Rugbrød - The Bruery

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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 33
Gots: 109 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009)
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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is simple but quite inviting and intriguing. A nice mix of rye and the Bruery's delicious Belgian yeast. There is a sort of a malty/sourdough/rye bread thing going on.

The taste is slightly tart and quite bready, with hints of slight nuttiness. Faint yeasty pepper and pumpernickel in the finish, along with some slight earthy hop bitterness. Smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

This is definitely one of the best examples of a rye beer on the planet; definitely one of the more complex examples I have tried to date as well. This is one of the few beers that I enjoyed more out of the bottle for whatever reason, maybe the bottle conditioning, less fresh example, anyway still good. Highly recommeneded.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy warm brown with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, pale tan head. Spicy aroma is malty and has hints of caramel and cinnamon. Malty flavor has nutty, caramel and cinnamon hints and a bit of an alcohol nip. Texture is silky smooth with a nice, rough tingle. A good lip-smacking ale.

Photo of harrymel
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes at bier baron in dc

A: dark, brown and ruby with excellent clarity. Broken sheet of tan on the surface. No lace.

S: smells like lots of grain, a little burnt though. Rye is a little spicy.

T: toasty, hints of coffee, cherry, some raw malt and rye crispness. A slight tart note. A little bitter midway.

M: medium body with moderate carb. Dry finish.

O: meh. Probably won't go out of my way to try it again.

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

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a Pint glass (Rogue).Enjoyed on jun´11

Pours dark ruby in color. Beige crown,dense, medium bubble, faily well retention & lacing. Intense toasted malt aroma, slightly roasted fruit & mildy vanilla touch. Ripe plum, fried banana, honey flavor, overhelming molasses all around, subtle dry rye in the middle,light peppery notes too. Full body, medium carbonation, warm alcohol & cloying sweetness. Sweet coffee & chocolate finish & aftertaste.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle poured into a Southampton oversize snifter. Shared with schen9303.

A: Pours a creamy 2 finger light toffee colored with poor retention that dissipates quickly into a thin layer. Beer is a dark, almost opaque, cloudy brown. Lacing is patchy and spotty with little cling. Average.

S: Nose is sweet spices, clove, candied yams, brown sugar, and sweet potato. Very aromatic and sticky sweet. Reminds me of a more overpowering Autumn Maple.

T: Opens sweet brown sugar, clove, sweet tree bark, fresh plums, and toffee. Like one of the fruit ingredients in the eight-treasure Chinese rice desert. More spiciness towards the end plus a huge malt backbone. Finish is sugary with a fruity and slightly tart aftertaste. No really my cup of tea.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and soft in the mouth and silky going down. Finish is accented with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty on point for the style.

O: Solid for a rye beer and the mouthfeel, which, in my opinion, is what this style is all about, is rather good. However, the flavor is really not my cup of tea. Sickeningly sweet and awkwardly spicy. This one's a one and done for me.

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.

Photo of vandemonian
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bruery Rugbrød is an extremely interesting beer with a strong, almost overpowering flavour. The main flavour is burnt malt and it almost tastes like a glass of vegemite.

A: This bottle gushed out and spilled everywhere when I opened it. It had a red brown colour and a big 3 cm head that fades to excellent lacing (at least 2 mm). This beer looked so good I went to get my camera. 5

S: Smells like roast malt plus strong hints of dark rye bread and yeast. Really interesting and distinctive. 4.5

T: Taste is quite sweet and breadie to begin with but the toasted malt flavour takes over quickly. The aftertaste has a strong vegemite malt character along with some burnt flavour. 4

M: Foamy. Silky. 4.5

O: This is a very interesting beer but even for a vegemite lover such as myself the burnt malty flavour was a bit too strong. 3.5

Photo of FosterJM
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

508th review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 ML Capped

App- A tri-colored brown with a big fluffy two finger head and a ring of bubbles as the beer falls. Nice lacing as well.

Smell- Big rye and bread all over this one. Like opening a bag of rye bread. A faint malty, spice make up the rest of the aromatics.

Taste- I loved this beer when I 1st had a taster of it @thebruery a long time ago. The flavors are unique, flavorful and not overpowering. The rye with the malts just makes for a great tast. Its a bit soft and peppery as well.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Leaves a nice soft fluffy bubbly feel and a a touch of rye as well.

Drink- I loved this as I mentioned. A whole 750 was a great way to end a good weekend. Perfect amount of ABV with well balanced flavors. I will come back to this one in the spring as The Bruery is switching up productions.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle pop-cap style.

I purchsed this brew for my 5th BA anniversary on 5/19/11.

Dark brown and amber color, lively and playful supporting a vigerous, chunky, khaki colored head that sticks around throughout the session.

Heavy aroma's of dark rye and wheat bread. Very malty with powdered chocolate, spicey-herbal yeastienes underneath. Scotch candies, cedar wood, and wild blackberries are all subtle.

Dark chocolate and toffee flavor's pop out of the malt along with dark wheat, and dark rye, yeastie and dry hop combo, earthy with a bit of peppers and fig newton's with decent complexity and slightly bitter with a rather strange balance and effect. The feel is a jazzy medium body that just keeps dancing on the palate but slightly chalky in the finish.

Good complexity with a unique but kinda strange overall experience.

Photo of PintOHops
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Glass - Tulip

A - Beer had way to much head when I poured it for some reason. I ended up with a 4-finger tan head and a dark maroon/mahogany colored brew with little visibility through the beer. No lacing was left on my glass.

S - Lots of bready biscuit like notes, caramel and toast. I also get prune and raisin and hints of alcohol. Moderately sweet smelling with little hop characteristics like leafy notes. I also get really nice fruit cake like notes and of course some sour rye qualities.

T - Right upfront I'm hit with lots of smokey and sour rye bread characteristics. I get molasses and toasted bread notes that follow and it finishes pretty sour with noticeable dryness and just enough bitterness that balances out the sour characteristic.

M - The feel of this beer initially wasn't good. It was way to carbonated for some reason, and that took away from the beer for sure. Otherwise it had a somewhat smooth feel and a lite-medium body.

O - Overall I thought this was one of the most interesting brews Ive had in awhile. I liked the dark color of the beer and the intense rye flavors that at some points came off as wine like to me. Even though this beer was overly carbonated for some reason, I still enjoyed it and would definitely drink it again. I'd say give it a try if your a fan of rye but beware of it's sour quality. Cheers!

Photo of JosiahS
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: Tulip

This brew must have some carbonation or it was a reaction from the yeast but there was a very aggressive head developing. It's a creamy foam that sits atop a very hazy plum-colored body.

The aroma gives off a fruit basket of rich caramelized plumb, date, apple and grape. Even a light mango can be detected. Rye gives it a slightly dry overtone as well.

Alcohol mixes very well with the sweet but bitter and owe so deep, rich malts. Additional flavors that i didn't mention in the aroma include a nice chocolate mid-pallete and a dry and sour finish that i gather is a mix of alcohol and rye. Interesting to say the least.

Body is full and fairly carbonated. It's slick and just a touch oily. It's not the hardiest beer in the world but certainly is deserving of a "full-bodied" descriptive.

My overall opinion of this beer is; awesome brew. Complex and full-flavored without going over the top and saturating the pallete to the point of progressively getting sick of it. This is just enough to satisfy a "big beer" thirst.

Photo of Auracom
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes. Full bomber into my C&B tulip on April 8th, 2011.

Rugbrød pours a deep shade of brown, with a dark and murky hue. Offwhite head looks good and is two fingers thick. Nice lacing on the sides. Appealing looks overall.

The nose contains tons of caramel malts, spices, slight estery fruit, a little breadiness, and a small amount of yeast funk. Just a little bit of alcohol presence as well.

Taste is predictable from the aroma. Quite bready, a lot more caramel especially in the front end of the drink, some alcohol. Fairly well-balanced and smooth.

Mouthfeel is solid. Velvety-smooth with a medium body. Good carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Finish is rather short and isn't dry at all. Slightly bitter coating is left on the tongue.

I like it quite a lot. Mouthfeel is quite good. Aroma > taste. Quite drinkable.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very murky brown color with a huge head of tan foam. A little out of control actually. Not terribly long-lasting or sticky, but a decent look overall.

The nose is malt-laden, heavy on bread baking aromas like toasted grain, brown flour, and nuts.

Flavor is very spicy and earthy, with nuts and seeds notes among the brown bread, dark fruit, and sour apple. Light body, high on carbonation. Candi sugar and booze are held close to the vest. Doughy and lightly tangy.

Pretty solid beer, off-kilter for style which is the point. Unique and tasty.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased from Platinum Liquor, North Strathfield and poured into a Mikkeller goblet.

Very deep brown appearance with a cream, well formed, head of foam that measured 2cm before settling at about a quarter of that for the entire sipping.

Smell is of strawberries initially, turning to dark fruits like figs and plums. Also a little bit of port makes an appearance. It avoids the usual rye aroma.

The typical rye flavour is absent in the taste as well. Instead it is a dark fruity flavour, even a little like fortified wine.

Mouthfeel is big for the size, the finish is boozy however, especially as you delve deeper into the bottle.

Overall a good winter warmer, but the booze wins out in the end. Certainly complex and gets rid of the usual prejudices that you may have towards rye beers.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bruery Rugbrod Dark Ale

A: dark plum with hints of a deep red at the edges, minimal lacing with a foamy 1 finger head, almost black in the center with a slight ruby hue

S: lots of dark fruit notes including plum, currant, prunes, and figs. It has a boozy air about it, like a drunk aunt at a wedding, with less pinot noir notes

T: Interesting, the first taste is a tough one to grasp on to, it begins with a slight tartness then reveals a full maltiness that has coffee notes, the finish is a mellow hop that supports the malty body of this beer. It is similar to when girls wear a belt aroudn their ribcage to slim their frame, no one is fooled by the thin middle in this beer as the resounding finish lets you know its intentions.

M: The mouthfeel reminds me of somewhere in between a porter and a regular stout. It isn't so malty and filling that you suspect over boiling, but its an interesting play on existing styles, a bit of coating, but not enough to be offputting. In fact if it were a different color, the maltiness would support a double IPA nicely, so it is a bit of a sheep in wolfs clothing, a pleasant surprise.

D: It is a strange style and I couldnt see myself craving a second bomber of it, but drinkability never carried the day, it just made it more fun. This is still a good beer, to be sure, but its an anomalous Accord Crossover in Bruery's stable of otherwise exotic cars. It is functional on several levels, but certainly not their piece de resistance.

Narrative: This female swimwear launch just isn't going as planned, the mauves are all taupe, the chartreuse bottoms are clearly neon, agh what a mediocre existence. My parents hold such a strong lineage, and here I am, wasting away in upper middle class on the spoils of their exploits. Well I suppose my hiking through Europe was exceptional and my several masters degrees are nothing to scoff at, but I just feel so humble when comparing myself to my older siblings. Sure, I started a business, at their insistence, raised capital by their hand, and created an above average swimline for preteens to post teens, but IS THAT ALL THERE IS. Passion and flare are mere subsidiaries of my dream. This rye mouthful even feels like it could have been so much more at the deli, I feel I am more mad at, just disappointed with myself. Jeez louise Kaitlynn pull it together, if you ever want to top your brother's platinum single "Chocolate Rain" you need to put the nose to the grindstone. This time I MEAN IT.

Photo of Phelps
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

The name means “rye bread” in Danish, which makes sense — the beer’s brewed with three different types of rye malt.

Pours a deep caramel that coalesces in the glass to ebony darkness. The head, two fingers tall, is light tan and densely creamy. It falls away slowly, leaving a sticky ring as it does.

The nose: toasted wheat, some rye spice. The yeast impart some fruitiness as well — I pick up a subtle figgy aroma.

Tastes like the inside of a bakery. This one’s definitely led by bready flavors of toasted rye and nutty barley. A subtle caramel character and hints of brown sugar add sweetness, while roast imparts the lightest hint of chocolate. Dark fruits emerge again mid-palate in the form of figs and red grapes, though these are fairly faint. Drying breadiness smoothly returns after the swallow.

Lightly carbonated but fairly fizzy. Body’s a soft medium-light. Alcohol is noticeably tongue-numbing, but it’s appropriate for an 8 percent brew.

My favorite of the Bruery’s year-round beers, I find Rugbrod as interesting as it is fun to say. Great balance of breadiness and sweetness, and exemplary use of rye. Rugbrod, Rugbrod, Rugbrod.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: initial head takes over half of a duvel tulip, but slowly settles to a thin layer. The head is light brown, while the body is brown.
S: first thought is a dopplebock. Caramel and nutty, a little bit spicy. Also a hint of yeast.
T: again with the dopplebock reminder. Can't tell if it the rye or the yeast, probably both that are lending a certain spiciness. Sweet caramel malt that's also a little nutty. A light earthy hop bitterness. Long toasty aftertaste.
M: light carbonatin, and is lightly coating as well.
O: I'm impressed, though a little odd how similar to a dopplebock it is.

Photo of Retsinis
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For as many times as I have had this beer, on draft, in growlers, and from the bottle, it's surprising it was not something I had posted a review on already. All well, guess I was just too busy trying new beers, but this one is a solid standby for me, and my wife was craving this on Sunday. Review is from notes, tasted on 4/17/11.

A: Poured from the 750ml bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. The beer pours a little cloudy or murky, and is a rich ruby red brown color. A half inch of tan head rose, and slowly settled, leaving some slight lacing.

S: The spices come through first in the nose, Rye bread, caramel, wheat bread, as well as some brown sugar.

T: Spicy rye, some toasted bread malts, sweet caramel malts, touch of maple or toffee nutmeg, and yeast. The draft version seems to be a little like a brown ale, more nutty, while the bottle version, the spicy rye comes through more, interesting.

M: Medium mouth feel, smooth, and a little creamy. Medium carbonation, but suits the style.

O: Great Bruery staple, and one I will continue to have on occasion from time to time. I must say that there is a small degree of variability from fresh from the tap, and some bottles. Since it is unfilitered, and bottle conditioned, that can happen I suppose, but that's not a bad statement, since either way, it's a good beer. I prefer the tap version though.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours quite dark into my pint glass. Nice frothy head, unfortunately recedes quickly and doesn't leave any lacing.

Very sweet caramel notes on the nose.

Very sweet throughout the entire 750mL of this beer. It honestly tastes like some kind of dubbel / dopplebock with the malty sweetness that it has. Very very little rye, I was a little disappointed as I am a huge fan of rye. Along with malty sweetness, a fair amount of fruit as well.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty dry. I've read that Patrick Rue ferments are very high temperatures, which would account for the dryness of his beers.

Part of me is not really sure how to review this beer. If I were to review this as the style that it's unfortunately listed under "Rye Beer" it would fail miserably. I brew with Rye, I know what Rye tastes like. There is very little Rye in this beer. Does this beer taste good? Very much so, but certainly not a rye beer. I think The Bruery brews such not-to-style beers that it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what style it is. But with all that said, this was a tasty beer, and I look forward to tasting more from them.

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of RaginBull
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is going to be a bit off the wall, but then again arent us BA members a bit off the wall!

My ol'man is a profesional chef and decided to grab one of my bottles of Rugbrod and make a marmelade spread with it.

1) Simmer the beer, but do not boil so you dont lose the beer taste and too much alcohol.

2) Add Pectin and organic sugar and simmer a bit longer.

3) Pour into a warm sterile glass jar and close lid finger tight and place jar into boiling water to seal. Then take out jar from water and let cool and refrigerate.

This can be used as a marinade for ribs, on jalapeno poppers, spicey buffalo meatballs, rye toast.

As a matter of fact I marinaded a full rack and cooled them for about 2 hours. Placed in the oven at 300 degrees for 2.5 hours. Remove, serve and enjoy with your favorite brew.

Just think of the possibilities.!

Photo of CuttDeez
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark caramel woodlike slightly hazy color with a decent tn kahki head with a tiny bit of lacing.
S - Bready rye and slight malt with woody rustic notes. You can also find small notes of alchohol and sweet pepper.
T & M & D - Incredibly sweet on the front end I will say. however as it warms and opens up there is strong bready rye tastes mixed with roasted spices. Medium to heavy bodied with little carbination. I wish the strong sweetness was not as overwhelming up front because the other notes are very nice.

-Interesting beer I would, Sounds like a good one to have on a cold day.


Photo of Avagadro
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany in color, with faint ruby highlights when held to the light. Head is of a cream color, and doesn't hold up well.

S: Bouquet is fairly silent, with a touch of pumpernickel making it to the nose.

T: Semi-sweet maltiness is marked by chocolate, spice, and a touch of sour. Not funky sour, but that which is imparted whenever a considerable portion of rye is used. Very tasty overall.

M: Medium body, heavily oily texture, and little in the way of carbonation.

D: A tasty brew to say the least, but it definitely needs a lift in the nose department.

Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.