Erudition - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 123 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
4.72/5 rDev +18.6%
Draft at Monk's Cafe.
Pours a dark golden orange with paler yellowish orange hues. Slightly hazy with a 1.5 finger white head that slowly fades into lasting cap. Streaks and spots of soapy lace left behind.
Slightly earthy, funky aroma with subtle barnyard notes, especially hay, grass and straw. Theres a nice funky brett presence that's countered by subtle crisp hops and light fruit notes.
Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a nice dry, funky brett presence along with some zesty spice, bready yeast and light fruit. Lots of peppery spice, coriander perhaps, complimenting the funky brett. There's also a nice bread/yeast flavor that adds complexity and fullness tithe palate. The funky, earthy character is countered perfectly by the sweeter notes. Hints of apple, pear and subtle alcohol. This beer is very complex and extremely quaffable. One of the better saisons I've ever had. I went back for several glasses until the keg was gone. Highly recommended!
07-04-2011 23:31:36 | More by corby112
4.5/5 rDev +13.1%
This is Russian River’s saison, and a tasty one at that.
It pours a hazy golden-straw color with a foamy white cap. Very peppery, very zesty aroma, with a light floral note rounding it out. The flavor comes across as being zesty, sharp, light and grassy, with a hint of white pepper and a pleasing floral, estery finish. As it warms it opens further, with its floral character becoming more and more pronounced. An expertly done saison. Fresh and refreshing. Yum.
08-12-2012 18:01:15 | More by elNopalero
4.5/5 rDev +13.1%
Murky light orangey gold, hazy with a nice thick cap of white foam that holds well, and laces nice. Aromas are standard saidon fare, but kicked up a notch. Fresh leafy herbal hops, some slight hints of funk and fruits, some nice earthy malts and fresh french bread as well. Taste follows suit. This beer tastes very fresh, leafy, hoppy, and malty with some nice earthy tones as noted above. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is nice. This is a really solid saison that I can find no fault in. A true summer sipper, and another real winner from Vinnie!
06-01-2005 19:36:39 | More by francisweizen
4.5/5 rDev +13.1%
On tap at monks.
A- a nice two fingers of bright white semi dense head with great retention and some solid lace atop a slightly hazy golden yellow brew.
S- huge musty yeast and green grass with a dusty dry biscuit hit. You can almost smell the pasture. Hints of a funk way in the back and a touch of lemon.
T- wow! Bold yeast, musty and dry, giving off light fruity hits with some lemon peel and lots of fresh green grassy hops. The pale malts play perfectly with the yeast and are bone dry with crumbling biscuit like. Hints of sweetness. The earthy musty finish is clean and super dry.
M- on the light side of body and a touch higher in carb giving a very refreshing quaff. Very dry finish.
O- this is a stellar saison and one of the better I've ever had. Holds its own against the best from across the pond. It hits just right at all the right spots and I wish I could drink it all summer long.
06-08-2011 19:27:26 | More by oglmcdgl
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
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
4.45/5 rDev +11.8%
On Tap at Monk's Cafe for beer week, what a place.
A- Euridition pops off with a very shiny gold appearance with a nice white head up above, very foamy with good retention in the tulip. Very clear looking beer.
S- Very bretty in the nose that much is apparent. So much brett. Under that lemongrass squirts, some bread and other citrus after some swirls. Pungent and alive. Some hops have survived and noted
T- A party in my mouth and the brett is invited. Yeast, brett, lemon. An earthy hop bite in the middle with some flowers and pepper spice. The brett never leaves, it's really packed in there.
M- This beer is alive, I don't know how old it is, but it seems fresh, very alive on the tounge, brett burps afterwards. Body is at about medium with a slight sting from the very adaquate carb here.
O- Oh, Hell ya!!
06-08-2011 06:52:49 | More by BARFLYB
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
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
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
05-02-2011 07:06:34 | More by DaveJanssen
4.38/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
05-02-2011 06:59:40 | More by MrFootstones
4.35/5 rDev +9.3%
Growler purchased from the brewery poured into my Portsmouth snifter.
A: Pours a light golden color with a frothy bright white head that faded into a thin collar that left a few steaks of wispy lacing down the glass.
S: Earthy and fruity notes of green apple skins, golden pears, peppery spice and Belgian yeast, cloves, and white wine.
T: Follows the nose with light, crisp flavors of golden fruits, tingly spices and lightly bitter hops. Finish is full of cloves and citrus hops. The aftertaste is lightly bitter and a tad dry. Very refreshing and enjoyable.
M: Medium body, soft, airy carbonation made of fine bubbles, and a slick and bubbly mouthfeel. Crisp, refreshing and easy to drink.
O: Overall a really solid saison that I can't really find anything wrong with. I am really enjoying having this growler to myself. Wonderful beer.
05-23-2011 02:33:44 | More by scottfrie
4.35/5 rDev +9.3%
Poured gold with orange accents and a merange white head.
Previous pours and on tap at RR were murky and opaque, this serving from the growler was clear with a haze.
Almost pungent in the nose, laced with brett and a wince of tart.
Lemon juice drizzled wet hay and musty dried bannana.
Reminicent of the subdued Orval wild yeast.
Complex and intriguing.
Thin to medium in the body with a mild crispness.
On tap it was more creamy and yeasty.
Light malt and tart (wheat?) character intro to the funky farmhouse.
Bright and lingering on the pallet, with a layered personality.
Old, dusty, fruit and a nice yeast bite. Dried lemon zest and a hint of pepper.
Finishes a bit drying and tart, and quenching.
After the growler has sat for almost 2 weeks, the yeast has really dropped quite a bit, as well as some of the character.
I'll edit when I get to the end of the growler and swirl up the good stuff.
06-18-2005 01:19:40 | More by brewandbbq
4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
Killer Combination at Monk's Dinner 7 June 2011
black walnut stuffed brioche with delice de bourgogne cheese
murky brown with a thick off white head that leaves a nasty white film as it dissipates; it did hold well though without too much assistance from multiple swirls to replenish it.
smells like brett-town: sweet caramel, a yeasty bread, sod.
yum. corriander, warm apples, floral hops, pepper, bread yeast. had a bit of the alcohol at the end, which gave way to a bit of perspective on the other flavors. the brioche was very similar to the bread flavors in the beer, so with the cheese and walnut, it is a really funky, sweet, sour, and creamy combination.
nice, thicker body than expected. it was creamy, too. paired with this dessert it was nearly a milkshake.
11-02-2011 15:21:34 | More by patm1986
Erudition from Russian River Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.