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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-05-2009)
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

D35TR00, Jul 20, 2014
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
Photo of Jimmie
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Jimmie, Feb 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

antonyliu, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of 55bob
2.33/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a rich brown.

Small slightly lacy head.It did not last very long.

Smells like a brown ale home brew. Lots of yeast. both in smell and tast.

Tastes like a brown ale but a bit sour / tart. Mouthfeel was medium to thin.

Overall I was disappointed with this $10 beer.

I've made better homebrew on my first attempt.

55bob, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Cascade99
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark burnt caramel. Thin head, but appropriate for style.

S- The smell of roasted grains and burnt toffee first come to note, followed by the smell of alcohol.

T- Definitely a melanoidin-rich beer. The bready taste is accompanied well with a toffee and roasted character. At the end, nicely ends with a taste of alcohol, which is appropriate for the style. The alcohol is not hot in nature, but rather provides a soothing warmth.

M- Carbonation is not heavy, but is perfect for the taste of the beer. Mouthfeel is a strong-medium mouthfeel and is not overpowered by carbonic acid, which would muddle the flavors of the beer.

D- For a high-gravity ale, the drinkability is excellent. Definitely not one where you would want to drink more than a couple simply due to the strength.

Overall - Fantastic beer. The first beer I've tried from the Bruery, but so good that I will not only seek out this one, but also the rest of the Bruery's works.

Cascade99, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of slonsk
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very nice color and head. Nice smell of spice. Taste however put me off a bit as it was a tad sour and acidic. It also felt like the beer was a bit over carbonated and did not have the ryeness come through that i was hoping for. I will admit this is a bit unfair of a review on my part because I am not much of a sour fan, but I typically have never had a rye with this much bite

slonsk, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of ROCKETMAN998
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on 5-08-10 into a Witte glass

Pours a very dark amber reddish brown color with an incredible out of control head which eventually settles to a very thin froth.

Smell is malty roasted and slightly smokey with dark toasted rye and a hint of cocoa

Taste follows suit with the roast coffee and rye coming through first,slightly sweet and then you get some cocoa with a dry crisp finish. Bit of hops to round things out.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and fairly bold. Creamy thick and rich with tiny bubbles

Drinkability is good although this beer makes you feel like you've eaten a sandwich.Would definitely have another.

ROCKETMAN998, May 09, 2010
Photo of RaginBull
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is going to be a bit off the wall, but then again arent us BA members a bit off the wall!

My ol'man is a profesional chef and decided to grab one of my bottles of Rugbrod and make a marmelade spread with it.

1) Simmer the beer, but do not boil so you dont lose the beer taste and too much alcohol.

2) Add Pectin and organic sugar and simmer a bit longer.

3) Pour into a warm sterile glass jar and close lid finger tight and place jar into boiling water to seal. Then take out jar from water and let cool and refrigerate.

This can be used as a marinade for ribs, on jalapeno poppers, spicey buffalo meatballs, rye toast.

As a matter of fact I marinaded a full rack and cooled them for about 2 hours. Placed in the oven at 300 degrees for 2.5 hours. Remove, serve and enjoy with your favorite brew.

Just think of the possibilities.!

RaginBull, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of brobee
5/5  rDev +29.9%

brobee, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of siladja
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

siladja, Dec 20, 2012
Rugbrød from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.