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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,337 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,337
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 153
Gots: 194 | FT: 9
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am glad I took the Brothers up on their review and traded for it. Pours a lovely cloudy yellow with huge white head. Balanced not sweet or too bitter, and on the tad dry side. Masterful, with spiciness that comes on boldly after initial creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 23:54:17 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-02-2013 04:05:15 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

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
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-27-2011 06:15:17 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly-cloudy light-ish copper color with a nice white head. The nose brings forward a pretty good amount of yeast and light peppery notes.

The taste is of a bit of light malt as well as light pepper, spice, and yeast. Nice flavor profile and fairly unique. Good feel with some nice carbonation, and the spicing treats this well. Another good brew from the folks in Placentia.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 02:23:16 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Candied apricot orange with amber borders and a huge amount of vigorous carbonation. These guys are dead set on bottle conditioning everything, but... damn. At some point the end result has to matter more than adherence to a supposed ideal. The head looks good and is leaving a great deal of lace. Both are surprising.

The aroma is easily appreciated through four full fingers of fluffy foam. It's saison-like (earthy, spicy, herbal) and is also interesting and intriguing. Brettanomyces is in the background at this point, which is fine and dandy.

Time to wipe away the slow foam ooze before it reaches the coaster and desktop. Other than a mouthfeel that is annoyingly overbubbled, Saison Rue is damn fine beer. The rye malt adds an earthiness that is pronounced and the yeast contributes a varied palette of spicy esters. A light zing of citrus peel is a pleasant surprise as well.

The beer is so spicy that it's possible that spices were added. Grains of paradise (alligator pepper) perhaps? Brett funk is still on the tame side. Flavor breadth, depth and intensity is on par with some of the well-brewed saisons of Belgium. This is one of The Bruery's most accomplished efforts for sure.

The body/mouthfeel really isn't that bad in the end. It stops short of stinging and adds an energy that is right in line with the boldness of the flavor profile. The beer drinks lighter than the ABV would suggest.

With more attention paid to carbonation, Saison Rue (named for The Bruery founder and head honcho Patrick Rue) could be superb beer. Hell, it's most of the way there already. Glad this is a seasonal. Not so glad that it isn't easily available to Iowans.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 21:16:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that died down yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The aroma is quite spicy from the rye and also has some notes of yeast.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather spicy and the yeast contributes earthy flavors. The spiciness from the rye particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden, although the spicy flavors make it more of a beer that needs to be sipped.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 23:57:53 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a significant head that retains well and leaves a number of lacing shards around the chalice

Smell: Complex blend of grapefruit, green apples, strawberries, balsa wood and vanilla; quite spicy, with cardamom, pepper and other spices in the mix

Taste: Opens with a bitter fruity blend of apples and grapefruit that quickly moves in a funky barnyard direction by mid-palate; very peppery, with the rye adding a clean but harsh bitter character to the profile; after the swallow, the funky, bitter and fruity flavors blend together extraordinarily well, although there is some sweetness in the finish to balance everything out

Mouthfeel: Medium body with considerable carbonation; surprisingly creamy, in fact

Overall: This is not a classic saison as the brett makes this more like an American Wild Ale to my palate

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 22:54:12 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from South bay last month, this one has been sitting in the fridge waiting for me ever since. Very nice capped 750ml bottle that I decanted into an oversized wine glass and served at cellar temperature. Consumed on 07/24/2008.

The pour here was not without incident that was for sure, a near gusher, I was prepared though and quickly poured some into two glasses to clear it out. Huge, seriously like four inches of foam came pouring out of this one and then easily doubled in size, never fully coming back down. Rich side glass lace and tons of carbonation then engulfed it quickly. Very nice hazy golden yellow in color.

The aroma was charged with spice, it was so carbonated it was literally tickling my nose as it went by. Lots of light fruit, grain, touches of grass and peppery like notes along with a touch of sour, the flavor was more of the same and was very nicely done. No hint of the alcohol here, rather a finely blended, and very light and airy feel to it. Sloshing it around created that coveted silky feeling of foam in the mouth. This was very good. Lots of light citrus flavors bouncing around and a very dry finish, a touch sour but not really, Very earthy in nature, and yet very light with a nice light grain base and a wonderful champagne like finish.

Overall one of the better in the style I have had. I was very impressed with this one. The brewery really seems to have their shit together, as I have tried a few now and each seems better then the rest, really some high quality stuff coming out of here!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 15:11:21 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep hazy copper color ale with a super huge white foamy head with good retention with some great lacing. Aroma of light funky ester with some fruit notes also discernable. Taste is a mix between some fruity ester with light funk and a nice Belgian malt backbone with some subtle dry hops also noticeable. Full body with limited filtration and perfect carbonation while alcohol is very well hidden. Very well done but lacking some character to be truly great.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 04:05:30 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

A delicious but still young beer, as the bolder Brett character has yet to properly develop.

The pour brings a hazy orange to light copper color. Steady streams of carbonation fuel the froathy and cottony head unitl the very end of the session, leaving many rings of lace behind. A fantastic appearance.

Aromas of tropical fruits lead- oranges, mangos, lemons, appricots, and apples all make a mark on the nose. Light must (maybe barnyard) begins to add to the character but not yet bold enough to balance the fruits. Citrus and herbal hops ride deeply in the background, picking up the slack until the Brett character arrives.

Flavors pick up the lemons and apple character first. A blended mix of twangy tartness (not sourness) along with lightly caramelized malts come into play next and takes the beer into the finish. The tropical and citrus theme continues but in complimentary roles. Lightly peppery, bitter, medicinal, and salty; the beers complexity continues to build.

What starts out creamy and weighted (especially for a Saison), finishes much drier and refreshing. No astringency but I expect this to develop as the beer sours further.

Right now, the beer's maltiness keeps it a bit too sweet and weighted. I also want to see the more musty/dusty character of Brettanomiaces develop. But after a year or so, this beer should take on a beautiful Orval-like character that will ultimately decide the success of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 04:10:57 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

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
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -27%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

12-01-2011 18:31:20 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits.

Appearance: Quite cloudy body of orange-gold hues and topped with a large, meringue-like, white head.

Smell: Spicy nose, a mingled of popping phenolics and rye, with lesser, distant notes of cookies and honey. Plenty of fruits here: tart-scented Granny Smith apples, pears, and even lemon.

Taste: Sweet barley with some sugary sugar cookie-tasting hints and tangy-tasting wheat-based crackers and a crackling rye spiciness. Green apple and a bit of tart lemon cream lead to moderate phenolic tones, along with some punchy tastes of pickled sliced ginger and white pepper-coated pears. Touch of alcohol. Finishes dry and phenolic with some curious tastes of spearmint and green apples.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium-plus carbonation. Some chewiness, some creaminess.

Drinkability: It's both interest and different, though, when all is said and done, I'd rather stick to just a simple, classic Saison Dupont. That's just me though!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 21:33:32 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

01-30-2012 01:56:28 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-08-2014 05:32:29 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

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

A: large frothy head that took a while to reduce on a cloudy golden with copper hue body and full lacing.

S: lots of tropical fruit, yeast, some herbs. Simple but full

T: tropical fruit mostly pineapple, yeast, herbs, bread dough, candy sugar.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation, a little creamy.

Overall: a very nice Saison, full nose body and flavor. Excellent representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 23:55:19 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

12-14-2011 00:23:37 | More by spycow
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Not a style I go to very often but I was in the mood for a little something different last night.Poured into a chalice a deep orane infused amber with a nice fluffy one finger head atop that held very well.Sharp spice mixed with a little funk in the nosesome green apple and phenols rounded it out.The rye really came out on the palate lending some sharpness and a light lactic note,a little funky but it didnt overpower the flavor profile,again some green aplle and clove-like spice as well.I really liked the saison it's complex but not over the top in its funkiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 13:11:05 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange amber with a huge thick white, firm, pillowy head.

Nose is wonderfully assertive pears and sweet spice. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and feels "expensive and well made."

Front palate is sweet spice that goes to a sweet pepper and fresh green herb character. Mid palate gets a bit more saison herbaceous and finishes a nice white pepper, celery slightly salty bitter pepper.

Very layered; complex; pleading and drinkable. A well made and somewhat unique saison;appealing.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 01:27:30 | More by GRG1313
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice golden color with some reddish hues. Great looking white head, great retention and some light lacing. The smell is spicy and slightly sweet citrus. The taste has a rye spiciness along with malt sweetness and a subtle sourness. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, very drinkable brew. Overall this is a very good beer and I shouldn't have waited so long to try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 01:04:39 | More by Knapp85
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

750ml bottle, 9.5% ABV for this 'seasonal' incarnation.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow hue, with some continually upward-tending effervescence, and a copious amount of intensely foamy, frothy, and eventually creamy bone white head, which leaves some broad swaths of chunky, streaky lace around the glass as it oh-so-slowly abates.

It smells of gritty, semi-sweet wheat malt, white pepper, spicy clove, muddled bitter citrus pith, edgy, slightly sour yeast, musty white grapes, a bit of burnt toast, and mild leafy, earthy hops. The taste is rather toasty bready wheat and rye malt, a touch of dry caramel, subtle black and white pepper, ethereally funky yeast, complex brown sugar, a bruised apple and banana chip fruitiness, a hint of tanned leather, aged white wine, and a soft herbal, earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite understated, just a lilting frothiness throughout, the body a sturdy medium weight, and rather pleasantly smooth, with a lifting airy creaminess coming and going on a whim. It finishes on the dry side, the rye and wheat graininess combining with the lingering, yet still sedate yeast to fight off the remaining caramel and fruit sweetness.

For its purported, if not particularly evident ABV, this is a tasty, easy-drinking stroll down 'saison street', one bulked up with the various malt inputs, giving it a much heavier feel than the norm. At any rate, the Brett is faint at best, the rye much more prominent, pushing this into new or sub-style territory, if you care about that kind of stuff - me, I'm gonna go and just enjoy the rest of this bountiful bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 04:50:29 | More by biboergosum
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

11-14-2011 22:38:45 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A burnished copper color in my glass, topped by a huge and frothy three finger head. The body is semi-hazy at first, and downright cloudy toward the end of the bottle. A beautiful beer.

It smells of earthy rye and musty brett. There's a bit of candi-sugar sweetness, just a hint, and some pungent earthy, woody aromas. The rye shines through brightly, which, combined with the brett, gives this beer a very unique character.

It opens very earthy and spicy on the palate with a big rye twang. Aside from a hint of sweetness up front, this beer is bone dry. The mouthfeel transitions into an eternal parching dryness, with flavors of grain, rye bread, tart granny smith apples and herbal hops coming into fruition.

This is a great, and original, take on a classic style. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 05:08:09 | More by largadeer
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Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,337 ratings.