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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2005

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 216
Photo of paytoplay
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had low expectations for this beer. Was way better than I thought. Not sure why I felt this way but hey the beer was awesome. Awesome color, nice lacing / head. Balance with acidity coco coffee, not a long finish but very fun and enjoyable. Would go great with food. Glad to have tried this rare brew.

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Photo of John_M
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in Santa Rosa.

The beer pours an impressive black brown color with excellent head retention and sticky lacing all around. I don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some light roasted malt and licorise. On the palate this beer is very complex, with an interesting, long, dry finish. There is something of a burnt toast taste, interlaced with quite a bit of licorise. The beer is very much on the light side, and you can tell the abv. is pretty low. The beer has an intriguing sweet licorise, dry stout sort of flavor, with a hint of hoppiness on the finish. The finish is quite dry and there are light nuances of both sweet and sour going on through out. Mouthfeel is pretty light and drinkability is good.

Not my favorite beer from RR, but certainly not a bad beer. Glad I had a chance to try this one.

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Photo of waltonc
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Russian River brewery today. Described on the chalk board as a Belgian Black Ale, or something like that. And black it is, with a nice tan head. Smell and taste are essentially dark roasted notes, a little coffee, but lighter than a stout by far. Pretty drinkable brew, but with so many other delicious options at the brewery, one is enough.

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Photo of dbONE
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the color you see when you close your eyes, BLACK! The light tan head remains on the glass to make it seem you still have a full latte.

A sweet slight coffee aroma from the malt and caramel tones are played mildly, but a little smokey like a bon fire.

Some spice comes through on the aproach then it dives right into the caramel and sweet coffee leaving the same aftertaste.

Smooth and creamy, this is easy to drink if you know what you are getting into. Definatly not for those who just "like" beer.

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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 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 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 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 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 objectivemonkey
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From my notes on recent trip, poured into a sampling glass, arrived with no head, pretty dark brown in color. Aroma is a bit odd, definitely some toasted malt in there, but can't pin down the odd funk to it. Taste is again kind of funky, the malts roasty, some chocolate... and perhaps smoked? Not what I expected out of a Belgian Dark, though not actually all that bad. Just, well, rejected:) Body is above average, good consistency and after I got used to it, it wasn't all half that bad. One is all I need though.

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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 TheLongBeachBum
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Sampled at the 2006 - 12 Hour Belgian Beer Party - held at Pizza Port Carlsbad.

Simply listed under the “Draft Beer List” section of the Beer List at “#94 – Russian River Rejection”.

Appearance: Dark brown with some flashes of chestnut in the Carlsbad sun, yet under the sun canopy awning it looked jet black. Bubbly head when handed to me had all but disappeared by the time I made it back through the crowd to the BA table.

Nose: Warm pears baked in brown sugar with some toasted funk thrown in for good measure. A little strange, but nice enough nonetheless.

Taste: Hints of dark fruits teased, but seemed to be hidden behind a thin Schwarzbier-like brown sugar cloak which dominated. Warmed in the SoCal Sun some figs and prunes thicken the texture and tussle with the dark chocolate. Finish has a leaching effect like you get on the cheeks after a few cups of strong roasted coffee which also added a smoked feel in the after effects. Somewhat unique.

Mouthfeel: Average conditioning, served on-tap it seemed to give up its carbonation all too quickly. The body thickened as it warmed and beefed up the feel, however, this also brought out some more burnt sugar on the tongue which I didn’t care for.

Drinkability: A tad hard going I found. I paddled my way through this one, but I found the obliqueness in this Dark Ale seemed to have it off-kilter for my liking.

Overall: It’s a while since I had a dark brew from Russian River, but overall this one was not really to my palate to be honest. I made a point to try this one early on so I think I avoided the faded palate scenario. Not one of my favorites from Russian River, definitely unique, but I would give this one a whirl again if I get chance.

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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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Photo of pjwilson
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

isn't it too early for valentine's day??? :) ...I didn't expect to try this one on an impromteu trip to Russian River, but it turned out it was just tapped today, so i had to try it. This beer sort of breaks the mold on everything. One could make the argument that Russian River has done that before, but there is really not a thing i've had in all my beer drinking that compares to this. All I can say is this that is a very distant cousin of a stout, married to a Belgian.

a: looks like somebody poured a stout in a beligan tulip. Oh wait, it's Rejection listed as a Belgian Black Ale. God, I love 2.75$ happy hour at Russian River. So yeah, it looks like a stout, minimal head and pitch black. Didn't hold it to the light or anything. damn place was so packed...but for how packed it was I got a beer relatively quickly....

s: anyone's whose been there knows Russian River serves the beer too cold....I was told this perserves the beer better. Fine, but the first half of any beer there is sort of a muted experience. But the second half of the glass, oh my. Bananas are in there, mixing with some distant roasted stout malts, guessing this is roasted barely. not sure if i believe that this is a blend....but would accept that if i heard it from the horse's mouth.

taste: first few tastes are complete confusion. I'm all one for enjoying a beer on it's own merit with no previous experience of style....but hanging out on this site too much i know how to at least reconize a style. Bananas came out with warmth, along with roastiness along with a very dry finish. I can say is it reminded me of stout mixed with a hefewiezen mixed with a belgian ale. But it taste's like none of those. It's a pretty interesting mix once you get used to it.

mouthfeel: all russian river brew's seem to have a pretty light mouthfeel. Makes it easier to drink, and works here.

drinkablilty: found this to be an pretty easy drinker. It was listed on the Beligian side of the chalkboard and came in a tulip...but could have just as easily came in a pint and been listed on the other side. I found it easier to drink that some of the more intense Beligian beers they offered.

Hopefully some other soul can it describe better. All i can advise is to leave a style mindset at the door. It was pretty good, and although not as good as good as the top of the Russian River class, it was still a damn fine adult beverage. I myself will try my hardest to get back for another taste before it's gone and perhaps even get a growler next time.

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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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