robust hoppy freshness about the whole thing that only Russian River can do. This drank nicely for an over 6% beer as well.

Photo of thagr81us
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another tick on the Russian River –tion Quest that I started quite awhile back! Big thanks goes out to estocker for sending me this one a LONG time back! Shared this one the day after aasher’s wedding while the entire wedding party was hanging out by the pool in the Destin, FL sun! A growler gusher!?!? Served from growler into a Boulevard tulip. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a two finger light khaki colored head that subsided to a half finger extremely slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, roasted malt, bread, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, banana, fruit, and bread. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I was really surprised that this one held up as well as it did after over a year of being stored in my fridge. Surprisingly there were quite a few non-craft beer enthusiasts at this pool party and a lot of them really liked this brew upon sampling it. This was a good thing as it would have been hard for aasher and I to pound the entire 64 oz growler. There were lots of nice notes going on here that kept your palate guessing on each sip which was a nice aspect. It was also refreshing making it easy to drink out in the extremely hot weather. Definitely a must try.

Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Monk's Cafe. She loves you...

A: The dark ale looks more like a porter or black ale, coming out with a full body that comes close to blackness. A mocha head rests atop the beer.

S: Dark roasted, burnt with plenty of chocolate aromas. Darker fruits linger below the surface, sweetening the otherwise roasted body up nicely.

T: Very much a Belgian style porter, dark and well-roasted with toast and chocolate in spades. Darker sugars, including brown and candi sugars, linger with a sweet bitterness. It's bitter, heavy on the darker chocolate flavors, but the yeast saves the day, lightening it up. Hops aren't much of a factor, enjoy the burn though.

M: The porter-like Belgian ale surprised me, dark and forboding but quite drinkable. Plus, I'm never one to turn Russian River down.

Photo of berkey
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drove up to Santa Rosa and picked a growler from the brewery this morning. I have to admit the comedy of marketing a beer named Rejection as a Valentine's Day beer contributed to me purchasing this to a degree. Poured into a Russian River -tion glass.

Body appears completely black at first look but shows some hints of cola color when held to light. A very large khaki colored head forms but settles pretty quickly and leaves some very nice lacing as it goes.

Belgian-like yeasty quality on the nose is joined my some roasted malts and a faint chocolate character. There's also a good amount of grassy hop aroma in this beer.

The roasty and chocolate notes continue on the palate with the addition of a subdued fruit character. It bears repeating that the fruitiness is subdued, far less estery than just about any other beer I've tried in the style. The slight hop bitterness detected on the aroma is lingers on the finish.

Very drinkable beer, this growler went very quickly. Not extremely complex or intense but highly enjoyable. Another fine Russian River offering.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black with an off-white head that retained nicely.

Smell: Cocoa, toffee, dried fruit - this essentially smells like a dark Belgian ale with a nice helping of roasted malt.

Taste/mouthfeel: Chocolate-covered fruit; fresh figs, dates, strawberries. The fruity Belgian yeast profile blends perfectly with flavors of charred malt and cocoa. The body is surprisingly light; this stuff goes down easy enough to session. The mouthfeel dries up a bit in the finish, though a trace of lingering sweetness remains.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable stuff despite being my last beer of the day. Vinnie has a nice touch with these Belgian-style brews.

Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River

A: Pours very dark brown, pretty much black, though a dark ruby brown hue does come out as the glass empties, with a creamy light tan head that settles and laces well.

S: Dark roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, and a touch of smoke.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, a touch of smoke, some pine, dark fruit, cherry and plumb, and a little light bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty smooth.

O: I can't say much screamed Belgian, but it was a nice change of pace from all the hop bombs consumed before it.

Photo of xhcadamx
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - black in the center with brown edges and ruby highlights. A big pillowy head and a lot of sticky lacing.

S - Toasted / Burnt malt and a little yeast.

T - VERY complex. Never had a beer quite like this before. I am a noob to Belgians and there is so much going on it is hard to describe. A thinking man's stout?

M - Dry really dry.

D - If this beer wasn't so dry I would have quite a few more.

Photo of jwolfie70
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

Pours a deep black, with a thin tan head. Smell is of belgiam yeast, dark chocolate and deep roasted malt. Taste is a dark chocolate, burnt malt (very much like a good porter), with a hint of the sweet, distinct belgium yeast flavor. A very good beer, that I have had the pleasure of having twice now and would get again when available.

Photo of aasher
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wedding beer courtesy of thagr81us. Thanks Calton!

This one gushed a bit out of the growler. It pours a medium bodied cola brown in color with a two finger, creamy beige head. The nose is smooth and creamy with dry dark malt character and a touch of Belgian yeast. It's light and dry, somewhere between a Belgian Brune and an Irish Dry Stout. It's pretty mellow yet sessionable. It's a nice Belgian dark ale, just nothing crazy.

Photo of dbONE
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the color you see when you close your eyes, BLACK! The light tan head remains on the glass to make it seem you still have a full latte.

A sweet slight coffee aroma from the malt and caramel tones are played mildly, but a little smokey like a bon fire.

Some spice comes through on the aproach then it dives right into the caramel and sweet coffee leaving the same aftertaste.

Smooth and creamy, this is easy to drink if you know what you are getting into. Definatly not for those who just "like" beer.

Photo of jdklks
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a Dark brown almost black color with a suprisingly light tan head that stick aroun for awhile and laces the glass nicely. Smell is a little disappointing insofar as it is not all that string or complex. Some chocolatey notes with a lot of Belgian yeast and a little dark fruit sweetness. Lots of spice.

The flavor, like the smell, is a little bland. Just about what you'd expect from the style, but not from a Russian River beer. Belgian yeast dominant all over. Lots of spices accompanied by some sweet fruits and a caramel/chocolate undertone. A funkiness in the finish and aftertaste. Decent but not great at all. By far my least favorite of the beers sampled today at the brewery.

Mouthfeel is a full medium with lots of carbonation and is one of the better parts of the beer. Drinkability=I would drink it if it was the only RR beer I could get, but there are just soooo many better choices.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my notes on recent trip, poured into a sampling glass, arrived with no head, pretty dark brown in color. Aroma is a bit odd, definitely some toasted malt in there, but can't pin down the odd funk to it. Taste is again kind of funky, the malts roasty, some chocolate... and perhaps smoked? Not what I expected out of a Belgian Dark, though not actually all that bad. Just, well, rejected:) Body is above average, good consistency and after I got used to it, it wasn't all half that bad. One is all I need though.

Photo of waltonc
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Russian River brewery today. Described on the chalk board as a Belgian Black Ale, or something like that. And black it is, with a nice tan head. Smell and taste are essentially dark roasted notes, a little coffee, but lighter than a stout by far. Pretty drinkable brew, but with so many other delicious options at the brewery, one is enough.

Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/5/10 at the brewpub.

A: The pour is an inviting dark brown/black color with a finger's worth of light tan foam.

S: The nose has quite a bit of roasted malt with a slight chocolate and caramel malty aroma. There is, of course, the usual fruity and spicy Belgian esters, but also a slight acidity.

T: The flavor follows the nose for the most part, but perhaps a bit on the bland side. I found the roast to be the predominant flavor, unfortunately, with only background notes of stone fruits and yeast.

M: The body seemed to be a bit on the thin side with a lively carbonation.

D: Another offering from Russian River that I've been looking forward to trying, but somewhat of a let down. Of course, I'm still glad to have been able to get a glass.

Photo of william5586
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Local 44 in Philly.

A- Dark, but not quite black. About a finger of off white head.

S- The first thing I picked up on was toasted/burnt malts and coffee. Some chocolate.

T- I found this beer to very complex. It seemed that every time I took a sip it tasted slightly different than the one before. There was a definite smokey flavor there. Burt malts. Coffee. Dark fruits. It also had a hint of sweetness to it at times.

M & D- Medium body with noticeable carbonation. I would love to try this again. A very interesting beer.

Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer in San Francisco. (the day after Valentine's Day)

Pours a very dark brown color with a nice bright egg shell colored head.

Aromas are of light chocolates, milky cream, and a bit of oak.

Taste is fairly light, but the flavors that are there are nice. Light cola, biscuit, and a little bit of bitter chocolates. Finish is crisp, with some mineral and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is good, and pretty full feel with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good. Solid dark Belgian beer. Not an earth shattering powerhouse of flavors, just a nice easy drinking beer that is very sessionable.

Photo of John_M
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Santa Rosa.

The beer pours an impressive black brown color with excellent head retention and sticky lacing all around. I don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light roasted malt and licorise. On the palate this beer is very complex, with an interesting, long, dry finish. There is something of a burnt toast taste, interlaced with quite a bit of licorise. The beer is very much on the light side, and you can tell the abv. is pretty low. The beer has an intriguing sweet licorise, dry stout sort of flavor, with a hint of hoppiness on the finish. The finish is quite dry and there are light nuances of both sweet and sour going on through out. Mouthfeel is pretty light and drinkability is good.

Not my favorite beer from RR, but certainly not a bad beer. Glad I had a chance to try this one.

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Rejection from Russian River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.