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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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Ratings: 828
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 34
Gots: 105 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 18:21:10 | More by unclejimbay
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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2010 19:25:46 | More by atsprings
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4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 01:35:26 | More by TommyW
Photo of MoJoe


4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep burgundy/near black cloudy beer with a very full rolling tan head after a slight pour.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla extract, molasses and baked cookies. With a hint of mint.

Smooth malty flavors hinged with rye leading way to bitter-sweet chocolate and caramel. Nice hop balance. Just enough to cleanse the pallete. Slight sugar cookie flavor intertwining the chocolat and caramel. Ends with warming alcohol/mellow rye after taste.

Nice rounded body. Full but not over doing it. Heavily carbonated.

Great drinkability considering the heavy flavors being delt with.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 02:20:37 | More by MoJoe
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New York

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

Got it on tap at the Ginger Man in NYC, where they serve it in a snifter.

A: Body is hazy dark amber/rust with a moderate off-white head. Leaves some lace behind.

S: Spicy rye malt is evident, along with some toast and even brown sugar as it warms.

T: Spicy rye malt again. Some basic earthiness and sweeter malt present as well (caramel, cocoa powder, wheat bread and a touch of fruitiness). Finishes with a nice, drying alcohol heat and a touch of bitterness, but spice remains in the aftertaste.

M: Call it medium-bodied. Good carbonation.

D: A bit of a sipper, but flavorful and interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2010 18:26:04 | More by Kendo
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 served in Kasteel goblet.

A: Pours a very unique brown. Just a shade lighter than rootbeer. Shades of red come through in certain lights. Fluffy carmel-colored head rises to about three fingers worth after a fairly gentle pour. Retention is good. Attractive beer.

S: Sweet carmel malt initially, along with some nuttiness. A certain spiciness is present. An herbal, almost spearmint-like aroma lingers in the background.

T: Distinct rye flavor. Also some crackery malt character. Mild spiciness of the rye is accentuated by a spicy hoppiness. Definitely has some resinous, woody flavors and a drying finish.

M: Rather full, creamy feel. Carbonation is well done and slightly prickly.

D: This is unique and interesting, but there is something off-putting about this beer. The flavors are becoming tiring as I near the end of the 750ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 06:27:38 | More by AdamGarcia
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New Hampshire

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

Presentation: Bomber bottle, capped, poured into a snifter glass in two parts.

Appearance: As soon as I pop the cap, this thing starts gushing everywhere. Takes about ten minutes for the foam to settle and stop gushing. Pours a deep medium brown color, with lots of haze throughout. Some yeast settles toward the bottom of the glass. Two finger pillowy light brown head with very good retention.

Aroma: Some burnt toast, caramel, and biscuit. Rye doesn't really stand out to me.

Taste: Bitter chocolate, burnt toast, caramel, some rye spice, and some breadiness. Balanced, with the bitter chocolate and burnt toast playing dominant parts.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy carbonation and a medium, slightly velvety mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The ABV is really well hidden. Also some good balance. Very drinkable.

Overall, an interesting rye beer. Some nice notes, but nothing makes this stand out in my mind. The bottle almost imploding as I opened it was a bit of a turn off. Worth a try, not worth seeking out though.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 05:26:27 | More by Gosox8787
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Rudy-brown with skim off-white head# leaving small patchy lace.

S - metallic Jewish rye on the front end. A whiff of iron, malt, and
wet dog, but very quiet overall on the nose. Not very impressive.

T - Rich toasy malt up front with spicy rye on the finish, nice white and subtle black pepper. fairly unique...I'm not familiar with this Danish style, but it is like a rich red ale studded with wild rye and rich toasted malt. An interesting and enjoyable flavor profile.

D - A fine drink. Unique yet familiar; like a brown ale meshed with a rye... and something
else going on. A fun beer to try if you have a more rich profile in mind.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2010 01:38:55 | More by JTahoe
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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet, Rugbrød is dark caramel brown with a tight tan head that leaves fairly heavy lace.

Smell is weird, spicy rye, cocoa powder and fruity, not sure if that is from hops or esters though, kind of grape/melon. The fruitiness grew on me though, and was my favorite aspect of this beer, given it that Belgian character I love.

Taste is spicy for sure, again with the mix of cocoa powder and fruit. Kind of weird, mish-mashy. I'm not sure I've had a "Julebryg-style dark rye" before, but it reminds me of some kind of Belgian rye porter.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is okay, I can't say I love it, but it's not terrible either. A little to kitchen sink for me. But it's fairly smooth for the size.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 02:10:46 | More by ccrida
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-4-10

Pours a very deep and opaque brown color, with a foamy tan head that lasts in a thick layer. Lacing is a smooth layer that covers the entire glass.

Smell is fruity and earthy, aromas of rye and peat are they if you look for them. The finish is all brown sugar, very sweet and sticky.

Taste is surprisingly subtle, flavors of rye and sweet malt, and that's about it. Not overly complex, and a little on the sweet side. The finish is lightly bitter, with an earthy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, fizzy and light. It does not really go with the malty character.

Drinkability is decent, the sweetness is heavy but the alcohol is well balanced.

Overall, pick some up if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 00:38:42 | More by BMoney575
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3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Part of an Epic Bruery tasting night, poured into a Unibroue tulip on 6/6/10.

A - Pours a dark "cola" brown with a thick, foamy tan head. Good lacing.

S - Definite rye spiciness, dark stone fruits, molasses, chocolate. Slightly boozy.

T - Dark malts, molasses, black pepper. Belgian yeast and a bit of smoke. There's a lot going on in this one.

M - Medium-heavy body with good carbonation. Slightly oily.

D - Pretty smooth and starts out pretty drinkable but as it warmed up the sweet molasses got a bit cloying. A good bottle to split with some friends on a cool evening, this will definitely warm you up.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 23:36:32 | More by jsanford
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with tawny highlights; a huge head generates nice stickage and very tight bubbles

Smell: Dark Scandinavian rye bread and earthy tones, with hints of chocolate powder, fig and clove

Taste: Dark Scandinavian rye bread and chocolate powder, up front, with the fig and clove flavor arriving by mid-palate, when the beer turns in a slightly sour and acrid direction; after the swallow, the bread and chocolate flavors re-assert themselves and linger into the finish, though the acrid flavor is what lasts in the final analysis

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high levels of carbonation

Drinkability: Somewhat of a cross between a kvass and a dunkel; interesting, but because of the acrid finish this is not something I would want to re-visit

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 21:43:43 | More by brentk56
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly cloudy, burgundy color with a two-finger, light brown colored head. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of rye and rich malts. There was a light chocolate aroma underneath the malt and rye.

T - It tasted of bready malt, rye and some sweet chocolate malt. It had just enough bitterness to provide some balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied rye beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good rye beer. No surprise that The Bruery cranked out yet another.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 01:59:37 | More by zeff80
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4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass. Purchased about a month ago in South Carolina.

Pours a murky Hershey-bar brown, with a voluminous light-brown head that just kept going and going for quite awhile. In fact, pouring this beer took... well, a long time. And multiple tries. And a sink to catch all the overflow. Maybe a wee bit overcarbonated? Still, it made for a dramatic and impressive looking dense, foamy head, eventually settling down into a thin but solid light brown cap on top.

Nose is full of rye, with an acidic tinge to it that's almost sour. Milk chocolate underneath comes through strongly, earthy, as well as a big dose of typical Belgian phenolics - clove being notable right off the bat. Just a bit of spicy alcohol in the nose pairing up with that as well. Certainly interesting.

Taste really follows the nose almost blow for blow. A nice interplay between the rich rye body and the Belgian yeast character. Most prominent right off the bat is the acidity, lending a thin-ness to an otherwise rich beer; rolling over the tongue you get earthy milk chocolate, rich rye, just a bit of tart cherry. Dry finish picks up just a bit of spiciness from the rye, with shadows of the earthy, deep, rich malt body lingering. Not picking up much in the way of alcohol. The lasting impression is one of spicy, slightly dry chocolate. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected because of the tart acidity, crisply carbonated, drying on the finish.

Drinkability is very good; again, very little in the way of alcohol presence, with just the right balance of complexity and straight-forward deliciousness. Another winner from possibly my favorite brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 02:17:27 | More by JohnQVegas
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice brown, matte color, with lots of particulates and haze floating about. There is a nice creamy off white head, some lacing, and a nose that is oaken, a slight ABV cherry, and sweet. The nose is decent, but the taste is much better.

The beer is very creamy and the ABV is well hidden underneath with just a hint of booziness. There is a definite oaken barrel aged character to the beer. There are plenty of sweetish malts, some of the cherry and raisin booziness comes through in places, and there is plenty of yeasty character. What isn't present is the dry, biting, and slightly harsh rye qualities found in typical Rye ales. That said, this is probably a mislabeled beer, but in any case it is quite good. The beer is full bodied, the mouthfeel is a bit vinous, the aftertaste relatively mild. This is a good beer worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 11:10:25 | More by albern
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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl, thanks bro! Pours a dark brown color and is pretty clear the first glass or two. Fluffy brown foam without a whole lotta lacing.

Burnt toffee, coconut and some rye bread on the nose. Bit of alcohol and a little bit of spiciness. Smells like burnt coconut marshmallow puffs flaming up on an open fire. Unique and pretty good smelling beer.

Tastes like a 'smores made with rye bread and unsweetened dark chocolate. Maybe a bit of fruitcake thrown is as well. Pretty crazy tasting beverage here. Sweet one sip and then burnt peat the next and caramel after that with a border of smoke. Raisins sprinkled with black pepper as it warms, damn this is complex! Alcohol seems heavier than the 8%, but that is not that uncommon with a zesty rye brew. I would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 01:36:59 | More by twiggamortis420
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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light mahogany, with tons of thick tan head (took forever to pour).
S: It smelled like earthy wild yeast and spicy rye, with some clove and banana and lemon. After a while, it began to smell like fresh biscuits and honey.
T: It tasted like spicy rye and clove and banana, with some earthy wild yeast and lemon hops, and dry biscuit yeast. It had a bitter, spicy, and sour aftertaste.
M: It was oily with lots of carbonation that really smoothed out after the beer opened up.
D: This had a very delicate and great rye taste, and it hid the alcohol very well. So it was easy to drink, as long as you have a lot of patience for the pour. I wish it had a bit more dark fruit to round out the flavor, as it became tedious to finish the entire bottle. But this is otherwise a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 20:27:19 | More by Pencible
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4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= with my recent rye beer fetish I thought I would give this one a shot. The pour is a hazy brown color with a huge light tan colored head. The head holds really nice retention and excellent lacing. Pretty nice looking.

S= The smell is a pretty nice blend of spicy Belgian yeast and some really nice rye character. There is a good sort of earthy hop character to it as well.

T= The taste is some nice Belgian yeast up front for sure but then it gives way to some really really really nice rye. It's like taking a bite out of a slice of pumpernickel. Really nice tasting. There is a small amount of alcohol in the taste as well. Really impressive.

M= A little to highly carbonated. There is a nice thick mouth on it however.

D= I love rye beers. I don't understand why more breweries don't do ryes. Great work Bruery for stepping out of the norm with this one it's a homerun. Check it out if ya can.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 03:39:50 | More by jjanega08
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky brown with blonde highlights and a massive, stiff merengue like airy sand colored head that takes several minutes to settle down enough to properly pour into the glass. Spicy rye and fresh bread dough with buttery toffee malt aromas. Sweet caramel malty flavors with a distinct coffee like bitterness, dry yeasty and rye malt flavors. The complex flavors grow as this beer warms up a bit. Medium bodied with over the top carbonation that makes this one a sipper, and that's not a bad thing. Finishes dry and warmly alcoholic. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 00:04:49 | More by biggred1
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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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 02:17:57 | More by younger35
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown with some red highlights, moderate khaki head leaving little lacing. Smell is of fresh baked pumpernickle and rye with a nice touch of floral and spicy notes. After the nice, aggressive scent, the taste is a minor letdown with an almost muddled and earthy quality, the bread charachter is hidden under a bigger laywer of spice. Slightly watery medium body, actively carbonated and dry. A beer that started off with promise, but like many Bruery offerings just doesnt do it for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 16:52:55 | More by rfgetz
Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 828 ratings.