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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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Ratings: 892
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: 892 | Reviews: 346
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of MoJoe
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit more research for my next brew (on top of the smoke brews of the past few days).

Poured into a standard pint glass, huge head, dense but light as well, color is light tan. Color is dark amber, translucent, feint carbonation.

Smell is malted, sweet rye, with hints of tart cherries and notes of smoke and bread, very interesting.

Taste comes through slightly sweet and tart mixed with rye malt sweetness, and crispness. It hints at tasting like a bread and then brings you back with the tart sweetness. The rye flavor comes through in the sweetness and crispness in the finish. Hop bitterness is there, but tough to distinguish from the rye spice.

Mouthfeel is interesting, it hints the tongue strong with flavors throughout, but tart, sweet, rye spice balance works very well. Tough to believe this is 8%abv.

Overall, this is one interesting brew, tart, sweet, crisp, slightly bitter. I'm really liking the spicey sweetness of rye beers.

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.

Photo of chugalug06
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice two finger head on an aggressive pour. Head is off-white and laden with foam... Brew is near blood red.

Tons of rye in the nose. Earthy. Bitter. Banana. Bread-y.

Bitter. Dry. High carbonation. Heat-y. Solid. Yeasty. Bread-y. Slight spree (tart) flavors, but not overly sugar-y. A bit of funk from the barn on the nose.

Exactly what I was looking for when I grabbed this brew... it's recommended and should be sought after.

Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Bruery Tulip glass at about 50 degrees.

Rugbrod pours a clear brown with a thick off-white froth. Caramel, roasted nuts, Belgian fruitiness (I get mostly banana & dark berries), baking spices, and light coffee show on the nose and are joined with a light chocolatiness on the palate. There is a little heat that I get on the finish, but overall this is a fantastic brew! Bought at the Bruery for $8 and worth every pennny!

Photo of weatherdog
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL

It pours a muddy brown with a quickly dissipating head. A small ring of bubbles line the edge of the glass.

The nose is very reminiscent of rye bread. It's the most dominating rye smell I've ever had in a rye beer. It's just loaded with spiciness, breadiness and malt. I think this beer is now a benchmark on how much rye smell can be packed into a beer

The taste has an upfront caramel sweetness to it that then transforms into this rye spicy rye taste in level which are present in the nose. A level of bitterness is there in just enough force to balance the beer from becoming a malt bomb. I'm unsure of the percentage of malt used in this beer but it has to be fairly high since this beer is just dominated by this heavy rye flavor. I'm really liking how aggressive it is and his beer screams rye.

The carbonation is at a medium level and the mouthfeel is pretty full bodied which helps the beer feel like a liquid loaf of rye bread. It hides the ABV perfectly without even a trace of alcohol smell of taste hitting my nose or mouth. It's really a great beer that defines the style for me currently.

Photo of telecomz
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bartle
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Viggo!

wa-pow! foam! Underneath is a cool looking mahogany body, slightly cloudy. Aside from the massive foam it does look very appealing. The lacing was rather attractive.

The aroma is of sourdough rye. More rye than anything, some belgian yeast character, spicy, ripe fruits, some caramel and roast, almost chocolatey. There is an underlying funkiness going on. It's not strong, but it's there. It adds a complexity to it.

The taste is full of roast and rye. It's got a nice toasted bread character to it. Lots of caramel sweetness, some delicate vanilla tones. Again some more spices, some warming sensations, more fruit character, and a touch of tartness. There is a little bitterness from the grain bill and topped off by a dry finish make this a fantastic balance. Rye forward and delicious.

The carbonation is really high taking the mouthfeel down a whole lot, but it's still got a lot of body. It has a little astringency, but just enough to snap off the dry finish and maybe add to a perceived bitterness.

I really dig this beer. I can really appreciate this style and I find this very drinkable. I wish this were readily available.

Again, thanks, because this ruled. I'm glad to be able to have had this.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super cloudy brown-red with a finger of frothy brownish head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is full of rye spiciness and some dark fruit sweetness. There is also some biscuit, caramelized sugar, residual sugar, and a hint booze.

T - Starts off with some dark fruit flavor with some raisin and plum sweetness alongside some biscuit malt. Through the middle some caramelized sugars come through alongside some stronger dark fruit flavor and some earthy and spicy rye flavor. The finish is a mix of rich caramel malt, rye, residual sugar, and dark fruit sweetness that all linger together.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, spicy, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. The combination of strong rye notes with the dark fruit and rich caramelized notes are excellent together. The body is big enough to hold all of the flavor and the overall beer is nicely balanced.

Photo of pkalix
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

seemed a bit thick in the pour. deep, dark almost neon magenta through the duvel glass with a tan, tight bubble topping.
not getting much in the smell except an effervescent alcohol smell. a little spice too?
taste is... different. got some earthiness to it. unexplainable in my vocabulary of knowledge but not bad. "julebrig-style dark rye ale" it says on the label. there is a slight tangy bitterness and a slight prune-y taste.
medium to heavy in feel. The Bruery is relatively local but i still havent made it to their sampling room. their beers seem to have a little twist to each of them and are of a higher abv value. for the most part they have all been drinkable- nothing too obscene, and this is another decent brew from them. it's another adventurous endeavor and in the context of evaluating this one as a stand alone (and not compared to others i have just had or what i may have been expecting from this) this is a very worthy brew.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip- pours a dark brown cherry color with 1.5 fingers of head, a modest ring of foam lingers throughout, and a few spots of lacing.

Smell is of rye and booze- rich malty notes, a sharp rye smell and booze.

Tastes like the beer version of pumpernickel bread- delicious. Some bitterness up front followed by rich malt flavor; the rye develops sharply I'm the middle and then s,oaths back out into a yeasty, rye, and slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel oIs perfectly appropriate- full bodied, well carbonated, rich. I got this beer and then made some pork tenderloin to pair with it and it was excellent.

Photo of bum732
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly dark brown, nice creamy head. Smells of spicy rye, dark caramel notes, pumpernickle, raisin bread, some vanilla. Tastes of sweet caramel malt with some dark fruits complementing. Lots of raisin bread with just a touch of rye that dries the back of the throat. Mild earthy bitterness leads to some more caramel sweetness, just a touch of roast. Just enough herbal hoppiness counters the sweetness drying the palate slightly. Nice creamy body, carbonation low, alcohol fairly well hidden.

A very solid beer. Everything worked nicely in this brew, the rye and the hops countered the caramel sweetness nicely, making it not too heavy. Great creamy mouthfeel with not much alcohol apparent really boosts the drinkability. I loved this beer.

Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of cichief
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big 750 ml bottle.

A- Poured a deep amber with a nice tan head, beautiful.

S- Somewhat sweet and bready, malty and yeasty, little hop presence.

T- Somewhat yeasty, with a little sourness (like a nice Belgian), the rye what powerful, without being overpowering.

M- Smooth, coated the tongue well, not overly effervescent.

D- Refreshing for a darker beer, very likable indeed.

Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bold dark brown to settle murky and blacker in the glass and grows one wildly tall topping of light tanned foam that can be scooped at if needed. The foam reseeds slowly and finally resets at about a half inch of oatmealy girth and big bits of lace shelf out in very thick cob webby lacing.

Aroma if soft and supple like that of a great Dunkel with an alluring dark sweet breadyness touching on cocoa, nuts, bread crusts, ever so slight banana and rye spice top it off.

Taste is all sorts of soft yummy dark bready sweetness. Lofty, full, semi crisp, kind of dulled in that respect but does carry a dry bready edge and big rounded carbonation of pale and dark rye malt. Has a complexity that's soft and exploits lots of style late as it settles across the palate. Bready cocoa, banana, nuts, caramel, and touched with a simple tug of rye spice perks at just the right spots. Nothing overwhelming or standing out more then another. A nice balance of flavors and tonality that sits incredibly well together for one fine tasty bready treat.

Body is nearly full with a moderate carbonation thats rounded into a soft bready tone and sweetens up as it sinks well into a creamy malted finish where the flavors really melt together and create lots of its fun and complexity.

Even though it comes in at 8%, it drinks as easy as any Dunkelweizen. Its soft simple nature just begs to be downed. Remarkabley yummy stuff. A seemingly simple brue, but not.

Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

Photo of Anaz
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TommyW
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of slynke
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Duvel tulip
Drank: 6/18/12

A - Dark amber, light tan 4 finger head. Lots of retention.
S - Fruity, sweet, sour yeast
T - Dark fruits, sour rye, bitter hops
M - A bit light in body, medium at best. Goes down fast!
O - One of my favorite Bruery releases and rye beers. Very well-balanced.

Photo of DCon
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. - 750 ML bottle of this from Total Wine & Beverage in Redondo Beach, CA for $12.99 & shared w/ GeoffTheAleMan. Poured from the Brown/Orange Labeled bottle w/ Yellow Writing & "JuleBryg-Style/Dark Rye Ale" stated into my 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Has no Freshness Date like many from The Bruery.

Aroma- Soft cherries, malt, and the sweetest amount of blended fruits (that seem to come off tart on the nose) are in here at the beginning. A very light rye character was in the background but didn't show up big. Not worried about it.

Appearance- Pours a 4 finger, longest lasting head possible! The body is a dark caramel color and is semi-hazy. Leaves the thickest lacing behind.

Flavor- Sweet malts, medium hops, and the sweetest fruits once again hit the palate on this one. Light-Medium bitterness and finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Highly Carbonated, Effervescent, and then has an AWESOME sour finish! Well done!

Overall Impression- Very refreshing and another nice example of a complexed beer from The Bruery! I love these guys' beer. Will say, I'm not sure what style this really should be but enjoyed thoroughly. Pick up a bottle if you haven't already!

Photo of jjanega08
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Rugbrød from The Bruery
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