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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by photomike on 07-13-2009

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- This is quite an attractive beer which pours up a finger and a half of pure cotton white head. It had good retention and the lacing is above average. The body is a light amber/golden honey color that is warm and hazy from the yeast.

Nose- Brettanomyces dominates the aroma and flavor which has a very funky finish. The aroma is strawberry jam. Some spice and a little bit of heat but this is mostly strawberries.

Taste- There is a definite tartness that is very present but still quite palatable. It moves from tart lemonade to sour cherry that returns to the strawberry jam of the nose. Earthy yeast as well. Such stunning complexity that my taste buds are having trouble keeping up. There is light alcohol and some bitter hops on the finish. This is so complex that it doesn't even taste the same after each drink. It runs rampant through the fruit section (strawberry, banana, and cherry) with some honey to boot. Somehow this beer manages to pair sublimity and robustness.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and alive with carbonation. This makes the mouth and tongue tingle.

Drinkability- Absolutely delightful. This beer begs you to drink it.

Overall- One of the best beers I've ever had. If you see it, you must try it. Even if you don't like saisons. This beer is that good. A+

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. I quick run to Seattle isn't complete until a midday meal at Brouwers Cafe in Fremont. The stoofleez were out, no buffalo for me. But the halibut was good, the mussels tasty, the service immaculate. Oh, and they had beer there too.

The Publication pours a hazy gold, with a perfect white head and a subtle trickle of bubbles flowing from the bottom of a perfect tulip glass. The aroma is muted sour, a grainy wheat and earth. Yellow lemons, peaches, grass and love burst past my lips, make the life so much better.

The ladies, two beautiful ladies, each take a sip and smile those smiles that make worlds change and wars start. They are hooked now. A fast conversion to belgian style beers has begun.

We wander out to the sunny streets in search of coffee to steel us against this midday gastronomical orgy.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draught at the brewpub during RBSG09. Hazy straw with a big, fluffy white head. The aroma was just beautiful on this one, super yeasty and funky with a light tartness, lemon zest, and spices. the flavor was pretty much the same, with a light tartness, lots of citrus fruit and medium hop flavors and bitterness. Dry and medium-light on the tongue with lots of carbonation. This was just great. reminded me a lot of Fantome actually, but even funkier. The dryness and fruitiness is just awesome, and I can imagine drinking quite a bit of this. Could very well have been the beer of RBSG for me.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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 mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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 AndrewCalvi
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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 corby112
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia.

Pours a hazy light golden yellow with ripe banana hues when held to a light source. Frothy off-white one finger foam head that has good retention, very slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic spots of soapy lacing.

Pleasant earthy aroma with lots of crisp light fruit and citrus notes. Hints of lemon peel and grapefruit with a nice spicy peppery presence. The brett is actually quite subtle providing a nice earthy funkiness that doesn't overpower the citrus and spicy notes.

Extremely quaffable yeasty/bready medium body with a huge citrus and spicy peppery flavor. Earthy funky flavors accompany the lemon peel, corriander, pepper and grapefruit notes very nicely. The amount of brett pitched in is practically perfect adding a funky, earthy balance and amazing dry aftertaste that leaves me salivating for more. I had to stop myself from pounding the glass down to fast. I will be going back for more and look forward to what else will be coming from this series.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Straw-yellow body with not much head. Looks a lot like their Little White Lie, maybe a bit darker.
S: A mix of sweet malts and grains, mainly wheat and barley.
T: Like a good saison. No flavor seems to predominate--still get a fair amount of grains and maltiness but staying crisp and not too heavy.
M: Light and a fair dose of carbonation.
D: No noticeable alcohol in the taste or smell yet packs a good 8%. Great representation of the style.

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Photo of photomike
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Just went on yesterday.

Pours a pale hazy yellow with a medium-sized hard white head. Insane thick fluffy lacing. Beautiful.

Smells like barnyard brett (not sure if this is actually used) and abundant citrus. Lemon zest.

Taste follows suit. Really nice bretty, orange, lemony, lightly spicy saison. Very tasty and quite refreshing. Not too sweet, and little to no detectable alcohol. Not overly complex, but everything is well balanced.

Light-medium bodied and somewhat creamy with a clean crisp finish makes this insanely easy-drinking. I was enjoying every sip of this and it really hit the spot.

Another fine beer from Russian River.

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Photo of ljbrisson
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia. Pint glass, pale golden color with about a finger of foamy head. Aroma was lots of citrus, I could also detect some of the brett but not much. Taste was not tart as I was expecting, with just a little funk in the finish. Lots of spiciness, pepper, lemon, citrus. Drinkability is very high as this is a very refreshing brew.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Toronado San Diego.

A: Poured to my standard belgian-style glass a slight orange/yellow hue, topped with a single finger white head layer.
S: Brett on the nose. Familiar saison-like aromas with a mild hay/dust note.
T: Great balanced flavors with just a little bit of spice, slight citrus presents like lemon zest. Continues to be mildly earthy, leaning towards floral over dust/dirt.
M: Very light on the palate while cold. Once this beer warmed I found it to be more enjoyable and a bit more complex. Once warmed the alcohol is much more noticable.
D: Easy and light drinking while cold. More complex and even better when warmed. I wonder what time in the bottle would do to this beer??

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Photo of Rifugium
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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 DenverLogan
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely and refreshing if you like the fun and funky, bretty and wild, flowery and fruity. Lovely Saison with cloudy gold color and a powerful fruit~funky~spice~banana~white pepper~lemon aroma. Complex, crisp yet full bodied mouthfeel. I had two in a row at the Falling Rock for it's debut.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap in a pint glass.

A- Publication holds a yellow, gold mix with slight haze. A nice frothy white head with patchy lacing.

S- Aromas of Brett with farm scents. The brett is really big with spices, pepper. Some lemon in here. Hops with grass and some apple slices. Big blast of yeast.

T- Getting alot of spice and malts with brett going all the way. Some nutiness with lemon/orange citrus. Grassy flavors from the hops. Just the slightest bit of funk. A nice saison with brett.

M- A nicely balanced drink with a mediumish feel and alot of carbonation. A lively feel while the hops play nicely with the brett adding to the feel.

D- Another winner, this one was enjoyable, I had another. The It's nice to see RR tackle another style with brett included.

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Photo of islandboi8204
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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 HopHead84
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 9/19/2009, poured into a tulip, and reviewed from notes on my phone. The beer is vibrant straw golden with a nice fluffy, creamy, and cavernous head. The beer has nice retention and leaves a good amount of lacing.

The aroma is soft citrus, with strong lemon and lesser orange. Brett is apparent and provides some mustiness. The nose has spicy notes, with apparent white pepper.

The taste is zesty lemon with some Brett, earthy, and white pepper notes. The malt is grainy and barely provides sweetness. The beer is very dry and drinkable. An enjoyable Saison from Russian River.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at monks in philly

Pours a clouded golden straw color with some darker hues. Frothy white head rests on top, leaving some wispy film and spotty lacing behind.

Funky and tart in the nose with hints of brett and acidity. Some citrus fruit notes with zest and grassiness. Light oak and Belgian yeast as well.

Nice and tart up front with some zesty citrus tones. Lemon peel and funkiness are pretty prevalent throughout. Notes of orange spice, and grass with Belgian yeast. Faint sourness towards the dry finish with lingering flavor.

Lighter medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and lingering on the tongue. I was really excited to try this, and RR nailed it with a refreshing, tart, zesty take on the saison. Too bad there isn't anymore of this left.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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 mhatters
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Monks in a straight sided pint glass

Poured a straw golden color, hazy, with a thick white head. The pours took a while to get the pint full.

Saison nose, pepper, coriander, yeasty. A great nose.

The flavor picks up the pepper and spices, a bit of fruit. The yeastiness leads to a nice funky flavor.

Thinner than I wanted, the carbonation is also mild. The body was a bit lacking for me. Not bad, just wanted more.

Very interesting, I had 2 and could have done more. The funkspice combination was fun.

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Photo of elliot23
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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 illidurit
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

RBSG09 on tap at the brewpub. Pours an opaque goldenrod color with a thick white frothy head. Lemony aroma with white pepper, citrus zest, and banana pith. Candied citrus peel flavor with pepper and coriander spiciness. A decent dose of herbal hops delivers a nice bitterness in the finish. Perfect amounts of tartness, spice, and hops. Another mind-blowingly well-balanced beer from RR.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours yellow off opaque with a small head and tons of lacing.

smell is a bit of sourish fruit malts, a bit of lemon, a little grassy notes - not super intense but good.

taste is more citrus, some clean dry malt notes, not sticky at all, some pears and ripe fruit - with a nice sour/bitter finish.

mouthfeel is dry, clean with great carbonation.

great drinking saison - another russian river success!

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Photo of maximum12
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a lovely 12 oz. pour at Brouwer's Cafe to sip alongside the delicious burger I had. Turned out to be a good combination.

Yellow, fizzy, just looked happy to be in the tulip it was served in. Smell was warm, with a touch of spice, lemony.

Lemon-zest sets the profile of Publication, & does it with verve & vigor. Sharp lemon stings the mouth gently, giving way then to a soft clump of earthiness. A light touch on the funk gives way to another zip of tartness at the end, along with a champagne-like spritz.

Delightful. A simple, down-home saison with only a hint of brett. If more saison's hit you with this easy, quick, tasty profile, I'd drink a lot more of them. Excellent beer.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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 John_M
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Belmont Station. Was told that the "Don-Father" (Don Younger one assumes) gifted a keg to BS (as I don't believe they were one of the 5 bars designated to receive this beer by Russian River). In any event...

The beer pours a somewhat hazy honey peach color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, this is pretty much a prototypical saison style beer, with honey, white pepper and an underlying yeasty quality. I thought it smelled pretty attractive actually. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely in this beer, with some noticeable spice and underlying orange citrus as well. The beer is at most moderately sweet, with something of a white pepper, drying finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied in this moderately carbonated beer, and I thought drinkability was pretty good with the alcohol well disguised.

While nothing earth shattering, this beer was a bit better then I had been lead to believe it would be after reading over some of the initial reviews. Maybe the extra time in keg has benefited the beer, as I found it to be pretty tasty. I'd certainly order it again were I fortunate enough to find it on tap someplace else (which I realize is not very likely).

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