Saison Rue - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,510
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
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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 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.

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that died down yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The aroma is quite spicy from the rye and also has some notes of yeast.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather spicy and the yeast contributes earthy flavors. The spiciness from the rye particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden, although the spicy flavors make it more of a beer that needs to be sipped.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

Pours a hazy, dark golden color with a medium white head. Scent is very grassy with some nice barnyard funk. Some very spicy aromas as well. This smells like it's going to be a delicious beer. Taste has some light bread characteristics with a lot of spiciness. I also get some banana and green apples as well. You can taste the rye in the finish, along with some bitter hops. There is some very very very little tartness throughout each sip, but very little. The same goes for the Brett flavors. You can kinda taste the alcohol toward the end of each taste as well. This is a tasty beer! I'm kinda biased though, because I love saisons. Mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation. Drinkability is high.

Photo of wschmit
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into Duvel tulip. Not sure of bottling date, but good sedimentation indicates some age.

A: Fine, thick ivory head lingers lovingly, leaving small islands of lacing. Cloudy red-gold body has moderate carbonation.

S: Tart pears and a bit of brett farmhouse funk, and a touch of bitterness. The sweetness is definitely more fruity than malty. Pretty nice nose.

T: My initial impression is of a fairly dry cider, just a hint of sour acid. Brett comes out midway through the taste and lingers, but is not particularly strong--a very slight band-aid and grassy tastes towards the finish. There are some nice spicy saison notes, and a pretty strong hopping for the style, possibly even dry-hopped--think Orval. Pleasant overall, but not the best.

M: Good feel--fine, medium-high carbonation helps the slightly viscous, fairly boozy body skip along the tongue.

D: Easy drinking, and not too funky for those not all that into brett. Overall, though, I think a bottle of Saison Dupont or Hennepin is a better investment if you want a more classic style. The pleasant nose and vaguely cidery taste will have many fans, but in the scheme of saisons, it's no Dupont or Fantome.

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

A: Pours a hazy burnt orange/reddish color. Provides a small slightly off-white foam head with not much real lacing.

S: A decent amount of tart green fruit like apples and pears. Some slight yeast scents and some burnt oak.

T: Starts off with a slightly acidic and tart green apple taste. The middle is is still a little tart but there is a slight grassy hop bitterness. The beer finishes with a crisp acidity that is quite refreshing.

M: A nice medium bodied beer that finishes very clean, crisp and dry.

D: A nice refreshing Farmhouse Ale. A wonderful sipping ale, definitely worth a try.

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

Bottle purchased from BevMo in Santa Monica, CA.

Great beer. Split it with a friend and we just sort of sipped it for about 30 minutes. Felt like drinking a nice champagne, its flavor and carbonation lent itself to a nice casual sip. Smelled like apricots and tropical fruits to us, and citrus in the taste was apparent. It has a sour character, i assume because of the Brettanomyces, but its not overpowering. Actually adds an element that would otherwise be missed on the back end. I can imagine drinking this on a summer's day and feeling refreshed. I am usually not a fan of drinking beer on its own, without food, but i would make an exception for this brew. Love The Bruery. Keep it up.

Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange amber with a huge thick white, firm, pillowy head.

Nose is wonderfully assertive pears and sweet spice. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and feels "expensive and well made."

Front palate is sweet spice that goes to a sweet pepper and fresh green herb character. Mid palate gets a bit more saison herbaceous and finishes a nice white pepper, celery slightly salty bitter pepper.

Very layered; complex; pleading and drinkable. A well made and somewhat unique saison;appealing.

Photo of Lolli1315
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A golden orange color that is fairly hazy. A large billowing rocky white head that holds on for quite some time. Lacing can also be seen sticking to the sides of the glass quite visibly.

S- Citrus fruit esters quit apparent in the beginning of the smell, in particular that of oranges and lemons. Some small amount of peppery character, but much more of a bready characteristic imparted by the yeast. A slightly floral hop character as well as the beer finishes with a slight sour/funky character, but not overpowering.

T- Fruity esters follow the lead of the aroma becoming the beginning vocal point of the beer. Oranges are the most notable of the fruit esters with the traces of lemon that were noticeable in the nose seems to be missing. Some spicy character compliments the fruit esters and begins to pick up towards the middle of the beer. Malt background is moderate low, but provides a supporting role to the yeast character with a yeasty/bready character that follows into the finish of the beer. Some brett/sour in the end of the beer as well, but not incredibly noticeable.

M- Medium body with a high carbonation. Well attenuated dry finish, but I think it could do with being a bit dryer.

D- Altogether a pretty good saison. That being said, I would choose the Saison de Lente pretty quickly over this one. That shouldn't stop you from trying this one though.

Photo of crossovert
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped brown bottle.

It pours a hazy, murky amber/copper with a large white head.

It smells very fresh and springy. IT has some light brett character, fresh baked bread, and some peach, mango, and lemon for fruitiness.

The first thing I notice in the mouthfeel is that is encompasses your mouth, almost like it foams up as you drink it, which is weird. It is also super prickly, almost like eating a hot pepper then dousing your tongue with something super carbonated, it is that bad. The flavor isn't as good as I would have expected. It has that lemon cleaning solution character to it. The rye comes through pretty heavily in the flavor with some spicy bread notes. It is super sweet as well. It is just a messy saison ale.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kicked off the start of Sexual Chocolate 2011.
Pours a deep brown color with an off white head and a good amount of lacing. Smells of lemon, and citrus peel, spices and other complexities. Tastes of lemon, a little sourness, spice, and a little bitterness from hops. Mouthfeel is medium and has a little carbonation. Drinkability is medium.

Photo of ferrari29
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Tulip glass

A - Beer poured with a white one finger head; lots of lacing around the glass; sticky; orange body with plenty of carbonation stemming from the bottom & sides of the glass

S - Scents of lemon, orange peel, coriander joined with other more subtle spices; sweet malt notes peek through the initial blast of orange peel and lemon

T - The taste is rather citrus from the lemon; sour & floral notes come up along with some help from other spices; tastes like a Belgian ale but much smoother; high ABV does come up a bit too, more than I would expect

M - Creamy consistency & very effervescent; bubbly but smooth down the hatch

D - Overall a very good drink; I had this with some mussels and matched up very well; it was easy to drink and very enjoyable at the dinner table; well-balanced and a great Saison along with Goose Island's Sofie

Photo of mwilbur
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From tasting notes (1/26/11). Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass (it's all I had on vacation).
A: Pours a greenish-golden hue with 3+ inch tight bubbly and rocky white head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Very pleasant farmhouse and brett funk. Fresh grass and green apple. Citrus hops and white pepper.
T: Cream and green apple, citrus hops and white pepper. Funk resides more in the background. Mildly spiced grainy rye adds a nice dimension.
M: Soft and creamy. Spicy bite from the rye is a nice counterpoint.
D: Extremely drinkable. A wonderful saison...one of my favorites. Can't wait to have it again...seek it out!

Saison Rue from The Bruery
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