Rugbrød - The Bruery

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Reviews: 347
Hads: 901
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

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Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
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 (790 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

another adventurous beer from the bruery. the pour on this one is mahogany, richly cherry in color, somewhere between a red ale and a brown ale, with a few thin inches of white fluff thats fades fast. the aroma of his beer is highly unique, combining red malts, a boatload of rye, peppery yeast, and a decent level of residual sugar, although i didnt find this to taste nearly as sweet as i thought it would. to me the rye was dominant, but it was dry in feel in the middle of a runny textured brew that shouldnt have finished that way. still, i liked the way this featured rye, compared to so many rye india pale ales and rye porters out there. the malt bill allowed the rye to stand out, and the alcohol level is perfect. i wished for more body or more carbonation or both, but i enjoyed the compelxity of this and think it might do well with some age on it. not my favorite bruery offering, but again something original and high quality. (940 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
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 (550 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,740 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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 (478 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly cloudy, burgundy color with a two-finger, light brown colored head. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of rye and rich malts. There was a light chocolate aroma underneath the malt and rye.

T - It tasted of bready malt, rye and some sweet chocolate malt. It had just enough bitterness to provide some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied rye beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good rye beer. No surprise that The Bruery cranked out yet another. (528 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
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! (829 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a towering two and a half finger head of light tan foam on top of an opaque, brown body. The head fades away slowly and leaves light lace.

S - Notes of chocolate, nutty caramel, and toffee. Some spicy yeast and red apple in the background.

T - Dense, bready malt up front with lots of rye and chocolate. Lots of caramel in the middle with more bittersweet chocolate and some raisin notes. Finishes with red apple yeast character and spicy rye notes that linger on the palate.

M - A thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Thick, sweet and really drinkable despite its strength. It is complex, not on the level of an imperial stout, but it has a lot of different caramel and brown malt characteristics that add depth without ever making the beer cloying. It has a very bready character with notes of spice cake and caramel apples. I would love to see a rum or whiskey barrel aged version of this. I would like to put a bottle of this away for a few years because it reminds me in some ways of JW Lee's Harvest Ale and it would be interesting to see if it ages as well as that beer does. (1,131 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Finally revisiting this beer after well over a year. Just couldn't remember it very well... It pours a clear amber-garnet topped by a finger-and-a-half of light cream-tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, pumpernickel, fig, brown sugar, graham crackers, light mandarin orange, and a bit of light lemon zest that jumps up front but fades into the darkness of nothingness fairly quickly. The taste holds notes of fig, mandarin orange syrup, toasted rye bread, brown sugar, light molasses, light chocolate powder, light red apple skin, that same light lemon zest from the smell, and banana. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a feel that really wants to be chewy (but just doesn't quite make it). Overall, a pretty nice rye beer, an interesting and different take on the style than I'm used to. Not bad at all. (894 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery RUGBRøD; tasted 21 January 2011.

No freshness date can be found on the bottle, but my sample was long-standing, and chilled below 40˚F for several months.

"Unfiltered, Bottle-Conditioned"

A rough pour brought up a massive head of yellowed tan atop a hazy colored copper body. It looked a little bit like a cola, and to be honest, it smelled a bit the same as well. Held to the ear, the receding head audibly 'crinkled' like rice crispies in milk! The head retention was good, but the lacing was far more limited. What I eventually ended up with was a solid collar of creamy yellowed tan around the perimiter, and minor spotting dripping from along the sides of the glass.

I picked up a bit of spice in the nose, but I couldn't place it. I thought slightly of mint, and slightly of cinnamon, but not particularly of rye. However, I was greatly reminded of a beer that I'd brewed previously at the Manayunk Brewing Company with rye (both flaked and whole) - it brought me right back - so, maybe I was picking up rye! I think the dark caramel malt, yeasty fruitiness, and hops skew it a bit, and therefore you don't get it just as "rye"..

The flavor was sharp, fruity, and a touch spicy, with obvious notes of dark sugar. It remained more straightforwardly caramelish though, and didn't stray beyond darkened sugar into 'burnt' sugar. I'm not sure about the hops, but I do get a touch of mint in the finish. And, of course there's a spiciness to it, but I don't know how much of that may be rye, or how much may be hops. It's well-balanced, focusing caramelish malt, dark fruitiness, and spice in an equal triangle that's not unlike a holiday cake of some sort. (Hmmm... Nice. Perhaps this would make a great Thanksgiving or Xmas dinner beer to share with uncle Chet who thinks that Sam Adam's Old Fezziwig is the end of the line). A gentle bitterness supports it (not much is needed because of the spicy edge); and at 8% alc./vol. it's surprisingly soft and smooth across the palate. From start to finish it's very direct and one-sided, but it's still fairly complex despite its focus. The rye adds a level of polish to what might otherwise simply be a dark amber ale. And it's surprisingly drinkable once it warms a bit and the gently tart edge wanes.

So what to say about drinkability? I have to state that in my experience rye is a very "love it or hate it" grain within brewing; and perhaps in baking as well. It makes itself known, and if you're not particularly inclined to the flavor and aroma of it you might find it 'cagey' or 'fence-like', and hard to get at; meaning it distracts you from what's really inside. It's strong enough to redirect your attention and taste buds so that you don't see it for what it really is. And OK, I get that. I enjoyed it greatly, but I don't think most imbibers will find it quite as charming, thus a 4.0 for scoring. Still, I would say that it's certainly worth trying for nothing more than to get a better sense of what rye can do in a beer. (3,008 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark rye malts, caramel, some dark fruit, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a very hearty roasted rye malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of dark fruit, caramel and a little spice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's something a little different and is a good beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for this type of beer. (840 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NC last summer...

Opens with a touch of gushing, pours a ruddy brown/chestnut with a finger of tan head. Gushing continues albeit slowly as this warms, me thinks I should've drank this a month or so ago.. Average head retention or lacing. As advertised floaties show up at the bottom the bottle `

S: Some toasty malt, figs & vanilla once warm

T: Brown bread, some rye crispness & caramel, dryness as well up front. Some oaky & rye whisky notes as this warms, plus & boozey warmth, pears, plus caramel. Finishes crisp with figgyness, slight whisky notes & a touch of pecan

MF: Carbonation is a bit too stiff, medium bodied, some stickeyness & alright balance. Starts to thin out a bit once warm, the carbonation finally settles down a bit

Drinks easy, enough, not a great take on the style, but I would pick it up again... (845 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep mahogany hue with a khaki tan head forms thin speckled lacing around the sides of my glass. Body is semi clouded hard to see light through the glass. Aromatics come correct with slight chocolate cocoa powder note with a spicy rye edge, a touch of caramel and herbal hops in the background. Liquid rye bread not nearly as far as a Kvass but it's in the same ballpark. Flavor is just a nice wave of creamy chocolate chip cookie dough with slight bitter dark toffee/caramel notes. A big slew of malty tone with some spicy herbal and spicy rye edges coming through, a beer I could get down with occasionally but I desire more hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even soft carbonation rolls along smooth enough, no complaints here for sure. Drinkability overall is a nice dessert or appertif brew, that will allow nice bread, chocolate, and spicy rye edges flourish. It didn't over power my palate in anyway, a solid offering I'd like to see more Danish rye brews around. (978 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a 14oz stem-goblet at the now defunct Bruery Provisions. Cost was $6.00 USD. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of good cream and good thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a very dark auburn. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Nuts, malt, rye, bready notes, fruity esters accompanied by an artificial sweetness, and cherry pie filling/crust. Quite sugary; brown sugar is prominent. Intriguing, if a bit too sweet.

T: Fruity and sweet, with coarse rye dragging its finer notes out. Cherry pie filling up front. Heavy malty body. Too sugary towards the finish. Lacks subtlety. Kind of messy; unfocused. What happened to the nuts? The fruit is poorly handled. Bits of poorly executed dark fruit underwhelm.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Some creamy quality. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick. Unnecessarily heavy on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable but not unique or special. It's a decent brown ale and pushes limits, but the end result isn't great. I wouldn't get it again. Overpriced (in classic Bruery fashion).

C+ (1,100 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bangers & Lace. Served in a wezien-style taster glass.

A - Finger of white foam settles to a thick collar, partial cap, and nice lacework. Orange-brown body with light transparency to it.

S - Rye malt, milled grains, biscuits, milk chocolate, nuts, and honey.

T - Taste is also quite nice, with a mix of rye malt, milk chocolate, caramel, and some fruity, estery yeast. It's a touch too sweet to drink in large quantities but the alcohol is very well-hidden.

M - Smooth and creamy texture, medium-full body, with lower carbonation levels. No alcohol warmth present.

D - This is pretty easy to drink, although I suspect the sweetness would become fatiguing after 750ml. I liked this better than I remembered and may have to revisit this in a larger glass in the near future. (788 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery Rugbrod
JuleBrygrg-style Dark Rye Ale

Beautiful auburn color, lighter at foot, with a prodigious light cocoa head. Creamy, and long-lasting.

Aroma: warm and malty, spicy, earthy...

Taste: more warm, more malt, more earth...dark fruit, a bit of the fig, dates, but more bready than anything else. Caramel-y, sweet meets spice. Gets bigger and richer as we go. Plump figgy flavor, with dark, spicy bready malt, Tasty, warm, and wonderful.

Medium bodied, fully flavored, and very drinkable. This is yum. Mmmm, mmm.
Me likey. (538 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 01/20/12 notes. Have actually never had this one before...used to see bottles all the time and then they stopped showing up at my stores, so was glad to finally try it at Hopleaf in Chicago. 8 oz. pour. Review #2,400.

a - Pours a murky, mahogany brown color with a reddish tint to it, one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cherries, dark fruits, rye, fruity malts, toasted malts, biscuit, bread, wheat, spices. Nice cherry to it, and the rye comes through a decent amount. Pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of cherries, raisins, dark fruity malts, bready malts, rye, some toasted malts, and some spice and pepper. More dark fruits here and less rye, but I like it just as much as the nose.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Slightly too carbonated, otherwise easy to drink overall.

o - Overall a really nice rye beer. Lots of cherries and rye in the nose, and more raisins and dark fruits in the taste. Easy to drink, something I would definitely revisit in the future. (1,015 characters)

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Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.