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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

846 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 34
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

10-24-2010 01:24:27 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

03-02-2013 03:54:59 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

12-02-2012 07:38:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-27-2011 06:14:23 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

10-23-2010 02:09:13 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-25-2011 03:29:53 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

01-01-2011 05:57:13 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

10-28-2010 13:05:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

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

07-03-2010 21:43:43 | More by brentk56
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-19-2014 22:22:41 | More by acurtis
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zestar

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

10-24-2013 07:41:39 | More by zestar
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -20.8%

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

01-07-2011 20:27:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

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

11-21-2011 03:01:41 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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.

01-18-2010 03:50:24 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-27-2012 20:57:29 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-28-2012 01:50:48 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-26-2013 21:02:37 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-14-2011 00:22:38 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-26-2013 01:13:49 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +6%

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.

12-16-2012 03:17:42 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

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!

03-02-2010 00:16:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

09-24-2011 17:00:01 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

09-27-2011 03:42:55 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-14-2011 22:38:14 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

06-30-2010 01:59:37 | More by zeff80
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Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 846 ratings.