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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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very good

349 Reviews
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Reviews: 349
Hads: 910
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 18.56%
Wants: 34
Gots: 108 | 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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Reviews: 349 | Hads: 910
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap in a snifter at O'Reilly's.

A: Damn, this beer looks thick. Darkened like a loaf of rye bread, the ale is opaque. The combination of those two aspects is imposing, resting patiently under an off-white head.

S: The nose is plenty rye, dark with a distinct anisey sweetness with pepper in tow. Sweetness is ample, a nice pairing with the rye darkness.

T: Rich darkness, a surprising amount of rye packed into this glass. The rye is toasted, with pepper and anise in strong supply. The latter lends a licorice sweetness. The ale isn't weighed down. Instead, the abundant rye keeps the flavor profile moving along nicely. Sweet roasted flavors linger.

M: The rye drives the mouthfeel, smooth with plenty of out-of-the-ordinary flavors.

O: Very impressive. The rye is abundant, a rich character within the ale.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of corby112
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Kraftwork.

Pours a murky dark chocolate/chestnut brown color with yellowish beige hues when held to a light source. Completely opaque with a half finger off white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing.

Earthy yet sweet malt aroma with hints of toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, hazelnut and rye. Slightly leathery nose with some bready yeast. Also slightly solvent with subtle hints if dark fruit.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with soft carbonation and earthy hops up front that are countered by a sweet yet leathery malt backbone. Hints if caramel, chocolate and toffee along with some dark fruit, mostly date fig prune and raisin. There is also a slight peppery spice character and a noticeable alcohol sweetness. The ABV is masked where heat is concerned but I'm still picking up some alcohol sweetness. Not much rye and it tastes more like a tame barleywine.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

- A Julebryg-style dark rye.

A: A light chocolate-cola pour yields a midnight showing in the glass with tiny micro-bubbles that jetted into the dark horizon like shooting stars. Around the edges are glimpses of cola caramel coloring from the light while a medium buff colored head sits atop with a marshmellowy appeal and moderate retention. The lacing is fairly clean with the exception of a few frothy streaks.

S: The nose was light in aromatic appeal with warm chestnuts and dry Christmas spices coming to mind. After a few minutes of agitation I failed to pick up much more except for brief glimpses of dried rye bread and a caramel syrup touch similar to that used in sodas. Average by style and overall offered little in the way of incentive, which I think is a first for me concerning this brewery.

T: Smokey thick dried caramel and bread along with peat are the first offerings here and very generous at that. Warm nutty character with a dry spiciness of nutmeg and cardamon. Burnt chocolate malts add some bitterness while some spicy dark licorice notes sneak in. Dry with a huge bready character and earthy bitterning notes of dried vegetation and pine.

M: Extremely thick and luscious, almost syrup like that of LME offering a great deal of viscosity and resistance when rolled around the tongue. A nice small tingle of effervesce is detected on the tip of the tongue. Exceptionally smooth and full bodied, bready like sticking several pieces of wet rye and lme in your mouth for a hold.

D: Another out of the park homerun by these guys. After a rather disappointing aromatic experience this made amends and continued to blow me away with its full bodied affair both in flavor and mouthful. A dark rye combines with some christmasy spicing makes this a solid drinking experience that is sure to fill you up. A meal within itself is by no means an exaggeration here.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There was a big pop and lots of escaping CO2 when I popped the cap, so I wasn't surprised by the huge amount of foam that appeared while pouring. No gushing though, which is cool. Nice clear mahogany colour, some red/purple highlights. Thick, creamy beige/tan cap that coated the glass with a thick layer of bubbles. Excellent head retention. Spicy aroma, toffee, yeast, bready, faint herbal/grassy hops. Bitterness and spice mingled on the palate throughout. Caramel sweetness and bread filled out the flavour, with yeast and a bit of dried fruit towards the end, along with mild alcohol. Lingering bitter, slightly roasty finish. Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation, a bit airy in texture, faint warmth. Really different with a lot of character. I liked it.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a whim from Julio's. I do enjoy The Bruery, but this one not so much.

A - Poured into a Clown Shoes pint glass a dark deep clear chestnut brown. Atop it was a two finger fluffy off cream colour head that slowly fades leave a thick blanket on the top with noce side lacing.

S - Theres some nice malty sweetness on the nose as well as some light fruity funk. That being said, I've got a rather odd metallic aroma that I just cant get rid of. Very weird.

T - Nice malty sweetness as well as some nice almost spicey notes. I can pick up some nice just slightly sour and boozey notes This would definately age well and get even more complex.

M - Really nice crispness with a good almost medium carbonation. Really moves along the tongue.

D - Its a solid beer. Wasn't really a super huge fan of it though. The aroma was a bit off and the tastes could be a bit more "in your face" but it was worth the try. Cant say I'd pick it up again though.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, MasterSki left this at my place, sorry dude we drank it! Part of epic Bruery tasting.

Pours a dark reddish brown, raisiny, huge and foamy head forms, settles down to a very bubbly and thick layer, lots of lace chunks stick, this looks neat.

Smell is nice, rye bread, toast, lightly sour, iron, nutty, some raisin, alcohol, very bready malts, a bit of caramel sweetness, really neat.

Taste is similar, almost has a Kvass feel to it, lightly roasty, biscuit and toast, burnt rye bread, spicy, raisin, some caramel sweetness in the finish, pretty neat.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation, some warmth going down. This has some pretty intense rye character. Thanks Alex!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another excellent sampling at BT. Pours a rugged brown and red. Really does smell of rye, rye bread.

Taste, very smooth, then a delicate rye twinge, not exactly spicy, but unmistakeable for rye. Slight brown sugar tinge to it. Caramel, slight every so slight chocolate malt or chocolate possibly. Nutty, pepper. All of this stuff, is very nuanced, don't go buying this beer if you read about one aspect of it you think would be good, its very complex and nothing dominates.

Throw in a little pecan and even pumpkin, keep the hops away, this and the more obvious Autumn Maple are prolly some awesome Thanksgiving beers. Finishes dry somehow, despite not having any bitterness or hop mouthfeel. Magic again, every other rye beer I like seems to just be an ipa with rye. This beer is nowhere near so simple.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose: spicy roast, a little fresh laundry, rich, malty, fruity, prune, raisin, grape, would age nicely. Medium high effervescence, some caramel and a slight hint of chocolate. Has the rye texture and spice. Not hot, very fine soft carbonation, ½” head with very fine bubbles. Full body, smooth, some creaminess. Lingering rye and roast caramel aftertastes.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle received in trade with igeunard - thanks!

Appearance - Brown colour with a smaller size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, caramel, molasses, pepper, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, breads/grains mixed with some caramel/molasses. There is also some fig/dates and some peppery notes.

Overall - Really good. Nice deep flavours and a complex taste. A great fall/autumn type of beer, lots of rustic flavour.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tawney and hazey ruby mud color. All this beneath a foaming eruption of head that just won't quit. Over flowin brown head recedes to nothing as fast as it arose. Pretty good bubbling thats visible through the tawny, mahagony haze.

Rustic cherries and oats hit my nostrils first. Then some oak and a little smoke come next.All with a strong pumpernickel bread overtone. Very invitingly sweet and complex smelling beer.

Sweet, dark bread with a little blck cherry juice and a little hint of the cherry acidity. The midle is a little oakey and earthy. The earthiness is from the hops I believe. The finish has some smoke, caramel, and maybe a little tin to the linge. But all in all a well carbonated and complex palate. Just right for sipping and contemplating. The alcohol also adds a nice little touch of heat to the finish.

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Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear red colour with no head. Okay.

Sweet malt and spicy rye. Pretty much what you want from this and the touch of spice in the form of coriander adds some nice depth.

Smooth, sweet caramel malt with plenty of fruity notes. I get some peach along with earthiness and the rye. Nice.

Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. Good and well suited to the beer.

A fruity, sweet and spicy malty ale. This is balanced and creative and while it was the first Bruery beer I tried in the States, it clearly comes from Patrick Rue's fine institution. Good.

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Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is simple but quite inviting and intriguing. A nice mix of rye and the Bruery's delicious Belgian yeast. There is a sort of a malty/sourdough/rye bread thing going on.

The taste is slightly tart and quite bready, with hints of slight nuttiness. Faint yeasty pepper and pumpernickel in the finish, along with some slight earthy hop bitterness. Smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

This is definitely one of the best examples of a rye beer on the planet; definitely one of the more complex examples I have tried to date as well. This is one of the few beers that I enjoyed more out of the bottle for whatever reason, maybe the bottle conditioning, less fresh example, anyway still good. Highly recommeneded.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: On-tap, poured to a ten ounce pint glass. Had a deep brown color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of tan-colored, creamy/foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: Surprisingly, not a strong aroma, but did have traces of spices, malt, sugar and fruit.

T: Tasted of malt, caramel, spices, and raisins, with a definite dose of alcohol. An interesting flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick, almost harsh finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly drinkable rye beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

split/consumed during march madness

cellphone notes

appearance: removal of the cap sends foam gushing onto the kitchen floor - similar results were seen for an orchard white a few hours prior. when the beer settles, its beautiful - dark mahogany body with a perfect tan head and very creamy retention

smell: dark fruits, chocolate covered cherry, oak, rye loaf, fig, caramel, earthy

taste: really enjoyed this one - belgian spice, dark fruits and fig, earthy and spicy rye loaf, chocolate covered fruit, plum, brown sugar

mouthfeel: creamy medium body - really nice head retention

drinkability: good

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Max's this past Sunday.

Hazy dark brown with no real head. Reddish brown highlights are noticeable. The nose is spicy and bready rye, it really reminds me of fresh pumpernickel-ry bread. Brown sugar sweetness with an herbal tea and coffee grounds character and a touch of chocolate, this is truly great stuff. The palate opens with a big rye bread character with brown sugar, honey and caramel with a touch of coffee in the back. Mild husky bitterness on the finish with chocolate and coffee present. The rye character is great, big and spicy. Yeast character is reserved. As it warms up, I pick up some pepper. Medium in body, though a little watery on the finish with soft carbonation, this is good. I'd put it in the category of beers more interesting to drink than enjoyable, though I will revisit it from the bottle.

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Photo of ccrida
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet, Rugbrød is dark caramel brown with a tight tan head that leaves fairly heavy lace.

Smell is weird, spicy rye, cocoa powder and fruity, not sure if that is from hops or esters though, kind of grape/melon. The fruitiness grew on me though, and was my favorite aspect of this beer, given it that Belgian character I love.

Taste is spicy for sure, again with the mix of cocoa powder and fruit. Kind of weird, mish-mashy. I'm not sure I've had a "Julebryg-style dark rye" before, but it reminds me of some kind of Belgian rye porter.

Mouthfeel is fairly creamy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is okay, I can't say I love it, but it's not terrible either. A little to kitchen sink for me. But it's fairly smooth for the size.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown with some red highlights, moderate khaki head leaving little lacing. Smell is of fresh baked pumpernickle and rye with a nice touch of floral and spicy notes. After the nice, aggressive scent, the taste is a minor letdown with an almost muddled and earthy quality, the bread charachter is hidden under a bigger laywer of spice. Slightly watery medium body, actively carbonated and dry. A beer that started off with promise, but like many Bruery offerings just doesnt do it for me.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy warm brown with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, pale tan head. Spicy aroma is malty and has hints of caramel and cinnamon. Malty flavor has nutty, caramel and cinnamon hints and a bit of an alcohol nip. Texture is silky smooth with a nice, rough tingle. A good lip-smacking ale.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a nonic

Pours a dark burgundy amber color with a chilled haze and a bubbly one finger head that fell quickly. Some delicate lacing left behind.

The aroma is of caramel, raisins, cocoa, plums, brown bread and spicy rye.

Caramel malt and rye form a nice malt base. Belgian yeast adds a signature tang and the rye adds a pleasant spiciness. Plums and raisins and a hint of molasses fill out the rest of the flavor profile.

Dry, roasted malt and rye with a medium body. Some cocoa powder bitterness lingers. An oily, slick mouthfeel that barely touches creamy.

I struggled a bit towards the end of the bottle. The oily nature of the body caught up with me. A nice offering but not something that blew me away.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.02/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark caramel brown liquid with virtually no head other than some bubbles on top.

S-the nose is a mix of wood and overly sweet malts, burnt brown sugars and caramel with a touch of sweet plums.

T-all malt and very sweet, the caramel and plum seem to dominate, hints of chocolate underneath with a light spice to the finish.

M-full bodied, syrupy and soft, lighter carbonation with an easy finish.

D-not bad but overly sweet with an unfocused malt presence.

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Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.