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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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87
very good

348 Reviews
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Reviews: 348
Hads: 904
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 36
Gots: 107 | FT: 5
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of cichief
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big 750 ml bottle.

A- Poured a deep amber with a nice tan head, beautiful.

S- Somewhat sweet and bready, malty and yeasty, little hop presence.

T- Somewhat yeasty, with a little sourness (like a nice Belgian), the rye what powerful, without being overpowering.

M- Smooth, coated the tongue well, not overly effervescent.

D- Refreshing for a darker beer, very likable indeed. (393 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bold dark brown to settle murky and blacker in the glass and grows one wildly tall topping of light tanned foam that can be scooped at if needed. The foam reseeds slowly and finally resets at about a half inch of oatmealy girth and big bits of lace shelf out in very thick cob webby lacing.

Aroma if soft and supple like that of a great Dunkel with an alluring dark sweet breadyness touching on cocoa, nuts, bread crusts, ever so slight banana and rye spice top it off.

Taste is all sorts of soft yummy dark bready sweetness. Lofty, full, semi crisp, kind of dulled in that respect but does carry a dry bready edge and big rounded carbonation of pale and dark rye malt. Has a complexity that's soft and exploits lots of style late as it settles across the palate. Bready cocoa, banana, nuts, caramel, and touched with a simple tug of rye spice perks at just the right spots. Nothing overwhelming or standing out more then another. A nice balance of flavors and tonality that sits incredibly well together for one fine tasty bready treat.

Body is nearly full with a moderate carbonation thats rounded into a soft bready tone and sweetens up as it sinks well into a creamy malted finish where the flavors really melt together and create lots of its fun and complexity.

Even though it comes in at 8%, it drinks as easy as any Dunkelweizen. Its soft simple nature just begs to be downed. Remarkabley yummy stuff. A seemingly simple brue, but not. (1,446 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip- pours a dark brown cherry color with 1.5 fingers of head, a modest ring of foam lingers throughout, and a few spots of lacing.

Smell is of rye and booze- rich malty notes, a sharp rye smell and booze.

Tastes like the beer version of pumpernickel bread- delicious. Some bitterness up front followed by rich malt flavor; the rye develops sharply I'm the middle and then s,oaths back out into a yeasty, rye, and slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel oIs perfectly appropriate- full bodied, well carbonated, rich. I got this beer and then made some pork tenderloin to pair with it and it was excellent. (629 characters)

Photo of telecomz
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. It lives up to its name like very few beers.

RYE. BREAD.

It has the spiciness promised by a rye-based brew and the malt and yeasts and general 'breadiness' is, if you like malt, yeast and breadiness, wonderful. The beer is not perfect. Mine was a bit too hot. Nothing a little tempering wouldn't hurt.

I've put my (3) to sleep for a few months. (373 characters)

Photo of bartle
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Viggo!

wa-pow! foam! Underneath is a cool looking mahogany body, slightly cloudy. Aside from the massive foam it does look very appealing. The lacing was rather attractive.

The aroma is of sourdough rye. More rye than anything, some belgian yeast character, spicy, ripe fruits, some caramel and roast, almost chocolatey. There is an underlying funkiness going on. It's not strong, but it's there. It adds a complexity to it.

The taste is full of roast and rye. It's got a nice toasted bread character to it. Lots of caramel sweetness, some delicate vanilla tones. Again some more spices, some warming sensations, more fruit character, and a touch of tartness. There is a little bitterness from the grain bill and topped off by a dry finish make this a fantastic balance. Rye forward and delicious.

The carbonation is really high taking the mouthfeel down a whole lot, but it's still got a lot of body. It has a little astringency, but just enough to snap off the dry finish and maybe add to a perceived bitterness.

I really dig this beer. I can really appreciate this style and I find this very drinkable. I wish this were readily available.

Again, thanks, because this ruled. I'm glad to be able to have had this. (1,228 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super cloudy brown-red with a finger of frothy brownish head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is full of rye spiciness and some dark fruit sweetness. There is also some biscuit, caramelized sugar, residual sugar, and a hint booze.

T - Starts off with some dark fruit flavor with some raisin and plum sweetness alongside some biscuit malt. Through the middle some caramelized sugars come through alongside some stronger dark fruit flavor and some earthy and spicy rye flavor. The finish is a mix of rich caramel malt, rye, residual sugar, and dark fruit sweetness that all linger together.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, spicy, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. The combination of strong rye notes with the dark fruit and rich caramelized notes are excellent together. The body is big enough to hold all of the flavor and the overall beer is nicely balanced. (975 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

seemed a bit thick in the pour. deep, dark almost neon magenta through the duvel glass with a tan, tight bubble topping.
not getting much in the smell except an effervescent alcohol smell. a little spice too?
taste is... different. got some earthiness to it. unexplainable in my vocabulary of knowledge but not bad. "julebrig-style dark rye ale" it says on the label. there is a slight tangy bitterness and a slight prune-y taste.
medium to heavy in feel. The Bruery is relatively local but i still havent made it to their sampling room. their beers seem to have a little twist to each of them and are of a higher abv value. for the most part they have all been drinkable- nothing too obscene, and this is another decent brew from them. it's another adventurous endeavor and in the context of evaluating this one as a stand alone (and not compared to others i have just had or what i may have been expecting from this) this is a very worthy brew. (946 characters)

Photo of weatherdog
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL

It pours a muddy brown with a quickly dissipating head. A small ring of bubbles line the edge of the glass.

The nose is very reminiscent of rye bread. It's the most dominating rye smell I've ever had in a rye beer. It's just loaded with spiciness, breadiness and malt. I think this beer is now a benchmark on how much rye smell can be packed into a beer

The taste has an upfront caramel sweetness to it that then transforms into this rye spicy rye taste in level which are present in the nose. A level of bitterness is there in just enough force to balance the beer from becoming a malt bomb. I'm unsure of the percentage of malt used in this beer but it has to be fairly high since this beer is just dominated by this heavy rye flavor. I'm really liking how aggressive it is and his beer screams rye.

The carbonation is at a medium level and the mouthfeel is pretty full bodied which helps the beer feel like a liquid loaf of rye bread. It hides the ABV perfectly without even a trace of alcohol smell of taste hitting my nose or mouth. It's really a great beer that defines the style for me currently. (1,142 characters)

Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Bruery Tulip glass at about 50 degrees.

Rugbrod pours a clear brown with a thick off-white froth. Caramel, roasted nuts, Belgian fruitiness (I get mostly banana & dark berries), baking spices, and light coffee show on the nose and are joined with a light chocolatiness on the palate. There is a little heat that I get on the finish, but overall this is a fantastic brew! Bought at the Bruery for $8 and worth every pennny! (435 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml magnum into a strange glass. Pours a muddy, melted chocolate color, with auburn highlights through the bottom of the glass. A three-finger tan head takes a while to reduce, no doubt due to the bottle conditioning of this brew.

Smells like a bakery, very malty, with tons of rye, pumpernickle, and toffee notes. Earthy, oaky, and bready, this smell evokes a warm bakery on a cold evening. Smokey, with hints of hops as well, this is like so many Bruery beers; complex and layered in its nose.

Malty, with tons of grapes, apricots, and plums, this is a rye experience. Earthy, with oak, pumpernickle, peat and burnt barley, this has a nice smokiness that finishes with a decent hop bitter. Somewhat reminiscent of a scotch ale, but with even more rye.

Medium bodied, this has a nice dry finish.

Overall, an awesome beer, one I would definitley pick up again. It is simply unlike any beer I've had before; then again, I imagine that is a common phrase that is used when describing beers brewed at the Bruery. Get it and try it! (1,047 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit more research for my next brew (on top of the smoke brews of the past few days).

Poured into a standard pint glass, huge head, dense but light as well, color is light tan. Color is dark amber, translucent, feint carbonation.

Smell is malted, sweet rye, with hints of tart cherries and notes of smoke and bread, very interesting.

Taste comes through slightly sweet and tart mixed with rye malt sweetness, and crispness. It hints at tasting like a bread and then brings you back with the tart sweetness. The rye flavor comes through in the sweetness and crispness in the finish. Hop bitterness is there, but tough to distinguish from the rye spice.

Mouthfeel is interesting, it hints the tongue strong with flavors throughout, but tart, sweet, rye spice balance works very well. Tough to believe this is 8%abv.

Overall, this is one interesting brew, tart, sweet, crisp, slightly bitter. I'm really liking the spicey sweetness of rye beers. (949 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent light coffee brown, with a good sized head that lingers, leaving lace traces on the glass.

Smells of coffee, brown sugar, raisins, dried cherries, cloves, hay, and a bit of ginger. A bit of an earthy dirt/horse stable smell.

This tastes strongly of rye malts, powdered dark chocolate, ginger bread. It is drier than the sugar in the nose would suggest, which makes it even better. Finishes with some bitter hops and bitter chocolate. The flavors are all well balanced.

At 8 percent ABV, this beer is highly drinkable. Each taste begets another. A really fine and different beer that would go well with some earthy, dark food, like a lamb and mushroom stew, or, for dessert, a winter-style spice cake. Or, nice to sip by the fireplace on a cold winter evening. (784 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice two finger head on an aggressive pour. Head is off-white and laden with foam... Brew is near blood red.

Tons of rye in the nose. Earthy. Bitter. Banana. Bread-y.

Bitter. Dry. High carbonation. Heat-y. Solid. Yeasty. Bread-y. Slight spree (tart) flavors, but not overly sugar-y. A bit of funk from the barn on the nose.

Exactly what I was looking for when I grabbed this brew... it's recommended and should be sought after. (431 characters)

Photo of MoJoe
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep burgundy/near black cloudy beer with a very full rolling tan head after a slight pour.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla extract, molasses and baked cookies. With a hint of mint.

Smooth malty flavors hinged with rye leading way to bitter-sweet chocolate and caramel. Nice hop balance. Just enough to cleanse the pallete. Slight sugar cookie flavor intertwining the chocolat and caramel. Ends with warming alcohol/mellow rye after taste.

Nice rounded body. Full but not over doing it. Heavily carbonated.

Great drinkability considering the heavy flavors being delt with. (575 characters)

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this very much
Beautifully dark and auburn highlights, little lacing
On the nose it's almost like a glazed doughnut, really giving warning that the beer was going to be sweeter than anticipated at purchase.
Taste is for the sweet tooth. Chocolate, caramel, bready malt. It strikes me as a chocolate chip cookie with some honey drizzled on it. It's for me, I would understand someone else not liking it.
The mouthfeel was perfect for the sweetness, this is a beer I would serve for dessert and I would serve to friends.
I had this as an after dinner beer and it was perfect. It's not your your 1st quarter Monday night football beer, but it is marvelously made and beautifully unique for an evening finisher. (721 characters)

Photo of branko7
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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? (346 characters)

Photo of guess98224
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (715 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (612 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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. (712 characters)

Photo of Cascade99
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (949 characters)

Photo of 01001111
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. (516 characters)

Photo of david18
4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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. (325 characters)

Photo of jerlleutz
4.97/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (960 characters)

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Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.