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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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very good

864 Ratings
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Ratings: 864
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 33
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:
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(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009)
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Photo of everetends
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this is the first thing I have tried from The Bruery. Picked this one up from Hop City in Atlanta, GA for around 8.99 or 9.99. I was stoked to see it was a rye beer and thought I would jump into this one. Served up in a tulip.

A: Whoa, be gentle on the pour because this will build a head long after you expect it to stop. Its not a gusher or a foamer, it just builds a beautiful head. My initial careless pour yielded about four fingers of light tan colored head. The body is a pretty dark colored brown, a very dark cola color. Can't really see through the body except for at the bottom of the tulip. It lightens just a bit there and gives a hint to a bit of carbonation movement going on here. All hints to what is moving and shaking in the body, quickly disappears in the darkness. The head has some great retention, and the four fingers falls to a finger that lasts the extent of the glass. Very fluffy in texture. Most of the lace slides back into the body but some spotty lacing sticks around. Very god looking brew.

S: Malts are kicking around in here and quite nicely. Very bready in malt that blends well with all this rye. Some chocolatey and caramel presence sweetens up the savory quite nicely and brings out a wonderful aroma. There is a bit of an almost mineral/medicinal aroma bouncing around in here, it is different but not off putting. I am getting just a bit of fruit rounding things off with some pear and just a touch of cherry (very minute).

T: This tastes like a very nice dessert bread. The rye really plays well with the bready malts and mixes fantastically with a nice chocolate flavor. It just meshes well once the beer warms and really comes together. It is incredibly strong when the beer is too cold, but warm it is very nice. The medicinal quality makes more sense as it comes out more of a spice quality. Touches of pepper, nutmeg and clove. The fruit is yet again a touch of pear but absolutely some dark cherries work in. Very nice indeed.

M: A good, heavy sided medium in body. Carbonation is a bit high for my liking and think that had a lot to do with some of the strange aromas coming out. Maybe just a little too aggressive with the carbonation. Still this is smooth and has a good weight to it. Velvety at times. ABV is just a slight warming on the throat, nice and subtle. Aftertaste is a nice amount of dark chocolate lingering.

D: This truly is a great introduction to The Bruery. I made the mistake of serving this too cold, but once it reached proper temperature everything fell wonderfully into place. A pretty subtle rye beer that has some big flavors and aromas at times. Just beautifully crafted and pretty easy drinking for the ABV. I will sip it though as needs be. Fantastic brew.

everetends, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very carbonated right out of the bottle. Has a burgundy appearance, voluminous amount of pillow-like head comprised of large bubbles that slowly deflates leaving behind a collar of lacing.

Strong peppery spiciness intermixed with some caramel malt sweetness.

Taste is quite complex. Bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and biscuit malts round out the sweetness, while a pleasant bitterness makes itself known. Spicy notes are prominent and alcohol heat at the end of the swallow is noticeable. The bitterness briefly remains after the swallow but is quickly replaced by sweetness. Very well balanced.

Creamy with medium body but high carbonation. Completely mouth coating. I can only speculate that the rye adds to the enjoyable mouthfeel.

Each sip is just as good as the last and doesn't fail to keep your taste buds interested; well at least mine.

TheJollyHop, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this at the Hulmeville inn. Poured into my Lindeman's stange. Pours a cloudy brown with a very unique fizzy light brown heading. Bubbles and lacing were all over the place.

Smell is all rye. Some slight spicy notes kick in to finish it off.

Taste wasn't what I was expecting but in a good way. Very doughy malts with a serious amount of rye mixed. Very tasty. Spicy - gritty kind of finish to this beer. Slight smokiness as well.

Mouth is medium to full bodied a very gritty feel in the mouth doesn't finish clean at all.

Drink is ok. Not a session brew but a very interesting choice of beer.

TheFightfan1, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of farrago
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super-hyper head, be careful when you pour, loose and airy foam which dimples but actually holds on longer than you'd expect, light brown hue, no lacing to speak of. Filmy brown color crosses over into full opacity, more amber orange nearer the rims. Ruggedly focused nose, like a ranch sunrise, not pretty, maybe not showered but up and ready to go, milk chocolate powder, slight caramelization like crème brûlée, the rye is not a consistent major presence, supplemented by a mossy, wet green matter aspect and a pinch of pepperiness, it's very much a "whole" over the "parts" sort of experience. Medium-bodied, carbonation makes for an initial wave of foam crashing down on the tongue. Segues to a mineral water, quinine kind of thing, then the rye and pumpernickel notes finally show up with some force.After that, chocolate, toffee, coffee appear as it smooths out. No citrus, low level of apple, peach, red cherry fruit, nothing big time. A big point of attraction is its texture and overall sense of "maturity," that is, it comes across as confident enough in itself to not take unnecessary pains to impress. But still does so with most sips.

farrago, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

So far I've been unimpressed by the Bruery beers I've tried, but I generally like Rye beers, which baseless illformed opinion will win out??? The beer pours a nice looking rubyish mahogany, relatively clear and a thick, dense light tan head with plenty of lacing and ok retention. So far so good. Aroma is certainly rye forward, with associated spiciness and mild caramel and malt sweetness. However, the sweet and spicy don't blend well and the dry bready rye aroma dominates. As this beer hits the front and back of the palate, its like drinking two different beers. In the front it's sweeter and malty, some Belgian yeast, in general rather pleasant. As it moves further back the tongue and finishes it has a potent, strong dry bready rye and spice character that isn't very well balanced with the sweet. Well, looks like my general apathy of the Bruery's beers has summoned the strength to defeat my affinity for rye beers, as this comes off as a challenging to drink, unbalanced notion of a good idea.

yourefragile, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Split two ways with my father. Poured into pint glasses.

A- Pours a dark brown hue. Produced three fingers width of tan colored head. Nice head retention.

S- Picking up lots of rye, spices, and caramel malt sweetness. The combination wasn't off putting in any way, just not too appealing.

T- A bit of a mess in IMO. Definite notes of rye, but the malt sweetness / roasted, smoked malt combination was a little too strong...definitely masked any other subtleties that may have been in here.

M- Medium bodied. My only complaint was that it was overcarbonated.

D- I was only able to drink 3/4 of my glass before pouring the rest down the drain. My father tried to drink it since he is a fan of rye beers, but only managed to take a few sips.

Overall, I don't know why I keep buying their distributed beers. Other than Hottenroth, I have been left extremely disappointed and $100 poorer. From now on I will just stick to trading for their pub exclusive beers.

rhinos00, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a mahogany brown color with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is excellent, but there isn't much lacing at all. Aroma is caramel malt, nuts, rye, and a bit of chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of some dark fruit and smoke. Also, the rye flavor comes out more in the taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating, and has good but soft carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very easy and enjoyable to drink. I like this beer, but at $11 a bomber it's not something I'd buy very often.

bluejacket74, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 2" tan head over the cloudy burgundy brew. Head fades ever so slowly, with heavy thick lace. Aroma is chocolatey rye with maybe some smoke. Taste pretty much mirrors the nose. Combination of flavors makes me think of a brew made over an open fire. Mouthfeel is hearty yet smooth, and drinkability is very nice. Interesting and enjoyable brew.

ppoitras, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a becker.

A: Medium dark brown, pours into a giant frothy head. Settles very slowly. Looks a lot like an ice cream float.

S: Nuts, malt, rye, and molasses. A little Italian spice.

T: Bitter, bittersweet chocolate malt, a hint of nutty sweetness.

M: Heavy, palette coating body, full, hearty flavor.

D: A sipper.

Great atmosphere. Appearance is pretty impressive. Full, balanced pleasing nose. Flavor has some complexity, and great combination of tones, great balance. Overall, this is a great quaff.

bmwats, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of billshmeinke
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into La Fin Du Monde tulip.

A: Dark, looks black. Sort of ruby around the edges. Huge 3 finger khaki head. Resides to a 3 mm head that doesn't go away. little bit of lacing.

S: Smells of rye, bready belgian yeast, some sweet caramel.

T: Tastes follows smell. Spicy rye, bready belgian yeast, and vague caramel/toffee sweetness.

M: Fairly well carbonated, semi dry. Light to medium bodied.

D: A very interesting beer. Not anything I'm used to, but still very drinkable.

billshmeinke, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color with a dense light tan head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of a nice musty brown ale, chestnuts, honey and a light sour spice from the rye. The flavor starts off with a nutty malt profile, light tobacco, which is followed by some lemon tartness and a light rye spice. This seems to be more of a big brown ale than rye. The rye doesn't stand out enough. I think I'd prefer the brew not to have that lemon twang. A solid moderate feel with fizzy carbonation; big and malty but twangy on the finish. This is a very good beer but I could do without the lemon twang.

Gmann, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a huge light tan head. Good retention but not a lot of lace. Color is a ruby hued bark brown. Very dark.

Aroma: A huge amount of rye, some spices, very malty. Just a load of rye and it just isn't impressing me.

Taste: a lot of smokey/roasted malts. Huge rye flavors. Some spices and dried fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: very roasted, however it has a nice amount of carbonation which makes it refreshing. A lighter bodied beer. Ends with a very dry aftertaste that is burnt and full of rye.

Overall, a lit bit of a let down here. I normally love rye beers, but this one was a bit to much for me. Not something I enjoyed a lot of. I probably won't be having this again.

mothman, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured a dark brown mahogany color with a thick off white head. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a lot of Belgian yeasty flavors with some spices and rye. Taste has a lot of re present but the sweet caramely malt also comes through. Some spiciness and Belgian yeast also comes through. The rye flavor is very appealing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Drinkability is good, but as expected it's not something I would drink all night. A bottle shared with a few friends was a very good purchase.

billab914, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very spicy rye component with some caramel malt sweetness to add some balance. The taste is decent. It has a solid malt bill which consists of caramel malts and rye. It's spicy as hell with a nice Belgian yeast character. It goes down easy with a dry, roasted, bitter feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good rye beer. It's not hidden at all. It's rye right in your face.

WesWes, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of almychristopher
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a murky brown with a very tall tan head even with a gentle pour coming up three or four fingers. the aroma brings a nice spicey aroma from the rye and yeast esters. the taste showcases the spice from the rye as well as a nice sweet bready malt taste. the roast astringency combines with the full body and good co2 to make this a very tasty beverage, thanks weswes for the great beers.

almychristopher, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany topped with a (literally) never-ending column of pale tan foam.
Some dark rye spicy bready notes hit the nose, but afterwards, it's all chalky, minerally, talcy, powdery astringency.
In the mouth, it's a hell of a lot of rye. And I love it for it. Toasty, spicy, peppery, bready. Some dark fruity (fig and date) elementals emerge as the yeast runs its estery course with clove and additional pepper notes. The rye, though, stays the feature throughout. Hopping is peppery, dry, and congruent. Some dark chocolate appears late, and lingers through the finish.
It's a bit over gassed (and this hurt the nose, giving it too much minerality), the body is fullish, but fuzzy up front with the rampant bubbles.
Despite some aroma/carbonation issues, this delivers the goods. I'm a sucker for rye, and this is a straight shot of it.

cokes, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of jampics2
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown with red highlights. A nice off-white three finger head sticks around for 5 minutes then retreats to a thin layer.

Smell is nice but a bit minerally in its harshness - a strong rye and Belgian yeast scent dominates the mix. Some slight roasted malt as well.

Taste is really good!!! This has an initial fruity sweetness I absolutely didn't see coming. Super nice spicey rye, sweet chocolate malt, noticable alcohol, and fruity yeast flavor peak then fade off to a coco powder taste from the malt. This is really a complex beer and succeeded in making me do a double take, so kudos for that. I'm also noticing bitterness emerging at the end, but not the typical hoppy bitterness, maybe a spice or root?

Mouthfeel is good. I'd like to see this a bit denser in the throat. Voracious carbination as expected.

Drinkability is good for the strength and uniqueness. Glad to have another of these to share with friends!

jampics2, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of mikey711
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours murky and a slightly cloudy brown with thick near two inch head that is slightly brown as well. Head retention was a bit too good as i owuld have liked it to settel a little faster.

S: Rye spiciness as well a some beligany esters. Perhaps a few hints of coriander and some crisp herbal hops.

T: A chocolate note strikes my palate first. Some coriander and rye spices. Some fruitness and almost a wheat like sweetness found in a wit. A very interesting blend of flavors.

M: A slight bit of booziness and the body is a bit lighter than i expected.

D: I am glad that I split the bottle because the hole bottle would have been a bit too much

mikey711, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of Onibubba
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having this with a Huntsman cheese. Perfect pour, typical of Bruery beers. Dark red tinged brown body with a generous beige head. Looks great as it is swirled up again. The rye hits you strongly, astringent herbiness. Taste is overpoweringly malt, and reminds me a good deal of dark bock beers - not a favorite style of mine. Not too sweet, the malt is nicely balanced by...something. I hesitate to say a bitterness from hops, because that is not really it. More an astringent flavor of medicianal herbs, like in the nose. The body and drinkability is amazing, and is fairly standard for Bruery beers. They have that smooth, thick drinkable body that stands up to their enormous flavor profiles, and this beer is no exception.

An interesting beer, good, but not a style that I will be returning to. I couldn't pass up a new Bruery beer though.

Onibubba, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of WeisGuy
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep brown with burnt orange highlights, two-finger tan head with decent retention and lacing

s - brown sugar, maple syrup, caramel and mixed spice on the nose, hints of cola and booze as well

t - much like the aroma, lot of maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel and earthy spice up front with caramel developing in the finish along with notes of tobacco and burnt toast, slight alcohol presence

m - medium-to-full bodied, medium-to-lower carbonation, mildly dry finish, moderate alcohol warming

d - fairly drinkable in that it's pretty easy on the palate, interesting in flavor and not overly sweet

Very nice rye beer by The Bruery. Pretty complex and not overly sweet as I feared and as has been my experience with a few other Bruery offerings.

WeisGuy, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with good amounts of rye and lighter amounts of other nondescript spices. Also present is a kind of mineral-like aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildy sweet toasted malt flavors up front are joined by spicy rye that isn't over the top and a smattering of other spices. As with the aroma there's a mineral presence that's there in most Bruery beers I've had but especially strong and not quite as welcome in this one. The ending is mildly spicy and bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my bottle however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I generally like rye beers a lot but this one didn't really do it for me. By no means a bad beer, instead it seems a bit jumbled. It's worth a shot to see for yourself.

glid02, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent light coffee brown, with a good sized head that lingers, leaving lace traces on the glass.

Smells of coffee, brown sugar, raisins, dried cherries, cloves, hay, and a bit of ginger. A bit of an earthy dirt/horse stable smell.

This tastes strongly of rye malts, powdered dark chocolate, ginger bread. It is drier than the sugar in the nose would suggest, which makes it even better. Finishes with some bitter hops and bitter chocolate. The flavors are all well balanced.

At 8 percent ABV, this beer is highly drinkable. Each taste begets another. A really fine and different beer that would go well with some earthy, dark food, like a lamb and mushroom stew, or, for dessert, a winter-style spice cake. Or, nice to sip by the fireplace on a cold winter evening.

Beerenauslese, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of eyncognito
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Needless to say, but I will, I am incredibly pleased that we now have the Bruery in Madison Wisconsin.

Pours a deep dark brown with an off-white head into my Duvel tulip. Aroma is big time dark rye bread, leans toward pumpkernickel with a sweet rye spice, also hints of cocoa and some brown sugary sweetness.

Taste is really pretty much the same as the aroma. Bready pumpernickel, sweet brown sugar, nutty, while cocoa and some black pepper linger in the background, along with faint herbal hop notes. This beer is pretty straight-forward, but I am really enjoying the quality and execution here. Medium bodied beer, the finish is a little light-neither sweet nor dry, which in this case I say is a plus. Soft carbonation.

Drinkable? Yes, very much so. 8% is hardly noticeable-without hardly any hops-besides some faint herbal notes. This beer may be a one trick pony, but I say let it ride. A wonderfully executed rye beer without gimmick or pretenses. It is what it is. Good beer.

eyncognito, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet.

A: Pours a dark mahogany tinted brown. The initial pour featured a tan head about five fingers thick. Carbonation seemed a little lazy but retention was excellent. A few drooping tendrils of lace were left to decorate the glass.

S: Wonderfully spicy rye aroma with elements of dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, caraway, white pepper, lemon, brown sugar/molassas, and coca-cola.

T: Fruity yeast and tangy rye loom largely here with a lot of supporting help from bright citrus, dark chocolate, spices, white pepper, maple, cola nut, and molassas.

M: Slightly tangy, with sweet and savory overtones. Spicy finish with a nice thick mouthfeel. Coats well and leaves an excellent spicy tingle on the tongue.

D: Maybe it was my empty belly or the huge amount of rye in this or something but while this was an enormously enjoyable beer, my cheeks were feeling pretty scorched by the end of the bottle. I loved this beer!

GbVDave, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep auburn with a fluffy tan head and cola like bubbles that quickly dissipate to a ring and patch of foam.

S - Spicy with bready rye, some sweetness, a touch of coffee, chocolate and tea.

T - Bready and spicy, caramel and rye, nutty, some malt sweetness with a bit of brown sugar, coffee grounds and chocolate. Lingering grainy flavor.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation and a lingering bready sweetness.

D - Like a meal in a glass. Reminds me a little of a less spicy dunkelweizen with rye.

brewcrew76, Dec 03, 2009
Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.