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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,539
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 168
Gots: 255 | FT: 6
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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 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.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very hazy shade of orange with a very puffy offwhite head. The head leaves excellent lacing. Looks fantastic

S- smells like...a saison. Very earthy, grassy, and spicy. I like it

T- the brett gives this a nice, albeit very mild, tart quality. There's a nice taste of lemon, and grassy hops as well. Not offensive at all

M- it actually has a pretty thick body. Much thicker than many saisons I'm used to

O- I prefer the Saison de Lente from the Bruery, but this one isn't bad

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

Aged a year and shared by ritziss, thanks man! Pours an opaque peach colour with a great finger of airy head and slippery lacing.

Smells of unripe pineapple, lightly funky, a little dusty age, candy malt, pepper, coriander, lychee and orange. Fairly tropical in character and quite complex.

Very dark and earthy for a saison. Astringent and darkly bitter with earthy hops and pine, quite a bit of brett funk and grapefruit pith. Almost no sweetness at all, with none of the sweet tropical fruit from the nose appearing in the mouth. The alcohol is still a little on the harsh side after a year. Very different; almost like a cross of a saison and a double IPA.

Quite carbonated and full mouthfeel. The carbonation is maybe a bit too bright.

I found a similarity to Orval here, though this one is more earthy and bitter. Great stuff, though I'd be curious to try it fresh when those hops on the nose might still be a part of the flavour.

Photo of shamsoftabriz
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden amber, ample head

S: Biscuit factory with sweet cloves. Nice

T: So balanced. Cloves and Bananas and wet grains.

M: Watery, smooth, refreshing.

O: This is a complex Saison with a lot of character, but it's still eminently drinkable. Happy I found it.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Dark brownish orange with a 1 inch foamy head and great retention

Smell: LIght fruity notes bananas cranberries lemon zest and bread dough

Taste: Similar to the nose. Light and refreshing flavors. Peach bananas cranberries and a hint of straw or hay

Mouthfeel: Tingling on the palate similar to champagne. Light body a good feel for the summer time.

Overall: Good beer to have on a 100 degree califonia summer playing in the sun or working hard in the sun and you just need to cool down. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys this style.

Photo of adman08
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with lots of fluffy white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass.
S-Slightly cidery aroma. Sour smelling from the brett also slightly sweet. Very good aroma of corriander and noticable alcohol aroma.
T-Strong alcohol warmth with some sourness and flavor of corriander. Kind of a funky taste mixing the saison flavor profile with brett.
M-Somewhat dry in the finish though fairly sweet in the beginning. Moderate carbonation.
Overall, an interesting twist on a summer ale. The brett mixes well with the typical slightly warm and spicy saison flavors. In a way the brett dominates some of the corriander and clove flavors but it adds it's own totally unique flavors. It's not too sour, not too sweet but it's also not for everyone. This has that very distinct dry, slightly sour brett flavor you find in some sour ales.

Photo of zac16125
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

Side note: When I first opened the bottle, carbonation overflowed in a champagne-esque fashion. This was just with a simple pop top opening and I was by no means shaking the bottle prior to opening it. I let it sit for a while before I tried to pour it and still after waiting for quite some time when I attempted a pour it came out at least 4/5th foam and thus had to be put aside and I poured a second glass. I’ve decided to chalk that up to user error on my part (although I really don’t know how I precipitated it) and to ignore that for the review, but just thought I’d mention it.

A: Pours a very nice, cloudy, light caramel color with a massive 3.5 finger widths of white head. The head is very dense and last forever, taking literally well over 10 min to dissipate to a level that allows drinking. About a finger widths head remains and lasts the entire drink, leaving some of the heaviest lacing I have ever seen. Can’t imagine a better looking beer.

S: Predominately citrusy with grapefruit and tangerine aromas. Subtle clove and a pepper-esque spice. Tart, tangy, and almost sour aroma.

T: Very unique to say the least. The first sip has a smooth, subtle, roasted malt character that I didn’t appreciate at all in the aroma. Heavy on the sweet malts. A sweetness that resembles chocolate, along with some hints of clove, intermittent grassy/earthy characters, and some occasional mild hop bitterness. The sweetness really dominates though, and unfortunately the spicy and citrusy aromas never really come out in the drink. There is really no correlation between the smell and the taste, which is interesting.

M/D: Lively mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. Smooth and with no hints of the high ABV whatsoever. But it is definitely a sipper due to its relatively full body characteristics.

O: It is certainly unique. To me, there were some flavor characteristics that were missing, and the sweetness of the malts were a little too heavy for my liking. However, overall it was a solid beer. I enjoyed it, and would try it again if for no other reason out of curiosity, but I am no exactly running to the store to buy out the rest of the stock.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty brown-tinged yelowl with lots of cloud. Thin white head that sticks around pretty well, and some very nice sticky lace. Good.

Smells funky, organic and quite vegetative. Metallic bitterness on there as well as some vinous tartness. Yeah, the dirty bitterness of the rye matches the funky brett tartness well. What I expected from the brief, and nicely put together.

Tastes quite tart. Starts malty, with rich toffee caramel grain. Develops vinous tart notes early, with a bit of a pull on the mouth that then develops a dirty bitterness, slight rye spice but mostly just dank, organic notes, almost starchy at times. Not a lot of actual barnyard saison notes, but it's a funky palate overall. Touch of wet lucerne and horse at the very back. The blend of that rye spice might detract a bit from the overall saison effect but it's a good blend and an appealing palate.

A bit thin actually, with a touch of sharpness from acidity. Not bad

I didn't really have high hopes for this, but it's delivered for sure. Drinkable, pleasant, good blend. The best offering I've had from the Bruery so far.

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

Thanks to Adam@Platinum Liquor for sourcing this.

Murky orange, moderately hazy, with a solid white head of tiny bubbles. Good retention and a nice lace film, which oddly enough is much higher on one side of the glass. Swirling delivers plenty more lace.

Fruity and floral esters abound; granny smith apples, banana, flower nectar, bubble-gum and boiled candy. Pretty decent tangerine hop character too. Mellow barnyard funk is restrained in comparison, but partners beautifully with the rye and the sweetest of the ester character. Magnificent combination. Also some grainy notes flitting about.

Much drier and spicier initially, led by lemon, grapefruit, rockmelon and white pepper. There's a strong raw ginger flavour and fairly pronounced phenolic tartness which works well in combination with the modest Brett character. The sweetness evident in the nose creeps in gradually, but is fairly subdued.

Fairly rich mouthfeel overall, with slightly coarse carbonation on the roof of the mouth. Finish is nicely dry and refreshing, which is quite a coup considering the 8.5%

Solidly crafted and hard to fault, other than that for mine the taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma.

Photo of Stretch270
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 1pt 9.4fl oz bottle in a Bruery tulip glass

Appearance - a nice dark gold, almost bronze hue with a creamy off-white head that has a nice thickness to it.

Smell - I know that some saisons tend to have a fruitiness to them, but what came across more to me was a farm like smell which I imagine was the yeast coming through. This teams up with a fresher fruitiness that adds to a well balanced fragrance.

Taste- this beer has so much flavor and so many flavors coming through, I almost feel unqualified in mu beer knowledge to give air an honest taste. However, what comes through is a nice bitterness that mixes with earthy yeast i thought stood out in smell. There is a slight tang to it, not overwhelming but adds to the late taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - the feel from this beer may be my favorite part. I feel like the creaminess from the head makes for a substantially heavy mouthfeel, I don't mean that it is heavy compared to other types of beer, but rather that it fills your mouth with a creamy cloudiness that makes for an enjoyable drinking experience.

Overall - I love this beer because it is so fun satisfying and interesting to drink. Certainly it has an utterly fantastic and complex flavor, but it also has a nice bitterness to it and a lovely feel on the to tongue. Certainly a beer that would excite a beer connoisseur.

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

A - Hazy gold with an orange tinge. Nice size head, lots of carbonation.

S - Spicy with some sweet ripe fruit, a bit of tart apple.

T - Light malt, a bit of sweetness from the rye, delicate hop notes but not much bitterness. There is a tartness from the brett, but not much since it was a young beer. Ends a touch boozy.

M - Moderate body, which was a little surprising, usually a Saison and especially a beer with brett will be more dry. Lots of carbonation with the high alcohol content clean it up at the end and give a nice warmth.

O - Nice beer, an interesting take on a Saison.

Photo of jampics2
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split with my wife and friends at the Winking Lizard for around $15.99. Carefully poured into a goblet.
The beer starts off with a great appearance. The hue is midway between an amber and copper color. From first glance it becomes clear that this is one of the best looking American saisons – there is huge active carbonation replenishing a fluffy white head. The head is billowing and makes me think of Fantome or Dupont – this beer Looks great!

The nose is interesting but could be more expressive. As it warmed, I was left wishing that more scents would emerge. What I do get is some sweet Belgian malt, white pepper and spicy rye. There’s also a hint of spices – coriander and clove, with just a bit of grassy herbal notes from the hops. The Brett is there but hasn’t lent a ton of wild character. I wonder how this would develop over time – for now, it’s pleasant but could be much more expressive.

The taste bounces back into the 4’s with a profile that could best be summarized as balanced. There’s some graininess at first, then a nice sweetness emerges. The beer gets complex midway through the palate with the spices and rye taking things through to the end, where spicy bitterness lingers. Though it adds a bit of earthy depth, I feel there is not enough character from Brett. There is a slightly fruity undercurrent as well. I’d love to taste an “imperial” version of this, as I feel there are a lot of cool flavors but they balance instead of sharing time in the spotlight. The result is a chorus line of sorts that doesn’t showcase anyone but still entertains my mouth.

Saison Rue has a nice weight to its light to medium body and the carbonation levels come off as creamy. This has a great mouthfeel for a saison with so much going on. Overall, I liked this beer but also felt there was an opportunity for more definition and less general complexity. I’d happily have this again sometime down the line.

Photo of liamt07
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods Boery, NYC. 750ml into a few tulips, with Steve, Jason and Jon.

Pours a golden brown, with a soapy white head of 4+ fingers. Some sediment gets into this, even after careful adherence to the directions on the bottle and with the most careful of pours. Some sticky, splotchy lace with great retention. Nose is dry, some citrus, bread, lemongrass in the distance, spice (pepper?). Taste has lemon, light citrus, some alcohol and a bit of ginger perhaps. Some fruit skins and hints to sweetness but never really becomes so. High carbonation but light body. Dry finish and super refreshing, and ideal for the scorcher of an evening it was.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice and memorable saison, hitting the right notes with a gently sweet character, accented with a good grassy touch.

Presentation: 750 ml capped brown bottle. Label with the overall branding of the Bruery over a burgundy checkered pattern. Front label notes briefly main ingredients, style, intent, and unfiltered nature of the brew. Back label notes lifespan and serving instructions. Lacks bottling or freshness date, and shows 8.5% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep gold pour, generous head, good retention, fine surface memory, and fair lacing.

S - Nice nose, fruity and sweet with a grassy and yeasty touch.

T - Taste is a full and compact range. Sweet with a honey hint, touch of spices, and a rich herbal and grassy touch in the finish with a lingering hint of citrus.

M - Medium body, and carbonation, nice sweet range and herbal closing with an overall creamy feel and a dry finishing hint.

O - Great flow overall, quite a nice saison.

Notes: One of the better offerings from the Bruery that I have been lucky to try. This shines and would love to keep a bottle or two around on a regular basis.

Photo of dzni
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of mltobin
4.12/5  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.

Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,539 ratings.