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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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846 Ratings
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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 34
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 telecomz


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

I really like this beer. It lives up to its name like very few beers.


It has the spiciness promised by a rye-based brew and the malt and yeasts and general 'breadiness' is, if you like malt, yeast and breadiness, wonderful. The beer is not perfect. Mine was a bit too hot. Nothing a little tempering wouldn't hurt.

I've put my (3) to sleep for a few months.

11-04-2010 02:10:40 | More by telecomz


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

16oz pour into a pint glass for $6.

A: Served with one finger of light brown head, foaming and rapidly fizzing away. The body has a medium saturation of chestnut brown with auburn hints. No collar to speak of and barely even a film. The body is completely opaque. No lacing.

S & T: The nose bounces back with aggressive rye and milk chocolate notes that are well proportioned to each other. Toasted malts of nuts, caramel and grain. A touch earthy, a bit woody, plus a fruitiness from the yeast comes through with light resiny hops in the background. Intense spiciness on the nose. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: The mouthfeel is the highlight of this brew. Completely enlivening, biting the edges of the tongue. Medium to full body with long lasting duration. Very impressive. Finishes dry. Perfectly carbonated even if a little aggressive. Works as a cleanser in preparation of the next sip.

D: Average drinkability. I wouldn't *want* to drink an entire growler by myself , but I certainly could if I had to.

NOTE: Rugbrød drinks better out of the bottle.

11-03-2010 23:50:18 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of kiddynamite920


3.45/5  rDev -10.4%

750 ml to a tulip.

A: Pours a pretty dark brown with a very creamy, off-white head. Highlights of red. Very thick, foamy head.

S: Smells very malty with a bit of rye spice. Smells of apples and cinnamon, pears and white grapes. Not a big hop character here. Definitely sweet and malty.

T: Sweetness is prevalent on the palate as well, not getting a lot of rye spice. Has a very small amount of bitterness, but this beer is far too sweet. Almost tastes like apple juice with some light spice.

M: Low-medium carbonation, pretty light body. Nothing screams 8% Rye beer here.

D: The one good thing is that this beer drinks very easily, not a big rye bite and nothing agressive. The problem is, I was looking for aggressive here. Don't think I'll be buying this one again.

11-03-2010 23:33:25 | More by kiddynamite920
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

Murky dark caramel brown with blurry apricot edges and a massive crown of ecru colored foam born of borderline hyperactive carbonation. The foam tries to be rocky, fails in the attempt, and is starting to leave less of itself on the glass than was expected.

A slow foam ooze out the top of the bottle is not a good sign, especially from a brewery that has had carbonation issues for pretty much their entire existence. It seems like something that should be fixable, but that's just me.

Rugbrod is a type of sourdough-like Danish rye bread that inspired the creation of this ale. Kudos to the brewers because Rugbrod Julebryg-Style Dark Rye Ale smells brown malty, toasted bready, earthy, and a little tangy. Whether all that translates to the palate remains to be seen.

It does. This offering is reminiscent of an especially spicy-earthy BSDA. In other words, one that uses a signficant percentage of rye malt. The expected sourdough-like tang is appreciated, but it isn't as aggressive as the nose suggested it would be.

Specific flavors include brown bread and rye toast, hints of cocoa, fig jam, cidery apples and dustings of ground clove and black pepper. This is enjoyable beer in the end. Great job of burying the booze too. A gently warming sensation on tongue and in belly is the only evidence of its presence.

The mouthfeel isn't as bad as feared. Yeah, it's a little light and a little buzzy, but it could have been much worse. By this brewery's usual standards, it's a huge success story.

Rugbrod is a beer that BSDA lovers should enjoy. It's packed with all sorts of interesting flavors and presents them in a reasonably tidy package. With a little more attention to detail, this could be one of The Bruery's best beers.

10-28-2010 13:05:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of birchstick


4/5  rDev +3.9%

A - pours a chestnut brown with a tan head

S - smells of bready malts, spicy rye, and some caramel malt (exactly what the bottle said it would taste like)

T - caramelly malts give way to a spicy toasted malt flavor. Not uber complex, but the flavors blend together very nicely to make this is a very enjoyable brew. It is very similar to brown ale.

M - a little water, but it goes down smoothly

D - This is a really good beer. I like my rye ales to have more pronounced rye spiciness, but the caramel malts really made this one shine. Very solid brew, but with other Bruery brews, the $10 price point will price me out of getting this anytime soon...

10-24-2010 19:26:12 | More by birchstick
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

I enjoy rye, and this is a dark chocolate rye, with a creamy above average mouthfeel, well balanced, not very sweet at all,more a spicy sweetness accompanyment to my supper. Particularly good with pepper salad and quinoa. Dark, with a chocolate creamy head. Satisfying, well endowed carbonation.

10-24-2010 01:24:27 | More by Sammy
Photo of Thorpe429


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of an off white head and some pretty good lace rings as it finishes. Nose brings some spicy rye, caramel, bread, and a bit of yeast.

The taste consists of really nice bread and rye with some spice characteristics. A good dose of nice yeast flavor and some light caramel. Mouthfeel is really nice with a medium body and great carbonation levels. Drinks quite well and is quite tasty.

10-23-2010 02:09:13 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Offa


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

This beer struck me as good and interesting, but a bit lacking in depth, lighter than expected, and yet a touch rough and sharp, the elements clashing a bit and not quite harmonious. I had let it age a while but perhaps I should have let it age longer

Cloudy red-brown, it has a huge pale tan head that quickly fills the glass completely, steadily shrinking to a lasting thin foamy top.

Aroma is caramelised rye bread with some caramelised prunes, hint of brown sugar and toasted rye crust.

Taste is light, fruity-yeasty up front with plums, hint of banana and brown sugar. Then, a hint of toasty rye and spice, with dry toastiness and an almost singed character in the finish and aftertaste, with plums, caramelised fruit, hints of sweet-but-bland champagne and fruity wine with sweet cherry. Very light, and slightly lively, in feel and body.

It has some good elements, but actually gets a bit tiresome.

10-20-2010 21:22:28 | More by Offa
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Served from tap into a chalice. Poured dark reddish brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt and burnt bread. The flavor was of sweet malt, nutmeg, wheat, bread, and slight maple syrup. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very nicely balanced brew. Had a very nice aroma and flavor to it. Glad I got to try this one on tap. Definitely worth having.

10-19-2010 10:58:22 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

Fair rye offering, pleasing but not particularly memorable.

Presentation: 750 ml bottle. Relatively simple and modern design with a dark brown background highlighting the name of the brew in a muted orange. Front label notes briefly main ingredients, style, intent, and unfiltered nature of the brew. Back label notes lifespan and serving instructions. Lacks bottling or freshness date, and only shows Alc. by Vol. (8%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy dark brown pour, rich and very generous head, almost overwhelming. Good to medium retention, fair surface memory and some lacing.

S - Good malty nose, spicy rye, touch of caramel, light Belgium yeasty sense.

T - Following the nose, it has a long malty range, good rye sense coated with a thin hint of caramel, a faint fruity touch.

M - Medium body with generous carbonation, a bit short-lived, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Pleasing quaffer, alcohol is well integrated and the overall sense is quite positive.

Notes: Nice one, middle of the road when I think of the stuff I've tried from the Bruery. It's nothing to be looking out for, but nothing that one regrets bringing to the lips.

10-14-2010 22:22:05 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of drpimento


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Mmmmm, tasty brew. With aggressive pouring got only a small, tan head that mostly faded, no lace, or bubble trails. Color is a clear brown with red orange highlights. Aroma is malt, fruity, and fresh rye bread. Flavor is like that, but not overly sweet. Nicely balanced and easy drinking. Good body and great carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Easy drinking beer and almost no sign of alcohol. Session suds.

10-14-2010 02:57:46 | More by drpimento
Photo of Wasatch


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Thanks goes out to spycow for this beer.


Poured into a chalice a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some raisins, figs, and plums, with some spice, and caramel. The taste is malty, slighlty sweet, spicy, dry, with some dark fruit notes, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew.

10-09-2010 21:28:16 | More by Wasatch
Photo of WestValleyIPA


4.35/5  rDev +13%

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into my Zatec fluted glass. Dark dark amber/brown nearing on black. Belgian yeast up front, a sour/sweet rye smell. Toasty and nutty. Very Dubbel-esque. More sourness. Chocolate, dried fruit and Belgian goodness on the mouth. Sweet and sour finish. Some more chocolate. An amplified Fat Tire? Very creamy, spongey, foamy mouthfeel. Waited a long time to taste this beer and am NOT let down. Crazy drinkability for 8%.

10-04-2010 01:51:43 | More by WestValleyIPA
Photo of Domingo


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

10-03-2010 17:39:28 | More by Domingo
Photo of Mebuzzard


4/5  rDev +3.9%

This is a solid beer from the Bruery. Pours a dark ruby color, that somewhat glows. Small head on it, clean lacing.

Belgian yeasty aroma, sweet caramel malt and spice. the rye really comes out, almost seems hot.

Yup, rye is dominant in the flavor. Spicy and bready with the yeast brining in florals. Sweet candied caramel and sharp apple.

The carbonation really blends well with the rye spice. Cleansing the palate to allow the malt to provide a soft finish. Clean and crisp in the end. Nice.

Not perfect, I think the yeast is a bit much and while it does blend well with the rye, it seems the rye is held back.

09-15-2010 07:18:36 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of laituegonflable


3.1/5  rDev -19.5%

Pours a red-tinged brown colour, slight cloud fluffing out the body. Head is huge, but sinking, as all heads must. Retains a marshmallowy pillow in the middle and leaves slight specks of lace. Yeah fantastic head, the rest is pretty good too.

Nose is quite sour, also quite musty. Fair amount of orange and lemon rind on there with a slight funk, hints of white wine vinegar and cherries. Touch of cranberry as well and maybe a slight detergent note. Definitely needs more sweetness, it doesn't quite have the deliciousness of a sour ale, but lacks balance otherwise.

Taste is fairly funkatarium, with lots of musty, mouldy character coming off it. Aspects of brie rind and lucerne on there as well as some spicy phenolic notes, with hints of carraway and cardamom. Fair red wine character late mid gets earthy with soil and that general flavour of decay. Not the most appealing palate I've experienced, it's dark and has a slightly dismal overtone to it. There's not much in here that is fresh or uplifting. Not that it's bad, it just doesn't make me happy, the way a great beer should.

Bit of tart sizzle towards the back gives it some textue. Has a body that can carry it off, but not a lot to it otherwise.

Yeah, overall this beer just strikes me as depressing, like an attic that's been shut up too long with no windows.

09-14-2010 04:27:56 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured into a tulip. Like many of the Bruery beers I've had, this one has carbonation way out of whack. I had to open it over the sink to prevent a giant mess.

3.5 A: First pour yielded five fingers of head. Took about five poured to get a full glass. Unfortunately, the retention was pretty good so it took a long ass time. Anyway, black color. Frothy light brown head. Forever retention, but minimal lacing.

3.5 S: Big toastiness. Rye earthy spiciness, a bit bready, caramel, and toffee. Not particularly strong or wonderful.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose, but the proportions are off. Big caramel and toffee. Rye earthiness is a bit subdued. Lots of toastiness again and some nuttiness. Grainy. Not bad, but a bit misdirected.

4.0 M: Medium body. Once the carbonation dissipated enough, the mouthfeel is actually pretty nice. Pretty creamy and smooth.

3.5 D: This beer has some potential. It needs to be cleaned up a bit and given a direction. As it stands now, I wouldn't buy it again.

09-14-2010 00:57:31 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Anaz


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

I've had this beer so many times before, I keep forgetting to review it. I wish I could have had it on tap, but I'll amend the review when I do.

It pours a hazy dark honey brown with a faint head that dissapates into some light lacing almost immediately.

Spicy rye aromas and the smell of caramel, dates, raisins, and a hard to place earthiness come forward in a very enticing way.

This is a beautiful beer, spicy, warm with the alcohol, but not harsh in any way. Spice and dark dried fruit mingle with a complex caramel and malt backbone with a peppery sweet finish. Very low hop bitterness, just a touch of hop spiciness.

This has a full rich body that finishes very clean. I really love this beer, and am grateful that this is the beer that introduced me to the Bruery. Well done.

09-12-2010 04:45:09 | More by Anaz
Photo of seh410


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown in color, kinda murky. Two fingers of foamy ivory/dirty white head that dissipates down to about half a finger and lingers

Aroma: Smells earthy with lots of toast and bready notes. There's also hints of chocolate or coffee in the background which is interesting and unexpected. It's extremely malty with maybe a tiny hint of dark, dried fruits.

Taste: Bready, malty, full flavor. You can definitely taste the rye - it's a little spicey - and there's a bit of sweet caramel swirled in through the whole thing. The finish is slightly warming but there isn't too much ethanol flavor or bite from the alcohol coming through. It's very nice and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is pretty light and the carbonation is very bubbly. It prickles your tongue just like a big gulp of soda would.

Notes: Pretty drinkable. Interesting flavor, very balanced, and the 8% doesn't hit too heavy as far as the taste is concerned. I'm glad I got to try this, it is very unique.

09-12-2010 01:41:11 | More by seh410
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

Sharing a bottle with @LaitueGonflable and @thescotdownunder which I brought back from California. Always love sharing beer with good friends.

Pours a deep red colour, very red, in fact, almost like black cherry juice, with a huge and frothy head of beige bubbles. Not much to the body, especially considering it's 8%. Head leaves little lacing. Love the colour, but I'm a little bemused at the rest of the appearance.

Not a huge amount on the nose, although there's a little acidity and a bit of grainy malt. As it warms a little, there are some odd bubblegum characters, along with some more sophisticated rye notes. But it's not an incredibly robust nose.

Taste is also a little lacklustre, quite a thin body, with overly bombastic carbonation, reasonably weak for the most part before a slight upturn in roasted malt and rye characters on the back. There's an odd acidity running through it, which may be put down to the rye. It's decent, but there's something a little uninspiring about it. Carbonation hurts the feel, and leaves it a little bloating.

I've had better rye beers, and better beers in general. This is just a little too flat, a little too devoid of character to be truly inspiring. Drinkable enough, and the 8% is well hidden, but I was hoping for something much better.

09-04-2010 08:21:31 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of unclejimbay


4/5  rDev +3.9%

Bruery Review, we performed a comprehensive sampling of Bruery beers courtesy of CampusCrew and Troywittaker on 8/13/2010. Cheers this was a great sampling and evening guys!
I reviewed all brews we tasted in order of sampling, info, and some minor notes for my future homebrew reference. These reviews are to serve as a comprehensive review of the beers as purchased during 2010, sampled 8/13/2010 with about a group of 8 tasters.

This was the order of sampling...

Saison Rue, 8.5% abv

Mischief, 8.5% abv

Tradewinds Tripel, 8.1%

Orchard White, 5.7% abv

Black Orchard, 5.7% abv

2 Turtle Doves, 12% abv

Coton (2010 Anniversary Beer) 14.5%

RUGBROD, 8% abv
Labeled as a "Juleborg" Danish Style Dark Rye Ale.
Enjoyable as a Belgian Dark like brew with dark caramel and bready malt character.

08-27-2010 18:21:10 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of CampusCrew


4.18/5  rDev +8.6%

I hosted a Bruery tasting and we had 9 of the bottles collected. we had 4-6 oz samples. I'm reviewing these on memory from a few nights ago.

We all liked this beer. it had a huge flavor of dark breads as suggested on the bottle. Poured very dark and had the typical belgian yeast aroma.

08-23-2010 14:45:04 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this beer.

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is chocolate with some rye. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, rye, smoke and some dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The rye doesn't stand out as much as I thought it would, but it is still present and overall, the beer is very nice.

08-23-2010 05:23:20 | More by Mora2000
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep crisp copper with a quickly diminishing head. Aroma is dark malts and a bit of rye. The taste is nice rye malts with slight dried fruits and molasses. The beer is a bit heavy, but very sippable, even in Summer. This is a very enjoyable heavy rye beer.

08-22-2010 19:25:46 | More by atsprings
Photo of TommyW


4.35/5  rDev +13%

A- Deep burgundy brown with a tall, bubbly, tan/white head that clings a little.

S- Dark, bready German-style malts with some sweet, dark fruit notes.

T- Dark pumpernickle bread, slight toasted notes with some coffee, nuts and spice from the rye.

M- Medium to full body with a slick feel and an easy carbonation.

D- An awesome beer with some amazing flavors going on; really a surprisingly good beer.

08-03-2010 01:35:26 | More by TommyW
Rugbrød from The Bruery
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