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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

880 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 880
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 34
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009)
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

another adventurous beer from the bruery. the pour on this one is mahogany, richly cherry in color, somewhere between a red ale and a brown ale, with a few thin inches of white fluff thats fades fast. the aroma of his beer is highly unique, combining red malts, a boatload of rye, peppery yeast, and a decent level of residual sugar, although i didnt find this to taste nearly as sweet as i thought it would. to me the rye was dominant, but it was dry in feel in the middle of a runny textured brew that shouldnt have finished that way. still, i liked the way this featured rye, compared to so many rye india pale ales and rye porters out there. the malt bill allowed the rye to stand out, and the alcohol level is perfect. i wished for more body or more carbonation or both, but i enjoyed the compelxity of this and think it might do well with some age on it. not my favorite bruery offering, but again something original and high quality.

StonedTrippin, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery RUGBRøD; tasted 21 January 2011.

No freshness date can be found on the bottle, but my sample was long-standing, and chilled below 40˚F for several months.

"Unfiltered, Bottle-Conditioned"

A rough pour brought up a massive head of yellowed tan atop a hazy colored copper body. It looked a little bit like a cola, and to be honest, it smelled a bit the same as well. Held to the ear, the receding head audibly 'crinkled' like rice crispies in milk! The head retention was good, but the lacing was far more limited. What I eventually ended up with was a solid collar of creamy yellowed tan around the perimiter, and minor spotting dripping from along the sides of the glass.

I picked up a bit of spice in the nose, but I couldn't place it. I thought slightly of mint, and slightly of cinnamon, but not particularly of rye. However, I was greatly reminded of a beer that I'd brewed previously at the Manayunk Brewing Company with rye (both flaked and whole) - it brought me right back - so, maybe I was picking up rye! I think the dark caramel malt, yeasty fruitiness, and hops skew it a bit, and therefore you don't get it just as "rye"..

The flavor was sharp, fruity, and a touch spicy, with obvious notes of dark sugar. It remained more straightforwardly caramelish though, and didn't stray beyond darkened sugar into 'burnt' sugar. I'm not sure about the hops, but I do get a touch of mint in the finish. And, of course there's a spiciness to it, but I don't know how much of that may be rye, or how much may be hops. It's well-balanced, focusing caramelish malt, dark fruitiness, and spice in an equal triangle that's not unlike a holiday cake of some sort. (Hmmm... Nice. Perhaps this would make a great Thanksgiving or Xmas dinner beer to share with uncle Chet who thinks that Sam Adam's Old Fezziwig is the end of the line). A gentle bitterness supports it (not much is needed because of the spicy edge); and at 8% alc./vol. it's surprisingly soft and smooth across the palate. From start to finish it's very direct and one-sided, but it's still fairly complex despite its focus. The rye adds a level of polish to what might otherwise simply be a dark amber ale. And it's surprisingly drinkable once it warms a bit and the gently tart edge wanes.

So what to say about drinkability? I have to state that in my experience rye is a very "love it or hate it" grain within brewing; and perhaps in baking as well. It makes itself known, and if you're not particularly inclined to the flavor and aroma of it you might find it 'cagey' or 'fence-like', and hard to get at; meaning it distracts you from what's really inside. It's strong enough to redirect your attention and taste buds so that you don't see it for what it really is. And OK, I get that. I enjoyed it greatly, but I don't think most imbibers will find it quite as charming, thus a 4.0 for scoring. Still, I would say that it's certainly worth trying for nothing more than to get a better sense of what rye can do in a beer.

NeroFiddled, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a deep mahogany hue with a khaki tan head forms thin speckled lacing around the sides of my glass. Body is semi clouded hard to see light through the glass. Aromatics come correct with slight chocolate cocoa powder note with a spicy rye edge, a touch of caramel and herbal hops in the background. Liquid rye bread not nearly as far as a Kvass but it's in the same ballpark. Flavor is just a nice wave of creamy chocolate chip cookie dough with slight bitter dark toffee/caramel notes. A big slew of malty tone with some spicy herbal and spicy rye edges coming through, a beer I could get down with occasionally but I desire more hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even soft carbonation rolls along smooth enough, no complaints here for sure. Drinkability overall is a nice dessert or appertif brew, that will allow nice bread, chocolate, and spicy rye edges flourish. It didn't over power my palate in anyway, a solid offering I'd like to see more Danish rye brews around.

WVbeergeek, May 21, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark rye malts, caramel, some dark fruit, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a very hearty roasted rye malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of dark fruit, caramel and a little spice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's something a little different and is a good beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for this type of beer.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a towering two and a half finger head of light tan foam on top of an opaque, brown body. The head fades away slowly and leaves light lace.

S - Notes of chocolate, nutty caramel, and toffee. Some spicy yeast and red apple in the background.

T - Dense, bready malt up front with lots of rye and chocolate. Lots of caramel in the middle with more bittersweet chocolate and some raisin notes. Finishes with red apple yeast character and spicy rye notes that linger on the palate.

M - A thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Thick, sweet and really drinkable despite its strength. It is complex, not on the level of an imperial stout, but it has a lot of different caramel and brown malt characteristics that add depth without ever making the beer cloying. It has a very bready character with notes of spice cake and caramel apples. I would love to see a rum or whiskey barrel aged version of this. I would like to put a bottle of this away for a few years because it reminds me in some ways of JW Lee's Harvest Ale and it would be interesting to see if it ages as well as that beer does.

nickfl, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NC last summer...

Opens with a touch of gushing, pours a ruddy brown/chestnut with a finger of tan head. Gushing continues albeit slowly as this warms, me thinks I should've drank this a month or so ago.. Average head retention or lacing. As advertised floaties show up at the bottom the bottle `

S: Some toasty malt, figs & vanilla once warm

T: Brown bread, some rye crispness & caramel, dryness as well up front. Some oaky & rye whisky notes as this warms, plus & boozey warmth, pears, plus caramel. Finishes crisp with figgyness, slight whisky notes & a touch of pecan

MF: Carbonation is a bit too stiff, medium bodied, some stickeyness & alright balance. Starts to thin out a bit once warm, the carbonation finally settles down a bit

Drinks easy, enough, not a great take on the style, but I would pick it up again...

russpowell, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

MasterSki, Nov 29, 2011
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.

drabmuh, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery Rugbrod
JuleBrygrg-style Dark Rye Ale

Beautiful auburn color, lighter at foot, with a prodigious light cocoa head. Creamy, and long-lasting.

Aroma: warm and malty, spicy, earthy...

Taste: more warm, more malt, more earth...dark fruit, a bit of the fig, dates, but more bready than anything else. Caramel-y, sweet meets spice. Gets bigger and richer as we go. Plump figgy flavor, with dark, spicy bready malt, Tasty, warm, and wonderful.

Medium bodied, fully flavored, and very drinkable. This is yum. Mmmm, mmm.
Me likey.

feloniousmonk, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

mendvicdog, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.9%

MarkyMOD, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 01/20/12 notes. Have actually never had this one before...used to see bottles all the time and then they stopped showing up at my stores, so was glad to finally try it at Hopleaf in Chicago. 8 oz. pour. Review #2,400.

a - Pours a murky, mahogany brown color with a reddish tint to it, one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cherries, dark fruits, rye, fruity malts, toasted malts, biscuit, bread, wheat, spices. Nice cherry to it, and the rye comes through a decent amount. Pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of cherries, raisins, dark fruity malts, bready malts, rye, some toasted malts, and some spice and pepper. More dark fruits here and less rye, but I like it just as much as the nose.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Slightly too carbonated, otherwise easy to drink overall.

o - Overall a really nice rye beer. Lots of cherries and rye in the nose, and more raisins and dark fruits in the taste. Easy to drink, something I would definitely revisit in the future.

mdfb79, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

beernads, May 17, 2013
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 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.

Mora2000, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours auburn with a sizeable off-white to tan head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is robust - caramel, toffee, sourdough and minty rye.

The taste is sweet and sour - caramel/toffee with sour and bread. Minty, dry finish.

Full-bodied. Prickly carbonation, yet remains thick-ish.

Very drinkable with a malty smoothness. Alcohol covered exceptionally well. Sweet and sour with a minty touch. A very interesting, enjoyable brew!

jwc215, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

oriolesfan4, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a 14oz stem-goblet at the now defunct Bruery Provisions. Cost was $6.00 USD. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of good cream and good thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a very dark auburn. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Nuts, malt, rye, bready notes, fruity esters accompanied by an artificial sweetness, and cherry pie filling/crust. Quite sugary; brown sugar is prominent. Intriguing, if a bit too sweet.

T: Fruity and sweet, with coarse rye dragging its finer notes out. Cherry pie filling up front. Heavy malty body. Too sugary towards the finish. Lacks subtlety. Kind of messy; unfocused. What happened to the nuts? The fruit is poorly handled. Bits of poorly executed dark fruit underwhelm.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Some creamy quality. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick. Unnecessarily heavy on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable but not unique or special. It's a decent brown ale and pushes limits, but the end result isn't great. I wouldn't get it again. Overpriced (in classic Bruery fashion).

C+

kojevergas, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

InspectorBob, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

GClarkage, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at The Bruery, Review 2.0, entering this back in after the crash,

A: Pours brown with a nice creamy, frothy white head.

S: Notes of strong dark bread, rye, cinnamon.

T: Flavour is very similar to the smell, heavy on the brown bread, spicy rye, some molasses and winter type spices.

M: Pretty smooth, medium-bodied, lighter than I expected for 8%, possibly due to the cask.

D: A nice solid effort from Pat and Co., this may be their new year-round. I expected a little bigger attack from the flavours with this much malt and at 8%, nevertheless, a quite enjoyable new brew.

Halcyondays, Oct 05, 2009
Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 880 ratings.