Erudition - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 231
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.37%
Wants: 28
Gots: 15 | 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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 231
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i wanted a little more out of this one, and somehow thought that all the "tion" beers from these guys were wild ales. i was wrong, this one is a pretty basic saison, the kicker being that its pretty brilliantly hopped, and has a really tropical fruit finish to go with the funky wine-like saison yeast and the rustic grain character of its malt base. the beer is a real journey, plenty complex and not one dimensional as a yeast flavored beer. the grain and hops contribute equally to it. its dry in the finish too, great for the hops to take over. i just wish it was more carbonated. its gets a little heavy on the palate and in the belly, filling me up more than i want it to, and kind of staying there. that said, its pretty unique and i think its expertly made, just a beer where one is enough for me. (805 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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). (980 characters)

Photo of thain709
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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 (916 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (924 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (502 characters)

Photo of Philousa
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of coriswrasse
4/5  rDev -1.7%

nice hoppy farmhouse style. not usually a saison guy but this has the hops and the lighter side of belgian yeast flavor that actually makes for a good beer. would even drink again! (182 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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). (418 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (577 characters)

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