Rejection | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 218
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at RR
A: Poured an dark brown color with good carbonation and a tan head.

S: Nose is toasted malt, chocolate, yeast and coffee.

T: Taste is chocolate, candy, fruits, yeast a little bit of booze. Pretty sweet sticky and hearty. Booze is just right and this beer is so tasty, probably my favorite beer behind Younger of course!

M: Medium body, well carbonated, tasty

O: This beer just struck a chord with me. Bravo. Another grest RR brew.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: Draft

Smell: Pleasant burnt charcoal matches perfectly with nutmeg, licorice, ginger, and coffee. Awesome.

Taste: Extremely spicy top note with intense ginger and nutmeg notes are balanced by slightly dry, caramelized wood and some citrusy coffee in the mold of a yergicheffe that's at city roast levels. Ripe currants, molasses, and fruit skin bitterness with a hint of cider flavors emerge as it warms and opens up. Definitely not as roasty as one would expect from a Black ale. Finish is grassy and citrus bitterness, a little dry, quite spicy, a little yeasty with a touch of banana.

Notes: Awesome, amazingly drinkable and unique beer.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an inky black color, with, surprisingly, a light tan head. The head fadesslowly, leaving a thick curtain of lace.

This beer has a toffee like aroma. It has a caramel like malty aroma as well. It smells slightly smokey. All the aromas are mild, and pleasent.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Caramel malt, with some toffee, and smokey flavors. It tastes slightly spicy as well.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a malty, toffee like aftertaste. It has a medium body, and is carbonated perfectly.

This beer would make a great session beer. It tastes great, and is not too high in alcohol.

Overall: This beer is great. I would drink it any day, and I would definately drink it if I was rejected.

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Photo of brentk56
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark chocolate brown body, a frothy tan head and splashy lace

Smell: Campfire aroma with light smoky tones; toasted caramel and biscuit

Taste: Toasted caramel opening, but not sweet; woody flavors arrive mid-palate; slight bitter finish, but dry

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Terrific aroma, subtle flavors with a nice, woody finish

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Local 44 during Philly Beer Week. Review from notes.

A - poured thick dark brown, quite opaque and a slight head. Little lacing.

S - mild earthiness, sweet caramel malts, light roastiness as well. Quite interesting!

T - sweet caramel malts, roasted barley, light coffee/carob also. Light alcoholic kick in the finish.

M - full bodied, very light carbonation, which worked well for its creaminess.

D - without a doubt, quite drinkable.

Thoughts - for a Belgian dark ale, I would not have expected any roasted barley/coffee flavors that I would expect from a porter. However, it worked very nicely with this brew and was indeed very tasty.

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Photo of jwolfie70
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery.

Pours a deep black, with a thin tan head. Smell is of belgiam yeast, dark chocolate and deep roasted malt. Taste is a dark chocolate, burnt malt (very much like a good porter), with a hint of the sweet, distinct belgium yeast flavor. A very good beer, that I have had the pleasure of having twice now and would get again when available.

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Photo of jvillefan
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark black/brown with a very white head.

S: Highly Belgian in quality with sulfur notes throughout the aroma.

T: Black licorice with spices is dominate in the front of this beer. The Belgian character comes through very strongly.

M: Great mouthfeel. Nice body with the perfect amount of carbonation.

O: If you are within a couple of hours of the brewery, this beer may be worth the trip if you like belgian beers.

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Photo of macktbone
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obviously enjoyed at the brewery. Along with many PTY's my review and taste buds could be slightly tainted by the wonders of the Younger and it's 10.5% following.

A- a Brown (dark)ale. Head looks like a solid Belgian.

S- Lots of funk, bright with a touch of chalkiness and cocoa.

T- very fresh. Has a slight "brett" taste with a sweet hoppy malt backbone.

M- Good solid creamy adventure of dark bliss

D- This could be a new favorite. "Rejection No More"... The afterglow of this beer could start a new following for Belgian darks.

A great beer that stands alone amongst many others there at RR.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip at the brewpub in Santa Rosa.

A: Black, however not a sludgy thick black like a RIS. Thin, mocha colored head with little retention. Not much light getting through
S: Different. Very smokey, toasted malt, a little coffee. Very pleasant.
T: A smokey, roasted flavor, slight chocolate and coffee. Slight hop bitterness. Kinda hard to nail this down as a part of anyone still. Was confused by first few drinks but then got used to this and enjoyed it.
M: High carbonation, a nice maltier belgian, medium bodied, very creamy and smooth.
D: Great, I could drink a lot of these at 6% abv and they are very enjoyable. Obviously not as much flavor or punch as a RISs, but still a lot going on and an interesting beer (though I'm still not sure what beers to compare it to)

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Photo of gandres
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap to glass @ Russian River Brewing tap room@ Santa Rosa,CA
A: Brown, clearr, big tan head
A: chocolate, roasted grains
T: medium bitterrness, sweet long lasting
MF: slightly creamy
OA: Excellent beer for the style, ok to repeat, look for
Drank April 14, 2016

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Photo of MisterClean
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pulled from RR. Thanks concours.

A - Pours brown with 2 fingers of mocha head. Dissipates moderately and leaves beautiful lacing.

S - Chocolate, dark belgian candi sugars, medium roast coffee, and peppery esters.

T - Chocolate, dark belgian candi sugars, medium roast coffee, moderately btter hops, and peppery esters.

M - Moderate bodied, well-balanced, lightly sweet, and smooth tasting.

D - Very good overall.

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Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub for RR's 4th anniversary.

Pours an opaque, dark brown color with a tan frothy head that reduces rather quickly. Aroma is toasty malt and coffee with a touch of fleshy fruit. Flavor is of those See's coffee flavored candies with some roasty bitterness and smoke. Chewy and sticky. Really smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy tan-brown head. The head fades slowly leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of roasted sweet chocolate malt with some bittersweet chocolate, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and a touch of burnt caramel.

T - Starts off with some roasted milk chocolate with some deeper cocoa and Belgian yeast character. Through the middle, more roasted and lightly burnt malts come through with some more chocolate flavor, yeast, and some dark fruit. The finish is a mix of chocolate malts with some vanilla and Belgian yeast flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and roasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced Belgian dark ale.

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Photo of mjl21
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River. Poured into a Belgian goblet. Comes in at 6.30% and 27 IBUs.

A-Pours a dark brown with a half finger tan colored head that recedes to a decent ring that hugs the rim of the glass. Leaves a decent amount of lace.

S-The Belgian character is quite strong in the aroma. I get stone fruit, Belgian yeast, and some candy sugar. There are touches of roast malt but not as much as one would expect in a "black" ale.

T-Like the nose, the Belgian characteristics are quite strong at the start and dominate 75% of the flavor. I get plenty of Belgian yeast, stone fruit, banana, and some clove. The roast malt becomes distinguishable as it hits the back of my mouth. There is also a decent amount of candy sugar sweetness towards the finish. The roast character is prevalent in between sips and it picks up as the beer warms.

M-Medium bodied and it has some lively carbonation.

D-An interesting beer. I like how the Belgian flavors are more prevalent and the roast flavor kicks in to give this a unique flavor.

I missed this one last year and forgot how good this beer tastes. A nice seasonal beer that is unique and tasty.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Ruby red with a mocha head.

S: Sweet malt, dark fruit, light fruit, citrus in the nose.

T: Dark fruit, plum, malt, tart fruits, lemon and orange.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: This was very good, but far overshadowed by Pliny the Younger, for which I was there that day. Definitely worth a try, but don't use it on valentines day as a coping mechanism for any rejection that might come your way. If you can, use Pliny.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught at RR during the PtY release madness. Almost black with a small tan head. Lots of fruit in the nose, with what strikes me as their house yeast ester profile. Plenty of rich malt in the aroma as well, with chocolate and toast. Modest bitterness with just a touch of roast and mild apparent hops in the finish that bring a nice balance that barely leans on malty. Fruity with a definite yeasty touch, but also very clean. Nice chocolate malty flavors leading to a pleasant dryness. Pretty much a flavorful Belgian-style porter from what I taste. Very nice.

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Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at City Beer in San Francisco. (the day after Valentine's Day)

Pours a very dark brown color with a nice bright egg shell colored head.

Aromas are of light chocolates, milky cream, and a bit of oak.

Taste is fairly light, but the flavors that are there are nice. Light cola, biscuit, and a little bit of bitter chocolates. Finish is crisp, with some mineral and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is good, and pretty full feel with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good. Solid dark Belgian beer. Not an earth shattering powerhouse of flavors, just a nice easy drinking beer that is very sessionable.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This arrived in near-black darkness, with slight hints of ruby. The head
is small but lasts well, and the lacing is minor.

The smell has some of the traditional ester charactoristics, but bits of
chocolate and coffee come through strong. The taste follows that same
pattern, really throwing the drinker for a loop. Some don't appreciate the
fusing of styles, but this is done in such a great way that it's hard to
argue with.

Unique and pleasing, this is definitely a good beer.

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Photo of femALEist
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Pi Bar at Russian River night during SF Beer week.
Rejection-Belgian inspired black beer brewed for Valentine's Day & 6.1%. It poured a cola brown. It smelled of malt, vanilla, caramel with some coffee notes. It tasted pretty much the same as the nose- vanilla, toffee, roasted malt and espresso. It was my friends' favorite beer of the evening- and he loves Pliny the Younger.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Russian River in Santa Rosa. Brown color, dark looking. Aroma was sweet, chocolate, nice. Flavor was quite good, chocolate, malts, yeast, really a solid offering. I also liked teh bottle cap with the broken heart. Nice stuff and a shame I can't drink this on tap in Denver though I should just be happy to see any Russian River at all.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at the brewpub. Arrives in a stubby wine glass, the correct name for which is not in my vocabulary. Looks a nice dark brown with a quarter inch light brown head and good retention. Smells yeasty and biscuity with some vague fruit. Definitely smells like a Belgian style beer, but its not clear what style exactly. Flavor has definite fruit and yeasty veins. Strong malt undertone and a slight roasted note. Roasted flavor makes me think porter, but its not that by any means. A bit overly dry on the finish, where more fruit flavor would be welcome. Medium to full bodied with a creamy/frothy mouthfeel. A nice drinker, despite the dryness.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River

A: Pours very dark brown, pretty much black, though a dark ruby brown hue does come out as the glass empties, with a creamy light tan head that settles and laces well.

S: Dark roasted malt, coffee, dark fruit, and a touch of smoke.

T: Roasted malt, coffee, a touch of smoke, some pine, dark fruit, cherry and plumb, and a little light bittersweet chocolate.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, pretty smooth.

O: I can't say much screamed Belgian, but it was a nice change of pace from all the hop bombs consumed before it.

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Photo of berkey
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drove up to Santa Rosa and picked a growler from the brewery this morning. I have to admit the comedy of marketing a beer named Rejection as a Valentine's Day beer contributed to me purchasing this to a degree. Poured into a Russian River -tion glass.

Body appears completely black at first look but shows some hints of cola color when held to light. A very large khaki colored head forms but settles pretty quickly and leaves some very nice lacing as it goes.

Belgian-like yeasty quality on the nose is joined my some roasted malts and a faint chocolate character. There's also a good amount of grassy hop aroma in this beer.

The roasty and chocolate notes continue on the palate with the addition of a subdued fruit character. It bears repeating that the fruitiness is subdued, far less estery than just about any other beer I've tried in the style. The slight hop bitterness detected on the aroma is lingers on the finish.

Very drinkable beer, this growler went very quickly. Not extremely complex or intense but highly enjoyable. Another fine Russian River offering.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black with an off-white head that retained nicely.

Smell: Cocoa, toffee, dried fruit - this essentially smells like a dark Belgian ale with a nice helping of roasted malt.

Taste/mouthfeel: Chocolate-covered fruit; fresh figs, dates, strawberries. The fruity Belgian yeast profile blends perfectly with flavors of charred malt and cocoa. The body is surprisingly light; this stuff goes down easy enough to session. The mouthfeel dries up a bit in the finish, though a trace of lingering sweetness remains.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable stuff despite being my last beer of the day. Vinnie has a nice touch with these Belgian-style brews.

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Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from the Monk's Cafe Stuff-if-I-Cation dinner 7 June 2011.

Killer lamb stuffed wildly foraged mushrooms over goat cheese polenta, a little coffee brined lamb and onions.

black pour. just black. thick, foamy head. not very viscous, as it swirled rapidly in the glass.

roasted malts and belgian sugars dominated the nose, bringing out aromas of coffee and chocolate, some coconut and ginger, and a little bit of toffee.

the plate was very intensely earthy: lamb, wild mushroom, goat cheese, polenta, coffee brine. the earthy flavors combined well--which could've been overkill and muted as a whole-- and comparably attributed to rejection's flavors of espresso, chocolate, ginger, molasses, and biscuits. the goat polenta was a knockout taste to taste.

it was thin, as thin as you'd expect from a belgian dark ale, but it was nicely carbonated, so it really helped in cleansing out your mouth after so many deep, earthy flavors.

really nice belgian dark: not too sweet, roasted-malty, and had a subtle enough bitterness to make it drinkable on its own, but i've yet to have it again without these foods or food at all.

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