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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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very good

855 Ratings
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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 34
Gots: 107 | 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 imperialking
4/5  rDev +3.9%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

InspectorBob, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of corby112
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

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.

corby112, May 23, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%

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 lacqueredmouse
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

Sharing a bottle with @LaitueGonflable and @thescotdownunder which I brought back from California. Always love sharing beer with good friends.

Pours a deep red colour, very red, in fact, almost like black cherry juice, with a huge and frothy head of beige bubbles. Not much to the body, especially considering it's 8%. Head leaves little lacing. Love the colour, but I'm a little bemused at the rest of the appearance.

Not a huge amount on the nose, although there's a little acidity and a bit of grainy malt. As it warms a little, there are some odd bubblegum characters, along with some more sophisticated rye notes. But it's not an incredibly robust nose.

Taste is also a little lacklustre, quite a thin body, with overly bombastic carbonation, reasonably weak for the most part before a slight upturn in roasted malt and rye characters on the back. There's an odd acidity running through it, which may be put down to the rye. It's decent, but there's something a little uninspiring about it. Carbonation hurts the feel, and leaves it a little bloating.

I've had better rye beers, and better beers in general. This is just a little too flat, a little too devoid of character to be truly inspiring. Drinkable enough, and the 8% is well hidden, but I was hoping for something much better.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

orangesol, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%

A solid beer that really does like rye bread (well, maybe more like pumpernickel). Pours a bit thick and slightly cloudy, but with a nice head. A touch of sour graininess in the nose, but otherwise dusty grain and some dry malt- a bit like Wasa crackers. The taste lacks the grainy sourness, but has even more of the crackery rye maltiness, with just a touch of sweetness on the end and a bit of the bitter chocolate note sometimes found with rye. Smooth and well rounded, and quite easy to drink. Nice.

Georgiabeer, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

akorsak, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a jet brown dense body with a thick tan head and it last most of the glass.
S- This beer has a roasted coffee note with a dark stewed prunes and charred notes finishing with a dark nougat note.
T- The roasted notes with a hint of charcoal are followed by a green raisins and prune flavor with a dark nougat flavor leading to a soft tartness in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a scrubbing fizzy finish.
D- This beer has full roasted notes with the charred flavors and dark nougat dominating and tasting a bit odd.

rhoadsrage, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

On-tap at The Bruery, on to the beer:

Deep leather brown color. Bread crust, nuts, and a pinch of fruity yeast in the nose. It tastes....like a brown ale. Nutty, bread crust...the yeast adds a layer of dark fruits to the profile. At first, the beer numbs part of the palate, but that feeling eventually goes away (it's not like it was supercarbonated). Medium bodied. Pleasant long lingering aftertatste of nuts.

I can give this "rye brown ale" my seal of approval. Another Bruery recommendaton.

DoubleJ, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Murky brown colored beer with a tall light brown colored head.

Smell is sour and spicy. Caramel and rye bread without caraway seeds and yeast about sums up this aroma. Definite Sourdough funk here.

Starts out sweet and sour and spicy quite a lot like Flemish Brown Ale. Flavor is tamer than the smell; I thought I had a soured bottle at first. Some malt roast and chocolate and a little Russian Brown Bread round up the flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. Not really what I would call a good beer, too sour.

Zorro, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%

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 ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

ejimhof, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

afsdan, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%

Thanks to whoever brought this at Stone Soup.

Rugbrød is a pretty dark one for a rye beer. This is the 2nd darkest I've seen right under Bell's Rye stout. Dark brown, light black shade with a tanish cap up top with no traces left behind on the glass. Smell is of roasted malt and cocco packed in with rye malt scent. Some old hop flavor with trace amounts of caramel. Taste is bold to say the least. Different. A rye beer with a Bruery twist. I get some smoke and some spicy notes mid palate finishing off with some cocco and heat in the finish. Feel is medium with crisp carb. A spicy finish on this one with a twinge of heat in the finish. Not my favorite rye beer and not my favorite Bruery beer. I could not even imagine trying to tackle a whole bottle of this alone. Im interested in cooking with it though.

BARFLYB, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/30/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, pear, apple, brown sugar, brown bread, rye, toast, biscuit, molasses, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, raisin, pear, prune, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, rye, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and toast/yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, prune, pear, brown sugar, rye, biscuit, toast, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a great Belgian Rye beer. All around great balance and complexity of malt and Belgian yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

Thanks goes out to spycow for this beer.


Poured into a chalice a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some raisins, figs, and plums, with some spice, and caramel. The taste is malty, slighlty sweet, spicy, dry, with some dark fruit notes, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew.

Wasatch, Oct 09, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

wrightst, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

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
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +3.9%

This is a solid beer from the Bruery. Pours a dark ruby color, that somewhat glows. Small head on it, clean lacing.

Belgian yeasty aroma, sweet caramel malt and spice. the rye really comes out, almost seems hot.

Yup, rye is dominant in the flavor. Spicy and bready with the yeast brining in florals. Sweet candied caramel and sharp apple.

The carbonation really blends well with the rye spice. Cleansing the palate to allow the malt to provide a soft finish. Clean and crisp in the end. Nice.

Not perfect, I think the yeast is a bit much and while it does blend well with the rye, it seems the rye is held back.

Mebuzzard, Sep 15, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
4.08/5  rDev +6%

- 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.

beerthulhu, May 06, 2010
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Kelp, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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!

Viggo, Apr 20, 2010
Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.