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Erudition - Russian River Brewing Company

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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 27
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.15% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: xlperro on 04-28-2005

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Ratings: 209 | Reviews: 49
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Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Shane_Gr
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks a little strange but great flavor.

Photo of watermelonman
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
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 thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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 hobojon
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of Rutager
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Belgian yeast with floral hoppy bretty notes.

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow gold, some noticeable particles dance around, puffy cap of white head, good retention and decent lacing. Scent brings a light bit of farmhouse funk, followed by a heft whiff of tropical fruit, hay and grass on the back end. The scent leads directly to the taste, the tropical fruits are in abundance from a solid hop profile, earthy funkyness is there but doesnt overpower, the malts are fresh. Medium bodied, adequately carbonated, lightly drying. A nice, boldy hopped farmouhouse ale.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nerd for bringing this among about a billion other things. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a nice clean golden color with a good white head with nice retention. Sticks around for a bit before falling down. The nose carries a nice bit of light grain plus a good amount of funk, though in a restrained way. Some floral hops and light citrus character as well. The taste combines the fruity elements of the beer with the slightly-spicy saison yeast quite well. Impressive, to say the least. Really nice carbonation and a crisp finish, just as a saison should be. As is always expected from Russian River, a very well made beer.

Photo of DaveJanssen
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled 4/30/2011 split three ways. Reviewed 5/1/2011.

Ar: Grassy, herbal, floral and fruity, in comparison to the taste the aroma is somewhat restrained, hints at tartness, earthy, light lemony character, peach/nectarine character increases in intensity with warmth, earthy

Ap: Medium/thick white head, good retention, hazy pale straw

T: Peach/apricot, grassy, herbal/spicy hop nice floral character, crisp finish, grassy/lemongrass end, mild pleasant earthyness, definitely a unique and pleasant beer, has a pleasant unrefined sort of character (not to say the beer is unrefined, but it seems closer to the rustic tradition of saisons than many other US made examples come), tangerine/sweet citrus, light tropical fruit, slight acidity. This beer has a great well balanced/somewhat restrained estery profile, definitely not an over the top belgian yeast profile but has great complexities. The grassy/earthyness provides a good counterpoint to the floral/fruity esters.

M: Medium/light body, medium carbonation, slight lingering grassy/green wood character that is mild enough to be pleasant/neutral.

O: The chalkboard at Russian River didn't mention anything about brett but i know previous releases specified that this beer had brett. It definitely tastes like it does have brett but it is mild and grassy oriented brett. Perhaps i would prefer a more funky strain of brett and a little less grassyness but the grassy character that is present definitely adds to the beer. Overall a very pleasant and unique saison.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes on recent trip, poured into a sampling glass, arrived a golden color with no head. Aroma isn't all that great either, grains and some unkind fruit. Taste is better, and though I tried to like it, this just isn't my favorite saison, and I like saisons. Yhar.

Photo of FosterJM
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

572nd Review on BA
Growler to Tulip

Thanks to BA daysinthewake for the hookup

App- The color of pure gold with a well capped two finger head. Nice fingers of cling but not the most impressive saison I've seen.

Smell- Its not what I was hoping for. Its a saison but more malty? Its lacking a lightness to it. More heavy on the nose.

Taste- Taste follows the nose a bit but the malts thin out a little and get a little bread and butter.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbed. A little bit of an aspirin flavor remains to me. Wasnt bad just there.

Drink- Vinny always pushes a style and this was a thicker Saison to say the least. Was tasty, pretty good. Probably wont come back to it though.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to MVM for the share

A - It pours a radiant golden hue and is capped with a linen-white head; some lace ensues. Looks great for a growler that traveled halfway across the country.

S - The nose is clean and mineral-y pale-pils malt for the most part, with a bit of spice in the form of white pepper, clove, and fresh-cut grass, as well as musty old hay. I am also getting slight lemongrass and verbena nuances.

T - The taste really follows the nose, except where it was aromatically edgy, it is gustatorily smooth. The brew is easy-drinking. Light spice, clean and pristine malt character, and grassy lemon-y hop make for a delicious libation, if somewhat plebian. Saison isn't supposed to be some high-class shit anyhow.

M - The feel is expansively creamy, softly carbonated, and a measure less than medium-bodied.

O - This is a really good straight-up farmhouse brew. It puts a premium on easy refreshment, and offers light flavors to that end. I like.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River.

A - Served a paler, hazy orange with a fluffy but smaller off-white head.

S - Lemony and lots of peppery spice.

T - Same. Lots of lemon and pepper but nicely balanced.

D - Great carbonation and a lighter body.

O - A nice light lemony and spicy peppery saison. Good stuff.

Photo of maxcoinage
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bready, nice hop bite good body for an under 5% ABV beer

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap 10/22 @ monk's

6.1%

light golden and brightly glowing appearance. ring left around the top, nothing too exciting about how this looks. nose strikes the senses with a barnyard funk, mild.. big lemon notes. taste fits a wild ale profile somewhere between fantome and flemish primitive with an elevated bitterness and strange finish combining a champagne-like dryness with nutty wood flavors and unsugared grapefruit scratchiness. good effort but my least favorite russian river beer to date. the metallic tinge in the end and a general moldy hop character in the finish are unwanted members of the funk parade. with RR, my expectations are high and average just ain't gonna cut it.

Photo of MrFootstones
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to orangesol for sharing a growler of this one. Sent eastward by the caring hands of NickD.

A-Hazy golden yellow with a thick bright white head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left spotty lace.

S-Earthy, spicy, musty. Bit of white pepper spice, clove, hay, lemon zest and fresh tilled dirt.

T-On par with the aroma with a plethora of spice, earth, must and herbal notes. No one flavour dominates and all mingle and meld rather seemlessly.

M-Medium-light bodied, quite soft and creamy with an easy drinking profile.

D-Nothing crazy going on here but the sum of the parts equals one mighty easy drinking brew. Would like a bit more citrus zest and a little less Earthiness but these are minor and personal "flaws". A solid example of style for sure.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the source.

A light straw yellow, this batch that's 4.8% has a massive, dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is spicy, earthy, bubblegummy, honey, straw and pepper with clove. Pronounced earthy hop character with some lemon as well. Surprisingly, there's a touch of soapiness as well. Solid. The palate opens mildly bitter, mildly soapy and mildly bitter with a blend of spice, straw like malt and earth. Drying on the finish withhoney and lemon, this is solid.

Photo of Ryanster8
2.69/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Too dirty with the hops really distracting from the style

Photo of Crotor
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy pale gold with one finger of poorly retained white head in a 14 oz goblet. The pour was a bit too cold, IMO. Wish RR would serve the Belgians in larger glasses to allow for a more appropriate, Belgian-esque pour...

The aroma, somewhat subdued by the lower temp (grrr...) is slightly sour, with tart lemon and green apples, a hint of spice, grass, and the faintest funk.

Not too adveturous for a saison, but solid overall. Dryish but with a small amount of apparent residual sugars making for a very mild, very subdued maltiness that is very pleasant. Light and crisp above this petite malt foundation, this simple and straightforward saison is *highly* drinkable. Above all else, drinkability would have to be its strongest aspect, and it can't really be quantified based on everything else I have observed about this beer. I shall have to conduct more research...

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Erudition from Russian River Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.