Saison Rue - The Bruery

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Reviews: 544
Hads: 1,655
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 189
Gots: 308 | FT: 11
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2008

Saison Rue is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned, Belgian/French-style farmhouse ale. This is a beer of subtlety and complexity, with malted rye, spicy, fruity yeast notes, biscuit-like malt backbone and a slight citrus hop character. With age, this beer will dry out and will become more complex with rustic notes of leather and earth from the contribution of a wild yeast strain. Being a saison, Saison Rue is ambiguous unto itself as it is a different beer when fresh and when aged.
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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Bruery has their game tight!

This beer is one of the best uses of rye that I have experienced; it is totally at home in the Saison style, but adds a complementary complexity to the concoction.

A - It pours an orange-gold, clear as glass if you're gentle and opaque if you're not, great head, nice lace. It is on the excellent side of standard looking, for a farmhouse ale.

S - Smells between a Saison and a Geuze. Like Saison Dupont and Girardin had a rye baby.

T - Impressions of grain, ripe fruits, nutty flavors and bitter hop as well as subdued lemon zest with substantial rye flavor and sour apple notes too. Light on the hay and straw. Tart apple finish. Hidden abv throughout.

M - It is a bit sparkling, but not Champagne bubbly. Effervescent and refreshing without losing its substantial character.

D - Hell yeah. Exceptionally good. (852 characters)

Photo of ljc973
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's my first time, be gentle. Bottled 03/27/13. Bought a little over a year ago, decided to open it today. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Pours a golden/ orange color you can't quite see through. 2 to 3 finger white head that dissipates slowly. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell- Wheat, hops, a hint of fruit.

Taste- Yeast and hops.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation. It's very smooth with a slightly tart, dry finish.

Overall- I love this beer. It's very refreshing on a hot day. Very different from the first time I tried it though. It seems all of the flavors have mellowed out and blended together. Although I can smell it, I can't taste any sort of fruit. It also hasn't developed any foul tastes, which is good. I definitely recommend this beer, and aging a few bottles (as it suggests on the label) is well worth it. (841 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Copper colored body and a nice, thick cream-colored head. Watching the carbonation climb up the sides of the glass: it looks like a reverse waterfall. Pretty to look at. Excellent lacing.

Smell is somewhat fruit, somewhat funk, even a bit of toffee and caramel. Not too strong.

Nice and smooth going down, like drinking a slightly (ever so slightly) tart dessert. This one is creamier than any saison I've ever had. Excellent overall flavor and mouthfeel.

What a treat. Drink it! (522 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy and amber with ~ one pinky of clean white frothy head.

S - White wine, vanilla, oak, yeast. Faint amount of hops and malt

T - Grapes, oak, sourness, banana, vanilla, orange. Sourness from the brett and faint notes of rye malt. Has some Belgian pale ale qualities.

M - Creamy with a nice tingle on the lips and tongue.

O - A very refreshing unfiltered summer Saison. The Bruery hasn't disappointed so far. Glad I bought 2 of these. Hope this gets even better after another year of cellaring. Prost! (515 characters)

Photo of mdvatab
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into cabernet glass.
Bottle label says beer can develop when aged up to two years, but does not appear to have bottled-on date.

Aroma: Green apple, goaty funk, and a faint spicy clove note.

Appearance: Clear copper body with active effervescence. Head resembles a dense, rocky mousse. Thick clumps of lacing clings to the glass.

Flavor: Bright tartness upfront, followed by carmelly, pleasantly sweet malt. Bittersweet finish. Very complex flavor profile. I'm catching different flavors with each sip. Bitterness melds well with the sweetness. This beer would pair exceptionally well blue cheese.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, palate-cleansing carbonation.
Light-to-medium body.

Overall: A beautiful, unique red saison. Food-wise, I would recommend pairing with a lighter, acidic food. This would be a good gateway beer for someone just becomming acclimated to the funkier style. Give this one a try! (920 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 7-2-10

Pours a very foamy pale golden color, with tons of bubbles rising to the surface. The head is super thick and creamy, and sits in a huge glob on top. Huge lacing slides down the sides. Awesome.

Smell is all funky farmhouse, with lots of very nice citrus hops to keep it interesting. Light but at the same time complex, and immensely enjoyable.

Taste is super smooth sweet malt with just the right amount of sourness and hop bitterness. A little farmhouse character, lots of citrus and pine sap, and a great hit of booze at the end. One of the best saisons I've had.

Mouthfeel is great, thick, smooth, and creamy. The carbonation is perfect, and accents the hops very nicely.

Drinkability is very good, the flavors and smoothness are so tempting that the abv quickly sneaks up on you.

Overall, the tops. (826 characters)

Photo of detlefchef
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant peach-golden color with an amazingly resilient head. It's as if there's egg whites in the beer or something. Star anise and pear on the nose with pretty, almost floral notes on the palate. Amazing texture and a finish with hints of bourbon-like notes.

This was a stunning beer visually and texturally and certainly had lovely aromas and a fine taste. (361 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into red wine glass. All notes are at 50 degrees or higher.

Pours a hazy orange-gold, pretty much opaque, with a finger-and-a-half fluffy bone-white head that settles into a thinner, pillowy cap. Cap thins out a bit in the center, but never goes away.

Nose is complex, and so delicious - sharp, zesty lemon and barnyard funk from the brett, a fantastic orangey marmalade note, even what I read as a bit of sweet vanilla. Some spicy yeast in there as well. Fantastic nose.

Taste is equally fantastic - rye is hinted at up front, along side a crisp but lightly sweet pale malt body, with light, sharp lemony citrus notes and a hint of barnyard funk overlaying the peppery yeast and sweet orange notes. Some green apple may be in there too. Just a bit of crisp hop bitterness towards the finish, which is fairly long, juicy, citrusy, yeasty. Dries up a bit at the very end. An amazing accomplishment. Superb.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, but with a subtle light creaminess that suits the beer perfectly.

Drinkability? Who would want to stop drinking this?

I should note that I'm admittedly biased where the Bruery is concerned - I've never had anything even resembling a bad beer from them, and many have been out right homeruns. This is the latter. Utterly fantastic - in my opinion, the best Saison brewed on American soil that I've tried. (1,349 characters)

Photo of bobsy
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up in NYC.

Pours a rich light mahogany with a billowing white head. Good lace and retention. Sweet beans, this is the most fragrant saison I've come across. Intense floral and tropical elements spar with spicy yeast and great funk. Awesome. Great saison taste, with so much complexity going on. Strong floral notes, sweet and spicy rye, funky barnyard yeast, dry grain and light alcohol and ripe tropical fruit. I could go wil for this! Medium body and pillowy carbonation.

Highly recommended. (509 characters)

Photo of nilesschmidt
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a flight, had the 12, and 13 on tap at the bruery,

a - this is the only downside of this beer in my opinion, it did not stand out among the others in the flight we had, however this is where the similarities end, its looks are deceiving that is for sure

s - oh wow, great nose, pungent off the bat, interesting to notice the appearance between the 12 and 13 is very minimal, however the nose of the 13 stands out much more pungent and slightly stronger smell than the 12; with this in mind they both smell fantastic, maybe the 13 slightly better than the 12

t - this may be one of my favorite tasting sours i have had to date. as noted in my other reviews, i am fairly new to sours, however, this is the best sour I have had the privileged to taste. There is so much going on in there it is just an awesome experience to try to pick apart the fruits from the yeast from the different funks going on. Starts off very sour, smooths out as the initial funk dies down, then his you with a great, refreshing, after taste. truely a great tasting beer. The 13 is very similar but slighly more aggressive in the sour notes, a little more "twang" as my friends would say.

m - no complaints here, perhaps a little too much foam that does not stand up to the carbonation in the beer,

o - my favorite sour that doest start with cantillon (1,342 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From tasting notes (1/26/11). Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass (it's all I had on vacation).
A: Pours a greenish-golden hue with 3+ inch tight bubbly and rocky white head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Very pleasant farmhouse and brett funk. Fresh grass and green apple. Citrus hops and white pepper.
T: Cream and green apple, citrus hops and white pepper. Funk resides more in the background. Mildly spiced grainy rye adds a nice dimension.
M: Soft and creamy. Spicy bite from the rye is a nice counterpoint.
D: Extremely drinkable. A wonderful saison...one of my favorites. Can't wait to have it again...seek it out! (632 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this many times, most recently at a BA tasting. I think jujubeast6000 brought this one?

A: At first pop of the cork, this is almost a gusher. Though after a minute it is very manageable to pour. This has a beautiful, slightly hazy honey/orange color. After the initial gush, a perfect two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: An awesome aroma of slightly tart fruits, funky Brett, and bread/biscuit malts. Crusty rye bread and funk complement each other perfectly. A peppery spice is well. I love it.
T: Follows the nose. It is like fresh baked rye bread up front. Some funky notes from the Brett that is a really nice compliment. Tart fruits of pears and apples. Again, awesome.
M/D: A full body that is perfectly crisp and dry. Champagne like, but still very smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. Every time I try this, I want the bottle all to myself.

Just an all around great Saison. Up there with Saison Brett as one of my favorite American examples. A treat every time I get to try it, and something I highly recommend. (1,099 characters)

Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Billowy head, cloudy golden beer.
smell is earthy and fresh orange
taste is surprising, a lot of citrus, herbal flavors, to me more like a tripel than saison. But wait... there is the brett. I guess the whole pt. is this is a style you can't nail down.
mouth feel is medium with much carbonation.
Yummy. Seek it out for a different experience and have an open mind. Oh and this hides the 8.5 so watch out. (405 characters)

Photo of jminsc76
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first Bruery beer I tried, and now I am finally getting around to reviewing it.

Pours some LARGE white foamy head atop a murky golden body. The head takes some time to die down, reemerges quickly upon agitation, wih the legs thick and sexy as I tilt the glass.

Aromas of earthy, spicy goodness like only a quality farmhouse ale exhibits. Interesting, I think I smell some popcorn or something slightly buttery. Very nice.

Flavors include deep, meaty rye with a light funkiness from the Brett combined with that quality Saison spiciness. Everything balances out perfectly, even though I am not always the biggest fan of rye-induced beers. This and Rugrod (both from the Bruery) are the two notable exceptions.

Mouthfeel is light and tingly from the carbonation. Becomes a little thin as it warms.

Overall, I love the Rue. It's the Bruery's original flagship beer and for good reason: its innovative take on a Saison adds new flavors while tilting its hat to the things we love about the style. Pretty much perfect. (1,036 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark cloudy orange with a thick cream colored head

S-smells really good. very tart with the Brett and a good amount of citrus peel. herbal and nice. strong scent.

T-fills the mouth with an earthy taste of tangy herbs, grass, and corn. its a good taste, not extremely pronounced. definitely has a taste of raw pale belgian spices. matching after-taste. complex and well balanced.

M-high carbonation with a dry finish

O-a fantastic saison. the flavors are subtle, but they're quite nice. i had most of the bottle and i probably could've enjoyed another one. i love the brett and wish this was more easily available to me. all saison fans should try this, its one of my favorites. (683 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark golden color, with tons of bubbles and sediment. Nice, 2 finger head that does not go anywhere, but stick as lace all over the glass. Impressive! It just looks like it is going to taste amazing

S - Lots of fruit. Pears, plums, and apples.

T - Malt sweetness up front, with herbal spices at the end. Lots of fruit flavors as well. Maybe pears, plums, apples, and bananas. Damn tasty!

M - Crisp and refreshing. Highly carbonated, and well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.

O - An amazing job done with this beer. I have never had a belgian style farmhouse, but the Bruery makes it work. I am excited to try more from this brewery. (645 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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. (781 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip
A: Pours a golden cloudy orange, amber towards the top. Four finger white head. Impressively sticky lacing. The beer's head never disappears.

S: Lemon zest, funk, spice and light fruity smell reminiscent of green apple

T: Funky and zesty. Tastes a bit spicy. Alcohol taste is present. Bitter hoppy finish.

M: Refreshing, nicely carbonated, slightly dry.

D: Very drinkable.

Definitely a very tasty, interesting and refreshing beer. I'm going to buy it again. A must if you like farmhouse ales or strong belgian pale ales. (565 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,115 characters)

Photo of badbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber color with a large white head that retains very well and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Really earthy aroma with some funk to it, not a strong funk like you might expect in a beer with Brett (as I don't believe this has any), but more of a musty kind of way. Hay, cracked pepper, and some ginger also come into play in the aroma; I love Saisons like this. Taste almost has a rye bread taste at the beginning. I get the same musty hay in the taste, then some pepper and other spices, before a strong earthy taste sets in. Lingering earthy, dry finish, carbonation is high. Very well made Saison, I'd love to drink this again. (641 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber hue with a bright white head forms fine speckld lacing evenly around my tulip glass. Aroma has citrus spices and funy barnyard tones going on, I like me some brett infused saisons. Very aromatic comparable to the Drew Estate line of infused cigars. A nice melange of fruitiness going on with spicy bitter herbal hop edges, with spiced up tea/tobacco leaf complexity. Barnyard brett infused funk going on as well with a nice tropical fruit finish pineapple/mango. Mouthfeel is nice and dry at times/slightly bitter with spices and brett residuals on the palate but manages to finish slightly alcoholic and with a clean sweetness. Medium bodied sturdy effervescent carbonation carries the beer really nicely. Drinkability is a nice complex night cap that I need to get more of to get a better feel for it, I enjoyed it and will definitely not pass on the next Bruery selection I come across. (910 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

I believe the Bruery has upped the alcohol percentage in their flagship saison. It used to be 8.5%...now it's 9.5%. That's one huge saison.

Appearance: Cloudy orange gold with a thick white head. Darker in color than most saisons (they usually are light yellow/straw colored), perhaps due to the use of rye in the brewing process.

Smell: Lemon, lemongrass, Brettanomyces, juicy tangerine, general earthiness and a light, musty funk. Refreshing smelling, and not a hint of booze despite this being a 9.5 percent ABV beer.

Taste: Rye spice at first that transitions into the Brett funkiness (not quite sour), finishing lemon-like, grassy, and extremely earthy and a tad herbal (clove), with just a hint of sweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is totally on point: medium to medium light body, solid medium carbonation with a beautiful dryness that is accompanied by a creaminess that reminds me of the best hefeweizens. I'm getting used to the Bruery making beers with absolutely flawless mouthfeels.

Overall: Saison Rue is the class of American saisons and my favorite beer in the style. It has an incredible complexity, with the Brettanomyces and rye doing wondrous yet subtle work. A must for any fan of the style and a perfect introduction to one of the United States' most talented breweries. (1,310 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, tragically priced at $25 at birreria paradiso. but what the hey

cell phone notes

appearance: poured into a nice tulip, active carbonation produces a fluffy white pillow. straw-golden body - very nice

smell: very fresh yeast blast, moderate sourness evident

taste: spicy rye, fresh yeast, active brett. this saison was the perfect storm of flavor - very crisp and refreshing. i would destroy this stuff it was available (and not $25 at a bar)

mouthfeel: crisp, light and refreshing. a blast of yeast and a great subtle sourness

drinkability: high (565 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: brooklyn snifter, rue is a pale reddish amber in color, only slightly hazy, with a lasting cap of foam

s: belgian pale malts accompanied by a perfectly integrated dose of spicy rye, mild to moderate levels of sugars offset by a mild brett sour-funk, lemony at times with a dry herbal hop aroma, loads of attention grabbing action with perfect harmony between components - can't keep my nose from it

m: full carbonation accompanies a light-medium bodied brew, really carries the flavors around the palate

t: awesome rye presence kicks around under a crust of lightly sugary pale malts, one of the best uses of rye I've come across - it's just perfectly placed in this context, lemon peel and herbal hops, a vein of brett-induced sour really makes this a whole, joining the mild hop bitterness in creating an exceptionally refreshing finish, delicious

d: superbly drinkable on a hot and humid summer night

capped 750 scooped at Whole Foods P St., DC, and enjoyed on a stoop just a couple blocks over (1,005 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Purchased for $12.99. I really wish there was a bottled on date. Pour is brownish burnt orange color with thick white bubbly head. Lots of funk aromas - again really wish I knew the age. Seems way too funky in the nose to be young, and the place I bought it from usually has old stuff lying around for a while. Some hop aroma remains with classic saison yeast notes and deff brett - spicy, rye, and fruity.
Flavor is definitely rustic - caramel malt is very present with a nice helping of wheat and fruity noble hop. Its a very malty saison and the rye definitely gives it a nice kick of spice. Id imagine classic rustic saisons from old world Belgium had lots of rye and whatever else they can grab in it. The mouthfeel is damn near perfect. Super dry and a perfect body - not too heavy and not too light. Its nearly 9% and you can tell it has a kick, but its not overdone. Really a great Saison...really a great example of the style and delicious to boot! (989 characters)

Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.