Russian River Defenestration

Katie was nice enough to book us for a long weekend in Philly so that we could partake in the festivities of Philly Beer Week. The next 15 or so reviews to come are all from beer week as well. Our first stop during the first weekend of beer week was Monk’s Cafe. I love the pommes frites there and Katie had never been there. Of course, the first brew that I had during beer week was from one of my favorite breweries, Russian River. I hadn’t even heard of this one when I saw it on the menu at Monk’s.

ABV: 6.8%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We learned of this word when visiting the Prague Castle. Defenestration means to literally throw something or someone out the window. The castle has a room where this activity occurred with unwanted politicians! Not such a bad idea. This beer is not any particular style, just something Vinnie has been working on for a while. It’s VERY dry, bitter, hoppy, and full-bodied.”

Random: I love the feel at Monk’s and the fact that there aren’t any televisions. It forces you to talk with the person you’re with.

This brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow color with medium carbonation. The nose was really bright with citrus, lemon and some yeast. The taste had the same brightness as the nose. It had lemon, hay and a mineral quality at the end. It was a little thicker than I’m used to for the style, but had a perfect level of carbonation. I also got some Belgian yeast on the flavor. The finish was long with the mineral quality. It went down really easily. It wasn’t the most amazing brew that I’ve had from Russian River, but incredibly solid. I would definitely have this again. Unfortunately, Katie didn’t like this one at all.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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