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Rejection - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.42%
Wants: 20
Gots: 6 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from the Monk's Cafe Stuff-if-I-Cation dinner 7 June 2011.

Killer lamb stuffed wildly foraged mushrooms over goat cheese polenta, a little coffee brined lamb and onions.

black pour. just black. thick, foamy head. not very viscous, as it swirled rapidly in the glass.

roasted malts and belgian sugars dominated the nose, bringing out aromas of coffee and chocolate, some coconut and ginger, and a little bit of toffee.

the plate was very intensely earthy: lamb, wild mushroom, goat cheese, polenta, coffee brine. the earthy flavors combined well--which could've been overkill and muted as a whole-- and comparably attributed to rejection's flavors of espresso, chocolate, ginger, molasses, and biscuits. the goat polenta was a knockout taste to taste.

it was thin, as thin as you'd expect from a belgian dark ale, but it was nicely carbonated, so it really helped in cleansing out your mouth after so many deep, earthy flavors.

really nice belgian dark: not too sweet, roasted-malty, and had a subtle enough bitterness to make it drinkable on its own, but i've yet to have it again without these foods or food at all.

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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad

A: Pretty much a black color with a 1/2 finger tan head. When held to light, it's really more of a dark maple syrup color.

S: Roasted malt and some coffee with some floral hops, a little Belgian yeast and a touch of dark fruit.

T: Floral hops upfront followed by some day old coffee and roasted malt. A hint of dark chocolate and anise as well. I didn't get much of a "Belgian" feel from this at all and I feel like a touch of Belgian yeast could have given this one a little more depth, which it needed.

Photo of ehammond1
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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3.83/5  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.

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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's

A- Served in a pint glass, comes to my table with an amost black color, but held to the light shows some dark red. An inch of tan head, and a little lace on the glass.

S- good smell, really unique and I am digging it. Porter-like roastiness and semi-sweet chocolate, but something distinctly Belgian about this. Yeast and slight funk.

T- yep, belgian yeast with coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, candy sugar, toast. It's pretty watery though.

O- mouthfeel aside, this is a strong offering that is different than any other belgian dark I have had, but hey, different is good! Solid offering from RR.

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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 Retsinis
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend who just got back from Napa Valley had visited "Russian River" Brewing Co (among others,) and brought back some beers to try. This was one of them, and of the three growlers he brought back (all from three different breweries) this one was the best in my humble opinion.

Poured from a Chilled Growler into a Bruery tulip glass

The beer pours a murky, hazy dark amber brown, almost black, but light does penetrate when you hold it up to the light. A nice and fluffy tan colored head rose about 2 inches on the initial pour, which retained a bit, then settled to just about a quarter inch of head. No notable lacing.

Diving in the glass, I get aroma's of smoke, brown sugar, coco and coffee. Some yeasty esters in there too, but just a bit.

The flavors in the taste have a nice earthiness, probably from the yeast. Notes of chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, caramel, and some smoke. These flavors are in proportion, and blend together well.

Mouth feel has a medium to high body with generous carbonation for the style that does not get in the way of the flavors. Easy flavors on the palette. Only 6.10% ABV, so you can have a few, though they could sneak up on you, since you can't really detect the alcohol.

The overall, and drinkability of Rejection is good. It has a fairly unique flavor profile. Not something I personally would crave, but I would not turn down another taste. Since it's a limited yearly release, it's worth a try though, and I was glad that I got the chance to taste this years.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap @ RR brewery
This is a solid adaptation of a porter/black lager with belgian yeast.

pours black and beautiful with a slight head and a bit of lacing in the glass

spicey chocolatey off yeasty notes in the nose

taste is more chocolate, spice and light espresso

a very nice valentines day special beer from RR

Photo of impending
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At the source. Poured an opaque black, minor head, great lacing.

Aroma is subdued yeast and dark bread lightly spiced.

Taste is roasted malts but not to the point of bitterness. Significant hop flavor. Hint of smoke in the finish. Medium bodied and creamy. Overall this brew has a quiet flavor. Warms well.

Photo of Overlord
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.

Photo of femALEist
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Pi Bar at Russian River night during SF Beer week.
Rejection-Belgian inspired black beer brewed for Valentine's Day & 6.1%. It poured a cola brown. It smelled of malt, vanilla, caramel with some coffee notes. It tasted pretty much the same as the nose- vanilla, toffee, roasted malt and espresso. It was my friends' favorite beer of the evening- and he loves Pliny the Younger.

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3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cpl week old growler.

Dark dark brown pour with big off white head, excellent retention.

Very subdued aroma with a little coffe, and some dark graininess.

Flavor is light coffe upfront with some esters, slight phenolic finish, some astringency, leaves the mouth dry.

Pretty darn drinkable, a little thin and dry for my taste.

Photo of MisterClean
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of berkey
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of popery
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft, Russian River. Pliny the Younger 2010 release. Another semi-disappointment from this day. Rejection isn't bad, but my standard for RR is unbelievably high and this beer is fairly forgettable and outshone by almost all of the rest of the menu. It pours coffee black with a thin off-white head. There's a fair bit more candi sugar presence than expected. The flavor is mostly coffee/cocoa with some background malt fruitiness and a touch of Belgian yeast. I found the mouthfeel to be a bit grainy leading to a somewhat thin, watery finish. This wasn't great, but I certainly wouldn't turn down a glass, either. It's hard to tell how much the riches of SF Beer Week are effecting my relative rating scale.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.8/5  rDev +25%
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.

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Rejection from Russian River Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.