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Erudition - Russian River Brewing Company

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Erudition
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BA SCORE
89
very good

102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 28
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.9/5  rDev -2%
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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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

09-05-2012 05:44:56 | More by GRG1313
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wethorseblanket

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 22:42:48 | More by wethorseblanket
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beerpadawan

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

08-25-2012 19:10:09 | More by beerpadawan
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ThomasG19

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

08-17-2012 16:08:53 | More by ThomasG19
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elNopalero

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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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DarthKostrizer

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-12-2012 17:37:21 | More by DarthKostrizer
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AgentMunky

California

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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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avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-22-2012 14:56:06 | More by avaldivia
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jda007

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-20-2012 01:25:42 | More by jda007
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JebediahScooter

Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-17-2012 04:23:14 | More by JebediahScooter
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +3%
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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hanlonrn


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-10-2012 11:46:37 | More by hanlonrn
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chalkfullof

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

02-02-2012 07:01:17 | More by chalkfullof
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316nuts

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

12-18-2011 22:18:55 | More by 316nuts
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%

12-09-2011 08:01:12 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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stevecooks

California

5/5  rDev +25.6%

12-08-2011 08:27:25 | More by stevecooks
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +25.6%

11-15-2011 13:55:17 | More by sideshowe
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Booman

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-15-2011 03:30:09 | More by Booman
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

11-14-2011 17:47:05 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Killer Combination at Monk's Dinner 7 June 2011
black walnut stuffed brioche with delice de bourgogne cheese

murky brown with a thick off white head that leaves a nasty white film as it dissipates; it did hold well though without too much assistance from multiple swirls to replenish it.

smells like brett-town: sweet caramel, a yeasty bread, sod.

yum. corriander, warm apples, floral hops, pepper, bread yeast. had a bit of the alcohol at the end, which gave way to a bit of perspective on the other flavors. the brioche was very similar to the bread flavors in the beer, so with the cheese and walnut, it is a really funky, sweet, sour, and creamy combination.

nice, thicker body than expected. it was creamy, too. paired with this dessert it was nearly a milkshake.
cheers

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 15:21:34 | More by patm1986
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thain709

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -5%
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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warnerry

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2011 16:47:26 | More by warnerry
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +18.6%
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
Erudition from Russian River Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.