Erudition - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 43 | Display Reviews Only:
3.6/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
11-13-2012 01:14:49 | More by Sammy
3.51/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
01-21-2013 20:48:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
05-11-2011 11:05:00 | More by Thorpe429
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
4.1/5 rDev +3%
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.
05-10-2011 00:02:25 | More by mdfb79
4.15/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
05-01-2006 18:58:53 | More by GClarkage
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
3.9/5 rDev -2%
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.
07-08-2005 15:38:42 | More by weeare138
4.05/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
06-04-2011 05:02:25 | More by orangesol
3.78/5 rDev -5%
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).
06-11-2011 01:36:03 | More by akorsak
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
4.1/5 rDev +3%
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.
07-13-2012 22:03:57 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.78/5 rDev -5%
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.
06-17-2011 00:19:12 | More by TurdFurgison
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
3.93/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
07-12-2014 06:18:45 | More by DefenCorps
Erudition from Russian River Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.