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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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1,207 Ratings

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Ratings: 1207
Reviews: 491
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%

Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2008)
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Photo of Yokoono76


4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy, deep honey, golden color, attractive, head 1 finger slight lacing remains on cup.

S: hops and honey, aroma matured as the beer warmed.

T: definitely complex, spicy at first ( perhaps when it was colder), piney, metallic, yeasty, dry-no fruit, tangy.

M: thick, high carbonation- effervescent.

O: I enjoyed the complexity and uniqueness of the beer. Unnoticeable ABV, till midway through glass. Could easily drink too much and get smashed. A little too metallic for my palate. I tend to prefer more fruit flavors. Its a good beer and i understand why people like it. Though, I likely would not purchase again, I would certainly share a bottle. Glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 04:18:47 | More by Yokoono76
Photo of flayedandskinned


4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, almost glowing light amber haze with a towering 4 finger, white head with peach highlights. Great head retention with abundant lacing.

Aroma: Light citrus-y banana, fresh cut grass, wet hay, spicy underlying hints of rye peaking through. Plenty of funk and suggestions of pineapple from the Brettanomyces and a sweet smelling honey underneath it all. wow!

Taste: Spicy yeast upfront, funky brett, allspice and a big raw squash flavor I wasn't anticipating at all. Tart notes of bread-y rye and pineapple towards the end of the pepper filled bitter and dry finish. Incredible!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation, juicy yet dry at the same time.

Overall: An absolutely original take on a very diverse style. Incredibly complex with plenty of twists and turns for even a seasoned beer enthusiast. A very contemplative, adventurous brew that I would only recommend for someone who really wants their palate challenged. This is definitely going to be in my fridge regularly!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 00:28:12 | More by flayedandskinned
Photo of kylehay2004


4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: large frothy head that took a while to reduce on a cloudy golden with copper hue body and full lacing.

S: lots of tropical fruit, yeast, some herbs. Simple but full

T: tropical fruit mostly pineapple, yeast, herbs, bread dough, candy sugar.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation, a little creamy.

Overall: a very nice Saison, full nose body and flavor. Excellent representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 23:55:19 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - orangish with a big, white head that has great retention

S - spicy, peppery, funky

T - spices, fruity, citrus, funky, pineapple

M - smooth, medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice saison though the flavor was a bit lighter than I had expected or would have preferred. It was still a solid beer that I enjoyed. I'm not sure I'd seek it out again, but I'm glad I had it once.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 00:00:50 | More by tdm168
Photo of Danny1217


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

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a big white head. Excellent retention and lacing. A beautiful looking beer.
The Belgian yeast gives off banana and clove scents. The brett gives a bit of a funk. A bit of a pale bready smell as well as a hint of citrus.
The taste has a slight brett funk, but not too much. Actually incredibly refreshing and smooth on the palate. A touch of banana and clove as well as lemon rind. Strong carbonation, medium body.

An incredibly enjoyable beer. I can hardly believe it is 8.5% alcohol, yet so refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 04:12:28 | More by Danny1217
Photo of spoony


4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on September 6, 2012.

From a 750 ml bottle to a tulip.

A-The brew was hyper-carbonated and difficult to pour without wasting beer or waiting a while for the head to calm. The off-white head was slow to dissipate even after I got the beer into the tulip. The beer is very murky and has a light amber color.

S-The smell was kind of funky and grassy with a little bit of alcohol spice and sweetness. There was a slightly citrusy kick as well (oranges and lemons).

T-Taste was slightly sweet with light malts and a touch of funk...not that different from the smell. The alcohol is also noticeable, but not in-your-face. I also picked up a slightly herbal, grassy flavor...again, not that different than the smell.

M-Feel was lighter to medium bodied with lots of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

O-I enjoyed this saison. It has a nice mix of grassy, herbal flavors and sweet, spicy citrus. A good summer brew in terms of flavor profile. The mouthfeel was great, lots of carbonation but easy drinking and crisp finishing. I will look for this again next spring/summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 21:53:56 | More by spoony
Photo of GregSVT


3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a big white head that sticks around for a long while and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is typical saison with nice notes of lemon zest, citrus, and hay as well as a nice banana/plantain aroma from the brett. Smells pretty sweet.

T: The taste is very sweet with big flavors of malt, sweet orange, and ripe apple. There's also a bit of an earthy taste I am assuming is the brett. The sweetness could be cut a bit more by something else like more hops or a different brett strain.

M: The feel is medium bodied and full of active carbonation.

O: A bit too sweet for the style. I wanted to love this one after reading some reviews but it doesn't live up to others in the style like Saison-Brett or Seizoen Bretta. I think some of the Jester King brews are even better but it's still a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 09:14:57 | More by GregSVT
Photo of MagicJeff


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

Bomber into my RR tulip

Appearance: Murky straw with an off white head which is retained throughout drinking. Nice lacing too.

Smell: Overwhelming banana with faint straw. Some funk and clove. Smell is very crisp and banana is prevalent.

Taste: Banana front end with some pepper and clove. Finishes not as crisp as the smell might make one think. Only the slightest taste of funk which I think works well here. Even taste some sweet caramel notes--maybe hints of maple syrup? It all works really well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very drinkable. Alcohol is a non factor in taste.

Overall: A very solid beer at a decent price. I can and can't see how Wine Enthusiast would name this the beer of the year for 2012. I think aging this one would do wonders too. Either way I'm going to seek it out next time I go to the beer store. Worth trying for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 01:27:58 | More by MagicJeff
Photo of TBoneJones


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

Saison Rue
A score from our Florida trip (Drank months ago just delayed in posting). Pours a towering foamy head over a hazy, cloudy orange-colored brew with particles and large active bubbles.

Smells of banana, some light spices and some cream. Very pleasant.

Wow. Nice up front taste, more spices come through, apple cider-like.. it's all happening fast here...and then a metallic taste abruptly hits me for the finish? And then a superb fruit note pops in at the end?! I clearly need to take a second sip (that metal can't be right).
Ok this is a bite at the end struck me like a metallic anomaly at first, but not the case upon taking more sips. Although it's still an odd complexity, this beer works for me big time. The fruit and spice notes work well and there is a bitter crispy dryness. There is that acidic finish that can come off metal-like, to me (i suspect that's the rye im reacting to), but it's still a curiosity and the only thing that keeps this from tasting perfect to me. But Everything else tastes that good. Orange notes creep in as it warms, more citrus, but the spices, such as pepper, hold their ground in a nice Orval kind of way. Even though the typical funk I'm used to with this style is not present, this is a refreshing interpretation.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy with rightful carbonation.
Complex, earthy, fruity spices. I wish this brewer distributed to Texas.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 01:37:16 | More by TBoneJones
Photo of BMMillsy


3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours orange with big creamy head. A slight almost red color in there as well. Heavy funk on the nose with a bit of spice and very effervescent. Cant get the head to recede. Goodness! Flavor has up front rye spice and strong brett funk, some hints of pear and other light fruits. Fades into honey and some citrus. Nice flavor profile here. Light mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Well done farmhouse brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 18:20:29 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9

2.15/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a bomber to a sam adams glass

A- Hazy straw yellow with an 1" of head

S- All belgian yeast here, funky, metalic, pale malts, citrus

T- Follows the smell, almost like a funky lager, no sign of hop bitterness or flavor,

M- Overly carbonated, crisp, numbs the tongue.

O- Utterly unimpressed, what makes this a saison/farmhouse? No spices, no fruitiness, kinda sour, but if i had to categorize this brew, i would call it a Dubbel.

I took a shot on The Bruery today, i bought Mischief, Autumn Maple, and this. In hopes that they can bring back my love for belgian brew, as i have been staying clear of anything belgian lately. If your wondering what a saison/farmhouse taste like, DO NOT START WITH THIS! This is a Dubbel poorly categorized.

P.S. just poored out the second half of the bottle... i really tried not too.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 03:38:06 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
Photo of Chrispy


3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice constant head and lacing on this beer. Brewed with Brett but it is 0% sour. Brett is slightly detectable in the smell and a little in the taste(does not completely taste like belgian yeast). Usual belgian yeasty smell and taste. Rye is barely there. Very drinkable but nothing great particularly stands out.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 06:40:41 | More by Chrispy
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I've had this brew in the past, but probably not in the past two years or perhaps more.

Served in a Schlafly tulip.

A: Cloudy, murky, very fluffy-headed bread that was absolutely gorgeous!

S: Saison? Really? Smelled like a Russian River sour to me. That's TOTALLY a compliment. Seriously, I put my nose in the glass about five times and totally got Sweet Tarts and Sour Patch Kids.

T: Now we're getting more into farmhouse territory: Funky, but not too. Super fresh flavor with the citrus playing a key role, with the Brett playing best supporting actor. The Brett will win the Oscar.

M: Lots, and lots, and lots of carbonation here. Actually, that is the main thing that made this delectable to me. The sweetness was middle of the road and the lacing was wildly splotchy.

O: This is simply an awesome brew, through and through! What does it take on here to give a lesser popular style (but still somewhat popular) a perfect review? Not sure, but this comes pretty damn close.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 05:06:22 | More by Chaney
Photo of ckollias


4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this bottle out of a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a copper-orange hue with a 3-finger, white, fizzy, frothy head that last forever and leaves a great trail down the side of the glass.

S: Spicy Belgian yeast aroma with a malty and fruity background.

T: Very sweet and well balanced malt – with a Belgian candi – and fruity background.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Best farmhouse ale I’ve ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 03:40:25 | More by ckollias
Photo of One2Remeber


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

Exploded with foam when popping the cap.

A: Cloudy, white/beige tinted, tons of big bubbles, head. Body a cloudy orange with a bright yellow hue. Excellent retention with froth staying put.

S: Funky yeast, heavy lemon citrus, sour tartness.

T/M: Heavier body for a saison style. Rye nor Bret is as detectable as expected. Flavors are blending together with lemony citrus dominating, wishing the bret and saison crispness were more pronounced.

D: Beer tastes too fresh. Would love to age this one for a couple years to develop more distinct flavors. Love the brewery and a funky saison is my current go-to-style but this does not stand out as expecting.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 00:27:24 | More by One2Remeber
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to tulip.

A - Medium orange. Cloudy. A generous two fingers of thick bright white head.

S - Bready malts, Belgian yeast, spice, cloves, a touch of funk.

T - A big bready malt base with a good amount of sweetness is met with a big Belgian yeast profile, full of yeast esters, cloves and spice. Some lighter orchard fruit notes come through as well with some apple and pear flavours present. A very slight funk is noticeable in the finish and is just enough to add complexity without being distracting. A great flavour profile. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 01:35:31 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of NEhophead


3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 fl oz brown bottle served in a tulip.

Caution, this one is a gusher upon uncapping.

Hazy, golden auburn in color beneath a foamy white head. Thick lacing with very good durability.

Earthen, musty aroma with a bright and sharp cherry and citrus tartness. The pepper and coriander spice profile is mild, yet it adds a nice quality to the contrasting aromatics.

A mild, yet complex spiciness begins a pretty 'wild' tasting Saison. The typical farmhouse flavors give a muddiness to the spice along with notes of lightly sweetened wheat and grains. The Brett gives this Saison a welcomed burst of tartness: cherry, raspberry, and orange with just a touch of rich malt flavors in the finish. The subtle brown sugar and caramel flavors melt into earthen flavors in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied. Pretty active on the palate, but nothing too overpowering in that it would take away from the dynamic flavors.

A really unique offering; lots of things going on here in terms of aroma and flavor. Maybe not one that I would order again, but certainly one that I would purchase and cellar to see how time affects the Brett allowing the richer flavors to dominate.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 01:18:25 | More by NEhophead
Photo of fields336


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a hazy light straw/golden beer with a fluffy off white pillowy head, dissipates slowly. tons of carbonation in this one. the head hangs around.

S; the brett hits you as soon as your open it, a sour, tart, lemon, funky, barnyard, earthy, funky herbal, lemongrass, sweet, spicy combination of flavors. smells amazing

T: a sweet and funky taste hits you upfront. there is a slight herbal and honey note and the barnyard funkiness plays into it. not much rye, but this might be an old bottle. tart, lemon, earthy components also there

M: tons of nice creamy mouthfeel, great fizzy champagne-like carbonation, and a medium body

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 01:41:01 | More by fields336
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel bulb. Pours a pale light orange with a huge fluffy white head, good retention, and nice lacing. The color of this beer alone is inviting. You can almost taste it with your eyes. I get light fruit notes of oranges and lemons on the nose.

Nice light body and high carbonation yields a lively mouthfeel. The carbonation really opens the palate and enhances the refreshment quality of the beer. There is a very pleasant fruity tartness on the front of the tongue with lemon and orange flavors. As the beer moves across the palate, the tartness grows a bit stronger. It never becomes completely acidic and sour, but right at the back of your mouth the tartness just kind of dies and leaves this pleasant, yet fairly dry, fruity sweetness as you swallow. Very refreshing beer. The alcohol, while high at 8.5% ABV, is nowhere to be found in the taste. As the beer warms, a nice mild peppery spice starts to develop on the back of the palate.

I don't drink a lot of Saisons, but I am always trying to broaden my experience with different styles. What I like about this one is that it's true to the style. You get the refreshing, faint tart fruit notes but the spices do not come to the foreground. Moreover, I get no clove (which I understand is a bad thing in this style). If I could change anything about this, I would (somehow) dial down the sweetness on the back of the palate just a bit and introduce just a bit more of that peppery note instead. Anyway, I could sip on this thing all day. It's a perfect weekend afternoon treat.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 21:19:03 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of Dope


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

No sign of dating but this is quite fresh.

A: Cloudy pale golden pour with a huge and fluffy white head. Fades slowly, leaving big swaths of fluffy lacing everywhere. Excellent head retention.

S: Super crisp and refreshing lemons, oranges and apples with a touch of grass. Bready too with some cloves. Just a nice "bright" aroma.

T: Lots of lemon and tart apple up front. Very yeasty bread with lots and lots of spice - cloves and rye. Get some earthiness and a little pepper towards the finish. Finishes with more drying earthiness and lingering pepper and rye.

M: Medium bodied, made lighter by the somewhat high carbonation.

O: An excellent saison. Light, crisp, airy and refreshing. A bit tart and funky but not enough to ruin it. Nice balance and strength of flavor for a saison.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 04:43:24 | More by Dope
Photo of TechTriumph


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes on 09/07/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a tulip.

A - A careful pour yields about two inches of off-white carbonated head with good retention; Orange-ish amber in color; Very cloudy appearance; Moderate lacing left behind

S - Definitely some horseblanket type funk going on here; Pretty yeasty with clove and underlying tart, but also semi-sweet fruit - apple, citrus, berries; Faint alcohol presence

T - Again, noticeable barnyard quality here from the Brett; Light dose of both tartness and sweetness; Underlying tart-like citrus and acidic fruits and berries - quite estery; Bit of spice from the rye hits mid-taste and lingers with the funky and earthy flavors; Spice stands out a bit more as beer warms; Subtle, sweet fruit re-surfaces long after the sip

M - Lots of carbonation; Medium bodied and smooth; Just a small bit of warmth from the alcohol and spice; Finishes on the dry side

O - With each sip I take, I am liking this beer more and more. It's just a really well crafted, interesting, and complex brew with many layers of depth - it's quite the task to pick out all the flavors and nuances. A fine job was also done with the use of the Brett - enough to provide some funk that's harmonious with the accompanying flavors and not overpowering. Without a doubt, this is a saison that I'd love to have again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 10:54:13 | More by TechTriumph
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden yellow color with a massive white head slow to dissipate and great lacing

S-yeast funk, orange, spices, very fragrant

T-yeast and slight rye spice, orange, nice spicy peppery flavors, hints of lemon, slight bitterness to finish

F-light to medium body with lively carbonation, crisp

O-a tasty Saison, well-balanced

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 19:59:03 | More by MDDMD
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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 09-06-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Colorado Liquor Mart, Denver

Color is a clear and bright copper, topped with a sizable white head. Lots of bubbles are seen in the glass. Both head retention and lacing are excellent.

Aromas are spicy and dry with distinct Belgian yeast character. I also smell wine-like grape notes and a tartness.

Taste is quite dry, but does have some fruitiness that gives a bit of sweetness too. Lots of spiciness, I imagine some is due to the rye grain in the malt bill. Other flavors include citrus hop notes and an underlying bitterness, plus peppery and woody elements.

A high amount of carbonation gives it a crisp mouthfeel, on a medium body. The finish is dry and spicy with a slight tart and sour aspect. As the bottle warms up to room temps it seems to get drier.

Overall I liked this saison -- my first beer from The Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 03:02:45 | More by sommersb
Photo of Zach136


4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Bruery stemware.

A - Light straw giant yellow pillow with phenomenal lacing. Saisons dont look any better than this.

S - Typical Belgian spice esters with a nice fruity twist. Mostly apple, some pear. Touch of bready malts and very little to no hop.

T - Funk and spice all up in my face.

M - Light refreshing, drying.

O - Expect nothing less from the Bruery. Wouldn't mind more funk. Going to sit on one of these for a few years and will report back.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 04:27:02 | More by Zach136
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a clear but darker golden color. Nice white head, very strong but breaks down quickly with lots of lacing.

S - Malty and sweet with a background of spices. Full on smooth barley with just bits of pilsner (guessing?) and then the coriander and some white pepper.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet, lightly malty, some of those spices come in. Tabacco from the brett makes an appearance. Mid-stream gets rather dry, almost biting flavors. Hopping is non-existent. Finishes clean with just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

M - Moderate body, moderate to strong carbonation. As noted in the flavor, a very dry character is pretty stingy. No alcohol warmth detected.

O/D - A good saison - don't detect much of the rye. A little bit filling from the hefty carbonation. A good all around saison.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 00:27:29 | More by katan
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