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Rugbrød - The Bruery

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very good

864 Ratings
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Ratings: 864
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 33
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 zacharrry
2/5  rDev -48.1%

zacharrry, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of eddiearmy
5/5  rDev +29.9%

eddiearmy, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Rhode17
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a really nice reddish brown with a nice two finger head. Poured into a Unibroue Tulip glass after about an hour in the fridge to take it down to 50 or so degrees.

The nose is subtle, but nice hints of pumpernickle bread and sour cherry.

On the palate there is the same bready pumpernickle, sour berry (almost like currant), a little brown sugar and cocoa powder.

Finish is faint, but pleasent. All of the flavors hang around except perhaps the tart berry.

Overall a really nice beer, well balanced and enjoyable.

Rhode17, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of PackerBacker
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

PackerBacker, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of cdayb1
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

cdayb1, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of constahoogan
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The murky medium-dark brown amber leaves a light brown creamy lackluster head with minimal lacing. The nose is a roasted caramel malt mixed with dark coffee-like malts.

My first taste impressions reminds me of a beefed up black orchard with slightly more dominant coffee malts. The Rye goes undetected to me. As it warms up, however, the alcohol becomes a little more prominent and a little bit of yeasty clove spice.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp but medium bodied. (if that makes sense). This is a very enjoyable beer. I must admit that I did taint my palate with one or two chocolate covered almonds. I'll add that it actually blended well together. haha.

constahoogan, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of kevboat
4/5  rDev +3.9%

kevboat, May 23, 2012
Photo of D35TR00
4/5  rDev +3.9%

D35TR00, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Belgianbeerbunny
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured like a Coca-Cola. 1/2-inch head initially, which quickly dissipated.

S - Yeast and coffee cake.

T - caramel and toasted bread. Reminded me of a sticky bun.

M - Full-bodied.

O - Very interesting. I didn't know what to expect from rye ale, but I enjoyed it very much.

Belgianbeerbunny, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of palmdalethriller
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First impression = what the heck is this beer. Research on the site and it's just under "rye beer". Ok, that helps.

All kidding aside, a very tasty brew. The smell is of straight roasted barley, must be what adds the brown color to the beer, which pours with little head. But the second smell reveals a nice fruitiness to complement the rich malty aromas.

The taste matches the smell, with a nice blend of fruit, tart, and malty flavors. It has a light, dry body that leaves you thirsty, but for water, as it comes off a little astringent.

Overall a very unique brew with loads of flavor. Great for one glass at a bar.

Edit: read some other reviews and feel that toasted bread is probably a better description of the nose than roasted barley. My sense of smell is off.

palmdalethriller, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of WhyBeNormal
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Winking Lizard in Fairlawn. I can pick up the rye, but I doubt that I could've identified it as such if I didn't know better. The taste of dark rye spice, roasted nutty malt, caramel, and cinnamon come together to give it a surprisingly chocolatey flavor. Great stuff

WhyBeNormal, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of zap2012
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

zap2012, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of stuppy
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, with amber highlights, low tan head, clarity good

Aroma: Sweet malt and dark fruits(plums), caramel, some spices, light alcohol aroma

Flavor: Sweet malts, lots of caramel, fruits such as plums, bread, spicy, pepper, low bitterness but enough to make beer cloying, alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium full body, med low carbonation,

Overall: Sweet malt and fruity, spicy that finishes with lots of caramel. Alcohol presences seems a little too much for an 8% beer.

750ml Bottle
says 092412 lot 65

stuppy, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of rebelmusic
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

rebelmusic, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of merzeone
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ML Bottle Purchased 10/11
Opened the bottle and it was a gusher....

A: Hazy Brownish Red a little White head that dissipates instantly no lacing.

AR: Big Nose of Spice and Caramel you can smell the caramel across the room. Some Bread/Biscuit aromas.

T: Burnt Sugar/ Caramel up front followed by a touch of spice and smoke way in the back. Minimal Hop presence and finishes with a tinge of sourness im guessing from the rye.

M: Medium to High Carbonation, Medium Body very cloying sweet stickiness stays on the lips.

O: First impression wasnt great, A touch disappointing in getting a slow gusher.After letting it settle down a bit the flavor is great complex and would be kick ass next to a fire with some friends to share.

merzeone, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of timmylange
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

timmylange, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of branko7
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm loving this beer, so I had to review it.

An appealing, chocolate brown color, with tons of head that eventually calmed down to nice lacing. Very nice, bready, well-rounded taste, with sweet malt as well as roast and sour tones. I find it very inviting. The mouthfeel is agreeably smooth and substantial. Did I say I was pleasantly surprised?

branko7, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of azagthoth
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip glass found me preoccupied for the better part of the night for a homey drinking experience in my favorite recliner.

Appearance - The decision of the pour resulted in a camel 1 inch head that dissipated shortly after. The beverage itself equated to a chestnut colored exhibit of a well crafted fermented brew.

Smell - The predominant scent to hit the nose is indeed bready with a peedge of slightly toasted sweet caramel. Condensed fruit came through towards the end as a delayed confirmation of this Danish styled ale.

Taste - The taste coincides with everything in the smell. Rye commences immediately, with the toasty breaded sweetness following suit. The caramel is placed nicely in the taste and pays homage to this novel ale.

Mouthfeel - The mouth was straightforward in the medium bodied sense with an almost thoroughly smooth finish. A nice tingle finds its way onto the buds, providing some booze in the finish but prevents a flawless conclusion in the mouth.

Drinkability - When poured cold the drinkability is immaculate, especially at 8%ABV. As the temperature rises, the drinkability begins to cease - although the nose and taste in this beer continued to bid and kept me engrossed until the bottle was empty.

azagthoth, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Stretch270
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into Bruery tulip glass.

Appearance - pours a very dark brown with an oat colored head.

Smell - you certainly get a malty fragrance that has both bready and spicy overtones.

Taste - there is a nice malty flavor with a sour and spicy tinge to it from the rye. This is combined with oat and bready tones.

Mouthfeel - a significantly carbonated beer with a very substantial weight on the tongue which has a lot to do with, I also feel the alcohol on the tongue although not overwhelming.

Overall - this is certainly a delicious beer that really communicates the style well allowing the spicy sourness well. A style that is not to common in my experience so I can't compare it to too many beers but it seems to be exemplary.

Stretch270, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of guess98224
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

We served this slightly chilled in our new Klein Brouwerij tulips. It came out of the beer cellar at around 55F, but we chilled it for 10 minutes.

Appearance: The beer poured with a thick head about three fingers deep. The beer actually flowed out of of the bottle when we opened it. Little remaining lace. Color is a nice red amber.

Smell: Very pleasant spicy sweet scent. Smelled like Dots candy.

Taste: Has a definite rye/pumpernickle taste, but sweet. Little notes of caramel and spices, but I don't know which ones. Nice fruity tart after taste. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel: Nice tongue coating. Coated my lips, too.

It's not a session beer, but it's quite drinkable.

We were very impressed with this beer.

guess98224, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of notlob
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice deep mahogany color with 1+ finger off-white head that lingers a little bit and remains around the glass.

Aroma: Smells slightly of roast/toffee and apple/pear esters.

Flavor: Tastes very light, not as caramelly as I'd expected, with a little bit of clove, nutty dough bread, and faint levels of roast and chocolate in the finish. Somewhat tart. Slight warmth.

Mouthfeel: Pretty interested. A bit overcarbonated than most beers, but seems appropriate here, which plays a bit interestingly with the tartness. With that said, the beer is still quite smooth and slightly velvety on the tongue.

Overall Impression: A nice sipper beer.

notlob, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of remhaze
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown. Heavy pour gives a small head, looks thick and very pale tan.

S - licorice...very different and hard to pinpoint. Slight dark fruit.

T - a bit sweet and have a bitter after taste.

O - I think it's decent. It's good. Not very good when its room temperatured. I prefer when it's still cold on a warm sunny day. It taste different when it's warm. It seems to get lighter on your tongue- almost watered down.

remhaze, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of jerlleutz
4.97/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I actually drank this twice in one day, once off tap in a Bruery tulip, the other at home out of my growler, into a narrow mug. I'll review the growler as I felt it was better.

Overally, I love the Bruery's productions, but my one blackmark I'll give them is overcarbonation in their bottle pours. Their taps and subsequent growler fills seem to overcome this. I presume the bottling requires a bit more carbonation to deliver the punch.

So the appearance was very black and copper, and actually somewhat clear for a beer of its flavorful heft. I would be OK with a denser visual in this situation. In a tulip, it looked even lighter.

The smell is rich and malty. There is a darkness to this one, and it reminds me of waterlogged timber--highly arousing.

It tastes rich and Scottish, like ancient barrels and the forests' moss of eons past. There are some fruit highlights.

It is heavier than it looks and a joy to throw back, whether in a tulip or a mug.

jerlleutz, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of sleestak4life
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft. Pours the color of oxidized viking blood with a quickly diminishing off-white head. Aroma is liquid bread with earthy hops and caramel sweetness. Dark fruit sweetness dominates the flavor, with only the rye tang and the hop spiciness rescuing this beer from being a cloying mess. Warm alcohol on the finish. Light carbonation and a medium body. Underwhelming, especially considering the draft cost as much as my dinner.

sleestak4life, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of MoJoe
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

MoJoe, Jul 26, 2010
Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.