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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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1,445 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 156
Gots: 225 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

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.

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

sommersb, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of bradfordjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

bradfordjohnson, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of jgrummm
4/5  rDev -2.7%

jgrummm, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of duels
4/5  rDev -2.7%

duels, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Keith_R, Sep 02, 2012
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.

Zach136, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of channels321
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

channels321, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of ajz132
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

ajz132, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Pdrufo
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Pdrufo, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of rockinjt2222
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

rockinjt2222, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of xdefeatsy
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

xdefeatsy, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of katan
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.

katan, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of duff247
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

duff247, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Prost76
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Prost76, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of yamar68
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the great state of Wisconsin for providing this one:

Poured to a snifter...

Pale amber gold body topped with a healthy, creamy, slightly off-white head that laces beautifully. A very nice looking beer.

Spicy esters, warming yeast, a bit of booze stings the nostrils, sweeter malts and grassier hops. No apparent Brett presence.

Much smoother on the tongue than the nose would suggest. Very fresh tasting stuff - clove, esters, oily sweet malt, and a gorgeous finish.

I'd love to toy with this one in the cellar. Looks like I'm driving back to Hudson soon...

yamar68, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev -2.7%

scottiethebody, Aug 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Dactrius, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of WesM63
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a towering 3finger fluffy white head. Tons of retention and lacing to go around. Tons of carbonation bubbles all over creating a beautiful looking beer.

S: Smells lightly tart, funky, some citrus (lemon) and a bit of spice.

T: Tart and funky up front, mellow's out mid-taste to a slightly citrus spicy flavor then to a dry wine like finish.

M: Medium body, tons of carbonation. Smooth with a hint of burn after the drink.

O: Overall, wow, just wow. I've heard good things, but this is just amazing. It's complex, smooth and delicious. Most saison's are either end of the spectrum, this is smack dab in the middle, damn near perfect.

WesM63, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of PorterLambic
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge glass of foam from which a hazy, though brightly translucent, yellow liquid drips. Eventually the head settles to a solid half inch of off-white and leaves some very nice lace behind. Later into the bottle the translucence becomes full blown opacity as the yeast incorporates into solution.
Smell is malty with notes of citrus, spice, vanilla and oak. Very well balanced.
Taste is tangy, malty, with oak, spices, tart apple and alcohol notes. Pretty good balance.
Medium body, a sharp, up front, kind of effervescence, all on the tip of the tongue. Warming from the middle onwards. A pretty serious coating of the tongue and upper palate develops. Pretty good but not the best saison I've had.

PorterLambic, Aug 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Brew33, Aug 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

brentusaurus, Aug 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Phillip_Collins1219, Aug 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

JazzIPA55, Aug 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

captainbearcat, Aug 05, 2012
Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.