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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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1,505 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 162
Gots: 240 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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 warnerry
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date, but this was purchased in August 2010. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours translucent light amber with massive head, more than three fingers. Very high level of carbonation. Head has excellent retention and coats the glass with lacing.

S - Good brett presence, a bit of sour apple, lemon and pepper, and a faint rye spiciness. Very nice.

T - Similar to smell there is a very nice funky brett taste and some tart apple. Lots of toasted malt, some spicy rye. Also a nice subtle hop presence throughout. Really enjoyable.

M - Very crisp, medium mouthfeel that finished quite dry with a lingering earthiness.

O - A very good saison. The rye is a nice complement. Not sure how this compares to fresh, but I really enjoyed this bottle and would definitely get this again.

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great opportunity to try another great one from The Bruery. This beer pours a dark orange, with a large off white head. Smells great.. That typical barnyard funk due to the Brett. Some grapes, citrus, and spice from the Belgian yeast. Tastes slightly tart of sour apples, grapes, alcohol, yeast spice, some of that barnyard Brett funk, and lemons. All balances very well. After taste is a little tart and drying with mostly the yeast funk lingering. This beer laced very well through out the duration of drinking. Over all VERY good beer, try it!

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark golden color, with tons of bubbles and sediment. Nice, 2 finger head that does not go anywhere, but stick as lace all over the glass. Impressive! It just looks like it is going to taste amazing

S - Lots of fruit. Pears, plums, and apples.

T - Malt sweetness up front, with herbal spices at the end. Lots of fruit flavors as well. Maybe pears, plums, apples, and bananas. Damn tasty!

M - Crisp and refreshing. Highly carbonated, and well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.

O - An amazing job done with this beer. I have never had a belgian style farmhouse, but the Bruery makes it work. I am excited to try more from this brewery.

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

750 bottle into my Duvel tulip, a little bit at a time...I think this bottle is a 2010, but I'm not positive.

Golden amber, cloudy with a ridiculously persistent and frothy white head. This dissipates incredibly slowly, not to mention unevenly, resembling sea foam. Plenty of retention obviously, as well as some lacing.

Hearty yeasty presence (Brett), with a mild sourness, like granny smith apple, lurking as well to complement the Belgian spice notes.

Tastes malty, dark fruit and caramel, giving way to some non-stop Brett action. Slight bitterness from the hop presence, but this beer is all about the Brett.

Medium bodied, lingering dry finish with plenty of carbonation. Well balanced and thoroughly enjoyable.

Solid take on a Brett based Saison, not my favorite but certainly worth a look, cheers!

Photo of keanex
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear amber beer with carbonation bubbles floating up. Very thick head, I had to pour half of my tulip glass at a time due to the incredibly thick and slow dissipating white foamy head which dissipates unevenly.

S: Not very strong, but a clean herby smell with malts thrown in and a hint of sour apple.

T: Slightly fruity with malts thrown in, finishes with a slightly spicy hint to it. Refreshing and crisp.

M: Medium thickness with a creamy mouthfeel, good snappy carbonation.

O: I was expecting more from this, but it's good. It's subtle and easy to drink though, which I like in a beer.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A: Beautiful clear light amber colour! Huge fluffy off white head. Nice lacing. This beer really looks great.

S: Lots of sour apple, Brett and a touch of Rye in the nose. Bold smell, I like!

T: Brett and tart apple up front. A touch poshops and a nice amount of rye in the finish. Tart slightly bitter long lasting finish.

M: High carbonation and a light fluffy body. Very delicate but a little thin.

Overall a very nice and unique Saison. Love the addition of the rye and the Brett. Everything works really well together.

Photo of tony223366
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 7, 2011.

A: Beautiful golden amber color. Cloudy but not extremely so. Big fluffy head. Very pale/white. Huge 2 fingers at first but decreased to about 1. Good retention from there.

S: Funky horse blanket and fruity nose. Lots of clove. Dark fruits.

T: So malty, deep and rich caramel. Then the Brett hits hard. Tons of herbsl. I really enjoyed the dryness of the finish and the heat from the alcohol. Dark fruits and funk.

M: Very smooth with a nice carbonation bite.

O: Very complex and very different than Saison Dupont. I really enjoyed it though and wish I could taste this, Dupont and Hennepin side by side.

Photo of ehammond1
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

The Bruery
Placentia, CA

(Aged for 1+ year)

Dark, somewhat hazy, auburn and copper with a massive, overflowing, thick whipped-cream colored head. This was the biggest, thickest, most persistent, foaming head I've ever experienced.

Tangy yeast, funky horse blanket and barnyard, hay, fresh bread, a bit of cinnamon, and black pepper combine to make for a very pleasant aroma.

The taste follows the nose with the bread and yeast leading the way, along with a very low bitterness. Incredibly drinkable.

Thin to medium bodied with high carbonation.

An incredibly drinkable and tasty saison. I've had this beer fresh a number of times and didn't care for it--I thought it was far too bitter and really wanted the yeast to play a larger role in the flavor. This aged bottle is far less bitter and much more funky.

If I get more of this beer, I'm sitting on it for even longer.

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3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A_Pours a cloudy orange straw colour with a big two inch rocky head. Great retention with a very solid mass of foam. Very nice looking.

S_Smell is a mild funkiness that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Horse blanket, vinegar, and a minor plum like fruitiness are present. There is a bit of copper in the nose as well.

T_The taste comes off a bit unexpected after the aroma. A earthy hoppiness hits first followed by some cider vinegar. There are some spices present too, a bit of white pepper and something I can't quite place my finger on. Not very complex but tasty. The funk is fairly subdued and I was hoping for a bit more of that.

M_Fairly effervescent, maybe a bit too much for the style as this is more like a tripel. Still disregarding style it works well with when viewed with the taste and the aroma.

O_The hops provide a good dose of bitterness and I would say the end result is more bitter than I was expecting. This is a hopped up stronger saison. I think I have a relatively new bottle so I am sure the hops would fade a bit with some aging. Looking forward to trying my other bottle in about 6 months

Saison Rue from The Bruery
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