Rejection | Russian River Brewing Company

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87
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218 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
218
Reviews:
65
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at O'Brien's Pub in San Diego, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some char aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a very tasty belgian style ale, nothing sour or funky about it, just a true belgian, as much a dubbel in its appearance and grain complexion as anything else, and really nicely done overall, if lacking some of the "oh my gosh" elements that make many of their other beers so highly regarded. its got a nice rich frothing head, deep amber to chocolate brown color, crimson in the right light, and pretty lacing as i sip on my tulip. raisin, fig, brandy, plum, molasses and butter cream all come to mind after a deep sniff on this one, what really doesnt jump out at me much is the yeast, its pretty subtle for a belgian strain. lots of caramelization in the flavor, the wort has likely endured and developed a lot during a rather long boil. honey and brown sugar, dried apple, faint cocoa powder, and some strange altbier elements from the grain all creep in. the yeast remains quite mild, although its not bland, it is interesting, just not striding way out in front of the grain base. the lesser alcohol presence is nice too, it tastes bigger than it is, not because its boozy though, but because its densely packed with old world flavor. very enjoyable drink.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a 2 oz sampler at Russian River's tap room in Santa Rosa during their Pliny The Younger release in 2012. Reviewed from notes. Note that the vessel was 2 oz, not necessarily the total amount ingested, as I ordered samplers repeatedly if I required more to review accurately.

A: Pours a half finger had of slight tan colour, pretty decent cream, good thickness, and awful retention. Colour is a dark caramel-brown.

Sm: Caramel, nuts, and smoke. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Some smoke - more as a tone than a flavour. Dark malts form the foundation. Some milk and cream. Some chocolate. Balanced and pleasant, if simple. Enjoyable. It could use some layering, but that would require more notes and depth of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Could use more cream. Not too thick nor too thin.

Dr: Very drinkable, but simple. I'd have it again, but Russian River has far better brews.

B-

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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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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 Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at O'Briens (San Diego, CA) on 3/20/09. Part of a full day of Russian River beers here. Served in a Chimay glass.

Pours black with thin wispy brite-white head. Retains at just about the same level, staying sturdy and leaving some solid swathes of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is sweet and toasty smelling with notes of roast, chocolate, and smoke, with accompanying notes of fruity citrus, floral hops, and a pervasive yeasty scent.

The taste is of chocolate, caramel, bisquits, and roasted malts, with a touch of fruity citrus character. Bittering hops sit in the back, as does a definite Belgian yeast feel that really comes out for me in the finish, mixing with lingering notes of bitterness. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a nicely effervescent and creamy feel that is fairly gentle in the mouth.

I liked this. Nice balance between the roasted and sweeter notes and the more yeasty esters knew their place in the profile. Plus there was a robust hoppy freshness about the whole thing that only Russian River can do. This drank nicely for an over 6% beer as well.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of womencantsail
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/5/10 at the brewpub.

A: The pour is an inviting dark brown/black color with a finger's worth of light tan foam.

S: The nose has quite a bit of roasted malt with a slight chocolate and caramel malty aroma. There is, of course, the usual fruity and spicy Belgian esters, but also a slight acidity.

T: The flavor follows the nose for the most part, but perhaps a bit on the bland side. I found the roast to be the predominant flavor, unfortunately, with only background notes of stone fruits and yeast.

M: The body seemed to be a bit on the thin side with a lively carbonation.

D: Another offering from Russian River that I've been looking forward to trying, but somewhat of a let down. Of course, I'm still glad to have been able to get a glass.

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Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of 22Blue
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerOps
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/16/06- On tap at Russian River Brewing Co.

Presentation- From the tap into a 14oz or so tulip.

Appearance- Super dark amber, or maybe a light brown/black with some red highlights? Odd coloring. Half inch fluffy head and light lacing.

Smell- Almost has some rauchbeir scents. Smelled lots of coffee grounds for sure, and also a good amount of smoke.

Taste- Hmmm, just a tad of the liquid smoke like taste. Full on burnt to a crisp coffee bean and dark choc taste. A bit cola like as well. Maybe even some light fruit taste in there too.

Mouthfeel- Pretty heavily carbonated, almost like cola as mentioned above.

Drinkability- Fairly odd tasting beer. Kinda like a swartzbier, except not a lager. Not as sweet in the malt as well. Just odd. Worth a try though.

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Rejection from Russian River Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 218 ratings.
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