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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,536
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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:
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 ktrillionaire
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Bruery has their game tight!

This beer is one of the best uses of rye that I have experienced; it is totally at home in the Saison style, but adds a complementary complexity to the concoction.

A - It pours an orange-gold, clear as glass if you're gentle and opaque if you're not, great head, nice lace. It is on the excellent side of standard looking, for a farmhouse ale.

S - Smells between a Saison and a Geuze. Like Saison Dupont and Girardin had a rye baby.

T - Impressions of grain, ripe fruits, nutty flavors and bitter hop as well as subdued lemon zest with substantial rye flavor and sour apple notes too. Light on the hay and straw. Tart apple finish. Hidden abv throughout.

M - It is a bit sparkling, but not Champagne bubbly. Effervescent and refreshing without losing its substantial character.

D - Hell yeah. Exceptionally good.

Photo of spointon
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into my stemmed Hennepin glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy dark orange color with a big 2" foamy white head. The head retained a long time and left some foam stickage on my glass.

S= Muted malt sweetness, grassy hops, spicy/peppery yeast and rye in the aroma. The smell of rye was a bit bracing against the rest of the "saison" aromas.

T= Started with sweet malt flavors that just kept morphing and getting more complex. Moved through fruity citrus, pepper, spicy rye, funky yeast notes, and faint grassy hops. Finished fairly dry and slightly warmimg.

MF= Medium bodied with a softer carbonation feel. Slightly slick and viscous from the rye.

D= An interesting take on a saison. Very unusual yet tasty. Drinkability was high despite the ABV.

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

750ml bottle

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish iced tea with a MASSIVE off white crown that shows massive retention and lace. A nice oily sheen from the rye forms over the top of the head.

Smell: Loads or rye, tangerine, white pepper and yeast.

Taste: Like the nose but a bit more melded and muted. Well balanced flavor profile and very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Not bad at all. Nice amount of carbonation and a medium body with a creamy head.

Drinkability: Maybe its my buzz that i have right now but this is going down like nothing.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Chimay chalice. Pours a very light copper color at first but settles to a deeper copper as it fills the glass. Head is very decent size and frothy white. Lacing is light, and quick sliding.

Aroma is full of crisp citrus, orange peel, flowers, and good musty saison characteristics.

Flavor...o wow. Very tasty. Crisp and carbonated at first but drinks better as it warms. For those who don't like Brett, this one actually isn't overwhelming with sourness. It's very slight and pushing more torwards the sweeter saison flavors. Kind of complex, but overall an easy drink. Great Saison!

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bomber this beer was a cloudy, golden/wheat-color the head was two fingers of puffy, beige bubbles. The retention was great and the lacing fabulously clingy. The aroma was good with sour and tart notes of hops like green apples, grapefruit, yeast and assorted spices. The flavors were very sharp and complex as one would expect of an aged cheddar (they would probably pair wonderfully). I tasted orange zest and grapefruit peel, alcohol, toasted malt, some resiny/piney hops, a healthy dose of pepper and hints of rye. Not really what I expect from a saison but tasty. The mouthfeel was creamy and a bit oily such that my tongue remained coated after the sampling. The body was medium and the carbonation low.

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

Saison Rue's a nice looking golden color. It's a little hazy, but plenty of light cuts through and reveals a slight copper tint. It's capped with a cream colored, foamy head that's about two fingers in depth. It's pretty slow to dissipate, but lacing leans toward the lighter side.

The nose is pretty good. I haven't decided quite how much I like it yet. It certainly has a strong earthy character throughout. There's a bit of muskiness to it. I'm not getting all that much funk from the Brett. Perhaps a light barnyard-like scent, but it's very mild. Light lemon and apple scents add a slight sweet fragrance. There's also a touch of caramel or toffee noted. It smells just a little spicy. I suspect that's the rye. Alcohol is noted, but it doesn't come through too strong. Overall, it's good. I like the fact that there's not anything vegetal. Addition by subtraction, maybe?

The flavor is likewise pretty good. I'm waffling a bit here, too. It starts out a little sweet. Lemon and apple fruit flavors are present. It does have a bit of a caramel flavor that's surprising. It's not bad and really doesn't seem out of place. The use of rye does add a spicy element that livens it up a little, but it never fully materializes. I was hoping for a more bold rye flavor. It is earthy and a little musky. There's a hint of funk, but it's very subtle. Yeast is noted. It tastes somewhat Belgian, but doesn't scream 'Belgian yeast,' if that makes any sense. Alcohol is masked pretty well for an 8.5% beer. There is a lot going on with the flavor. Surprisingly, it all seems to gel pretty well. None of the flavors seems to bury the others. They're all present and easily noted. Having said that, it doesn't have anything that makes it really special.

Saison Rue has a light-medium body. Carbonation feels light and doesn't impede the feel. It's smooth, but not creamy. Drinkability is good. I'm enjoying the 750 and will polish it off, but that's more than enough. It's probably a little strong for more than that. But, it goes down pretty easy.

The Bruery makes pretty solid beer and that's exactly what Saison Rue is. I'm yet to be blown away by any of their beer, but I haven't had an overtly bad one yet. Saison Rue is a good effort that performs well-all around. It needs something extra to really get it to the next level. Perhaps a stronger rye presence or more funkiness from the Brett. Either might work. But, it's good beer as it is. Definitely worth picking up a bottle.

Photo of mbudner
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a nice 2-finger white head. Dissipated in average amount of time leaving some spotty lacing.

S- Lemon zest, a bit of spice, banana, slight funk (but not much)

T- A bit of lemon on the front giving way to an airiness (in effervescence and flavor) followed by a slight bitterness (ever so slight), surprisingly the alcohol comes through a little, but nothing offensive. Some spice. There is a bit of sourness, but nothing like other reviewers have noted (I would say I had to look for it.) The rye bitterness gives this a pretty unique flavor for a saison. The brett isn't as noticeable in flavor as I would have hoped. As it warms a lot more, the funk from the brett does become more prevalent.

M- Extremely effervescent with a nice drying mouthfeel from the brett.

D- This was a very drinkable saison, especially consider its relatively high abv (for the style). I would have liked the brett to play a larger roll in the flavor and mouthfeel, but it is far from disappointing.

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

Appearance is a muddy golden color with a massive off-white head that takes forever to die. As should be expected, the lacing is thick and clumpy. Truth be told, a fair amount of the head was still on the glass by the time I finished the first bit I poured.

Smell is a flowery mix of spices and fruits, running the gamut from orange and lemon to raisins and apples. A hint of the brettanomyces is present on the end of it all.

The flavor takes a bit of a turn from the smells, as the sour ramps it up a bit while also adding in a bit of a strange breadiness. The fruits are still present, but its more constrained to orange and apricot at this point. Quite a number of spices seem to shine through the sour aspect. Finishes with a bit of a caramel sweetness.

Light, but oily on the tongue with a load of carbonation.

This is a difficult one to judge drinkability on, simply because the style is not one I frequent often. I only have sporadic interest in saisons, but usually enjoy them a lot when the urge strikes. This is one of those cases, as this is certainly a strong example. However, this is not a beer I would drink all that often, for the aforementioned reasons. If looking for a saison in the future, this one will now be in consideration every time.

Photo of danmouer
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my third review of this beer. Each tasting I have rated incrementally higher. As a BJCP Beer Judge, I'm reluctant to wax poetic over a brew, but The Bruery;s Saison Rue is simply my kind of beer. I would never give this score lightly, but this is really a very fine brew.

The following text is from my FIRST review, and is tamer than the actual rating.

Tasted from a chalice poured from a 750 crown-capped brown champagne style bottle. The beer pours an wholly appropriate orange-golden hue capped by a thick, merengue-like foam head that fades a bit more quickly than I'd like, leaving some lacy traces on the glass. This brew is a bit hazy, which is not unusual for a bottle-conditioned saison.

The aroma leapt straight out of the glass, filling my nose with spicy phenolics, a bit of citrusy hop and lots of pineapple--perhaps from the Brett?All of this is backed up by a richly sweet, aromatic malt nose and a little whiff of alcohol.

The flavor is everything I want in a saison--one of my favorite styles--and more. Some of the "more" is good, and there I will include a bit of characteristic rye spiciness, which amplifies the spicy phenolics from the yeast. There may also be some actual spice addition to the brew, but, if so, it wasn't obvious.

The one flavor dimension I found off-putting was the alcohol level. While I realize that there have been a number of "super saisons" coming from Belgian and North American breweries in recent years, the 8.5% alcohol level in this beer is frankly too much (IMHO) for a saison style. This is supposed to be food and beverage for seasonal farmhands. They wouldn't get a lot of work done after a couple of these!

That said, the alcohol warmth is well balanced with the complex flavors and aromas of this beer. It is very, very tasty beer, just not to style as I see it.

Mouthfeel is right about where t should be. Nicely dry, effervescent and clean--though perhaps just a bit too hoppy to be as clean as a great saison can be! I like a bit of bitter finish in a saison, but I want it to be a bitter dryness brought about by low terminal gravity, high carbonation and yeast phenolics, not by the cloying and oily sensation f hops on my tongue.

Drinkable? Oh very much so. Way more drinkable than a beer of its strength ought to be. However, once again, I imagine it wold be far more drinkable, and probably just as delightfully complex, had it been brewed to about 6.5% ABV rather than 8.5%.

In conclusion, this is a very nice beer. I cannot wait to lay down a case and taste them as the Brett ages from fruity pineapple to barnyardy funk. I fault the brew on excessive alcohol, but, beyond that, it is really very fine beer!

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

Sampled at a tasting and brought by a good friend, Thanks Forest!

Large 750 ml bottle poured into a sampling glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a nice fluffy head that lingers for the whole tasting. Addition of some wheat malts noticable in the haze of the brew - very nice.

Smell: great bouquet of fresh cut hay, tart apples, Belgian peppery and spicy yeast, followed by noticeable funk. Some malts round out the nose - this beer smells great.

Taste: Quick sharp tart apples followed by a really mellow funk profile. Not sour per se, but farmhouse characteristics are spot on. Earthy and musty notes followed by pilsner malts which mingle well the mineral notes provided by the yeast. Really complex beer. Body of the brew is medium, but the finish is crisp and bone dry.

Overall this beer is stellar. No notice of the 8% ABV and the funky notes make this a great farmhouse ale.

Photo of afausser
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very cloudy, hazy, light, amber-tinted peach with an enormous amount of carbonation and a huge, thick, fluffy foam head which takes up nearly half the glass (which while a little frustrating, is also in a way sort of remarkable). The carbonation bubbles are large and plentiful, and quite like champagne. The rush of bubbles calms down quite a bit in the first few minutes, but the head is quite persistent, and as it disappears, webs of sticky lacing coat the edge of the glass, creating the appearance of soap bubbles in a bathtub. As it calms down, the lacing is a sheet of fine bubbles that stick to the side of the glass until washed off.

S: tart and tangy apples, with a bit of a cidery taste, as well as some light white grape and lime notes. A faint citrusy (particularly lemon) smell. There's also some hay present, as well as light cinnamon and cloves, earth, grains, and yeast.

T: Light, crisp, fruity, but also very bitter, slightly spicy and peppery. Definite apple taste, starting as tangy and crisp sour apples but changing to sweet pie apples (with the corresponding pie spices) in the aftertaste. The bitterness subsides as it warms, and it adds character to the refreshing, enjoyable brew. More earthy than the smell,with a bit--but not much--rye, and some yeast. Little apricot, light oranges but dry as opposed to juicy. Finishes with a slightly burnt aftertaste.

M: very dry, light, and crisp and the carbonation settles nicely. Very little heat. Unfortunately, I had to drop this one down because (as should have been predictable by the nice, fast, calming of the carbonation) the beer is flat extremely quickly, which takes away quite a bit from the brew.

D: despite being so bitter at first, quite drinkable. It is dry, but not so dry as to inhibit drinkability significantly Even with the drop in mouthfeel, its still pretty smooth, though that does make it less enjoyable to drink.

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

750 mL bottle from Wine Warehouse, poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a thoroughly hazed tangerine peach, with (unusually) one large stream of fast, densely-packed carbonation moving not nearly as fast as I would expect from a beer with this much head. That is, the beer looks it's gonna be a thick one, but given the haziness of the whole thing, it's neither a pro nor a con of the appearance. What's truly fantastic about this beer is what's truly fantastic about any quality saison - the head. It's understandably explosive, requiring several of even the gentlest pours to get enough beer in this glass to get a proper review off of. At its height, it's incredibly sticky, bulbous, rocky, clingy, <insert other appropriate adjectives here>. It fades at a snail's pace, taking a good ten minutes to fade down to a mere (stylistically) half-finger. It's white, dense, cloud-like, and leaves huge patches and swaths of thin, dry lacing. Even on the "sip" side of the glass it clings admirably despite constant interruption, leaving dozens of flecks and remnants.

Aroma: Heavy citrus and tropical fruits (similar to what's described below) provide the bulk of this one, particularly as it warms, blended with a fair amount of Bretty bandaid and barnyard (a "say that five times fast" if there ever was one). Aroma is sometimes the last thing I really rate about a beer (though I get notes on it first), and as I'm smelling again and it's thoroughly warmed now, I am getting the faintest vapors of booze. The rye does come through, surprisingly, probably more so in the nose than in the mouth, providing a nice kick.

Taste: A little milder than I would have expected. Soft, gentle malts roll across the tongue, a little sweeter than perhaps I like my saison, with lots of honey, wheat, and especially graham cracker-esque sweetness. On second though, it's not really that much sweeter than I like, though before it warmed and a lot of the more subtle notes came through it seemed that way. As this one warms, it blossoms - citrus runs rampant, ranging from lemon and (surprisingly) lime to heavy orange and picking up peach and apricot along the way, not pithy of even really juicy, but more like the essence of citrus, citrus oils. This melds well with an earthy rye kick (which becomes much stronger as this one warms), some mild spice (clove-like, courtesy of the yeast, enhancing the graham cracker sweetness mentioned above), and the understated star of the show, the Brett, which lends a very mild underlying funk. It's not in your face or even really a "funky" funk, if that makes sense - it's sort of all-permeating, and registers very low on the tongue, hinting at deep horseblanket and heavier medicinal notes. Pairing with smoked gouda brings out the sweetness and Brett beautifully.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this one started out near-perfect, but faded a little faster than I would like (and I didn't take forever to review this one). Both my drinking buddy and I commented (at precisely the same time, ironically enough) that we originally had the mouthfeel at a 4.5, but downgraded it to a 4.0 because it just got a little too soft a little too quickly, which results in this beer becoming - if not cloying - a little heavier than you'd want with one showcasing these sorts of flavors.

Drinkability: And the Department of Eagle's "Waves of Rye" comes on as I begin to wrap up this review. I waffled a lot on my scoring of this beer, moreso than I usually do when reviewing, with a lot of borderline 4.0/4.5 scores, but I think I feel good with what I ended up with. This is a very, very good beer, and one I was impressed by. This bottle had about 6 months of age on it since I picked it up relatively fresh, so I can't really comment on how this one's gotten Brett-ier or dryer ... but I can say I really enjoyed it. In fact, it's one of the better saison's I've had the pleasure of trying (and I have reviews of 23, this one coming in below Hennepin, Saison w/ Brett, and Southampton's Saison Deluxe), showcasing lots of variety, complex, well-integrated flavors, and not even a hint of alcohol. At 8.5%, it's average or even a little high for the style, but I'm pleased that it hardly made itself known at all. All in all, a true pleasure, and probably the best readily-available Saison we have here in Charlottesville, VA. At least, to my palette.

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

Poured from 750mL to wine glass.

A: Pours a bright orange body with a small white head with a bit of retention, but not much.

S: Smells of strong sweet citrus and some yeast.

T: Strong brett with lots of lime and orange zing. Very delicious and very close to perfect for the style.

M&D: Mouthfeel is well carbonated and light-medium bodied. Drinkability is pretty good, but the citrus get to be a bit much for me personally. Overall, a very good beer, my first from The Bruery

Photo of scanlon80
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I paired the Saison Rue with a polish meal of kielbasa and potato and cheese pierogies. I sauteed the kielbasa and pierogies and paired with the Saison Rue. The spices come out paired with the food. Saison Rue was awesome with food and some flavors were much louder than the beer on its own.

Poured straight down the middle into a Stella Artois glass. Generous head. Increasingly cloudy down the bottle getting towards the yeast at the bottom.

Photo of portia99
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a translucent orange color with a huge three fingers of off white, whipped cream head...lasts absolutely forever. Actually took a long time to die down enough to be able to drink...eventually leaves some light lacing on the glass. Absolutely beautiful looking beer.

S - Bright and spicy...powerful - can smell this from a couple of feet away. Citrusy - lemons, oranges, but also with notes of sour apples. Good amount of rye in the nose, some touches of sweetness, minor malt breadiness. Some good brett character too, not especially funky though - spicy, dirty with just a hint of barnyard.

T - Intensely flavored. Brett up front, sweet and fruity underneath. Huge rye flavor - very distinct and spicy. Very fruity...apples, lemons, oranges. Fairly well defined alcohol presence. Some barnyard aspects, more so, as it warms. Rye is pretty dominant in the flavor profile - gives a pretty unique aspect to this saison. Very enjoyable.

M - Pretty full bodied beer, especially for a saison. Carbonation is on the high side. Feels a little bit "cool" on the tongue probably from the spiciness. Alcohol is noticeable. Very prickly carbonation, and almost a menthol like cooling sensation. Pretty interesting.

D - Very good saison. Alcohol is a bit too noticeable to down this one easily. So many great flavors in here...seems like a perfect "food" beer. Leans towards being a sipper...due to being so intense. Great stuff, but one bottle is plenty - perfect amount for a multiple course meal.

Photo of vacax
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at The Bruery. Pours dark gold and cloudy with a large white head that displayed very good retention and nice lacing. Smells of pineapple, coconut milk, cider, and rye spiciness. Tastes lightly tart, slight lactose funk almost, lots of spices, clove, earthy almost flowery hops, and a dry finish. Medium in body with a lightly creamy higher level of bubbles. Overall I find the beer pretty tasty, different than most saisons, but I like it more than most saisons.

Photo of Richardberg
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a pint glass. Cloudy yellow-orange. Big head, though not super thick, and settles down quickly with minimal lacing.

S - light malts, rye, brett yeast (though not especially funky -- just peppery), sour apple, lemon zest

T - everything from the smell is bathed in pleasant sweetness with a decent alky bite/kick and a crisp, slightly sour finish

M - lighter body than I'd expect in a strong ale, not too carbonated, but still has enough chewy/oily texture to keep things interesting

D - pretty good despite the easily noticed ABV and rather one-sided sweetness

Photo of MPLS
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saison Rue is my first offering from the Bruery and immediately I'm a little pissed off as my carpet gets to taste the beer before I do. Giant carbonation that yields an explosive beer.

A: Gigantic head, 1 meter? high, no but it fits to the top of the Duvel glass. The color is a beautiful pale orange that becomes even more inviting with the rush of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. The body is somewhat murkey as the yeast's sediment is casually floating around. Very good head retention and full on lace.

S: Yeast is predominate, spicy, earthy, dried grass/hay, apple, and a bit of orange although the color might have led me to pull that one out.

T: The nose didn't lead me to it, but this beer has a large sweet component that I'm not used to in Saison. Up front the beer is spicy and grainy. A ginger coated green apple that meets a slow wave of dryness. The finish is funky, a tart lemon citrus note. I typically shy away from a huge brett/sour component, but it works in this beer.

M: Big carbonation (evident by the saison rue carpet) that is sharp on the tongue. The body is however very very creamy and makes you expand your cheeks to allow for it's fluffiness. and the head of the beer has a nice, soft, and frothy head.

D: I think I'm receiving this beer better than most, a lot of depth in its flavors especially enjoyable after the way of spice, around 3/4th of the way through until the beautifully tart finish.

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

Picked this brew up for New Years after hearing some great things about this brewery. This brew poured to a slightly cloudy golden color with an amber tinge to it. Nice sized white head that left some good lacing. The aroma was nice, though I will admit that I was expecting more of a sour smell. Rye malt is there, some pepper like smell, earthy and somewhat funky. Not a bad smelling brew, but maybe I was just expecting a little more. The flavors where nice, this was an easy drinking brew. Nice malt flavor, the rye does not seem to be overly dominant which works for me. Nice spice to it with a slight pepper taste. Some sour properties, I guess I was looking for more, that where nice. Now for me this brew was not overly sour but I was sharing this brew and others felt that the sour really stood out. I will say that I really like this brew but based on the $13 per bottle it did not stand out enough to get again.

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

Honey colored with a low-slung off-white dome of decent retention and lacing.
Dried apricot and candy sugar aromas are quickly pinned by pepper and tarragon spiciness-- obviously from the rye and brett, though neither is instantly identified-- and a strong contribution from dry, herbal hoppiness.
Dry, crackery, bread crusty, maltiness hits the mouth first. Almost no sweetness sneaks out, but a stray golden raisin or two can be ascertained, with, perhaps the dessicated carcasses of figs and peaches. This is brutally dry. The brett is partially responsible with it's pseudo-leather and burlap-sack-filled-with-pepper ideations. Spiciness is big as its carried both by the rye and moreso the ensuing hops, and brings more pepper, an anise-y wave of tarragon, caraway, lemon thyme, and spearmint. A touch of alcohol dots the close.
A bit gassy upfront, but settling over time to a medium body and steady, if still frenetic carbonation.
The dryness makes this hugely drinkable, but the notable alcohol runs a bit of interference. It's every bit a good Saison, but not world class. Brett heads: caveat emptor. It's certainly a feature with it's prickly dry qualities but it lacks the esoteric dirtiness that might craved. And as a rye freak, I'd like to see a more concrete and concentrated contribution.
Bottom line: it's nice but not $12 nice.

Photo of craytonic
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Huge head, minimal lacing. Perhaps a bit over carbonated, amber in color.

Smell: Big rye malt scent, spice, and light (not enough) funk.

Taste: Malt and rye, bit of hops and alcohol. Missing that good funk I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel: Bit fizzy yet chewy, hint of alcohol.

Drinkability: Low, no need to try this one again.

Edge of what a saison should be, at least in my book.

Photo of wedge
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly foggy darkened gold. Small white head that sticks in thin sheets on the glass. Smells of lemon cookie-like tartness with some underlying funk. Peppery spice, sour apple, and citrus peel. Peppery, slightly sour and dry flavor with a mild sweetness and a bit of cedar. Loads of zesty citrus, Belgian yeasty esters, finishing with a snappy dryness. Medium bodied and creamy.

Nice...lots of peppery citrus in this one.

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid. This is the best sour beer I've had in quite awhile, and although the craft beer scene has been a bit of "Brettanomyces Gone Wild" over the past 18 months or so, I am still into it. And while this beer didn't really strike me as funkly, and wasn't a poster-child for Brett, it was sour and quite enjoyable.

It poured a hazy copper color with lively carbonation and a thick head. Aroma was dried fruit, rye-ness, sweetness, and some light sourness. Something akin to lemonade was in there too. Flavor was more of the same, with some citrus-ness and sour (that lemonade thing again), balanced with some nice bread-iness imparted by the rye and malt. Mouthfeel was a little puckery, but was generally pretty refreshing given all the flavor packed in there. In OH at least, the price on this beer is steep and the hype is over-the-top. However, this beer is quite pleasant and while I won't be kicking back a bottle of this weekly, I am glad I had it.

Definitely recommended.

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3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel snifter/tulip.

A: Dark golden. Thin layer of bubbly carbonation. Slight lacing remains as you drink.

S: Wheat, yeast, and raspberry. Floral.

T: Steely, pecan shells, lightly sweet, yeasty. Bitter.

M: Light body, diluted and carbonated. Steely aftertaste.

D: Sippin' beer.

Atmosphere is solid. Decent appearance, nose is pleasing. Flavor is funky, flavorful, but not overwhelming. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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

750mL bottle, $9.99 in Columbus. My latest stab at Bruery beers, they haven't lived up to the hype in general (not their fault), but this one looked to be special from the rye and brettanomyces, 2 great tastes in a beer.

Popping the cap, I got an audible indication of carbonation but thankfully none of the gushing that I heard plagued earlier batches. The beer is dark copper color, a little murky and hazy, with a thick white head. The smell is very good, the first thing I note is spicy rye, after that a Belgian Pale character that's yeasty and inviting. The brett funk is there but not in a defining way, just enough to give a support to the beer. This beer, while tasty, doesn't really live up to its own aroma. There's just enough rye (an ingredient better suited to IPAs when added with a strong hand) for a Belgian-style beer, it was expertly added. The brett sourness is there but not too strong either, but the after-taste seems too bitter and astringent, like chewable aspirin or something similar. The body quality is good, peppery carbonation and satisfying mouthfeel. I think that I'll remember this beer as a good experiment but not necessarily something I'd recommend or come back to.

Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,536 ratings.