Saison Rue - The Bruery

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92
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1,510 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,510
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 164
Gots: 245 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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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3/5  rDev -27%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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

A: straw orange color with a huge khaki head that stays as a 1mm cover throughout the entire glass and sticks to the sides.

S: light fruits like mango come through along with some summer spice and even some malt smell.

T: fairly dry taste with some malt, light fruits, and light spice. Very refreshing taste.

M: fully carbonated and medium body, very dry, and beautifully crisp.

O: great beer, stacks up well with some fantastic saisons I've had in the last week. Can't wait to try more of The Bruery's seasonals.

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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow orange with a huge, fine white head that lingers and laces. Really nice looking.

Smells of apples and pear up front with floral citrus (lemon-lime) hints following and just a hint of brett funk. Smells tart, clean and floral.

Taste is up front brett/earthy funk followed by some light fruit and citric notes that fades into a slightly malty middle and finishes on bitter and slightly apple note that lingers with acidic fruit notes. Brett sourness up front and a hop bitterness in the finish are most prevalent.

High carbonation and lighter body are right on for the style, which a lot of American version miss.

Fantastic saison that has a myriad of elements: bitterness, floral brett/hop notes, brett funk and sourness. It drinks well and has definite pilsner malt notes that make it feel genuine.

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

Saison with Brett and Rye...can't go wrong with that combo.

Appearance:
A cloudy, dark amber-orange with an intensely fluffy white head. The head doesn't die quickly, slowly lacing down the glass. There's a constant blanketing of approximately 1/2 an inch of head that lingers throughout drinking.

Smell:
Big spicy rye and funky brett dominate the nose. There's also a touch of fruity sweetness the breaks through, but it's quite reserved.

Taste:
Big bitterness and funk. There is some of the rye spiciness, but I think the rye addition adds more to the beers body and mouthfeel than its actual taste. As the beer begins to warm the bitterness seems to become mellow and more traditional saison flavors come through (ie the yeasts used and honey sweetness).

Mouthfeel:
The Bruery beer does this beer right, making it a funky, yet drinkable saison. There is much more spiciness from rye and hops than I normally expect, but it melds well with the barnyard funkiness.
The alcohol also makes an appearance, mainly at the end of each sip to help cleanse my palate. However, it doesn't cleanse my palate completely...there's a slightly strange aftertaste (cardboard) that becomes gross after about a minute.

Overall:
Not too overpriced and it was in fact purchased off the shelf (a rarity in CNY), so I gotta say this one's a "go." Last night I was drinking a saison-brett from boulevard thinking that it was pure excellence, but this beer's pretty damn good as well!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured into my Bruery tulip... beautiful honey/amber/golden hue with a giant fluffy three finger head rising. Leaves a wonderful, thick lacing ring all around... but than fades gently away.

S- Banana and minty bubblegum. Little hints of funkiness and old wet hay. Some wonderful peppery spice. Lemon, pineapple and wildflower honey. Cloves, allspice, star anise and szechuan peppercorns. This has such an amazing bouquet!

T- Lemon, spicy pepper, and banana are the first notes the tongue pick up. Slight touches of alcohol, funky grass compost, and honey. The spiciness of the rye really comes alive as it warms up. This is unreal! Everyone should try this! I gotta get a few more bottles to put away for a few years.

M- Cleans the palete in a spicy way! Lots of fruit (lemon/banana/citrus), spicy rye, and yeasty funk that's not over the top, but just right. Full of hearty rye grains, caraway, spicy pepper, cloves and allspice.

O- (Hands clapping!!!) Absolutely brilliant Patrick!!! Everything you could ask for in a Saison.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

I believe the Bruery has upped the alcohol percentage in their flagship saison. It used to be 8.5%...now it's 9.5%. That's one huge saison.

Appearance: Cloudy orange gold with a thick white head. Darker in color than most saisons (they usually are light yellow/straw colored), perhaps due to the use of rye in the brewing process.

Smell: Lemon, lemongrass, Brettanomyces, juicy tangerine, general earthiness and a light, musty funk. Refreshing smelling, and not a hint of booze despite this being a 9.5 percent ABV beer.

Taste: Rye spice at first that transitions into the Brett funkiness (not quite sour), finishing lemon-like, grassy, and extremely earthy and a tad herbal (clove), with just a hint of sweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is totally on point: medium to medium light body, solid medium carbonation with a beautiful dryness that is accompanied by a creaminess that reminds me of the best hefeweizens. I'm getting used to the Bruery making beers with absolutely flawless mouthfeels.

Overall: Saison Rue is the class of American saisons and my favorite beer in the style. It has an incredible complexity, with the Brettanomyces and rye doing wondrous yet subtle work. A must for any fan of the style and a perfect introduction to one of the United States' most talented breweries.

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

A: Pale golden with a huge frothy white head that sticks around well.

S: Yeasty, bready, a bit of fruit.

T/M: Belgian yeasts, some light fruity notes, very dry and crisp. Some spices and herbs in the aftertaste

O: This is a really nice example of this Belgian style, very rustic and earthy. It's nicely complex.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been on something of a Rye trip lately. It started with sampling Rye IPAs first, and then several Rye Whiskies, and then I found this Rye Saison. The beer poured a pale golden color and formed a large, creamy looking head. The look was very similar to Duvel, but the strong musty Brett aroma let me know that I was sampling something else altogether. The smell had floral, tart, vinous character, perfect for a farmhouse ale. The taste was dusty dry, with Brett funk in the beginning of the sip. This was followed by a pear like flavor, and finished off with a peppery spiciness. There wasn't much of a rye influence, as the Brett pretty much drove everything else into submission. The aftertaste was herbal with touch of juniper. Very light in the mouth, and easy to drink. The alcohol content was well hidden under these layers, and crept up on you with some warmth. Very good interpretation of the style.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,510 ratings.