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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,331 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 153
Gots: 193 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 05-01-2008)
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cfrances33

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle enjoyed on 7/8/12 in a tulip.

Pour: Completely hazy orange with two and a half fingers white head. Solid lacing. A beautiful looking beer.

Smell: Brett funk up front with orange peel, and spicy Belgian aspects.

Taste: Peppery spice, oranges, slight citrus bitterness, and the littlest bit of funk.

Mouthfeel: Juicy but nice and dry (presumably from the rye). Becomes juicier as it warms.

Overall: A really great saison. I would get this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 17:32:46 | More by cfrances33
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

02-23-2013 21:48:30 | More by LambicPentameter
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aforbes10

Iowa

4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from one of the Sacramento Bevmos, served at 55C. Pours a golden and cloudy body with an inch and a half white rocky head. Sticky lacing. Light breaks through the body and shines out in a magical and inviting manner. Very pleasing look. Smells like leather and pepper ground up and mixed in with some light malt syrup, along with some spicy German hops and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is an earthy, spicy malt with some green grass and lemon hop notes and a growing dry alcohol on the finish. Vague herbiness. Very smooth and easy to drink. A very, very good saison from a U.S. brewery (excuse me, bruery).

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 02:13:44 | More by aforbes10
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jaymo18

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

02-25-2014 03:49:29 | More by jaymo18
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sbricker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

11-14-2011 15:53:05 | More by sbricker
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy golden to orange color with a tall pillowy white head that took it's time settling. Great lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Banana bread, fresh grains, honey, apricots, some phenolic and clove spiciness meets the nose like a good saison. Next is a light sourness in the nose with a slight dry white wine mustiness.
Hops are citrus, floral and very fresh smelling.

T: Sweet at first with apricot, banana bread, wheat, rye, fresh toasted grains, light honey and some vanilla. Then comes some bitter citrus hops and spicy clove flavors from the yeast and this gives way to a pronounced but not overdone sour funkiness. It all real goes well together in a complex way and does not leave an overwhelming or bad aftertaste at all.

M: Medium body and smooth tight carbonation that is silky. Some mild alcohol warmth comes through but is well hidden.

D: A nice twist on a Saison and very well done with a good balanced mix of sweet, tart, and funky. This beer is worth another try or worth aging. It has a lot going on but is refreshing as hell. Serve cold!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 20:04:03 | More by scottbrew4u
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

05-23-2014 01:27:47 | More by ldhughes3
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kbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-15-2013 01:19:03 | More by kbrown
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from viggo (thanks man!) had beside Saison Lente.

Pours an amber/golden, a couple shades darker than SL likely due to the rye, couple fingers of bubbly foam that leaves some laving down the glass.

This one is a the juicier, rounder version of Lente. Rye gives some nice complexity, hint of wood and earth, pear and apple, dash of lemon, much more sweetness in this version, spicy, hint of maybe cinnamon?, light alcohol in the finish, just a little funk coming through, would love a bit more, medium dryness.

Much fuller and not nearly as dry as Lente, not as refreshing and quenching though still a damn fine saison. Like the addition of the rye and the spiciness of this one, just couldn't drink it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 20:25:51 | More by ritzkiss
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magictacosinus

California

3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 04:40:54 | More by magictacosinus
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one sexy looking beer. Pours a light orange amber that would look at home inside a tweed guitar case. It has a delicate, fluffy, tightly packed foam head that rises eagerly as the beer is poured. It sticks around forever and leaves sloppy lace in its wake. The aroma is very fresh with lactic tartness, pear, sour apple, lemon, sweet malt, coriander, and white pepper. The flavor seems not quite as multi-dimensional as the aroma but is still quite nice. The musky brett flavor is there right up front as well as some bite from the rye and a firm bitterness. Flavors of grassy hops, lemon rind, green apple and pear are also present, as well as pale malt sweetness and a bit of alcoholic warmth. This beer is surprisingly smooth and on the lighter side of medium with a very dry finish that leaves me hankering for another sip. Not as drinkable as some saisons but that might be expected with the ABV. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 22:41:01 | More by zoso1967
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BMoney575

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 7-2-10

Pours a very foamy pale golden color, with tons of bubbles rising to the surface. The head is super thick and creamy, and sits in a huge glob on top. Huge lacing slides down the sides. Awesome.

Smell is all funky farmhouse, with lots of very nice citrus hops to keep it interesting. Light but at the same time complex, and immensely enjoyable.

Taste is super smooth sweet malt with just the right amount of sourness and hop bitterness. A little farmhouse character, lots of citrus and pine sap, and a great hit of booze at the end. One of the best saisons I've had.

Mouthfeel is great, thick, smooth, and creamy. The carbonation is perfect, and accents the hops very nicely.

Drinkability is very good, the flavors and smoothness are so tempting that the abv quickly sneaks up on you.

Overall, the tops.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 00:01:22 | More by BMoney575
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spoony

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes on September 6, 2012.

From a 750 ml bottle to a tulip.

A-The brew was hyper-carbonated and difficult to pour without wasting beer or waiting a while for the head to calm. The off-white head was slow to dissipate even after I got the beer into the tulip. The beer is very murky and has a light amber color.

S-The smell was kind of funky and grassy with a little bit of alcohol spice and sweetness. There was a slightly citrusy kick as well (oranges and lemons).

T-Taste was slightly sweet with light malts and a touch of funk...not that different from the smell. The alcohol is also noticeable, but not in-your-face. I also picked up a slightly herbal, grassy flavor...again, not that different than the smell.

M-Feel was lighter to medium bodied with lots of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

O-I enjoyed this saison. It has a nice mix of grassy, herbal flavors and sweet, spicy citrus. A good summer brew in terms of flavor profile. The mouthfeel was great, lots of carbonation but easy drinking and crisp finishing. I will look for this again next spring/summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 21:53:56 | More by spoony
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: nice, orange-brown color, slightly cloudy
S: very nice nose, traditional saison with earthiness and yeast
T: good beer, true to type without being too bitter or yeasty, a bit of funk noticeable but just a touch, very well made
M: great mouthfeel, really nice
D: very drinkable, slightly sweeter and could have used a slight amount of more hops

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 00:51:29 | More by wisrarebeer
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

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

Saison brewed with Rye and Brett.

Orange body took 15min to pour (huge head). Aroma is funky brett, vinegar, and peaches. Flavor is apricot and peach with lots of brett. Notes of lemon, earth, and spice. Rustic, as the label suggests. Crisp carbonation, funky but not that sour. Darn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 15:02:07 | More by BradLikesBrew
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InfernoBoss

California

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-15-2013 08:01:52 | More by InfernoBoss
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

10-30-2012 04:01:05 | More by TheBishopco
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

09-10-2012 14:55:29 | More by AdamP
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

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

A saison brewed with rye as well as Brett? Well, Bruery stuff has been excellent so far but let's see how this goes. 750 into a St. Bernie chalice...

This one has a little bit of irrational exuberance at the outset. There's 2 fingers of head that is buttery-egghell in color with a great chunky seam. Lots of effervescent carbonation travels slowly through the viscous honey-colored body. Carbonation and head continue to rise and crest in the chalice...it's like dough rising in a way. Not a gusher but definitely happy to see me. The head ends up as being almost egg white in consistency. Big lacing as well. Not sure if this indicates slight slight slight infection issues or not, but aside from that it looks pretty solid.

Wow - there's a very nice Brett sourness and Saison yeast spice and electricity with a slightly floral hop experience. It is rather creamy for the style; later on a more earthy hop quality abounds - could they be on the way out?

At first the hops are front and center - quite floral, almost soapy. Then a sweetness with rye maltiness and a slight alcohol burn take over. The Brett funk and yeast are muted by the creaminess and carbonation. Definitely malty for a saison.

Maybe it is maltier and a little heavy for a saison but it's quite luxurious and velvety. With warmth a grassy earthiness on the hop side shows up along with viscous alcohol. Still, very solid.

This is complex, well-constructed and thoroughly enjoyable. Only things we can improve on are the crispness, a bit more Brett sourness and the electricity of a more traditional saison. Still a finely-tuned, well-oiled machine and yet another successful offering from Patrick. Not bad for a lawyer!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 13:08:55 | More by IBUnit63
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Lob

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -27%

02-24-2012 20:07:13 | More by Lob
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled cellared above 45 degrees since February 2011. This was a December 2010 release which makes this bottle in the cellar for a year. Served tonight at 50 degrees.

A - Massive, frothy, sticky, pure white head taking up 80% of my tulip. The beer is an orange to light brown color with tons of rising carbonation. This head is going absolutely nowhere.

S - Earthy yeast, banana, sweet champagne Belgian funk. This is a very interesting and unique aroma. To some I imagine it would be a turn off but to me... I can't wait to taste it.

T - It's trying to push a bit of sour but it never makes it. This beer has a definite funkiness to it. Not a bad funk but one that offers a bit of apricot, alcohol, white grape raisin, and ... (there's something else there but I can't seem to pinpoint it) all wrapped up in one.

M - The feel starts out as that of champagne with it's bubble body and dry finish. As the alcohol wears away at my palette the feel tends to migrate toward smooth, light and actually rather silky.

~ One thing that should certainly not be overlooked with this beverage is the 'head' that come with it. One of the better I've had in a long time. The look and texture of the beverage are also great characters. If I had brewed this beer I don't know if I would have thought it to be anything special considering the flavors. Which lends me to wonder if this is what the brewers were attempting to create, or if this is what they created with the ingredients they used. Either way, it's interesting, and interesting goes along way in my book. Especially when it looks and feels the way it does. I can't help but wonder if the flavor character would have developed better if I had let it cellar for another year.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 01:56:21 | More by cdkrenz
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Be Aware. This is one of those beers that gushes upon opening; I was expecting this after reading some reviews. Have your glass handy in case it happens for you.

A-Pours out a hazy, honey/orange with a large, fluffy white head that falls slowly to a cover while leaving a good amount of splotchy lacing.
S-The smell is spicy and a bit fruity with light brett. A nice, clean, crisp smell.
T-The taste is what's happening here. There is the initial spicy pepper & tart, sour fruit (apple), then there is the brett/funk finishes off a delightful, complex mixture.
M-Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated, dry and pretty smooth.
D-Drinkability (is there alcohol in this? wait... now I'm feeling it.) is very good and it goes very nicely with a good French Brie.

This is one beer that I enjoyed more on the cooler side. As it warmed it became less interesting. Patrick has made an enjoyable Saison here.

After pouring the first (1/2-8oz) glass, I later looked over to where the bottle was sitting on the floor and noticed that it had continued to froth up and out of the bottle. My cat expressed a mild interest in licking at it, good for her.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 19:24:42 | More by meatyard
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Evan

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.7%

06-08-2014 21:59:30 | More by Evan
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pknyc

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

12-22-2012 00:30:17 | More by pknyc
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to an oversized wine glass. No date.

A: From a pour with average vigor, a large foamy white head is created and continues to rise slowly for a few seconds, until it eventually reaches its peak and remains with above average persistence. Very active, fast moving bubbles float to the top. On the first pour, any would-be lacing slowly slipped back into the glass, with each subsequent pour producing a better result than the last, now finally sticking in solid sheets. I've come to notice that the Saison Rue likes to be around 50 degrees and warmer. The body is a pale, golden orange and the cloudiness acts as a diffuser causing a vibrant radiant quality to it.

S & T: The nose is exceptionally fruity. Citrusy lemony hops. Fermented white grape juice, pear and green apple. The earthy hops are light as are the pale bready malts. The mid-strength yeast quality is earthy, doughy, with just a hint of barnyard funk. Yeast derived phenols create a strong peppery spicy character that is even more noticeable in the aftertaste.

M: The flavor duration is long, enduring both the dryness and the super high carbonation levels that should have cut right through it. The flavors become more persistent still as the beer warms. Lively and fizzy carbonation. Restrained bitterness. Excellent. Sour, tart and very dry. Heavily acidic.

D: My last pour emptied out just a little bit of both light and dark particles. I'm not sure if it is the yeast now in my glass or the temperature slowly on the rise, but I'm enjoying this beer more and more as I sip. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 01:49:39 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 1,331 ratings.