Saison Rue | The Bruery

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The Bruery
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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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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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bomber into a Bruery snifter glass. Purchased in Attleboro, MA.

A- Pours a hazy bright orange body with a huge, 3 finger, gushing and fluffy white head that reduces slowly and leaves thick lacing. 4.5

S- Actually smells on the wild side - some funk and sour apple tart, tons of citrus, banana, and belgian spice, white wine and some caramel. 4.5

T- Upfront is sweet banana, belgian spices, cloves, the follow through is slightly tart with white grapes, the finish is earthy, grassy, somewhat bitter and piney. 4

M- Medium body, medium carbonation . 4.25

Overall a very solid spring beer, not too heavy not too light, nicely balanced and very tasty! Worth the pricetag.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a bright amber with huge billowy light tan head that takes it's sweet time to settle. Pretty clear body.

Aroma is mostly brett esters with some doughy, sweet malts and a dash of earthy like hops. Light citrus, floral/herbal, clove, spicy, with some pear fruitiness.

The palate brings out way more spices than were present on the nose. You get clove, cardamom, grains of paradise, white pepper, lemon zest, fresh prairie grass, light apple cider, and an obvious rye malt pushing through the palate. A good amount of flavors coming out of this one. Could probably keep going but will just end it there.

Mouthfeel is fuller than most Saisons and actually pushes more toward the Biere De Garde category. The malts really fill the body with some residual sugar surprisingly hanging through the swallow. Carbonation is almost getting to spritzy but not quite there.

Overall the beer is well made, sports a good amount of flavors, and drinks pretty easily. I would of liked it to be a bit better attenuated as the sweetness plays off the fall spice flavors a bit much. Though I do believe this was brewed for the fall time? Either way, a few tweaks would be called for to rate this higher. But a very good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of dank203
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the more pleasing saisons I've had. Lot of earthy, lemony, aromas, bubblegum, big grain note. The rye comes through on the flavor too, lot of lemony citrus, and some tart rasperry notes. Really well balanced interesting. Pretty rich when fresh, have heard this sits well for a year or so

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Photo of Dave1999
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber with a big white foamy head.

The smell is lemon,yeasty,sweet and light.

The taste is earthy, spicy,lemon light and refreshing with a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

This is an outstanding saison,complex and tasty.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. 06/14/13 on the neck.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a very large dense white head. Average amount of visible carbonation in the body. Head sticks around for a real long time, leaving behind some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Certainly has some Belgian qualities going for it in the aroma department. A grape, apple or cherry like fruit character permeates the aroma coupled with a hint of sweetness. Farmhouse character is in there as well with a bit of spiciness from the rye.

T: Nice flavor here, really blended together well. Starts off with a bit of light fruitiness reminiscent of a light belgian tripel. Brett yeast comes in and gives it a earthy farmhouse twist. Mild sweetness brings up the rear and compliments the rye malt. As you add the yeast at the bottom of the bottle a bit more of the Brett funkiness comes out.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Quite dry from the Brett yeast which I like. Crisp finish with just a touch of stickiness.

Overall I'm enjoying this beer. Lots of complex flavors in this that all meld together to create something better. Worth a try.

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Photo of BingCrosby7
3.27/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A Light gold with minimal head; bubbly and translucent
S Clove and a bit of banana, light alcohol and hops
T lightly spiced with a big clove front--the beer has a lingering aftertaste. Reminded me a bit of La Fin De Monde
M Bubbly--a bit more than is actually necessary
O I'm not a fan of clove, so this didn't work for me. Also, this isn't a very good saison offering. I found myself wanting a Lost Abbey saison over this one.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Bottled on 07/22/13.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge three finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A bright, yeasty, and fruity Belgian style aroma with big hints of spices, funk, and fruit. Upfront Belgian yeast with hints of clove, peppers, farmhouse funk, and some Brett funk. Fruit hints of pear, apple, banana, white grape, lemon, and orange. Some hints of wood and rustic leather. Bready malt hints of biscuit, grains, straw, rye, and cracker. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Some earthy hop hints as well. A pretty solid Saison aroma.

Taste: Like the nose hints at, a yeasty, funky, and fruity Belgian farmhouse style taste with good notes of spice and fruit. Upfront Belgian yeast with notes of farmhouse funk, clove, peppers, and Brett funk. Fruity taste of green apple, pear, banana, white grapes, orange, and lemon. Note of wood and some subtle rustic leather notes. Sweet taste of candied sugar. Bready malt presence with notes of grains, biscuit, straw, hay, rye, and cracker. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A very good Belgian style taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Spicy, juicy, and somewhat prickly with a drying finish. Very smooth with a well hidden alcohol presence.

Overall: A very good take on a Saison/Farmhouse ale. Great blend of yeast, spices, and dry fruit flavors. The subtle rye and Brett add a nice kick.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Hazy peach. Huge billowy head that almost exploded out of my tulip. Good looking brew here.
smell: Yeasty and a little spicy. A touch of funk but nothing too rude. A little fruit. Nose has a lot of subtle things happening and well....smells great.
taste: Not quite up to the nose but damn tasty.
overall: well done. a subtle but rich take.

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

A: Pours a deep honey or butterscotch colour with a massive 4-5 fingers of off-white head which lingers for a long time with plenty of lacing.

S: Upfront notes of yeasty bread followed by light spices, ginger, lemon, toasted sweet malts (caramel) fruit and hints of brett.

T: Very similar to the smell with more pronounced underripe (bright, tart) fruit, yeasty bread and brett.

M: Medium to medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A great big saison with brett working to compliment the flavours instead of dominating them. Will be buying again.

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. No date? Bought approx 3-6 months ago.

A: Hazy to cloudy, golden honey-colored body. 2 fingers of off-white head with good retention. Light lacing.

S: Belgian yeast with a brett-fueled musty/earthy quality mixed in. Spiced fruit. Pear, apple, orange. Bread. Hay. Light citric/lactic acid tartness.

T: Spicy and moderately sweet up front with earthy fruit notes. Light hop bitterness develops for a fairly dry finish. Linger rye spice in the aftertaste. Light alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Somewhat less effervescent than your average (Belgian) saison, but this drinks a bit darker than usual. So it's all good.

O: Interesting cohesive whole. The brett, Belgian yeast and rye play very nicely with each other. Arguably my favorite Bruery offering.


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Photo of MissSarah
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours the color of sweet tea with a lacey white head

S: Lemon Chalet Cremes, hay bails, and sticks of spearmint chewing gum

T: Granny Smith apples and Eureka lemons, soured and spiced with peppers and ginger

M: Fizzy and dry – a masterpiece of zesty effervescence

O: Made for drinking with old friends at the under-the-tent dance on homecoming weekend

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 9.5% ABV for this 'seasonal' incarnation.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow hue, with some continually upward-tending effervescence, and a copious amount of intensely foamy, frothy, and eventually creamy bone white head, which leaves some broad swaths of chunky, streaky lace around the glass as it oh-so-slowly abates.

It smells of gritty, semi-sweet wheat malt, white pepper, spicy clove, muddled bitter citrus pith, edgy, slightly sour yeast, musty white grapes, a bit of burnt toast, and mild leafy, earthy hops. The taste is rather toasty bready wheat and rye malt, a touch of dry caramel, subtle black and white pepper, ethereally funky yeast, complex brown sugar, a bruised apple and banana chip fruitiness, a hint of tanned leather, aged white wine, and a soft herbal, earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite understated, just a lilting frothiness throughout, the body a sturdy medium weight, and rather pleasantly smooth, with a lifting airy creaminess coming and going on a whim. It finishes on the dry side, the rye and wheat graininess combining with the lingering, yet still sedate yeast to fight off the remaining caramel and fruit sweetness.

For its purported, if not particularly evident ABV, this is a tasty, easy-drinking stroll down 'saison street', one bulked up with the various malt inputs, giving it a much heavier feel than the norm. At any rate, the Brett is faint at best, the rye much more prominent, pushing this into new or sub-style territory, if you care about that kind of stuff - me, I'm gonna go and just enjoy the rest of this bountiful bottle.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light brown in color with vibrant carbonation. In fact when I popped the cap foam started to rise out of the bottle shortly thereafter and it had not been disturbed prior to that. Good clarity. Thin layer of tightly knit,minuscule white foam on top. The aroma is very inviting and unique. The tartness of Brett blends very well with the spiciness of rye. The flavor dimples carries the aroma forward. The Brett dominates but leaves room for the playful spiciness of the rye. Mouth is pretty carbonated,true to style and with all of those clues prior to tasting it was no surprise.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a fairly lively and cream white head that dissipates slowly. The beer itself is a fascinating color. Instead of the traditional pale gold or straw, the beer is a cloudy and obscure dark orange with hints of brown. The beer smell is divine and unique. The brettanomyces and rye mix very well together along with the earthy hop notes. The bretta provides a nice sweet fruity smell to offset the earthiness and the rye. The beer taste is similar to the smell with stronger and earthy hop notes that mixes well with the rye. The bretta takes off some of the edge and provides a nice nectarlike taste to the brew. The beer feel is smooth and refreshing with biting carbonation but feels a little thick for a saison. Overall, a superb brew that I will get again.

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Photo of ADZA
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First things first I thought I had drunk this before but the no review has left me guessing so lets just review it for future reference and it pours a hazed golden orange hue with a creamy ever present three finger head and lacing as far as the eye can see,the smell is Brett,bananna,yeast and really ripe fruit,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation which perfectly suit and has tastes of yeasty bananna,funky Brett,pears and finished with a mix of bitter hops and spicy rye and overall definately something quite quaffable even given its high ABV cheers.

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