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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 35
Gots: 109 | 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.

No notes at this time.
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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
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Janderson91
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No bottled on date to be found. Enjoyed on 03/11/11. I've yet to be disappointed with anything from The Bruery so I thought I'd give this year-round offering a try.

A - What a strange looking beer. Dark brown/red muddy color thats opaque with a large cream colored head that takes for-ev-er to dissipate. Thin head remains for the entirety and leaves splotchy lacing.

S - Smell is some spiciness from the rye, a certain bubblegum character, a hint of chocolate, dark fruits, and toasted malts. Very interesting and complex. My favorite part of the beer.

T - Somewhat disappointing compared to the nose. Toasted malts and a dark fruitiness. Then some rye spice and a touch of bubblegum and then a crisp malty, chocolatey finish.

M/D - Mouthfeel is very good, creamy with some nice carbonation as well. Highly drinkable, I can barely sense the 8% in this one.

Another good one from The Bruery but not my favorite from them. Not sure I'd seek it out again, but I'm glad I tried it, very enjoyable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark rye malts, caramel, some dark fruit, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a very hearty roasted rye malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of dark fruit, caramel and a little spice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's something a little different and is a good beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for this type of beer.

Photo of nrbw23
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours an odd looking brown color with a pretty nice tannish colored head. Head has good retention and leaves little lacing.

S- Smells of sweet malts, a bit nutty, a spice that I can pick out and rye.

T- Picking up the rye right away. A bit of bready malt, spice, a woody taste and a bit of hops.

M- Maybe a tad bit on the fuller side of medium and carbonation seemed right on.

D- I've had this one a couple times now, maybe I'm not really a fan of the rye. I don't think I could drink a bottle by myself.

Photo of GilGarp
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml capped bottle with no date.

Served at cellar temp into a goblet. It's a gusher but only a small amount ends up on the countertop.

Rugbrød is a dark redish brown with a slight haze. The head is thick at first but settles very quickly with no lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet, a little spicy from the rye. It reminds me of a Belgian quad at this point both in appearance and smell. A little bit of toast and dark fruits.

The flavor is a bit like a rye porter. It has the sweet and roasty base with spices like pepper and clove. Nicely balanced but strong in flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little over-carbonated for my tastes.

Overall a good beer but one that has highs and lows. A great aroma but a little disappointing in appearance, taste, and mouthfeel.

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

On tap at rattle and hum in nyc.

Arrives in a snifter with a thin ring of foam and murky brown color. Aroma is spicy rye and phenolic belgian yeast.

Interesting. Rye certainly asserts itself, and the spicy yeast rises forward as well. A bit of a tart green apple finish.

Not my favorite style of beer, too yeast heavy for me, but glad to have tried it.

Photo of samie85
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a cola color with a three fingers of cappucino-colored foam. This bottle was a bit of a foamer/gusher.

S-Smells of chocolate and a bit and some distinct rye notes with earthy hops.

T-Chocolate and roasted malt with spicy rye and a slightly alcoholic and bitter finish.

M-A little on the thin side with low carbonation with a decent, slightly sticky feel.

D-Pretty easy drinking for the ABV, and the fact that is a rye-based beer. This is probably my favorite rye beer to date.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a Weyerbacher Tulip Glass

No date on bottle but unfiltered and bottle conditioned.

Fridge Temperature

A- Pours a really dark reddish brown with a huge khaki two o lacing at all and just a slight bit of alcohol feet on the side of the glass.

S- Bready lighter malts with a nice hint of rye that stands out nicely unlike most rye beers. No alcohol surprisingly for %8

T- Strong bready malts with tons of rye flavor. Slight caramel sweetness in there but not much.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish.

Not much to say about his one. If you like rye bread and want to try it in liquid for. This is the beer.


Photo of bminor7
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 from Nejaime's.

A - mahogany, makes a nice head, settles somewhat. good stability, good proteins.

S - sweet, like a barleywine, but lacking the malts.

T - as others have said...very sweet, like a soda, because missing malt presence, really. could use more power in that department. label claims bready malts and they are there, but not enough to counter the sugar boost this beer has. maybe cellaring would help this. some spices in the front.

M - thick, viscous

D - MF and ABV make a synergy...goes slow

Photo of cpetrone84
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark caramel brown liquid with virtually no head other than some bubbles on top.

S-the nose is a mix of wood and overly sweet malts, burnt brown sugars and caramel with a touch of sweet plums.

T-all malt and very sweet, the caramel and plum seem to dominate, hints of chocolate underneath with a light spice to the finish.

M-full bodied, syrupy and soft, lighter carbonation with an easy finish.

D-not bad but overly sweet with an unfocused malt presence.

Photo of noveshen
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Beer Advocate in Oakland yesterday as the Bruery was showcasing 10 of their beers. The Rugbrod was very good. You definitely could taste the rye and was very drinkable. I was definitely impressed and would love to taste it again.

Photo of leedorham
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Holy Shit this thing is foamy. Pours a dark copper brown with a huuuge fluffy light tan head. Pour slowly, man. The head stays about 2mm thick from beginning to end of glass.

S - Spices hit the nose first. Anise, licorice, character is what I get. Burnt sugar character is next, some plum and raisin in the background.

T - This beer is definitely complex. However, I find the spicy character to be a bit over the top and it seems imbalanced in that direction. Caramel character backs it up but not to the extent I'd like.

M - A bit of a dry, biscuity character to the finish. Very high carbonation.

D - This beer is definitely a complex offering that I bet will age well. However, I think it needs more depth & a bit more sweetness to back up the complexity of the spices.

Photo of WhyBeNormal
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Winking Lizard in Fairlawn. I can pick up the rye, but I doubt that I could've identified it as such if I didn't know better. The taste of dark rye spice, roasted nutty malt, caramel, and cinnamon come together to give it a surprisingly chocolatey flavor. Great stuff

Photo of AdamBear
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of rudzud
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a whim from Julio's. I do enjoy The Bruery, but this one not so much.

A - Poured into a Clown Shoes pint glass a dark deep clear chestnut brown. Atop it was a two finger fluffy off cream colour head that slowly fades leave a thick blanket on the top with noce side lacing.

S - Theres some nice malty sweetness on the nose as well as some light fruity funk. That being said, I've got a rather odd metallic aroma that I just cant get rid of. Very weird.

T - Nice malty sweetness as well as some nice almost spicey notes. I can pick up some nice just slightly sour and boozey notes This would definately age well and get even more complex.

M - Really nice crispness with a good almost medium carbonation. Really moves along the tongue.

D - Its a solid beer. Wasn't really a super huge fan of it though. The aroma was a bit off and the tastes could be a bit more "in your face" but it was worth the try. Cant say I'd pick it up again though.

Photo of barknee
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep color of raw umber (remember the Crayola 64 pack) producing a massive, stable and long lasting deep mocha colored head. Warming and welcoming aromas of malted rye, bready yeasts, mallow, and sweet chicory emanate from the glass. Though there isn't any discernible hops present on the nose, it rises to abundance once tasted. Moderately to well bittered, slightly acidic, viscous and creamy, this brew is uniquely expressive having a personality and flavor profile that is without compare. An original and unique effort that is worthy of praise and your attention. And as an extra bonus, fermented rye beverages will entertain and amuse you with the most vivid, wild and funky dreams you ever had!

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

750ml bottle purchased winter 2009
poured into a tulip

A: Deep brown color with ruby/amber highlights. Billowing tan head with great retention, minimal lacing.

S: Spices jump out with a very malt forward nose. Caramel, raisins, and burnt bread waft from the beer when swirled.

T: The rye is the star of the show here. It really helps accentuate the spices and yeast. The spiciness is still hanging around with some raisins and roasted apples. The brew finishes dry and crisp.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D: I enjoyed this beer very much. It is well suited for the winter months and great with a bit of age on it.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery RUGBRøD; tasted 21 January 2011.

No freshness date can be found on the bottle, but my sample was long-standing, and chilled below 40˚F for several months.

"Unfiltered, Bottle-Conditioned"

A rough pour brought up a massive head of yellowed tan atop a hazy colored copper body. It looked a little bit like a cola, and to be honest, it smelled a bit the same as well. Held to the ear, the receding head audibly 'crinkled' like rice crispies in milk! The head retention was good, but the lacing was far more limited. What I eventually ended up with was a solid collar of creamy yellowed tan around the perimiter, and minor spotting dripping from along the sides of the glass.

I picked up a bit of spice in the nose, but I couldn't place it. I thought slightly of mint, and slightly of cinnamon, but not particularly of rye. However, I was greatly reminded of a beer that I'd brewed previously at the Manayunk Brewing Company with rye (both flaked and whole) - it brought me right back - so, maybe I was picking up rye! I think the dark caramel malt, yeasty fruitiness, and hops skew it a bit, and therefore you don't get it just as "rye"..

The flavor was sharp, fruity, and a touch spicy, with obvious notes of dark sugar. It remained more straightforwardly caramelish though, and didn't stray beyond darkened sugar into 'burnt' sugar. I'm not sure about the hops, but I do get a touch of mint in the finish. And, of course there's a spiciness to it, but I don't know how much of that may be rye, or how much may be hops. It's well-balanced, focusing caramelish malt, dark fruitiness, and spice in an equal triangle that's not unlike a holiday cake of some sort. (Hmmm... Nice. Perhaps this would make a great Thanksgiving or Xmas dinner beer to share with uncle Chet who thinks that Sam Adam's Old Fezziwig is the end of the line). A gentle bitterness supports it (not much is needed because of the spicy edge); and at 8% alc./vol. it's surprisingly soft and smooth across the palate. From start to finish it's very direct and one-sided, but it's still fairly complex despite its focus. The rye adds a level of polish to what might otherwise simply be a dark amber ale. And it's surprisingly drinkable once it warms a bit and the gently tart edge wanes.

So what to say about drinkability? I have to state that in my experience rye is a very "love it or hate it" grain within brewing; and perhaps in baking as well. It makes itself known, and if you're not particularly inclined to the flavor and aroma of it you might find it 'cagey' or 'fence-like', and hard to get at; meaning it distracts you from what's really inside. It's strong enough to redirect your attention and taste buds so that you don't see it for what it really is. And OK, I get that. I enjoyed it greatly, but I don't think most imbibers will find it quite as charming, thus a 4.0 for scoring. Still, I would say that it's certainly worth trying for nothing more than to get a better sense of what rye can do in a beer.

Photo of slonsk
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very nice color and head. Nice smell of spice. Taste however put me off a bit as it was a tad sour and acidic. It also felt like the beer was a bit over carbonated and did not have the ryeness come through that i was hoping for. I will admit this is a bit unfair of a review on my part because I am not much of a sour fan, but I typically have never had a rye with this much bite

Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 889 ratings.