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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
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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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ferrari29

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Tulip glass

A - Beer poured with a white one finger head; lots of lacing around the glass; sticky; orange body with plenty of carbonation stemming from the bottom & sides of the glass

S - Scents of lemon, orange peel, coriander joined with other more subtle spices; sweet malt notes peek through the initial blast of orange peel and lemon

T - The taste is rather citrus from the lemon; sour & floral notes come up along with some help from other spices; tastes like a Belgian ale but much smoother; high ABV does come up a bit too, more than I would expect

M - Creamy consistency & very effervescent; bubbly but smooth down the hatch

D - Overall a very good drink; I had this with some mussels and matched up very well; it was easy to drink and very enjoyable at the dinner table; well-balanced and a great Saison along with Goose Island's Sofie

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 05:12:39 | More by ferrari29
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From tasting notes (1/26/11). Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass (it's all I had on vacation).
A: Pours a greenish-golden hue with 3+ inch tight bubbly and rocky white head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Very pleasant farmhouse and brett funk. Fresh grass and green apple. Citrus hops and white pepper.
T: Cream and green apple, citrus hops and white pepper. Funk resides more in the background. Mildly spiced grainy rye adds a nice dimension.
M: Soft and creamy. Spicy bite from the rye is a nice counterpoint.
D: Extremely drinkable. A wonderful saison...one of my favorites. Can't wait to have it again...seek it out!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 04:35:16 | More by mwilbur
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 03:59:56 | More by corby112
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

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

Green 750 mL bottle with no freshness date. Unfiltered, bottle-conditioned, brewed with rye and brettanomyces and hopped to 30 IBUs. Pours a crystal-clear amber/gold, with lots of carbonation and a voluminous head that slowly climbs out of the glass. Smells toasty, fruity and spicy/peppery, with a few perfumy notes. A bit sweet on the palate, with additions of green/spicy hops, mild bitterness, oranges, and an earthy spiciness. The body is light and dry, very effervescent, with a hint of dextrins. I didn't really pick up a lot of rye, and the brett only makes itself known as a lightly earthy funk, but it tastes very authentic and ranks up there with the best of the Belgian saisons.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 16:56:04 | More by mmmbeer
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Janderson91

Alabama

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Hop City in Atlanta, GA and thought it was worthy of my first review.

A - Poured this into a Dogfish Signature Glass and it appears an extremely hazy amber color with a nice white 2-3 finger head. A good looking saison.

S - The nose is a lot of lemon, Belgian yeast and spicy pepper. I'm loving this.

T - This is even more complex than the nose. A lot of lemon, rye, Belgian yeast, and maybe some coriander. It also has somewhat of a peppery spicy kick to it.

M - The mouthfeel is fantastic. Medium and a little creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - For 8.5% it is very well hidden and I had no problem drinking an entire bottle by myself.

This was my first beer from The Bruery and I'll definitely have to try some of their other offerings because I loved Saison Rue.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 21:34:27 | More by Janderson91
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flexabull

California

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My second Bruery beer, I just can't get this where I live. Bought this one in St. Helena.

Pours a hazy and dull gold color with a very nice head. The color isn't that great, but the head is impressive.

Aromas are of tart lemons, grains, rye, grassy, and floral. Nice complex nose.

Taste is complex just like the nose. Very spicy up front, crushed pepper, lemon zest, bitter, grainy, and with light citrus sweetness. Finish is very crisp, green apple like, and herbal.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Full with really snappy carbonation.

Drinkability is nice. This a complex, potent, and flavorful beer, maybe a little bit too strong at the moment. This one could probably sit in cellar for a little while.

Good stuff, just not really pretty to look at.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 04:32:08 | More by flexabull
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bbkd3b

California

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Before I begin, allow me to thank my sister for bringing me a couple of wonderful beers this Christmas. This is one of them. I poured it into a tulip.

A - There are two great things from the start: the beautiful, copper body and the incredibly frothy, 2-finger head. The carbonation is absolutely astonishing on this one. It's extremely hazy, what with being unfiltered and all, and I can't find much to complain about.

S - Tart and citrus scents, along with a nice blast of yeast. There's also a thin, bready smell underneath that really balances the nose out nicely. Refreshing.

T - Oh wow, it's a lot like the nose. It carries the citrus and tart flavors really well, kind of like cherries and lemons, but a great twist of rye really comes up big time and evens out the taste. It maintains this complexity all of the way through with a nice, clean finish.

M - Creamy, medium body with carbonation that almost shocks the tongue. Finishes off with a warming touch and is very clean. It's very smooth!

D - Strength made me take it slow and anymore would probably knock me off of my feet. A great beer to sip in the evening.

Overall/notes - I wish the Bruery distributed to Missouri. That's really all I can say. This is the best Saison out of the few I've had by a long shot! Really unique approach, too. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 03:41:55 | More by bbkd3b
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augustgarage

California

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip. Served lightly chilled.

ECE/SAE amber body, clear with three fingers of dense ivory merengue. Lasting pebbly lacing, sticky and persistent.

Light Brett. notes suggest earth and a touch of "barnyard" funk. Grassy hop aromatics and a subtle sweetness from malt come through as well.

Bready and tart flavors abound - ranging from rye, lemon curd, and buttermilk, to pale malt and an array of spicy phenolics. Very well balanced, delicate, yet complex blend of ingredients yield a rustic singular ale. Lacks the sense of "terroir" the very best examples tend to have, but this is one of the better domestic versions I've tried. This is the darker spicier side of the coin from their equally excellent Saison de Lente though the yeast profile seems similar (Rue is more "wild").

Lively effervescent mouthfeel, medium-bodied, filling yet refreshing.

While some farmhouse style ales are better after a few hours working outside in the sun...this one is perfect after cleaning the gutters and other rain-related tasks. Tasty, though I see this priced anywhere from $11.99 to $20+ for no apparent reason.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 22:51:44 | More by augustgarage
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champ103

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this many times, most recently at a BA tasting. I think jujubeast6000 brought this one?

A: At first pop of the cork, this is almost a gusher. Though after a minute it is very manageable to pour. This has a beautiful, slightly hazy honey/orange color. After the initial gush, a perfect two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: An awesome aroma of slightly tart fruits, funky Brett, and bread/biscuit malts. Crusty rye bread and funk complement each other perfectly. A peppery spice is well. I love it.
T: Follows the nose. It is like fresh baked rye bread up front. Some funky notes from the Brett that is a really nice compliment. Tart fruits of pears and apples. Again, awesome.
M/D: A full body that is perfectly crisp and dry. Champagne like, but still very smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. Every time I try this, I want the bottle all to myself.

Just an all around great Saison. Up there with Saison Brett as one of my favorite American examples. A treat every time I get to try it, and something I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 21:58:23 | More by champ103
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nniicckkww

Florida

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

Popped from a champagne style bottle that had been aged one year. Lively carbonation with an immense head that lasts and lasts. Funky brett nose with notes of leather and earthiness. Very light mouthfeel, possibly because of the carbonation. Complex. The brett has done wonders in this beer. I think another year in the bottle would make this beer epic. Funky stable and leather. Mild hop bite. Dry finish. This is a great beer with even more potential!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 16:48:35 | More by nniicckkww
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beagle75

Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a goblet at the Bruery tasting room.

A: Slightly hazy, pale copper color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Lightly toasted grain, faint apricot and oranges. The smell is very mild and hard to pin down at first, then reminds of summertime in the country as it warms--equally earthy, breezy, and herbaceous. No alcohol is detected in the smell.

T: Begins off-dry, with cracker and mild but brightly flavored stone fruits, especially cherry. A remarkable duality is present in the middle when the beer presents dryness and continued delicate sweetness simultaneously, while a whiff of mild solvent is occasionally detected. The restrained bitter finish dries out considerably, leaving a lingering trace of musty, papery brettanomyces. No alcohol flavor is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, equally refreshing and warming on the palate while also slightly numbing on the throat, with moderate carbonation.

D: This beer is remarkably adventurous for being a flagship recipe of a young brewery. Flavors are interesting and refreshing, with well-behaved brett character that is characteristic of the Bruery. Whether by design or by happy accident the textures and effects on the palate are repeatedly grin-inducing and elevate this beer beyond the ability of the other sensory qualities. Saison Rue stands out as a noteworthy American Saison, but is edged out by the stylistic accuracy of the Bruery's spring seasonal, Saison de Lente.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 16:10:17 | More by beagle75
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trevorjn06

Washington

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

Pours a hazy straw/gold color with massive, puffy head that lasts forever and leaves substantial lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very complex, tart, bright fruits, funk, bready malts and mild spice.

Taste is smooth, bready malts, spicy rye, fruity esters, some funky brett character and a mild tartness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation and a wonderful smooth feeling.

Overall this beer goes down way too easy and is very complex, fairly dry and just plain lovable.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 22:21:54 | More by trevorjn06
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willjschmidt

California

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark orange color with a thick white head.

S: Spicy yeast, citrus, a bit of funky tartness as well.

T: A very complex saison. Spicy yeast as well as some rye spiciness. A bit of tart citrus in the from of lemon. A bit of funkiness and earthiness from the brett as well. The finish is dry and slightly tart and sour.

M: Medium bodied, highly carbonated.

D: A truly great saison. Very original, complex and quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 03:28:18 | More by willjschmidt
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oregone

Oregon

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

A: Solid appearance with a prodigious head that lasts. Tan colored.
S: Somewhat reticent on the nose with some herbal and vegetal (grass, hay, etc) aromas coming out and mingling with some faint citrus rind.
T: Citrus rind, earthy, slight sweetness. Fairly rich.
M: a bit thicker with some lingering sticky hints than I would like. Good though.
D: Solid. Finished the 750ml with ease. Could see getting into a second on a long hot summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 07:11:06 | More by oregone
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

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

Appearance- This beer poured a hazy amber with a nice foamy white head.

Smell- Interesting hints of tart green apples, pepper and a slight hint of fruity hoppiness.

Taste- Now don't take this the wrong way but man the flavor that dominates here is....Jagermeister. I know, I know but that's what I tasted. The Bruery website doesn't say they use anise but man that's what I got the most of. I also got slight hints of green apples, barnyard mustiness and pepper but the anise just dominated the taste for me.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a lot of carbonation.

Overall- An absolutely great brew but the anise just kept throwing me off. I swear I tasted Jagermeister and it was driving me crazy.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 20:37:32 | More by Beerbuddha
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bottle into a pair of SA perfect pint glasses, I had to use a pair because the beer was a gusher. The beer is straw yellow in color and pours with a good 4 inches of head. The beer does leave beutiful lacing, but you have to wait 10 minutes to drink it. The aroma is funky with barnyard and wet hay qualities. It has a nice mix of funk and citrus qualities, and a drying finish. The beer is light, well carbonated and very tasty. I dinged it because it is a gusher(from reading reviews a very common problem). The gushiness, and rather high price point mean I will look to other saisons for my next purchase.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 23:36:52 | More by bonkers
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jibbyvonjibb

California

2.68/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: tall head, cloudy, copper color
T: Candi-sugar sweetness. Some spicy/pepperiness. Cannot detect the rye.
M: Doughy, high carbonation, medium maltiness
O: a bit too sweet for my tastes. I like my Belgians (and esp. Saisons) to finish dry. Not a good example of the style and rather average taste, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 05:23:34 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 02:08:39 | More by Huhzubendah
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chumba526

Oregon

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

Appears a light orange color; it is slightly cloudy. There is a small white head.

It smells slightly sour, slightly sweet, there is an earthy almost dirt like bitter smell, there is also a pleasant slightly citrus smell.

It tastes much like it smells. There is a slight sour taste, which is perfectly balanced by a slight sweetness. There are slight citrus flavors; mostly orange. There is a slight mild earthy flavor to the beer. There is also a slight yeasty fruity flavor as well. The beer finishes with a slight bitter taste. The flavors blend perfectly.

The carbonation is moderate low. The beer goes down smooth.

The drinkability is quite good. It's easy to drink and is smooth.

Overall a fantastic beer, one of the best saisons I have had in a while. I find some saisons have an off-putting peppery taste and this one did not. A nearly perfect saison.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 04:21:47 | More by chumba526
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 10/15/10. Received this from zoso1967 and enjoyed it with BuckyFresh.

A: SR pours a beautiful cloudy gold into a snifter. A pillowy, pure white head rests at about one and a half fingers. The lacing is clumpy and forms in thick large chunks. The head retention is good.

S: Huge whiffs of lemon and peppery spiciness fill my nostrils. Large Belgian yeasts are very present. The overwhelming impression of the smell is that of a fresh spring morning. A lot of Granny Smith apple crispness emanates from the beer, as well.

T: This is a very springy and fresh taste. A lovely peppery spice complements a lemon, banana, and Granny Smith apple fruitiness. The malts and spicy hops are very upfront in the taste, which is somewhat of a departure from a typical Saison, but it is a quality that I really like. The lingering hop bitterness is earthy and chewy.

M: Very drying and fresh. A sparkly medium bodied effervescence leads to a puckering hop finish that cleans off the palate well.

D: This beer is very nice for the style and I could enjoy it for a long time. I will look for this one again, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 17:05:21 | More by TCHopCraver
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BuckyFresh

Michigan

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

Thanks to zoso1967 for this tasty brew.

Appearance: Split two ways with TCHopCraver and poured into a large wine glass. Pours a hazy golden orange, with not much in the way of a head. There is some pretty decent lacing when you splash the beer around though, and a disc of large bubbles that make a home in the center of the glass. There's a bit of carbonation visible on the sides of the glass, but it's a bit too murky to see anything else.

Smell: Sour cherries, apples, and citrus come to mind as I sniff this one. Spicy yeast and some mineral funk are also present, with a touch of green peppercorns to spice thins up. This beer manages to be wonderfully fresh and musty at the same time.

Taste: There is a very well balanced representation of the sour, funky, sweet, and spicy elements found in the aroma. Mineral water, sour citrus, yeast, and some malt sweetness all take their turns here. There is a surprisingly dry finish, but the alcohol manages to creep back up your throat after you think things are done.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, well balanced, with a dry finish. Straddles the dichotomy of biting citrus and sweet malt quite well.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but the spiciness and ABV might prevent me from having too many glasses.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 23:18:27 | More by BuckyFresh
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Gobzilla

California

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a hazy orange with golden yellow highlights that had a finger of head and left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. the aroma was of belgian yeast, spice, very light fruitinees, and clove like character in the background. the taste also had the belgian yeast qualities with spice and clove accents but still maintained a touch of sweet fruitiness. the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight funky, fruity, spice, and prickly finish. it drank very good and was a good interpretation of a saison.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 02:55:21 | More by Gobzilla
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.6/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 02:10:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
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CMW

Missouri

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

A - Pours a golden yellow color with a massive white head that refuses to fade away and leaves some serious lacing both in the glass and the bottle.

S - White pepper, rye, clove, and some banana. Much spicy than your typical saison.

T - Similar to the nose in that the spice seems to take a front seat. Pepper is definitely noticeable as is the rye. Small amount of fruitiness but it is pushed into the background.

M - Crisp and the spice makes it a little sharp on the tongue.

D - While not my favorite saison of all time a very good effort and one I would like to drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 23:53:34 | More by CMW
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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
Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,337 ratings.