Saison Rue - The Bruery

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Reviews: 544
Hads: 1,655
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 189
Gots: 308 | FT: 11
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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 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 (809 characters)

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. (3,548 characters)

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. (599 characters)

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. (909 characters)

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. (157 characters)

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? (176 characters)

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! (440 characters)

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. (646 characters)

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. (939 characters)

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 (303 characters)

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. (394 characters)

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. (716 characters)

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. (299 characters)

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. (730 characters)

Photo of breakingbland
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy golden orange. The creamy (in color and appearance) 1-2 finger head was persistent. It was whipped cream-like on the top with slightly coarser bubbles underneath.

The aroma was a crisp Belgian funk with some leather.

The taste followed the aroma but with slightly less funk and with the addition of sweet malt and sweet fruit. The sweetness was balanced by a slight hoppy astringency.

The body and carbonation were nearly perfect.

This will be a new favorite of mine for this style. It has everything I like: funk and sweetness balanced by hops and crispness. (611 characters)

Photo of nilesschmidt
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a flight, had the 12, and 13 on tap at the bruery,

a - this is the only downside of this beer in my opinion, it did not stand out among the others in the flight we had, however this is where the similarities end, its looks are deceiving that is for sure

s - oh wow, great nose, pungent off the bat, interesting to notice the appearance between the 12 and 13 is very minimal, however the nose of the 13 stands out much more pungent and slightly stronger smell than the 12; with this in mind they both smell fantastic, maybe the 13 slightly better than the 12

t - this may be one of my favorite tasting sours i have had to date. as noted in my other reviews, i am fairly new to sours, however, this is the best sour I have had the privileged to taste. There is so much going on in there it is just an awesome experience to try to pick apart the fruits from the yeast from the different funks going on. Starts off very sour, smooths out as the initial funk dies down, then his you with a great, refreshing, after taste. truely a great tasting beer. The 13 is very similar but slighly more aggressive in the sour notes, a little more "twang" as my friends would say.

m - no complaints here, perhaps a little too much foam that does not stand up to the carbonation in the beer,

o - my favorite sour that doest start with cantillon (1,342 characters)

Photo of dbrese
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This failed to impress me. The mouthfeel is oddly thick for a saison due to the rye and the sticky flavor is underwhelming without a significantly tart aftertaste typical of many Brett. saisons. I've made better beers than this. I'm left thinking That the Bruery should price their beers differently based on the end result, not the cost of production. This one should have been on closeout while their better offerings could fetch more. (438 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy and amber with ~ one pinky of clean white frothy head.

S - White wine, vanilla, oak, yeast. Faint amount of hops and malt

T - Grapes, oak, sourness, banana, vanilla, orange. Sourness from the brett and faint notes of rye malt. Has some Belgian pale ale qualities.

M - Creamy with a nice tingle on the lips and tongue.

O - A very refreshing unfiltered summer Saison. The Bruery hasn't disappointed so far. Glad I bought 2 of these. Hope this gets even better after another year of cellaring. Prost! (515 characters)

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Copper colored body and a nice, thick cream-colored head. Watching the carbonation climb up the sides of the glass: it looks like a reverse waterfall. Pretty to look at. Excellent lacing.

Smell is somewhat fruit, somewhat funk, even a bit of toffee and caramel. Not too strong.

Nice and smooth going down, like drinking a slightly (ever so slightly) tart dessert. This one is creamier than any saison I've ever had. Excellent overall flavor and mouthfeel.

What a treat. Drink it! (522 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper in colour, slight haze, lots of soda-like fine bubbled carbonation, huge 5 finger off white head. Creamy lacing.

S: Funk, lactic quality, tart cherries, old wooden quality, acidic, floral notes, wasabi. Really brings me back to Belgium, like I’m in the tasting room of Cantillon.

T: Surprisingly sweet notes on the front, then some pungent cave aged Biere Brut qualities, blue cheese in strength, almost a sharp cheddar quality, little tartness, a little cherry fruit like quality but its subdued, definite alcohol in the taste and all the way down the throat. A clean linen quality with the alcohol. Light floral notes as it warms. Spicy cinnamon notes. Some qualities like Deus, but much softer and subdued.

M: Medium heavy body with alcohol weightiness, but smoothed out by the light foamy carbonation.

O: Excellent beer. Certainly heavier than Belgian saisons I’ve had at least in alcohol weight. Reminiscent of Biere Brut in in some ways, but playful and tame all at the same time. (1,004 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a... wine glass. Bottle said so.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, hazy amber with a soft, big off-white head that lingers. Good amount of bubbles race through this.

Smell: Orange peel, fruitiness, and the funk. Oh, the funk.

Taste: Oh, this is an interesting twist on a saison for sure. Chewy. Yeasty. Clove notes. Definitely the rye. Some apple and grape taste. So many more notes keep coming through. Very complex. I wish NG would have made their Saison a little more complex like this.

Mouthfeel: This is a fuller-bodied beer than, say, the aforementioned NG Saison, but is still pretty medium bodied overall. Aftertaste is pretty sweet and not overly yeasty. Very smooth overall.

Overall: My goodness. For less than $10, I got a steal. I want more. (781 characters)

Photo of Badger6
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Triple Karmaliet tulip...big glass!

A: Hazy, reddish gold body. Huge fluffy slightly off-white head, excellent retention. Good lacing.

S: Distinct, solid aroma. Apples and pears, rye, biscuity malt, sour brett funkiness standing out.

T: Rye in the from, with floral notes. Light pepperiness. Some bitterness and notes of citrus from the hops. A candi sweetness towards the end of the flavor profile. Finishes with a dry note and a lightly sour funkiness, slightly astringent and boozy.

M: Medium body, well carbonated. Smooth texture.

O: Interesting beer. You can tell this is a well done saison, but with the addition of the rye gives it a nice twist. All the funk you should expect is there, along with the spiciness of rye. Really neat beer. (763 characters)

Photo of wonothesane42
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy, golden orange with a fluffy off white lingering head, decent lacing.

S- Smell to me is pretty faint but smells good, apples, rye, and biscuit, light brett funk

T- Spicy rye with floral notes up front. Peppery. Slightly boozy, but not unpleasantly so. Slight hop bitterness tasting like citrus and light melon, a little sweet too, but drying and lightly funky on the finish.

M- Smooth creamy texture, good carbonation, slightly dry on the finish.

O- This is a solid beer, and boy is there a lot going on flavor wise, there are many different tastes mixing together, and mixing well. I hope to get another to age and see how these flavors develop together. (669 characters)

Photo of ljc973
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's my first time, be gentle. Bottled 03/27/13. Bought a little over a year ago, decided to open it today. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Pours a golden/ orange color you can't quite see through. 2 to 3 finger white head that dissipates slowly. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell- Wheat, hops, a hint of fruit.

Taste- Yeast and hops.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation. It's very smooth with a slightly tart, dry finish.

Overall- I love this beer. It's very refreshing on a hot day. Very different from the first time I tried it though. It seems all of the flavors have mellowed out and blended together. Although I can smell it, I can't taste any sort of fruit. It also hasn't developed any foul tastes, which is good. I definitely recommend this beer, and aging a few bottles (as it suggests on the label) is well worth it. (841 characters)

Photo of IKR
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/9/2013

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden-yellow with a generous white head that slowly subsides. Good looking beer.

Smell: Tart apples, mild barnyard funk, and some hay aromas..

Taste: Tart apples, mild nondescript fruit notes, slight tobacco-like notes, and mild funk notes. The beer finishes with some mild grassy and tannic/oak notes.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. a little heavier in body then most Saisons.

Overall: A good Saison, perfect for the hot day I'm reviewing it. (552 characters)

Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.