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Rejection - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

159 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 18
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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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

02-05-2012 20:22:59 | More by ales4baldo
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Overlord

California

3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown. Smells faintly of spice and Belgian Yeast.

Tastes ... like belgian yeast, a hint of choclate-y malt, and a ... a sort of weird soury aftertaste.

One of the most disappointing beers I've had from Russian River. Really not sure what they were going for. I can't even say it's a misfire in terms of taste, as there really isn't much going on.

Bit watery. Forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2010 01:10:58 | More by Overlord
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antilogic

California

3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at O'brien's TION night in a 5oz taster.

I was looking forward to trying this new creatively named valentine's day beer. Color was black, taste was dry, bitter, and to me, burnt, with a thin mouthful. I did not like it at all, but maybe my palette was too sour'ed out by Vinne's other masterpieces. I'm looking forward to trying it again, maybe with food, and maybe I'll like it more...

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2009 06:13:46 | More by antilogic
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jdklks

Nevada

3.15/5  rDev -18%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2010 07:27:57 | More by jdklks
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lhaqq

California

3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Near black with a small tan head.
S: Not too much. Some roasted malts.
T: Kind of reminds me of a Sam Adams Black Lager, though this is less malty and sweet. That flavor, but considerably more earthy.
M: Smooth, a bit light.
D: Easy to drink, but would probably rank this amongst the few RR beers that I don't care for too much.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2009 06:34:58 | More by lhaqq
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sansho

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

02-06-2013 04:00:52 | More by sansho
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deebo

Minnesota

3.34/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 02:47:57 | More by deebo
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kojevergas

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a 2 oz sampler at Russian River's tap room in Santa Rosa during their Pliny The Younger release in 2012. Reviewed from notes. Note that the vessel was 2 oz, not necessarily the total amount ingested, as I ordered samplers repeatedly if I required more to review accurately.

A: Pours a half finger had of slight tan colour, pretty decent cream, good thickness, and awful retention. Colour is a dark caramel-brown.

Sm: Caramel, nuts, and smoke. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Some smoke - more as a tone than a flavour. Dark malts form the foundation. Some milk and cream. Some chocolate. Balanced and pleasant, if simple. Enjoyable. It could use some layering, but that would require more notes and depth of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Could use more cream. Not too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Very drinkable, but simple. I'd have it again, but Russian River has far better brews.

B-

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2012 05:10:23 | More by kojevergas
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waltonc

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 06:27:13 | More by waltonc
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ehammond1


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 20:26:14 | More by ehammond1
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California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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California

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12-24-2011 10:37:28 | More by avaldivia
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Rejection from Russian River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.