Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
Brett Beer
Ranked #37
Ranked #15,846
3.9 | pDev: 10%
Nov 19, 2021
Sep 25, 2008
Very Good
Notes: None
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4.25 by Beerasaurus from Virginia on Nov 19, 2021
3.75 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania on Nov 06, 2021
4.09 by unclekeith from Alaska on Nov 19, 2020
3.97 by InfernoBoss from California on Nov 15, 2020
4.03 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Nov 14, 2020
4.37 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Nov 14, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by RyanK252 from California

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves some spotty lacing.

S: Peppery spice, grassy, earthy, citrus zest, fair hint of funk, and some biscuity malt.

T: Citrus, lemon, grapefruit, and a touch of orange, peppery spice, floral, grassy, herbal, earthy, pretty pronounced funk, and a little clove, all held together with some biscuity malt.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, bone dry finish.

O: Belgian/Saison + Brett is an area where I really don't have a ton of experience, so I'm shooting from the hip here.
There's a fairly assertive bitterness that goes along with a notable funky Brett presence. I'm not crazy about it, but some people might be. I know Vinny and the whole Russian River crew put a lot of thought into this one, but it's not my favorite.

Nov 04, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by JamarcusMarinovich from California

Russian River has always been a favorite of mine, but had never tried this one...a hoppy Belgian-inspired. How did I miss it? Poured into pint glass (I don't really buy into the 'gotta be in a tulip' biz)...nice 4-finger head dissipates properly into a half-finger that stays. A slightly darker golden ale look with a slightly bready nose that doesn't really hint at what the taste will be. That's where it changes...hoppy Belgian indeed, but not overly aggressive hops (none on the nose, but tang on the tongue). Lingers a bit on the back of the tongue with a bit of tropical fruit and not nearly as yeasty-bready as some Belgians. This is NOT a Brett-IPA (to me) like some have said, but an excellent hoppy-Belgian combo.

Nov 01, 2020
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3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by AJM_Beers from California

Bottle from Hi-Lo in Culver City.
What's a Brett Beer really anyways? The bottle says it's a hoppy belgian. That is accurate. Definitely a belgian or in a belgian sub category. That said, it's delicious. Does a great job of hitting belgian smells and tastes while introducing more hops.

Oct 04, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bret27 from California

Bottle from lupulo Santa Cruz.
Fresh drip from RR however bottling date shows about 3 months old.
L: classic Belgian. Opaque copper, off-white creamy head that retains forever with lacing. A few tiny suspended yeasty chunks.
S: Banana, clove, bubblegum, bread, earthy.
T: Banana, clove, hat, fruit, Earthy grassy bitterness.
F: Medium.
Overall: Definitely a Belgian-inspired brew. I think I liked it but the style is confusing. BA calls it a brett beer. Untappd calls it a Belgian ipa. The actual bottle calls it a “hoppy Belgian-inspired blond”.

Sep 05, 2020
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5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by spicyhopdaddy from California

Super piney. I can taste the forest. Reminds me of camping trips, when you first arrive at the campground, and experience the full woodland bouquet.

Sep 01, 2020
4.25 by wc94wc from California on Mar 02, 2020
4.03 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Feb 23, 2020
4.04 by bubseymour from Maryland on Feb 22, 2020
4 by kmoen from California on Feb 08, 2020
4 by BAsbill from California on Feb 08, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by augustgarage from California

Bottled on July 12th, 2019, consumed on December 19th, 2019 (slightly belated impeachment celebration perhaps?) - poured from a 500mL bottle into my 3 Fonteinen tumbler.

Nearly clear antimony liquid with five fingers of bombastic ivory up top - rising like a soufflé, where it forms a formidable bulwark against a would be sipper. Thick, rocky, lacing; superior, ostentatious retention.

Peppery, winter fruit laden aromatics with a hint of fruity/barnyard funk, wildflowers, tangerine pith, and spicy hops. Lovely.

No real acidity on the palate entry, this is not at all sour, and any Brett. is quite restrained at the moment. Clean (continental) malt, crackery with a slight herbaceous edge. Dry yet round, not quite bright, finish suggests chayote squash, asian pears, and a nice balance of floral and mineral elements. Moderately hoppy, with a clean, herbal, faintly spicy bitterness. Yeast character is present, but not as dominant as most Belgian ales. Intriguing, but ultimately somewhat banal.

Soft, light bodied, with less feeling of carbonation than the appearance would suggest. Average ABV.

An unusual beast, not quite up to the brewery's normal standards for a recipe in my opinion - would rather have Sanctification or Blind Pig rather than what almost comes across as an odd watered down mix of the two.

Dec 19, 2019
4.13 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Dec 05, 2019
3.54 by Ajlvt from Washington on Nov 27, 2019
4.25 by Gobzilla from California on Nov 16, 2019
5 by JonBoy23 from California on Nov 04, 2019
4 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on Nov 04, 2019
3.31 by pkalix from California on Oct 20, 2019
3.75 by Stengelfoot from California on Oct 17, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by RaulMondesi from California

Your main man is a lil confused like a Jack Johnson blow to the head. Beer Advocate has this listed as a Brett IPA, yet the bottle states it as a hoppy Belgian inspired Blonde Ale. Oh well, Raul carries on...

(I feel like leaving my original statement here. I get it now. I confused “Brute” with “Brett.” Dumb Raul...)

I think it’s a pretty beer. Think of a blonde, your favorite blonde, and insert her name here. Yeah, that’s what it looks like. The aroma isn’t too potent; light Belgian yeasts and, well, that’s about it. As far as taste goes, Raul is not too well versed in the Belgian game. So yeah, we got a pale one, and it kind of tastes all the same to me (in various degrees of course).

So here we have a fairly smooth one like the barquentine Mercator on her first voyage. Nothing grand, but good enough.


Oct 13, 2019
4 by grapeshops from California on Oct 12, 2019
3.5 by BerryKumquat from California on Aug 25, 2019
3.76 by Noah_Aimar from Oregon on Aug 08, 2019
3.92 by od_sf from California on Aug 03, 2019
4.13 by Shy5 from Oregon on Jul 25, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2019-07-06 in Windsor, CA at the brewery on-tap and again on 2019-07-14 and 2019-08-11 from 500 ml bottled on 2018-04-18

A - Pretty clear yellow with a 2 finger white head and great lace

S - White grape skin, bread, citrus, celery, cheese danish, grassy and floral.

T - Pineapple, cracker, hay, pepper, light pine, Brett, mild-moderately bitter. Perfect balance.

M - Light body and carbonation. Fairly dry. Refreshing.

O - An IPA with Brett? Unusual but it really, really works.

Jul 14, 2019
4 by cryptichead from Illinois on Jul 02, 2019
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Hophazzard from California

I'm still not sold on the Brett IPA style, but if Russian River is the one doing the brewing it's probably a stand out for the style. Defenestration proves that point. Definitely the best Brett IPA I've tried.

Jun 29, 2019
4.02 by Trueprinceofgotham from California on Jun 23, 2019
3.41 by TheBrewsky from California on Jun 22, 2019
4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 12, 2019
3.5 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts on Jul 08, 2018
4.23 by leitmotif from Romania on Dec 25, 2017
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3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Pencible from Virginia

A: This poured a cloudy gold with chunky sediment and quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and grassy hops, with some coriander and clove and apricot.
T: It tasted like grassy and waxy hops, with some lemon zest and coriander and pithy apricot. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Light bubbly body.
D: This was a nice beer with crisp and well balanced scent and taste, but nothing unique. The body was strange for the style, but the finish was smooth, so it was pretty easy to drink. Enjoyable but really nothing special.

Dec 23, 2017
3.89 by VeganUndead from Virginia on Aug 23, 2017
Defenestration from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 386 ratings