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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 35
Gots: 110 | FT: 6
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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Ratings: 891 | Reviews: 346
Photo of Risser09
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 poured into a pilsner - cellar - 2009 I bet

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangeish brown color with a 3" tall tan head. It shows decent retention and spotty lace remains.

Smell: Caramel malt, freshly roasted barley, nougat, caramel and I suppose some actual rye grain. A slight mineral backbone and little to no hops.

Taste: A smooth wash of caramel, nougat and rye grain. The flavor is very robust and turbid, almost milky, but very smooth. Awkward.

Mouthfeel: See above. This beer is quite chalky and again, turbid. Medium body, ample carbonation, smooth going down, with seemingly less than 8% alcohol.

Drinkability: This is a decent brew that you have to try. It's worth trying once, but I won't go after it again. A modest effort that hopefully pulls in the authenticity of Danish beer.

Photo of snpub540
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown hue with some amber highlights when held to light. Creamy brown colored head that left some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell was very much of roasted malts. Thats it.

Taste was slightly rye and the rest being roasted malt flavor. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel felt slightly thin. Drinkability is good and the alcohol is hidden and doesn't come up in taste.

Photo of adamette
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 750ML bottle that I bought for $11.99 at Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield in Cleveland a few weeks ago into my Brewery Ommegang gold rimmed Westvleteren style goblet. No observed "best by" date. The label is excellent, one of the most attractive that I have seen. Following printed on the label: "JuleBryg-Style Dark Rye Ale. A deep auburn colored robust Danish-style ale with spicy rye and caramelly, bready malts."

A Dark caramel, mahogany body with a very light brown, creamy head that sticks around for several minutes. Good lacing left on the inside of the glass as well. 4.0

S I really like the rye, bready malts and "caramelly" smells available in this beer. It is complex, interesting and ultimately inviting. 4.5

T Like liquid rye bread, this beer is heavy on the rye (which I like, if you announce that it is a rye beer then, damnit, it should taste of some rye, and this does!). There is also certainly a brown ale type of presence of medium roast malt that is quite good as well. This is a big tasting beer, and a delicious one at that. In fact, the description on the label is quite accurate. 4.5

M As suggested, this is a big beer with big ABV, big, bold tastes. It is on the thin side, however. 4.0

D Fair since it is such a big beer with bold tastes. 3.0

Notes: The third and final Bruery beer that I taste and rate this week. I am very impressed with The Bruery.

Photo of pdoran10
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass from the bottle I picked up on a trip to Wisconsin.

It pours out a pretty dark brown with very little carbonation. A small bit of head at the top. The smell is dark malt, nothing very distinct about the smell, disappointing. The taste is a bit of rye and a complex malt blend. Complex, but not very exciting. The mouthfeel is standard not overly thick, but you can tell the beer has a lot of substance. No complaints about the drinkability. A good beer, but nothing exceptional.

Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love rye beers and I was really looking forward to this and I was really let down. There wasn't much rye flavor in it at all. I'm debating whether or not I should go buy a bottle of it to see if its different.

Served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is brown and really hazy. Forms a thin broken head with low carbonation and almost no lacing. Looks fine, not sure what I expected but this is approximately it.

Aroma is a mixture of sweet and roast. Was not expecting the roast at all. I can't pick up any rye character at all.

Beer is smooth and finishes completely. There is a nice sweetness up front but then the beer falls flat. There is almost nothing after that. No rye flavor, a slight roast but I don't even care about that. Its a little too thin for my tastes and this beer is really boring me.

Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a very nice light tan head with great retention and lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is semi-sweet bready malt, caramel dark fruit and a hint of spicy rye and chocolate.

T- The taste is very malty with a lot of sweet caramel and dark fruits along with spicy rye and some alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid brew that is definitely worth a try. I was hoping for a little more of a kick from the rye, but this one is still a solid beer.

Photo of david18
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was such an acceptional beer! It was just drafted as I was arriving at Amsterdam Ale house on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The beer is the perfect balance of unique spicy malt, intense hops and great sweet flavor. Strong enough to be an a&&-kicker, drinkable enough to have a couple I will look for this beer again.

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

monstrous head. filled an entire imperial pint with foam. curiously, no lacing

slightly hazy deep amber color. getting to brown but with plenty of orange

the imperial head releases drieddarkfruited aromas (dried black cherry, raisin) and rye sourness.

very ryeish flavor up front. they clearly used a good portion of rye malt and i love rye malt. ipso facto this beer tastes delicious to me. hops are for flavor, though contribute some bitterness. some sweetness lurks but doesn't have much of a chance between the rye and hop (and carbonation) punctuations. very bready, which i can assume to be an inspiration at some level. a touch of chocolate rounds out the mouthfull (before the bitterness, that is)

a tasty brew that

Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice light brown color with a finger of white head. nice lacing.

S: Dark chocolate. Nice malt. Rye right behind. Big Belgian spice character. The mix of rye and chocolate like this is something that I have never smelled in a beer before.

T: Lots of roasted malts. Chocolate. Then the rye which really works well with it. Tons going on. A nice spice lingers in the finish.

M: Really dry. Also creamy. Fairly full bodied.

D: Totally something different any singular than any other rye beer I have had. Totally different flavors expertly combined. Well done.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $11.

A: Very dark brown with an aggressive head, sand colored that keeps growing out of the glass, haven't seen this except in a few saisons. This is rather impressive, probably the best head retention I've ever seen, as it keeps coming out of the glass! Lots of sticky lacing once it does recede. Nice looking beer.

S: Dark rye bread, caramel, very grainy, a few yeasty notes and some esters. Slightly earthy and a fair amount of strong malty flavors. Slight alcohol. Not bad.

T: Definitely interesting, rye malts really stand out as the should, but there's also a definite roast to it, like smoked rye I would venture. Caramel and bread really shine in this one. Earthy and bitter as well. Some notes of coffee, and an interesting cream note as well that I'm picking up. Light bitterness towards the end. Nice beer, definitely a malt bomb.

M: Fairly thick body, medium carbonation, and a little bit of warm alcohol. Nice here as well.

D: Fairly easy to drink. Lots of nice flavors that work well together, the alcohol is a little strong, but it works nicely. Great winter beer, and it will be nice to see how this one develops over the years. Recommended.

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

Pours a nice, ruddy brown with good amounts of carbonation flowing in a mostly clear liquid, good 2-finger foamy toasty head, well-retained.

Smell has nice, dry toastiness, slight sweetness of malts, and the alcohol creeps out.

Super delicious toastiness and super dry grains, like cracked coffee bean shells. There's a slight grounds presence and the dry rye comes through mostly in the aftertaste. The slight sweetness of the malts pairs well with the moderate alcohol kick. Slight metallic aftertaste. Feel is moderately carbonated, lending to a good creaminess and loads of fizziness in the throat.

Honestly, when I think of the drinkability of this beer, I think "loveliness" is a good descriptor. It is pleasantly tasty and feeling. Very enjoyable.

Photo of froghop
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear dark brown with a tint of red in the light, a large khaki head, and a little lacing.

smell is of dark fruits, caramel, cocoa, and some spice.

taste is of chocolate nubs, spice, some dark fruits, malt, and caramel, ends dry and slightly bitter.

Photo of Murchmac
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes, bought to drink with ham on x-mas:

Rye highlights,

light brown, poured a big old head

alcohol, chocolately, bready rye,

thin body.

I continued to be let down with bruery beers from a bottle. The on tap stuff is good, I havent had black tuesday but mostly everything else Ive had from a bottle has been a let down.

Photo of augustgarage
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Liquid is a sort of dark sienna with faint cordovan and ruby around the edges - color is subtle and difficult to evaluate in this dim setting. A thick creamy finger of desert sand foam persists and clings to the sides leaving behind a sticky, thin, even layer of lacing. Very thin legs are suspended just above the foam. Excellent head retention overall.

The aroma is simple but intriguing - a really unique mix of rye and Belgian yeast - sort of a malty sourdough starter fed with rye flour. Tangy, and almost salty in a way.

The palate entry is tart and bready with hints of sesame and buttermilk. Faint pepper and pumpernickel in the finish, along with some bitterness. Rye is a little rough as it isn't balanced by any sweetness.

Smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

Best served with food (a strong cheese pairing at the least) as otherwise it becomes something of a trial to finish.

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

A capped 750ml bottle. Thanks to mymrnngjckt for sharing. Uncapped and poured into my snifter glass. This rye ale appears a hazed medium chestnut color with about a finger of light tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of caramel sweetness, spicy rye malt(mild) and yeast, toasted bread grains, sweet and a bit fruity. Medium in both body and carbonation levels with a spicy, slightly slick and sweet finish. pretty decent overall. Thanks again Kevin.

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

01.24.10 at City Beer Store

A: nice and dark, very opaque, with a superfluffy head

S: kinda like a loaf of bread

T: also kinda like a loaf of bread. The rye makes gives it a nice bitterness

M: lots of fizz, mellowed by malt

D: shared the 750mL, which is probably what I'd do next time, as well

Photo of Schmaltzy
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bruery Reserve initiation.

A- Nice dark brown color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head that left some nice lacing on my glass.

S- Definate rye presence, heavy rye sweetness with some mild spice, really not much here, kinda let down.

T- Heavy rye flavors, sweet rye/caramel flavors, maybe a little fruit flavors but the rye is quite overpowering, finishes with slight spice flavor.

M- Nice medium body beer with ample carbonation, alcohol is there but it is a smooth beer.

D- Not very good, really let down on this one but Bruery is still a great brewery, just maybe need to look into changing this recipe. Flavors were simply of rye, which it should be for the style, but I think I was expecting a bit more.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inflatablechair brought this over a couple weeks ago and shared with me and buckeyeboy... Thanks Sam... This was pretty far off my radar... reviewed from paper notes.

Sandy head.. clear amber.. nice highlites.. descent lacing.

Nose has some spiciness and a fair amount of lite caramel.. a bit herbal hoppiness.

Flavor has some light chocolate and more grassy hops than the nose.. dark bread.. surprisingly lite body with a pretty big carbonation.

This was sorta an "Ehhhh Oookay" beer for me.... Interesting and nice to try, but it was a bit too much all over the place and never ever found any focus. There was still a half bottle of this left when Sam and Jeremy left.. read between the lines.


Photo of popery
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Spicy and fruity, Rugbrod has a big malty presence. The flavors are richer than the abv would indicate, which is always good. The yeast notes are a lot more Belgian than I was expecting. It reminds me of a smallish quad. Interesting sour finish to a mouthful of dark stone fruits and spicy malt. The beer is a bit too carbonated for me, but it looks very nice and the carbonation fades with time.

Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a fluffy off-white head.

S: The nose is a bit different. The rye is present with its mild spiciness, but the other aromas are a bit muddled with some caramel and fruit.

T: A lot of different malt flavors going on here. Some caramel, rye, and perhaps even a light smokiness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: A bit disappointing, to be honest. The flavors just don't quite make sense or come together very well. The booze isn't necessarily present, but you can tell you're not drinking a 4% beer.

Photo of Goldfish19
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ Purchased this 750 ml bottle from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. This beer pours a dark brown with an off-white head. A pleasant aroma of spicy rye hits you like there is no tomorrow. It's followed up by hints of chocolate, dark fruit, and brown sugar. The taste is similar to its smell, but I also get a nice roasty, smokey flavor that lingers around for a while. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the finish is spicy.

Overall, this is truly an intriguing brew. If you can find it, buy it. Good stuff! ~

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

Reviewed on 1/12/2010. Bottle. Pours a deep brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, sweet roasted malt, chestnuts. Flavor of the same roasted nuts, roasted malt, a light grainy presence, and a touch of smoke. I think the draught version was better than the bottled version -- I got more complexities from it. Still, a great beer.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into my glass a deep dark brown with garnet highlight and a huge four finger head of creamy, bubbling light tan foam that's slow to recede. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas start with crisp toasted grains alongside a distinct estery banana and clove. Lots of spicy accents wafting up to greet me. Lots of yeast along with dark bread.

First sip brings crisp, toasted malt with a solid roast as well. Dark rye bread springs to mind as it washes across the palate with a spicy twang. Yeast esters envelop the tongue leaving trails of clove, banana and earthy flavors. Finishes with a touch of caramel sweetness and lingering spicy rye grain. Tasty and better as it warms!

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a bit of a grittiness to it as well. Fast moving carbonation with tiny bubbles is a little much for me and I'd enjoy it toned down a bit. Overall, a flavorful rye ale but it didn't really move me and the over carbonation makes it hard to drink.

Photo of Patrick999
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with a friend. Pouerd it into a Saxo glass. Brown body with plenty of active carbonation. With The Bruery, I always worry about overcarbonation. Great looking beer, but it kinda looks overcarbonated. We'll see.

Good aroma - I actually seem to get a good deal of banana, though not in a hefeweizen kind of way.

Very nice taste....rye bread and banana, with definite hints of chocolate. Not sweet though. And thankfully, not overcarbonated. Slightly prickly, but not such that it becomes a flaw.

Rich, filling, and warming, it's a sipper, very share-able with 1 or 2 others. But quite good. I wasn't necessarily expecting much from this, but it was a good beer.

Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with absolutely no visability. Nice full bodied head that is retained through out the course of the beer.

Smell: Rye, toffee, slight malt and booze.

Taste: Rye, smokey and caramel malt. Got better as it warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy....you know you're drinking a beer with this one.

Drinkability: Took a little while for this to truly blossom (i.e. warm up), but once it did, it was a solid beer. Good offering from The Bruery.

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