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Erudition - Russian River Brewing Company

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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 26
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-28-2005)
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Reviews by MrFootstones:
Photo of MrFootstones
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In B4 davejanssen and hobojon

Pours from the growler with a decent white head and with a golden hazy hayness. An attractive saison.

Aroma is wonderful. Tart and citrusy, damp grass/ hay fields, slightly spicy.

Tastes wonderful as well. Lemony citrus without being really sour. Light spicy phenols, delightfully grassy.

The mouthfeel really does it for me too. Somewhat hard to describe what it is, but it's very complimentary. High but fine carbonation, gives way to a very quenching drying finish.

Love this beer. Very refreshing and easy drinking, yet complex and thought-provoking. One of the better American saisons I've had.

MrFootstones, May 02, 2011
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

t2grogan, Oct 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

NWer, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

warnerry, Aug 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

jtladner, Sep 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

stereosforgeeks, Feb 11, 2013
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3.72/5  rDev -4.9%

Beer21, Sep 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

LXIXME, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of watermelonman
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

watermelonman, Jun 14, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

buzzword, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Tuckersmth, Oct 01, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

MichaelPiazza, Tuesday at 09:24 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

ElectricSalmon, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, Nov 13, 2012
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4.62/5  rDev +18.2%

augustgarage, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

DanFromIndy, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Booman, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

aztraz, Sep 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

I_heart_beer, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

thagr81us, Jul 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

mc4z, Jul 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

GRG1313, Sep 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

hanlonrn, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of hobojon
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

hobojon, May 02, 2011
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Erudition from Russian River Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.