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Erudition - Russian River Brewing Company

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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 27
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.15% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-28-2005)
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

08-03-2013 02:03:11 | More by I_heart_beer
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-23-2013 15:49:24 | More by NWer
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4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours a hazy golden brown with a half-finger of white head. Smell is a noticeable mustiness and some nice citrus and spice notes. Taste is similar to smell, with a pretty predominant yeast funkiness, a bit of a mineral taste, along with some grapefruit and faint lemon. Finishes very earthy. Medium mouthfeel, which is pretty crisp and has a nice lingering earthiness. Overall, I really enjoyed this and would have it again. Almost a bit heavy for a saison, but still refreshing, delicious and interesting.

08-16-2011 16:47:26 | More by warnerry
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-11-2013 05:43:32 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3.55/5  rDev -10.8%

This arrived as a dark yellow with a fairly thin head. Lace is minimal.

The smell is pretty decent, but seem to be either dominated by one herb or simply lacking any others. The taste is similar, in that it's somewhat lacking in variety and the interesting flavors brought forth by other saisons. Mouthfeel suffers along these lines as well. The simplicity doesn't suit the style. The drinkability is still good.

06-14-2005 05:24:01 | More by watermelonman
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-08-2013 00:30:18 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

08-03-2013 16:50:28 | More by buzzword
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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

08-17-2014 00:11:04 | More by ElectricSalmon
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

On tap at the brewpub. So-so saison, certainly displaying white pepper, coriander, and yeast which is an obstacle. Not a lot of inviting spices, however. Quaffable. Blonde coloured body. Merely hint of lemon. Appropriately carbonated. Would like some more bold taste.

11-13-2012 01:14:49 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-14-2014 19:48:18 | More by DanFromIndy
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-15-2011 03:30:09 | More by Booman
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South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%

Massive thanks goes out to Estocker who has been instrumental in helping complete my Russian River -tion Quest! Shared with my doppelganger while sitting around the pool on my birthday! Served from growler into a Stone nonic multiple times. Poured golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, and spices. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, spices, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a great Saison. Probably one of the best I have had to-date. Very easy drinking and nicely balanced. Never would have guessed the alcohol was 7%+ as this one seemed quite sessionable to me based on flavor alone. I could see myself killing a growler of this no problem at all. A definite must try without a doubt!

07-11-2011 14:51:53 | More by thagr81us
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-13-2014 14:48:04 | More by mc4z
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

09-05-2012 05:44:56 | More by GRG1313
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-10-2012 11:46:37 | More by hanlonrn
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4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

I had a glass at the brewery and filled a growler. 7.15% ABV, 32 BU.

Aroma- classic saison aroma, spicy, earthy and floral hops, grassy, grainy. maybe some grassy brett aroma, but not sure if this batch has brett. if so, the brett is mostly grassy. some fruity hints.

App- hazy, some yeast sediment in the growler. white foam laces and keeps a nice layer on the beer. pale straw in color.

Taste- hoppy (styrian goldings?): earthy, spicy, grassy and herbal. spicy, herbal, slightly acidic and complex yeast flavor dominates. simple grainy malt with dry finish. crisp and drinkable, but with some funk either from the saison yeast or some brett. slightly acidic/crisp finish but not strong, just adds a refreshing note. decent amount of bitterness and hop flavor, but not too aggressive. some tropical fruit but not as much as Sanctification.

Mouthfeel- fine med-high carb. dry and lingering finish with some hop resin.

Overall- well done American saison. complex and authentic character. could have brett, but it is balanced. goes very well with Russian River pizza. very drinkable.

05-02-2011 07:03:18 | More by hobojon
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3.78/5  rDev -5%

A saison from Russian River. Thanks to everyone that didn't kick the RR taps at Monks. Advertised as bretty.

A: The saison is golden, crystal clear. The bright hue looks nice in the glass. A white head comes with the pour, over one finger, and laces as I get through it.

S: The nose is a little funky, not as sharp as Symposium but definitely musty. Spice is prevalent with pepper and fleshy fruits along for the ride.

T: The funk isn't overwhelming. Rather it complements the spiciness of the saison. Fleshy pears and apples are evident, sweet but not cloying. Lemony citric flavors remind me of the brett, not a heavy funk but instead a role player. The citric flavors provide a counterpoint to the saison, lifting it up. The complexity of the light funk along with pepper and spices is very enjoyable. It's good.

M: The mouthfeel is spicy sweet, fruits and pepper, along with just enough citric lemon. I'm a sucker for saisons and this one hit the spot (I had two glasses).

06-11-2011 01:36:03 | More by akorsak
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

01-18-2013 21:29:29 | More by n2185
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-14-2013 05:22:23 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

01-27-2013 20:08:20 | More by jsanford
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4.47/5  rDev +12.3%

Enjoyed this one on tap at Toronado's 'Tion Night. Three year old keg of brett-spiked saison? Yes please. Hazy gold appearance with a finger of white suds. The nose is very brett-forward at this point, funk-filled and lightly tart with some underpinnings of citrus fruit. Flavor followed suit, but bolder in tartness. Lemony with soft grain flavors beneath. Acidity is very mild, and the texture is extremely light and soft, almost pilsner-esque. Drinkability is through the roof, this is one you could session all night.

02-11-2009 18:42:49 | More by largadeer
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

On tap at the source.

A: Pours a slightly hazy egg yolk yellow with a 1" which head which fades to the rim leaving stringers and spots of lace.

N: Peppery spice, bready yeast, hay/grass. Slightly musty grape skins, floral esters and herbs.

T: Yeasty and spicy (pepper, cloves), lemon citrus. Fairly straight forward Saison.

M: Semi-moderate body with medium carbonation. Dry and semi-bitter with a mildly prickly finish.

O: Basically good, refreshing, and easy to drink.

08-31-2012 22:42:48 | More by wethorseblanket
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3.9/5  rDev -2%

Much thanks to brewandbbq for this sampling.
Appears a light yellow gold with a small white head and small spotty lacing.
The smell is of wild yeast, phenols, citrus, wine like esters, tart green apples, and sour grapes.
Taste is of the light citrus and tartness that seem to dominate this brew.
The mouthfeel is of slight sourness, followed by a clean crispness, and a light airiness with some medium carbonation.
Overall, the drinkability is good. Probably not the greatest example of a true "saison" but Russian River always seems to put their own unique spin on a beer to make it delicious.

Finger licking good.

07-08-2005 15:38:42 | More by weeare138
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-12-2012 17:37:21 | More by DarthKostrizer
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Erudition from Russian River Brewing Company
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