Rugbrød - The Bruery

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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 36
Gots: 107 | FT: 6
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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: 900 | Reviews: 347
Photo of tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of vfgccp
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Massive head settled into a dense cream ~3 fingers high in a pint glass, leaving a nice lace along the way. Medium grade maple syrup in color.

S - Bright acidic booze overwhelms otherwise pleasant flavors of pink peppercorn and spicy tarragon.

T - Soft, rolling, pumpernickel-like breadyness. Oak, almonds, caramel, and heavy cream. It's a bigger profile than I was expecting, and it took a few sips to get used to, but it really grew on me by the end.

M - Think and creamy. The mouthfeel pulls the profile out and really gives you a chance to anchor yourself around each of the flavors. It's fairly heavy lifting for your palate - not a beer to session to.

O - Intensely heavy mouthfeel. Round and well balanced flavor.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark copper brown, light tan dissipating head and lacing. Aggressive large bubble carbonation. Aroma of roasted malt, rye. Dark fruits and peppery rye. Raisins, a bit of toffee and rye bitterness in middle. Bitter end, which stands alone at the finish. Medium body. The finish and heavy carbonation detract from a moderately flavorful beer that would have worked better for me with a better balance of rye bitterness and malt. Worth the try, but probably not a repeat.

Photo of Duff27
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown, nearly black. One inch head that leaves some lacing.

S- Smells of rye bread.

T- Rye, rye, rye. Maybe the best of example of straight RYE I've had thusfar on my beer journey. Faint whiskey notes.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Slight carbonation sting on the tail end.

D/O- I like this beer a lot, although I don't know how many pints I'd have in one setting. Glad to have had this first full (not a sample at a brewfest) bottle from the Bruery.

Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a dark chocolate in color with ruby highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was filled with toasty character alongside toffee, faint coffee, but did have rye notes, and bready spice caramel notes. The taste should that it had chocolate flavors with bready, spice, toffee, slight coffee, toasty malts, and rye notes to round out this well balanced tasty brew. The beer was medium to full in body with fair amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet but bready, toasty, spice, and silky finish. It was a very drinkable beer and has been very tasty out of the bottle and on tap; very solid rye style beer.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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.

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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

Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of rudzud
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of ccrida
3.62/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of fthomasl, thanks bro! Pours a dark brown color and is pretty clear the first glass or two. Fluffy brown foam without a whole lotta lacing.

Burnt toffee, coconut and some rye bread on the nose. Bit of alcohol and a little bit of spiciness. Smells like burnt coconut marshmallow puffs flaming up on an open fire. Unique and pretty good smelling beer.

Tastes like a 'smores made with rye bread and unsweetened dark chocolate. Maybe a bit of fruitcake thrown is as well. Pretty crazy tasting beverage here. Sweet one sip and then burnt peat the next and caramel after that with a border of smoke. Raisins sprinkled with black pepper as it warms, damn this is complex! Alcohol seems heavier than the 8%, but that is not that uncommon with a zesty rye brew. I would definitely buy this again.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a chalice. Poured dark reddish brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt and burnt bread. The flavor was of sweet malt, nutmeg, wheat, bread, and slight maple syrup. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very nicely balanced brew. Had a very nice aroma and flavor to it. Glad I got to try this one on tap. Definitely worth having.

Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes are from yeasterday afternoon.

The bottle open with a hiss, as I've begun to notice bottles from The Bruesry seem to do. This beer is a medium brown with an orange-red hue. A frothy, dense yellow-brown head is 2-3 fingers high and, when it does fall, falls to no less than one finger, depositing plentiful ringed lacing with spotting and patchiness as it recedes. Interestingly, a pour about halfway through from my 750 ml bottle makes for a huge, billowing head that never fades, even stronger than the inital head.
A surprising burst of fruits in the aroma greet my nose as soon as the cap pops off. Underneath is some earth, spice and yeast. Something like dark breads but not sourdough like some ryes sits in the malty backbone.
The flavor follows suit, and the fruits element includes both dark (fig, raisin, currant) and unripe banana pulp. Underneath is a bit of moked peat similar to what one might find in a Scotch. Leafy hops bitterness, along with spicy and floral notes, round it out.
The body is on the light side of medium. It's crisp, going smooth in the finish. For a dark beer and a rye, it's lighter than I expect.
The Bruery certainly does some interesting things. This is one.

Photo of rfgetz
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.