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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

348 Reviews
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Reviews: 348
Hads: 904
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%
Wants: 36
Gots: 107 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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.

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Reviews: 348 | Hads: 904
Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with no bottle date. But I believe from the trader I received it from that this is a 2009 bottle. Poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown color. Totally bottle conditioned. Tons of head, 4 fingers of the stuff. Tight, tiny bubbles. They stay around a long time leaving lots of sticky lacing.

S: Deep dark fruits: raisins and prunes and plums. Some toasted malt notes with the spicy rye as well. The age might have knocked that down a little bit.

T: Nice rye bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Middle of the mouth is actually amazing: dark fruit, dark malt, some hops, more of that spice etc. blending together nicely. Smoothly. Easy close. Maybe the age mellowed it out nicely.

M: Medium to full.

O: I am going to have to go A- on this one. I really enjoyed it. It sort of surprised me as I wasn't sure what those years might have done to it. Another score for the Bruery. (915 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to whoever brought this at Stone Soup.

Rugbrød is a pretty dark one for a rye beer. This is the 2nd darkest I've seen right under Bell's Rye stout. Dark brown, light black shade with a tanish cap up top with no traces left behind on the glass. Smell is of roasted malt and cocco packed in with rye malt scent. Some old hop flavor with trace amounts of caramel. Taste is bold to say the least. Different. A rye beer with a Bruery twist. I get some smoke and some spicy notes mid palate finishing off with some cocco and heat in the finish. Feel is medium with crisp carb. A spicy finish on this one with a twinge of heat in the finish. Not my favorite rye beer and not my favorite Bruery beer. I could not even imagine trying to tackle a whole bottle of this alone. Im interested in cooking with it though. (814 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown with sienna hues and tan velvety smooth head with fantastic retention. Spicy yeast and chocolate aroma. Very spicy rye and chocolate notes and fruity yeast esters with earthy tones. Creamy smooth but ending in a sharp bite.

Mouthfeel is great initially but the bite is distracting. Good clear flavors meld well and are thoroughly enjoyable, not to mention it is a beautiful looking beer. (401 characters)

Photo of d4114
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep red/brown body; finger of off white to cream colored head. Good looking body but head is not the best.

S- Big alcohol pretty much dominates but under that there are dark fruits and a nice breadiness with caramel coming through. Almost a candy like quality to it.

T- Blend of fruit notes and earthiness; Getting plum in particular. Not sweet at all which is strange when compared to the smell, also alcohol is masked really well.

M- Nice medium body with good carbonation.

O- Not really for me, but not bad. Thought the bottom of the bottle with yeast was better overall. (582 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer and found it to be an excellent companion to this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. It looks great – a burnished, cloudy, dark apricot color with a tremendous fluffy head that sinks ever so slowly. Exceptionally sticky and creamy lace.

Aroma is full of spicy rye, dark fruits, and traces of sour and metallic notes. Richly malty.

This is a complex tasting beer, with layers of toasty malt, plums, raisins, rye, and a hint of booze. Reminds me a bit of a fruitcake flavor. The spicy rye and relatively high ABV balance the sweetness well. Delicious and interesting!

Slight warming finish from the alcohol; medium-full body, carbonation on the higher side.

A well-made, different, and tasty beer I’ll definitely buy again. (753 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bangers & Lace. Served in a wezien-style taster glass.

A - Finger of white foam settles to a thick collar, partial cap, and nice lacework. Orange-brown body with light transparency to it.

S - Rye malt, milled grains, biscuits, milk chocolate, nuts, and honey.

T - Taste is also quite nice, with a mix of rye malt, milk chocolate, caramel, and some fruity, estery yeast. It's a touch too sweet to drink in large quantities but the alcohol is very well-hidden.

M - Smooth and creamy texture, medium-full body, with lower carbonation levels. No alcohol warmth present.

D - This is pretty easy to drink, although I suspect the sweetness would become fatiguing after 750ml. I liked this better than I remembered and may have to revisit this in a larger glass in the near future. (788 characters)

Photo of ChimRichels
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Holy head... even the most gentle pour yields a mountain of beige, pillowy foam. It doesn't go away, nor does the lacing. Body is maroon with hints of ruby. Difficult to see through at all, but I can tell it is fairly cloudy. The body could look like a miller lite and i would have to give it at least a 4 on the head alone.

S - Smells a tad funky, spicy, and I can almost smell raw rye. Some sort of sour note that is tough to pin down. Vanilla and dark fruit are in there somewhere.

T - Ahh.... this is delicious. toasted bread and rich dark fruits are most notable. Reminds me a lot of date paste in it's flavor. the charred flavors really linger on the back of the tongue on the finish.

M - Surprisingly not as viscous as I was expecting from a rye beer, but thick and creamy nonetheless. Carbonation is a bit higher than expected as well

O - Great beer that I would drink again. and again.... and again... (918 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quite heavy pour with tons of lacing coming down the sides of the glass throughout the session, really quite nicely done.

aroma is dark fruits and malts up front with a nice kick of rye as it warms and shows its true colors. grassy and herbal and earthy with lots of things going on here. perhaps a touch of heather or something else going on in here as well. smooth and very full bodied flavors are all over this with hints of caramel, soothing earthy hops and a light dryness (478 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a tulip.

a - pours a gooey looking, deep amber color and forms a rocky, two finger, tan head right away. retention is excellent; head calms to a pinky's worth and stays there. leaves a few sheets of lacing in the glass.

s - some really fantastic vinous, fruity qualities here. strong plum, grape and cranberry notes, faint brown sugar sweetness.

t - again with the fantastic fruity notes. starts off bready and spicy but that is quickly overtaken by plum and berry notes. again very vinous in it's character. has a faint sourness from the rye, finishes dry and lightly bitter. very little alcohol taste. becomes more like a barleywine when it warms up.

m - full bodied, slightly syrupy, maybe a bit too much carbonation. slight alcohol warming.

o - a pretty damn good beer, but kind of a slow sipper. i probably should have saved this one for thanksgiving dinner, but i couldn't wait any longer (been sitting on this bottle since july). really worth seeking out in my book. (991 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Dark brown throughout with tawny, ruby edges and a large, thick, incredibly persistent dark khaki colored head. Thin sheets of lace are left down the glass.

A sweet, spicy, and earthy aroma. The sweetness comes in layers of burnt caramel and maple, dark fruits like raisins, spice in the form of rye bread and black pepper, all surrounded by truly earthy aromas. I wouldn't call this well balanced--just strong. Interesting and evolving, and ultimately, quite nice.

The flavor is as complex as the aroma--the flavors of dark fruits, spicy rye and black pepper, and a bit of sweetness complete this beer. There's a bit of an alcohol burn as well, though it's welcome and comforting on a cold evening.

Medium bodied with high carbonation--rich and airy.

While the addition of the dark rye certainly plays a large role in this beer's makeup, the dark fruit flavors and sweetness create a near BSDA-type beverage. Really nice. (968 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 750 ml Burgundy-style brown pop top; nice, classy, simple label. No date, and I've had it for at least a year, but it says on the back that it cellars well for 2 years. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Dark walnut beer with bits of yeast in suspension and a light tan cap which soon fades to a thick film that shows fairly good retention.

Smell: Tons of dry chocolate up front, with some spicy, peppery notes as well. Some breadiness and dark, fruity alcohol as well, almost like a strong dark Belgian ale. Hint of roastiness, but nothing like a stout/porter. Intriguing and different.

Taste: Really surprising, not at all what I was expecting from the aromas. The first thing up front is smoky roastiness. A bit earthy, dry and roasty, but not as roasty as a stout or a porter; some dry breadiness (dark wheat bread?) as well. A hint of earthy, dusty, funky, generic dark fruit. There's something else in here that I recognize, but can't quite put my finger on. This is intriguing, complex, and unique. Do I like it? I can't quite decide.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied; doesn't feel like 8% abv...just a hint of the warmign as you're drinking it.

Overall: Unique and somewhat bizarre beer. There are very few beers that, after drinking them, I can't really decide how I feel about them. This is definitely one of those beers. The roasty notes are nice, the bready after-taste is pleasant, but there's just something that doesn't quite work for me. I'm wondering if it's something with the rye? It's kind of spicy and peppery, but kind of funky and fruity too. In the end, it's something I'm really glad I got to try, but I'd probably not buy it again. (1,670 characters)

Photo of JustinMatthew
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery's Rugbrod poured into a Golden Monkey tulip glass pours a veryyy dark brown with an off white head that disappears quickly. Smells a little bready with a good amount of yeast spice and malt. Tastes of strong alcohol, yeast spice, some rye character, and a little bit of chocolate. Delicious Lingering chocolate and rye after taste. Another great/ strange and well rounded brew from these guys. (404 characters)

Photo of chodinheaven
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A large 3-4 finger cream white head sits on top of a caramel or deep amber colored beer after a medium-aggressive pour into a tulip glass. The head dissapates slowly, not leaving much lace as it goes, but holding retention very well. Rye spice hits the nose just before candied fruit and sweet molasses does. Caramel malts mix with the rye and a hint of booze to create an interesting but not overly aromatic aroma.

Upfront is sweet caramel, molasses and candied fruit, all very sweet and sugary. It doesn't stay sweet too long before the spiciness from the rye and the bit of heat from the booze mask it and keep it from becoming cloying. The middle of the palate is a battle ground for the sweetness and the spiciness of the rye and hops, the latter of which makes its presence known in the middle and back as a very slight bitterness. In the end, the sweetness wins out as it is felt through the whole experience, including the linger. There is an overall Belgian influence in this beer as well, detected in a certain funky character. The boozy feel of this is warming, but definitely a part of the tasting as well. At 8.5 ABV, it doesn't shine through but it is a well-intgrated part of this beer. The mouthfeel is full in body, prickly on the tongue, and a little dry and sugary in the finish. Maybe just a tad off. Overcarbonation? Not sure. Good beer though and I recommend. (1,383 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml magnum into a strange glass. Pours a muddy, melted chocolate color, with auburn highlights through the bottom of the glass. A three-finger tan head takes a while to reduce, no doubt due to the bottle conditioning of this brew.

Smells like a bakery, very malty, with tons of rye, pumpernickle, and toffee notes. Earthy, oaky, and bready, this smell evokes a warm bakery on a cold evening. Smokey, with hints of hops as well, this is like so many Bruery beers; complex and layered in its nose.

Malty, with tons of grapes, apricots, and plums, this is a rye experience. Earthy, with oak, pumpernickle, peat and burnt barley, this has a nice smokiness that finishes with a decent hop bitter. Somewhat reminiscent of a scotch ale, but with even more rye.

Medium bodied, this has a nice dry finish.

Overall, an awesome beer, one I would definitley pick up again. It is simply unlike any beer I've had before; then again, I imagine that is a common phrase that is used when describing beers brewed at the Bruery. Get it and try it! (1,047 characters)

Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured equally into three glasses for sampling. Average to large creamy off-white head mostly lasting with fair lacing. Cloudy-hazy red/amber hue with bottle conditioned sediment held back. Initial banana/bubble gum scent dissipates quickly leaving a dark bread grainy malt aroma mixing in with a light flowery hop presence. Starts with a tart/sweet flavor finishing mostly sweet with some sourness of average duration. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation and a light alcohol finish similar to rye whiskey. (518 characters)

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

750 mL champagne style capped bottle. no date. poured into tulip glass as directed on label.

appears an opaque dark brown with 2 inch thick cream colored head. fades to thin covering. not much lacing. smells like sweet sugary bread. a little spicy, a little booze.

taste is similar, but with subtle rye flavor, a bit herbal. body is smooth, subtle carbonation. drinks nice.

I'd say very similar to a brown ale or a dark Belgian ale. the rye is muted. (455 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium brown color with one finger of diminishing sandy foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very husky grain, including a snappy thread of rye, is featured, but a sharp carbon dioxide edge is disruptive. Some late savory depth--meaty--is also present. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with nutty brown malt, hard minerality, and peppery spice. Acidity is mild, staying well hidden. A whiff of non-committal dark fruit precedes bitter cocoa, which lingers to the end. Some of the savoriness from the smell is also revealed late, but stays in balance with other qualities. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, velvety smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer is a fairly accomplished, turbocharged version of brown ale that integrated rye well into a noteworthy dark beer experience. Considering that the bottle reviewed was over a year old, much of the expected carbonation has mellowed, allowing it to take a more refined posture appropriate to something strong and dark. Rugbrod shows itself to be a versatile malt-focused beer that is a good fit for the Fall and Winter months. (1,191 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep cloudy brown with a thick with a creamy tan head, nice retention and good lacing.

The smell is deep rye and dark bready malts with a bit of musty funk, the smell is very average.

The flavor is very nice, good levels of malt complexity with nice bready malts and sweetness, has layers of dark fruit and light cocoa in the finish with an underlying bit of earthy hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and supple, with a nice creamy texture.

A very nice brown, I'm enjoying the oddness of it. (515 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear dark copper-red with a slight head that doesn't hang around long.

Aroma is brandy soaked dark fruit nutty and woody.

Taste is initially charred dark grain bitterness that is very porter-like. Dark fruit sweetness remains but is much more subdued than in the nose, along with a touch of chocolate. Finishes with a dry cedar quality, toffee, and mild alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is a smooth and soft medium body.

Overall a nice strong ale. sweetness is tempered by the charred dark grain bitterness. Very drinkable. (527 characters)

Photo of merzeone
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ML Bottle Purchased 10/11
Opened the bottle and it was a gusher....

A: Hazy Brownish Red a little White head that dissipates instantly no lacing.

AR: Big Nose of Spice and Caramel you can smell the caramel across the room. Some Bread/Biscuit aromas.

T: Burnt Sugar/ Caramel up front followed by a touch of spice and smoke way in the back. Minimal Hop presence and finishes with a tinge of sourness im guessing from the rye.

M: Medium to High Carbonation, Medium Body very cloying sweet stickiness stays on the lips.

O: First impression wasnt great, A touch disappointing in getting a slow gusher.After letting it settle down a bit the flavor is great complex and would be kick ass next to a fire with some friends to share.
Cheers (739 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Split a 750ml bottle; poured in a stemless snifter.

A: Slow gusher. I had to really sit and wait for this one to calm down (10 min.) before I finally had more beer than head in the glass. Dark red body with a huge off-white head.

S: Nice spicy rye right up front. I do love a rye beer that actually has rye flavours in it! A bit of mexican oregano and cane sugar in the back; mild neutral hops.

T: Kind of falls apart. All the flavours from the nose are there, but the fail to work together. Everything is pretty haphazardness and in the end, all I can taste is booze.

D: See taste.

Overall: This beer started with a good nose and just couldn't hold it together. I love rye beers, I really do. I like the idea of doing a different sort of rye, but this has a sort of poor homebrew taste to it. C'mon Bruery, I expect much more from you. (841 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Finally revisiting this beer after well over a year. Just couldn't remember it very well... It pours a clear amber-garnet topped by a finger-and-a-half of light cream-tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, pumpernickel, fig, brown sugar, graham crackers, light mandarin orange, and a bit of light lemon zest that jumps up front but fades into the darkness of nothingness fairly quickly. The taste holds notes of fig, mandarin orange syrup, toasted rye bread, brown sugar, light molasses, light chocolate powder, light red apple skin, that same light lemon zest from the smell, and banana. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a feel that really wants to be chewy (but just doesn't quite make it). Overall, a pretty nice rye beer, an interesting and different take on the style than I'm used to. Not bad at all. (894 characters)

Photo of Rhode17
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a really nice reddish brown with a nice two finger head. Poured into a Unibroue Tulip glass after about an hour in the fridge to take it down to 50 or so degrees.

The nose is subtle, but nice hints of pumpernickle bread and sour cherry.

On the palate there is the same bready pumpernickle, sour berry (almost like currant), a little brown sugar and cocoa powder.

Finish is faint, but pleasent. All of the flavors hang around except perhaps the tart berry.

Overall a really nice beer, well balanced and enjoyable. (536 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a reddish brown color with a nice looking foamy tan head on top. The smell of the beer has some spicy notes and some toasted grains. The The flavor was intersting to me, I kept getting some faint raspberry and cocoa notes in there... Not sure why. Perhaps the rye mixing with whatever else they are using give these flavors off to me. Either way, I really like the flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, with a dry aftertaste. Overall I enjoy this brew quite a bit. (484 characters)

Photo of remhaze
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown. Heavy pour gives a small head, looks thick and very pale tan.

S - licorice...very different and hard to pinpoint. Slight dark fruit.

T - a bit sweet and have a bitter after taste.

O - I think it's decent. It's good. Not very good when its room temperatured. I prefer when it's still cold on a warm sunny day. It taste different when it's warm. It seems to get lighter on your tongue- almost watered down. (430 characters)

Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.