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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
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1,445 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 156
Gots: 225 | 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 dzni
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber, big head - nice appearance
S - Overall, a nice nose. I got floral, bananas, tropical fruit, and cloves.
T - I don't get as much drinking this as on the nose. Overall, there's a nice caramel, malty, hoppy taste, but I don't get any citrus or other specific flavors.
M - Medium bodied, not much else
O - Overall a nice beer. I get a lot on the nose, it's quite enjoyable to drink over the course of an evening, and this lives up to Bruery's standard quality.

dzni, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange amber color, huge poof of off white head, decent retention. Scent is bigger on the musty barnyard funk from the brett than i expected, backbone is a spicy and earthy grain. Taste brings a spicy kick from the rye, brett hits with some decent strength - more musty barnyard funk then expected for the style. Medium bodied, active carbonation, dry. A nice take on the style with a touch too much brett covering up a good base beer.

rfgetz, May 31, 2011
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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

Mebuzzard, May 27, 2011
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.

billab914, May 20, 2011
Photo of pmlondrigan
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled and poured into a tulip. Buckwheat honey color, opaque. Lots of clinging lace left after a billowing head receids. A strong aroma of earthy tones, some brett, a little fruity pinapple spices and yes rye. Initially this seems a normal saison, over mid palate though you notice faint fruity flavors from the brett, and then earthy funky flavors from said brett. Lastly a hit of rye, spicy and unique un-to itself. Scrubbing bubbles and then squeeky dry.
Well this is not my favorite saison it is certainly a well executed beer which is balanced and unique.

pmlondrigan, May 12, 2011
Photo of mltobin
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from Whole Foods - Bowery.

Appearance is an amber tone with a good sized head that does not sit atop very long. Its` smell has citrus, pepper, yeast, a lot going on in a good way. The taste The taste has quite a bit of spice, apple, raisins, brett, some general booze. MF is medium, finishes with some bitterness. This is a very good saison from The Bruery and will not disappoint those who enjoy the style.

mltobin, May 06, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Apricot orange with a shade of brown. Frothy white head holds up well. Ok lace.

S – Lemon citrus. Touch of sourness. Honey. Very nice raspberry note. Great nose overall, but could use just a shade more intensity.

T – Green grass, with a bitter/tart Curacao backbone. Lemon and agave nectar with a light black pepper spice a moment later. Great balance with a soft and well integrated complexity.

M – Smooth and well carbonated. Medium body. Peppery/sweet finish.

O – Delicious, restrained, complex and well balanced.

vfgccp, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Gratefulbeerhead. Poured into Fantome tulip.

Hazy apricot colored body capped by a massive four finger thick frothy head. Retention is quite impressive, as the head works its way back a heavy sheet of lacing left clinging to the walls of the glass.

Very earthy, grainy aroma. Spicy and slight citric scents fall in just behind. The brettanomyces become very apparent towards the rear. Rustic mustiness lingers at a assertive but well integrated level .

Grainy rye flavor rolls across the tongue. Slight sugar cookie sweetness follows just behind. The earthy flavors pick up intensity as the beer works its way to the back of the palate. Slight grassiness followed by a dry dusty pepper flavor.

Medium light bodied saison. The carbonation is lively and prickly on the tongue. The finish is dry and on point for the style.

Very good beer. While not my favorite beer for the style it would be a potential go to if it were available in my area. Pleasant depth of flavor, very well balanced. Easy to drink and enjoyable.

kzoobrew, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of smh804
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep golden, almost orangey haze. Off white, vigorous head that took some time to fade. Heavy lacing.
S- hay, wet sawdust, lemon, slight tingle of pepper
T - rye, lemon zest, bitters, green peppercorn, funk
M- light up front becoming creamy with heavy carbonation
O- I really enjoy this beer. Slightly off style but a big hit with the rye influence. Good brett character and light enough for a warm spring day. I'm not a huge fan of the heavy carbonation that is standard for the style, but the flavor profile of this one is well worth it.

smh804, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into cabernet glass.
Bottle label says beer can develop when aged up to two years, but does not appear to have bottled-on date.

Aroma: Green apple, goaty funk, and a faint spicy clove note.

Appearance: Clear copper body with active effervescence. Head resembles a dense, rocky mousse. Thick clumps of lacing clings to the glass.

Flavor: Bright tartness upfront, followed by carmelly, pleasantly sweet malt. Bittersweet finish. Very complex flavor profile. I'm catching different flavors with each sip. Bitterness melds well with the sweetness. This beer would pair exceptionally well blue cheese.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, palate-cleansing carbonation.
Light-to-medium body.

Overall: A beautiful, unique red saison. Food-wise, I would recommend pairing with a lighter, acidic food. This would be a good gateway beer for someone just becomming acclimated to the funkier style. Give this one a try!

mdvatab, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of rapidsequence
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with a large crown cap. $12.99 from Beer Run.

Appearance: Clear golden color is a little darker than many saisons. Creamy, tightly bubbled head with outstanding retention and beautiful sticky lacing. This is the real deal.

Smell: Very fruity and spicy with nice Brett undertones. Tons of pear/apple type aromas, but also tropical fruit and hints of orange peel. Clove and pepper and other spicy aromas too. Sweet smelling malt.

Taste: Impressive. The spicy kick from the rye is very present. It integrates well with the malt sweetness and the sweet fruity esters and complements the other spicy notes. There is a bit of an earthy hops flavor and mlid balancing bitterness. The little bit of funk from the Brett is present thoughtout. Finish is a little bitter, not very dry.

Mouthfeel: For as much carbonation as this has, it remains smooth and not sharp in the mouth. It actually feels fairly full and big in the mouth for a saison. Lacks a little of the refreshing, dry, snap I like in saisons.

Overall: Excellent tasty twist on the saison. A little sweeter thoughout and doesn't finish as dry as I might like, but damn good. Paired well with sitting on the deck at dusk in 70 degree weather.

rapidsequence, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of allanplaysguitar
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - A copper gold with moderate head retention
Nose - Soft and sweet with a touch of citrus
Taste - Still a bit young being little bitter up front and then a little bit of malt kicks in. The rye is very subtle but compliments the complexity of the yeast flavors (being the spicy and dark fruity notes) while having the Bret become over bearing.
Aftertaste - Slightly sour and bready
Mouth Feel - Medium body as well as carbonation.
Overall - Saisons are beers that have very few rules to adhere to so this is a perfect example of the creativity of the style. Enough bite to get you thinking but also smooth enough to just site and relax with. For fans of Cabs and Merlots.

allanplaysguitar, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of eclaycamp
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Since I've had several Saisons this evening I figured I may as well crack open a bottle of Saison Rue, which I've been sitting on for about four months. 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a light golden to copper hue, with minimal head. Aroma is subdued, especially for a Saison. Nose is mostly sweet, with some notes of banana and bubblegum. There's some light spiciness in the background as well. Mouthfeel is effervescent and champagne like, with a semi-sweet aftertaste. Surprising amount of spice. The light banana aroma translates into the taste, along with a leather-like taste of recognizable Brett and a drawn out spicy finish. There's some alcohol in the finish and some alcohol warming as you drink it, as this beer certainly packs a punch. My only complaints about this beer would be the subdued aroma, but otherwise it's just about as good as you can get.

eclaycamp, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Ommegang tulip

A - Tons of carbonations, golden yellow with a finger of white head. Average retention and lacing.

S - Sour and leathery brett. Aroma has some bubblegum and Belgian yeast. Confusing and unlike anything else I've had.

T - Some sourness and leathery brett, especially in the finish. Tart white cherry and perhaps some light cranberry? Some kind of tart fruit. Very complex and unique.

M - Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation. Spot on for the style.

O - So unique and interesting. Tastes good and is a very cool beer. Drinks easy, is refreshing, and makes your tastebuds work!

greenmonstah, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of AronVietti
4.9/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Large white billowing head, dies down to about 1 inch and then holds with good lacing, nice golden/brass/straw coloring.

S - Pepper, leather and a bit of spice. The brett is no overpowering but adds nice complexity.

T - Spice, raisins, leather, brett and rye seem to be a good combination. I'm surprised how fruity this is, yet still refreshing.

M - Full bodied and also dry, how does the Bruery get that combination on so many beers? Good carbonation levels with a lasting finish and bone dry almost tanninic notes at the very end.

O - This is a great beer, a few of these are getting put away for sure.

AronVietti, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of GarrettMD
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear pale straw color with 1 and half fingers of off white head. Head retention is great. lacing is O.K.

S - I get a lot of pepper/bubblegum and leather. Almost a Brett aroma. There's a hint of sweetness well.

T - Taste is kind of funky. I can't really place the taste. Pepper and lemon zest have a background as in every other saison.

M - Slightly thin bodied, almost medium bodied. Very heavy carbonation. Finish is slightly dry and a little bitter. Leather stays around for a long time.

D - Overall, a very different saison than I have ever had. Brett yeast was very unique to this beer. I hadn't ever tasted the leather characteristic in this type of beer. This beer was decent, I would get it again, but it isn't the best saison I have ever tasted.

GarrettMD, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a pale, yet cloudy, somewhatmuddy copper and amber color. The head is just barely two fingers after the pour, but leaves no foam after a few sips.

The aroma has full sweat malts that range from marmalade and biscuits to tart apples with caramel. The brett yeast adds that tart apple aroma, but doesn't dominate the aroma or the palate. Just incorporates well.

The taste has loads of toasted mlats adding notes of bread, biscuits, and caramel. With the brett. yeast adding tart fruity flavors of green apples and currants. The hops drop an earthy twang to all of these falvors to balance them out. Very nice dinner beer.

scruffwhor, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle. No date.

Love the look of this beer. 3 finger white head on top of clear golden brew with a steady stream of cascading bubbles. Heavy lacing sticks to the glass.

Strong tropical fruit on the nose, coconut, earthy brett funk too. Some sweet malt.

Taste is a little surprising. Is there such a thing as an Imperial Saison? More assertive and alcohol forward than I was expecting, but quite tasty. Apple and pear, lemon and bitter grapefruit. Lightly sweet on the tongue. I'm not getting a ton of funk. Middle is very peppery. Finish brings on a noticeable dry alcohol flavor in the mix, reminds me of what you get out of an Imperial Pilsner compared to the normal style. Tart lemony flavor lingers on in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied, great carbonation.

Overall a really complex and unique beer. I'm heating up quick from this one, but I like it.

brotherloco, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this Bruery beer recently alongside the Mischief - overall, this won out for me against the two, but both were a little strange. This in particular is like an off-kilter saison. Pours a nice light orange with lots of head. With all the carbonation it kind of reeks, mostly citrus smells with a bit of green fruit. Quite an odd taste. Very bitter. I think some of the strangeness of the taste comes in part from the apple and in part from the Brett. To me, the latter is overpowering to a point where the whole mission gets lost. I think the green fruits are a great complement, but something gets lost in the sourness and bitterness of it all. Maybe I'm being too critical, but for me, this had a touch of a spoiled taste to it, but not spoiled enough for me not to recommend it. Will have to try it again in the future.

petacutlasaurus, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of blammasterj
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a ridiculous head. I barely had to apply any pressure to pop the cap and the beer produced it's own frothy head in the bottle that rushed up the neck.

Smells really spicy, with some nice lemon zest, Belgian yeast, and also some must from the Brett.

The flavor is really fantastic: upfront you get some strong spice from the rye, a strong twang of lemon and lemon zest, black pepper, grassy hops, some crazy must and barnyard that is quickly overcome by a nice citrus zest that really washes the whole thing down.

The carbonation is so strong that it prickles my tongue like a hot soda. The mouthfeel is full and airy and really rollicks around your mouth.

The head always sticks to about half an inch and leaves half inch wide rings of sugary lace around the glass. Because of the persistent carbonation you always get a mouthfeel of head with every drink that really makes every flavor pop.

I found myself gulping this gusher, yet enjoying every second. Really well done. Man I wish the Bruery was in Texas!

blammasterj, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of BranfordBound
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange/light amber with a huge four finger head from a normal pour. Ample lacing with lots of carbonation.

Aroma of sweet and tart fruits like apples with a bit of yeast funk.

Complex taste of bread, tart apples, vinegar, funky yeast, caramel, and peppery spice. Slightly sweet and slightly tart, delish.

A little on the wet side, medium bodied, no alcohol, very carbonated.

Yes, I'll take another. Complex but not heavy and overbearing. Delicious comes to mind. Interesting take on the Saison.

BranfordBound, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of uustal
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange/amber with a really bright while head. Frothy two-finger head, well carbonated, great retention and lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, wild yeast, spice and caramel malt. Very complex flavor profile. Yeast off the bat, bready. Tart green aplple. A lot of cracked pepper and spiciness in the body. Dark fruits and caramel malt begin to round out the flavor profile. Spices and tartness linger into the aftertaste. No heat. Very nice. Bubbly, crisp mouthfeel, but a tad sticky at the same time. Complexity keeps me going back for more.

uustal, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Sam21
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I purchased this for $12.99 and it had the original plain golden cap, so I assume that this bottle is around a year and a half old at the most. Capped champagne bottle into tulip.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Thick rocky white head. Great lacing and retention. Great looking beer.

Smell - Strong brett funk up front with a mixture of light citrus zest, green apples, spice, malt sweetness and some earth. Alcohol in the back, but well integrated. Spicy.

Taste - Strong funk, phenols, and snappy citrus zest lead into an earthy/herbal and extremely spicy and dry finish. The spice and earthiness of the rye melts together with the phenols giving this beer some bite. Some alcohol is noticeable, but again, well integrated into the flavors. Way too spicy and yeast driven, but the bottle does have a bit of age on it, so that is to be expected. Everything feels a bit raw and messy.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation and medium bodied. Feels light and goes down with tingling carbonation across the tongue.

Drinkability - I have had this before when it is a bit more fresh and enjoyed it. The yeast really took over the balancing citrus notes and it became overly spicy with too much bite. While not undrinkable or bad, I found it too be a little overwhelming. One bottle is more than enough.

Sam21, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of SkunkWorks
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into an Ommegang glass. I can't find a bottling date anywhere on this bottle. I wish I could so I could know when in the life cycle of this saison I was drinking it!

This is my first beer fermented with brett! I've had some beer that had some slight funk to it but this is the first real sour beer I've had.

Look: cloudy, slightly red amber color that is probably on the dark side for a saison. Vigorous carbonation leads to a billowing, white head that seems to slowly grow as I sit, waiting for it to die down. Sediment floats around. Great lacing is left behind.

Smell: spicy, herbal hops and some funkiness in the background. There's also a bit of spices, like ginger, clove and cardamom.

Taste: follow the nose but with a great deal more complexity. The rye really stands out with a great deal of earthiness and spiciness, the yeast provides spicy esters, and there's a bit of citrus to it as well. There's a lot of spices, and it reminds me of a chai beer I once brewed, since I can detect cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, cloves, and fresh ginger. There's so much going on in the taste, each sip yields something new. The sourness is mostly detectable in the foam, but for the most part the sour taste is fairly subdued but it adds a bit of farmhouse character to it. I only wish I had more to drink!

Feel: medium body with a bit too much carbonation, which is probably the only detracting thing from this beer. A bit creamy.

Drink: easy drinking, especially since I've read that high alcohol beers brewed with brett can be a bit hard to drink. I had no problem drinking my glass and wish I had more.

Overall, another solid beer from the Bruery. I haven't had that many from them, but each beer I've had has really impressed me. The guys at the Bruery should be very proud of themselves for producing such incredible brews.

While I really liked this, nothing about it really screamed out "saison" to me. Of course, since saison is such an eclectic style, I won't hold that against this beer. However, if you're popping this open, expecting a run of the mill saison... don't. You're still going to enjoy it! Cheers!

SkunkWorks, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of larsenju
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Rich gold body with a very tall head, good retention, light lacing.

S-Light tart cherry, some pepper spice, sweet orange peel, maybe just a touch of vanilla, and some grassy and slightly herbal hops. Overall its very crisp, nicely spicy with a little bit of funk, and a decent dose of alcohol.

T-Herbal hops along with a very nice rye spice up front, melding with some light citrus fruits. From there it heated up, which worked pretty well with the spicy rye character, and I started to get some plum and raisin, along with some biscuit like malt. The darker fruits really thicken the beers flavor and make it a little to big for a Saison.

M-Carbonation is a bit high, almost exploding in my mouth. Finishes dry, a quality I really must have in a Saison.

D-This is a great example of an alcohol forward Saison, the heat really adds to the beer. I also was really pleased with the rye character, however the carb really harms the flavor, and I would like to either see a little more funk, or a reduction in those darker fruit flavors. The beer was a bit unexpected, but a (mostly) welcome departure from the style. In a sea of "extreme" beers and breweries doing something different just because its different The Bruery is a refreshing example of how styles can be pushed with some really positive and interesting results.

larsenju, Feb 22, 2011
Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.