Rugbrød - The Bruery

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Reviews: 347
Hads: 903
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 18.56%
Wants: 36
Gots: 108 | FT: 6
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The Bruery visit their website
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 MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours auburn with a sizeable off-white to tan head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is robust - caramel, toffee, sourdough and minty rye.

The taste is sweet and sour - caramel/toffee with sour and bread. Minty, dry finish.

Full-bodied. Prickly carbonation, yet remains thick-ish.

Very drinkable with a malty smoothness. Alcohol covered exceptionally well. Sweet and sour with a minty touch. A very interesting, enjoyable brew!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love rye beers and I was really looking forward to this and I was really let down. There wasn't much rye flavor in it at all. I'm debating whether or not I should go buy a bottle of it to see if its different.

Served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is brown and really hazy. Forms a thin broken head with low carbonation and almost no lacing. Looks fine, not sure what I expected but this is approximately it.

Aroma is a mixture of sweet and roast. Was not expecting the roast at all. I can't pick up any rye character at all.

Beer is smooth and finishes completely. There is a nice sweetness up front but then the beer falls flat. There is almost nothing after that. No rye flavor, a slight roast but I don't even care about that. Its a little too thin for my tastes and this beer is really boring me.

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Photo of mothman
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a huge light tan head. Good retention but not a lot of lace. Color is a ruby hued bark brown. Very dark.

Aroma: A huge amount of rye, some spices, very malty. Just a load of rye and it just isn't impressing me.

Taste: a lot of smokey/roasted malts. Huge rye flavors. Some spices and dried fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: very roasted, however it has a nice amount of carbonation which makes it refreshing. A lighter bodied beer. Ends with a very dry aftertaste that is burnt and full of rye.

Overall, a lit bit of a let down here. I normally love rye beers, but this one was a bit to much for me. Not something I enjoyed a lot of. I probably won't be having this again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very spicy rye component with some caramel malt sweetness to add some balance. The taste is decent. It has a solid malt bill which consists of caramel malts and rye. It's spicy as hell with a nice Belgian yeast character. It goes down easy with a dry, roasted, bitter feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good rye beer. It's not hidden at all. It's rye right in your face.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this beer.

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is chocolate with some rye. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, rye, smoke and some dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The rye doesn't stand out as much as I thought it would, but it is still present and overall, the beer is very nice.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured a dark brown mahogany color with a thick off white head. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a lot of Belgian yeasty flavors with some spices and rye. Taste has a lot of re present but the sweet caramely malt also comes through. Some spiciness and Belgian yeast also comes through. The rye flavor is very appealing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Drinkability is good, but as expected it's not something I would drink all night. A bottle shared with a few friends was a very good purchase.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy dark amber color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: caramel, some earthy tones, and a bit of a bread tone also.

Taste: caramel, rye, yeast, a hint of sour dark plums, and a touch of spiciness late. Alcohol is barely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of dryness late. Aftertaste is long.

Drinkability: nice slow sipping beer. After finishing the bottle I could have had another glass. Nice beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to whoever brought this at Stone Soup.

Rugbrød is a pretty dark one for a rye beer. This is the 2nd darkest I've seen right under Bell's Rye stout. Dark brown, light black shade with a tanish cap up top with no traces left behind on the glass. Smell is of roasted malt and cocco packed in with rye malt scent. Some old hop flavor with trace amounts of caramel. Taste is bold to say the least. Different. A rye beer with a Bruery twist. I get some smoke and some spicy notes mid palate finishing off with some cocco and heat in the finish. Feel is medium with crisp carb. A spicy finish on this one with a twinge of heat in the finish. Not my favorite rye beer and not my favorite Bruery beer. I could not even imagine trying to tackle a whole bottle of this alone. Im interested in cooking with it though.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery, on to the beer:

Deep leather brown color. Bread crust, nuts, and a pinch of fruity yeast in the nose. It a brown ale. Nutty, bread crust...the yeast adds a layer of dark fruits to the profile. At first, the beer numbs part of the palate, but that feeling eventually goes away (it's not like it was supercarbonated). Medium bodied. Pleasant long lingering aftertatste of nuts.

I can give this "rye brown ale" my seal of approval. Another Bruery recommendaton.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid beer from the Bruery. Pours a dark ruby color, that somewhat glows. Small head on it, clean lacing.

Belgian yeasty aroma, sweet caramel malt and spice. the rye really comes out, almost seems hot.

Yup, rye is dominant in the flavor. Spicy and bready with the yeast brining in florals. Sweet candied caramel and sharp apple.

The carbonation really blends well with the rye spice. Cleansing the palate to allow the malt to provide a soft finish. Clean and crisp in the end. Nice.

Not perfect, I think the yeast is a bit much and while it does blend well with the rye, it seems the rye is held back.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at The Bruery, Review 2.0, entering this back in after the crash,

A: Pours brown with a nice creamy, frothy white head.

S: Notes of strong dark bread, rye, cinnamon.

T: Flavour is very similar to the smell, heavy on the brown bread, spicy rye, some molasses and winter type spices.

M: Pretty smooth, medium-bodied, lighter than I expected for 8%, possibly due to the cask.

D: A nice solid effort from Pat and Co., this may be their new year-round. I expected a little bigger attack from the flavours with this much malt and at 8%, nevertheless, a quite enjoyable new brew.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

So far I've been unimpressed by the Bruery beers I've tried, but I generally like Rye beers, which baseless illformed opinion will win out??? The beer pours a nice looking rubyish mahogany, relatively clear and a thick, dense light tan head with plenty of lacing and ok retention. So far so good. Aroma is certainly rye forward, with associated spiciness and mild caramel and malt sweetness. However, the sweet and spicy don't blend well and the dry bready rye aroma dominates. As this beer hits the front and back of the palate, its like drinking two different beers. In the front it's sweeter and malty, some Belgian yeast, in general rather pleasant. As it moves further back the tongue and finishes it has a potent, strong dry bready rye and spice character that isn't very well balanced with the sweet. Well, looks like my general apathy of the Bruery's beers has summoned the strength to defeat my affinity for rye beers, as this comes off as a challenging to drink, unbalanced notion of a good idea.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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,

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of corby112
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Kraftwork.

Pours a murky dark chocolate/chestnut brown color with yellowish beige hues when held to a light source. Completely opaque with a half finger off white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing.

Earthy yet sweet malt aroma with hints of toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, hazelnut and rye. Slightly leathery nose with some bready yeast. Also slightly solvent with subtle hints if dark fruit.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with soft carbonation and earthy hops up front that are countered by a sweet yet leathery malt backbone. Hints if caramel, chocolate and toffee along with some dark fruit, mostly date fig prune and raisin. There is also a slight peppery spice character and a noticeable alcohol sweetness. The ABV is masked where heat is concerned but I'm still picking up some alcohol sweetness. Not much rye and it tastes more like a tame barleywine.

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Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Murky brown colored beer with a tall light brown colored head.

Smell is sour and spicy. Caramel and rye bread without caraway seeds and yeast about sums up this aroma. Definite Sourdough funk here.

Starts out sweet and sour and spicy quite a lot like Flemish Brown Ale. Flavor is tamer than the smell; I thought I had a soured bottle at first. Some malt roast and chocolate and a little Russian Brown Bread round up the flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. Not really what I would call a good beer, too sour.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sharing a bottle with @LaitueGonflable and @thescotdownunder which I brought back from California. Always love sharing beer with good friends.

Pours a deep red colour, very red, in fact, almost like black cherry juice, with a huge and frothy head of beige bubbles. Not much to the body, especially considering it's 8%. Head leaves little lacing. Love the colour, but I'm a little bemused at the rest of the appearance.

Not a huge amount on the nose, although there's a little acidity and a bit of grainy malt. As it warms a little, there are some odd bubblegum characters, along with some more sophisticated rye notes. But it's not an incredibly robust nose.

Taste is also a little lacklustre, quite a thin body, with overly bombastic carbonation, reasonably weak for the most part before a slight upturn in roasted malt and rye characters on the back. There's an odd acidity running through it, which may be put down to the rye. It's decent, but there's something a little uninspiring about it. Carbonation hurts the feel, and leaves it a little bloating.

I've had better rye beers, and better beers in general. This is just a little too flat, a little too devoid of character to be truly inspiring. Drinkable enough, and the 8% is well hidden, but I was hoping for something much better.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to spycow for this beer.


Poured into a chalice a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some raisins, figs, and plums, with some spice, and caramel. The taste is malty, slighlty sweet, spicy, dry, with some dark fruit notes, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a jet brown dense body with a thick tan head and it last most of the glass.
S- This beer has a roasted coffee note with a dark stewed prunes and charred notes finishing with a dark nougat note.
T- The roasted notes with a hint of charcoal are followed by a green raisins and prune flavor with a dark nougat flavor leading to a soft tartness in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a scrubbing fizzy finish.
D- This beer has full roasted notes with the charred flavors and dark nougat dominating and tasting a bit odd.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a snifter at O'Reilly's.

A: Damn, this beer looks thick. Darkened like a loaf of rye bread, the ale is opaque. The combination of those two aspects is imposing, resting patiently under an off-white head.

S: The nose is plenty rye, dark with a distinct anisey sweetness with pepper in tow. Sweetness is ample, a nice pairing with the rye darkness.

T: Rich darkness, a surprising amount of rye packed into this glass. The rye is toasted, with pepper and anise in strong supply. The latter lends a licorice sweetness. The ale isn't weighed down. Instead, the abundant rye keeps the flavor profile moving along nicely. Sweet roasted flavors linger.

M: The rye drives the mouthfeel, smooth with plenty of out-of-the-ordinary flavors.

O: Very impressive. The rye is abundant, a rich character within the ale.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Massive head settled into a dense cream ~3 fingers high in a pint glass, leaving a nice lace along the way. Medium grade maple syrup in color.

S - Bright acidic booze overwhelms otherwise pleasant flavors of pink peppercorn and spicy tarragon.

T - Soft, rolling, pumpernickel-like breadyness. Oak, almonds, caramel, and heavy cream. It's a bigger profile than I was expecting, and it took a few sips to get used to, but it really grew on me by the end.

M - Think and creamy. The mouthfeel pulls the profile out and really gives you a chance to anchor yourself around each of the flavors. It's fairly heavy lifting for your palate - not a beer to session to.

O - Intensely heavy mouthfeel. Round and well balanced flavor.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inflatablechair brought this over a couple weeks ago and shared with me and buckeyeboy... Thanks Sam... This was pretty far off my radar... reviewed from paper notes.

Sandy head.. clear amber.. nice highlites.. descent lacing.

Nose has some spiciness and a fair amount of lite caramel.. a bit herbal hoppiness.

Flavor has some light chocolate and more grassy hops than the nose.. dark bread.. surprisingly lite body with a pretty big carbonation.

This was sorta an "Ehhhh Oookay" beer for me.... Interesting and nice to try, but it was a bit too much all over the place and never ever found any focus. There was still a half bottle of this left when Sam and Jeremy left.. read between the lines.


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Photo of Duff27
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown, nearly black. One inch head that leaves some lacing.

S- Smells of rye bread.

T- Rye, rye, rye. Maybe the best of example of straight RYE I've had thusfar on my beer journey. Faint whiskey notes.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Slight carbonation sting on the tail end.

D/O- I like this beer a lot, although I don't know how many pints I'd have in one setting. Glad to have had this first full (not a sample at a brewfest) bottle from the Bruery.

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