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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,412 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,412
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 155
Gots: 219 | 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 trxxpaxxs
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice cloudy peach. It's mostly yellow with some great reds around the edges. It pours with a massive white foam head that takes forever to dissipate. There is great lacing as it drinks.

S: The predominate scents are candied sugar, grass, spice, and lemon. It's malty sweet but has a nice spice/citrus undertone.

T: It starts out with a nice blast of candied sugar, belgian yeast, bananas, and malty sweetness. As it sits on the palate the spices start to come through. It tightens up to becomes hot and citrusy. I'm diggin' it. The finish is slightly tart and drying. I'm really impressed with the complexity of this beer. The flavor transitions are phenomenal.

M: Medium bodied beer. The first observation is sugary sweet, but this sucker changes drastically as it drinks. The finish is drying and crisp.

O: I wasn't overly impressed at first, this beer is solid. The flavors meld so well together that it transitions without notice. It's wonderful. A great Saison (if you want something with a little belgian kick).

trxxpaxxs, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Archemedies, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of TMath524
5/5  rDev +21.7%

TMath524, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber with a full inch of head that retains a good while before slipping down to a 1/4 inch head leaving full tufts of lacing.

S- Smells quite wild. Mild astringency with tropical fruit overtones. Very crisp yet with a rich fullness.

T- Takes multiple sips to fully absorb the flavor since its drinkability is so high. Can certainly taste the Brett that brings as much tartness as it does a chalky element. Notes of tangerine, granny smith apple and green grapes.

M- Fluffy, light and semi-dry but still quenching with high carbonation.

O- Can The Bruery do no wrong?

Immortale25, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark cloudy orange with a thick cream colored head

S-smells really good. very tart with the Brett and a good amount of citrus peel. herbal and nice. strong scent.

T-fills the mouth with an earthy taste of tangy herbs, grass, and corn. its a good taste, not extremely pronounced. definitely has a taste of raw pale belgian spices. matching after-taste. complex and well balanced.

M-high carbonation with a dry finish

O-a fantastic saison. the flavors are subtle, but they're quite nice. i had most of the bottle and i probably could've enjoyed another one. i love the brett and wish this was more easily available to me. all saison fans should try this, its one of my favorites.

AdamBear, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Fitzmke
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Fitzmke, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of cvm4
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours hazy golden in color. A nice 2 finger eggshell colored head.

S - I'm getting some lemon smells along with some of the characteristic saison smells.

T - Malt and grassy flavors overwhelm you. Spices on the backend.

M - Highly carbonated and on par with what a saison should be.

O - A saison that delivers and doesn't disappoint.

cvm4, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of bconsidine
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

bconsidine, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of onewetpaw
4.98/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Slight earthy brett is present along with some of the white pepper notes that reminds me of Saison dupont.

A-Dark rich golden with a creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Clarity is very high, especially for a bottle conditioned and unfiltered beer.

F- The traditional phenols of a classic saison are there along with some very slight undertones of earthy, brett character. The malt bill shines through on this one though with a nice bready flavor.

M- The carbonation level is high, and appropriate for style. The body is full, but the dryness of the style is still apparent.

O- A nicely nuanced saison. The brett and malt character are a great addition. The great qualities of a Saison remain, but this beer has a beautiful level of complexity that makes drinking it a joy.

onewetpaw, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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App- A dark yellow with a nice mix of golden and some light browns. A very nice two finger head formed and was almost an eggshell color with a great amount of sticky cling.

Smell- A nice mix of dampness and earthy bubblegum with some light white pepper notes.

Taste- Very similar to the nose with the bubblegum flavor from the yeast. This was more gummy and a bit chewy.

Mouth- A full medium body with a full medium carbonation. A little bit of cheese on the finish with some gum notes and pepper.

Drink- This to me was a mix of Rugbrod and a nice saison. I enjoyed the layers in it. Havent had this one in a while so was nice to come back to an original.

FosterJM, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of ngeunit1
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a big finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some thick lacing coating the sides of the glass.

S - Aroma is a mix of brett and other yeast aromas with some farmhouse smells and a bit of funk. There is some lemon, banana, and a touch of spice and rye as well.

T - Starts off with some lemon and brett with some funk and farmhouse flavors with some hay. Through the middle more yeast character comes through with some banana, rye, and spices coming through. The finish is a mix of a bit of tartness from the brett and lemon with some light spice and yeast flavor lingering.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a lightly tart, sweet, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice balanced Saison. The brett really adds a nice complexity to the beer that balances well with the spice and yeast.

ngeunit1, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Beer4Baltimore, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of PeterIngemi
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spilt a 750 bottle, from a case marked 8/11/11 making it 7 months old....

A: pours a very nice golden ambers orange with a touch of haze, you can see sharp carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Haze a puffy 3 finger white head that takes a long while to dissapate and leavs beautiful heavy lacing.

S- first whiff leavs to deffinate Brett funk and a spicy fruity aroma, the brett funk mixing with the rye spice and some saison yeastyness? Leads to an almost soapyness.... And sour fruit. Apricot, peach, plum, bannana.

T: a little disappointing, I had high hopes for this one, but the slight soap i got from the nose seems intensified on the palate, along with the bannana, the Brett funk is a little less apparent then I would have liked. Perhaps fresh if this was a bit hoppy i could see it been a little better, but that wasn't the case here due to age.

M: medium bodied with very crisp carbonation the rye is deffinatley present in the mouthfeel, very nice.

O: a good beer, I wish the Brett funk was a little more and the belgiany bannana was a little less, but I'm not a huge fan of this style in general, and for a saison I like this, bit I feel it could've been better.... Perhaps if I drank it super fresh.

PeterIngemi, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a light tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, fruits, and some Brett funk. Taste is of grain, Brett funk, and some slight fruity flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with a nice amount of funk in the aroma and flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of cbwufpack
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

cbwufpack, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Kinsman
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow body takes up a small portion of the glass while a towering white head looms above and slowly fades to leave a thick and sticky lace behind. Almost too much carbonation to start.

A strong aroma gives of notes of fruits like bananas with a health dose of spice in the background. A slightly earthy/musty character rounds it all out.

Solid malt backbone provides some nice toasted bread notes upon which the yeast adds some fruity esters and a nice dosing so spices to balance it all out.

Nice crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with a lively and bubbly carbonation to add to the texture. Overall, as expected, Saison Rue is a top notch beer. Not quite as funky or earthy as some saisons but still a strong yeast note with the bready rye makes for a damn fine beverage.

Kinsman, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

richkrull, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -2.7%

mjtiernan, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Tpsauer
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Tpsauer, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of jeanphony
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

jeanphony, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of gos42
5/5  rDev +21.7%

gos42, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Mattylegend
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Mattylegend, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev -2.7%

theminutemen, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of danedelman
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 750ml bottle into my large snifter glass.

A-pale coppery yellow color with a HUGE head, 4 finger maybe more.

S-grass, lemon and a slight metallic smell probably from the brett not completly doing its thing yet.

T-light malt flavors with some grassiness. very slightly tart to the lemon side and finishes metallic.

M-light clean and crisp. very nice. DOES NOT SEEM LIKE A 8.5%!! BE WARNED!! Goes down very easily.

danedelman, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into fluted glass, I'm new to this style, so the extra funk may not be so apparent to me.

A: Hazy golden orange amber hue, big fluffy off-white head, receding to about a cm or so of puffy head. Big thick walls of lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Strong grassy hop, earth, spicy rye, lemon, grainy toasted malt. The brett yeast is noticeable, but not the beast I'm used to.

T: Semi tart and dry, banana, pepper, spice, lemon, grassy hop. Very peppery. Good amount of yeast flavor too. The more I drink the more I like this. It's a funky mix but very enjoyable. Has a funky brett infused aftertaste.

M: light-medium body, high carbonation. pretty dry throughout.

O: When I first poured this beer I didn't think I'd enjoy it, but it is really flipping good! I think the bar was just set way too high for my first saison.

ReelBigwigFish, Feb 28, 2012
Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,412 ratings.