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Erudition - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 232
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
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: 232
Photo of impending
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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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 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 ktrillionaire
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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 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 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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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled 4/30/2011 split three ways. Reviewed 5/1/2011.

Ar: Grassy, herbal, floral and fruity, in comparison to the taste the aroma is somewhat restrained, hints at tartness, earthy, light lemony character, peach/nectarine character increases in intensity with warmth, earthy

Ap: Medium/thick white head, good retention, hazy pale straw

T: Peach/apricot, grassy, herbal/spicy hop nice floral character, crisp finish, grassy/lemongrass end, mild pleasant earthyness, definitely a unique and pleasant beer, has a pleasant unrefined sort of character (not to say the beer is unrefined, but it seems closer to the rustic tradition of saisons than many other US made examples come), tangerine/sweet citrus, light tropical fruit, slight acidity. This beer has a great well balanced/somewhat restrained estery profile, definitely not an over the top belgian yeast profile but has great complexities. The grassy/earthyness provides a good counterpoint to the floral/fruity esters.

M: Medium/light body, medium carbonation, slight lingering grassy/green wood character that is mild enough to be pleasant/neutral.

O: The chalkboard at Russian River didn't mention anything about brett but i know previous releases specified that this beer had brett. It definitely tastes like it does have brett but it is mild and grassy oriented brett. Perhaps i would prefer a more funky strain of brett and a little less grassyness but the grassy character that is present definitely adds to the beer. Overall a very pleasant and unique saison.

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Photo of hobojon
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had a glass at the brewery and filled a growler. 7.15% ABV, 32 BU.

Aroma- classic saison aroma, spicy, earthy and floral hops, grassy, grainy. maybe some grassy brett aroma, but not sure if this batch has brett. if so, the brett is mostly grassy. some fruity hints.

App- hazy, some yeast sediment in the growler. white foam laces and keeps a nice layer on the beer. pale straw in color.

Taste- hoppy (styrian goldings?): earthy, spicy, grassy and herbal. spicy, herbal, slightly acidic and complex yeast flavor dominates. simple grainy malt with dry finish. crisp and drinkable, but with some funk either from the saison yeast or some brett. slightly acidic/crisp finish but not strong, just adds a refreshing note. decent amount of bitterness and hop flavor, but not too aggressive. some tropical fruit but not as much as Sanctification.

Mouthfeel- fine med-high carb. dry and lingering finish with some hop resin.

Overall- well done American saison. complex and authentic character. could have brett, but it is balanced. goes very well with Russian River pizza. very drinkable.

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Photo of MrFootstones
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In B4 davejanssen and hobojon

Pours from the growler with a decent white head and with a golden hazy hayness. An attractive saison.

Aroma is wonderful. Tart and citrusy, damp grass/ hay fields, slightly spicy.

Tastes wonderful as well. Lemony citrus without being really sour. Light spicy phenols, delightfully grassy.

The mouthfeel really does it for me too. Somewhat hard to describe what it is, but it's very complimentary. High but fine carbonation, gives way to a very quenching drying finish.

Love this beer. Very refreshing and easy drinking, yet complex and thought-provoking. One of the better American saisons I've had.

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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 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 objectivemonkey
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap 10/22 @ monk's


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.

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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 Crotor
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy pale gold with one finger of poorly retained white head in a 14 oz goblet. The pour was a bit too cold, IMO. Wish RR would serve the Belgians in larger glasses to allow for a more appropriate, Belgian-esque pour...

The aroma, somewhat subdued by the lower temp (grrr...) is slightly sour, with tart lemon and green apples, a hint of spice, grass, and the faintest funk.

Not too adveturous for a saison, but solid overall. Dryish but with a small amount of apparent residual sugars making for a very mild, very subdued maltiness that is very pleasant. Light and crisp above this petite malt foundation, this simple and straightforward saison is *highly* drinkable. Above all else, drinkability would have to be its strongest aspect, and it can't really be quantified based on everything else I have observed about this beer. I shall have to conduct more research...

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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