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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,559
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 169
Gots: 262 | FT: 7
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2008

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.
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Photo of muletrane
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of sleazo
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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

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

A: apricot, cloudy, dense head.

S: lemon rind, apple, pepper, slight brett in the background.

T: pepper, apple cider, burnt toast, cinnamon, rice wine vinegar (like a sweet stir fry), alcohols are really strong.

M: too much carbonation, overwhelms the tongue and takes away from the taste.

O: expected it to be a bit more complex. Alcohol is fairly harsh. Not the best Bruery I've ever had, but even their bad beers are ok beers.

Photo of flannelman808
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Most recent version...

A: Slightly foggy amber color with styrofoam white hean. Great rocky head retention and good lacing too.

S: Suggestions of ripe tropical fruit (papaya, mango) as well as earthy spices.

T: Rye presence shows up on the front and pretty much lingers throughout. flavors of earthy spice and soft very ripe red fruit (strawberry?) join in along with even more subtle suggestions of citrus. It's a bit sweet finishing and the flavors are very much malt driven.

M: Prickly with a medium to short finish.

O: This is and has been in the past for me a decent beer but nothing I would hope to find. It's ok for what it is but in the end I feel it's too sweet and that it's flavors are mostly confused into one another.

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

750mL bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a Hennepin glass. Gorgeous slightly hazy orange-amber color with a creamy off-white head. Enthusiastic carbonation storms and swirls from the bottom of the glass. This beer looks wonderful.

Aroma is delicious candied fruits, Belgian yeast, and spices. Smells so inviting; a little cidery Brett tartness emerges as it warms.

Taste is hoppy but balanced. Belgian yeast, orange citrus, coriander, and pepper. Just a slight hop bite on the finish - dry and clean. Again, as it warms the Brett yeast makes its presence known, but subtly.

This is a really good saison, one I'll have again. Well done Bruery!

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

A: Golden color with a light haze. Both carbonation and small floating particles visible. The white head had excellent retention and globs of sticky lacing.

S: the spicy, funky and complex nose features some fruity esters, sweet malt, and yeast. A tad too much clove or clove-like spicing.

T: Better balance between the malts, hops, yeast and spices here than in the aroma. Tart and bitter aftertaste

M: medium-body with medium-high carbonation.

O: A surprisingly drinkable saison, particularly given the high ABV.

Photo of southside
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. It's a great twist on one of my favorite styles. The saison flavoring, body, and smell are very well balanced between the belgian yeast flavor and the smell of fresh hay/grass. The Bretts are such an interesting addition--they aren't as powerful as they are in a true sour, but add just a hint of tartness that really makes this an exceptional beer. If you like saisons and sours, I would highly recommend you try this ASAP.

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear golden hue with a thin layer for frothy white head. Leaves excellent lacing.

S: Earthy and spicy with a hint of Brett. Certainly and interesting and inviting aroma.

T: Complex and balanced. Malty, spicy, breadiness. Some funky brett notes.

M: Sharp and crisp on the tongue, a pretty good body to it overall. Very easy drinking.

O: Very nice and quite complex. An excellent effort from the Bruery.

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into white wine glass (sorry, no glassware). Bottle did explode a little bit without being shaken or stirred.

A: Poured a cloudy orange color. I got about one finger of bright white head. There are some alcohol feet present. Good lacing on the glass.

S: You definitely get that "barnyard" funky smell on the nose from the Brett. Also, spice and yeast. Coriander and some orange peel (?)

T: This bottle isn't that fresh, I think I scooped it in April, but it was still tasty. Yes, the hops have faded but the remaining Saison is very nice. You get a little hop bite on the tip of the tongue. Lots of spice in the middle of the mouth. And a crisp dry finish.

M: Medium bodied Saison.

O: B+

Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-draught at the Bruery provisions store in Orange, California as part of a taster. Serving volume was 2 oz. At the time, I thought the serving temperature was entirely too warm, but they're The Bruery, so this can't be attributed to barstaff error. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of decent cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent cloud orange-gold.

Sm: A bit of sourness, very lambic-esque. Light cream. Very estery. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Milky and lactic, with sour ester hops comprising the bulk of the flavour. It's a touch salty, but built well if a touch blandly. It's certainly simple, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it balanced. The alcohol doesn't come through, which deserves some accolade.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and moderately complementary of the flavour in the body. It certainly doesn't feel tailored to the taste, but it does a decent job.

Dr: Very drinkable - a feat that is difficult to accomplish in this style and at this high an ABV.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A friend brought me a bomber of this one, much thanks!

I poured it into a Chimay goblet... it's a hazy orange color with yellow hues when held up to the light. The head is thick and creamy and retains fantastically... well over 10 minutes and there is still a finger or so chilling. The lacing is also amazing, some of the best I've ever seen on any beer clinging all the way to the rim of the glass. For looks, A+ all the way... too bad that's one of the least important factors! Let's see how it does on the important ones...

The aroma immediately reminded me of green apples with a fruity but slightly sour kick. After a little more sniffing I can pick up some other fruit notes and a definite Belgian-typical floral hop smell to it.

The taste is a strong follow up on the flavor... the sour note hits first then gives way to a bold floral hop tone that really defines the sip. At the very end there's even a little bit of biscuity malt flavor. Simply outstanding.

The mouthfeel is quite creamy and it's a pleasure to swirl this one around and pick up the nuances.

Easily one of the best beers I've tried in recent memory. If The Bruery was available here I'd have this one on hand at all times.

Photo of JCellars
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL btl into Duvel tulip.

Pours a golden, honey with solid twofinger head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Solid layers of tart cranberry, rich malt, almonds, macadamia nuts. Slight vegetive undertones. A little too linear and one note..

Silky, silky mouthfeel. Starts with citrus and tropical fruits, (lychee, kiwi, canteloupe) nice notes of cereal grains, malty croissant, and almond, with a very well integrated hop profile. Beautifully simple and straightforward with an elegant underlying complexity. Very polished.

I am impressed. This Saison is traditional yet unique. Very well done. A great new twist on an old style.

Photo of brystmar
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared 4 ways at a recent tasting.

A: hazy orange, very cloudy and active. Tons of foamy white head everywhere. Its great retention leaves a sticky trace of white lace behind.

S: the nose explodes with spicy yeast, fruity esters, sweet malt, and funky yeast. Reminds me of a spicier, more complex Belgian Tripel. Plenty here for your nostrils to consume.

T: fantastic balance between the malts, hops, and spices here. Great depth to each flavor as well. Mild bretty sourness perks up in the middle to twist your taste buds around even more. Finishes crisp and dry with a refreshing hoppy backbone. Mmmmm!

M: this light-/medium-bodied brew is quite active. Carbonation stings your tongue concurrently with the spice mixtures.

D: where's the booze? This one's as drinkable as the next saison, but at a much higher gravity. I'm becoming more and more impressed with The Bruery as I continue to work through their offerings. Saison Rue is one of the best American saisons I've sampled to date.

Photo of fo5s
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL poured into a saison dupont glass. No visible dating, but marked as "all seasons".

A- tarnished gold, hazy, sizeable head

S- musty, funky

T- very dry. brett is very noticeable.

M- somewhat bigger bodied for the style (surely from the rye backbone). A touch chewy.

O- A decent beer no doubt, but short of excellent and not my "go-to" for the style. Only my second success with Bruery beers - glad to find another one (besides Hottenroth) that's solid.

Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this a few months ago and found it fantastic.

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for the opportunity to revisit this beer.
It pours a golden straw with some foam. There’s a wonderful, gentle aroma to this one, with some funk, some cider to the nose. A tantalizing effervescence on the palate. The flavors dance around as you sip. I pick up some tepache flavors, a sweet and musty, earthy fermented pineapple-ness. There’s a dry finish, lots of yeasty esters, great finish. A wonderfully delicious beer, well worth the search.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Provisions

A: Dark golden color with a thin tan head.

S: Rye, belgian yeast, some faint earth, caramel and a bit of oak.

T: Grain, a touch of funk, belgian yeast, some rye and some faint earthy hops. Didn't really have that nice funk that the great saisons do.

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

Consumed 01.02.2011

750 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a clear lightly golden amber topped by a thick and creamy bright white head.

Mouthwatering nose, funky and bretty, spicy clove (and rye?), bramble berry fruitiness and earth. The more I inhale, the more I am convinced I can pick up on the rye underneath the clove, but it's always possible it's just the power of suggestion.

Earthier and maltier on the palate, with a rich caramel-like base. Spicy cloves, funky and musty yeast, basement-like and dank. Fruit is brighter and cleaner than in the nose. Finishes off-dry, and quite warming, even at 8.5% abv. Doesn't taste or feel boozy, just warm. Milder on the brett than the nose suggests.

Medium bodied and mostly soft. Rustic but well-rounded. Nice.

Photo of vandemonian
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison Rue is a farmhouse ale made by The Bruery. It is very vice and has a earthy flavour to it. The aftertaste is kinda roasty, which is unusual for the style.

A: Yellow orange coloru and a 30 mm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Yeasty with a little sweetness and a little sour. 4

T: Malty with some tart flavours into an earthy, roasty rye-like middle and aftertaste. Yum. 4.5

M: Very carbonated. 4

O: Very nice. There is a kinda salty taste that builds up over time. Wierd. 4

Photo of dgilks
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden colour with a smooth, thick white head. Good head retention.

Lovely, bright citrussy aroma with a hint of tart Brettanomyces. Lightly floral.

Bright and slightly tart with nice spicy flavour. Some great fruitiness as well. Better than most American saisons.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

A nice and intense saison with lots of great dry malt character.

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at The Bruery.

A: Slightly hazy yellow gold with a mountain of mousse-like white foam. Retention is very good. Lacing is left all over the glass.

S: Pronounced floral notes with apple, pear, and lemon. Wheat melds with pepper, grass, earth, and rustic notes.

T: Grassy and earthy with a low bitterness. Fruity esters are reminiscent of apple, lemon, and pear. There's a pepper-like spiciness. Great.

M: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good Saison. Recommended.

Photo of chriswilkes33
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Pours a hazy reddish brown with thick white head that lingers for a few minutes.

Aroma: Sweet and peppery, exactly what I expect a saison to smell like

Taste: excellent, a little clove comes through along with the peppery taste

Mouthfeel: Excellent, pretty dry and highly carbonated just like a saison should be.

Overall: Yep, I like it :)

Photo of Retail1LO
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although I've never had The Bruery's Black Tuesday, it lead me to investigate their other offerings. Surprisingly, a few were available at my local Whole Foods. This is a very light, crisp beer. Even with the glass tilted to the side and poured slowly, the head on this is monstrous and takes a while to dissipate. A mildly bretted beer, it's got just the slightest tinge of sourness to it. Glad I got a chance to try this. Enjoyable, but likely not one I'd come back to.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ring and not much else, pours a buttery yellow.

Cherry, raisin, grape, acidity - dark fruits that hint at a sourness. Oak and sweetness in there too.

Slightly one-dimensional, but nice. Light fruit, butter, light yeast.

Medium carbonation, nothing out of the ordinary, everything normal.

I like the nose, but the taste is nothing extradoardinary. Tasty beer however.

Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,559 ratings.