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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,380 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,380
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 153
Gots: 211 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2008)
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phattysbox

New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Sampled at a tasting and brought by a good friend, Thanks Forest!

Large 750 ml bottle poured into a sampling glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a nice fluffy head that lingers for the whole tasting. Addition of some wheat malts noticable in the haze of the brew - very nice.

Smell: great bouquet of fresh cut hay, tart apples, Belgian peppery and spicy yeast, followed by noticeable funk. Some malts round out the nose - this beer smells great.

Taste: Quick sharp tart apples followed by a really mellow funk profile. Not sour per se, but farmhouse characteristics are spot on. Earthy and musty notes followed by pilsner malts which mingle well the mineral notes provided by the yeast. Really complex beer. Body of the brew is medium, but the finish is crisp and bone dry.

Overall this beer is stellar. No notice of the 8% ABV and the funky notes make this a great farmhouse ale.

01-11-2010 16:46:24 | More by phattysbox
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oberon

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Not a style I go to very often but I was in the mood for a little something different last night.Poured into a chalice a deep orane infused amber with a nice fluffy one finger head atop that held very well.Sharp spice mixed with a little funk in the nosesome green apple and phenols rounded it out.The rye really came out on the palate lending some sharpness and a light lactic note,a little funky but it didnt overpower the flavor profile,again some green aplle and clove-like spice as well.I really liked the saison it's complex but not over the top in its funkiness.

12-13-2011 13:11:05 | More by oberon
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don1481

Wisconsin

4.54/5  rDev +10.5%

750 ml bottle poured into a... wine glass. Bottle said so.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, hazy amber with a soft, big off-white head that lingers. Good amount of bubbles race through this.

Smell: Orange peel, fruitiness, and the funk. Oh, the funk.

Taste: Oh, this is an interesting twist on a saison for sure. Chewy. Yeasty. Clove notes. Definitely the rye. Some apple and grape taste. So many more notes keep coming through. Very complex. I wish NG would have made their Saison a little more complex like this.

Mouthfeel: This is a fuller-bodied beer than, say, the aforementioned NG Saison, but is still pretty medium bodied overall. Aftertaste is pretty sweet and not overly yeasty. Very smooth overall.

Overall: My goodness. For less than $10, I got a steal. I want more.

05-18-2014 01:01:55 | More by don1481
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

Attractive brown 750 ml bottle with a simple but attractive label pours, no gushes, into my Watney Mann World Cup chalice. A massive off-white head lasts and lasts, demanding patience. Loads of carbonation streams dance in the slightly hazy amber-orange liquid in my glass. Orange rind, pear, plum, and loads of grapefruit mingle in the aroma. Touches of pine mix with earth and hints of moldy bread follow.

My first impression of the taste is take three steps back from all the pepper. This is a very spicy beer, and black pepper dominates the spice profile. Fruit yeast flavors, typical of a saison follow. The Brett doesn't stand out much but this is a young bottle. I would bet this would improve over a year or two. Still, this is a perfectly enjoyable beer as it is. The body is highly viscous and the combination of assertive piney hops and tingling, almost champagne like carbonation makes for a lively and pleasurable mouthfeel. Grape fruit flavors are pronounced but bready malts come through too. Though not blown away, I would count this as a solid beer to return for more tastings in the future.

11-23-2009 15:59:19 | More by DaPeculierDane
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

05-24-2013 20:41:08 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

2/5  rDev -51.3%

08-25-2014 11:39:42 | More by tectactoe
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ricke

Sweden

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%

A: Hazy amber with a big ivory-colored head that leaves nice lacings.

S: Quite a refreshing smell with lots of fresh fruit esters (oranges, grapefruits). Notes of malts, yeast, spices, grass and perhaps a faint hint of brett.

T: Taste is quite fresh with pleasant fruit esters (lemon, oranges) and notes of grass on top of some malts. A strangely prominent note of mint develops early on and lingers on into the finish. A very faint hint of brett. Gentle spices. The finish is mildy bitter with notes of wheat, mint and herbal hops. A bit edgy, yet reasonably smooth.

M: Medium body, rather full considering the style. Very lively carbonation.

D: A decent saison with an interesting character. The minty aromas are a bit strange and the brett is really faint, but it will be nice to see what a year or to in the cellar will do to this one.

10-22-2009 22:07:46 | More by ricke
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

Reviewed from notes on 10/15/10. Received this from zoso1967 and enjoyed it with BuckyFresh.

A: SR pours a beautiful cloudy gold into a snifter. A pillowy, pure white head rests at about one and a half fingers. The lacing is clumpy and forms in thick large chunks. The head retention is good.

S: Huge whiffs of lemon and peppery spiciness fill my nostrils. Large Belgian yeasts are very present. The overwhelming impression of the smell is that of a fresh spring morning. A lot of Granny Smith apple crispness emanates from the beer, as well.

T: This is a very springy and fresh taste. A lovely peppery spice complements a lemon, banana, and Granny Smith apple fruitiness. The malts and spicy hops are very upfront in the taste, which is somewhat of a departure from a typical Saison, but it is a quality that I really like. The lingering hop bitterness is earthy and chewy.

M: Very drying and fresh. A sparkly medium bodied effervescence leads to a puckering hop finish that cleans off the palate well.

D: This beer is very nice for the style and I could enjoy it for a long time. I will look for this one again, for sure.

10-30-2010 17:05:21 | More by TCHopCraver
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MadScientist

New York

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

A: A light copper with a slight haze. The head is made of rocky, off-white bubbles and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S: The specialty grains, rye and Brett stand out in the nose along with some spice and fruit from the yeast. There is an earthy hops aroma and some alcohol.

T: There is a lot going on in here with the Brett, Rye and Belgian yeast character dominating. The Rye adds spice to the clove and pepper flavors already in there from the Belgian yeast which also brought some light fruit character of peaches and oranges. The moderate Brett is a little horsey and a little bubblegum but unmistakable. There is a slight plum character as well. The hops bitterness is moderate and bring an earthy character to the flavor. The balance is fairly dry with just a little bit of sweetness while the finish runs out to very dry.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: A funky, spicy Saison with an enjoyable addition of Brett and rye character.

05-27-2013 21:11:45 | More by MadScientist
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-01-2014 19:30:39 | More by tbryan5
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Parke

California

5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-25-2011 16:12:47 | More by Parke
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Brent_ray

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-05-2014 02:39:54 | More by Brent_ray
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Very lively carbonation. Quite a beauty in terms of head--towering almost out of the glass and taking a good while to dissipate, with a caked-on lacing after each sip. Clear amber glow shows off the lively carbonation. Spicy aroma with some herbal, exotic fruit (plantains?) and slight estery alcohol. Pleasant crispness from the carbonation and a real, deep smoothness really enhances the lush medium body. Epic maltiness, sweet and toasty with a spicy flavor from the rye. The rye melds very well with the Brettanomyce's herbal funk and the warming peppery alcohol. Suggestions of ripe plum, start fruit and green banana come to mind. The Brett brings some herbal funk to the taste buds middle to end, but nothing too strange or eclectic. Mild hopping throughout. Finishes semidry with a thick layer of herbal flavor that jumps far into the aftertaste.

Can a beer redefine a style? We'll leave that for debate as Saison Rue bends the style with an array of complexities that unfold as it warms with each sip. One of the top 10 beers we've had in 2008 to date.

09-20-2010 17:19:30 | More by BeerAdvocate
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steelerguy

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%

A - Hazy gold with an orange tinge. Nice size head, lots of carbonation.

S - Spicy with some sweet ripe fruit, a bit of tart apple.

T - Light malt, a bit of sweetness from the rye, delicate hop notes but not much bitterness. There is a tartness from the brett, but not much since it was a young beer. Ends a touch boozy.

M - Moderate body, which was a little surprising, usually a Saison and especially a beer with brett will be more dry. Lots of carbonation with the high alcohol content clean it up at the end and give a nice warmth.

O - Nice beer, an interesting take on a Saison.

06-15-2011 00:15:14 | More by steelerguy
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Ben7773

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.7%

01-02-2014 05:54:10 | More by Ben7773
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tuckevalastin

Delaware

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%

A: Golden and very cloudy. Massive white head that stays for a while.

S: funky tart smell. Citrus fruit and some spice are noticable.

T: Rye spice and fruity sweetness are most noticable. A bready malt taste is present as well. Again lots of funk.

M: Medium bodied with some spice and no bitterness. No alcoholic heat came through for me either. Very carbonated.

D: I found it very easy to drink for a craft beer.

Overall, I was surprised at how much I liked this one. If it's easy to find in your market (it's not in mine) I'd say try it.

03-20-2010 01:08:57 | More by tuckevalastin
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

Gusher alert!! Cap pops and beer goes everywhere. Pours a hazy orange with lots of sediment and a four finger head that caps above the glass. Damn! Aromas of spicy malts with a distinct rye twang. Earthy yeast accents and a touch of Brett funk.

Crisp and full flavored malts upfront with some rye spiciness colliding with earthy yeast and a touch of Brett funk again in the flavor. Some peppery notes and a bit of citrus. Goes down with a spicy yeasty kick.

Mouthfeel is lighter with big fast moving carbonation. Quite refreshing and a nice twist on a saison with a darker malt profile than most. Tasty brew overall and if it wasn't a gusher I would've been even happier.

08-31-2009 02:48:04 | More by orbitalr0x
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freshflesh

California

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-30-2014 01:55:02 | More by freshflesh
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warnerry

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

No bottle date, but this was purchased in August 2010. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours translucent light amber with massive head, more than three fingers. Very high level of carbonation. Head has excellent retention and coats the glass with lacing.

S - Good brett presence, a bit of sour apple, lemon and pepper, and a faint rye spiciness. Very nice.

T - Similar to smell there is a very nice funky brett taste and some tart apple. Lots of toasted malt, some spicy rye. Also a nice subtle hop presence throughout. Really enjoyable.

M - Very crisp, medium mouthfeel that finished quite dry with a lingering earthiness.

O - A very good saison. The rye is a nice complement. Not sure how this compares to fresh, but I really enjoyed this bottle and would definitely get this again.

11-14-2011 02:35:53 | More by warnerry
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -12.9%

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold with a monstrous fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty malt, brett, metallic rye and some other spices.

The flavor is wheaty malts, some light sweet fruit, and brett leading to a medium bitter metallic finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall,a decent saison. More brett would be nice. I keep going back and forth between thinking its interesting and noticing off notes and not liking it.

09-22-2009 04:38:20 | More by Beaver13
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Callmecoon

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

07-27-2013 04:55:42 | More by Callmecoon
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +1%

08-29-2014 01:18:36 | More by Doomcifer
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Beerswag

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

10-27-2013 04:00:53 | More by Beerswag
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottle, like the one pictured here, pours a hazy peach hued body, topped by a very small offwhte head that quickly drops to a cap. Some sheet lacing saves the appearance.

Aroma is herbal, floral, and spicy hops. A hint of earthy funk, some spicy rye, and a note of vague fruits make for an enticing aroma.

Mouthfeel is characterized by a spritzy carbonation and pronounced dryness. Medium body.

Taste has a prominent dry herbal hop character. Crusty rye bread adds an interesting note. Some funky brett is not fully developed. Fruity ripe green apples adds a nice complexity. White pepper and other subtle spices add to the complex profile. Finishes dry and herbal.

Very well done. This one actually reminds me of a couple of the Fantome saisons, which is, of course, a stellar comparison.

11-08-2009 21:06:53 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%

Large bottle purchased at WFM Bowery in NYC, for just under $10. No freshness/vintage info. Pours cloudy darker peach under a wildly large and growing off white head. Slowly calms down to a frothy coating and leaves gobs of sticky stickage. Spiced up nose full of coriander, coconut, tropical life savers and pepper. Highly carbonated and that's becoming a hindrance to fully enjoying this one. Notes of pepper, soft ripe fruits and a hint of funk and yeastyness. More lifesaver, some alcohol heat peaking its head in every once in a while. A decent underbelly of peppery, soapy, lemon/lime and coriander notes. A lot going on here, this one really struggled to come together for me like the better examples of the style. I'd like to try a bottle that had been aged for a year or so.

03-07-2009 01:38:36 | More by Billolick
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Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,380 ratings.