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Saison Rue - The Bruery

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547 Reviews

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Reviews: 547
Hads: 1,694
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 18.25%
Wants: 203
Gots: 323 | 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 JimKal
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass it forms a generous head that leaves some nice lacing as it dissipates. The color is a nice red gold. The taste has a hint of spice from the rye with a slight Saison funk. Very nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of Sam21
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I purchased this for $12.99 and it had the original plain golden cap, so I assume that this bottle is around a year and a half old at the most. Capped champagne bottle into tulip.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Thick rocky white head. Great lacing and retention. Great looking beer.

Smell - Strong brett funk up front with a mixture of light citrus zest, green apples, spice, malt sweetness and some earth. Alcohol in the back, but well integrated. Spicy.

Taste - Strong funk, phenols, and snappy citrus zest lead into an earthy/herbal and extremely spicy and dry finish. The spice and earthiness of the rye melts together with the phenols giving this beer some bite. Some alcohol is noticeable, but again, well integrated into the flavors. Way too spicy and yeast driven, but the bottle does have a bit of age on it, so that is to be expected. Everything feels a bit raw and messy.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation and medium bodied. Feels light and goes down with tingling carbonation across the tongue.

Drinkability - I have had this before when it is a bit more fresh and enjoyed it. The yeast really took over the balancing citrus notes and it became overly spicy with too much bite. While not undrinkable or bad, I found it too be a little overwhelming. One bottle is more than enough.

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Photo of fields336
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a hazy light straw/golden beer with a fluffy off white pillowy head, dissipates slowly. tons of carbonation in this one. the head hangs around.

S; the brett hits you as soon as your open it, a sour, tart, lemon, funky, barnyard, earthy, funky herbal, lemongrass, sweet, spicy combination of flavors. smells amazing

T: a sweet and funky taste hits you upfront. there is a slight herbal and honey note and the barnyard funkiness plays into it. not much rye, but this might be an old bottle. tart, lemon, earthy components also there

M: tons of nice creamy mouthfeel, great fizzy champagne-like carbonation, and a medium body

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 10/15/10. Received this from zoso1967 and enjoyed it with BuckyFresh.

A: SR pours a beautiful cloudy gold into a snifter. A pillowy, pure white head rests at about one and a half fingers. The lacing is clumpy and forms in thick large chunks. The head retention is good.

S: Huge whiffs of lemon and peppery spiciness fill my nostrils. Large Belgian yeasts are very present. The overwhelming impression of the smell is that of a fresh spring morning. A lot of Granny Smith apple crispness emanates from the beer, as well.

T: This is a very springy and fresh taste. A lovely peppery spice complements a lemon, banana, and Granny Smith apple fruitiness. The malts and spicy hops are very upfront in the taste, which is somewhat of a departure from a typical Saison, but it is a quality that I really like. The lingering hop bitterness is earthy and chewy.

M: Very drying and fresh. A sparkly medium bodied effervescence leads to a puckering hop finish that cleans off the palate well.

D: This beer is very nice for the style and I could enjoy it for a long time. I will look for this one again, for sure.

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Photo of danedelman
4.12/5  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.

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

Great appearance. Pours a cloudy golden peach color. Huge white, chunky head that settles into a consistent cap with spotty lacing.

Very nice aroma and especially so as it warms. Grape, vinous with slight alcohol warmth, peppery spice and some underlying honey sweetness. Quite good.

The taste is a bit hot and sweet. As it warms it definitely loses drinkability. Overall spiciness of pepper and overly strong cardamum. The middle has sweet honey and slight hop bitterness. Finishes fairly wet with overly sweet lingering flavors.

The body is a little heavy for my liking, more on the medium bodied side. Carbonation is soft and very present. The overall drinkability of this beer is OK, but not as high as would be liked for this style. Strong on the sweet side.

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

Saison Rue is my first offering from the Bruery and immediately I'm a little pissed off as my carpet gets to taste the beer before I do. Giant carbonation that yields an explosive beer.

A: Gigantic head, 1 meter? high, no but it fits to the top of the Duvel glass. The color is a beautiful pale orange that becomes even more inviting with the rush of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. The body is somewhat murkey as the yeast's sediment is casually floating around. Very good head retention and full on lace.

S: Yeast is predominate, spicy, earthy, dried grass/hay, apple, and a bit of orange although the color might have led me to pull that one out.

T: The nose didn't lead me to it, but this beer has a large sweet component that I'm not used to in Saison. Up front the beer is spicy and grainy. A ginger coated green apple that meets a slow wave of dryness. The finish is funky, a tart lemon citrus note. I typically shy away from a huge brett/sour component, but it works in this beer.

M: Big carbonation (evident by the saison rue carpet) that is sharp on the tongue. The body is however very very creamy and makes you expand your cheeks to allow for it's fluffiness. and the head of the beer has a nice, soft, and frothy head.

D: I think I'm receiving this beer better than most, a lot of depth in its flavors especially enjoyable after the way of spice, around 3/4th of the way through until the beautifully tart finish.

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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 abfraser
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml picked up at CBS in SF

A: Poured a rich orange/amber. Small head, a bit of lacing

S: Lemony citrus, sweet malt

T: A yeasty, malty backbone with a little funk. Prominent hops. But it's oddly sweet. More like a Tripel. It seemed to work at first but halfway through the glass I was reconsidering

M: I must have let all the carbonation out inadvertently. There was very little to none and it had a slightly flat mouthfeel

D: Good drinking beer

Overall an above average brew. I appreciate the interpretation, but it's not as refreshing as most saisons, which I attribute to the sweetness. Worth trying for sure, though.

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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 trevorjn06
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw/gold color with massive, puffy head that lasts forever and leaves substantial lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very complex, tart, bright fruits, funk, bready malts and mild spice.

Taste is smooth, bready malts, spicy rye, fruity esters, some funky brett character and a mild tartness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation and a wonderful smooth feeling.

Overall this beer goes down way too easy and is very complex, fairly dry and just plain lovable.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really nice Saison, but not the best I've had this year.

Color is perfect golden orange, nice bright white head forms but it fades very quickly.

Aroma is very nice, gentle funk, sweet ripe fruit.

I feel like this could have a bit more earth to it. Maybe it could stand some age? But it's still very nice out of the gate. Minimal spice, very smooth. Goes down very easy - feels almost sessionable but definitely isn't.

It's bright and rich. I'd say it's a medium body with the malt lending the weight. Rich, but not overly complex.

It's really nice - glad I had it but will keep trying other saisons.

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Photo of jmhart
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL poured into a snifter....caused it smelled just so damn good!

A- Copper-gold in color, with a decent haze. A quick and large creamy eggshell head forms, and leaves a rich silky webbing with firm towering lace clinging up the sides of the glass.

S- A bouquet! Citrus, spice, yeast, and acid. The first thing that hits you is the yeast combined with a light maltiness. Definitely sweet on the smell. After the initial yeast/malt/sugar smell some more complete elements appear. Citrus like an orange with allspice. Almost reminds me of Christmas time (you know, the orange/nutmeg thing).

T- Taste mimics the smell, but loses some things and brings in some others. The first strong and obvious flavor is the yeast/malt, but underneath you start to notice the complex foundation of this brew. Immediately following, almost overlapping the initial maltiness is an impressive peppery-citrus flavor. Together at once, there's a strong orange and a fresh-ground black pepper taste...and somehow they really complement each other. After that, you pick up a little nutmeg/sweetness and finally the whole thing finishes with a lactic acid dryness. The lactic acid dryness is heavier than other Saisons. It's delicious, but it takes every part of me to subdue memories of spoiled milk at the elementary school cafeteria.

M- Medium to full bodied (especially for a Saison) with an acidi creamy texture. Moderately to highly carbonated, this thing dances and rolls all over your mouth. It might have just a little too much bite, and the dryness from the lactic acid is a bit much at the end. The beginning is great, middle is pretty good, but the end just kind of finishes so-so.

D- Excellent. HIGHLY DRINKABLE. I put down a 750 mL and I was craving more. I could drink this all day...as long as it was cold enough to help me get past the lactic acid.

I think this beer is great. It had a lot of carbonation and a decent amount of alcohol, so I think aging this thing for a year or two is gonna be awesome. Next time I'm out, I'll probably pick up two, to do just that.

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

750 to my Chalice.

Light golden in color with a one finger white head. Good lacing on the glass with a low constant head that dies down. Smells like other farmhouse ales, noticeable spice in the background. The Brett is barely noticeable along with some alcohol. Spices on the tongue, carbonated well, a little warm, crisp. A tasty saison, not bad.

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Photo of JamisonM
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: bright orange off white huge head huge carbonation

S: wet hay horse blanket with some malt and some spicy rye

T: refreshing taste very complex with notes of horse blanket and wet hay coming through.

M: light mouth and high carbonation very good for this style

D: super drinkable can I have another bottle?

overall: a fantastic brew that is ultra complex that is very good with some age on it. I recommend you age this atleast 3 months and 6 or 9 months is really good! A beer that changes depending on when you pop the top, I Love it!

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
2.71/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: tall head, cloudy, copper color
T: Candi-sugar sweetness. Some spicy/pepperiness. Cannot detect the rye.
M: Doughy, high carbonation, medium maltiness
O: a bit too sweet for my tastes. I like my Belgians (and esp. Saisons) to finish dry. Not a good example of the style and rather average taste, in my opinion.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light copper and orange color with two fingers of head. This is a well carbonated beer, as it's highly effervescent. The effervescence keeps the head in its place, giving it good retention. There's a few thin streaks of lacing trickling their way down to the beer in the glass.

Smell: The nose is primarily a mixture of spice and fruit. There's no brett character coming through on the nose. A blend of plum and peaches are the fruit in the nose. The spice is a mixture of clove and spiced rye malt.

Taste: The first flavor to cross the palate is from the malt. It's a spicy combination of malt, including notes of rye and a slight biscuity flavor. Then some other spices show themselves, including clove and some brett. The brett is very tame and barely shows through. The final tasting is a mixture of fruit, some orange (perhaps from hops) and a little big of cherry and peach.

Mouthfeel: This is a rather high carbonated beer, but it sits with a medium body. I found that as I let the beer warm up and sit in my snifter the mouthfeel got a lot better.

Drinkability: Another well put together beer from The Bruery, although I find it rather forgettable. I don't think this will end up in my crate again.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear pale straw color with 1 and half fingers of off white head. Head retention is great. lacing is O.K.

S - I get a lot of pepper/bubblegum and leather. Almost a Brett aroma. There's a hint of sweetness well.

T - Taste is kind of funky. I can't really place the taste. Pepper and lemon zest have a background as in every other saison.

M - Slightly thin bodied, almost medium bodied. Very heavy carbonation. Finish is slightly dry and a little bitter. Leather stays around for a long time.

D - Overall, a very different saison than I have ever had. Brett yeast was very unique to this beer. I hadn't ever tasted the leather characteristic in this type of beer. This beer was decent, I would get it again, but it isn't the best saison I have ever tasted.

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Photo of keanex
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear amber beer with carbonation bubbles floating up. Very thick head, I had to pour half of my tulip glass at a time due to the incredibly thick and slow dissipating white foamy head which dissipates unevenly.

S: Not very strong, but a clean herby smell with malts thrown in and a hint of sour apple.

T: Slightly fruity with malts thrown in, finishes with a slightly spicy hint to it. Refreshing and crisp.

M: Medium thickness with a creamy mouthfeel, good snappy carbonation.

O: I was expecting more from this, but it's good. It's subtle and easy to drink though, which I like in a beer.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Since I've had several Saisons this evening I figured I may as well crack open a bottle of Saison Rue, which I've been sitting on for about four months. 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a light golden to copper hue, with minimal head. Aroma is subdued, especially for a Saison. Nose is mostly sweet, with some notes of banana and bubblegum. There's some light spiciness in the background as well. Mouthfeel is effervescent and champagne like, with a semi-sweet aftertaste. Surprising amount of spice. The light banana aroma translates into the taste, along with a leather-like taste of recognizable Brett and a drawn out spicy finish. There's some alcohol in the finish and some alcohol warming as you drink it, as this beer certainly packs a punch. My only complaints about this beer would be the subdued aroma, but otherwise it's just about as good as you can get.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Hop City in Atlanta, GA and thought it was worthy of my first review.

A - Poured this into a Dogfish Signature Glass and it appears an extremely hazy amber color with a nice white 2-3 finger head. A good looking saison.

S - The nose is a lot of lemon, Belgian yeast and spicy pepper. I'm loving this.

T - This is even more complex than the nose. A lot of lemon, rye, Belgian yeast, and maybe some coriander. It also has somewhat of a peppery spicy kick to it.

M - The mouthfeel is fantastic. Medium and a little creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - For 8.5% it is very well hidden and I had no problem drinking an entire bottle by myself.

This was my first beer from The Bruery and I'll definitely have to try some of their other offerings because I loved Saison Rue.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of bret27
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look: Golden orange w/white head and nice belgian lace.

Smell: estery, fruit, brett for sure

Taste: sweet smooth candy. Slight tart in the end. That yeasty belgian full perfect mouthfeel.

Overall: Much sweeter than it smells. Pretty delicious. Another unique one for the unique world of belgian-style ales.

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Photo of Badger6
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Triple Karmaliet tulip...big glass!

A: Hazy, reddish gold body. Huge fluffy slightly off-white head, excellent retention. Good lacing.

S: Distinct, solid aroma. Apples and pears, rye, biscuity malt, sour brett funkiness standing out.

T: Rye in the from, with floral notes. Light pepperiness. Some bitterness and notes of citrus from the hops. A candi sweetness towards the end of the flavor profile. Finishes with a dry note and a lightly sour funkiness, slightly astringent and boozy.

M: Medium body, well carbonated. Smooth texture.

O: Interesting beer. You can tell this is a well done saison, but with the addition of the rye gives it a nice twist. All the funk you should expect is there, along with the spiciness of rye. Really neat beer.

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Photo of adman08
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with lots of fluffy white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass.
S-Slightly cidery aroma. Sour smelling from the brett also slightly sweet. Very good aroma of corriander and noticable alcohol aroma.
T-Strong alcohol warmth with some sourness and flavor of corriander. Kind of a funky taste mixing the saison flavor profile with brett.
M-Somewhat dry in the finish though fairly sweet in the beginning. Moderate carbonation.
Overall, an interesting twist on a summer ale. The brett mixes well with the typical slightly warm and spicy saison flavors. In a way the brett dominates some of the corriander and clove flavors but it adds it's own totally unique flavors. It's not too sour, not too sweet but it's also not for everyone. This has that very distinct dry, slightly sour brett flavor you find in some sour ales.

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