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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,372 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,372
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 153
Gots: 208 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2008)
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +12.4%

big bottle, much thanks to kelly and ryan for picking this up from 101 bottles in kent, oh

A- hazy golden plum flesh apricot color with an absolutely beautiful creamy dense belgianesque white head with just the slightest tint of yellow. very nice warm color to this brew. foam retention is exceptional for a high alcohol beer and the lace is no slouch either. off to a very good start.

S- fruity and funky! complex vaporous yeast notes like a nutty gruyere or emmentaler, band aid, old barn and roast pork. Brettanomyces central. biscuity and doughy, with a subtle rye spiciness and the wonderful smell of freshly toasted rye bread. pear, plum, melon, pineapple and banana, a hint of orange, and most of all-- peaches and cream on multi-grain cereal. i mean to a tee! white lilies, pound cake, sugar cookie, white pepper. all at once sweet spicy tart fruity and bready. re-damn-diculous.

T- fruity and funky again but with a pronounced quinine tonic water type bitterness that in many saisons seems out of place, but fits perfectly here. paired with spicy and toasty rye and peppercorn yeast spiciness, the bitterness seems not to be so overbearing and really finds its home. the brett yeast fruitiness is more subdued here, instead leaning toward the funky band aid barnyard body odor end of the rainbow. it imparts a dry and crispy character to the brew, allowing herbal and grassy hop flavors to peek through the funky fog. banana and orange peel, apple and grape skin, melon rind, with little residual sweetness or tartness. finishes dry and pale grainy with lingering sharp bitterness and pineapple alcohol character.

MF- lush and creamy but with brisk, lively carbonation to level things out. full soft body has the swirling feel of alcohol in there lurking among the zesty bubbles and it's warming and refreshing at the same time. feel of alcohol an the tongue and dryness on the cheeks is a little too pronounced, but is also enhanced by the funky yeast and quinine type bitterness. not being so boozy feeling would have earned this one a 5.

D- stellar aroma on this one. that alone has me hooked, but it's awesome in all other aspects too. great yeast and malt combination with just the right tough of hops. high abv is dangerous in such a complex brew. strangely thirst quenching hurts even more. blaze on, saison.

09-08-2010 05:41:49 | More by hustlesworth
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%

Bottle via trade with Viper666. Hazy orange pour with sick head retention and lacing. Big brett nose, apple, cloves, citrus, and grain also present. Taste is quite spicy/yeasty sweet up front (something fruity - apricots) with a dry bitter finale and lots of alcohol. Palate is quite lively and dry. This is good but pretty harsh.

08-31-2010 17:02:04 | More by Luk13
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unclejimbay

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

Bruery Review, we performed a comprehensive sampling of Bruery beers courtesy of CampusCrew and Troywittaker on 8/13/2010. Cheers this was a great sampling and evening guys!
I reviewed all brews we tasted in order of sampling, info, and some minor notes for my future homebrew reference. These reviews are to serve as a comprehensive review of the beers as purchased during 2010, sampled 8/13/2010 with about a group of 8 tasters.

This was the order of sampling...

Saison Rue, 8.5% abv
Brewed with Rye and Brettamyoces
Nice light amber/copper Saison with some mild pepper notes and noticeable Brett sour notes, bypassed by half the group.

Mischief, 8.5% abv

Tradewinds Tripel, 8.1%

Orchard White, 5.7% abv

Black Orchard, 5.7% abv

2 Turtle Doves, 12% abv

Coton (2010 Anniversary Beer) 14.5%

RUGBROD, 8% abv

Autumn Maple, 10% abv

08-27-2010 18:22:42 | More by unclejimbay
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -11.4%

A: Poured out a darker orange than expected. Good copper color, but it looks a bit dark for the style. Head color and retention is right on. Big and fluffy, small white and full of ups and downs. Lacing is noticeable before it even is beginning.

S: I can smell lemon without even putting my nose up to this thing. After smelling I pick up lemongrass, grass, lavender and some herbal hops. Citrus is quite sharp here. The Brett is quite strong as well, offering some funky and crisp yeast aromas. Tartness on the nose is pretty overwhelming. The barnyard is certainly in here. Good saison nose.

T: Very uncharacteristic. Spice note comes through first. Some citrus, but a big cinnamon and clove flavor is pretty prominent. Not picking up the funk on the flavor here, not picking up anything funky at all. Getting a cinnamon burn on the back of my throat. Wish I could get the Brett that the tulip captures on the nose as it travels towards the palate, but it dies once it hits the tongue. Not very reminiscent of a saison.

M: Very light on the palate. Crisp carbonation. On point as far as style goes.

D: Doesn't drink like a Saison to me. A bit too malty and a bit too spicy (cinnamon and allspice).

08-25-2010 03:03:55 | More by kiddynamite920
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -5.3%

The Bruery's Saison Rue is a nice saison, though not without faults. The beer was beautiful poured into a tulip glass with a translucent lemonade-like pale yellow color that was vigorously effervescent forming a billowing white cap. The smell was earthy and musty from brett with hints of lemon and tangerines. The beer was very thick, despite the ample carbonation, and the flavor was chalky and peppery with a tart meyer lemon and biscuity malt. The beer was far too chewy and thick and high in alcohol. A saison was designed as thirst-quenching for farmers coming home from the fields and at 8.5% this chewy beer would fill you up before dinner. I think that by packing in all the tasty flavors the drinkability of the beer really suffers.

08-24-2010 15:40:59 | More by Soonami
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BogleHill

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%

This is a deep hazy golden brew with a huge bubbly white head out of the bottle - some sediment floating on the foam. Once things settle down and this one warms up a bit, there is a interesting peppery aroma with lots of lacing. Flavor profile is of white pepper with apricot notes. A little biscuit-bread and then a little citrus. This is one complex brew, very satisfying and tasty as it warms.

08-24-2010 00:34:36 | More by BogleHill
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rebel1771

Florida

3.73/5  rDev -9.5%

A: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a HUGE head that sticks around a very long time, to long in fact.

S: Sour fruit aroma with a decent helping of wheat notes as well.

T: Strong wheat flavor followed by a somewhat weak sour fruit flavor. Good but not great.

D: While not bad in any respect, this beer falls a little short for me. Not enough funk.

08-23-2010 23:14:18 | More by rebel1771
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CampusCrew

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

I hosted a Bruery tasting and we had 9 of the bottles collected. we had 4-6 oz samples. I'm reviewing these on memory from a few nights ago.

Saison Rue is the one we started off with and it was anice. More body than I rememebred from Leinte a few months ago and less sour. But still a wrold class saison. Nice and earthy aromas and flavors and sublte sourness.

08-23-2010 14:37:58 | More by CampusCrew
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

A- Pours a hazy apricot with a massive head that bears great retention.
S- The smell is of light fruit (lemon, apple, peach perhaps) and a good deal of spice. The spicyness has gotta be that rye kicking in, but there is a certain clove aspect lingering as well. The trademark brett... it was underwhelming, but it's still a great aroma.
T- Starts with a rye spicyness and floats into a bit more of a fruit flavor. There is a bit of "funk" flavor lingering in the background. I actually found this to be quite nice as it didn't overwhelm some of the more subtle flavors, but existed in enough strength to be noticable. There was a bit of alcohol in the flavor, with a finish comprised of earthness, yeastiness and a bit of that rye.
M- A splendind mouthfeel. Tingly carbonation but also rather creamy. A bit on the lightweight side but overall a well-structured beer.
D- Thoroughly drinkable and absolutely refreshing. Did not strike me as an 8.5% beer in the least. The flavors are dynamic enough that the drinkability on this one is quite high.

08-22-2010 06:12:36 | More by jsprain1
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 8.5% ABV, Best cellared at 55° F Serve at 50°F, pour leaving sediment behind, serve in a tulip or wine glass.

Thanks to my cousin Dan for bringing this one over!

A - Hazy golden apricot orange with small floating particles and a massive off-white head from high carbonation. Great retention but little lace left on the glass.

S - Light lemon citrus compounded with orange peel blends well with the spice aroma going on. Some white pepper and coriander with a little bit of dry grass. Caramel and crystal malts back up the complex aroma and earthy hops come in on the back end. Sharp rye bites hard but no brett yeast flavor comes in.

T - The rye in the flavor is almost overwhelming. Spice and light citrus comes through bit is overshadowed by the rye, earthy hops, and a mild brett funk to the finish. Strange at first but it's slowly growing on me.

M - Medium-light-bodied and sharp rye/spice mouthfeel with a high carbonation level and smooth finish. A little tart and bitter at the same time with a touch of funk.

D - This is a weird beer. Very strange yet intriguing. Not exactly quenching but complex and interesting. Good nonetheless.

08-16-2010 01:52:31 | More by BeerFMAndy
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured into a tulip glass a pale hazy orangish yellow with about 1/2 a finger of thin soapy white head.
Very fragrant on the nose. A ton of spiciness. Orange and lemon zest, peppercorn and some lightly sweet funkyness.
That funk appears again on the taste. It's joined with some tanginess and a definite rye spiceyness. Peppered lemon and orange zest finish it off.
Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with a good amount of tang on the tongue and a slight amount of alcohol is present.
Overall a tasty saison. I would recomend giving it a shot. I would drink it again.

**From notes taken on 6/15/10**

08-11-2010 01:24:33 | More by BigMike
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mudbug

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured a somewhat cloudy orange with a huge fluffy head that floats around like meringue, lots of lacing.
Smells like yeast and new mown grass with a hint of ripe apple.
Taste is initially sharp and slightly tart, there is a grainy dryness that I attribute to the rye, the carbonation is superb, it tingles on the tongue nicely, finish is dry with little aftertaste.
I like this very much, will buy again.

08-10-2010 23:38:48 | More by mudbug
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Eldalonde

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -18.7%

Pours a deep copper/honey color with a thin white head. Smells of spices, sweet fruits, a bit of yeast, and a grainy rye herbal quality that givds this a very distinctive aroma. The flavor of spices is very pronounced but is also very sweet with some very peculiar flavors. Tastes very similar to something else I've had.

08-10-2010 02:39:38 | More by Eldalonde
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TheJollyHop

California

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%

Style: Yeast, must, citrus, tangerine, and spice. Pours a highly carbonated and long lasting three finger mousse-like head on top of an amber body. Lace literally blankets the glass. Light cloud, with a steady stream of bubbles. Black pepper and herbal hop scents. Fragrant fruity sweet (pineapple in syrup, melons) taste that gives way to a supple peppery yeast middle, ending earthy, fruity, and sweet-yet-dry from the addition of malted rye. Alcohol heat at the swallow, not masked, but rather aggressive.Light to medium body.

Opinion: Taste is a bit too sweet. A slightly drier finish would have been preferred. Finish is a tad phenolic (band-aid). Alcohol heat is a bit too strong. As beer warms dryness improves. Interesting, but ultimately a decent-to-good Saison.

08-06-2010 02:44:28 | More by TheJollyHop
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detlefchef

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +11.2%

Brilliant peach-golden color with an amazingly resilient head. It's as if there's egg whites in the beer or something. Star anise and pear on the nose with pretty, almost floral notes on the palate. Amazing texture and a finish with hints of bourbon-like notes.

This was a stunning beer visually and texturally and certainly had lovely aromas and a fine taste.

08-05-2010 01:27:41 | More by detlefchef
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

A: Golden, cloudy with a rich foamy head and great retention

S: Grainy with a hay and earthy funk presence; a touch spicy

T: Spicy and dry up front; funky and slightly sour in the back; very grainy and earthy; rye is prevalent; this is a funky beer--good funk, that is

F: Good even mouth coat; carbonation works well with the spiciness

D: A delicious, interesting, and funky beer

08-03-2010 21:25:49 | More by dbossman
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%

750 mL bottle served cool into my Watou glass. The cap pries off with a loud hiss.

Saison Rue is a pale golden orange color, slightly hazy, with thick towering head. The head settles slowly leaving thick chunky lace.

Aroma is evident even from a distance. It has great funky or "rustic" tones as the bottle suggests. It's really everything a Saison should be with spice, lemon, and light tropical fruits all coming through.

Flavor is also very well done and, while I'm not sure if this is a fresh bottle or one from last year, the sour aspect from the wild yeast seems perfectly judged. There is a nice black pepper spiciness that is strong enough but does not overwhelm the more subtle fruit and citrus. Herbal flavor manifests itself in an almost minty taste.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with more than ample carbonation. I usually love everything about saisons other than the high carbonation. This is no different.

Overall a very pleasant example of the style. I continue to be impressed with what this young brewery has put out.

07-31-2010 20:14:33 | More by GilGarp
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Candied apricot orange with amber borders and a huge amount of vigorous carbonation. These guys are dead set on bottle conditioning everything, but... damn. At some point the end result has to matter more than adherence to a supposed ideal. The head looks good and is leaving a great deal of lace. Both are surprising.

The aroma is easily appreciated through four full fingers of fluffy foam. It's saison-like (earthy, spicy, herbal) and is also interesting and intriguing. Brettanomyces is in the background at this point, which is fine and dandy.

Time to wipe away the slow foam ooze before it reaches the coaster and desktop. Other than a mouthfeel that is annoyingly overbubbled, Saison Rue is damn fine beer. The rye malt adds an earthiness that is pronounced and the yeast contributes a varied palette of spicy esters. A light zing of citrus peel is a pleasant surprise as well.

The beer is so spicy that it's possible that spices were added. Grains of paradise (alligator pepper) perhaps? Brett funk is still on the tame side. Flavor breadth, depth and intensity is on par with some of the well-brewed saisons of Belgium. This is one of The Bruery's most accomplished efforts for sure.

The body/mouthfeel really isn't that bad in the end. It stops short of stinging and adds an energy that is right in line with the boldness of the flavor profile. The beer drinks lighter than the ABV would suggest.

With more attention paid to carbonation, Saison Rue (named for The Bruery founder and head honcho Patrick Rue) could be superb beer. Hell, it's most of the way there already. Glad this is a seasonal. Not so glad that it isn't easily available to Iowans.

07-28-2010 21:16:07 | More by BuckeyeNation
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hawks10

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -17.5%

750ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip...

Pours a hazy dark orange, a bit brown in the middle of glass...tons of fluffy white head takes its time to recede, leaving some nice lacing behind...beer was originally a bit hazy, but after sitting in the glass for about 20 minutes or so, the haze is gone, beer has great clarity...

A nice spicy Belgian yeast aroma with some good brett character. There is some funk, mostly a damp musty smell, not of the barnyard variety. A touch of sweet/not quite ripe fruit aromas linger in the back...

First impressions are spice, pepper and cloves. Dry. Slight burn from the alcohol. Sipping slower now, this beer is bitter, and biting. A get a small bit of sweet fruit with just a touch of tartness but that spice keeps overpowering any other flavors. There is some funk, the brett is there, but a medicinal alcohol flavor/sensation persists, becoming the only flavor that lingers long enough for me to ponder...

Medium bodied and highly carbonated, a bit too carbonated, but not a deal breaker by any means. Medicinal alcohol gets stronger with each sip and lingers long on the palette, not pleasant...

Hmmm, maybe I'll try this again sometime, but I am just getting an overwhelming burn from this one (strange, I rarely feel a beer "burns" too much, this one does)...The nose had me slightly hopeful for this beer, but the spice was way too high and that booze...man...

07-27-2010 02:09:27 | More by hawks10
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DAllspaw

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -10.2%

poured from bottle into tulip. Great color, deep orange, cloudy with 2 fingers head.

Smell is heavy funk, deeper than other saisons I've tried.

Malt is more prominent in taste than any other saison I've had, quite a bit actually. A hint of smokiness as well, not unpleasant, definitely more depth than others.

Mouthfeel is creamy, with good carbonation, not as much as Hennepin.

Drinkability is where it falls a bit, alcohol too present in this bottle.

07-24-2010 01:34:25 | More by DAllspaw
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TommyW

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%

A- Clear gold body with a tall, bubbly, white head that sticks all over the glass.

S- Some fruit going on (pear and green apple) with a touch of Brett there as well.

T- Slight touch of tart and dry sour apple comes in and seems like it might be overwhelming but it quickly fades and allows the other flavors to shine; although the dry aspect does linger a little. Some fruity flavors and spice are there, and a dry,chalky, earthy yeast comes in towards the finish.

M- Medium body with a nice, crisp carbonation.

D- After having a few saisons the past few days; this one really stands out for me. A solid representation of the style.

07-20-2010 02:23:32 | More by TommyW
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SolomonGrundy

California

2.68/5  rDev -35%

Color me unimpressed. The INTERNETZZZ seem to love this beer...I do not...Now that that's straightened out, let's get to the nitty gritty. Pours awesome, a vibrant slightly-hazy gold, with a pillowed smooth creamy head leaving tons of lace. Aroma of some strawberries, maybe raspberries. Fruity and overall just "fresh" smelling. Loaded with carbonation. So far a winner but wait!!! Something wicked this way comes. Flavor is initally crisp but there hides a monster - something evil - is it Thyme or Rosemary or something. Whatever it is it's herbal and it's disgusting. Finish is long and hop bitter in a bad way. Ends as bad as the beginning was good. This is $10.99 per 750ml, so don't bother tracking it down unless you're a masochist.

07-20-2010 02:00:25 | More by SolomonGrundy
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Domingo

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -11.9%

Pours a cloudy dirty blonde color with a substantial, but not overwhelming head.
Spicy wild/Belgian yeasts and sweet pale grains are the primary nose.
The flavor notes are really complex initially, but nothing is really unsual. Initially there's a lot of grain that isn't really malty, but more husky. In the middle the hops come out and you pick up a little bit of rye, and the finish is peppery and lingers on the palate. A little bit of heat is definitely there, but it's not too strong. There's a bit of a rough note in the finish that pops up here and there that I don't care for.
Mouthfeel is thick, and appropriately since this is a sipper.
Drinkability started off strong, but I honestly did lose interest a bit toward the end, and I split my bottle 50/50.
A good Saison, but not one of my absolutely favorites.
I prefer De Lente, and both are a bit pricy even when compared with most imports.
I still haven't been "wow'd" by the Bruery as much as some others have. The best things I've had from them have been draft one-offs. Their normal items have okay, but nothing amazing. This is a perfect example.

07-19-2010 00:02:39 | More by Domingo
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dasenebler

Maine

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%

The Bruery's flagship Saison pours a cloudy medium-amber hue with the kind of uncontrollable head that makes you say "oh shit" before you start feverishly sucking foam. Always a good time.

The aroma is spicy and brightly fruity, with a hint of Brett, though not much in the funk department.

The first thing to hit my palate is a dry, lip-smacking bitterness that incorporates a touch of funk and barnyard tinge. This dryness really lingers on the palate, but the beer also opens up as the drink progresses, showcasing deliciously fruity flavors. I got strawberry and ripe pear. Little bit of biscuity malt and earthy hops.

The carbonation was a little too high for me. I like a good Saison and know they are supposed to be highly effervescent, but I feel that the active, gassy Brett really pushes the limits of drinkability here. Very light and refreshing, though.

I really enjoyed the flavor of this beer. The Bruery packs a ton of goodness into this strong Saison.

07-17-2010 22:08:51 | More by dasenebler
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sitarist

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Pours a peach like color, it is very cloudy, with some floaties, and lots of bubbles. The head is white and an inch thick, it falls to an 1/8", it leaves very little lacing.

Tart, sweet, and funky it also has some vinous like aromas. I smell circus peanuts, powdered sugar, lemon, lime, vanilla, with whiffs of alcohol coming through. Sexual and seductive it has a perfume like quality, can a n*#er get a table dance!

The flavors pretty much follow the nose, it is spicy, tart, and funky.

It has a medium to heavy body that coats my tongue with a long warm finish, I only feel the carbonation on my lips and not my tongue.

A great beer that is another work of art from a great American brewer. California really is making some of the worlds best beers!

07-17-2010 02:05:37 | More by sitarist
Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,372 ratings.