Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Publication | Russian River Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
BA SCORE
4.11/5
Exceptional
81 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by photomike on 07-13-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,117
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
81
pDev:
11.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of schmitter
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of aquazr1
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of jtosch
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of waltonc
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of artoolemomo
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
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+

 1,296 characters

Photo of Adamostella
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of hayesjw
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of emilylee
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mantissa
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of azorie
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of spamages
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of GradyS1
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of tubbnik
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of SRossman
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

 352 characters

Photo of jwelsh
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Mages64
5/5  rDev +21.7%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Publication from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 81 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.