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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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very good

864 Ratings
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Ratings: 864
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Wowcoolman, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of beagle75
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium brown color with one finger of diminishing sandy foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very husky grain, including a snappy thread of rye, is featured, but a sharp carbon dioxide edge is disruptive. Some late savory depth--meaty--is also present. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with nutty brown malt, hard minerality, and peppery spice. Acidity is mild, staying well hidden. A whiff of non-committal dark fruit precedes bitter cocoa, which lingers to the end. Some of the savoriness from the smell is also revealed late, but stays in balance with other qualities. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, velvety smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer is a fairly accomplished, turbocharged version of brown ale that integrated rye well into a noteworthy dark beer experience. Considering that the bottle reviewed was over a year old, much of the expected carbonation has mellowed, allowing it to take a more refined posture appropriate to something strong and dark. Rugbrod shows itself to be a versatile malt-focused beer that is a good fit for the Fall and Winter months.

beagle75, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Bouleboubier, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of dkw0063
3/5  rDev -22.1%

dkw0063, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of djtomain
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

djtomain, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of claytong
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - talk about having a big head. this one here was ridiculous. on a controlled pour i got about one inch beer, 5 inches head. once the beer sat out for a bit it the head of course died down, still was pretty crazy. brown, almost opaque, had some unfiltered bits in there. no real sediment at the bottom that i noticed.

Smell - roasted rye, cream, malt, dark fruits

Taste - dark fruits comes strong then the rest, followed by some caramel and toffee

Mouthfeel - creamy, smooth, decent body, great carbonation

claytong, Jun 19, 2011
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 thereal_adam
4/5  rDev +3.9%

thereal_adam, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Eriktheipaman, Oct 21, 2013
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 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 CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +29.9%

CEDAMA, Feb 09, 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 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 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 PopnLoads
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

PopnLoads, Jun 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

DelicateDelirium, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

spoony, Dec 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

memphischas, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of coldmeat23
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

coldmeat23, May 12, 2013
Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.