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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,554
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 169
Gots: 260 | FT: 7
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

Saison Rue is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned, Belgian/French-style farmhouse ale. This is a beer of subtlety and complexity, with malted rye, spicy, fruity yeast notes, biscuit-like malt backbone and a slight citrus hop character. With age, this beer will dry out and will become more complex with rustic notes of leather and earth from the contribution of a wild yeast strain. Being a saison, Saison Rue is ambiguous unto itself as it is a different beer when fresh and when aged.
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Photo of tuckevalastin
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden and very cloudy. Massive white head that stays for a while.

S: funky tart smell. Citrus fruit and some spice are noticable.

T: Rye spice and fruity sweetness are most noticable. A bready malt taste is present as well. Again lots of funk.

M: Medium bodied with some spice and no bitterness. No alcoholic heat came through for me either. Very carbonated.

D: I found it very easy to drink for a craft beer.

Overall, I was surprised at how much I liked this one. If it's easy to find in your market (it's not in mine) I'd say try it.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

A: Hazy copper/golden body under a huge white head. Nice lace and retention.

S: Really nice blend of malt and yeast. Rye is there and so it the Brett, but neither overpowers the other. Smells refreshing.

T: Actually surprised at the taste, not bad, but different than I expected from the aroma. Brett is there, but not as funky as I anticapated. Rye present some nice spice, and overall the malt presents a very bready taste. Some citrus in there. Almost a meatiness taste to it, which may sound strange (and may be totally my taste buds playing tricks on me) but it goes well. I could easily see washing down a cheeseburger on a hot summer day with this. Bitterness is mild. Very interesting taste.

M/D: Medium body, a bit creamy, high carbonation carbonation holds up well. Drinkability is good. A very interesting beer that I could see drinking while tending the grill or at your favorite beer bar. Good stuff.

Photo of BeerGodz
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Orange yellow color, cloudy, huge dense fluffy head with uber good retention and lacing

Smell: Blast of Brett funk, with cloves, pepper, citrus

Taste: Up Front: Brett funk, spices. Finish: Alcohol, sweet malt, citrus

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation, and dry finish

Drinkability: Crisp & refreshing

Overall Impression: This is the second Brett Saison I reviewed from The Bruery this week. This one is even more complex with intense flavors, particularly the Brett and spices. Although it is well balanced, it does learn toward sweetness a bit. It is not as sessionable (is that even a word) as Saison De Lente due mainly to the higher abv. I have a really nice Belgian Buzz going on after quaffing down this bottle. Yet another excellent American rendition of a Belgian classic from The Bruery!

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

A - peachish colored. Thick foam off-white and very fluffy. Hazy.
Lace sticking to the glass.

S - smells a bit like strawberry. A little tart smelling. Definitely smell the Brett. A bit spicy.

T - spiciness up front. A little sweet, but balanced by bitterness. Finishes a little grainy. Maybe that up front flavor is rye. Someone would have to point it out. Alcohol burn after a few sips. Creeps up on you. Maybe the beginnings of some autolysis

M - highly carbonated. Quite fizzy. <burp>

D - A very tasty beer. Maybe a liiitle too sweet, but not too much of a detractor. Very easy to drink, but watch out for the alcohol!

Photo of tedsox31
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 750ml into my saison glass. Pretty excited to see it at the store.

The color from the pour is an orangish-brown, with a creamy white-beige head. This sticks around and leaves a bit of lacing even after having drunk it for a time.

Lots going on in the nose. There is some barnyard tones, along with a peppery/clove spice, and some acidic citrus notes. Very complex.

The taste is very fruity, likely from the Belgian yeast, and a good amount of spice. After that comes the sour/barnyard flavors. There is just the slightest note of alcohol in the background, but not so much as to take away from the taste.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than other saisons, unsurprising considering it also has a bit more depth and alcohol. Creamy to a degree, yet well-carbonated and it finishes dry.

This is an excellent beer. Certainly it is a sipper, I had the bottle over an evening but would definitely have it again.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to travita for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a murky, dark yellow color with a white head. The aroma is peppery with some orange and citrus notes. I also get some pineapple. The flavor is about the same with pepper and citrus, along with some nice sweetness and some raspberry thrown in. High carbonation and light mouthfeel.

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

Pours out a hazy golden yellow with a huge bubbly, champagne like head. The retention is beastly and leaves a nice coat of lacing. A nice cloud remains on top after the head finally dies down. Smell is nice. Yeast/Brett scents are up front with some sour in the background. The rye/malts are noticeable and there is even a woody/earthy element to it. The strength seems to die down after a bit and takes away half a point. Taste is solid for what the beer wants to be. The Brett and rye make for a very interesting beer. Some sourness in there and the malts too, a nice balance overall. The mouthfeel consists of a moderate body and moderate carbonation. This suits the flavor well and there is some creaminess to it, smooth. Drinkability is good for a Brett beer. Smooth with a pretty good price for 750ml. Nice taste and it doesn't overpower the palate.

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

750 mL bottle poured into tulip. 7.49 at Whole Foods so I finally decided to try this.

Color is a hazed, cloudy pale gold with a retentive off white head and nice streaky lacing. Aroma is sweeter than expected, yeasty and fruity, with mild dry earthiness and funk, very little presence of brett or the rye malt. Also a slightly solvent, boozy pinch. Flavor is similarly sweet like the nose, not particularly dry or crisp, with medium full soft body with light carbonation. Nice hop balance in the finish, but I'm disappointed in the lack of earthiness spiciness and funk in this and slightly turned off by the sweetness. Not a traditional saison, but an interesting beer. I wouldn't return to this at its typical price north of $10 but might grab a few more at this price to see what happens with the brett over time.

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle in to a goblet.
Pours a semi-hazy light orange with a steady thick white head.
Smell is a funky peppery and cinnamony with a yeastiness.
Taste is a tart funk with a rich toastiness with a slight dry fruit with a clean dry finish

Mouthfeel is goo and the flavors are well balanced making it very drinkable.

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

Got this in a recent trade with roopy40, thanks Paul!

Pours a hazy golden orange color, with a generous off-white head. Very creamy in nature, it has great retention and leaves some nice lacing.

The nose initially blasts me with brett characters, funky barn yard smells along with citrus and other fruity notes. Smells like a bretted saison should.

The brett characters kind of drop off in the taste a little bit, replaced by a nice belgian maltiness and fruityness. A nice spicey hop character comes out right in the finish.

Mouthfeel is about medium, with a creamy feel and a high carbonation. Drinkabillity is pretty good.

Overall, a very decent Saison. At $13 this is a steal in my book, and something I wish I had regular access to. The Bruery makes some fine beers.

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

Pours a nearly opaque cloudy tawny brown with billowing white head that slowly fades to a thin clump leaving thick styrofoamish lace. Smell: spicy, lemony, musty, slightly sour, pear, bread dough yeasty. Taste: spicy and citric, rye, peppery, white grape with a little green apple bite. Lively carbonation with a lingering spicy finish. Very tasty.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazed, dull orange, muddied apricot...slimmed creamy-toned head. Looks nice.

Aroma: big spice, some sour, some funk...a little citrus, under the spice.

Taste: more fruit, pulpy, even, really pungent, and exceedingly tasty, well measured with clove, cinnamon, cardamom...maybe others,. Beautiful mix of bright fruit and hot spice. Feels lovely in the mouth.
A saison full of farmhouse character. I would not guess unless told that this was not brewed in Belgium.
I'm drinking this while eating cheese and crackers, but I bet his would go wonderfully with many other, better foods. Most excellent, well worth the $13 I paid, if only to finally know, with my first taste, that The Bruery is the real deal.

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

From 750mL bottle to an oversized wine glass. No date.

A: From a pour with average vigor, a large foamy white head is created and continues to rise slowly for a few seconds, until it eventually reaches its peak and remains with above average persistence. Very active, fast moving bubbles float to the top. On the first pour, any would-be lacing slowly slipped back into the glass, with each subsequent pour producing a better result than the last, now finally sticking in solid sheets. I've come to notice that the Saison Rue likes to be around 50 degrees and warmer. The body is a pale, golden orange and the cloudiness acts as a diffuser causing a vibrant radiant quality to it.

S & T: The nose is exceptionally fruity. Citrusy lemony hops. Fermented white grape juice, pear and green apple. The earthy hops are light as are the pale bready malts. The mid-strength yeast quality is earthy, doughy, with just a hint of barnyard funk. Yeast derived phenols create a strong peppery spicy character that is even more noticeable in the aftertaste.

M: The flavor duration is long, enduring both the dryness and the super high carbonation levels that should have cut right through it. The flavors become more persistent still as the beer warms. Lively and fizzy carbonation. Restrained bitterness. Excellent. Sour, tart and very dry. Heavily acidic.

D: My last pour emptied out just a little bit of both light and dark particles. I'm not sure if it is the yeast now in my glass or the temperature slowly on the rise, but I'm enjoying this beer more and more as I sip. Great brew.

Photo of OStrungT
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a thich, fluffy yellow head. The head fades ever so slowly, leaving a massive lace.

This beer smells grainy, with some peppery notes. I detect some citrus hop aroma. Corianger is also present, with a hint of orange peel.

This beer tases exactly like it smells. Grainy with citrus and spicy notes. Nice.

This beer is highly carbonated, maybe just a little more so than I usually like. It is crisp and refreshing. It leaves a peppery aftertaste.

This beer would make a great session beer. The ABV is just a little high, so watch out.

Overall: This is a great beer from a brewer that never fails to impress. I intend to drink this often.

Photo of adamette
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 750ML bottle that I bought for $11.99 at Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield in Cleveland a few weeks ago into my Brewery Ommegang gold rimmed Westvleteren style goblet. No observed "best by" date. The label is excellent, one of the most attractive that I have seen.

A Translucent caramel colored body under a 2 inch white, creamy head that dissipated down to a one cm disc after a few minutes. Fairly good look. 3.5

S Really interesting. There is the expected light, spiced smell of a saison along with an unexpected fruitty sweetness that reminds me of white grapes. I really like this smell as it is inviting, interesting. 4.5

T Oh yeah, the smell was an excellent indication of what the taste would be like. There is the saison "lightness" along with some spices but also the white grape sweetness, which, along with the warmth of alcohol, reminds me a bit of white wine. Really good taste which enhances the taste of your standard saison. 4.5

M Carbonation is high as I expected from the style but there is a nice smoothness as well and that warmth of alcohol is welcomed as well. 4.0

D I finished the 750ML bottle faster than I probably should have, within about 20 minutes. 4.0

Notes: The second of three Bruery beers that I am tasting and rating this week. This one really impressed me with its ability to deliver on the style but offer so much more. More than anything, it is delicious!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits.

Appearance: Quite cloudy body of orange-gold hues and topped with a large, meringue-like, white head.

Smell: Spicy nose, a mingled of popping phenolics and rye, with lesser, distant notes of cookies and honey. Plenty of fruits here: tart-scented Granny Smith apples, pears, and even lemon.

Taste: Sweet barley with some sugary sugar cookie-tasting hints and tangy-tasting wheat-based crackers and a crackling rye spiciness. Green apple and a bit of tart lemon cream lead to moderate phenolic tones, along with some punchy tastes of pickled sliced ginger and white pepper-coated pears. Touch of alcohol. Finishes dry and phenolic with some curious tastes of spearmint and green apples.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium-plus carbonation. Some chewiness, some creaminess.

Drinkability: It's both interest and different, though, when all is said and done, I'd rather stick to just a simple, classic Saison Dupont. That's just me though!

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

750 mL bottle, no date apparent on the label or bottle.

Pale to medium orange color with golden highlights. Thick, bubbly white head, tons of carbonation, and a bit of haze present. A good amount of lacing present on the glass and the head leaves a nice foamy layer on the surface.

Sweet malty bread aroma up front with lots of coriander and clove spiciness and a bit of banana and orange. All backed by a medium funk sour smell.

Tastes of more banana and clove/coriander. Lots of wheat (or rye?) influence here. Not so sweet, but rather with a good hoppy bitterness. The beer has a long, sour finish, but lacks too much funk flavor. The sourness leaves a fruity apple-like aftertaste. A hint of ethanol at the end which is mostly covered up by the brett flavors.

Feels like a saison should. Light yet substantial body with silky, airy mouthfeel.

Overall a very balanced and rather complex brew. The hops give a nice citrusy flavor and bitterness which is mathced perfectly by the wheat or rye banana/spice notes and the brett sourness.

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle locally here in Chicago. Poured into imperial nonic.

A - Pours a golden yellow color with a large white frothy head. There's a good amount of lacing left behind along the sides of the glass and a thin cap on top of the beer.

S - Wheat, floral notes, slight citrus.

T - Strong floral and wheat notes, some funk (not tart, but just funky yeast), bananas. Sweet finish.

M - Light, crisp, refreshing.

D - I like this one...will buy again, for sure.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
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
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,554 ratings.