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Erudition - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 236
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 24.88%
Wants: 28
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!

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Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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).

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Photo of corby112
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Photo of warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nerd for getting this growler filled right before he left to attend DLD. Only two days old, so very fresh. Poured into Jackie O's mini-snifter.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow, frothy carbonation, slight spotty lacing, some whisps on top.

S - Huge brett notes, funk, normal Saison-esk notes, floral character, sweet fruity notes like pears or light apple.

T - Funk, brett, floral notes, slight sweet fruit, pears. The brett and funk dominate this one, but still, there are other things going on here. A nice complex brett-added beer with a banana finish.

M - Light, smooth and crisp, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A very solid Saison that beats most of the competition. Very enjoyable for a sunny day in the 70's and a nice start to out tasting at DLD. Went back to this a few times. Recommend.

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Erudition from Russian River Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.