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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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1,408 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,408
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 155
Gots: 217 | FT: 10
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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 Janderson91
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

Janderson91, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of flexabull
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

flexabull, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of bbkd3b
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

bbkd3b, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
4.15/5  rDev +1%

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.

augustgarage, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of champ103
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

champ103, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of nniicckkww
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%

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!

nniicckkww, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of beagle75
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

beagle75, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

trevorjn06, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of willjschmidt
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

willjschmidt, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of oregone
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

oregone, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

Beerbuddha, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of bonkers
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

bonkers, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
2.68/5  rDev -34.8%

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.

jibbyvonjibb, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of chumba526
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

chumba526, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

TCHopCraver, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of BuckyFresh
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

BuckyFresh, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

Gobzilla, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.6/5  rDev -36.7%

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.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of CMW
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

CMW, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of gatornation
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

poured from a 750 ml bottle it was it was a slightly hazy copper orange color with a 1.5 finger head and nice sticky lacing..smell was spicy with clove and fruit bananas.apples and pears mixed with yeast and rye..taste was the same its a classic saison but the yeast and the rye infused is very good its a heavier saison but very tasty clove and fruit are melded with rye and spices ..mouth feel is medium full with good carbonation..this one could be aged for a better flavor profile but i could not wait..solid saison very drinkable

gatornation, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of micmillon18
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. No born on date was found on the bottle.

A - Very nice two finger head sits atop a light amber colored beer. Very carbonated, took awhile for the head to lessen.

S - Banana, rye, spices. Lemon or citrus is also there.

T - Crisp and really tasty. Ripe bananas are present, as well as a slight hint of pear. Very peppery and spicy flavors that play well with the fruit. Has the typical tart, citrus climax of most saisons. Alcohol is quietly present at the end. Just incredibly tasty. Theres just so much going on in this beer. It's sweet and crispy, medium bodied with so much spiciness and fruity yeast notes.

M - Very carbonated upfront. Finishes semi dry. Goes down very easy, I'm having trouble not drinking it.

D - Certainly drinkable, but I'm damn near spent finishing the rest of the bottle. Possibly the best saison I've ever had. I'll continue to try more from the Bruery, they have yet to fail me and I'm certainly going to buy this little bit of deliciousness again.

micmillon18, Oct 18, 2010
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%

750ml into snifter.
A: The bottle opens with a loud fizz and a bit of head comes rushing up the top of the bottle, but not before a pour into the snifter shows a good bit of carbonation. The two finger head is full of white, foamy bubbles. The body shows the carbonation in full force. The color is a light golden color, that is a bit more on the amber side for the style. The head holds very well in between each pour of the snifter. The lacing is left in large, almost non transparent swaths.

S: The aroma is a medium to high intensity, that is very rich and pleasant. The notes of a classic saison are shown, while there is a note of rye and a roasted hint. The presence of the Brett is very powerful and hints to you by a bit of acidity on the nose. A lemon zest note that has a bit of a darker side to it.

T/M: The front is a smooth and lively carbonated blast, that fills the mouth with sour yeast flavor. The front is a bit of a lower intensity, compared to the body and the lingering finish of this brew. The front moves to the mouthfeel that is a carbonated silky sensation. The body hits a climax with a tart, rye note that hints at saison, and then moves on to other flavors of roasted malts and a bit of hop dryness. The body is a medium mouthfeel, that goes down very easy. The finish, shows notes of rye and finishes with classic saison characteristics.

D: I find this to be a very good beer in regards to the overall tastes and ease of drinking. Not only that, but there is also a barrier that has been pushed with the style. The traditional saison is represented in this brew, but there is a element that puts this beer in a realm of its own.

GDBEERMAN, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured into a tulip from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a very gorgeous slight hazy orange with some nice straw golden hints as well. There is a nice 1 inch head that is quite dense and recedes at a moderate pace while leaving some nice lace and recedes to a thin film.

S - Starts off with delicious clove and some nice yeasty aroma. There is some nice apple and some pear fruit juice aromas as well. Some slight funk and mild tartness on the nose. Delicious malt backbone on this beer.

T & M - Wow delicious spice and apple sweetness with some slight pear juice flavors as well. There is a great pepper flavor to this beer as well as some slightly refreshing and intriguing mint. Great sweetness from the malt with some clove flavors as well. A quite interesting flavor profile for a saison. There is some funk in the flavor but not as much as other takes on the style. There is some slight lemon flavors as well. The feel is nice and complex with great clean flavors and crispness.

D - Delicious and refreshing with some nice crispness. Good ABV.

JoEBoBpr, Oct 06, 2010
Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,408 ratings.