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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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Photo of DefenCorps
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So Vinnie's finally done it. And by "it", I mean brew a beer I was disappointed by. On tap at Monk's

The pour is gorgeous, a light yellow with a thick, white head with excellent retention, leaving sheets of lace as I drink this. The nose is a combination of honey, floral notes and some pepper from the base saison, but there's also a mild clove-like aroma. I guess the Brett has had time to work, and there's a definite band-aid like character as well. I'm surprised by the amount of green apple character too.
The palate opens with a surprising amount of bitterness, grainy and husky in character. Once that fades, the flavors of the base saison take over, with a nice combination of honey, black pepper and some citrus. Plenty of green apple mid-palate, there's some mild funk in the back, with some of the classic Brett bandaid character. Finishes with a grainy astringency and some spice. Light in body with a high level of carbonation, this feels good on the palate, apart from the distressing bitterness. One glass was about as all I wanted of this brew, and the Blind Pig I followed this up with was just so much better

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Photo of Telix
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at the Toronado.

A: A nice pillowy head sits atop a copper body and slowly fades over time. The brew itself isn't cloudy but is a bit opaque.

S: A bit of banana, pepper, mustard greens and butter. Very mild, but there. Not exactly up-front or overly appetizing.

T: A surprisingly creamy, mild and soft flavor profile. It's subtly effervescent with a slight banana note. The slightly lemony sourness balances the creaminess. It's honestly surprisingly boring - there isn't anywhere near the depth of flavor as in the truly excellent saisons. It's pretty good, sure, but pretty good isn't exactly anything special.

M: It's creamy and smooth and supports the flavors, but it's not mind blowing. It's fine, that's about it.

D: It has a good drinkability - it's tasty and light, which makes it easy drinking. However, the lack of interesting flavors doesn't make you want to go back for many more.

I was pretty disappointed in this, and don't recommend it very highly.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.46/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an unusual saison, imo. A good pour with minimal head. Hazy golden.
Aroma is weak. Expecting some spice or Brett, got neither. No bad smell, just nothing in particular.
The taste isn't strong. Nothing too spicey or sour. I'm more attracted to the dryness, that's not over-powerful on the hops. Bitter does not quite fit. This is dry. Leaving it to be a good summer beer. Light and dry. Mixed ratings on this one

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Photo of callmemickey
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden yellow body with a foamy inch or so head. Quickly receded. Spotty Lacing.

S: Spicy and yeast funk. Its got the farmhouse down pat, but I couldn't find much in the way of fruit or other flavors.

T: Much like the nose, there were only two characteristics at play. Spice (pepper and clove) and farmhouse funk. No green apple, lemon, orange, etc. What was there was nice however. But it didn't transcend "good"

M: Smooth, light-medium body. Crisp finish. The brett somewhat diminishes the refreshingness that I like.

D: In the end the spice and funk becomes somewhat grating due to the lack of semi-sweet fruits and hoppy bitterness. Worth a look though, as the brett character might be more appealing to you than it was to me.

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Photo of capra12
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed with Stephy and speedwayjim on 11/7/09 served out of a pint glass.

Appearance: Wheat/ yellow in color with 1/4 finger of white head which dissipated quickly.

Smell: Yeasty, floral and hints of malts.

Taste: Surprising, Opened with a brief skunkiness and a floral hop as a malt profile as a citrus and grapefruit emerges in the middle to the end as there is a sweet and floral hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation, and crisp & dry.

Drinkability: I would have this again. It surprised me because of its variation to the style. This was like a blend of a saison and an IPA. I recommend this to someone who enjoys and IPA twist on a saison.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.64/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 3-month old growler of Publication served at the April Austin BA tasting thanks to Bill.

Pours a clear golden-straw hue that builds a scan head of off-white bubbles which cling to the sides of the tasting glass. Lemon peel in the aroma (think Lemon Heads candy), with fresh cut grasses and bits of Brett. Funky, and very nice.

Very funky flavor, with spicy wooden notes and barnyard blankets. Dry & grassy, with a Brett-rich finish of funk that balances nicely with a floral hoppiness. Slightly bitter, super-dry, and light bodied mouthfeel. All in all, a decent brew, but a tad too dry for the style and the woodenness became overbearing after a few sips.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.68/5  rDev -10%
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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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock, $6 per 1/2 pint and served in a wetmalle chalice. Golden yellow and hazy good bubbly head. Smells funky, definitely brett. The flavor is a nice bretty saison with a spiciness and a bit of barnyard from the brett. This is a good saison but nothing on the level of Dupont or Boulevard Saison-brett.

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Photo of mjl21
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Russian River. Poured into a RR Belgian glass. Comes in at 8% and 48 IBUs.

A-Pours a hazy golden oak color. Has a one finger white head that is full of bubble pockets. Lots of lace is left in the glass.

S-Pick up on some minor funk and lots of fruit such as rum soaked stone fruit, lemon zest, and green apple. As it warms the the booze begins to appear.

T-Quite mixed on this one. I enjoyed the first third of every sip, but the remaining two-thirds had some problems. Fruit is definitely noticeable. It has a sweet lemon flavor throughout. The green apple is very apparent, although the rum soaked stone fruit from the nose is less pronounced. A taste resembling band aids appears mid-sip and on the finish. The booze is also apparent after it has gone down. There is some decent bitterness and some residual sweetness in between sips.

M-Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

D-The band-aid flavor along with the booze in the back just was not my thing.

Considering how many great beers RR produces, it is only inevitable that they are bound to make one not to my liking. I'll blame it on the publicans. I would pass on this and go directly to Temptation next time.

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Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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 ScreamForMe
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on Tap at the Falling Rock Tap House in Denver.

Came in a tulip glass with a small head. Was a slightly cloudy yellowish/amber. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma was rather strong and really fresh. Lemon and other citrus notes. Some earthy notes.

Very nice and pretty refreshing. Lots of yeasty notes along with some slight funk and earth.. Not quite sour but certainly lost of complex flavors.

Mouth feel was slight chalky and the body as still rather light.

Light, refreshing and enjoyable. Not epic.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Falling Rock for $6 a 1/2 pint.
Wasn't blown away, but I had hit Trinity, Bull and Bush, and Vine Street earlier that day, so maybe my palate wasn't 100% :)

Poured a golden yellow body. Aroma was barnyard brett all the way. Flavor was very different, dominated by spicy hops, with fruity, band-aid-ish notes too. Orval has this same disjointed aroma and flavor, but it also has infinitely more complexity. Publication was a good beer, but given the hype, the price, and the general expectations created by a RR sour, I felt a bit let down.

Why is this listed as a Saison?

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Photo of jdense
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Horse Brass 9/4, poured into Imperial pint glass.

Banana colored brew with a bit of haze. Horse blanket, leather and Brett in the nose. Minimal head with nice lacing. Big banana/clove/lemon taste and nose, with citrus predominant. Exceptionally dry finish. While others have complained about the lack of big Brett taste, my tummy appreciates the restraint used. A big saison, one is sufficient from drinkability perspective. A nice example of a difficult to grasp style, though I'd rather have an Upright Seven.

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Photo of tpd975
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Monk's.

A: Pours a pale murky yellow with a tall foamy head. The bartender had a hard getting a decent pour due to the mass amount of foam. II ended up with short pour but it was not due to lack of effort by the bartender. The head lingered forever and left behind layer after layer of lace.

S: Citrus up front. Fairly earthy with lots of brett, yeast, and mild spice.

T: Earthy hay flavors with tart citrus up front. Nice light spice notes with a blast of brett in the finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth, great carbonation.

D: Good. A solid saison but not the best that RR offers.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River on 7/17/09.

A - Hazy pale golden body with active carbonation and half an inch of bright white foam that retained well and deposited a paper thin coat of lace all over the glass.

S - Really peppery nose with spicy yeast, funky notes and a slight bubblegum sweetness in the back. Spicy clove notes come to mind.

T - This saison packs a hearty kick of peppery spice with some clove and a mild fruity tartness akin to green apple. Just a touch of earthy funk in the backend.

M - Medium body with a slight syrupy texture and pretty restrained carbonation for the style. Finishes with earthy hop bitterness on the palate accompanied by spicy notes and a hint of sourness on the tongue.

D - Publication definitely falls on the spicy side of the Saison spectrum with enough earthy funk and sourness to keep it within the realm of Russian River's signature ales.

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Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brouwers in Seattle.

Pours a hazy straw yellow, thick white head forms, settles down to a thick ring dropping a ton of lace chunks, real nice looking. Smell is neat, weed and must, clovey spice, oaky, honey, jasmine, vanilla, very earthy and woody, mangoes, hay, grassy, light funk, not bad. Taste is similar, toasty up front, nuts, weed, mango, some spice, pine, lightly tart and lemony, apricots, rye bread, some floral, light funk, pretty cool flavours. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty interesting saison, very drinkable stuff. Something didn't seem quite right though.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes from October 09. On tap at Monk's.

A - Cloudy gold with a short lived white head. Decent lacing. 4.0

S - Hops, pepper, ginger, faint grassiness. 3.5

T - Honey sweetness with lots of grassiness and herbal flavors. Light citrus and an herbal, lingering bittersweet aftertaste. This is actually not as bad as it sounds. Peppery too. 4.0

M - Very smooth and mild carbonation. Light and refreshing. 4.5

D - Very drinkable. Different from your standard beer but this is quite good. 4.0

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Photo of TheStove
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on tap at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Pours brilliant golden with a resemblance to Saison Du Pont with little foam or head. Not much in terms of haziness for this one as it seems many of the saisons I have been drinking recently have been somewhat hazy.

Instantly hits the tongue with a yeast and citrus flavor like a crisp Belgian golden ale. The smoothness of the sip instantly gives way to citrus flavors with sourness, almost like biting into a sour and bitter grapefruit. Excellent flavor though, as I enjoy sour ales and as this one goes down it sometimes feels like more a sour Flemish ale than a saison. At times it drinks like a slightly lighter version of a Duchesse.

Excellent beer, nice crisp, sour and citrus. An interesting take on the Saison style that comes across well.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
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 ckeegan04
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap last month at Monks. From notes.

A - Hazy straw yellow with a thick, foamy white cap. Head has excellent retention and leaves decent lacing behind. Settle to about an inch of foam on top of the beer.

S - Citrus and light spiciness. Lot sof lemon zest. Hints of ground white pepper and a light eartheiness as it warms. The Brett is noticeable, but not very strong at all.

T - Light lemon zest up front with just a touch of Brett. Becomes much more spicy mid-drink with a peppery profile. Rather tart in the finish with just a hint of funk, cant quit put a finger on the exact taste.

M/D - Light, crisp and very vibrant feel. Easy drinking but a bit underhwlming on the taste. Certainly a worthy saison though, but not up to snuff with some of the other RR stuff I have had.

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Photo of bcm119
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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 berley31
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Bottleworks in Seattle.

This is a nice looking beer with a golden color, a slight haze and a thick, creamy white head. The aroma is funky with some lemon and pepper. The flavor follows closely with lots of funk. There's a touch of sour / tart but it's mostly funk. It's very crisp and clean. The consistency is smooth and substantial and the carbonation is moderate with very fine bubbles.

I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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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