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Erudition - Russian River Brewing Company

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89
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.78%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at O'Brien's Pub in San Diego, CA.

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 20:48:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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watermelonman

California

3.55/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2005 05:24:01 | More by watermelonman
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donnebaby

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Frosted neon orange opaqueness in the glass. Exciting unfiltered saison looks. Looks almost exactly like metameusel. Still in the glass with minimal haze or head. Smells kinda nasty, like cat piss and lemon, edged with some stank rotting fruit.

Tastes like a glass of cat piss pumped up with lemon extract -- Like a weird cheese that you like even though you don't. Salty edges. Not sweet -- mealy, like banana chips. Notes of prunes, sharp citrus, soap. Overripe fruit and mouth-puckering cranberry tartness. Supersharp carbonation.

A beer I can respect, but really not my cup of tea, or brew -- or cat piss for that matter.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2005 21:44:21 | More by donnebaby
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AgentMunky

California

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a footed glass at the brewery.

A: No head. Hazy gold.

S: Fruity and softly pleasant. Very saison-like.

T: Good but not great. Not strange enough for me. Dry yeast, gentle floral-fruit with a slightly spicy kick. Good yeast, decent beer.

M: Carbonated, spicy, and good enough.

O: Recommended for people who like saisons. I probably won't have another.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 01:49:00 | More by AgentMunky
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2012 01:14:49 | More by Sammy
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FosterJM

California

3.63/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: growler

06-18-2011 06:16:46 | More by FosterJM
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tried this at DLD 2011 thanks to nerd's generosity (thanks Mike!), and now I've got an entire growler thanks to Craig (westcoastbeerlvr). Lots of good people from the Bay area.

This pours a golden color, brilliantly clear, with a few fingers of foam and just a little lace. It smells a bit yeasty with a whiff of spice, maybe some Saaz hops too (grassy and whatnot).

This tastes just as it should, although each time I tried it I entered with the hope that this would have some brett. Still extremely tasty even in the absence of any sour notes though. More like a wit-saison, light spice and Belgian yeast along with clean malty flavors.

Well carbonated, and it goes down extremely easily (I'm writing this review after finishing 1/2 the growler over the course of an hour or so). Another style nailed by RR, although I do think they should put a little brett in a saison batch for a more definitive RR saison.

Serving type: growler

06-17-2011 00:19:12 | More by TurdFurgison
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to orangesol for sharing this growler back in March.

A - Poured a clear, golden yellow body with a lot of carbonation...the head stood one finger tall and was white in color...it showed nice retention which left nice lacing

S - The funk lingers around but other aromas can be detected...pale malts, lemon zest, and some sweet caramel

T - Again, the funk plays a big part on the palate...it's very earthy and dirty...the pale, bready malts come through adding a touch of graininess to the beer...there's a nice citrus addition (lemon zest mostly) but I would have liked to have more so it could have cut through the earthiness

M - Light bodied...nicely carbonated, crisp, lemony

O - I'm very thankful for Nate sharing this with us...I would not pass up the opportunity to have anything from Russian River...a well made Saison with a lot of funky earthiness and could have used just a bit more citrus

Serving type: growler

08-22-2011 17:55:08 | More by thain709
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2005 21:10:25 | More by goodbyeohio
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2006 23:48:22 | More by objectivemonkey
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-08-2005 15:38:42 | More by weeare138
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz teardrop Belgian glass
Enjoyed at the brew pub in Santa Rosa, CA on 9/5/12

A: This one came out a hazy yellow/gold color. There was some nice carbonation as well. Some sticky bright white lacing that left lots on glass.

S: On the nose, I got the typical spicy and yeasty aromas. Definitely some pepper.

T: This is a nice little Saison. The taste follows the smells that I was pulling. You get that spicy pepper on the front of the tongue. Then some of that farmhouse like yeast flavor in the mid mouth with a nice dry finish. Very crisp and refreshing with an ABV that is hidden well.

M: It's medium bodied, good Saison.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2012 17:20:02 | More by inlimbo77
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Philousa

California

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2012 18:38:07 | More by Philousa
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wethorseblanket

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 22:42:48 | More by wethorseblanket
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jethrodium

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler. Pours a hazy golden amber with a small white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is earthy with a light mineral note, a hint of apple, and a peppery note. The Taste is dry and earthy with a bit of pepper. The finish is dry and earthy with some light apricot. Medium body. Medium carbonation. A pretty solid American Saison.

Serving type: growler

11-01-2012 05:24:42 | More by jethrodium
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-11-2011 11:05:00 | More by Thorpe429
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-28-2011 11:42:49 | More by Deuane
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler via nickd717. Thanks again buddy. Shared with quite a few local BA's.

A - Pours straw yellow with a dense two finger tall head leaving small streaks of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells like damp earth. Plenty of barnyard funk from the brett mixed with some light spice, most notably clove. I was expecting a bit more citrus in this one.

T - Lots of brett funk up front slowly giving way to a mix of bready yeast and light spice, mostly clove and a dash of pepper. Finish is chewy with a bit of lingering funk. I liked this one but it really needed that citric note to round it out. I hope to have this again one day.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice, soft, feel on the pallet. This was extremely easy to drink, I went back for more quite a few times.

O - I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. The flavors were simple, all be it a little dull, but it was very easy to drink. Thanks for the chance nick.

Serving type: growler

06-04-2011 05:02:25 | More by orangesol
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BierJager89

California

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light golden with a foamy white head.

S: Funky Belgian yeast, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg in the nose.

T: Sweet and sour like a oud bruin, with some funky Belgian yeast, fruity Belgian yeast esters, lemon, cardamom and nutmeg.

M: Medium bodied, typical saison carbonation.

O: Pretty good. Not one of their best Belgian-style ales, but definitely worth a try if you can find it (I'm assuming tap-only).

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2014 06:14:16 | More by BierJager89
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mdfb79

New York

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/30/11 notes. Got to try this from a growler at Dark Lord Day thanks to a generous BA.

a - Pours a murky yellow-golden color with an inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, floral hops, citrus hops, and light spices. A little funky because of the brett, very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of brett, floral hops, spices, yeast, citrus hops.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice saison with brett. Nose was a little funky and it was very easy to drink. Would love to have again.

Serving type: growler

05-10-2011 00:02:25 | More by mdfb79
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impending

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the source. Poured a hazy classic yellow, minor dense white head, minor lacing.

Very nice aroma with lots of hop participation along with tame funk.

Taste is traditional bretty saison with two exceptions, major hop flavor contribution and lack of any dry bite at the finish. Damnation profile with a saison twist finishes with a Redemption hop signature. Thin smooth mouthfeel.
a unique saison
cheers
jd

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 00:27:48 | More by impending
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 22:03:57 | More by HuskyinPDX
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-19-2011 06:51:40 | More by ktrillionaire
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GClarkage

California

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/30/06- Purchased at the Russian River Brewery.

Presentation- 2 liter growler fill. Poured into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Appearance- Exact golden colored pour. Full and frothy inch plus crystal white head. Mellows down to a 1/4 inch or so. Pock marked and leaves decent lacing.

Smell- A bit of the barnyard funk. Not as much as other examples, but it is there. Almost some vinous notes...maybe like a sauvignon blanc. Some tart fruit notes such as grapefruit and lemon rind.

Taste- Very crisp in flavor. Fruit flavor explodes out. Maybe a bit of a light grainy pils like taste. Mildly hoppy with lots of lemon rind and some white pepper thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation level...not over the top like some other brands. Nice fruit basket aftertaste.

Drinkability- Spring is in full gear as it's about 75-80 degrees this past weekend. Damn I wish they had the pool open for use. Me and my growler would be poolside. Yet another great beer from Vinnie....this is getting to be redundant.

Serving type: growler

05-01-2006 18:58:53 | More by GClarkage
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Erudition from Russian River Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.