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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1203
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%

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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Photo of 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
Photo of lacqueredmouse


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
Photo of SolomonGrundy


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
Photo of jibbyvonjibb


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
Photo of bierguru


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
Photo of philipquarles


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
Photo of DoubleJ


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
Photo of BeerKangaroo


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

Into a tulip:

A: somewhat hazy orange/brown colored body with a one finger white fomy head that quickly dies and barely leaves any lacing

S: rustic yet kinda earthy sort of apple/pear kinda coming through in a wine-like sort of way

T: semi-sweet yet has a slight degree of bitterness (that same wine-like sort of taste), wine-like aftertaste, and tries to have a bitter dry finish but actually there isn't much there

M: light, sessionable, carbonated like wine

O: is this beer or is this wine? To the bruery, if you're gonna send your beer north, put your best foot forward, this ain't your best. Strike One!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 03:30:19 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of craytonic

District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Huge head, minimal lacing. Perhaps a bit over carbonated, amber in color.

Smell: Big rye malt scent, spice, and light (not enough) funk.

Taste: Malt and rye, bit of hops and alcohol. Missing that good funk I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel: Bit fizzy yet chewy, hint of alcohol.

Drinkability: Low, no need to try this one again.

Edge of what a saison should be, at least in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 07:39:11 | More by craytonic
Photo of Overlord


3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy orange. Somewhat unfiltered looking. Large, off-white head.

Smells like cloves, spices, some citrus/hay notes, spices, spices, and spices. Urgh.

Taste is a bit muddled. The sharp, biting grass/citrus notes carry with it a hint of lemon, but the weird spicy components just take over. There is a sour, yeasty breadiness to it ... quite pungent. Almost peppery, in some respects. I admit, I'm not the biggest saison fan. This was really not my cup of tea.

Decently carbonated. Not particularly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2009 03:20:20 | More by Overlord
Photo of chocosushi


3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cellar temp to Saison dupont Becker
A; pours a bronze-yellow w/ delicate
carbonation to style. Lookin' good!

S; lemon zest & citrus pith w/ a dusty
rye spice carrying through. Orange peel &
candy sweetness carrying through. Brett is earthy.

T; lemon candy w/ doughy pale malts & rye spice..
Herbal hops. Brett washes things down in an earthy
medicinal way.. Peach preserves & corn sugar present.

M; This is where things are strange for me. This
Saison is way too syrupy & full. Rye is nice & dry.
I may be alone here, but not everything coheres for
My palate.

D; my first experience w/ the Bruery, & I'd love
To try more, but one & done for me w/ this Saison.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 03:00:19 | More by chocosushi
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 6/12/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color with 1 finger of white head and nice lacing.

s - Smells of fruit, spice, and a little bit of funk.

t - Taste is light fruit, citrus, spices, and a hint of funk.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - An ok saison. A nice smell but the taste was a litt lacking and it was too carbonated. Probably would not have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 23:47:49 | More by mdfb79
Photo of BingCrosby7


3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A Light gold with minimal head; bubbly and translucent
S Clove and a bit of banana, light alcohol and hops
T lightly spiced with a big clove front--the beer has a lingering aftertaste. Reminded me a bit of La Fin De Monde
M Bubbly--a bit more than is actually necessary
O I'm not a fan of clove, so this didn't work for me. Also, this isn't a very good saison offering. I found myself wanting a Lost Abbey saison over this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2014 05:55:09 | More by BingCrosby7
Photo of klewis


3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange - darker than most saisons - with a moderate , bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: Mild funk with a slight fruityness.

T: Bitter and sour at the same time with a slight fruity character. I'm pretty sure that the bottle's description of it as "rustic" wasn't referring to a metallic rust taste, but there's some of that too.

M: Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. A lingering astringency on the palate.

D: Decent, but lacking in complexity and a bit harsh in the hops department. I'll take some more Boulevard Saison-Brett please.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 18:35:50 | More by klewis
Photo of Eldalonde


3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper/honey color with a thin white head. Smells of spices, sweet fruits, a bit of yeast, and a grainy rye herbal quality that givds this a very distinctive aroma. The flavor of spices is very pronounced but is also very sweet with some very peculiar flavors. Tastes very similar to something else I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 02:39:38 | More by Eldalonde
Photo of megahurts4


3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Bruery Saison Rue

Appearance: orange gold, medium-large head, and good lacing.

Smell: yeast and light fruit.

Taste: bitter yeast and grain.

Mouthfeel: medium and bland.

This is not a great example of a saison. It it fairly bland and bitter. The alcohol is very prevalent and the taste is pretty raw. After drinking a good portion, it smooths out to being decent.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 03:39:08 | More by megahurts4
Photo of crossovert


3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped brown bottle.

It pours a hazy, murky amber/copper with a large white head.

It smells very fresh and springy. IT has some light brett character, fresh baked bread, and some peach, mango, and lemon for fruitiness.

The first thing I notice in the mouthfeel is that is encompasses your mouth, almost like it foams up as you drink it, which is weird. It is also super prickly, almost like eating a hot pepper then dousing your tongue with something super carbonated, it is that bad. The flavor isn't as good as I would have expected. It has that lemon cleaning solution character to it. The rye comes through pretty heavily in the flavor with some spicy bread notes. It is super sweet as well. It is just a messy saison ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 03:30:28 | More by crossovert
Photo of hawks10


3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip...

Pours a hazy dark orange, a bit brown in the middle of glass...tons of fluffy white head takes its time to recede, leaving some nice lacing behind...beer was originally a bit hazy, but after sitting in the glass for about 20 minutes or so, the haze is gone, beer has great clarity...

A nice spicy Belgian yeast aroma with some good brett character. There is some funk, mostly a damp musty smell, not of the barnyard variety. A touch of sweet/not quite ripe fruit aromas linger in the back...

First impressions are spice, pepper and cloves. Dry. Slight burn from the alcohol. Sipping slower now, this beer is bitter, and biting. A get a small bit of sweet fruit with just a touch of tartness but that spice keeps overpowering any other flavors. There is some funk, the brett is there, but a medicinal alcohol flavor/sensation persists, becoming the only flavor that lingers long enough for me to ponder...

Medium bodied and highly carbonated, a bit too carbonated, but not a deal breaker by any means. Medicinal alcohol gets stronger with each sip and lingers long on the palette, not pleasant...

Hmmm, maybe I'll try this again sometime, but I am just getting an overwhelming burn from this one (strange, I rarely feel a beer "burns" too much, this one does)...The nose had me slightly hopeful for this beer, but the spice was way too high and that booze...man...

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 02:09:27 | More by hawks10
Photo of abfraser


3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml picked up at CBS in SF

A: Poured a rich orange/amber. Small head, a bit of lacing

S: Lemony citrus, sweet malt

T: A yeasty, malty backbone with a little funk. Prominent hops. But it's oddly sweet. More like a Tripel. It seemed to work at first but halfway through the glass I was reconsidering

M: I must have let all the carbonation out inadvertently. There was very little to none and it had a slightly flat mouthfeel

D: Good drinking beer

Overall an above average brew. I appreciate the interpretation, but it's not as refreshing as most saisons, which I attribute to the sweetness. Worth trying for sure, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 03:54:57 | More by abfraser
Photo of ArrogantB


3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber-orange color with a head that quickly faded. It smells like spice and a little honey, actually pretty good. I can barely taste the brett but I do taste it. The flavor is odd but not bad at all, hard to describe like candy but not really. The mouthfeel is a little too fizzy for my liking, kinda like a soda.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 02:20:24 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of DarthKostrizer


3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brownish orange with a 1 inch foamy head and great retention

Smell: LIght fruity notes bananas cranberries lemon zest and bread dough

Taste: Similar to the nose. Light and refreshing flavors. Peach bananas cranberries and a hint of straw or hay

Mouthfeel: Tingling on the palate similar to champagne. Light body a good feel for the summer time.

Overall: Good beer to have on a 100 degree califonia summer playing in the sun or working hard in the sun and you just need to cool down. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 03:44:48 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of kojevergas


3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-draught at the Bruery provisions store in Orange, California as part of a taster. Serving volume was 2 oz. At the time, I thought the serving temperature was entirely too warm, but they're The Bruery, so this can't be attributed to barstaff error. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of decent cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent cloud orange-gold.

Sm: A bit of sourness, very lambic-esque. Light cream. Very estery. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Milky and lactic, with sour ester hops comprising the bulk of the flavour. It's a touch salty, but built well if a touch blandly. It's certainly simple, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it balanced. The alcohol doesn't come through, which deserves some accolade.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and moderately complementary of the flavour in the body. It certainly doesn't feel tailored to the taste, but it does a decent job.

Dr: Very drinkable - a feat that is difficult to accomplish in this style and at this high an ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 22:49:05 | More by kojevergas
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3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip on 5/28/13.

A: Pours a relatively translucent golden color with a hint of orange. Beer is clearer than expected for a Saison, with no visible yeast sediment. Initial pour reveals a fluffy two-finger-width head that dissipates over the next 2-3 minutes. A small head is retained throughout the drink however. Lacing is excellent, as expected.

S: Great nose on this baby. Initial smell is fruit-forward: cherries mostly with a hint of other summer stone fruits such as apricot. The Brett funkiness is definitely present upon subsequent smells. Don't get much rye or peppery spicyness. Overall, definitely a fruit-forward nose.

T & M: Initial taste is again fruit-forward - cherries and lemons. This lasts about a second before the pepper and rye spiceness kick in and really overwhelm the beer. Lingering on the nose is a dry, alcoholic taste with a hint of rye. I really don't like the aftertaste of this beer: much too alcoholic for my taste. The beer is understandably very dry, but not as yeasty/robust as I like Saisons. This is a light-bodied, dry beer.

O: While this is a solid offering, this isn't my favorite Saison on the market. First there's the matter of personal preference: I like my Saisons on the fruitier and more robust/yeasty side. This Saison is opposite: rye and spice are showcased in this beer without much fruit to speak of. Additionally, the body of the beer is lighter than I'd like. But my biggest qualm with the beer is the alcohol-forward aftertaste. Instead of being hidden, you taste every bit of the beer's 8.5% ABV. A good, but not great, Saison.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 23:08:55 | More by MighHighBrewer
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Body is a uniformly translucent glowing amber hue. Pours with a one finger head with great retention. Some lacing left behind in the glass.

S-Typical and good for an amber saison. Very mild floral hop presence, tropical fruit, and sweet bready yeast.

T- The tropical fruit flavors come through the most upfront with a mild bready yeast backbone. Finish is dry and floral as floral hop bitterness shines through-behind this is more tropical fruit and a hint of raw dough.

M- Body is fairly light and dry. Inconsistently doughy as well. Full Spritzy carbonation.

D- Decent saison overall. I really like the dru characters but am not a huge fan of the raw dough that comes through occasionally. It has the hoppiness of an amber saison-but still isn't funky enough for the category for me. Average saison-above average belgian amber ale. Amazingly-the 8.5% is not at all detectable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 02:23:26 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of Sam21


3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I purchased this for $12.99 and it had the original plain golden cap, so I assume that this bottle is around a year and a half old at the most. Capped champagne bottle into tulip.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Thick rocky white head. Great lacing and retention. Great looking beer.

Smell - Strong brett funk up front with a mixture of light citrus zest, green apples, spice, malt sweetness and some earth. Alcohol in the back, but well integrated. Spicy.

Taste - Strong funk, phenols, and snappy citrus zest lead into an earthy/herbal and extremely spicy and dry finish. The spice and earthiness of the rye melts together with the phenols giving this beer some bite. Some alcohol is noticeable, but again, well integrated into the flavors. Way too spicy and yeast driven, but the bottle does have a bit of age on it, so that is to be expected. Everything feels a bit raw and messy.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation and medium bodied. Feels light and goes down with tingling carbonation across the tongue.

Drinkability - I have had this before when it is a bit more fresh and enjoyed it. The yeast really took over the balancing citrus notes and it became overly spicy with too much bite. While not undrinkable or bad, I found it too be a little overwhelming. One bottle is more than enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 01:50:46 | More by Sam21
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Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,203 ratings.