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Saison Rue | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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.

Added by DoubleJ on 05-01-2008

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Reviews: 555 | Ratings: 1,750
Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange body with a thinnish frothed white head. Has a bit of bubbles climbing to the top. SMells of toasty malt, rye spice, orange zest, and fairly restrained yeast. Taste is somewhat sweet with a slightly drying finish. There's big yeast mixed with rye spice, orange oil, some alcoholic medicinal character, and a light tartness. I get some toasty malt as well. Moderate to full body. A bit sticky with prickly carbonation. Solid saison, but nothing to go crazy over.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Has an earthy, fruit nose with a hint of fresh laundry and faint barnyard. It pours dull amber to brownish peach under a very pillowy, very uniformly and finely bubbled, 2” off-white head. Light fruit over malt dominate the yeast driven palate. Light malt provides the backbone with light fruits – peach, apricot, light tropical – not quite pineapple, maybe guava. Medium body and average to a little above on the carbonation.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As far as Saison's go this one is pretty typical.

Appearance: Hazy dark golden color, lot of white fluffy head that remains throughout and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Estery Belgian yeast notes, clove spices, not much funk, some tart notes but very faint.

Taste: Its ester driven and has a lot of the Belgian yeast strain flavor going on in it. Typical of a lot of American versions of the style but not really my favorite interpretation of the style either. It was a little bit too sweet too much of the clove warming and numbing, maybe it was the alcohol. I think the sweet spot in Saison's are in the 5-6 % range, this one is 8.5 and I think that is a little bit too high for the style. I think the malts that went into it made it too sweet and thus not as dry and refreshing and that is how I like my saison's to be.

Overall: Not crazy about this one, but I am glad I had an opportunity to try it so I know in the future to pass on this one. It was on sale by the way so it doesn't break my heart that it isn't the best saison I have ever had. Its fair and that is about it.

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Hazy orange body, fluffy white head

S- Fruity smell, Belgian yeast aromas.

T- Spicy rye, a slight funk/tart, orange flavor

F- Good carbonation, fits the flavor

O- Excellent saison! Delicious.

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Photo of BikingDutchman
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy yellow/orange with a lot of carbonation. The bottle was foaming over after opening it. Thick white head stays around for a while.
S - Funky brett flavors are dominant. Tropical and citrus smells that seem to be mostly from the yeast.
T - The same yeast-driven flavors that were in the nose are also in the flavor. Very slightly tart with a lot of fruity and citrusy flavors. Funky brett flavors mix with the citrus flavors well. Slightly spicy from the rye, but it doesn't compete with the fruity yeast flavors.
M - Very dry, but the high carbonation helps keep it from feeling thin.
O - A very good saison that hides it's 8.5% abv well. I wish it was a little bit more funky, but the fruity citrus flavors are also very nice. I prefer Boulevard's Saison Brett, but it would be nice to try them side by side.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Billowy head, cloudy golden beer.
smell is earthy and fresh orange
taste is surprising, a lot of citrus, herbal flavors, to me more like a tripel than saison. But wait... there is the brett. I guess the whole pt. is this is a style you can't nail down.
mouth feel is medium with much carbonation.
Yummy. Seek it out for a different experience and have an open mind. Oh and this hides the 8.5 so watch out.

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Photo of JimKal
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass it forms a generous head that leaves some nice lacing as it dissipates. The color is a nice red gold. The taste has a hint of spice from the rye with a slight Saison funk. Very nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of DLS168
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Generous head. Beautiful amber non-translucent amber color. Flagrant - aromatic not distinctly alcoholic despite 9.5 ABV. Taste classic Saison taste alcohol finish. Solid rich feel.

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Photo of JayQue
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice Saison, rich and spicy with plenty of yeast in the taste. Pours a hazy straw gold color with a huge white head into a pint glass. Head retention is very good and there is plenty of thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is apples, peppery spices, malt and a touch of yeastiness. Flavor is strong and rich. A big malty beer with an apple cider, peppery taste. There is a fair amount of yeast in the flavor but not the barnyard funk/mustiness that I usually expect in a Saison

Mouthfeel is very rich and nicely spiced. I really enjoyed this beer, even without the classic Saison funk. Very tasty and impressive.

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Photo of 4ster
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served at 10C in a tulip.

A: Warm, slightly orangey off white head, lots of carbonation bubbles in the head and beer, cloudy hazy dark golden body, dies off to some nice froth floating on top with lots of small craters.

S: Slightly funky, typical Saison yeast profile, light on the fruits...bit earthy... pretty low key smell, although I find that with most Saisons...

T: Interesting tastes with this Saison...quite light and fresh right up front, lots of fruit that transitions into more light citrus notes and spicy malts, and finishes with a bit of a funky, earthy, slightly tart, alcoholic yeast after tastes. The Bruery's yeast really stands out as being the differing factor here compared to other Saisons, and while this one wasn't that old, I find it not nearly as dry as a classic Belgium Saison.

M: Smooth, crisp, light, med+ carbonation, not as dry as I would say some Saison's tend to be....

O: Overall a nice Saison with a few nice nuances that differentiate it from other Saisons out there.... pretty easy drinking and a nice one to try if you can get your hands on it...

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Photo of srandycarter
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Light copper, murky, big white head, reduces eventually to small head. Lots of cling.

S - Tart fruit, some bitter and slight malt.

T - Yum. Beautiful fruit, blended with small souring, tartness, malt and bitter.

M - Medium body, LOTS of carb, good balance.

D - Very easy to drink for sure.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

first ever beer from the bruery out of a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass

A: okay, looks like a saison, a little bit of a warmer hue, almost cozy, pour with more vigor than usual to get a more prominent head with decent retention
S: pleasant, unremarkable though, again warm, funky but not overly so
T: not bad, again unremarkable, I enjoy the funk but feel as though everything is a little underpronounced, I know it doesn't have to be big or bold but theres nothing here that feels more present than anything else, the funk rests at about the same intensity as the graininess, not overly alcoholic or astringent, pleasant
M: clean but not sharp, very median level balance, not creamy or oily not alcoholic either
O:not bad, there are certainly better saisons out there but you could do a hell of a lot worse

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

I picked up a bottle of The Bruery's Saison Rue a few weeks ago for $11.99 at Holiday Market. I've never had a Bruery beer before and I'm interested to see what this brewery is all about, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty simple and it isn't too eye catching, but it does have some nice information about the beer on it. It poured a cloudy slightly golden orange color that took on more of a burnt orange color when held to the light with almost three fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with some funky brett being the first to show up and it imparts a nice funky barnyard aroma that's a little on the lighter side and it's followed by a vinegar like aroma. Up next comes the fruits which are nice mixture of tropical and citrus fruit aroma with the lemon seeming to stick out the most. Towards the end I get some spicy rye aromas. This beer had a good aroma, both the brett and rye were noticeable, but they weren't dominating.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with some Belgian yeast flavors being the first to show up and they are followed by some brett which is pretty light and only impart a light funky brett flavor with just a slight vinegar like flavor. up next comes the fruits which are the same as they were in the aroma, but this time there's no single fruit that seems to stick out the most. On the finish comes just a little bit of tartness with a slight bit of spicy rye and it had a fruity and Belgian yeast like aftertaste. This was a good tasting beer, but I wish the brett and rye were more noticeable.

M- Smooth, very crisp, pretty prickly, very dry on the finish, medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good, but it was just a little prickly for me.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and good example of the style, it's still identifiable as a Saison and the brett and rye seem to be in the background, that's not bad, but I found myself wishing that the rye and brett were more noticeable and the belgian yeast showed up in the background. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, very crisp, pretty prickly, very dry on the finish, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, but I think one glass is enough for me any more than that and the prickly carbonation might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was nothing, there isn't any aspect that stood out as being better than the others. What I liked the least about this beer was that brett and rye didn't show up more, they were a little light for my liking. I would buy this beer again, but it isn't anything I'm going to stock up on and I would recommend it to anyone who likes saisons with just a little brett to them, the brett doesn't really take out of the realm of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer and I thought it was a nice Saison, but with that being said, I wasn't overly impressed with it and I don't think it's very memorable. This beer made for a nice first impression for the Bruery and I'm interested in trying more of their beers and I would say it's above the middle as far as Saisons go. Good job guys, this was a nice Saison, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a one-finger off-white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aromas of banana, clove, and earthy funkiness.

T - The taste stats sweet with green apple, banana, pear, and clove. The sweetness gives way an earthy grassiness and some Belgian funk. The rye comes through in the finish producing some spiciness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable at 8.5%.

O - This was my first experience with The Bruery and i'am definetly impressed. A different take on a Saison that is extremely drinkable and well executed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, brettanomyces, rye spice, some tart citrus, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild sweetness from flavors of caramel, rye spice and some fruit that quickly fades into some sour flavors of wild Belgian yeast and citrus. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty and complex, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a flavorful beer worth drinking for a while if you’re in the mood for a Saison that is a bit towards the sour side.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%

750 ml Bottle.Tastes of Apples and Pears with a touch of Grapefruit.Very sweet.Was a little to sweet for me.Not something I would buy again.OK but not great.

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Photo of AaronFriedman
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

I got a bottle at Garaje in SF on a hot day. I wasn't a huge fan of saisons until I tried this one. It sure blows away Goose Island. Where do they hide all that alcohol anyway?

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Photo of TWStandley
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured into a snifter.

Appeared a dark orange/amber color with a billowing white head.

Smelled of citrus fruits, orange zest, cloves, bananas, yeast, tangy funk.

Taste is very complex and very funky/tangy. Loved it. Tough to pinpoint what you are tasting. Light wine character, citrus, bananas, cloves, belgian yeast. Very complex yet somehow balanced.

Mouthfeel was lively.

Overall an awesome and readily accessible saison. Nice!

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Photo of leaddog
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance - Pours a hazy gold/amber with four fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - Belgian yeast, clove, spicy hops, citrus aromas, hay/grass, and hint of rye malts.

Taste - Belgian yeast, clove, spicy hops, and citrus followed by the hay/grass and rye malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes a tad sweet along with the warmth from the ABV.

Overall - For my first offering from the Bruery, this is a well executed saison with the belgian yeast taking centre stage with the other ingredients acting as good supporting members. I find it to be a little sweet and would like to have a bit more of a drier finish.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

A: Clear golden-straw body, ample carbonation and a white intractable head. Leaves rings of sticky lace.

S: Mostly yeast funk, a little bit of biscuit, lemon and melon fruits, possibly contributed by the hops.

T: Same as the nose. Funk with a bit of spice backed by bland bread notes prevail, with only a faint glimmer of exciting fruit or anything else really. As sharp as the funk is, the brett doesn't seem to have had much effect, at least with this very very small amount of aging.

M: A little filmy, but light-medium bodied and carbonation keeps it refreshing.

O: With a combination of muddled and standard flavors, this beer let me down in a stunning fashion. While a good example of a traditional saison, I was expecting a little more from the Bruery; maybe some sour characters, lower ABV for clearer flavors, or a little wider array of flavors. I'm all for subtlety, but 'funk' is a flavor that can wear on me pretty quickly.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Bottle poured into chalice

Copper liquid with Vibrant with strands of yeast creating floating clouds of foam

Great aroma:deep, dark rich fruits. Plum, figs, raisins and black licorice

Taste of deep rich fruits with licorice

Full body

Great beer , worthy of storing in your beer fridge . Repeatable

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Photo of KYGunner
4.15/5  rDev +1%

This pours with a dense cloud of bright foam and a iridescent yellow color. The nose holds a tinge of alcohol before yielding black licorice, pears, peppercorns and cantaloupe. I taste apricots at first before a glimpse of sweet lemon moves in. The middle palate is yeasty with some malt before it ends with banana and raisin bread. Very good example of the style with a more narrow complexity.

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Photo of MrBoz21
4.15/5  rDev +1%

Described as a Belgian style ale brewed with Rye and Brettanomyces, this beer pours brightly golden with a copper hue. It is highly effervescent with a sturdy white head that persists as a thick layer of merengue-like foam throughout. Delicate Belgian lacing rides down the side of the glass. The aroma is musty with hints of banana, clove and spice. Malt is present and phenolic notes linger in the background. The flavor is big and fruity, and quickly fades into a crisp, dry finish that leaves a dank bitterness on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is dry and slightly astringent. Overall, this beer is a solid representation of style that has a crisp character and sweetness that is balanced by barnyard funk.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crisp thin head, with minimal lacing patterns. Aroma of fresh grass and stone fruit, notably apricot, plum, and peach. Citrus notes of light lemon zest, grapefruit, and tangerine with a fair amount of mango, especially in the aftertaste. Very light body with a lasting aftertaste of citrus and hops.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold color with a long-lasting white head. Not much lacing. Very subtle aroma at first, but the taste was surprisingly complex. Citrus and spice with a sourness to it from the yeast. High carbonation gives it a bit of a fizzy mouthfeel. Letting the beer warm a bit improved the flavor profile dramatically. It was definitely too cold when I began drinking but its qualities really came out as it warmed up. Paired extremely well with salmon sushi.

This is the first beer from The Bruery and it was fantastic. A great beer to pair with lighter foods for sure. I like a lot of things about this brewery from their philosophy ("we won't brew an IPA") to their label art. Looking forward to trying many more from them.

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Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.