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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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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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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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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Photo of ljbrisson
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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 TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Toronado's in San Francisco. It was pale golden color, fairly clear, with a few fingers of rocky head. The beer smelled mildly of Brett, not strongly sour but just modest amounts of horse blanket, also some light citrus, lemon. The taste was primarily a wild ale, but really light touch on the Brett. Other than that the main flavors were somewhat peppery, as if this was a strong saison with some Brett. Actually, it looks like that's the style listed on BA for this beer so I guess that's about right. Medium body, but supremely drinkable and accessible beer.

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Photo of Telix
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
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 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 bulletrain76
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
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 Reagan1984
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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 HopHead84
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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 d0ggnate
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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 jdense
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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 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 mhatters
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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 corby112
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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 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 BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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 callmemickey
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
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 GClarkage
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

08/01/09- Had on tap at RR.

Presentation- Via the tap into a tulip style glass.

Appearance- Pale yellow in color. Nice 1/2 inch thick and lightly chunky head. Leaves some light lace trails behind.

Smell- Mild brett nose, some lemon, white pepper and other various spices.

Taste- Light brett than expected. Lightly sugared and more emphasis on the white pepper and light clove flavors. Lemon comes into play and mixes nicely.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and smooth with a mid range carbonation level.

Drinkability- Good job here...wish the funk could have been amped up a bit though.

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Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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 ffejherb
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Mebuzzard
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
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 ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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 lhaqq
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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 BradLikesBrew
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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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