Rugbrød - The Bruery

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very good

899 Ratings
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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 35
Gots: 108 | FT: 6
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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 do_ob
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a dark ruby red with a massive tan head. Spice, rye, wheat, cherries, and malt on the nose. Medium-light weight and very carbonated on the mouthfeel. A lively sourdough and spice is tasted up front with a decent bitterness accompanying middleways. Lots of rye spice and malt on the back end with a smooth, malty finish. Sour notes and dark fruit on the aftertaste. I'm also getting a very nice biscuity/choclatey flavor as this beer warms up.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer - probably my favorite offering from The Bruery so far (of the ones I've tried. of course). Not sure if my bottle got overcarbonated during bottling, but it let out a decible-defying hiss when I popped the cap, then proceeded to explode all over my table, haha. Still turned out to be a good one.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose: spicy roast, a little fresh laundry, rich, malty, fruity, prune, raisin, grape, would age nicely. Medium high effervescence, some caramel and a slight hint of chocolate. Has the rye texture and spice. Not hot, very fine soft carbonation, ½” head with very fine bubbles. Full body, smooth, some creaminess. Lingering rye and roast caramel aftertastes.

Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Bottle opens with an intense carbonation pop. Pours into the glass with a crystal clear, deep mahogany color...and very foamy...takes a three stage pour to fill the glass appropriately. The huge dark khacki head lasts a good amount of time, slowly fizzling away over several minutes. Thick sheets of lacing coat the entire surface of the glass with pronounced rings left at each resting level of the liquid.

S - Spicy rye, grainy, bread doughy, roasty malt, some earthiness, perhaps a bit of coffee.

T - Rye up front, some char/burnt malt, earthy and dry, acrid bitterness, caramel, grainy and doughy. Mild hop presence.

M - Pretty full bodied beer with a creamy mid-level carbonation.

O - Didn't know what to expect out of this one, but ended up being something I like. Defniitely a malt forward beer, but not overpowering or overly sweet. Quite bread doughy and some nice complexities mixed in.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is a dark brown, amber tinted coloring, with a foamy light, bubbly, tall, off white head that quickly settles into a low profile surface coating. Aromas of nutty sweetness, rye spice, a toasted grain backbone, and some richly sweet caramel and toffee notes. Flavors are tangy sweet and roasted forward, with a solid blend of caramel and toffee. Spicy green characteristics in the background, with a subtle sour twist to the cloyingly sweet, sugary pallet. Hints of earthy tones and smoke throughout. Slick, robust bodied, with a slightly sour and heavily rich and sweet caramel aftertaste. The finish has a decent, cloying, richly sweet, smooth linger. Pretty unique and interesting beer.

Photo of martyl1000
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

When will i learn? I simply don't like rye beers

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The brew is a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of rye whiskey and a bit of peat, The taste is sugary, peaty, reminds me of a scotch ale. Caramelized sugar is evident. Mostly sweet, yet balanced and perfectly tasty. No hint of alcohol content. Full bodied, well carbonated and crisp. Overall, this is a really unique tasting and satisfying rye beer,

Photo of NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

The Bruery - Rugbrød [JuleBryg-Style Dark Rye Ale] (750ml ---> Dogfish Head Curved Pint Glass : 8% ABV)

This brew poured a beautiful red/amber color producing a MASSIVE tan colored head formed with a slight bit carbonation assisting the retention in the cap, with decent lacing left behind... Immediately on the nose was a malty sweetness with maybe some dark berries hidden in there also, which were really the only aromas showing up on the nose... First tastes that arise are again the sweet malts, this time accompanied by a decent bit of spice that gently bites the tip of your tongue... Mid-palate tastes somewhat like a nice moist dark-berry muffin, with a decent amount of wheaty, breadiness also present... The finish is smooth, as the light amount of carbonation plays in nicely, giving the beer an almost creamy/satiny texture to finish each sip... Overall I can't really fault this beer for any personal taste reasons, and the balance I found between the sweet and the savory became better as I continued enjoying the beer... Was I extremely pleased with this beer; absolutely, but was I totally blown away; not quite, but an outstanding showing none the less!! Another good brew - Cheers!!

Photo of travolta
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: Creamy fruity head, tiny bubbles. dark, dark opaque brown. Great lacing, great retention.

Nose: Raisin, lime, lemon, green apple, cider and molasses.

Taste: Green apples, good clean light malt, molasses, lemon, finishes with aspirin, medicinal banana bread.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of fermentation, somewhat like rotting fruit
Head large (5 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 4 mm ring and 2 mm layer
Lacing poor – few islands of small bubbles, some tails from ring as level drops
Body med brown, hazy
Flavor very much like a subdued rye bread; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, creamy, soft carbonation

An odd (to my palate) beer. The flavor and aroma are unusual for a beer and not what one would actually desire to drink. It’s probably an acquired taste, but not one I’m willing to spend the time or money to acquire.

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

I had this in a pint glass and a snifter: basically the same in both. Thanx Cap'n for this.
The color was a murky brown with a fairly quick dieing head. Light lacing along the sides of the glass.
The smell has some light rye in a light spicy bready malt.
The taste had a light spicy rye with a light sweet caramel in and out. Light bitterness succumbs my taste buds a bit.
The mouthfeel was slightly sharp and intrusive with a slight fuller quality perhaps leaning to about a medium on the body. The carbonation was even slightly sharp.
Overall, okay rye beer, nothing to really go bonkers about.

Photo of stuppy
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, with amber highlights, low tan head, clarity good

Aroma: Sweet malt and dark fruits(plums), caramel, some spices, light alcohol aroma

Flavor: Sweet malts, lots of caramel, fruits such as plums, bread, spicy, pepper, low bitterness but enough to make beer cloying, alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium full body, med low carbonation,

Overall: Sweet malt and fruity, spicy that finishes with lots of caramel. Alcohol presences seems a little too much for an 8% beer.

750ml Bottle
says 092412 lot 65

Photo of BMMillsy
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with some small plates at Bottega in Yountville. Pours dark brown and mostly opaque with a big creamy off white head. Some floated in the bottom. Aroma of chocolate, spicy rye, some brown sugar sweetness. Very pleasant. Flavor follows the smell closely with some light chocolate notes, a bit of spicy rye that gives it a nice character, sweetness, some douhginess. The body is a full medium with medium carbonation. It goes down pretty easy despite having some nice heft on it. I could see this as a light winter warmer or pleasant in the summer. A really mild beer but with plenty of flavor that pairs very nicely with food. Good stuff.

Photo of 01001111
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown. Carbonation is slightly excessive.
S- For such a dark beer, I get many aspects similar to a porter or stout. Dark fruits, breadiness, spiciness, and a slight citrus character.
T- Nothing crazy about this beer. Very straightforward, rye flavored ale.
M- Medium, but no residual sweetness.
O- Same as taste. Nothing crazy.

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

The beer pours a creamy tannish off-white head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a presence around the inside of the glass and on the beer. The beer itself is as very dark brown that appears black. Leaves a lot of lacing. The smell is a nice nutty and caramel malt smell with a hint of bready notes. The hops are slightly noticeable but dominated by the different malt smells. The taste is slightly different from the smell. The malt smell is still there with caramel and bready malts but the hops are slightly more present than in the smell and in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium bodied with very little carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/30/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, pear, apple, brown sugar, brown bread, rye, toast, biscuit, molasses, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, raisin, pear, prune, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, rye, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and toast/yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, prune, pear, brown sugar, rye, biscuit, toast, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a great Belgian Rye beer. All around great balance and complexity of malt and Belgian yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Jparker37
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Good clarity to the deep mahogany beer. Tall cap of tan head. No lacing in a beer clean glass.

S - Clean/rich/nutty malty notes. Sweet caramel and hints at some red fruits. I get some spicy rye but its pretty subdued. Alcohol present as it warms.

T - Rich caramel malts all over. Plenty of ripe red fruit suggestion and yeast esters. Some rye spice fits in well with some mild hop bitterness at finish.

M - Medium-full/full body, medium-light carbonation, sweet.

O - If i didn't know this was a rye beer I probably would overlook it. Very well done, a great malty brew with dimension. Strong version of almost a scotch ale. If malty is your calling, a fresh bottle might offer more rye spice.

Judgement - Worth a try if you love malty brews.

Photo of TruePerception
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Bruery's Rugbrød, JuleBryg-Style Dark Rye Ale. 8% ABV.

A: Two fingers of pancake batter-colored head. Pink in the fluted bottom, with thin line of yellow in the very bottom. Tiny grey flecks, which appear to be clinging to the inside of the glass. Deep red. Out of the light, it looks nearly black, moving toward purple and fuchsia. Practically no lacing, with just the slightest sheeting.

S: Rye sandwich bread. Slight citrus. Slight toast. Very slight sour funk and yogurtiness. Not much to the nose, really.

T/MF: Fairly creamy texture. Slight citrus. Lightly toasted rye bread. Charred toffee sweetness in the back. A slight sourness, somewhere near lemon or soured yogurt. Slight spiciness.

Pretty good. Not up there with the Wookie Jack or w00tstout, but better than the Ruthless Rye. And, miles better than the Rye'd Piper!

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Petrus chalice.

Photo of Badger6
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle, sampled in a Tripel Karmaliet Tulip. Recommended serving temp is 50F, poured out at 54F.

A: Head is off-white, very foamy, built very quickly even with a slow pour. Mostly diminished within 3-4 minutes, some lacing on the glass. Body is very dark brown, a little light comes through on the edges. Looks very nice in the glass after the pour.

S: Distinctly malty, spice notes, with some dark fruit aromas.

T: Very malty with distinct fruits up front, spicy notes are immediately recognizable. The roast comes on in the middle and builds to a strong finish. Slight sour notes linger, no bitterness. The Belgian yeasts are distinct, but not overwhelming.

M: Body is medium, not heavy, not light. Carbonation seemed a bit heavy.

O: Another enjoyable beer from The Bruery. Fantastic use of the rye in a Belgian style. The roast and malt coupled with the spiciness of the rye were well done. The sour hints at the end were pleasing, could be mistaken for a variation of a Flemish red if rye was not imprinted on the label. While the body was nice, the carbonation was a bit excessive, not a turn off, but it could be less.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer that really does like rye bread (well, maybe more like pumpernickel). Pours a bit thick and slightly cloudy, but with a nice head. A touch of sour graininess in the nose, but otherwise dusty grain and some dry malt- a bit like Wasa crackers. The taste lacks the grainy sourness, but has even more of the crackery rye maltiness, with just a touch of sweetness on the end and a bit of the bitter chocolate note sometimes found with rye. Smooth and well rounded, and quite easy to drink. Nice.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Off white head fades fast. Body is opaque dark brown.

S: Deep fruit flavor and spice. Slight coffee/roasted note as well.

T: Much like the smell, fruit up front followed by a touch of roast later. The whole thing seems to have a belgian yeast character, though that fruitiness could be from somewhere else.

M: Slightly thin, though there is some higher carbonation to balance it out.

O: This is something like a Belgian rye porter. Very nice beer.

Photo of fourstringer
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle in to a Duvel tulip with a moderate hand. Label reads 9/24/12, Lot 653.

A: Very dark brown with a reddish tint. 2 fingers tan head with ok retention. Slight lacing. Nice body on this one.

S: Belgian yeast with some light funk, earthiness. Faint roasted malt. Apple cider. Sour rye. Lacking in potency compared with the flavor.

T: Tangy, roasted malts with bittersweet quality. Spice and mild sourness from the rye. Slight dark fruit. Fairly dry finish with dark chocolate, toffee notes. Slight alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with moderate body. Nice feel with a slight bite that seems fitting. Accentuates the rye notes.

O: Drinks like a stingo - and definitely grew on me as it went along. Really opened up as it warmed. Spicy, malty and tangy with some nice roasted notes. Good stuff.

Prost!

Photo of Joshpu
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured a hazy dark reddish-brown with a large finger of beige head.

S: Smells a lot like a Belgian quad, dark fruits. Also getting the rye and spices. Smells pretty sweet.

T: Sweet dark fruit malts, fig, plum, sweet apple. Rye and spice on the end. The rye comes out much more as the beer warms.

M: Medium to full bodied. Similar carbonation to a Belgian quad. At first it hits you with the sweetness then has a light finish.

Overall a good winter beer. Drinks a lot like a Belgian quad, definitely on the sweeter side. I was expecting to get much more rye, as opposed to the sweeter quad-like characteristics. If you don't like sweet beers, you may not like this. This is actually one of the few beers that I would rather drink right out of the fridge, as opposed to letting it warm. Didn't taste as good as it warmed.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a flute.

Appearance: very dark brownish amber, cloudy as it gets and a steady orange tinted white head that rose to maybe just under a finger's length.

Smell: you might need to let it warm as the beer release it's yeasty notes.

Taste: This is a nice complex brew, sweet..almost raisin like with a bready and yeast feel that becomes very addicting. Slight sourness which the feel has some burnt sugars to it. I wouldn't drink it to cold as it neutralizes some of the flavors, I had to let my glass sit just a little bit and you feel.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, not too sticky but ridiculously smooth and sweet honey finish.

Overall: grabbed this a few months back on my trip to PA and if I see it over here back in NY I would definitely grab it again. Might be best served after dessert..or better yet make this your dessert. Salud!

Photo of brewskifan55
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, light brown with a tan half-finger head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing.

S: Rye comes in strong with chocolate and malts

T: Follows nose. Smooth, sweet. I'm a sucker for rye.

M: Light to medium with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: A great sipper. Recommended.

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Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 899 ratings.