Saison Rue - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,631
Reviews: 546
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 187
Gots: 298 | FT: 9
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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 bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 04/11/14. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half white head that lingered around a little while. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like orange peel, apples, pear, peppery and rye spice, and some earthiness. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some banana, funk and bready/grainy malt. The rye spiciness kicks in more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink and is well carbonated. I thought was an enjoyable and refreshing brew, I liked it. $10.99 a bottle.

Photo of Vixie
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear straw yellow with a huge white head that is in no hurry to go anywhere. It leaves a decent amount of lacing as it slowly reduces.

Sweet floral, grassy, and hay are prominent in the smell. It does remind me of being outside in the country, as this style should do.

Quite a bit going on in the taste here. Has a bit of a rye spice at first, then gets fruity and floral. The funk from the wild yeast comes through, but not in an overly dominant way. It adds to the layers of flavor rather than overwhelming them. Finishes with a bit of pepper spice, and the alcohol is very well hidden.

Fairly thick feel to this one, with a decent amount of carbonation.

This is the most complex beer I have tried in some time. I think a lot of how you like it depends on how you feel about the brett strain of yast. Fans of it should love this beer, those who don't like it will likely not care much for this one. I found it to be a very nice beer, complex yet easy to drink. One of the better beers I have tried recently.

Photo of Ri0
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Pretty light copper color with a sea foam white 3 finger head. Retention is very nice and there is plenty of lacing.

S - A nice Bret funk with yeast, grass, and some floral hops and herbs. More citrusy scents and some rye spice mixed in as well.

T - A nice light funk with just a slight tartness about it. A nice citrus, lemon and floral hops with a wet straw/grass funk. Good amount of yeast, clove, and the rye spice to finish it off.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and clean with an easy drinking quality.

O - Enjoyed this Saison and think it is priced well. I'll be buying it more often.

Photo of Radome
3.34/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on tap at the brewery tasting room.

Photo of KFBR392
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 2/2/14

Appearance: massive head rises on the lightest pour. Sticky layers of lacing left behind with each drink. Cloudy body that has a pleasant bright golden hue. A pretty beer.

Smell: wow, loads of funkiness, peppercorns, butter, bread, light fruit, and a rough edge of rye jump right out. The spice and peppery notes intensify into the body. Fresh citrus has a plenty presence and shines brightly through the Brett and spicy yeast.

Taste: pretty traditional Belgian farmhouse notes of clove, banana, and some touches of Brett. The spicy, peppercorn pick up after the front but are not as prevalent as on the nose. Earthy woodiness and some dry rye come in waves on the finish. Just really well crafted through and through.

Mouthfeel: love the carbonation you can stir up in this one. Always drinking through and bubbly, bright head. Brett or rye can overwhelm many a brew, but this one is balanced throughout and hits every checkpoint it should. Well done.

Photo of Qbdoo
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange, nice head, no lacing. Scent is complex, earthy but mostly juicy citrus fruits like orange and mango. A lot going on with the taste that's hard to sort out: spicey with a bit of malt up front but followed by the citrus in the finish. Sweet but dry. I'm trying to figure this out but am really intrigued by it.

Edit: as I finish the bomber and the beer warms, things only get better. Pretty amazing.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours with several fingers of head that just sticks around forever. The beer itself is a dark honey colored golden, carbonation is apparent. The beer is opaque. The nose is a bit boozy, some slightly tart fruits, a bit of sweet date flavor, not really my cup of tea but not too bad. Some yeast esters as well, the sweetness covers up the alcohol fairly well. The taste is moderately dry, sweetness up front (not malty but a bit dried fruit again) this fades to a slighly malty long drawn out finish that is not at all dry. NO hint of hops at all. Overrall I think this beer is a bit sweet for my taste, it is big and boozy and that comes through. Not a bad beer and a decent representation of the style but not something that I would purchase again.

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pricey, given what it is.

Photo of bnes09
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid saison. Can definitely tell they used Brett for primary fermentation. Tons of funky notes.

Photo of Catracho5
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into a Belgian tulip

A: Dark orange, with a white head that quickly vanished after the pour, some lacing, murky, cloudy, some slight carbonation coming off the bottom.

A: Saison, Belgian yeast aromas, not getting any rye, big aromas.

T: Rye right up front, very spicy, saison Belgian yeast flavors follow, not getting any sour flavors, more bitter tart flavors, it's complex, but the rye is just too much.

M: It has that nice Belgian mouthfeel, lots of carbonation.

O: Very spicy, rye is really strong, I'd like to see if the spice would mellow out with age, it's too much for me, if you like a very rye forward beer with a Belgian yeast characteristic then this beers for you but for it's a little too much. I would probably love this beer if the rye was toned down a bit.

Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange body with a thinnish frothed white head. Has a bit of bubbles climbing to the top. SMells of toasty malt, rye spice, orange zest, and fairly restrained yeast. Taste is somewhat sweet with a slightly drying finish. There's big yeast mixed with rye spice, orange oil, some alcoholic medicinal character, and a light tartness. I get some toasty malt as well. Moderate to full body. A bit sticky with prickly carbonation. Solid saison, but nothing to go crazy over.

Photo of dvmin98
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not the biggest saison fan but was given this as an extra. Decent

Photo of Kaner84
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Saison. Clean, dry finish.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Has an earthy, fruit nose with a hint of fresh laundry and faint barnyard. It pours dull amber to brownish peach under a very pillowy, very uniformly and finely bubbled, 2” off-white head. Light fruit over malt dominate the yeast driven palate. Light malt provides the backbone with light fruits – peach, apricot, light tropical – not quite pineapple, maybe guava. Medium body and average to a little above on the carbonation.

Photo of humuloner22
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As far as Saison's go this one is pretty typical.

Appearance: Hazy dark golden color, lot of white fluffy head that remains throughout and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Estery Belgian yeast notes, clove spices, not much funk, some tart notes but very faint.

Taste: Its ester driven and has a lot of the Belgian yeast strain flavor going on in it. Typical of a lot of American versions of the style but not really my favorite interpretation of the style either. It was a little bit too sweet too much of the clove warming and numbing, maybe it was the alcohol. I think the sweet spot in Saison's are in the 5-6 % range, this one is 8.5 and I think that is a little bit too high for the style. I think the malts that went into it made it too sweet and thus not as dry and refreshing and that is how I like my saison's to be.

Overall: Not crazy about this one, but I am glad I had an opportunity to try it so I know in the future to pass on this one. It was on sale by the way so it doesn't break my heart that it isn't the best saison I have ever had. Its fair and that is about it.

Photo of arvidkoval
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Hazy orange body, fluffy white head

S- Fruity smell, Belgian yeast aromas.

T- Spicy rye, a slight funk/tart, orange flavor

F- Good carbonation, fits the flavor

O- Excellent saison! Delicious.

Photo of BikingDutchman
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy yellow/orange with a lot of carbonation. The bottle was foaming over after opening it. Thick white head stays around for a while.
S - Funky brett flavors are dominant. Tropical and citrus smells that seem to be mostly from the yeast.
T - The same yeast-driven flavors that were in the nose are also in the flavor. Very slightly tart with a lot of fruity and citrusy flavors. Funky brett flavors mix with the citrus flavors well. Slightly spicy from the rye, but it doesn't compete with the fruity yeast flavors.
M - Very dry, but the high carbonation helps keep it from feeling thin.
O - A very good saison that hides it's 8.5% abv well. I wish it was a little bit more funky, but the fruity citrus flavors are also very nice. I prefer Boulevard's Saison Brett, but it would be nice to try them side by side.

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.

Photo of brett_arneson
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent farmhouse flavor with some wild yeast on the end... really great beer. Would love to see how this matures with some cellaring.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dry and sweet. Muddled citrus flavors with Belgian yeast, all spice

Photo of beernazi
3.14/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

didnt quite hit the mark

Photo of JimKal
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass it forms a generous head that leaves some nice lacing as it dissipates. The color is a nice red gold. The taste has a hint of spice from the rye with a slight Saison funk. Very nice mouthfeel.

Photo of DLS168
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Generous head. Beautiful amber non-translucent amber color. Flagrant - aromatic not distinctly alcoholic despite 9.5 ABV. Taste classic Saison taste alcohol finish. Solid rich feel.

Photo of JayQue
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice Saison, rich and spicy with plenty of yeast in the taste. Pours a hazy straw gold color with a huge white head into a pint glass. Head retention is very good and there is plenty of thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is apples, peppery spices, malt and a touch of yeastiness. Flavor is strong and rich. A big malty beer with an apple cider, peppery taste. There is a fair amount of yeast in the flavor but not the barnyard funk/mustiness that I usually expect in a Saison

Mouthfeel is very rich and nicely spiced. I really enjoyed this beer, even without the classic Saison funk. Very tasty and impressive.

Photo of 4ster
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served at 10C in a tulip.

A: Warm, slightly orangey off white head, lots of carbonation bubbles in the head and beer, cloudy hazy dark golden body, dies off to some nice froth floating on top with lots of small craters.

S: Slightly funky, typical Saison yeast profile, light on the fruits...bit earthy... pretty low key smell, although I find that with most Saisons...

T: Interesting tastes with this Saison...quite light and fresh right up front, lots of fruit that transitions into more light citrus notes and spicy malts, and finishes with a bit of a funky, earthy, slightly tart, alcoholic yeast after tastes. The Bruery's yeast really stands out as being the differing factor here compared to other Saisons, and while this one wasn't that old, I find it not nearly as dry as a classic Belgium Saison.

M: Smooth, crisp, light, med+ carbonation, not as dry as I would say some Saison's tend to be....

O: Overall a nice Saison with a few nice nuances that differentiate it from other Saisons out there.... pretty easy drinking and a nice one to try if you can get your hands on it...

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