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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip- pours a dark brown cherry color with 1.5 fingers of head, a modest ring of foam lingers throughout, and a few spots of lacing.

Smell is of rye and booze- rich malty notes, a sharp rye smell and booze.

Tastes like the beer version of pumpernickel bread- delicious. Some bitterness up front followed by rich malt flavor; the rye develops sharply I'm the middle and then s,oaths back out into a yeasty, rye, and slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel oIs perfectly appropriate- full bodied, well carbonated, rich. I got this beer and then made some pork tenderloin to pair with it and it was excellent. (629 characters)

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

750ml Bottle received in trade with igeunard - thanks!

Appearance - Brown colour with a smaller size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, caramel, molasses, pepper, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, breads/grains mixed with some caramel/molasses. There is also some fig/dates and some peppery notes.

Overall - Really good. Nice deep flavours and a complex taste. A great fall/autumn type of beer, lots of rustic flavour. (610 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a murky brown/amber with a hazy body and light tan head.

S - Burnt caramel, toffee, dark fruits (raisins & figs) and bready malts.

T - Sweetness in your face, caramel at first with light chocolate notes. Moves into a good bit of rye spices and finishes with an almost orange acidic tartness.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Easy drinking for the abv.

O - Interesting combo of flavors that don't disappoint. (450 characters)

Photo of lsummers
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber brown with what looks like a decent amount of carbonation. The hue really is perfect for this type of beer, very inviting.

Smells of dark fruits and some slight burnt candy caramel. There's a nutty toffee malty note accompanying what reminds me of the smell of a quad.

Tastes of some nutty dark chocolate and some dark fruits with raisins. There's a toffee sweetness that is joined by a spicy rye bread note.

Mouthfeel is sharp round and chewy. Moderate amount of carbonation keeps this from being too thick.

Overall it's a great rye beer. Nice to see an outstanding non sour from the Bruery. (616 characters)

Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First half of the bottle pours clear and dark. Primarily brown with hints of copper and red. Once you get down to the bottom the bottle the beer becomes very hazy and looks like sewer water. Tons of yeast sediment in the glass. It looks as though theres are rye particulates floating around as well. Off-white/eggshell head with tight foam. Minimal but noticeable alcohol legs.

Sweet malt smell - brown/burnt sugar, caramel, dark chocolate. A nice toasted, almost burnt, quality, also a nice bready smell. Lots of rye - it smells a lot like rye bread. The flavor become much less sweet as it warmed up and got towards the bottom of the bottle. More bread and rye and subtle dark fruits - raisin, fig,...)

A big burst of sweetness at the front of the mouth - caramel and chocolate. But quickly moves towards the more savory rye and roast flavors. A surprising amount of light acidic flavors - almost a very mild sourness that I'm guessing is coming from the rye. Finishes with a nice light coffee bitterness and some residual sweetness.

A light mouthfeel for the abv, but not too watery. The light/medium mouthfeel was a nice contrast to the rich flavors.

Overall, a nice malty beer with a fair amount of roast. Not overly complex, but enjoyable. (1,252 characters)

Photo of zrbeer1579
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark amber-brown with very little head.

Aroma: Dark fruits, slight caramel, light dark bread smell, tiny bits of black peppers, and some alcohol as well. Overall aroma is light.

Taste: Dark fruits, mostly cherry. Some caramel sweetness and dark bread. Some roasted-ness. Some more Belgian-like characters, maybe it's the yeast. Even some floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Feels almost creamy but yet watery at the same time. Finish is sweet with some hops.

Overall: I was really looking forward to this beer, but was disappointed. It's a some-what interesting beer but just felt lacking. It was not worth the money. (661 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2013-05-14 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost opaque ruddy brown with a 1.5-finger tan head that fades to 1/4" leaving very little lacing.

S - Dark bread crusts, hint of dark fruit, mild pepper, hop floral/flowery.

T - Dark fruit (black cherry) is much more apparent than in the smell. Pinch of white raisins, mild-moderate roasted malt, sour dough rye bread, some caramel and chocolate, light spice including pepper. Semi-sweet initially but dries nicely. Tastes like a Belgian-style yeast was used. There's some balancing tartness and bitterness pairing with the chocolate-covered dark cherries in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Substantial, creamy, clinging-then-drying.

O - I really like this beer. On the surface, it is simply satisfying but has enough variety of flavors to hold my interest. (837 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown/amber in color with a large brownish-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thick wall of lace.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with a slight sour lemon hint. A bit of alcohol sweetness as well. Where's the rye?

Taste: Begins with lots of caramel sweetness that remains throughout. There is a touch of the rye spiciness toward the middle and lingering after the finish, but not enough in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a watery, slippery finish.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer, but the rye doesn't seem to come through as much as it should. This actually tastes like a doppelbock with slight rye flavoring. Again, not too bad, but not enough of what I imagine a "rye beer" being. (819 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into snifter at lokal in Miami. Pours a deep murky brown with very little head. Looks almost flat but I can see a bit of carbonation rising. Great belgian yeast aromas...dried fruit and raison. Taste is great. Belgian yeast and raison figgy chocolate. ..almost quad like but finishes with a hint of spicy rye. Really cool brew. Its smooth and just easy to drink. Awesome brew again by the bruery. (412 characters)

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, murky brown with a two finger tall, light tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma: Big spicy, slightly tart smelling rye right away, Belgian candy sugar and plum-like yeast phenols with citrus-y hops around the edges. There is some sweet biscuit-y malt neatly tucked underneath it all. Definitely smells akin to a very rye forward Dubbel.

Taste: Sweet, juicy plum up front, with some biscuit-y Belgian malts right along with it. A very nice, overtly American citric hoppiness builds up to the slightly tart, peppery rye off dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body with a soft, gentile carbonation.

Overall: An interesting take on the Belgian Dubbel style. However, I certainly wish the taste was as Rye forward as the nose belied. I do have to say while the mouthfeel is certainly a bit thin for the style, the beer remains very quaffable and offers just enough depth to intrigue the palate. (1,005 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle...gushed a bit upon opening.
Pours a dark brown with significant amber head.
Big carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of roasted malts, bitter fruit juice, carob...got some funkiness. Overall rich and bold, strange & funky, bitter. Not the easiest to drink but also intriguing and fun. (295 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass, glowing the color of dark copper wiring. It held a one finger head of light brown bubbles, but this receded quickly, leaving flecks of lacing in its wake. There was a slight haze, but no sediment, and carbonation appeared moderate. The aroma gave metallic yeastiness, corny adjuncts, extremely soapy hops, penicillin chemically-ness, chalky grain, waxiness, and big smoky rye and caramels to base. Our first impression was that the flavoring was massively chalky and metallic, but with a nice toasty sweetness to it. As we sipped, sweeter toasted brown malts, chalky grain, and sweet dark fruit of plum and black cherry pits started things off. The middle peaked with the metallic bang of Belgian yeast, plump pudding sweetness, bittered chalky caramel sweetness, and light corny adjuncts. The finish washed with juicy soapy hops, continued brown malt bite, smoke, raw caramel, and savory saltiness. The aftertaste breathed of lactic foaminess, soured rye grain for really the first time in the tasting, salt water taffy, sesame seed, and figgy syrups. The body was full, and the carbonation was medium. There was nice slurp, smack, cream, and pop on each sip, with a light coating giving way to eventual astringent dryness around the mouth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was how savory the flavoring was. The big aromatic nature of this beer certainly enhanced this quality, giving a certain boldness all throughout the center. We did, however, lose points due the overpowering phenolic plastics, chemicals, and adjuncts in the taste, which really out boxed the rye, fruit, and spice that were trying to make this a tasty offering. (1,809 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2012 Release. Served in a snifter.

Pours a hazy caramel brown with about a finger of dark beige foam. Settles quickly to a creamy ring. Bits of lacing here and there.

Aroma of molasses, brown sugar, candi sugar and spicy rye. A small metallic note emerges as well. No real alcohol.

Initial flavor is pleasantly sweet and quickly becomes spicy through the middle. Some burnt sugar and brown bread notes. Some maple. Bitter hops emerge in the finish and aftertaste. Spiciness from the rye really kicks up in the aftertaste as well. No real sign of the alcohol.

Medium bodied with medium-low, creamy carbonation. Very nice feel. (643 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out a dark dark brown color, a little bit of dark rubiness, tight light tan head, average retention, lace is quick to fall back into the beer. Looks murky, but its hard to tell due to the dark color.

Smells lIke a rather bland Belgian dark ale. Over ripe dark fruits, some phenoly almost Belgian yeast. Some brown sugar.

Plum, ripe dark fruits, brown sugar, phenoly Belgian yeast, some rye like dry spice, but its not super noticeable. Finishes pretty dry.

Medium to light in body, mouthfeel is just a touch on the weak side.

This wasn't super enjoyable, if I didn't know what this was I'd definatly guess Belgian dark ale, and I prolly wouldn't have guessed any rye was used. I wouldn't buy this again. (777 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

seemed a bit thick in the pour. deep, dark almost neon magenta through the duvel glass with a tan, tight bubble topping.
not getting much in the smell except an effervescent alcohol smell. a little spice too?
taste is... different. got some earthiness to it. unexplainable in my vocabulary of knowledge but not bad. "julebrig-style dark rye ale" it says on the label. there is a slight tangy bitterness and a slight prune-y taste.
medium to heavy in feel. The Bruery is relatively local but i still havent made it to their sampling room. their beers seem to have a little twist to each of them and are of a higher abv value. for the most part they have all been drinkable- nothing too obscene, and this is another decent brew from them. it's another adventurous endeavor and in the context of evaluating this one as a stand alone (and not compared to others i have just had or what i may have been expecting from this) this is a very worthy brew. (946 characters)

Photo of nuclearmeg
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bready, dark, aromatic, delicious.
Pours a deep caramel brown with
Rye malts give an intense bread flavor with a hint of roast.
There is a nice heaviness to the mouthfeel.
The spiciness at the finish is subtle yet noticable.
Perfect with nutty cheeses or venison stew on a cold winter's night. (294 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 pschul4
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle fo frizzeee, that says something right there

A- Explosion. Poured a little bit into a tall glass and it was 98% head after an average pour

S- Lots of dak fruits and boatloads of rye. Those two arent working well together

T- Same as the smell. Tastes like BSDA with rye in it. Getting better as it warms but nothing great

M- Really smooth/light. Drinkable at least

O- Extra Meh. Woul drink again for free but wouldnt purchase (436 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)

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 alexipa
2.67/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Dark brown with a red hue and a nice thick white head. The appearance had me excited to try this. The scent is sour, smells infected. Uh oh. First taste... Yep, this is infected. Nice and malty, almost no rye taste at all, and very tart. Dark fruit flavor. The carbonation is spot on with a great medium creamy body. Overall, a pretty bad beer that was probably infected but they decided to bottle and sell anyway. (414 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-rye, molasses, hints of chocolate and spices, earthy

T-rye, chocolate, spices, hint of sweetness, earthy and yeasty, beautifully balanced

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a nicely balanced beer, unique flavors and they work really well here (324 characters)

Photo of Belgianbeerbunny
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured like a Coca-Cola. 1/2-inch head initially, which quickly dissipated.

S - Yeast and coffee cake.

T - caramel and toasted bread. Reminded me of a sticky bun.

M - Full-bodied.

O - Very interesting. I didn't know what to expect from rye ale, but I enjoyed it very much. (325 characters)

Photo of malloyca
2.94/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy, cola-brown color with minimal head and lacing. Aromas of stewed dark fruits and cherry, together with cinnamon, root beer, baking spices, caramel and bitter chocolate. On the palate, the initial flavor is burnt and toasted malt, followed by hints of chocolate and caramel. Medium to light in body, with good carbonation. (328 characters)

Photo of 55bob
2.37/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a rich brown.

Small slightly lacy head.It did not last very long.

Smells like a brown ale home brew. Lots of yeast. both in smell and tast.

Tastes like a brown ale but a bit sour / tart. Mouthfeel was medium to thin.

Overall I was disappointed with this $10 beer.

I've made better homebrew on my first attempt. (323 characters)

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