Erudition | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.15%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by xlperro on 04-28-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
254
Reviews:
46
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. So-so saison, certainly displaying white pepper, coriander, and yeast which is an obstacle. Not a lot of inviting spices, however. Quaffable. Blonde coloured body. Merely hint of lemon. Appropriately carbonated. Would like some more bold taste.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spices, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly 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 -0.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i wanted a little more out of this one, and somehow thought that all the "tion" beers from these guys were wild ales. i was wrong, this one is a pretty basic saison, the kicker being that its pretty brilliantly hopped, and has a really tropical fruit finish to go with the funky wine-like saison yeast and the rustic grain character of its malt base. the beer is a real journey, plenty complex and not one dimensional as a yeast flavored beer. the grain and hops contribute equally to it. its dry in the finish too, great for the hops to take over. i just wish it was more carbonated. its gets a little heavy on the palate and in the belly, filling me up more than i want it to, and kind of staying there. that said, its pretty unique and i think its expertly made, just a beer where one is enough for me.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one on tap at Toronado's 'Tion Night. Three year old keg of brett-spiked saison? Yes please. Hazy gold appearance with a finger of white suds. The nose is very brett-forward at this point, funk-filled and lightly tart with some underpinnings of citrus fruit. Flavor followed suit, but bolder in tartness. Lemony with soft grain flavors beneath. Acidity is very mild, and the texture is extremely light and soft, almost pilsner-esque. Drinkability is through the roof, this is one you could session all night.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nerd for bringing this among about a billion other things. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a nice clean golden color with a good white head with nice retention. Sticks around for a bit before falling down. The nose carries a nice bit of light grain plus a good amount of funk, though in a restrained way. Some floral hops and light citrus character as well. The taste combines the fruity elements of the beer with the slightly-spicy saison yeast quite well. Impressive, to say the least. Really nice carbonation and a crisp finish, just as a saison should be. As is always expected from Russian River, a very well made beer.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the source.

A: Pours a slightly hazy egg yolk yellow with a 1" which head which fades to the rim leaving stringers and spots of lace.

N: Peppery spice, bready yeast, hay/grass. Slightly musty grape skins, floral esters and herbs.

T: Yeasty and spicy (pepper, cloves), lemon citrus. Fairly straight forward Saison.

M: Semi-moderate body with medium carbonation. Dry and semi-bitter with a mildly prickly finish.

O: Basically good, refreshing, and easy to drink.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/30/11 notes. Got to try this from a growler at Dark Lord Day thanks to a generous BA.

a - Pours a murky yellow-golden color with an inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of brett, floral hops, citrus hops, and light spices. A little funky because of the brett, very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of brett, floral hops, spices, yeast, citrus hops.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a very nice saison with brett. Nose was a little funky and it was very easy to drink. Would love to have again.

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Photo of orangesol
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler via nickd717. Thanks again buddy. Shared with quite a few local BA's.

A - Pours straw yellow with a dense two finger tall head leaving small streaks of lacing down the glass.

S - Smells like damp earth. Plenty of barnyard funk from the brett mixed with some light spice, most notably clove. I was expecting a bit more citrus in this one.

T - Lots of brett funk up front slowly giving way to a mix of bready yeast and light spice, mostly clove and a dash of pepper. Finish is chewy with a bit of lingering funk. I liked this one but it really needed that citric note to round it out. I hope to have this again one day.

M - Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Nice, soft, feel on the pallet. This was extremely easy to drink, I went back for more quite a few times.

O - I really enjoyed this one quite a bit. The flavors were simple, all be it a little dull, but it was very easy to drink. Thanks for the chance nick.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of GClarkage
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/30/06- Purchased at the Russian River Brewery.

Presentation- 2 liter growler fill. Poured into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Appearance- Exact golden colored pour. Full and frothy inch plus crystal white head. Mellows down to a 1/4 inch or so. Pock marked and leaves decent lacing.

Smell- A bit of the barnyard funk. Not as much as other examples, but it is there. Almost some vinous notes...maybe like a sauvignon blanc. Some tart fruit notes such as grapefruit and lemon rind.

Taste- Very crisp in flavor. Fruit flavor explodes out. Maybe a bit of a light grainy pils like taste. Mildly hoppy with lots of lemon rind and some white pepper thrown in for good measure.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation level...not over the top like some other brands. Nice fruit basket aftertaste.

Drinkability- Spring is in full gear as it's about 75-80 degrees this past weekend. Damn I wish they had the pool open for use. Me and my growler would be poolside. Yet another great beer from Vinnie....this is getting to be redundant.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobzilla
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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Erudition from Russian River Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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