Saison Rue - The Bruery

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Reviews: 542
Hads: 1,653
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 4.62%
Wants: 189
Gots: 307 | FT: 11
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2008

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.
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Photo of mdfb79
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a becher glass, best I could do at this particular restaurant. Beer is dark amber and clear until I reach the sediment that according to the bottle I'm suppose to avoid. Whatever.

Carbonation is low but steady. Forms a white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass but not much.

The aroma is slightly lactic but there are some interesting fruit notes in the nose as well.

The beer is definitely sour but its not overpowering. This is seriously a great saison. Medium body and nice carbonation in the mouth. Some sour apple notes in there, a building late lactic character. Its a great saison for sure and a nice sour. Very excited about this beer. (667 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/27/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, peach, pineapple, grape, apple, pepper, clove, hay, grass, herbal, candi sugar, rye, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, Brett, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, peach, grape, apple, pepper, clove, herbal, candi sugar, bread, rye, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, rye, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast flavors with moderate male balance; with a good sweetness/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. (1,338 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed golden amber with a huge head (almost too) that is creamy and stays for awhile before dropping. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of lemon tartness with Brett. funk. It has a background of subtle minty rye / caroway.

The taste is of a caramelish maltiness with bread. It's on the musty side with a hint of rye. It has a spicy hop bite in the finish, with caramel rounding it out. Alcohol is noticeable - a bit raw at first.

It is effervescent - tingly but not fizzy. Some alcohol dries up the palate.

This might be a bit raw - aging it might smooth it out, but I would be concerned about losing the fresh hop bite it has now (and works well). I guess that's a personal choice. Bottom line, of the few I've had from this brewery, I like this well-made brew - Brett funk there, but maltiness and hops complement it and make it a complex brew. It's unique!

Pleasantly surprised about how this brewery made it to New Jersey so quickly. Enjoying their brews! (1,006 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden color with a light haze. Both carbonation and small floating particles visible. The white head had excellent retention and globs of sticky lacing.

S: the spicy, funky and complex nose features some fruity esters, sweet malt, and yeast. A tad too much clove or clove-like spicing.

T: Better balance between the malts, hops, yeast and spices here than in the aroma. Tart and bitter aftertaste

M: medium-body with medium-high carbonation.

O: A surprisingly drinkable saison, particularly given the high ABV. (520 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and a hint of apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer fairly evenly with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy rye with light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and some light aromas of brett barnyard funk.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts along with an earthiness contributed from the Belgian yeast. There is a light to moderate amount of rye spiciness that intensifies towards the finish and there is a spiciness as well. Light amounts of brett flavors including a hint of tartness and barnyard funk are present as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This one has a really interesting but rather intense flavor that makes it a sipping beer even though the alcohol is well hidden. Nicely constructed with the brett being a more subtle contributor to the flavor/aroma rather than dominating. (1,233 characters)

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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a peppery, pale and rye malt scent along with a dry farmhouse funk aroma. It has a nice earthy scent. The taste is good. It has a bone dry flavor that goes down slow and warms in the finish. The rye and Brett feed off of one another. It's got quite a spicey/peppery taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This a pretty good beer. There's a lot going on with the aroma and taste. The rye is a nice touch and the Brett comes in at the end to add some excellent "funk" character. (638 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to travita for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a murky, dark yellow color with a white head. The aroma is peppery with some orange and citrus notes. I also get some pineapple. The flavor is about the same with pepper and citrus, along with some nice sweetness and some raspberry thrown in. High carbonation and light mouthfeel. (339 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

08/12/08- Generously shared with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Did not look for freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Mammouth sized large bubble head. Could not fit an entire bottle into two Duvel glasses. Had to pour the rest of the 6oz after the foam died down...which took a while. Leaves generous chunks of lace behind for a nice appearance. Mildly clouded appearance as well.

Smell- Smells quite sweet with corriander, white pepper and light citrus notes.

Taste- Foam tastes a bit metallic, but the beer itself is fine. Strong alcohol taste noted with a bit too much sweetness. White pepper comes in strong with a bit of citrus twang. Odd pine hoppy flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Quite heavily carbonated. Mild hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- A bit too sweet and overcarbonated for me. Otherwise not a bad stab at the style. (871 characters)

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

Bottle hand written with gray sharpie by Patrick Rue. Shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

The beer is a very hazy yellow hue with a massive head that has excellent retention and leaves ample lacing on the glass. There is a copious amount of sediment floating aimlessly about. The aroma is of Belgian yeast, floral scents, malts, yeast, spices, oranges. The beer is quite flavorful and bold. It's definitely a solid beer and a good example of the style. Recommended. (461 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another gusher, this time I am a bit more careful & I pour a little less into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. It starts out about three fingers in height, but grows to eight fingers thick (including a structural mass that is a full two fingers above the rim of the glass), light tan colored head that easily crests the top of my glass. The head leaves a thick lacing and forms a very varied surface as it slowly subsides. The beer is a hazy amber color that shows an orangish tinge when held up to the light. As I am inspecting the beer I get an aroma that is a mix of spice and grain. Fruit aromatics join in once I actually smell the aroma, this is very earthy smelling as well. Aromas of pear, plums, earthy grain, a rye spiciness, aromas of orange blossom and a rich, whole grain bread character that is quite lush. Spice aromatic notes make me think of clove, ginger, white pepper, earthy coriander and some green, herbal notes that sort of round out the finish. This has a really nice mix of complex aromatic notes; I really like the various fruit, spice and malt driven aromatics found here.

Quite sweet tasting, but it is quite spicy as well with lots of peppery spice and ginger notes that do a good job of tempering the sweetness. Thick and full feeling for a Saison, with a viscousness, both of which I am sure are influenced by the use of Rye. While I hadn't realized it in the aroma (despite noticing citrus), this is actually quite hoppy; citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange zest and pine are noticed just before an ample, biting bitterness dominates the finish with a menthol / pine driven flavor. The hop bitterness is accentuated by the spicy, peppery, phenolic character from the fermentation character. Lots of chewy, rustic grain character provides a mix of earthy, dusty, grain, crushed malt, a whole grain bread crumb flavor and a touch of fruity, caramelized malt.

My second pour allows / requires me to chew on some foam (lest my cup runneth over) and the foam is exceedingly bitter and hoppy. And wow, the ample carbonation adds a huge, up front peppery note to this beer that accentuates the ample hop bitterness.

This could be a bit drier as I tend to like my Saisons with less sweetness. If this wasn't so excessively carbonated already I would hold on to a couple bottles as the Brettanomyces should dry this out over time. As it is though I can only strongly recommend to not hold on to these bottles, drink up the bottle bombs as soon as you can. Hopefully things will have calmed down by batch 2, cause I really do want to age a couple of these to see what the Brett can do. Having said all this, the beer is still quite tasty and definitely a hit with me; rustic, spicy, nicely grain influenced and even a touch hoppy, I am really digging the mix of flavors profiled in this beer. (2,821 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a La Choulette twice with some left to spare. Glad to see this Bruery in the philly area.

A- Saison Rue pours a like a standard saison with a bright gold color with hints of yellow and orange. As I got more aggressive wityh the pour I could see sediment coming thropugh so I eased up. A nice sturdy off white creamy head almost breached the glass. 2+ inches of foam, very inviting.

S- This has a nice bold scent of tropical citrus with lemon along with some yeast. Spices such as clove and pepper. Malts and hops and with warming some brett if you focus carefully. One of the better smelling saisons i've had recently.

T- The ripe fruit hits me first with the above mentioned along with alot of banana and coriander. Some floral hops with a bunch of yeast. After the fruit comes the spices with more pepper than clove. I get some of the brett in the aftertaste. Not getting the advertised rye but the other flavors suffice.

M- This saison is medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation felt on the tounge. This goews down nice and easy with a smoothness like no other saison i've had. A dry finish with some brett noted. With all the flavors I did not notice alcohol.

D- I took my time with this one & enjoyed it alot, but next time i'll share my bottle, I promise. These "brett infused" beers take a toll on my stomach after a while but that won't stop me from drinking them. Interested to see what time will do to this. (1,455 characters)

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

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam. No lace develops.

Smell: sour apples, pears, and some barnyard funk is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: mild caramel, pears, apples, pepper, yeast, and some spiciness along with an overall sour tone. Bitterness is nicely balancing here. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is soft and is a bit sour and fruity.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable beer here. The brett sourness is enjoyable and not overwhelming. Nice beer everyone should have. (619 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - orangish with a big, white head that has great retention

S - spicy, peppery, funky

T - spices, fruity, citrus, funky, pineapple

M - smooth, medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice saison though the flavor was a bit lighter than I had expected or would have preferred. It was still a solid beer that I enjoyed. I'm not sure I'd seek it out again, but I'm glad I had it once. (387 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev 0%
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). (1,332 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle purchased at WFM Bowery in NYC, for just under $10. No freshness/vintage info. Pours cloudy darker peach under a wildly large and growing off white head. Slowly calms down to a frothy coating and leaves gobs of sticky stickage. Spiced up nose full of coriander, coconut, tropical life savers and pepper. Highly carbonated and that's becoming a hindrance to fully enjoying this one. Notes of pepper, soft ripe fruits and a hint of funk and yeastyness. More lifesaver, some alcohol heat peaking its head in every once in a while. A decent underbelly of peppery, soapy, lemon/lime and coriander notes. A lot going on here, this one really struggled to come together for me like the better examples of the style. I'd like to try a bottle that had been aged for a year or so. (783 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured amber orange in color with a big, fluffy white head filling the top two inches of the glass. Very nice head retention and lacing as I drank it. Very nice looking beer overall.

The aroma has some zesty, lemon citrus to it as well as some herbal, coriander and peppercorn flavors. The rye gives it a nice bready, somewhat spicy flavor. I get just a bit of the earthy brett coming through as well. Pretty flavorful and appealing aroma overall.

The taste shows more of the citrusy, lemon flavors up front while more of the bready rye and earthy brett coming through in the finish. I get some herbal citrus coming through in the finish as well. I really like the rye and brett coming out in it and it mixes well with the herbal, citrusy flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style and carbonation is moderate. overall it was a very flavorful beer, and everything came together in it pretty well. I liked the Brett and rye a lot, but the herbal flavors were just a little too potent for me personally. Very drinkable and enjoyable beer, but a little short of some of the top beers of the style. (1,177 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into tulip. 7.49 at Whole Foods so I finally decided to try this.

Color is a hazed, cloudy pale gold with a retentive off white head and nice streaky lacing. Aroma is sweeter than expected, yeasty and fruity, with mild dry earthiness and funk, very little presence of brett or the rye malt. Also a slightly solvent, boozy pinch. Flavor is similarly sweet like the nose, not particularly dry or crisp, with medium full soft body with light carbonation. Nice hop balance in the finish, but I'm disappointed in the lack of earthiness spiciness and funk in this and slightly turned off by the sweetness. Not a traditional saison, but an interesting beer. I wouldn't return to this at its typical price north of $10 but might grab a few more at this price to see what happens with the brett over time. (819 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I"m starting to hate the Bruery, if only for the fact that I want to criticize them and stop buying their beers when there are plenty others on the market. Damn you, brewers of great beer.

so anyway, I'm knocking off 2 tics from the appearance because of the huge damn head and bubbles, and it's a tad darker than expected. A light orange, kinda amber. No biggie, but gotta do it

Pop! Aroma is sharp and carbonated, almost stings, but doesn't. Spicy, coriander, orange zest, some earth tones and bready. Rye adds a nice twist to the malt back bone. A bit boozy

Again a bit boozy, but the flavors dance around very nicely. Coriander, white pepper, rye, orange zest, grapefruit, persimmon, some sharp basil (?).
Nice feel to it, this is like a saison on roids, a lot going on. One glass (ok, bottle) is enough. Darn good (822 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A dark opaque somewhat muddy brown and red bronze colored body, with some nice rising faint white carbonation. Head is creamy white and frothy, with three fingers deep and a real creamy settling one finger collar puck while settling.

Nose is interesting. Small hint of fruit sensing musty grape, and a nice little bit of toasty caramel, and maple like sugar. Quite an interesting nose for a saison, but missing some of the farm funky stench and yeasty rank character. But otherwise very unique and enjoyable.

Palate hits with a real creamy mouthfeel. Hints of mellow cream and dairy softness on the palate. A sharp hint of pepper brett but it is quickly subdued by a nice thick caramel sweetness. Surprisingly doesn't taste rye spicy or fruity. A hint of playful soda carbonation but very downplayed which is nice and not taking away from the solid large body of the beer.

Overall, not what I expect in this style, but this is a very well crafted and unique tasting beer that is quite memorable. (1,042 characters)

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

The Bruery : Saison Rue

Appearance: Bright pale golden color with a foamy white creme freshe of head. Unfiltered but more or less clear with a slight haze. Active carbonation rises to the surface vibrantly. Lace engulfs the stemmed tulip glassware.

Smell: Aromatics of creamy malt, chardonnay like brett notes, flowery hops, and faint rye bread.

Taste: Champagne like, but in many ways more refined. Vineous, grapey qualities with a touch of funk. Tip of the tongue tartness plays well with the peppery and spicy notes from the rye. Dry, effervescent, bubbly, lively brew. Tasty stuff. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Light, airy, dry, prickly, crisp and welcome to the palatte.

Overall: A fine brew, as close to a biere de champagne as it is to a saison. The rye spice and brett make for a nice combination, neither is overstated. This has been in my cellar for quite some time, and could be stored indefinately, as this has showed it can hold up very well. (966 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.91/5  rDev -29.2%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Bruery beer- thanks for making the state of Georgia one of your distribution points! A very good Saison, a bit on the softer side and quite creamy. A bit unusual, but there is a a fair bit going on here. Pours golden with just a bit of haze and a quite nice, tightly beaded white head that sticks around as a cap. Smells fruity and somewhat tropical, but with notes of white pepper and almonds as well as a whiff of grain and herbs. Tastes soft and a bit creamy up front, with a nice tropical fruitiness, particularly pineapple and passion fruit, and then there is quite a nice little hit of pepper, or more probably grains of paradise, followed by some more tropical fruit and a lightly lemony finish. This is fairly complex, and quite tasty, but not quite as deep and pungent as say, a Fantome. Still, very enjoyable. A little lighter and softer than I'd like in the mouth, it could use a touch more crispness. Very interesting beer and although it doesn't hit every mark, it certainly is a nice achievement. (1,019 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a hazy, dark golden amber/orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger, frothy off-white head. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly funky, earthy aroma with hints of oak, subtle hops, and crisp light fruit.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation up front and slight champagne like effervescence. Earthy and slightly tart with subtle hops and crisp, light fruit, notably strawberry, apple and pear. Crisp, light and refreshing with a creamy presence mid-palate and dry finish. (538 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.7/5  rDev -34.3%
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. (1,266 characters)

Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.