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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

546 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 546
Hads: 1,666
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 193
Gots: 311 | 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 jdklks
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful amber orange with an off white fluffy head of small, thin, champagne-like bubbles. smells of brett, alcohol, and very strongly of sour green apples.

The taste is very sweet all the way through. super sugary, like a mix between brown sugar and caramel. sour candy apples with a hint of hops and begian yeastiness through the middle and early in the finish. the finish and aftertaste are where this beer truly shines, as all the flavors mingle smoothly with one another and give off a sour caramel apple flavor that is delicious. the alcohol also comes through most strongly in the finish, and it is very hot going down. overall, it is good, but too sugary.

i know the style calls for excessive carbonation, but this beer might be better with less. it is more robust than other saisons ive had, and the malty sweetness begs for a fuller (less "airy") body. (874 characters)

Photo of ricke
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber with a big ivory-colored head that leaves nice lacings.

S: Quite a refreshing smell with lots of fresh fruit esters (oranges, grapefruits). Notes of malts, yeast, spices, grass and perhaps a faint hint of brett.

T: Taste is quite fresh with pleasant fruit esters (lemon, oranges) and notes of grass on top of some malts. A strangely prominent note of mint develops early on and lingers on into the finish. A very faint hint of brett. Gentle spices. The finish is mildy bitter with notes of wheat, mint and herbal hops. A bit edgy, yet reasonably smooth.

M: Medium body, rather full considering the style. Very lively carbonation.

D: A decent saison with an interesting character. The minty aromas are a bit strange and the brett is really faint, but it will be nice to see what a year or to in the cellar will do to this one. (843 characters)

Photo of david18
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd heard a lot about this brewery before I ever had any beer from them. This, like the others, was a very good example of the style that it represented. Great dark color with dark fruit aroma and flavor. Good carbonation, great mouthfeel and drinkability.

The beer was enjoyed by a number or people who I shared it with. I would recommend this beer any time. (360 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. very wild tasting yeast (291 characters)

Photo of Jmoore50
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I made love to this beer last night at St. James Infirmary.

The appearance is hazy gold with a great two finger sticky icky froth of a head. Bold lacing.

The smell was of Brett, peaches, sour apples.

The taste was great. Sour apples, peaches, a lot of pear also. Brett was a very strong characteristic in this as well.

The mouthfeel was dry and a bit acidic. Not really sour, the sourness that did show was of sour green apple. Brett made it dry and a bit tart. Excellent, drank this thing no problem.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into wine goblet
Deep golden color with a huge head of foam
Aroma-Fleshy fruit; pear and peach, subtle spiciness, some earthy hop notes
Taste-Fruity, pears, creamy with a subtle peppery hop bite in a warming finish. Smooth and drinkable, a fine example of the style (272 characters)

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

A - this saison pours a honey color with a huge head, first pour was 3/4 of a pint glass head, even with a very careful pour, the head was rocky, sticky, with great retention, heavy amounts of swift carbonation kept it alive

S - citrus and spice fill the nose, orange and apricot specifically, with the fainter spices of clove and coriander

T - role reversal, whereas in the nose, citrus dominated over spice, spice now dominates over the citrus fruits, big ginger flavors, it kind of tastes like a orange/apricot essenced ginger beer (soda) and alcohol, but blended sublimely, the finish is a bit dry, yeasty, and earthy (peat)

M&D - effervescent and lively with a medium body, a well layered complex flavor without being subtle, distinct flavors make this beer very very good. why are all these amazing breweries from California unable to distribute to CT! (861 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of Psilo707
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of saintwarrick
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.78/5  rDev -8%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.59/5  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. (525 characters)

Photo of philipquarles
2.84/5  rDev -30.9%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of eljefe21
4.44/5  rDev +8%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.09/5  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. (674 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,272 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (1,542 characters)

Photo of bret27
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of tdawgydog
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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! (833 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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 (1,005 characters)

Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.