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Erudition - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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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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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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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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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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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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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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 23:31:36 | More by corby112
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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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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Serving type: growler

07-11-2011 14:51:53 | More by thagr81us
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largadeer

California

4.47/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2009 18:42:49 | More by largadeer
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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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francisweizen

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2005 19:36:39 | More by francisweizen
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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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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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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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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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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
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!!

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 06:52:49 | More by BARFLYB
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scottfrie

California

4.35/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-23-2011 02:33:44 | More by scottfrie
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 17:39:19 | More by rfgetz
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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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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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Sean9689

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-04-2011 18:17:02 | More by Sean9689
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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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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: growler

06-18-2005 01:19:40 | More by brewandbbq
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elNopalero

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2012 18:01:15 | More by elNopalero
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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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Erudition from Russian River Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.