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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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Reviews: 550
Hads: 1,714
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 216
Gots: 329 | FT: 11
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The Bruery
California, United States | website

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 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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Photo of snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle split between two big snifters. Can't find a bottled on or best by date.

Pours clear golden with a huge head, some (but not much) lacing. Lots of carbonation. Very aromatic. Smell is saisonny. Spicy, tangy. Slight hint of dirty dishwater. Apparently I don't know the right words to describe these aromas.

Taste is along the same lines. Dry, but not bitter, light, but flavorful. Slightly tart, slight hint of dirty dishwater, spicy. Something fruity.

Mouthfeel is thick but fluffy. Overall, this seems like a really solid saison, with an interesting little spicy twist from the rye.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and a hint of apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer fairly evenly with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy rye with light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and some light aromas of brett barnyard funk.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts along with an earthiness contributed from the Belgian yeast. There is a light to moderate amount of rye spiciness that intensifies towards the finish and there is a spiciness as well. Light amounts of brett flavors including a hint of tartness and barnyard funk are present as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This one has a really interesting but rather intense flavor that makes it a sipping beer even though the alcohol is well hidden. Nicely constructed with the brett being a more subtle contributor to the flavor/aroma rather than dominating.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a not very attractive orange with a brownish undertone. It was turbid but the brown color gave it a dirty appearance. When held to the light though it was all orange and golden. Fat white head of foam the fell slowly and left a ring and cap with a layer of bubbles on top. refreshed itself and left great lace.

Nose is rye. Peaches with a faint hint of clove. Earthy and woody. There is some terrific bread with a honey sweetness and no alcohol on the nose. Sweet fat malt that even smells plump. Perfumey with a bit of citrus but nothing well defined and a little pepper. Faint clove.

Taste follows the nose all the way. Mouthfeel is sticky and a bit heavy. The drink is perfumey with the ripe peach and some apricot. It's tangy on the tongue and there's a robust spice character that really adds depth to already rich bread. The pepper is there to tickle at the back of the throat and the clove remains faint.

This was definitely a surprise to look at but it drank deliciously. It had a dry and earthy yeast that took a back seat to all the sweetness of the fruit and malt. There was a faint woody quality that I thought was very pleasant. Bit of alcohol warmth in the drink but nothing too overdone. The rye sour notes were great with the peach and the after taste was dry and malty.

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Photo of joe1510
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


This Bruery saison comes courtesy of Alen out in Cali, thanks! Saison Rue has a sunset orange body that turns deep golden when backlit with enough haziness to keep me from seeing through the liquid. Carbonation rushes to the surface from all over the glass to keep the impressive head in place. I ended up with two fingers of head on the pour and it shows no sign of receding at all, the cap looking like stiff meringue. This is an incredibly impressive head, one of the best I've seen in a long while. The lacing is actually beautiful; it hangs on the glass like morning fog.

The nose is straight up Lemonhead off the bat. Once I get past the vibrant lemon I pull out sugar cookie sweetness as the malt backbone. The rye adds a spicy touch that seems to work very well in this saison. Dusty yeast and a bit of wildflower floral quality are just compliments to the overall aroma. This beer has a lot of depth, there's not a great deal of different aromas but each singular one has several nuances. I could smell this beer all day long.

Wow! The flavor takes a side step to the aroma but is equally impressive. The brett used in this beer has put off an incredibly vivid wildflower character while the rye adds some needed spiciness and they both play off each other beautifully. It tastes like coriander is added but I don't see anywhere on the bottle that notes this. The lemon comes through on the finish in a less intense manner than in the nose. Mushy green apple makes a short appearance but there's not much to be found. The brett adds a dusty character to the entire flavor that I'm hugely fond of and there's a grassy hop bite on the swallow.

The body stands up to the lofty standards set by the rest of this saison. The carbonation is lively but soft and makes the 8.5% body leans to the lighter side of moderate. It's nearly hits airy on the swallow and has a tongue sapping dryness with enough bitterness to feel after each drying sip. There's not a whisper of alcohol.

The drinkability is up there on this unique saison. There are plenty of bold flavors but the airy carbonation and lighter body when combined with the thirst quenching qualities make this a dream to put away.

Saison Rue may have just taken the top spot as my favorite American brewed saison, which is a feat in and of itself. I'm blown away by how good this beer is and, more importantly, how the rye works with the brett. I would be sitting on cases of this beer if it were available locally, it's that good. Thanks for the bottle Alen, I'll be searching out more soon without a doubt!

Reviewed: 5/18/09

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Photo of jinjeski
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer.Very smooth and perfectly balanced. I noticed the character and earthiness coming through. Nice yeast with a bread-like aroma from the malt. I enjoyed that it had definite structure which lasted through a long finish. One of my all-time favorites. Had it with grilled salmon. Wonderful match.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip

A - Burnt orange color with a sparkling white head that forms a thick whipped cap. Blankets of lacing coat the inside walls of the glass. Just a great looking beer.

S - Dry grass, earthy yeast, lots of floral, stone fruit, peaches, apricots, some pears mixed in. Sweet malts, perfumey clove spice, woody alcohol.

T - Candy sweet malts, Belgian yeast, taffy, citrus and spicy grassy hops mix with the aggressive carbonation to add some bite to the tongue. Fruit esters follow the nose with peaches, apricots, and pears. A lemony tang comes out as it warms. It gets more peppery and spicy toward the finish and helps out with those sweet malts. Finishes dry and spicy.

M - Aggressive carbonation smooths out to a creamy/lifting character, heavier body for the style, rich and full, wet and dry.

Complex and well put together. There's alot of yin and yang going on. The carbonation and spice adds balance to the moderately sweet malts. Everything really blends out harmoniously. There were only whispers of Brett character in the form of tartness instead of funk. My only complaint is that it was still on the heavier sweet side of things.
When I sip this I think Belgian Strong Pale Ale, not Saison.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in a snifter. Hazy amber color. Smell is honey-sweet. Taste is of caramel, fig jam, molasses, light maple syrup. More depth than a typical "saison," but not terribly complex. Mouthfeel is smooth, easier drinking than than the ABV would suggest.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours Dark golden/brown - short white head
Smells of champagne and sour grapes and mild alcohol
Taste medium carbonation medium body, astringent (puckering), sour grapes
Overall fairly surprised at the bros 100 rank but the Brett definitely adds a pretty nice complexity and doesn't overshadow the other grape and hops.. Might buy another bottle to age

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Photo of MarkJBurch
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date, stored and served at fifty degrees, into a tulip glass. Gentle pour produces a two inch off white head that lingers for awhile, settles down, but never completely goes away. No haze in the first glass, this is a very attractive beer.

Brett hits the nose first, toasted rye, grass, biscuit, earthy herbal funk. I am reminded of a fine perfume!

A sour bite makes the mouth water. Toasted rye is balanced perfectly by citrusy hops. Yum. The Brett is present but not in the forefront, this is an extremely well balanced Saison but not all that complex. Estery, unpronounced, delicate, almost unripened fruit tones leave this beer up for interpretation.

Carbonation is not overzealous, plays with the tongue, crisp, refreshing.

Interested in trying different vintages but this may prove difficult without a bottling date. Aging aside, this bottle is drinking well and I am glad to have tried it, will visit again.

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Photo of pants678
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Little hazy orange and yellow body.

Sour pineapple, yeast, sorta hoppy--really beauiful nose.

I have no interest in sours but this works for me as a summer beer. Doesn't have that acidic end. Crisp and fruity moreso than floral, but still a good blend of grainy/peppery. Coriander and maybe ginger with a slight pineapple Not traditional for the style but enjoyable, for sure.

Though crisp, it does linger as it's a full bodied Belgian style and I much prefer that.

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Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

geez, a 100 from the bros ? ? ? ?
nice billowy head. soft golden color. transparent.
aroma is semi-floral, a bit saisson-like- meaning it's a bit floral (to me, at least), a little hops in there, some malts (of course). light and air-y.... almost a belgian light kind of aroma....
taste... a bit sweet, definitely an attempt of belgian but with some bitterness. i cant see the 100 that the bros gave it. but it's good. maybe for the 8.5 % i ought to be impressed. that green flash is only, ,like, 3.7 or something. this is good. i realize it's a style... i just think it's more of a belgian thing than a saison thing, ya know?
overall, very decent brew. the girlfriend is promising a chaffeur-driven trip to The Bruery for my birthday later this month so that ought to be nice. i like the stuff that comes from them, mostly. i can recommend this one as i could easily drink another . . . . i just dot think it's deserving of a 100 . . . . can definitely taste the alcohol in this one.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A dark opaque somewhat muddy brown and red bronze colored body, with some nice rising faint white carbonation. Head is creamy white and frothy, with three fingers deep and a real creamy settling one finger collar puck while settling.

Nose is interesting. Small hint of fruit sensing musty grape, and a nice little bit of toasty caramel, and maple like sugar. Quite an interesting nose for a saison, but missing some of the farm funky stench and yeasty rank character. But otherwise very unique and enjoyable.

Palate hits with a real creamy mouthfeel. Hints of mellow cream and dairy softness on the palate. A sharp hint of pepper brett but it is quickly subdued by a nice thick caramel sweetness. Surprisingly doesn't taste rye spicy or fruity. A hint of playful soda carbonation but very downplayed which is nice and not taking away from the solid large body of the beer.

Overall, not what I expect in this style, but this is a very well crafted and unique tasting beer that is quite memorable.

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Photo of MighHighBrewer
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip on 5/28/13.

A: Pours a relatively translucent golden color with a hint of orange. Beer is clearer than expected for a Saison, with no visible yeast sediment. Initial pour reveals a fluffy two-finger-width head that dissipates over the next 2-3 minutes. A small head is retained throughout the drink however. Lacing is excellent, as expected.

S: Great nose on this baby. Initial smell is fruit-forward: cherries mostly with a hint of other summer stone fruits such as apricot. The Brett funkiness is definitely present upon subsequent smells. Don't get much rye or peppery spicyness. Overall, definitely a fruit-forward nose.

T & M: Initial taste is again fruit-forward - cherries and lemons. This lasts about a second before the pepper and rye spiceness kick in and really overwhelm the beer. Lingering on the nose is a dry, alcoholic taste with a hint of rye. I really don't like the aftertaste of this beer: much too alcoholic for my taste. The beer is understandably very dry, but not as yeasty/robust as I like Saisons. This is a light-bodied, dry beer.

O: While this is a solid offering, this isn't my favorite Saison on the market. First there's the matter of personal preference: I like my Saisons on the fruitier and more robust/yeasty side. This Saison is opposite: rye and spice are showcased in this beer without much fruit to speak of. Additionally, the body of the beer is lighter than I'd like. But my biggest qualm with the beer is the alcohol-forward aftertaste. Instead of being hidden, you taste every bit of the beer's 8.5% ABV. A good, but not great, Saison.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A light copper with a slight haze. The head is made of rocky, off-white bubbles and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

S: The specialty grains, rye and Brett stand out in the nose along with some spice and fruit from the yeast. There is an earthy hops aroma and some alcohol.

T: There is a lot going on in here with the Brett, Rye and Belgian yeast character dominating. The Rye adds spice to the clove and pepper flavors already in there from the Belgian yeast which also brought some light fruit character of peaches and oranges. The moderate Brett is a little horsey and a little bubblegum but unmistakable. There is a slight plum character as well. The hops bitterness is moderate and bring an earthy character to the flavor. The balance is fairly dry with just a little bit of sweetness while the finish runs out to very dry.

M: A medium-light bodied beer with moderately-strong carbonation.

O: A funky, spicy Saison with an enjoyable addition of Brett and rye character.

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Photo of ElSid
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Beers of California


Bottled Date: None

A: Liquid sunshine with amber hues in poor light. Sticky and fluffy white foam made up of variable sized bubbles. Lacey cling on the glass.

S: Solid grain with highlights of rounded spice, honey, banana, and bright fruit. Some faint alcohol vapors appear as the beer warms.

T: Banana, apricot, and crisp apple open and quickly transitions to a grainy malt foundation. The funky middle gives way to a spicy bitterness and hints of phenol. The bitterness builds to the finish and is joined by alcohol warmth.

M: On the light side with good syrupy linger and carbonation.

O: A bit more daring with more pronounced flavors when compared to Dupont. A respectable American take on the Saison sporting more hop bitterness and a higher ABV, but in the end I'll be reaching for the Belgian touchstone.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy pale orange body with a huge frothy cream colored head. Some light shines through the body, but the cloudiness prevents visibility.

S- Spicy Belgian yeast, pears, peach, citrus, a stale earthy aroma. Not as much funk as I would have expected, but very pleasant.

T- Lots of fruity flavors up front with pear and peach leading the way, along with some of the peppery Belgian yeast. The middle has more of the juicy fruit flavors coming through all the way to the finish, but the finish is also where the Brett kicks in. The finish has a very funky taste with some earthy flavors. The aftertaste is fruit and basement. Really different than most saisons I have tried.

M- The feel is great. Perfect amount of carbonation, very juicy and drinkable, finish has just a hint of alcohol.

O-Very impressive beer. I tend to prefer saisons with slightly less abv, but this one is put together very nicely. Really unique way that the flavors work together.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice golden color with some reddish hues. Great looking white head, great retention and some light lacing. The smell is spicy and slightly sweet citrus. The taste has a rye spiciness along with malt sweetness and a subtle sourness. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, very drinkable brew. Overall this is a very good beer and I shouldn't have waited so long to try it.

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

750ml Bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/yeast, apples, candied sugar

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some ginger and some apples. There is also a bit of a dark fruit flavour and some candied sugar and a bit of an all spice flavour. It ends with a fruity sweet aftertaste.

Overall - My bottle is probably 2+ years old, so it has lost it hops and taken on a more rustic flavour, as described by the bottle label. I'd like to try this fresh, but it's still a great beer that when aged seems more fitting for a fall/winter day. This brewer rarely disappoints..

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. This one fuckin' gushed on me; so to stave off any potential losses, I had to pour some into a pint glass, as well.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with plenty of sediment floating about. The head is very frothy, and due to me having little choice regarding an aggressive pour, ends up towering at four fingers high, with a corresponding offwhite shade. The head seemingly retains forever, leaving behind an incredible amount of lacing in my tulip. Frustrations of being unable to drink this immediately aside, this one is extremely beautiful.

S: And the aroma is quite intriguing, also. It starts off with a grassy note, before transitioning to crisp apple/pear/grape esters. I also notice touches of rye malt, helping to accentuate the spice qualities more strongly. I don't notice a massive amount of brett funk, but it's there. Horse blanket, bro.

T: What I notice most strongly on the opening is a combination of spicing and rye malt. The two combine to offer notes of cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, peppermint, and black pepper - dare I compare the flavor profile to a saison crossbred with a winter warmer? The finish is where the brett funk starts to come into play. Initially only offering a bland grassy tone, it grows and accumulates on the palate, developing strong rustic qualities. General fruity esters lurk around the body nondescriptly; I wish they were more vivid here in lieu of all the funkiness. This is my biggest problem - the funk comes off too strongly at times, creating a slight imbalance. I enjoy the complexity, though.

M: This one is a bit heavy. It doesn't necessarily make the beer hard work, just not quite as quaffable as it could have been. I'd call it quaffable, though, because it's pleasantly dry without any annoying booziness. I can't really judge carbonation too much - when you have to wait 10 minutes to take a damn sip, I doubt there would be much of it left.

O: I know I had a lot to nitpick here, but this is a genuinely well crafted saison that's quite unique. It just doesn't really hit all my preferences in a saison (I prefer a simpler, hoppier interpretation like Tank 7). But if you like funk, this is a must-try.

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Photo of gr0g
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant orangey hue with a good amount of haze. A two-finger sized head forms, leaving swaths of lacing on the chalice as it recedes. A layer of froth persists. Aroma is yeasty, phenolic at first, followed by a musty cellar note. Floral, fruity notes including apple and lemongrass.

Very nice variety of flavors going on. A little bit of tartness upfront, giving way to light bitterness. Leans toward the dry side of the scale, though not bone dry. Lemon peel and chalky yeast notes. A bit peppery on the finish. There's a malt backbone befitting of an 8.5% ABV ale but still appropriately light for a Saison. Abundant, frothy carbonation that's light and smooth. The texture does the flavor justice.

Saison Rue showcases great complexity, and while light on funkiness, has an authentic Belgian farmhouse character. Excellent texture and flavor profile. While it's not cheap, it's well worth the price if you're even remotely fond of Saisons.

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Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold with a very slight amount of chill haze. Tall puffy white colored head.

Smells fruity and spicy. Strong scent of apple. Pepper coriander, plum and a touch of apple brandy. Mild honey suckle and pollen scent. Even milder caramel scent.

Starts out spicy with a fruity flavor. Lots of apple and caramel flavor. Some woody taste and slight bit of mushroom. Slight sourness present but it isn't much. Definite sweet and sour thing here it tastes like a Granny Smith Caramel Apple.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer but not quite a conventional Saison. Very much on the sweet end for the style, don't expect a dry beer like Hennepin is.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Suddenly bottles of this are everywhere. Pricey, but whatever. I got to crack open a bottle of this tonight. No bottling or freshness date, although the back label said that this could be cellared for up to "2 years." Poured into a teku glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very thick, orange looking color, especially when extra yeast gets in. Really syrupy and refined looking overall. A nice 3 finger of head lasts for a while atop the glass, although a nice white half finger of head persists even after it dies down. Good lacing coats around the glass in roundish shapes. Carbonation is super lively, almost in a champagne-like texture. Sediment abounds at the bottom of the glass in grainy, scattered appearance. Doesn't look like any saison I've ever seen, but it definitely doesn't look like any Belgian-style I've encountered either.

Holy crap is this boozy! Aside from the huge alcohol, apricot soaked notes, I'm struggling but able to find some other flavors underneath after all. Wheat like texture, crisp grains, bananas, orange peel, and dried fruity notes abound. Not getting too much funk from the Brett, though... And especially getting an off graininess at the finish. Wonder what it could be? This gets progressively boozy as it warms up, and especially mutes more of these flavors as a result. Sure this is a saison? It's definitely like a BSPA here, but a strange one at that.

The flavor is exponentially better, in which the booziness is cut down by half and then coated by more of the juicy, fruity esters and a sourish finish aided by the Brett. Orange peel, apricots, and peaches all really meld in a ripe, well integrated kind of way, and with the alcohol and juicy texture aided by the carbonation and yeast, this is almost as similar as taking a bite out of a fruit salad that contains all these fruits and more. The sourish finish is very refreshing and unique, and definitely mutes a lot of the alcohol that could have destroyed this thing for me. Slight dry hoppiness resembling citrus rinds are here. The alcohol slightly burns at the finish, and, when combining the sweetness, could make this a cloying experience, but with the yeast and carbonation, it works. Texture is semi-dry, but still very refreshing. Not too creamy, but crisp enough to hold interest. If it wasn't for the high ABV I could down this in a heartbeat.

Not sure what to think of this one. Love the Bruery but this is not really what I'd consider a saison or a BSPA to be, even as a tribute. If anything, it's a hybrid that works in some ways (fruitiness, sourish finish), but is chaotic in terms of getting the balance I love in this style. Too boozy at times, too sweet, and sometimes muted in displaying the hoppy characteristics or sour Brett yumminess. Sometimes, it's all of this. This is best consumed cold, but I would definitely not turn this down if offered again. However, for $13-14 on the market, it's going to be a tough call.

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Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.