Saison Rue - The Bruery

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Reviews: 543
Hads: 1,654
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 189
Gots: 308 | FT: 11
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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 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. (651 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at The Bruery.

A: Slightly hazy yellow gold with a mountain of mousse-like white foam. Retention is very good. Lacing is left all over the glass.

S: Pronounced floral notes with apple, pear, and lemon. Wheat melds with pepper, grass, earth, and rustic notes.

T: Grassy and earthy with a low bitterness. Fruity esters are reminiscent of apple, lemon, and pear. There's a pepper-like spiciness. Great.

M: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good Saison. Recommended. (511 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy yellowish orange with lots of carbonation and a big white head. Nose is faint with grain, yeast and thats about it. taste is spicy with hints of pepper, belgian yeast, hops. Mouthfeel is spicy, warming with the ABV and spiciness increasing at the end. Drinkability..this is a good beer but not sessionable by any means. (335 characters)

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

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a dried apricot color slightly hazy with a lumpy white head and a lazy carbonation.

S- The dry white pepper phenolic leaves with a hint of white cheese rind and a faint brett grapefruit note.

T- The nice dry mellow yeast character takes on a slightly tangy note as it warms with a wheat hint leading to some dried fruit character in the finish. There is a soft brett grapefruit pith note that lingers after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a fizz with a slight spice to it and no alcohol heat is noticed.

O- The nice well blended flavor has some peppery and fruit yeast characters which add a nice depth and it is very easy to finish the bottle. The price is a bit high compared to other with similar character but I enjoyed this bottle. (796 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A capped 750 mL bottle purchased at TJ's Everyday.

A: The ale is sufficiently carbonated, filling my glass with several fingers of foamy goodness. As the head receded patches of lace were left in its wake. The ale is a hazy amber color, lighter with yellow and brown autumn tones.

S: Funkiness runs amok in the nose, with a dry tartness. Lemony citrus follows, a by-product of the brett that is a tart pleasure. Rye adds a spicy element but the sweet, dry, tart fruitiness rules the day.

T: The rye is especially evident when I allowed the ale to sit in my mouth, bready and spicy with a hot finish. The liveliness of the ale did leave a sharp heat on my tongue. As the saison begins to take over, dry anise and coriander are forward, followed by the funkiness. Saison fruitiness is powerful good, dry and sweet behind the funk. More lemon, apricot, and berry flavors take their turn like a beer gang bang.

M: The rye is an inspired addition, spicing up the front of the sip with a zip. The brett intensifies the saison's gamey flavor.

D: I was expecting 'meh...' and got 'wow!' instead. A complex, heady saison that I really like. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to seaoflament for this brew.

750ml Capped

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy golden orange/yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a huge three-finger creamy/foamy white head, tons of nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with a touch of flowery, corinander. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with a very nice touch of yeast, there's some funky shit going on as well, and corinander. Full/Medium body, the ABV is hidden very well. Very drinkable, another very nice brew from these guy's. Thanks Carlos for this awesome extra. (588 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods Boery, NYC. 750ml into a few tulips, with Steve, Jason and Jon.

Pours a golden brown, with a soapy white head of 4+ fingers. Some sediment gets into this, even after careful adherence to the directions on the bottle and with the most careful of pours. Some sticky, splotchy lace with great retention. Nose is dry, some citrus, bread, lemongrass in the distance, spice (pepper?). Taste has lemon, light citrus, some alcohol and a bit of ginger perhaps. Some fruit skins and hints to sweetness but never really becomes so. High carbonation but light body. Dry finish and super refreshing, and ideal for the scorcher of an evening it was. (660 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Gusher. What a mess. AFter cleaning up the floor and such...

Poured into a Chimay chalice, formed a 2" off-white head over the cloudy orangey blonde brew. Head lasts like the Energizer Bunny, with thick frothy coating lace.

Aroma is spicy and tart. Taste starts sweet and spicy, apple pie, perhaps, and then in the middle it's like the pie was made with Granny Smiths. But in a good way. Close mellows back to the spices.

Mouthfeel is prickly, slows you down a bit, and drinkability is good, complexity keeps you coming back for another look.

Interesting and exciting brew, and not just because the foam came shooting out of the bottle onto the floor and rug. (740 characters)

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

Poured in to tulip.

A - Medium orange. Cloudy. A generous two fingers of thick bright white head.

S - Bready malts, Belgian yeast, spice, cloves, a touch of funk.

T - A big bready malt base with a good amount of sweetness is met with a big Belgian yeast profile, full of yeast esters, cloves and spice. Some lighter orchard fruit notes come through as well with some apple and pear flavours present. A very slight funk is noticeable in the finish and is just enough to add complexity without being distracting. A great flavour profile. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Moderate carbonation. (623 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Short head recedes into a cap. Little lacing. "light colored rust color".

S- Tart! Freshness wafting from my tulip.

T- "Yum spice". Citrusy spice, almost to a fault. Very clean, dry.

M- Overly carbonated. Just right mouthfeel.

D/O- Overall average saison. Some good attributes, some negative. If you got a raise this week, go for it. Thanks PTMcB. (355 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright golden-orange with a rapidly elevating foamy cream colored mushroom head that bulged upward from the center breaching the glass rim showing its presence of the infectious brettamyoces. Retention was extraordinary having to wait several minutes to continue the pour as the head occupied the greater proportion of the contents. Upon its slow demise, sticky finger trails laced the sides of the glass while a feverishly strong visible carbonation showered upward. There was a great deal of turbidity creating a thick haze.

S: The nose yielded only light traces of musky orange skins along with fresh green shrubbery for hopping. Overall light and clean, though wished it packed more of a punch in regards to funk.

T: The flavor delivered musky damp oranges that was well suited per style. Funky and tart with a brisk carbonation bringing out the bittering citrus hopping. There was a smooth bitterness of lemon flowers and some dry hay notes, im guessing contributed from the rye bringing a dryness to the palate. The finish finds an increasing bitterness of citrus flowers that lingered on well after the swallow. Overall was smooth, tart and funky in nature with a brisk acidic and carbonation nature that suited this beer just fine.

M: lively, dancing on the tongue from the abundance of carbonation. Edgy feel with a medium-full consistency it tingled the mouth and senses making this a good affair.

D: Good drinkability and good regards per style. Smooth, tart and funky. Labeled as a changing of seasons saison I picture this more suited for the cooler fall type drink rather a summer quencher. (1,624 characters)

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

A – Apricot orange with a shade of brown. Frothy white head holds up well. Ok lace.

S – Lemon citrus. Touch of sourness. Honey. Very nice raspberry note. Great nose overall, but could use just a shade more intensity.

T – Green grass, with a bitter/tart Curacao backbone. Lemon and agave nectar with a light black pepper spice a moment later. Great balance with a soft and well integrated complexity.

M – Smooth and well carbonated. Medium body. Peppery/sweet finish.

O – Delicious, restrained, complex and well balanced. (535 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw-brown, off-white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Orange rind, a pleasant funk, tropical fruit, light floral & grassy spicing.

T: Candied tropical fruit, rind, spice, modest bitterness, light tartness/funk, cotton candy, slight alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body is smooth with a slight acidity and a little residual sweetness in the finish.

D: An intriguing, drinkable brew. (393 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a hazy orange with golden yellow highlights that had a finger of head and left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. the aroma was of belgian yeast, spice, very light fruitinees, and clove like character in the background. the taste also had the belgian yeast qualities with spice and clove accents but still maintained a touch of sweet fruitiness. the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight funky, fruity, spice, and prickly finish. it drank very good and was a good interpretation of a saison. (556 characters)

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

2008 Biergotter Tasting - Day 3. Our host grub broke this one out. Thanks!
Hazed orange with a fine, off-white collar. Quite sticky with lots of lacing. The aroma was spicy with a muted malt character, rye, fruit, fairly fragrant with some earthiness and floral notes. Moderate bitterness, bready with some spicy rye and ripe fruits, lemon, a bit earthy in the malt department. Medium bodied with average carbonation that ended up being quite lively. Light warmth. A solid beer with lots of character. (501 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle picked up at the Bruery, thanks Pat and Tyler!

Pours a cloudy amber/orange, thick and big bubbled white head forms, nice lacing, good layer and ring, looks real nice! Smell is vanilla wood, spices, rye, bread, sour and lemony, wheat, very dry and excellent aroma. Taste is similar, some vanilla woodiness, spices, rye bread, lemons, wheat, dried ginger, very bready in the finish, light tartness, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, great flavours and really drinkable. I love what the Bruery is doing, classic styles with a new twist. Very enjoyable stuff and some stand up gentlemen. Thanks guys! (638 characters)

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

The head of this beer continues to gradually build long after I'm done pouring it. There's a voluptuous cap that keeps growing and growing. It looks very dense and stays put together nicely. The body of the beer is lemon yellow with orange highlights and exhibits carbonation streaking through it with a hurried pace. Nice aroma of honeyed malts speckled with black pepper. Some soft notes of anise and candy as well.

Flavor is very nice. A honeyed and candied malt base provides a sweet counterpoint to the herbal and rustic qualities of the hops. Some rye spiciness and cracked black pepper accent nicely. And just a splash of lemon tartness adds depth. Finish is nice and dry and the alcohol is barely perceptible. This is quenching and good and something I'd return to often if it were available around here. (814 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

A- Pours a beautiful golden orange color with a nice off-white head that possesses excellent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is fabulous, you would think the beer was made in Belgium if you didn't know any better judging by the aroma.

T- The taste is definitely a kicked up Saison, compared to the more subtle Saison's of Belgium. Very nice taste with some spices and a pleasant hoppy finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation making it prickly on the tongue.

D- Very nice Saison, one of the better American versions of this style.

Overall, Saison Rue is a great brew that is recommended to anyone who enjoys this style. (680 characters)

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

Another The Bruery bottle courtesy of yamar 18. Thanks for the opportunity, Kevin!

It pours a hazy orange gold with another big head of foam...must be the trademark of The Bruery beers as all of them that I've tried do not lack in foam....and lacing.

The smell is yeasty and full of citrus with some notes of pepper and a good presence of Brett. If the taste is at least close to the smell, I'm in for a treat.

The's all foam right now but I'm getting a lot of lemon zest and spice with pepper and funk. On to the liquid. Yep. The tasting of the foam = the tasting of the liquid and man, this brew has Saison written all over it. Lot's of Brett influence, nice bitterness, nice pepper notes, good yeasty flavour, lemon zest...a bit of alcoh...nah, it's hidden very well. At least while I'm sipping on it. I can't guarantee I'll say that when I'm done with the 750, though I think it's very easy drinking at this point. It definitely is, imho, very true to style. Cool.

Medium bodied with carbonation that is fairly brisk but not at the levels of the 2 Orchards. I'm down with that. Oh and second pour, the hazy turns to cloudy.

Drinkability? I'm nodding my head...yep. This is very drinkable given the abv and this is really on the higher end for the style that I've had a chance to try so it's a very good thing that they pushed the "mute" button on Saison Rue. Just sip slow and easy and I think one would have no problem finishing this "huge" bottle. Every sip has been an enjoyable drinking experience. Great brew. (1,542 characters)

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

Poured out a vibrant dark yellow and light orange, plenty of clarity and carbonation, yielding a solid 1" of head on it, pristine virgin white looking head, good retention, decent lacing. Aroma, powerful, pungent yeast cells, musty, fruity, like all kinds of different fruits.

Taste, highly carbonated effervesence helps keep things light, despite the ample flavor profile. Meandering tartness, lemon, apple, small aspect of caramel malt, the rye apparently also gives this a little bit of heft, the brett is a little bigger as I aged this one for a little over a year. Clove and spice in big form, but not distracting or dominating. A decent amount of sweetness to it. Man, this beer has a lot going in terms of different and competing flavors, but it definitely works.

I'm not a big saison guy, but I liked this one. Really complex, hid the alcohol, just a good example of it. I think I still have one bottle laying around, so hopefully that one continues to brett up. (974 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden colour with a smooth, thick white head. Good head retention.

Lovely, bright citrussy aroma with a hint of tart Brettanomyces. Lightly floral.

Bright and slightly tart with nice spicy flavour. Some great fruitiness as well. Better than most American saisons.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

A nice and intense saison with lots of great dry malt character. (392 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a pale, yet cloudy, somewhatmuddy copper and amber color. The head is just barely two fingers after the pour, but leaves no foam after a few sips.

The aroma has full sweat malts that range from marmalade and biscuits to tart apples with caramel. The brett yeast adds that tart apple aroma, but doesn't dominate the aroma or the palate. Just incorporates well.

The taste has loads of toasted mlats adding notes of bread, biscuits, and caramel. With the brett. yeast adding tart fruity flavors of green apples and currants. The hops drop an earthy twang to all of these falvors to balance them out. Very nice dinner beer. (636 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 04/11/14. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half white head that lingered around a little while. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like orange peel, apples, pear, peppery and rye spice, and some earthiness. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some banana, funk and bready/grainy malt. The rye spiciness kicks in more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink and is well carbonated. I thought was an enjoyable and refreshing brew, I liked it. $10.99 a bottle. (644 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, $9.99 in Columbus. My latest stab at Bruery beers, they haven't lived up to the hype in general (not their fault), but this one looked to be special from the rye and brettanomyces, 2 great tastes in a beer.

Popping the cap, I got an audible indication of carbonation but thankfully none of the gushing that I heard plagued earlier batches. The beer is dark copper color, a little murky and hazy, with a thick white head. The smell is very good, the first thing I note is spicy rye, after that a Belgian Pale character that's yeasty and inviting. The brett funk is there but not in a defining way, just enough to give a support to the beer. This beer, while tasty, doesn't really live up to its own aroma. There's just enough rye (an ingredient better suited to IPAs when added with a strong hand) for a Belgian-style beer, it was expertly added. The brett sourness is there but not too strong either, but the after-taste seems too bitter and astringent, like chewable aspirin or something similar. The body quality is good, peppery carbonation and satisfying mouthfeel. I think that I'll remember this beer as a good experiment but not necessarily something I'd recommend or come back to. (1,204 characters)

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

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a nice fluffy white head of foam. There's some decent spotty lacing as the head recedes.

Aromas begin with a light pilsner/bready maltiness, then you get some light doughy yeast and peppery notes. As it warms I get more of the rye spiciness, mingled with some distant notes of sugar cookies and orange blossom honey. Various fruits emerge as well highlighted by tart-scented Granny Smith apples, pears and even lemon.

The tastes begin with sweet pilsner maltiness with some sugary sugar cookie and tangy slightly sour wheat-based crackers. In the background is the complementary rye spiciness. Green apple and a bit of tart lemon cream emerge as it warms with more and more yeasty phenolic tones, along with some white pepper and pears.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is dry and phenolic with some underlying Belgian yeast and green apple.

Overall this is a great Rye ale and I great saison. Normally I find saisons boring and uninteresting but the rye maltiness makes this more more enjoyable and complex overall. A really great beer for all seasons and makes a great complementary beverage with a summer grilled dinner. (1,208 characters)

Saison Rue from The Bruery
92 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.