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Rejection - Russian River Brewing Company

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161 Ratings
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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 17
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2005)
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-14-2011 23:26:52 | More by rob133
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

11-20-2011 08:07:26 | More by Sixofsigmas
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

02-01-2012 18:52:06 | More by throwback
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.83/5  rDev +25.8%

On tap at RR
A: Poured an dark brown color with good carbonation and a tan head.

S: Nose is toasted malt, chocolate, yeast and coffee.

T: Taste is chocolate, candy, fruits, yeast a little bit of booze. Pretty sweet sticky and hearty. Booze is just right and this beer is so tasty, probably my favorite beer behind Younger of course!

M: Medium body, well carbonated, tasty

O: This beer just struck a chord with me. Bravo. Another grest RR brew.

02-08-2010 21:07:37 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of 4000qtrap


4.72/5  rDev +22.9%

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Pleasant burnt charcoal matches perfectly with nutmeg, licorice, ginger, and coffee. Awesome.

Taste: Extremely spicy top note with intense ginger and nutmeg notes are balanced by slightly dry, caramelized wood and some citrusy coffee in the mold of a yergicheffe that's at city roast levels. Ripe currants, molasses, and fruit skin bitterness with a hint of cider flavors emerge as it warms and opens up. Definitely not as roasty as one would expect from a Black ale. Finish is grassy and citrus bitterness, a little dry, quite spicy, a little yeasty with a touch of banana.

Notes: Awesome, amazingly drinkable and unique beer.

01-31-2010 21:57:23 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of OStrungT


4.6/5  rDev +19.8%

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.

02-18-2008 20:23:56 | More by OStrungT
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +18%

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark chocolate brown body, a frothy tan head and splashy lace

Smell: Campfire aroma with light smoky tones; toasted caramel and biscuit

Taste: Toasted caramel opening, but not sweet; woody flavors arrive mid-palate; slight bitter finish, but dry

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Terrific aroma, subtle flavors with a nice, woody finish

04-08-2006 19:32:14 | More by brentk56
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

03-23-2013 15:53:46 | More by NWer
Photo of DmanGTR


4.47/5  rDev +16.4%

Had this at the Local 44 during Philly Beer Week. Review from notes.

A - poured thick dark brown, quite opaque and a slight head. Little lacing.

S - mild earthiness, sweet caramel malts, light roastiness as well. Quite interesting!

T - sweet caramel malts, roasted barley, light coffee/carob also. Light alcoholic kick in the finish.

M - full bodied, very light carbonation, which worked well for its creaminess.

D - without a doubt, quite drinkable.

Thoughts - for a Belgian dark ale, I would not have expected any roasted barley/coffee flavors that I would expect from a porter. However, it worked very nicely with this brew and was indeed very tasty.

06-02-2009 13:30:10 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of jwolfie70


4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

06-02-2008 16:35:50 | More by jwolfie70
Photo of macktbone


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Obviously enjoyed at the brewery. Along with many PTY's my review and taste buds could be slightly tainted by the wonders of the Younger and it's 10.5% following.

A- a Brown (dark)ale. Head looks like a solid Belgian.

S- Lots of funk, bright with a touch of chalkiness and cocoa.

T- very fresh. Has a slight "brett" taste with a sweet hoppy malt backbone.

M- Good solid creamy adventure of dark bliss

D- This could be a new favorite. "Rejection No More"... The afterglow of this beer could start a new following for Belgian darks.

A great beer that stands alone amongst many others there at RR.

02-15-2009 21:56:23 | More by macktbone
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4.31/5  rDev +12.2%

A: Very dark black/brown with a very white head.

S: Highly Belgian in quality with sulfur notes throughout the aroma.

T: Black licorice with spices is dominate in the front of this beer. The Belgian character comes through very strongly.

M: Great mouthfeel. Nice body with the perfect amount of carbonation.

O: If you are within a couple of hours of the brewery, this beer may be worth the trip if you like belgian beers.

02-18-2013 18:42:01 | More by jvillefan
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-01-2014 01:53:13 | More by mattmarka1
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-22-2014 23:35:49 | More by Nunya
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-03-2014 19:21:14 | More by tinterlande
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

02-12-2014 07:18:47 | More by Chugbot
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-27-2014 03:41:38 | More by Paccamacca
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-08-2014 23:52:06 | More by Oakhtar
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4.23/5  rDev +10.2%

A - Served a dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy tan-brown head. The head fades slowly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted sweet chocolate malt with some bittersweet chocolate, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and a touch of burnt caramel.

T - Starts off with some roasted milk chocolate with some deeper cocoa and Belgian yeast character. Through the middle, more roasted and lightly burnt malts come through with some more chocolate flavor, yeast, and some dark fruit. The finish is a mix of chocolate malts with some vanilla and Belgian yeast flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced Belgian dark ale.

07-31-2012 21:47:34 | More by ngeunit1
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District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Served in a tulip at the brewpub in Santa Rosa.

A: Black, however not a sludgy thick black like a RIS. Thin, mocha colored head with little retention. Not much light getting through
S: Different. Very smokey, toasted malt, a little coffee. Very pleasant.
T: A smokey, roasted flavor, slight chocolate and coffee. Slight hop bitterness. Kinda hard to nail this down as a part of anyone still. Was confused by first few drinks but then got used to this and enjoyed it.
M: High carbonation, a nice maltier belgian, medium bodied, very creamy and smooth.
D: Great, I could drink a lot of these at 6% abv and they are very enjoyable. Obviously not as much flavor or punch as a RISs, but still a lot going on and an interesting beer (though I'm still not sure what beers to compare it to)

02-06-2008 20:17:23 | More by yourefragile
Photo of mjl21


4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

On tap at Russian River. Poured into a Belgian goblet. Comes in at 6.30% and 27 IBUs.

A-Pours a dark brown with a half finger tan colored head that recedes to a decent ring that hugs the rim of the glass. Leaves a decent amount of lace.

S-The Belgian character is quite strong in the aroma. I get stone fruit, Belgian yeast, and some candy sugar. There are touches of roast malt but not as much as one would expect in a "black" ale.

T-Like the nose, the Belgian characteristics are quite strong at the start and dominate 75% of the flavor. I get plenty of Belgian yeast, stone fruit, banana, and some clove. The roast malt becomes distinguishable as it hits the back of my mouth. There is also a decent amount of candy sugar sweetness towards the finish. The roast character is prevalent in between sips and it picks up as the beer warms.

M-Medium bodied and it has some lively carbonation.

D-An interesting beer. I like how the Belgian flavors are more prevalent and the roast flavor kicks in to give this a unique flavor.

I missed this one last year and forgot how good this beer tastes. A nice seasonal beer that is unique and tasty.

01-29-2010 00:16:38 | More by mjl21
Photo of illidurit


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

On tap at the brewpub for RR's 4th anniversary.

Pours an opaque, dark brown color with a tan frothy head that reduces rather quickly. Aroma is toasty malt and coffee with a touch of fleshy fruit. Flavor is of those See's coffee flavored candies with some roasty bitterness and smoke. Chewy and sticky. Really smooth and drinkable.

06-06-2008 06:29:48 | More by illidurit
Photo of MisterClean


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

Pulled from RR. Thanks concours.

A - Pours brown with 2 fingers of mocha head. Dissipates moderately and leaves beautiful lacing.

S - Chocolate, dark belgian candi sugars, medium roast coffee, and peppery esters.

T - Chocolate, dark belgian candi sugars, medium roast coffee, moderately btter hops, and peppery esters.

M - Moderate bodied, well-balanced, lightly sweet, and smooth tasting.

D - Very good overall.

02-16-2010 02:59:54 | More by MisterClean
Photo of BierJager89


4.16/5  rDev +8.3%

A: Ruby red with a mocha head.

S: Sweet malt, dark fruit, light fruit, citrus in the nose.

T: Dark fruit, plum, malt, tart fruits, lemon and orange.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: This was very good, but far overshadowed by Pliny the Younger, for which I was there that day. Definitely worth a try, but don't use it on valentines day as a coping mechanism for any rejection that might come your way. If you can, use Pliny.

02-04-2014 22:54:00 | More by BierJager89
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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Draught at RR during the PtY release madness. Almost black with a small tan head. Lots of fruit in the nose, with what strikes me as their house yeast ester profile. Plenty of rich malt in the aroma as well, with chocolate and toast. Modest bitterness with just a touch of roast and mild apparent hops in the finish that bring a nice balance that barely leans on malty. Fruity with a definite yeasty touch, but also very clean. Nice chocolate malty flavors leading to a pleasant dryness. Pretty much a flavorful Belgian-style porter from what I taste. Very nice.

02-12-2010 04:25:20 | More by bulletrain76
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Rejection from Russian River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.