Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #36
Ranked #6,502
4.09 | pDev: 9.54%
Sep 04, 2021
May 09, 2004
Notes: None
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Poured into a Chimay goblet to a deep brown beer which is topped by a dense and slightly rocky quarter inch of light tan ehad which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of dark fruits and candi sugars with some hints of mulling spices
T: Taste is dark fruits, candi sugars, caramel, and toffee with some mulling spices, light roasted malts and baked bread. On the swallow there's more dark fruits, candi sugar, spices, and some roasted malts with a little chocolate
M: This beer has a smooth and silky feel on the palate with a moderate amount of body. Carbonation is pleasant and effervescent while the beer has a slightly drying finish due to the ABV.
O: Just like any other beer put out by Russian River this beer is fantastic. Great flavors and complexity along with some really nice balance. Just a classic Belgian strong dark ale that's also held up well to time since I've had this beer since at least 2014.
Sep 04, 2021
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Batch 112816. Poured from a cork'n'cage bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark mahogany brown pour... opaque with some sediment at the end of the pour. No light getting through this one. Magnificent creamy off-white head. Leaves a foam of lacing.

S: Lighter than expected... dark fruit and candy sugars.

T/F: Semi-sweet... roasted grains and brown sugar. Baked raisin and fig.. slightly astringent. A bit of spice and yeast... mild cocoa and some more roast towards the finish. Creamy and smooth... medium bodied. Alcohol well hidden.

O: A nicely done Belgian Dark. Solid flavor and super creamy. Held up very well in the back of the beer fridge waiting for the right night.
Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by Twal from Colorado

Apr 13, 2020
Rated: 3.83 by notchucknorris from California

Mar 05, 2020
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Haven in Orange, CA.

This one was served ultra cold like a penguin walking to work. That being said, yeah, it’s clean. Like, Windex clean. I bet the aroma would be more prominent as it warmed. Still, it’s there. Yeah, as I sip and chill, I’m cool with it. Smooth like Alain Delon in “Le Samourai,” I can get on this. It’s not revolutionary like Paul Revere riding a horse, but it’s straight up another quality beer from Russian River.
Mar 02, 2020
Rated: 2.97 by gboley from California

Feb 23, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Feb 11, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jan 29, 2020
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from Washington

Jan 29, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by Ajlvt from Washington

Nov 27, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Sep 01, 2019
Rated: 4 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Jul 31, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

Jul 21, 2019
Rated: 4 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Jul 14, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by brandoneast from Texas

Jun 18, 2019
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 12, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by Futbolmanby from Michigan

Mar 23, 2019
Rated: 4.56 by MAUEX_MFA from Alaska

Mar 07, 2019
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Dark brown and slightly transparent and cloudy, with lots of carbonation, and a hint of beige head.

Smells of cherries, cocoa, and Belgian yeasts.

Tastes of dark fruits, cherries, cocoa, and Belgian yeasts.

Medium, slightly watery for a heavy brew, with lots of carbonation.

I had this on tap at RR's new Windsor pub, Feb 12th, 2019.
Feb 13, 2019
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Reviewed by Buck89 from Tennessee

4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On tap at source. A hazy plum/brown color with a frothy tan head. Raisins and chocolate on the nose. The taste was amazing. Raisins, chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Floral notes as well clean and dry. Outstanding.
Feb 01, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by BerryKumquat from California

Dec 26, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Dec 22, 2018
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Reviewed by iguanodon from Utah

3.04/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
[Original rating 2015-01-01] Bottle from C-mini mart in Dublin, CA. Pours reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of Sweet caramel, malt, faint booze. Taste of sweet malt, raisins. The alcohol is very well hidden. Mouth feel is a bit thin, maybe I just expected it to be thicker because of the appearance. Nice fine carbonation.
Oct 26, 2018
Rated: 4 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Jul 08, 2018
Rated: 3.65 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Jul 04, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Eziel from Ohio

May 01, 2018
Rated: 5 by jmikepool from Texas

Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 4.2 by Mikexw from New York

Apr 05, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Feb 24, 2018
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Draft at brewery. Near black pour, small ring of beige head. Aroma is yeast and roast malts. More yeast in the taste, kind of sweet, candy sugar. Some chocolate too. Some porter.
Feb 20, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by RMW66 from Australia

Feb 14, 2018
Rated: 3.67 by WormGod from New York

Nov 17, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by timnkate from Pennsylvania

Nov 12, 2017
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Bottle date 11-28-16. A few weeks from being a year old.

Huhe pop of the cork. Huge carbonation.

Smells like dark fruit and spices of coriander and anise.

Tastes very, very sweet. Dry dark fruit.

Feel is awesome. So frothy and creamy. Again dry.

Solid belgian dark ale.
Nov 07, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Sep 20, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia

Sep 19, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by Nrod from Argentina

Sep 11, 2017
Rated: 3.66 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Aug 29, 2017
Rated: 4.47 by BergBeer from Hawaii

Jul 31, 2017
Rated: 4.11 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Jul 28, 2017
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1280 ratings