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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,508 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,508
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 163
Gots: 242 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of GRG1313
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.

Photo of metter98
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.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of mikesgroove
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!

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.

Photo of Knapp85
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,508 ratings.