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Rejection - Russian River Brewing Company

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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at O'Brien's Pub in San Diego, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some char aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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 drewone
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of kojevergas
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-

Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/16/06- On tap at Russian River Brewing Co.

Presentation- From the tap into a 14oz or so tulip.

Appearance- Super dark amber, or maybe a light brown/black with some red highlights? Odd coloring. Half inch fluffy head and light lacing.

Smell- Almost has some rauchbeir scents. Smelled lots of coffee grounds for sure, and also a good amount of smoke.

Taste- Hmmm, just a tad of the liquid smoke like taste. Full on burnt to a crisp coffee bean and dark choc taste. A bit cola like as well. Maybe even some light fruit taste in there too.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavily carbonated, almost like cola as mentioned above.

Drinkability- Fairly odd tasting beer. Kinda like a swartzbier, except not a lager. Not as sweet in the malt as well. Just odd. Worth a try though.

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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)

Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Monk's Cafe.

Pours a deep dark brown color that's almost black with faint mahogany edges and a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Roasted malt aroma with faint spiciness and dark fruit notes. Slightly toasty with lots of dark chocolate along with hints of toffee and caramel.

Medium bodied with lots of roasted dark malt as well as some zesty spice and sweet dark fruit notes. Lots of dark chocolate malt flavor along with hints of toffee, coffee bean and caramel countered by peppery spice, candy sugar and dark fruit which provide subtle sweetness. Still the dark malts dominate the flavor, lingering into a dry finish.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at local 44 in Philly. Into a Chimay glass.

A- Rejection looks just a touch lighter than black with a nice tan head on the top of this BDA. The head rejects itself after a few minutes. A good amount of foam on the glass but not coating.

S- This has a nice roasted malt base with some slight coffee and smoke. I'm smelling cocco and some fruit and brown sugar.

T- Getting roasted malts with a nice cocco backing. Also some coffee in the background with a smoky appeal in the finish. Toffee and caramel coming from the malt is easy to spot. A nice earthy taste to this in the long run.

M- This is a nice step down from medium bodied with nice carbonation. Goes down incredibly easy leaving it's ingredients on the palette for a bit before leaving.

D- Due to it's limited availability in my area I was glad to get it on tap once but I could have drank much more. A nice low abv belgian sytle that I could drink year round.

Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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 John_M
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

1/28/2012

On tap for O'Brien's TION weekend.

A: Near black with some crimson near the edges.

S: Roast blends with chocolate. Pine accompanies earth, floral notes, and a faint fruitiness. There's a light spiciness.

T: Roasted grains with notes of dark fruit and some chocolate. Upper low earthy bitterness with a restrained spiciness.

M: Medium body with upper low carbonation.

Overall: Another pretty good TION beer, but not a terribly interesting style. I'm not sure of the style of this one, but it seems like a Belgian Black Ale

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Rejection from Russian River Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.