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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

865 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 865
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 33
Gots: 108 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoy rye, and this is a dark chocolate rye, with a creamy above average mouthfeel, well balanced, not very sweet at all,more a spicy sweetness accompanyment to my supper. Particularly good with pepper salad and quinoa. Dark, with a chocolate creamy head. Satisfying, well endowed carbonation.

Sammy, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, rye, and caramel. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.9%

djrn2, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.9%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -22.1%

zestar, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of an off white head and some pretty good lace rings as it finishes. Nose brings some spicy rye, caramel, bread, and a bit of yeast.

The taste consists of really nice bread and rye with some spice characteristics. A good dose of nice yeast flavor and some light caramel. Mouthfeel is really nice with a medium body and great carbonation levels. Drinks quite well and is quite tasty.

Thorpe429, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

acurtis, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.9%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy reddish brown in color and poured with a finger high off white head that died down rather quickly, leaving a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of rye are definitely evident in the smell.
T: Unlike the smell, the flavors of rye aren't quite as prominent in the taste as these are balanced with the underlying malts and the hops contribute a mild amount of bitterness. These flavors are cut short in the finish and do no linger into the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink; I would consider having it again because of its unique flavors.

metter98, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Texasfan549, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with tawny highlights; a huge head generates nice stickage and very tight bubbles

Smell: Dark Scandinavian rye bread and earthy tones, with hints of chocolate powder, fig and clove

Taste: Dark Scandinavian rye bread and chocolate powder, up front, with the fig and clove flavor arriving by mid-palate, when the beer turns in a slightly sour and acrid direction; after the swallow, the bread and chocolate flavors re-assert themselves and linger into the finish, though the acrid flavor is what lasts in the final analysis

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high levels of carbonation

Drinkability: Somewhat of a cross between a kvass and a dunkel; interesting, but because of the acrid finish this is not something I would want to re-visit

brentk56, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky dark caramel brown with blurry apricot edges and a massive crown of ecru colored foam born of borderline hyperactive carbonation. The foam tries to be rocky, fails in the attempt, and is starting to leave less of itself on the glass than was expected.

A slow foam ooze out the top of the bottle is not a good sign, especially from a brewery that has had carbonation issues for pretty much their entire existence. It seems like something that should be fixable, but that's just me.

Rugbrod is a type of sourdough-like Danish rye bread that inspired the creation of this ale. Kudos to the brewers because Rugbrod Julebryg-Style Dark Rye Ale smells brown malty, toasted bready, earthy, and a little tangy. Whether all that translates to the palate remains to be seen.

It does. This offering is reminiscent of an especially spicy-earthy BSDA. In other words, one that uses a signficant percentage of rye malt. The expected sourdough-like tang is appreciated, but it isn't as aggressive as the nose suggested it would be.

Specific flavors include brown bread and rye toast, hints of cocoa, fig jam, cidery apples and dustings of ground clove and black pepper. This is enjoyable beer in the end. Great job of burying the booze too. A gently warming sensation on tongue and in belly is the only evidence of its presence.

The mouthfeel isn't as bad as feared. Yeah, it's a little light and a little buzzy, but it could have been much worse. By this brewery's usual standards, it's a huge success story.

Rugbrod is a beer that BSDA lovers should enjoy. It's packed with all sorts of interesting flavors and presents them in a reasonably tidy package. With a little more attention to detail, this could be one of The Bruery's best beers.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

kjkinsey, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy dirty brown color ale with a large light brown frothy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of caramelized rye notes with some residual sugar notes is quite pleasant. Taste is also dominated by loads of rye malt notes with some caramelized sugar and malt notes and a somewhat unrefined grainy finish which is more or less pleasant. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Not the best rye beer out there but not that bad either - I could have done without the unrefined grainy notes

Phyl21ca, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.9%

GRG1313, May 26, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quite heavy pour with tons of lacing coming down the sides of the glass throughout the session, really quite nicely done.

aroma is dark fruits and malts up front with a nice kick of rye as it warms and shows its true colors. grassy and herbal and earthy with lots of things going on here. perhaps a touch of heather or something else going on in here as well. smooth and very full bodied flavors are all over this with hints of caramel, soothing earthy hops and a light dryness

mikesgroove, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

ygtbsm94, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a fluffy off-white head.

S: The nose is a bit different. The rye is present with its mild spiciness, but the other aromas are a bit muddled with some caramel and fruit.

T: A lot of different malt flavors going on here. Some caramel, rye, and perhaps even a light smokiness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: A bit disappointing, to be honest. The flavors just don't quite make sense or come together very well. The booze isn't necessarily present, but you can tell you're not drinking a 4% beer.

womencantsail, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of kylehay2004
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No head to speak of on a murky and muddy brown body without any lacing really. Aroma of raisin, milk chocolate, rye bread, molasses, hint of sour cherry. Flavor is similar but less sweet than the aroma would suggest with chocolate covered banana, fig, raisin, rye breads, hint of syrup and brown sugar. Medium body that costs the palate. Moderate carbonation. This one is excellent. Complex with nice flavors I just wish the flavors were a bit stronger but most rye beers the base beer is understated usually so I guess this is on par.

kylehay2004, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a reddish brown color with a nice looking foamy tan head on top. The smell of the beer has some spicy notes and some toasted grains. The The flavor was intersting to me, I kept getting some faint raspberry and cocoa notes in there... Not sure why. Perhaps the rye mixing with whatever else they are using give these flavors off to me. Either way, I really like the flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, with a dry aftertaste. Overall I enjoy this brew quite a bit.

Knapp85, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Issues forth an obscured, medium brown body with a tall, expansive, airy, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet, spicy nose smelling of toasted bread (crunchy crusts and all), caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of cocoa, with a spicy component of rye boosted by the Belgian yeast and a lightly tart fruitiness.

Taste: Baked dark bread with some notable toasty tones to it and brushed with a layer of sweet dark caramel sauce, cocoa powder, and dark brown sugar. Rather light touch of roast. Taste of tart, juicy hard-pitted fruits along with raisins. Zesty zip of rye grain throughout. Earthy, additionally spicy yeast character. Drying, fruity, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: In the vicinity of medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: A pleasant, flavorful, engaging beer that drinks with ease. Go on, give it a try!

ChainGangGuy, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions.

Rye bread brown with a slim off-white cap. Nice color on this one.

The nose is full of spicy, earthy bready notes, semi-sweet malts and fruitiness from the yeast.

Breadiness is also prevalent on the palate, with the spiciness of the rye coming through nicely alongside milder fruity notes. Alcohol is well hidden, and the finish dries up nicely, leaving a lingering bitterness.

I had low expectations, but this ended up being a rather nice beer.

largadeer, Nov 04, 2010
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Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.