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Erudition - Russian River Brewing Company

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88
very good

173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
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 Philousa:
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3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Imbibed on tap at Russian River Brewing on 9/30/12. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy orange with thin, irregular white head. Lots of spices: clove, pepper, but very light with some coriander and banana. Lots of lemon in the nose. Malt is perceptible, but not enough to describe other than light. Pungent, slightly barnyard yeast with a swirl. Taste starts with with honey-like sweetness and turns pungent quickly. Orange and some grapefruit citrus come next followed by a soft bitterness and nectar with hay. Feel is slightly viscous, finish dry. 

It becomes a little too thick over time, but I like the spiciness. Very complex, and overall light Saison. I wish I could manipulate yeast the way RRBC does.

More User Reviews:
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Beer21
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of buzzword
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Tuckersmth
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of MichaelPiazza
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of ElectricSalmon
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

Photo of augustgarage
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of DanFromIndy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Booman
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of I_heart_beer
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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!

Photo of mc4z
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of hanlonrn
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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Erudition from Russian River Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.