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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1207
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:
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(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2008)
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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 FosterJM


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1177th Review on BA
Draft to Bruery Tulip

@The Bruery

App- A dark yellow with a nice mix of golden and some light browns. A very nice two finger head formed and was almost an eggshell color with a great amount of sticky cling.

Smell- A nice mix of dampness and earthy bubblegum with some light white pepper notes.

Taste- Very similar to the nose with the bubblegum flavor from the yeast. This was more gummy and a bit chewy.

Mouth- A full medium body with a full medium carbonation. A little bit of cheese on the finish with some gum notes and pepper.

Drink- This to me was a mix of Rugbrod and a nice saison. I enjoyed the layers in it. Havent had this one in a while so was nice to come back to an original.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 15:59:21 | More by FosterJM
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

On tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a light tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, fruits, and some Brett funk. Taste is of grain, Brett funk, and some slight fruity flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with a nice amount of funk in the aroma and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 22:05:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of bump8628


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed gold-orange, a thin white strip of foam deposits heavy curtains of lace on the glass. Bright citrus first - lemon and orange mostly, followed by sharp pine, black pepper, and rustic rye malt. Bread crust and cereals come out as it warms up. The subtle undercurrent of Brettanomyces - like new leather, lemon peel, and wild herbs - gives just enough depth. The bright hoppiness and mild Brett indicates this is a young sample. A top American Saison.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 15:39:02 | More by bump8628
Photo of downhilldrift


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a glass at The Bruery, and received a bottle for my birthday. Came out with an above average head, and took a little time for it to go away. The color was a light amber gold and translucent. The scent had a strong summery smell, and had heavy hints of rye and malt scents. The beer itself was fairly light, and wasn't too overwhelming. The flavors reflected the scent quite well, and had small hints of fruit, but i couldn't put my finger on what kind of fruit - just had that fruity twinge at the end of every sip. Wouldn't mind if this were my birthday gift every year.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 08:25:39 | More by downhilldrift
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
Photo of notchucknorris


3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Provisions

A: Dark golden color with a thin tan head.

S: Rye, belgian yeast, some faint earth, caramel and a bit of oak.

T: Grain, a touch of funk, belgian yeast, some rye and some faint earthy hops. Didn't really have that nice funk that the great saisons do.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 16:30:34 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of dgilks


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden colour with a smooth, thick white head. Good head retention.

Lovely, bright citrussy aroma with a hint of tart Brettanomyces. Lightly floral.

Bright and slightly tart with nice spicy flavour. Some great fruitiness as well. Better than most American saisons.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

A nice and intense saison with lots of great dry malt character.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 09:54:15 | More by dgilks
Photo of HopHead84


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


On tap at The Bruery.

A: Slightly hazy yellow gold with a mountain of mousse-like white foam. Retention is very good. Lacing is left all over the glass.

S: Pronounced floral notes with apple, pear, and lemon. Wheat melds with pepper, grass, earth, and rustic notes.

T: Grassy and earthy with a low bitterness. Fruity esters are reminiscent of apple, lemon, and pear. There's a pepper-like spiciness. Great.

M: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good Saison. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 18:35:57 | More by HopHead84
Photo of ptykozoon


3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ring and not much else, pours a buttery yellow.

Cherry, raisin, grape, acidity - dark fruits that hint at a sourness. Oak and sweetness in there too.

Slightly one-dimensional, but nice. Light fruit, butter, light yeast.

Medium carbonation, nothing out of the ordinary, everything normal.

I like the nose, but the taste is nothing extradoardinary. Tasty beer however.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 22:34:08 | More by ptykozoon
Photo of beagle75


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a goblet at the Bruery tasting room.

A: Slightly hazy, pale copper color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Lightly toasted grain, faint apricot and oranges. The smell is very mild and hard to pin down at first, then reminds of summertime in the country as it warms--equally earthy, breezy, and herbaceous. No alcohol is detected in the smell.

T: Begins off-dry, with cracker and mild but brightly flavored stone fruits, especially cherry. A remarkable duality is present in the middle when the beer presents dryness and continued delicate sweetness simultaneously, while a whiff of mild solvent is occasionally detected. The restrained bitter finish dries out considerably, leaving a lingering trace of musty, papery brettanomyces. No alcohol flavor is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, equally refreshing and warming on the palate while also slightly numbing on the throat, with moderate carbonation.

D: This beer is remarkably adventurous for being a flagship recipe of a young brewery. Flavors are interesting and refreshing, with well-behaved brett character that is characteristic of the Bruery. Whether by design or by happy accident the textures and effects on the palate are repeatedly grin-inducing and elevate this beer beyond the ability of the other sensory qualities. Saison Rue stands out as a noteworthy American Saison, but is edged out by the stylistic accuracy of the Bruery's spring seasonal, Saison de Lente.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 16:10:17 | More by beagle75
Photo of david131


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A hazy orange liquid with a massive amount of streams of rising carbonation. The head is epicly thick with amazing retention.

S- Sour fruits, funk, oak, and a bit floral. Not the most aromatic beer, but very intriguing and appealing.

T- Funk, fruit, and flowers. Tasty, but maybe a touch young.

M- Very light and carbonated, but not thin.

D- A very interesting take on the style that means serious business. Full bodied, highly carbonated, funky, and impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2010 04:26:32 | More by david131
Photo of womencantsail


3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy/cloudy reddish-orange color with a large white head.

S: Spice, bread, and yeast are the main traits that I pick up. The complexities that I hoped for in this (especially the Brett) are not all that present.

T: The taste is better than the nose. Still not quite as "funky" as I would have liked for a Saison, but better than I would have expected. Caramel, bread, slight taste of rye, some herbal character like a lot of their beers seem to have.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation.

D: A decent Saison, but not as good as I was hoping for.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2009 01:19:12 | More by womencantsail
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 Brewsmith


4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery for the AHA rally. A light amber orange and an off-white head. Aroma is spicy, fruity and a little alcohol. Flavor is complex, apples, pears, spice from the yeast, and some alcohol. Light, highly carbonated and a dry finish. A slight alcohol bite but over all very nice. I'd like to try one with some age when the Brett character comes out a little more.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2008 07:45:37 | More by Brewsmith
Photo of Halcyondays


4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy, murky orange, with a long lasting small white head which leaves extensive Belgian lacing in a tulip glass.

S: Ripe fruit, almost a bit of orange marmalade and Brett funk.

T: Taste is quite interesting, an Orvalian saison if you will though it is not as good as that beer, what beer is? Anyway, taste opens with some sweeter tasting malt mixed with a clovely spiciness from the rye. Having it on-tap I forgot that rye was in here, so the flavours make more sense to me now. Very spicy, then the Brett comes in and adds that familiar funky wet hay bitterness and dries everything out until the finish.

M: Brett makes it bone dry, drier than the average saison, carbonation is light and silky, making it quite creamy, an interesting take.

D: It's complex nature makes it a real sipping beer and one you'd have to think about. Would like the Brett to do a little more in the beer, but perhaps it will change with age. An interesting local beer and a cool take on a classic style.

Edit - Upped the taste to 4.5 (from 3.5) and drinkability to 4 (from 3) after having an older bottle where the Brett really started to work its magic. Great funky, cheesy Brett notes come out, mixed with the spice of the rye, just great. A good beer young, but great once it ages. Original score (3.7).

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2008 18:23:10 | More by Halcyondays
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 dank203

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the more pleasing saisons I've had. Lot of earthy, lemony, aromas, bubblegum, big grain note. The rye comes through on the flavor too, lot of lemony citrus, and some tart rasperry notes. Really well balanced interesting. Pretty rich when fresh, have heard this sits well for a year or so

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 02:36:14 | More by dank203
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber with a big white foamy head.

The smell is lemon,yeasty,sweet and light.

The taste is earthy, spicy,lemon light and refreshing with a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

This is an outstanding saison,complex and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 00:56:22 | More by Dave1999
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

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

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. 06/14/13 on the neck.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a very large dense white head. Average amount of visible carbonation in the body. Head sticks around for a real long time, leaving behind some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Certainly has some Belgian qualities going for it in the aroma department. A grape, apple or cherry like fruit character permeates the aroma coupled with a hint of sweetness. Farmhouse character is in there as well with a bit of spiciness from the rye.

T: Nice flavor here, really blended together well. Starts off with a bit of light fruitiness reminiscent of a light belgian tripel. Brett yeast comes in and gives it a earthy farmhouse twist. Mild sweetness brings up the rear and compliments the rye malt. As you add the yeast at the bottom of the bottle a bit more of the Brett funkiness comes out.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Quite dry from the Brett yeast which I like. Crisp finish with just a touch of stickiness.

Overall I'm enjoying this beer. Lots of complex flavors in this that all meld together to create something better. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 21:37:33 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of MattyG85


4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 07/22/13.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A bright, yeasty, and fruity Belgian style aroma with big hints of spices, funk, and fruit. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of clove, peppers, farmhouse funk, and some Brett funk. Fruit hints of pear, apple, banana, white grape, lemon, and orange. Some hints of wood and rustic leather. Bready malt hints of biscuit, grains, straw, rye, and cracker. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Some earthy hop hints as well. A pretty solid Saison aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a yeasty, funky, and fruity Belgian farmhouse style taste with good notes of spice and fruit. Upfront Belgian yeast with notes of farmhouse funk, clove, peppers, and Brett funk. Fruity taste of green apple, pear, banana, white grapes, orange, and lemon. Note of wood and some subtle rustic leather notes. Sweet taste of candied sugar. Bready malt presence with notes of grains, biscuit, straw, hay, rye, and cracker. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A very good Belgian style taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and somewhat prickly with a drying finish. Very smooth with a well hidden alcohol presence.

Overall: A very good take on a Saison/Farmhouse ale. Great blend of yeast, spices, and dry fruit flavors. The subtle rye and Brett add a nice kick.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 07:49:26 | More by MattyG85
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Hazy peach. Huge billowy head that almost exploded out of my tulip. Good looking brew here.
smell: Yeasty and a little spicy. A touch of funk but nothing too rude. A little fruit. Nose has a lot of subtle things happening and well....smells great.
taste: Not quite up to the nose but damn tasty.
overall: well done. a subtle but rich take.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 22:37:13 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Pours a deep honey or butterscotch colour with a massive 4-5 fingers of off-white head which lingers for a long time with plenty of lacing.

S: Upfront notes of yeasty bread followed by light spices, ginger, lemon, toasted sweet malts (caramel) fruit and hints of brett.

T: Very similar to the smell with more pronounced underripe (bright, tart) fruit, yeasty bread and brett.

M: Medium to medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A great big saison with brett working to compliment the flavours instead of dominating them. Will be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 02:50:12 | More by FondueVoodoo
Photo of fourstringer


4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. No date? Bought approx 3-6 months ago.

A: Hazy to cloudy, golden honey-colored body. 2 fingers of off-white head with good retention. Light lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with a brett-fueled musty/earthy quality mixed in. Spiced fruit. Pear, apple, orange. Bread. Hay. Light citric/lactic acid tartness.

T: Spicy and moderately sweet up front with earthy fruit notes. Light hop bitterness develops for a fairly dry finish. Linger rye spice in the aftertaste. Light alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Somewhat less effervescent than your average (Belgian) saison, but this drinks a bit darker than usual. So it's all good.

O: Interesting cohesive whole. The brett, Belgian yeast and rye play very nicely with each other. Arguably my favorite Bruery offering.


Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 00:57:19 | More by fourstringer
Photo of MissSarah


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

A: Pours the color of sweet tea with a lacey white head

S: Lemon Chalet Cremes, hay bails, and sticks of spearmint chewing gum

T: Granny Smith apples and Eureka lemons, soured and spiced with peppers and ginger

M: Fizzy and dry – a masterpiece of zesty effervescence

O: Made for drinking with old friends at the under-the-tent dance on homecoming weekend

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 00:43:51 | More by MissSarah
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Saison Rue from The Bruery
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