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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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547 Reviews

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Reviews: 547
Hads: 1,692
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 203
Gots: 325 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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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 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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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip. Purchased for $12.99. I really wish there was a bottled on date. Pour is brownish burnt orange color with thick white bubbly head. Lots of funk aromas - again really wish I knew the age. Seems way too funky in the nose to be young, and the place I bought it from usually has old stuff lying around for a while. Some hop aroma remains with classic saison yeast notes and deff brett - spicy, rye, and fruity.
Flavor is definitely rustic - caramel malt is very present with a nice helping of wheat and fruity noble hop. Its a very malty saison and the rye definitely gives it a nice kick of spice. Id imagine classic rustic saisons from old world Belgium had lots of rye and whatever else they can grab in it. The mouthfeel is damn near perfect. Super dry and a perfect body - not too heavy and not too light. Its nearly 9% and you can tell it has a kick, but its not overdone. Really a great Saison...really a great example of the style and delicious to boot!

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

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a dried apricot color slightly hazy with a lumpy white head and a lazy carbonation.

S- The dry white pepper phenolic leaves with a hint of white cheese rind and a faint brett grapefruit note.

T- The nice dry mellow yeast character takes on a slightly tangy note as it warms with a wheat hint leading to some dried fruit character in the finish. There is a soft brett grapefruit pith note that lingers after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a fizz with a slight spice to it and no alcohol heat is noticed.

O- The nice well blended flavor has some peppery and fruit yeast characters which add a nice depth and it is very easy to finish the bottle. The price is a bit high compared to other with similar character but I enjoyed this bottle.

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Photo of CA_brewster
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful beer. A delicious alcoholic aroma reminiscent of a sparking white wine. Some subtle malt and yeast characteristics noted in the aroma as well but it is dominated by the sweet smell of fruity alcohol. The flavor of this brew is absolutely amazing there is some straw like malt presence but I was really blown away by the unmistakable fruity characteristics of this beer. This is really something else, a lot of very interesting things are going on in this brew that i cannot even explain. This is more of a fine wine than a beer. Mouthfeel is perfect, nice and dry. Fuck Miller High Life this shit is the real champagne of beers.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance. the appearance of this beer is nothing short of beautiful, light straw in color, with streams of bubbles that rise quickly to the surface, RIDICULOUS, head, thick, sticky, three fingers at least, that last the whole way.

smell; the smell is somewhat sour, with mild fruit and yeast.

taste; flavor is mellow. very similar to smell, classic belgian yeast, slightly sour, a little yeasty, some orange flavor as well.

mouthfeel. nice carbonation, very smooth, not too creamy but not exactly crisp, matches the taste well.

overall; not bad, but failed to leave a significant impression. worth trying and and real fans of light belgian ales will be very pleased.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Bruery Saison Rue

Appearance: orange gold, medium-large head, and good lacing.

Smell: yeast and light fruit.

Taste: bitter yeast and grain.

Mouthfeel: medium and bland.

This is not a great example of a saison. It it fairly bland and bitter. The alcohol is very prevalent and the taste is pretty raw. After drinking a good portion, it smooths out to being decent.

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/27/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, peach, pineapple, grape, apple, pepper, clove, hay, grass, herbal, candi sugar, rye, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, Brett, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, peach, grape, apple, pepper, clove, herbal, candi sugar, bread, rye, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, rye, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast flavors with moderate male balance; with a good sweetness/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Three Floyds Teku glass

A- Pours a big white head 3 fingers worth, lots of lacing on the sides as the head dissipates. Golden burnt orange color, lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.
S- Belgium yeast right away, spice, nice saison characteristics, clove, banana, burnt sugar, raisins, plums. Alot going on in aroma, i do not catch any notes of brett though.
T- Taste is very similar to the aroma. Has a sweet bitterness on the finish. Spice, clove, belgian yeast, dark fruit notes, no brett in the taste.
M- Medium/light mouthfeel, clean finish, well carbonated, leaves a bland taste in your mouth after every sip.
O- Not bad, i have no desire to revisit this beer on my own again, or would i spend money to buy it again, but it was enjoyable.

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Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.