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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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1,484 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,484
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 162
Gots: 237 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Saison Rue is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned, Belgian/French-style farmhouse ale. This is a beer of subtlety and complexity, with malted rye, spicy, fruity yeast notes, biscuit-like malt backbone and a slight citrus hop character. With age, this beer will dry out and will become more complex with rustic notes of leather and earth from the contribution of a wild yeast strain. Being a saison, Saison Rue is ambiguous unto itself as it is a different beer when fresh and when aged.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2008)
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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saison brewed with Rye and Brett.

Orange body took 15min to pour (huge head). Aroma is funky brett, vinegar, and peaches. Flavor is apricot and peach with lots of brett. Notes of lemon, earth, and spice. Rustic, as the label suggests. Crisp carbonation, funky but not that sour. Darn tasty.

BradLikesBrew, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Psilo707
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this at the Beverage Warehouse near LMU in Los Angeles - a very large warehouse filled with most beers imaginable, very good spot. Anyway, was recommended this by a beer aficionado and quickly purchased it with my other standard beers I was getting.

Appears very dark pear color, spawns a large head that laces solidly along the sides. Smell is spectacular, one of the best I've ever smelled. Multiple fruits are present and a very bready afterscent aroma hovers around the top of the glass.

Taste is complex and buttery. A lot of fruit, slight pineapple and orange, with a hint of a jackfruit-like flavor on the backend. Some sips are better than others.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, decently solid. Drinkability is high for an 8.5% abv but still not as good as some.

Overall this brew was worth the purchase and I will defiitely now check out other releases from the Bruery in Socal.

Psilo707, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of saintwarrick
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great saison lands in S.C. This brew pours a cloudy dark gold with a big foamy white head that is to be expected. Aroma is quite thick, almost syrupy; lots of nice citrus and passion fruits in there. A lot of that carries over into the taste, where there is some rye-like spiciness mixed with a tinge of sour. Seems a bit thicker than most saisons, which are usually light.

Thick and big and, most of all, very good. Definitely a must-try saison, that is a bit off the beaten track.

saintwarrick, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too big on the sours/wilds, but from time to time one comes along that makes me glad I don't totally give up on em'. Pours a brilliant gold and topped with an off-the chart huge fluffy, dirty white head that stays forever, eventually leaving sticky, random chunks of lace all around the tulip. Smells of pineapples and ripe oranges with some pungent white grapes in the very back. Spice, yeast, brett, and some faint mustiness float around. Tastes of big, sour fruits and grain. After a bit the alcohol heat opens up in the back right before a puckering hit of brett reveals itself. This one's highly carbonated and medium bodied and dry and slightly rough around the edges going down.

stephens101, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange with a fistful of fluffy white head at the top of my glass.

S: Tart, sour apples, and plenty of funk (a bit more than I care for).

T: Sour apples again, this time accompanied by pears, white pepper, hay, and a spoonfull of yeast. I bumped this up to a 4 from a 3.5 based on the spice on the back of the palate, but this really could have gone either way.

M: Medium on the body and medium-high on the carbonation. Finishes dry and sour.

D: The yeast flavor seems to build up on the palate as you drink this. I swear by the end of the bottle I thought I was getting thrush. That effect alone makes this a one and done for me.

DeathbySexyBT, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark gold with a monstrous fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is wheaty malt, brett, metallic rye and some other spices.

The flavor is wheaty malts, some light sweet fruit, and brett leading to a medium bitter metallic finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall,a decent saison. More brett would be nice. I keep going back and forth between thinking its interesting and noticing off notes and not liking it.

Beaver13, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle. Pours hazy gold with a light orange tint. Billowing white head that holds its shape, eventually dissipating to a small white cap and great lacing. Smells heavily spicy, with a lot of ginger and pepper. Plenty of orange and other fruit. Very much like perfume. Incredibly sweet. Brett is pretty evident, with some musty notes. More brett in the taste, again with musty horseblanket. Overly spicy, with an onslaught of pepper/ginger. Quite fruity; a lot of citrus and some tropical fruit. Pretty sweet. Heavily hopped. Alcohol warmth and bite. It finishes sweetly but with a lot of hop bitterness; rather disjointed. Full bodied with lower carbonation. Between the spices (definitely added, not just a yeast byproduct), the strong sweetness, the bitterness, and the alcohol, it's pretty clear that there's too much shit going on here.

philipquarles, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear orange gold body with a mountainous, slow-dieing well-carbonated head. An excellent smell of orange, pear, sour fruit hops, spices, some bready or wood malt along w/ a little yeast funk. Smooth yet also sharp with minor citric fruit notes, along with other fruit notes such as orange, pear, apple and a very small sweet taste that is very complimentary. A little spicy as well and finishes light, dry and crisp. This was a great beer to sip on and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

clayrock81, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bruery Saison Rue poured hazy orange/amber with a huge pillowy head that dissipated by the second sip, but left rings of sticky lace.

The smell was sweet and yeasty. The smell and taste had a rich complex funkiness; there was a metallic citrus rind aftertaste that barely crossed the line separating pleasant from unpleasant. The feel was bubbly and completely pleasant, especially for this style. It was absolutely perfect on a late summer evening.

Saison Rue should be sipped outside on a brick patio, weeds pushing up between stones, on a lazy late summer/early autumn afternoon. Preferably in the company of people with whom you are comfortable doing nothing, because with its complexity and 8.5 percent ABV, the 750 ML bottle goes a long way.

MetalHopHead6, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of eljefe21
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Mixture of copper and yellow produces an off copper color. Brief two-finger head falls quickly to almost nothing. Small amount of lacing.

S: Heady straw and grass smells. Hints of lemon, spices and hops. Makes your thirst mouth water.

T: Spicy hay and grass flavors. Some hoppiness. Flavors intensify on the front and sides of the mouth. Warming alcohol flavor melts in the middle of the tongue.

M: Sharps carbonation on the front and sides of the tongue. Dry finish cleanses the pallet.

D: Clean and dry so that it's refreshing enough to drink in warm weather. Hardy and strong enough to drink when it's cool. Host of flavors make this a great match for all sorts of food. Tasty enough to drink on its own.

Review from notes taken on 8/23/09

Served in a cervoise glass.

eljefe21, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gusher alert!! Cap pops and beer goes everywhere. Pours a hazy orange with lots of sediment and a four finger head that caps above the glass. Damn! Aromas of spicy malts with a distinct rye twang. Earthy yeast accents and a touch of Brett funk.

Crisp and full flavored malts upfront with some rye spiciness colliding with earthy yeast and a touch of Brett funk again in the flavor. Some peppery notes and a bit of citrus. Goes down with a spicy yeasty kick.

Mouthfeel is lighter with big fast moving carbonation. Quite refreshing and a nice twist on a saison with a darker malt profile than most. Tasty brew overall and if it wasn't a gusher I would've been even happier.

orbitalr0x, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of lackenhauser
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice, on the darker side of pale golden. Soft white and fluffy head that really clings to the sides of the glass as it goes on down. Very deep and earthy aroma. Great brett smell to it. Mildly woody and ever so slightly spiced. Great malty flavor with a mildly spicy note. Faint black pepper taste. Great "horsey" brett characteristics. Mildly metallic, almost rusty tasting. Green apples going on. Great full body to it-you would think it might need to be a touch thinner to be this quenching. A really great beer all around. Very satisfying and enjoyable. Really a winner.

lackenhauser, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. no date. tasted in mid-may 2009

huge gusher!

golden honey orange, almost clear, but the gushing brought up lots of sediment. enormous, overflowing, gushed head, with big-bubble foam. never stops either, because of the etching in my duvel tulip. meringue forms in the middle. eventually, finally fades to thin layer, with the meringue persisting. great lacing.

aroma: spicy, malty and mildly fruity upfront, with herbal, grassy, and lightly floral hops. malt is bready with touch of rye acidity and spice. fruit is apple and pear, mixing with hops, and into spicy but restrained phenols, w hints of dried orange peel in the end. moderate, almost brett-like funk of barn, leather and hay infused underneath.

taste is similar to aroma, with touch of acidity, and more spice phenolic notes coming through. just a tad more than i prefer, but still very nice and crisp, and not overly medicinal. moderate bitterness from the hops meld with funky brett tones. complex and inviting *despite* the phenols.

medium body. smooth, creamy at times, with phenols giving astringency, but the otherwise fizzy carbonation can also help with creaminess.

i'm not a fan of the big phenols, but at least here, it's harmonized well enough that i can actually appreciate them.

tai4ji2x, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another The Bruery bottle courtesy of yamar 18. Thanks for the opportunity, Kevin!

It pours a hazy orange gold with another big head of foam...must be the trademark of The Bruery beers as all of them that I've tried do not lack in foam....and lacing.

The smell is yeasty and full of citrus with some notes of pepper and a good presence of Brett. If the taste is at least close to the smell, I'm in for a treat.

The taste...well...it's all foam right now but I'm getting a lot of lemon zest and spice with pepper and funk. On to the liquid. Yep. The tasting of the foam = the tasting of the liquid and man, this brew has Saison written all over it. Lot's of Brett influence, nice bitterness, nice pepper notes, good yeasty flavour, lemon zest...a bit of alcoh...nah, it's hidden very well. At least while I'm sipping on it. I can't guarantee I'll say that when I'm done with the 750, though I think it's very easy drinking at this point. It definitely is, imho, very true to style. Cool.

Medium bodied with carbonation that is fairly brisk but not at the levels of the 2 Orchards. I'm down with that. Oh and second pour, the hazy turns to cloudy.

Drinkability? I'm nodding my head...yep. This is very drinkable given the abv and this is really on the higher end for the style that I've had a chance to try so it's a very good thing that they pushed the "mute" button on Saison Rue. Just sip slow and easy and I think one would have no problem finishing this "huge" bottle. Every sip has been an enjoyable drinking experience. Great brew.

Bitterbill, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of bret27
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look: Golden orange w/white head and nice belgian lace.

Smell: estery, fruit, brett for sure

Taste: sweet smooth candy. Slight tart in the end. That yeasty belgian full perfect mouthfeel.

Overall: Much sweeter than it smells. Pretty delicious. Another unique one for the unique world of belgian-style ales.

bret27, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy yellowish orange with lots of carbonation and a big white head. Nose is faint with grain, yeast and thats about it. taste is spicy with hints of pepper, belgian yeast, hops. Mouthfeel is spicy, warming with the ABV and spiciness increasing at the end. Drinkability..this is a good beer but not sessionable by any means.

barleywinefiend, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of tdawgydog
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The last bottle of my collection of beer that I brought back to the East Coast from my visit to San Diego. It's been cellared for 5 or so months and it's time was up.

A - Pours a nice dark golden color with a good 2 finger head that sustains itself throughout the enjoyment of this beer.
S - Nothing outstanding to the scent, scent of alcohol, not displeasing just nothing outstanding.
T - Unique taste. A little hoppier than your traditional Saison, there is also a little bite from the Rye. It's a pleasurable difference that makes this beer really enjoyable. There's something to it that makes you wanting more.
D - Goes down really smooth. The hops are there but this is to be expected from a West Coast brew.
M- Good feel, although the head is maintained throughout the life of the drink it is not overly gassy. Very well done!

tdawgydog, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: brooklyn snifter, rue is a pale reddish amber in color, only slightly hazy, with a lasting cap of foam

s: belgian pale malts accompanied by a perfectly integrated dose of spicy rye, mild to moderate levels of sugars offset by a mild brett sour-funk, lemony at times with a dry herbal hop aroma, loads of attention grabbing action with perfect harmony between components - can't keep my nose from it

m: full carbonation accompanies a light-medium bodied brew, really carries the flavors around the palate

t: awesome rye presence kicks around under a crust of lightly sugary pale malts, one of the best uses of rye I've come across - it's just perfectly placed in this context, lemon peel and herbal hops, a vein of brett-induced sour really makes this a whole, joining the mild hop bitterness in creating an exceptionally refreshing finish, delicious

d: superbly drinkable on a hot and humid summer night

capped 750 scooped at Whole Foods P St., DC, and enjoyed on a stoop just a couple blocks over

blackie, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up in NYC.

Pours a rich light mahogany with a billowing white head. Good lace and retention. Sweet beans, this is the most fragrant saison I've come across. Intense floral and tropical elements spar with spicy yeast and great funk. Awesome. Great saison taste, with so much complexity going on. Strong floral notes, sweet and spicy rye, funky barnyard yeast, dry grain and light alcohol and ripe tropical fruit. I could go wil for this! Medium body and pillowy carbonation.

Highly recommended.

bobsy, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw-brown, off-white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Orange rind, a pleasant funk, tropical fruit, light floral & grassy spicing.

T: Candied tropical fruit, rind, spice, modest bitterness, light tartness/funk, cotton candy, slight alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body is smooth with a slight acidity and a little residual sweetness in the finish.

D: An intriguing, drinkable brew.

Derek, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of rye726
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich cedar color with a silky white head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has a good amount of rye malts over floral hops, caramel, manure and musty hay. Perhaps a bit heavy on the rye, but still quite nice.

The taste also has a proper rye presence, but it is well balanced with sweet candy malts, herbal hops, tart citrus and subtle barnyard funk.

Medium body has a crisp, delicate carbonation. Bitter hoppy finish. Another great Saison from The Bruery. Every beer I've had from these guys has been top knotch.

rye726, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of pinotboy007
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep golden-orange with an egg white froth that settled to a pillow. Decent carbonation stream but only a bit of lace.

S - Fantastic aromas of citrus, wet straw, and even a bit of wood. Bravo!

T - Malty with a nice tinge of leather and citrus making this a dryer offering than I thought it might be, making it all the more lip-smacking.

M - Perky fizz that makes this a thirst quencher without the alcohol-induced heat.

D - Dangerously so. I'm a huge fan of the style so this is one hell of an offering. Find this!

pinotboy007, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of patmcd
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.

Poured into a chalice, and I saw many people saying this was a 'gusher', so I took my time on the pour. Poured a semi-cloudy, translucent bright gold with a bountiful 2-finger head that laced quite nicely.

On the nose I picked up some sour green apples, a pinch of pepper, and some woody-musky goodness.

Tastes of my child hood favorite, tart Granny Smith apples, but is offset by some mild sweet caramel and pear and hints a musky rye bread flavors. But the Brett and mild pepper compliments those distinct tastes with some much appreciated lively zing! Absolutely whirling with flavor.

I haven't had too many saisons, but I'm extremely intrigued by the sourness that something like Brett has to offer. I found this to be fairly light-medium bodied, and the carbonation was pleasant and crisp, and the brew was very drinkable and I couldn't detect any hints of alcohol.

This very dynamic brew has single handedly made me want to experience some more of both the Bruery and the saison style.

patmcd, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Poured hazy reddish orange with a light tan head. Head was huge. 3 1/2 fingers settled into a rocky 2 fingers head. Nice lacing

spicy, peppery a bit funky on the nose, a bit of ginger present too. some fruit, perhaps some lemon, peach, pear...

silky with some light bubbles carbonation. off Dry finish

Spicy peppery taste, the ginger flavors come in pretty heavy on the palette. a bit of melon, peach and lemon too...

a bit sweeter than I'd like form a saison I'd also like it to be be funkier more vinious...but still a good saison.

DaggerEyes, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy/cloudy reddish-orange color with a large white head.

S: Spice, bread, and yeast are the main traits that I pick up. The complexities that I hoped for in this (especially the Brett) are not all that present.

T: The taste is better than the nose. Still not quite as "funky" as I would have liked for a Saison, but better than I would have expected. Caramel, bread, slight taste of rye, some herbal character like a lot of their beers seem to have.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation.

D: A decent Saison, but not as good as I was hoping for.

womencantsail, Jul 25, 2009
Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,484 ratings.