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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 40
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: photomike on 07-13-2009

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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 54
Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Toronado. Golden body with a slight haze and a thin head that dissipates pretty quickly. The nose is funky and phenolic with a bit of sweet malt and grain beneath that. The brett becomes more and more apparent as the beer warms up. The taste starts out nicely with flavors of lemon zest, pepper, apple and a touch of malty sweetness, but it becomes somewhat astringent mid-palate; plastic, band aid and bitter husky grain are a little too dominant in the finish, marring an otherwise nice beer. Not great, but worth trying once.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

amber hue with a rich, decadent looking three inches of white foam on top. Just hanging there with a huge amount of side lace just dripping down the glass and keeping the head alive and well throughout the session.

The aroma was very, very nice. Rich notes of spices, apricot, light apple maybe and a touch of grain. As it warmed some light pepper like spice starts to come forward, nearly spot on. As I take the first taste, I expierence just what I wanted from this one. A light, perfectly carbonated saison. Light notes of fruit spiced up with hints of white pepper and a perfectly balanced mix between light grain and fresh grass in the finish. Smooth, delicate and perfectly drainkable

Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

The final keg of this beer east of California, aged two years by Tom Peters, was tapped and I was there to imbibe it in all its glory. Served in a tulip glass, this beer poured a golden-peach-yellow, impenetrably hazy, with a small cap of white head that retained as a ringlet and left just a bit of lacing on the glass. The beer was actually initially poured into a pitcher from the line, because the head was so active. Light aroma of sweet fruits, citrus, bready malts, and spicy yeast. Good balance. Huge grapefruit profile in the taste, probably more pronounced than I've ever experienced in a beer. Juicy, zesty and pithy all at once. Nice notes of Belgian yeast, sweet malts, light spice and sugar, with a bit of grassy funk and a gentle oak quality. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, chewy, highly flavorful, tart, but still extremely smooth; very dry in the finish. Great beer, very savorable, and I'm glad I had the privilege to try it before it's gone.

Photo of GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08/01/09- Had on tap at RR.

Presentation- Via the tap into a tulip style glass.

Appearance- Pale yellow in color. Nice 1/2 inch thick and lightly chunky head. Leaves some light lace trails behind.

Smell- Mild brett nose, some lemon, white pepper and other various spices.

Taste- Light brett than expected. Lightly sugared and more emphasis on the white pepper and light clove flavors. Lemon comes into play and mixes nicely.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and smooth with a mid range carbonation level.

Drinkability- Good job here...wish the funk could have been amped up a bit though.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap in a pint glass.

A- Publication holds a yellow, gold mix with slight haze. A nice frothy white head with patchy lacing.

S- Aromas of Brett with farm scents. The brett is really big with spices, pepper. Some lemon in here. Hops with grass and some apple slices. Big blast of yeast.

T- Getting alot of spice and malts with brett going all the way. Some nutiness with lemon/orange citrus. Grassy flavors from the hops. Just the slightest bit of funk. A nice saison with brett.

M- A nicely balanced drink with a mediumish feel and alot of carbonation. A lively feel while the hops play nicely with the brett adding to the feel.

D- Another winner, this one was enjoyable, I had another. The It's nice to see RR tackle another style with brett included.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an unusual saison, imo. A good pour with minimal head. Hazy golden.
Aroma is weak. Expecting some spice or Brett, got neither. No bad smell, just nothing in particular.
The taste isn't strong. Nothing too spicey or sour. I'm more attracted to the dryness, that's not over-powerful on the hops. Bitter does not quite fit. This is dry. Leaving it to be a good summer beer. Light and dry. Mixed ratings on this one

Photo of corby112
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Pours a hazy light golden yellow with ripe banana hues when held to a light source. Frothy off-white one finger foam head that has good retention, very slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic spots of soapy lacing.

Pleasant earthy aroma with lots of crisp light fruit and citrus notes. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit with a nice spicy peppery presence. The brett is actually quite subtle providing a nice earthy funkiness that doesn't overpower the citrus and spicy notes.

Extremely quaffable yeasty/bready medium body with a huge citrus and spicy peppery flavor. Earthy funky flavors accompany the lemon peel, corriander, pepper and grapefruit notes very nicely. The amount of brett pitched in is practically perfect adding a funky, earthy balance and amazing dry aftertaste that leaves me salivating for more. I had to stop myself from pounding the glass down to fast. I will be going back for more and look forward to what else will be coming from this series.

Photo of HopHead84
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 9/19/2009, poured into a tulip, and reviewed from notes on my phone. The beer is vibrant straw golden with a nice fluffy, creamy, and cavernous head. The beer has nice retention and leaves a good amount of lacing.

The aroma is soft citrus, with strong lemon and lesser orange. Brett is apparent and provides some mustiness. The nose has spicy notes, with apparent white pepper.

The taste is zesty lemon with some Brett, earthy, and white pepper notes. The malt is grainy and barely provides sweetness. The beer is very dry and drinkable. An enjoyable Saison from Russian River.

Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Belmont Station. Was told that the "Don-Father" (Don Younger one assumes) gifted a keg to BS (as I don't believe they were one of the 5 bars designated to receive this beer by Russian River). In any event...

The beer pours a somewhat hazy honey peach color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this is pretty much a prototypical saison style beer, with honey, white pepper and an underlying yeasty quality. I thought it smelled pretty attractive actually. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this beer, with some noticeable spice and underlying orange citrus as well. The beer is at most moderately sweet, with something of a white pepper, drying finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied in this moderately carbonated beer, and I thought drinkability was pretty good with the alcohol well disguised.

While nothing earth shattering, this beer was a bit better then I had been lead to believe it would be after reading over some of the initial reviews. Maybe the extra time in keg has benefited the beer, as I found it to be pretty tasty. I'd certainly order it again were I fortunate enough to find it on tap someplace else (which I realize is not very likely).

Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brouwers in Seattle.

Pours a hazy straw yellow, thick white head forms, settles down to a thick ring dropping a ton of lace chunks, real nice looking. Smell is neat, weed and must, clovey spice, oaky, honey, jasmine, vanilla, very earthy and woody, mangoes, hay, grassy, light funk, not bad. Taste is similar, toasty up front, nuts, weed, mango, some spice, pine, lightly tart and lemony, apricots, rye bread, some floral, light funk, pretty cool flavours. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty interesting saison, very drinkable stuff. Something didn't seem quite right though.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Toronado's in San Francisco. It was pale golden color, fairly clear, with a few fingers of rocky head. The beer smelled mildly of Brett, not strongly sour but just modest amounts of horse blanket, also some light citrus, lemon. The taste was primarily a wild ale, but really light touch on the Brett. Other than that the main flavors were somewhat peppery, as if this was a strong saison with some Brett. Actually, it looks like that's the style listed on BA for this beer so I guess that's about right. Medium body, but supremely drinkable and accessible beer.

Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, happy hour at Toronado-SF

cellphone notes

appearance: hazy straw-yellow body, light beige froth. had no idea what this even was when i ordered, but it quickly revealed itself as a saison

smell: grassy, mildly funky, white pepper, belgian yeast

taste: delicate saison - straw, hay, belgian yeast, clove, lemon zest

mouthfeel: light and crisp

drinkability: high

Photo of xnicknj
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks in philly

Pours a clouded golden straw color with some darker hues. Frothy white head rests on top, leaving some wispy film and spotty lacing behind.

Funky and tart in the nose with hints of brett and acidity. Some citrus fruit notes with zest and grassiness. Light oak and Belgian yeast as well.

Nice and tart up front with some zesty citrus tones. Lemon peel and funkiness are pretty prevalent throughout. Notes of orange spice, and grass with Belgian yeast. Faint sourness towards the dry finish with lingering flavor.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. I was really excited to try this, and RR nailed it with a refreshing, tart, zesty take on the saison. Too bad there isn't anymore of this left.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So Vinnie's finally done it. And by "it", I mean brew a beer I was disappointed by. On tap at Monk's

The pour is gorgeous, a light yellow with a thick, white head with excellent retention, leaving sheets of lace as I drink this. The nose is a combination of honey, floral notes and some pepper from the base saison, but there's also a mild clove-like aroma. I guess the Brett has had time to work, and there's a definite band-aid like character as well. I'm surprised by the amount of green apple character too.
The palate opens with a surprising amount of bitterness, grainy and husky in character. Once that fades, the flavors of the base saison take over, with a nice combination of honey, black pepper and some citrus. Plenty of green apple mid-palate, there's some mild funk in the back, with some of the classic Brett bandaid character. Finishes with a grainy astringency and some spice. Light in body with a high level of carbonation, this feels good on the palate, apart from the distressing bitterness. One glass was about as all I wanted of this brew, and the Blind Pig I followed this up with was just so much better

Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's...

A - Cloudy golden yellow color... active foamy head with good retention and lacing

S - Yeast, funk, pepper, minimal fruity sweetness

T - Pepper and spice, yeasty funk, apple skin... dances around tart and sour

M - Medium bodied, ample carbonation, slightly sticky

D - Spicy and funky, reminicent of a more flavorful Gose. Could easily have another, as nothing overpowers

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock, $6 per 1/2 pint and served in a wetmalle chalice. Golden yellow and hazy good bubbly head. Smells funky, definitely brett. The flavor is a nice bretty saison with a spiciness and a bit of barnyard from the brett. This is a good saison but nothing on the level of Dupont or Boulevard Saison-brett.

Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a lovely 12 oz. pour at Brouwer's Cafe to sip alongside the delicious burger I had. Turned out to be a good combination.

Yellow, fizzy, just looked happy to be in the tulip it was served in. Smell was warm, with a touch of spice, lemony.

Lemon-zest sets the profile of Publication, & does it with verve & vigor. Sharp lemon stings the mouth gently, giving way then to a soft clump of earthiness. A light touch on the funk gives way to another zip of tartness at the end, along with a champagne-like spritz.

Delightful. A simple, down-home saison with only a hint of brett. If more saison's hit you with this easy, quick, tasty profile, I'd drink a lot more of them. Excellent beer.

Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09 on tap at the brewpub. Pours an opaque goldenrod color with a thick white frothy head. Lemony aroma with white pepper, citrus zest, and banana pith. Candied citrus peel flavor with pepper and coriander spiciness. A decent dose of herbal hops delivers a nice bitterness in the finish. Perfect amounts of tartness, spice, and hops. Another mind-blowingly well-balanced beer from RR.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes from October 09. On tap at Monk's.

A - Cloudy gold with a short lived white head. Decent lacing. 4.0

S - Hops, pepper, ginger, faint grassiness. 3.5

T - Honey sweetness with lots of grassiness and herbal flavors. Light citrus and an herbal, lingering bittersweet aftertaste. This is actually not as bad as it sounds. Peppery too. 4.0

M - Very smooth and mild carbonation. Light and refreshing. 4.5

D - Very drinkable. Different from your standard beer but this is quite good. 4.0

Photo of Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on Tap at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver.

Came in a tulip glass with a small head. Was a slightly cloudy yellowish/amber. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma was rather strong and really fresh. Lemon and other citrus notes. Some earthy notes.

Very nice and pretty refreshing. Lots of yeasty notes along with some slight funk and earth.. Not quite sour but certainly lost of complex flavors.

Mouth feel was slight chalky and the body as still rather light.

Light, refreshing and enjoyable. Not epic.

Photo of tpd975
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's.

A: Pours a pale murky yellow with a tall foamy head. The bartender had a hard getting a decent pour due to the mass amount of foam. II ended up with short pour but it was not due to lack of effort by the bartender. The head lingered forever and left behind layer after layer of lace.

S: Citrus up front. Fairly earthy with lots of brett, yeast, and mild spice.

T: Earthy hay flavors with tart citrus up front. Nice light spice notes with a blast of brett in the finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth, great carbonation.

D: Good. A solid saison but not the best that RR offers.

Photo of ffejherb
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River on 7/17/09.

A - Hazy pale golden body with active carbonation and half an inch of bright white foam that retained well and deposited a paper thin coat of lace all over the glass.

S - Really peppery nose with spicy yeast, funky notes and a slight bubblegum sweetness in the back. Spicy clove notes come to mind.

T - This saison packs a hearty kick of peppery spice with some clove and a mild fruity tartness akin to green apple. Just a touch of earthy funk in the backend.

M - Medium body with a slight syrupy texture and pretty restrained carbonation for the style. Finishes with earthy hop bitterness on the palate accompanied by spicy notes and a hint of sourness on the tongue.

D - Publication definitely falls on the spicy side of the Saison spectrum with enough earthy funk and sourness to keep it within the realm of Russian River's signature ales.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 3-month old growler of Publication served at the April Austin BA tasting thanks to Bill.

Pours a clear golden-straw hue that builds a scan head of off-white bubbles which cling to the sides of the tasting glass. Lemon peel in the aroma (think Lemon Heads candy), with fresh cut grasses and bits of Brett. Funky, and very nice.

Very funky flavor, with spicy wooden notes and barnyard blankets. Dry & grassy, with a Brett-rich finish of funk that balances nicely with a floral hoppiness. Slightly bitter, super-dry, and light bodied mouthfeel. All in all, a decent brew, but a tad too dry for the style and the woodenness became overbearing after a few sips.

Photo of WeisGuy
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Toronado SF.

a - pours a bright golden color, very hazy with a one-inch frothy white head, good retention and great lacing

s - spicy with lots of peppercorn, yeast and bread also prominent, decent amount of funky notes in there as well, not much alcohol at all

t - peppercorn and yeast up front with a nice mild funkiness on the mid-palate, very refreshing, the finish has a mild tartness mixed with some spice and more yeast, moderately dry on the finish, very well-balanced

m - medium-bodied, moderate to higher carbonation, well-balanced finish, easy on the palate

d - very easy-drinking and refreshing saison, incredibly drinkable, I guessed this was about 5% when drinking it, no way does it come across as 8%, not the most interesting taste, but very refreshing with the mild funk

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one at Monk's Cafe in Philly poured into a pint glass.

A: 1 and quarter creamy, fluffy white head with fantastic, thick lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Brew itself was a cloudy goldenrod color.

S: Sweet and light sourness in the nose with a chewy and earthy tone complimented by a spicy yeast zest.

T: Starts off earthy and piny, gradually building in tartness that never quite gets there. Finish is bitter hops and spicyness that really lingers into the aftertaste. In fact, the hoppiness never quite ends, urging you to drink some more.

M: Light bodied and course but very smooth. Finish is drawn out but easy and lingers.

D: So enjoyable and goes down so easy, this brew really is the definition of drinkability. Hops linger and keep pushing you to have more and I oblige because this beer is really quite quenching and such a pleasure to drink.

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