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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

1,453 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,453
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 158
Gots: 226 | FT: 10
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Stinkypuss, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

BHOBS, Dec 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Robtobfest, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of MrJolly
5/5  rDev +21.7%

MrJolly, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

beerdweeb, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of PerHops
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a beautiful hazy straw yellow that moves into a darker, almost copper shade at the top. Great head retention makes this look like a nearly perfect saison. The smell is very subtle. The Brett doesn't present itself blatantly. Citrus, a little funk, but also a lot of spice character. I guess this makes it a pretty average saison, tast wise, initially. Gets more complex as it drinks/ warms up. Drinks easily, good carbonation. Gets more dry towards the end. I just wish the Brett was more prevalent.

PerHops, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of brydeen
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium tulip after 6 months of proper cellaring

A - Pours an orangish/light brown boty with a huge white head. Head takes up a third of the glass, with some lacing. Takes a while to dissipate.

S - Has a prominent bretty funk aroma. Backed up by a little spiciness and tart apple.

T - Surprisingly sweet initial taste. Gives way to a funky, peppery backbone. Not even slightly tart as I expected.

M - Loads of carbonation with a really dry finish.

O - Really solid brew. The funkiness from the brett is balanced really well by the rye, peppery flavor, making it very smooth and drinkable. Good Stuff

brydeen, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

jcone17, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

photomike, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

alamode, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

jtk, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of cdkrenz
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled cellared above 45 degrees since February 2011. This was a December 2010 release which makes this bottle in the cellar for a year. Served tonight at 50 degrees.

A - Massive, frothy, sticky, pure white head taking up 80% of my tulip. The beer is an orange to light brown color with tons of rising carbonation. This head is going absolutely nowhere.

S - Earthy yeast, banana, sweet champagne Belgian funk. This is a very interesting and unique aroma. To some I imagine it would be a turn off but to me... I can't wait to taste it.

T - It's trying to push a bit of sour but it never makes it. This beer has a definite funkiness to it. Not a bad funk but one that offers a bit of apricot, alcohol, white grape raisin, and ... (there's something else there but I can't seem to pinpoint it) all wrapped up in one.

M - The feel starts out as that of champagne with it's bubble body and dry finish. As the alcohol wears away at my palette the feel tends to migrate toward smooth, light and actually rather silky.

~ One thing that should certainly not be overlooked with this beverage is the 'head' that come with it. One of the better I've had in a long time. The look and texture of the beverage are also great characters. If I had brewed this beer I don't know if I would have thought it to be anything special considering the flavors. Which lends me to wonder if this is what the brewers were attempting to create, or if this is what they created with the ingredients they used. Either way, it's interesting, and interesting goes along way in my book. Especially when it looks and feels the way it does. I can't help but wonder if the flavor character would have developed better if I had let it cellar for another year.

cdkrenz, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Dec 13, 2011
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Elfastball7, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

EasyReader, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of GJ40
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice at 50 degrees.

A - Golden and clear with a big white head.

S - Big bubble gum with a slight funk.

T - Bubblegum with a slight funk and a hint of sweetness. The rye and bret add to the complexity without taking over. It only got better as it warmed.

M - Light with a firm carbonation and a silky backbone.

O - Flavorful and thought provoking. With the brett and rye, it's probably close to what you'd have found back on a farm in Belgium.

GJ40, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

jophish17, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Popp24, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Dirtyrat91740, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

thewimperoo, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

drummermattie02, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

tclapper, Dec 07, 2011
Saison Rue from The Bruery
90 out of 100 based on 1,453 ratings.