Publication | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by photomike on 07-13-2009

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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 54
Reviews by FtownThrowDown:
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Growler shared by RoyMunson.

Pours a dark gold in color. A very nice inch or more of head forms on the pour. Looks very nice in the glass.
Smell is spicey/peppery with some belgian yeast. There's also a hint of tartness as well.
Taste is more of the spicey saison qualities that you'd expect. It was commented by someone that this is like Beatification without the barrel aging. For what it is, it's a pretty good saison. Nice carbonation and bite in the mouthfeel. Not very sessionable. After a glass and a half I was tired of it. Has good flavor though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of aquazr1
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of elliot23
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Puckerfest.

This one looks nice in my glass; yellow and hazy with some golden clouds rounding out this wonderful sight.

The smell... spicy, sweet, funky sour, earth, tons going on with this one. The surprising thing about this is picking up some hops.

Some citrus and earth up front. Then hits of peppercorn, yeast, clove, and some lemon. It finishes up nicely with hop bitterness that is balanced out nicely with some sourness. Good stuff.

The mouthfeel is similar to a great saison but that great bitterness really leaves you feeling nice.

The drinkability is excellent. One that you could put back for hours. Wish this one was bottled. I'd take a case to go

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Photo of azorie
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this one at Monk's Cafe in Philly poured into a pint glass.

A: 1 and quarter creamy, fluffy white head with fantastic, thick lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Brew itself was a cloudy goldenrod color.

S: Sweet and light sourness in the nose with a chewy and earthy tone complimented by a spicy yeast zest.

T: Starts off earthy and piny, gradually building in tartness that never quite gets there. Finish is bitter hops and spicyness that really lingers into the aftertaste. In fact, the hoppiness never quite ends, urging you to drink some more.

M: Light bodied and course but very smooth. Finish is drawn out but easy and lingers.

D: So enjoyable and goes down so easy, this brew really is the definition of drinkability. Hops linger and keep pushing you to have more and I oblige because this beer is really quite quenching and such a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, happy hour at Toronado-SF

cellphone notes

appearance: hazy straw-yellow body, light beige froth. had no idea what this even was when i ordered, but it quickly revealed itself as a saison

smell: grassy, mildly funky, white pepper, belgian yeast

taste: delicate saison - straw, hay, belgian yeast, clove, lemon zest

mouthfeel: light and crisp

drinkability: high

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Photo of emilylee
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of schmitter
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Toronado. Pours a warm yellow color with some haze. Fine white lace on the glass.

Lightly toasty in the nose, with some bready malt along with some yeasty funk and lemony hops.

Supple toasty malt and barnyardy yeast flavors. Hops are fresh and bright, lemony. Mildly tart, with some dusty, vinous flavors up front. A hint of light malt sweetness in the middle adds a little viscosity. Finishes clean and dry, with green leafy hops and a little grain in the aftertaste.

A nice saison, although less funky than many. Very drinkable and well done, like most RR beers.

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Photo of AndrewCalvi
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had it on tap at RRB yesterday. The publicans did a really good job with this saison. I hope they get together and brew some more specialty ales for their breweries only. I let my brother know to go stop by the Monks Cafe in Philly and try some there.

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

amber hue with a rich, decadent looking three inches of white foam on top. Just hanging there with a huge amount of side lace just dripping down the glass and keeping the head alive and well throughout the session.

The aroma was very, very nice. Rich notes of spices, apricot, light apple maybe and a touch of grain. As it warmed some light pepper like spice starts to come forward, nearly spot on. As I take the first taste, I expierence just what I wanted from this one. A light, perfectly carbonated saison. Light notes of fruit spiced up with hints of white pepper and a perfectly balanced mix between light grain and fresh grass in the finish. Smooth, delicate and perfectly drainkable

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Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Toronado. Golden body with a slight haze and a thin head that dissipates pretty quickly. The nose is funky and phenolic with a bit of sweet malt and grain beneath that. The brett becomes more and more apparent as the beer warms up. The taste starts out nicely with flavors of lemon zest, pepper, apple and a touch of malty sweetness, but it becomes somewhat astringent mid-palate; plastic, band aid and bitter husky grain are a little too dominant in the finish, marring an otherwise nice beer. Not great, but worth trying once.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Toronado SF.

a - pours a bright golden color, very hazy with a one-inch frothy white head, good retention and great lacing

s - spicy with lots of peppercorn, yeast and bread also prominent, decent amount of funky notes in there as well, not much alcohol at all

t - peppercorn and yeast up front with a nice mild funkiness on the mid-palate, very refreshing, the finish has a mild tartness mixed with some spice and more yeast, moderately dry on the finish, very well-balanced

m - medium-bodied, moderate to higher carbonation, well-balanced finish, easy on the palate

d - very easy-drinking and refreshing saison, incredibly drinkable, I guessed this was about 5% when drinking it, no way does it come across as 8%, not the most interesting taste, but very refreshing with the mild funk

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was THE first brew I had on my visit to the pub in Sonoma. I dunno, saisons just catch my eye like no other style can. Nice tulip glass presentation containing perhaps ten fluid ounces of this hazy golden elixir.

Spicy with lots of pepper (lemon pepper or white pepper), coriander, and cardamon. Light woody nuttiness and that bitter reddish paper that wraps shelled peanuts. Just a sliiiight earthy funkiness. I say slight, because it's RR, but it would be very distinct barnyard compared to non-brett brews.

Insanely drinkable. Slight powerdy yeast and some banana hang around in the aftertaste.
Quite a good place to start for what became an unforgettable night at Russian River! Thanks Vinnie!

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Photo of ScreamForMe
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this last month on tap:

RR funkiness but not as prevalent as some of their other brews.

Decent amount of lacing.

Not being well versed in saisons, I found this brew like a sour lite if there is such a thing.

Drinkable but not something I would put at the top of the list.


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Photo of islandboi8204
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Monks.

Pours a dark hue straw color. Acidic with some leathery flavor. Not much head on the pour, very citrusy. Oranges, lemony, some grapefruit with a funkiness to it. Tastes leathery, with some wet wood.

Lighter medium body, simply really refreshing, tart, and zesty take on a saison. Another great beer from RR, I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's...

A - Cloudy golden yellow color... active foamy head with good retention and lacing

S - Yeast, funk, pepper, minimal fruity sweetness

T - Pepper and spice, yeasty funk, apple skin... dances around tart and sour

M - Medium bodied, ample carbonation, slightly sticky

D - Spicy and funky, reminicent of a more flavorful Gose. Could easily have another, as nothing overpowers

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Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

The final keg of this beer east of California, aged two years by Tom Peters, was tapped and I was there to imbibe it in all its glory. Served in a tulip glass, this beer poured a golden-peach-yellow, impenetrably hazy, with a small cap of white head that retained as a ringlet and left just a bit of lacing on the glass. The beer was actually initially poured into a pitcher from the line, because the head was so active. Light aroma of sweet fruits, citrus, bready malts, and spicy yeast. Good balance. Huge grapefruit profile in the taste, probably more pronounced than I've ever experienced in a beer. Juicy, zesty and pithy all at once. Nice notes of Belgian yeast, sweet malts, light spice and sugar, with a bit of grassy funk and a gentle oak quality. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, chewy, highly flavorful, tart, but still extremely smooth; very dry in the finish. Great beer, very savorable, and I'm glad I had the privilege to try it before it's gone.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 12/22/2009 on tap at brouwers in seattle. 12 oz pour in tulip.

Ar: Classic Russian river sour aroma (clean and controlled), floral (powdery), tart furit

Ap: Clear straw, thick white head, great retention

T: Tart, earthy barn, citric and lactic acids (no acetic), fruity, earthy, dry end, light alcohol, great barn, complex with furit, lightly rough end, tart citrus (lemon/lime), light green apple

M: Tart and dry, medium/high carbonation, clean with earthy dry end

O: Very good, i like supplication more but this has more barn/funk than other Russian River beers

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Photo of waltonc
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured on-tap at Bottleworks. Small, off-white head that diminished to a 1/4-finger or so. Body is a nice, dark yellow color, and quite hazy/cloudy.

S: Nice aroma... some fruits and spices coming through, but it was a little hard to put my finger on it at the time. Definitely some sourness in there as well... enjoyable.

T: Very original; starts off sweet and fruity, with a tangy, sour finish. The alcohol is hidden extremely well; maybe a slight warmth at the end, but that's it.

M: Very creamy with a medium-body, and average carbonation.

D: I couldn't have more than one of these in a night, but it's a great beer to sip on. Gotta love Russian River.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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