Rugbrød - The Bruery
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4.97/5 rDev +29.1%
I actually drank this twice in one day, once off tap in a Bruery tulip, the other at home out of my growler, into a narrow mug. I'll review the growler as I felt it was better.
Overally, I love the Bruery's productions, but my one blackmark I'll give them is overcarbonation in their bottle pours. Their taps and subsequent growler fills seem to overcome this. I presume the bottling requires a bit more carbonation to deliver the punch.
So the appearance was very black and copper, and actually somewhat clear for a beer of its flavorful heft. I would be OK with a denser visual in this situation. In a tulip, it looked even lighter.
The smell is rich and malty. There is a darkness to this one, and it reminds me of waterlogged timber--highly arousing.
It tastes rich and Scottish, like ancient barrels and the forests' moss of eons past. There are some fruit highlights.
It is heavier than it looks and a joy to throw back, whether in a tulip or a mug.
03-02-2010 22:21:53 | More by jerlleutz
4.83/5 rDev +25.5%
This was such an acceptional beer! It was just drafted as I was arriving at Amsterdam Ale house on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The beer is the perfect balance of unique spicy malt, intense hops and great sweet flavor. Strong enough to be an a&&-kicker, drinkable enough to have a couple I will look for this beer again.
02-01-2010 23:08:59 | More by david18
4.75/5 rDev +23.4%
A: A deep, pu erh tea red with a raw cream head that sticks around if the beer is warm enough.
S: Caramel, clove, banana bread.
T: Bread. A nutty, almost pecan-like flavor. A dash of maple syrup, nutmeg, and bananas.
M: Slightly syrupy with a bit of spice.
O: An impressive take on a rye beer. There are elements of a weizenbock (ryezenbock?) and a character approaching a barley wine. This is probably the base for Sour In the Rye, an amazing beer in its own right. I'd love to see this aged in spirits barrels.
03-03-2014 06:14:54 | More by 01001111
4.72/5 rDev +22.6%
A- Dark burnt caramel. Thin head, but appropriate for style.
S- The smell of roasted grains and burnt toffee first come to note, followed by the smell of alcohol.
T- Definitely a melanoidin-rich beer. The bready taste is accompanied well with a toffee and roasted character. At the end, nicely ends with a taste of alcohol, which is appropriate for the style. The alcohol is not hot in nature, but rather provides a soothing warmth.
M- Carbonation is not heavy, but is perfect for the taste of the beer. Mouthfeel is a strong-medium mouthfeel and is not overpowered by carbonic acid, which would muddle the flavors of the beer.
D- For a high-gravity ale, the drinkability is excellent. Definitely not one where you would want to drink more than a couple simply due to the strength.
Overall - Fantastic beer. The first beer I've tried from the Bruery, but so good that I will not only seek out this one, but also the rest of the Bruery's works.
03-27-2010 17:45:47 | More by Cascade99
4.69/5 rDev +21.8%
Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.
A- Pours a dark brown color with a full inch of light tan head that retains well before lowering to a 1/4 inch head. Below-average lacing.
S- Sweet rye malt aroma with some hops lingering beneath the surface. Milk chocolate notes.
T- Deep flavors of caramel, chocolate and even peanut butter. The rye is used in more of a sweetness context than a spicy or roasty one like I'm used to, although there is a strong mocha aftertaste. Hops don't play a dominant role and the alcohol is hardly noticed. Decadent.
M- High carbonation as per the usual Bruery style. Full and creamy body.
O- Delicious and simple; just like everything these guys do.
03-09-2012 02:32:13 | More by Immortale25
4.68/5 rDev +21.6%
We served this slightly chilled in our new Klein Brouwerij tulips. It came out of the beer cellar at around 55F, but we chilled it for 10 minutes.
Appearance: The beer poured with a thick head about three fingers deep. The beer actually flowed out of of the bottle when we opened it. Little remaining lace. Color is a nice red amber.
Smell: Very pleasant spicy sweet scent. Smelled like Dots candy.
Taste: Has a definite rye/pumpernickle taste, but sweet. Little notes of caramel and spices, but I don't know which ones. Nice fruity tart after taste. Very tasty!
Mouthfeel: Nice tongue coating. Coated my lips, too.
It's not a session beer, but it's quite drinkable.
We were very impressed with this beer.
06-01-2010 01:01:48 | More by guess98224
4.63/5 rDev +20.3%
Poured into a tulip.
Dark ruby-red brown in color. Tan head is large and in charge. It dissipates to a thick film that stays to the end.
Aroma hits you with rye bread soaked with musty spices, old-world malts, molasses and cinnamon.
The taste provides fruit tartness up front, with caramel and bready malts underneath. The finish provides notes of cherry and the tartness comes back a little in the end as well.
Lots of carbonation. Fizzy. Crisp. Above average weight on the tongue.
Overall, this has layers and layers of flavor that I love. Combining the rye ale and old ale styles is s win/win for me.
05-25-2011 17:21:43 | More by jbertsch
4.6/5 rDev +19.5%
I'm loving this beer, so I had to review it.
An appealing, chocolate brown color, with tons of head that eventually calmed down to nice lacing. Very nice, bready, well-rounded taste, with sweet malt as well as roast and sour tones. I find it very inviting. The mouthfeel is agreeably smooth and substantial. Did I say I was pleasantly surprised?
12-17-2010 03:35:00 | More by branko7
Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 841 ratings.