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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,330 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,330
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 153
Gots: 191 | FT: 7
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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Booman

California

1/5  rDev -75.7%

11-15-2011 10:20:47 | More by Booman
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LSUPT

California

2/5  rDev -51.3%

11-18-2011 00:30:17 | More by LSUPT
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Chris_Cali_2o9


2.15/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a bomber to a sam adams glass

A- Hazy straw yellow with an 1" of head

S- All belgian yeast here, funky, metalic, pale malts, citrus

T- Follows the smell, almost like a funky lager, no sign of hop bitterness or flavor,

M- Overly carbonated, crisp, numbs the tongue.

O- Utterly unimpressed, what makes this a saison/farmhouse? No spices, no fruitiness, kinda sour, but if i had to categorize this brew, i would call it a Dubbel.

I took a shot on The Bruery today, i bought Mischief, Autumn Maple, and this. In hopes that they can bring back my love for belgian brew, as i have been staying clear of anything belgian lately. If your wondering what a saison/farmhouse taste like, DO NOT START WITH THIS! This is a Dubbel poorly categorized.

P.S. just poored out the second half of the bottle... i really tried not too.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 03:38:06 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
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Rainier

California

2.25/5  rDev -45.3%

05-16-2013 06:51:54 | More by Rainier
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

2.25/5  rDev -45.3%

07-01-2013 23:26:42 | More by mrfrancis
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tard24

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -45.3%

02-20-2014 05:00:49 | More by tard24
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MikeyJ777

New York

2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

06-01-2013 01:38:09 | More by MikeyJ777
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BruinPirateAnteater

California

2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

06-04-2014 07:38:32 | More by BruinPirateAnteater
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.6/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orangey golden colour. Head is huge and frothy. Sudsy lacing. Boisterous bubbling. Very vibrant and alive, which is what you want in a saison. Looks pretty interesting.

Nose is big and funky, with huge citrus characters, and a really nice almost smoky malt character on the back. Something solid and very grounded connect with the light and airy saison characteristics. Bit of pepper coming through as well. It has some really pleasant saison characters. Perhaps not as well integrated as some of the best examples, but the malt character grounds it nicely.

Taste is unfortunately quite thin, and rather insipid. Some spice on the front, with a lingering acerbic bitterness and a touch of acidity throughout. But there's no depth to it, no connection with the malt as in the nose - indeed, there's little body or malt on it whatsoever. Just a woody acidity, some funk and a green organic character on the back. And that bitterness, which doesn't really match with anything else. No, it doesn't work for me.

Oh, no. The Bruery has done it again for me. Every time I'm expecting something big, exciting and robust, and there's always an insipidness to their beers. It's happened every time so far, and I'm wondering how long I can continue to stick it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 02:10:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jibbyvonjibb

California

2.68/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: tall head, cloudy, copper color
T: Candi-sugar sweetness. Some spicy/pepperiness. Cannot detect the rye.
M: Doughy, high carbonation, medium maltiness
O: a bit too sweet for my tastes. I like my Belgians (and esp. Saisons) to finish dry. Not a good example of the style and rather average taste, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 05:23:34 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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SolomonGrundy

California

2.68/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color me unimpressed. The INTERNETZZZ seem to love this beer...I do not...Now that that's straightened out, let's get to the nitty gritty. Pours awesome, a vibrant slightly-hazy gold, with a pillowed smooth creamy head leaving tons of lace. Aroma of some strawberries, maybe raspberries. Fruity and overall just "fresh" smelling. Loaded with carbonation. So far a winner but wait!!! Something wicked this way comes. Flavor is initally crisp but there hides a monster - something evil - is it Thyme or Rosemary or something. Whatever it is it's herbal and it's disgusting. Finish is long and hop bitter in a bad way. Ends as bad as the beginning was good. This is $10.99 per 750ml, so don't bother tracking it down unless you're a masochist.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 02:00:25 | More by SolomonGrundy
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bierguru

Florida

2.73/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A - soapy white head stays well cloudy orange little bubbles

S - orange, apple, coriander, and maybe some white grape i dont know smell is a bit odd kind of on the sour side but at the same time a little sweet

T - coriander, orange, slit bitterness, alcohol is mild, progressing through the beer the bitterness covers over a lot of the taste

M - lot of carbonation, very soapy

D - wouldnt have again and if i did i would probably eat something with it to see if it would enhance the beer

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 00:57:12 | More by bierguru
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jadler16

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

05-02-2014 18:23:22 | More by jadler16
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Daniel101

California

2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

07-27-2013 00:23:16 | More by Daniel101
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

06-01-2012 15:37:44 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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philipquarles

Connecticut

2.8/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle. Pours hazy gold with a light orange tint. Billowing white head that holds its shape, eventually dissipating to a small white cap and great lacing. Smells heavily spicy, with a lot of ginger and pepper. Plenty of orange and other fruit. Very much like perfume. Incredibly sweet. Brett is pretty evident, with some musty notes. More brett in the taste, again with musty horseblanket. Overly spicy, with an onslaught of pepper/ginger. Quite fruity; a lot of citrus and some tropical fruit. Pretty sweet. Heavily hopped. Alcohol warmth and bite. It finishes sweetly but with a lot of hop bitterness; rather disjointed. Full bodied with lower carbonation. Between the spices (definitely added, not just a yeast byproduct), the strong sweetness, the bitterness, and the alcohol, it's pretty clear that there's too much shit going on here.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 00:36:08 | More by philipquarles
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DoubleJ

California

2.85/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The second half of my Bruery tasting at Hollingsheads was represented by their Saison. Served in a Chimay chalice, on to the beer:

At first, I couldn't tell what in my glass was beer or soup. Very cloudy...no, too soft of a word...foggy, and caramel colored. The aroma wasn't in your face, but was pleasant with saison characteristcs and some clove.

The clove in the flavor were at least interesting, but this beer was very peppery, minty, overspiced, and without the drying finish of typical Belgians. This is a dirty saison. But the worst part of the beer was the finish, where it left an unpleasant bitterness on the palate for way too long.

The good news is this gets better as it warms and there's some potential here, but the bad news is the spice and bitterness of this beer needs to be cleaned up if it's going to compete with the few saisons I've already sampled.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2008 21:43:57 | More by DoubleJ
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Taperwookie

Colorado

3/5  rDev -27%

03-14-2014 03:20:28 | More by Taperwookie
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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -27%

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Deivos


3/5  rDev -27%

11-24-2012 23:49:05 | More by Deivos
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New York

3/5  rDev -27%

01-06-2014 16:46:01 | More by ThatsThatDude
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Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -27%

06-20-2013 11:12:41 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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Colorado

3/5  rDev -27%

07-07-2013 17:51:37 | More by crobinso
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Virginia

3/5  rDev -27%

01-12-2012 07:50:40 | More by ygtbsm94
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California

3/5  rDev -27%

01-22-2013 05:10:26 | More by Conner
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Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,330 ratings.