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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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very good

857 Ratings
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Ratings: 857
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 AdamBear
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BigBlacke for supplying this one at a tasting!

A-dark murky brown, thin cream colored head

S-smells like grapes and Belgian sugars. there's a good strength to it.

T-comes in with caramel and Belgian malts and sugars. Ends with a great matching after-taste that seems dark roasted. has a good strength to it. this is a great and complex beer!

M-a good medium carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

D-tastes start to blend more but it stays great. this is a wonderful beer and i hope to have it again!

AdamBear, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of brother_kenneth
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

brother_kenneth, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of Vonerichs
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body looks like pure caramel, but there's an obnoxious amount of head, even on the third pour from the bottle.

The rye really comes through in the nose with spice and loads of bread.

Taste is almost all rye characteristics- spicy and a little rye bread sourness. It's very bready, 'nough said.

Mouthfeel is heavy and has a slight medicinal sting.

A very flavorful rye beer, with a belgian dark ale-type feel to it. A nice take on the style.

Vonerichs, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of djtomain
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

djtomain, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. No dating info but this is cellarable for up to 2 yrs so should be good. It was a dark caramel in color. It didn't gush but once it hits the glass the foam just starts building and keeps on going. Even with a moderate pour half of the glass was foam. Took a long time to settle enough to get a drink and then kept a constant thick foam cap. Excellent thick slow sliding lace. Way over carbonated.

The aroma was chocolate powder, spicy rye, sweet malt and some clove. Slightly dry in the nose. The taste follows the aroma and while not bad just didn't excite me. Needed more of the rye to come thru for my taste. Not bad but didn't blow me away like some other rye's. Moutfeel was a mess as it is overcarbonated and was constantly belching and getting full feeling.

Overall, was good but not great and severely over carbonated (seems to be a thing with the Bruery as several I've had lately had carb issues). Not avail in TX so shipped from Indy. Rotation - might try it on-tap or if it came in 12oz format but really no desire for another bomber of it. [N;O]

TexIndy, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Wowcoolman
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Wowcoolman, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +29.9%

CEDAMA, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of rawfish
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

rawfish, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of hiphopj5
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

hiphopj5, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Eriktheipaman, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Blakaeris
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear dark copper-red with a slight head that doesn't hang around long.

Aroma is brandy soaked dark fruit nutty and woody.

Taste is initially charred dark grain bitterness that is very porter-like. Dark fruit sweetness remains but is much more subdued than in the nose, along with a touch of chocolate. Finishes with a dry cedar quality, toffee, and mild alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is a smooth and soft medium body.

Overall a nice strong ale. sweetness is tempered by the charred dark grain bitterness. Very drinkable.

Blakaeris, Oct 18, 2011
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.

HattedClassic, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of PopnLoads
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

PopnLoads, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of younger35
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up this brew Chicones in Hudson Wisconsin for $11.99. The Bruery can be hit or miss for me but they do put out interesting beers. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while grilling and listening to TOOL.

Appearance- Pours a lightly murky brownish with hues of crimson and a huge two finger dirty white head that is soft and frothy. A pretty decent cap and collar remains with layers of ring like lacing.
Smell- I get some of the rye from the get go along with a bit of soft caramelly malt. Lightly toasty smelling with a fresh milled grain aspect. Almost a light Tootsie Roll like property with just a touch of chocolate coming through.
Taste- Like the nose the beer starts with a fairly significant bite of lightly spicy rye and soft doughy bread. Almost raw tasting as the granola grain thing is surprisingly abundant. Lightly sweet at times (but not overly so) as the caramel is present but not out of control. Not very Tootsie Roll tasting as the nose suggested but there is just the lightest touch of chocolate that peaks through. Finishes with a bit of rye and some earthy yeasty tones.
Mouthfeel- Light to medium body with a airy creamy feel that is just fantastic. The carbonation is very light as well - great feel.
Drinkability- Really enjoyed this one as I wasn't expecting a whole lot honestly. The rye is right at that level where I can appreciate it but it's not overbearing. It was the right beer for the right situation and dug the shit out of it.

younger35, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear dark brown with a tint of red in the light, a large khaki head, and a little lacing.

smell is of dark fruits, caramel, cocoa, and some spice.

taste is of chocolate nubs, spice, some dark fruits, malt, and caramel, ends dry and slightly bitter.

froghop, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of DelicateDelirium
4/5  rDev +3.9%

DelicateDelirium, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of coldmeat23
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

coldmeat23, May 12, 2013
Photo of Domingo
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this in small doses on tap before, but this is my first experience with the bottled version. If anything, I'd say the flavors are more pronounced.
Pours an amber/brown color with a head that starts off rocky, but fades into a sheen. Carbonation remains steady, though.
The flavor profile is heavy on toasty, bready notes with brown sugar and a little bit of natural sourness from the rye. Different sips seem to take you in different directions. Sometimes the flavor is overwhelmingly toasty, while other times you get more of a sweet and sour character like a Roggenbier. Occasional fruity notes creep in with banana-like phenols and tart dried cherries.
There's some definite heat in it. I'd say it's a little bit rummy, but not in a bad way.
I love the flavor profile and think I'll probably end up going back to this beer again and again. It's not earth shattering, but the flavor profile speaks to my own personal preferences.
Good stuff, and one of my faves from the Bruery.

Domingo, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of jbertsch
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Dark ruby-red brown in color. Tan head is large and in charge. It dissipates to a thick film that stays to the end.

Aroma hits you with rye bread soaked with musty spices, old-world malts, molasses and cinnamon.

The taste provides fruit tartness up front, with caramel and bready malts underneath. The finish provides notes of cherry and the tartness comes back a little in the end as well.

Lots of carbonation. Fizzy. Crisp. Above average weight on the tongue.

Overall, this has layers and layers of flavor that I love. Combining the rye ale and old ale styles is s win/win for me.

jbertsch, May 25, 2011
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass. Purchased about a month ago in South Carolina.

Pours a murky Hershey-bar brown, with a voluminous light-brown head that just kept going and going for quite awhile. In fact, pouring this beer took... well, a long time. And multiple tries. And a sink to catch all the overflow. Maybe a wee bit overcarbonated? Still, it made for a dramatic and impressive looking dense, foamy head, eventually settling down into a thin but solid light brown cap on top.

Nose is full of rye, with an acidic tinge to it that's almost sour. Milk chocolate underneath comes through strongly, earthy, as well as a big dose of typical Belgian phenolics - clove being notable right off the bat. Just a bit of spicy alcohol in the nose pairing up with that as well. Certainly interesting.

Taste really follows the nose almost blow for blow. A nice interplay between the rich rye body and the Belgian yeast character. Most prominent right off the bat is the acidity, lending a thin-ness to an otherwise rich beer; rolling over the tongue you get earthy milk chocolate, rich rye, just a bit of tart cherry. Dry finish picks up just a bit of spiciness from the rye, with shadows of the earthy, deep, rich malt body lingering. Not picking up much in the way of alcohol. The lasting impression is one of spicy, slightly dry chocolate. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected because of the tart acidity, crisply carbonated, drying on the finish.

Drinkability is very good; again, very little in the way of alcohol presence, with just the right balance of complexity and straight-forward deliciousness. Another winner from possibly my favorite brewery.

JohnQVegas, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of chugalug06
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice two finger head on an aggressive pour. Head is off-white and laden with foam... Brew is near blood red.

Tons of rye in the nose. Earthy. Bitter. Banana. Bread-y.

Bitter. Dry. High carbonation. Heat-y. Solid. Yeasty. Bread-y. Slight spree (tart) flavors, but not overly sugar-y. A bit of funk from the barn on the nose.

Exactly what I was looking for when I grabbed this brew... it's recommended and should be sought after.

chugalug06, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of bruachan
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

monstrous head. filled an entire imperial pint with foam. curiously, no lacing

slightly hazy deep amber color. getting to brown but with plenty of orange

the imperial head releases drieddarkfruited aromas (dried black cherry, raisin) and rye sourness.

very ryeish flavor up front. they clearly used a good portion of rye malt and i love rye malt. ipso facto this beer tastes delicious to me. hops are for flavor, though contribute some bitterness. some sweetness lurks but doesn't have much of a chance between the rye and hop (and carbonation) punctuations. very bready, which i can assume to be an inspiration at some level. a touch of chocolate rounds out the mouthfull (before the bitterness, that is)

a tasty brew that

bruachan, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of JamieDuncan
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

JamieDuncan, May 15, 2014
Photo of spoony
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

spoony, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of LakerLeith
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.