Rye Wyne Ale | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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Rye Wyne AleRye Wyne Ale

Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
Minnesota, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of the few small grains still grown in Southwestern Minnesota, malted rye is the base for this one-of-a-kind ale brewed and aged in tiny Lucan, Minnesota.Following a long, slow fermentation, the beer is stored away in used rye whiskey barrels brought North from our friends at Templeton, located in the equally tiny town of Templeton, Iowa.

Added by jera1350 on 04-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of tewaris
2.68/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks for the pour Steasy66.

Rust brown and clear with a murky, dirty head; looks alright. The aroma retains notes of malts and barrels but the taste is a little too tart and the mouthfeel too thin... it actually smells ok, and the first couple sips seem just fine with toffee and vanilla but the off tartness takes over the beer soon.

I am no authority on infection and save for the "slight" tartness, there's no sign, so I am not going to write this one off as infected. However, what I can say is that it is a bad beer aged in good barrels.

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Photo of maximum12
3.24/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big 750 ML bottle. Big $15 price. My two favorite things: rye beer & rye barrels. Married up like fourteen year olds in the Ozarks. Or Lucan. Whatever. Split with my wife.

Pour is a dark ruby red, with plenty of pizzaz for a big beer. Smell is right-hand-tug of promising, huge sweet/fruity notes mingled up with a bit of rye spiciness. Nice.

Rye Wine isn't...ryeght. Rye + rye whiskey should be spicy & shiny & bouncy & happy. This is weird & tart, almost vaguely sour on the end. Gonna let it warm a bit. OK. The rye spiciness is there but much more muted than I'd think a rye beer should be; & the barrel is so faint I'd be hard-pressed to ID it if I didn't know it was there. Fruity tartness, on the other hand, is all over the DNA of this brew. It does have winey notes: cherryish, black cherry.

What the fuck? After one more beer like this, I hate to say it: Brau Brothers, while they might be fine people, make shitty beer, & I was very hesitant to shell our $15 for a bomber. But for my favorite style, aged in my favorite barrels, I was willing to take a shot. This isn't terrible, but it's bizarre & not at all what's advertised. Sorry homers, this is mediocre by way of the Oort cloud.

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Photo of Steasy66
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 into pint glass. Drank with tewaris for a friend,'s birthday
A Dark amber dense white head
S Bourbon fruity banana
T Fruity tart a hint of malt vanilla
M really thin low Carb
O decent smells good might be infected tart I think this will fall off fast

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from The Wine Seller in Ann Arbor. Says 2011 on it. Pours almost black with no head. Oaky aroma and a bit of roasty grain, lots of booze here. Tastes of bourbon and some roasted malt, a little chocolate sweetness and spicy rye finish but mostly sweet. Comes in pretty hot. Heavy mouthfeel, almost syrup and very little carbonation. This one is a definite sipper. Share the big bottle. A nice winter warmer brew for sure, but not sure it is my thing.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Appearance: mahogany colored. Opaque and full of rye flake sediment. One or two fingers of a tan head that fades slowly and leaves a strong lacing on the sides.

Smell:strong whiskey. Strong boozy quality. Some molasses and toffee sweetness. Some strong dark fruits, raisins and plums.

Taste: opens with an oak like quality. Quickly taken over by booze, spicy hot whiskey. Subtle notes of raisins, molasses, rye, toffee, tobacco. Lots of complexity if you sip at this as it warms.

Mouthfeel: heavy and thick. Quite hot even at 3 years old.

Overall: good and complex but too strong on barrel. I would like those subtle characters to come out stronger for it to be great

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear copper color with a small tan head. Light citrus and pine hops on the nose, definitely a lot of rye, bread, and toffee. There's a hint of toast, some whiskey, and a nice bit of vanilla. The flavor is a bit more pine forward than expected and somewhat bitter. Sweet caramel and toffee malts, vanilla, and whiskey to balance that out. Quite a bit of rye malt, light citrus flavor to it as well.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

A= Pours a little brownish out of the glass with a blackish color in the glass and a finger of off white head on the top with good lacing and a nice amount of retention.

S= A little rye character to it with bit of oak and bourbon. A snag of vanilla in it but a little muted on the flavor.

T= A nice barrel flavor and a tad of rye. Really not too much going on here. A barrel taste of rye and tastyness. There is a bit of caramel malt and maybe a little vanilla in the taste from the barrel.

M= A nice amount of carbonation in it that keeps the tongue fresh.

O= A quality brew but not what I imagine what it would have been. A little lacking on the rye and a little small on the flavor. Not a bad brew but not great.

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Photo of morimech
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear crimson color with a nice two finger head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

The first impression I got after popping the cap was the smell of rye whiskey. But there is definately more than whiskey. I also detect a rye sourness and a vinous quality. Complex and unique.

The flavor was not as impressive however. A little too whiskey dominant with a lack of rye malt charactor. The barrel did not really add anything besides the whiskey flavor. I also get a heavy vinous quality with just the slightest sour rye finish. Alcohol is well masked but there is a definate warmth.

The body feels a little light for such a big beer. But the carbonation is very good. The end result is a smooth texture.

If the rye malt came out more in the flavor, this would be a truely great beer. But as it is now, it is a whiskey flavored barleywine.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a wedding snifter.

2011 vintage. Let's get some rye ale aged in rye barrels, eh? This stuff pours a brackish sienna topped by a half-finger of off-sandstone foam. The nose comprises caramel, whiskey, candied orange peel, toasted toffee, and a hint of what seems like red wine grapes. The taste brings in more of the same, with a lot of the Templeton Rye coming through, a touch of buttercream, and a bit of wood for the sake of it. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid rye-barrel-aged rye beer, one that brings enough complexity to make me happy for several helpings. Good times.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage, 750ml waxed & capped bottle sent from Aaron...finally found a good opportunity to crack this one open with a friend. My portion was poured into my CBS snifter.

A: Pours a nearly opaque dense brownish amber, mostly clear around the edges with good carbonation visible..light tan head, creamy and dense with good retention and lacing and great alcohol feet.

S: The whiskey is upfront but it blends well with notes of a vinous dark fruit & toffee...spicy rye malts behind that, with a slight tart citric fruitiness. There is booze but its not overpowering.

T: Rye whiskey really dominates here; its not overpowering necessarily but it doesn't allow the other flavors to shine; behind the spirit there is some toffee and toasted oak, and more spices emerge as it warms. A subtle fruitiness rounds out the flavors.

MF: Well executed here, the mouth is creamy and nearly full-bodied, and while the alcohol is noticeable it blends well and doesn't thin the body. The medium carbonation is nice, helping to keep the whiskey from being too overpowering.

O: A great rye beer, with some nice use of barrels. Rye whiskey, spicy rye malts, toasted oak, and caramel/toffee malts are all present and pretty well executed. A bit hot right now but still very good - an excellent beer, thanks Aaron!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to LiverBelly for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, rye, whiskey, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with rye and whiskey flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a barrel aged presence that is slightly better in the taste in my opinion.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received in trade form MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a hazy copper color with a smallish off white head that dissipates almost instantly. The aroma is sweet dark sugary malts with hints of plum and prune. Light vinous grape skin aroma, a touch of alcohol and a nice vanilla and woody touch. The flavor starts off sweet sugary malts but that is whisked away by oak and spirits as well as the fruit from the aroma. Ligth spicy tartness rounds out the flavor nicely. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carboantion and a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel. Nice barrel aged brew that I'd never heard of until the bottle arrived at my doorstep.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This 2011 vintage bottle of brew pours a deep mahogany color with a decent cap of foam. The aroma of the beer is heavily accented with rye whiskey. The oak barrels, peat, dried earth fruit all contributes. This continues on the palate with smooth malt mixed with the oak-laced whiskey notes. The alcohol is produces a slow burn at the end.

The whiskey was stronger than expected, perhaps too strong in my opinion. On the other hand a careful made brew.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed blind, thanks to abraxel...

A: Pours a deep dark, yet translucent red with about two fingers of beige head. The foam takes a bit to settle, leaving a whole lot of lacing along the edges of the glass. This beer looks great.

S: The nose is sweet and spicy with definite barrel notes shining through. I get malt, caramel, spice, raisins, toffee, and vanilla. There is also a bit of boozy heat in the nose as well.

T: This beer starts out with a great mix of sweet and spice. It follows the nose for the most part. Vanilla and spice hit the palate up front. I then get some stone fruit notes, some raisins, and toffee. The spice returns in the finish as it mixes with the barrel elements. It's a bit hot in the finish, but I can dig it.

M: Full bodied beer. It's thick and coating, sweet and smooth, and finishes with a good bit of alcohol burn. I'd love to try this beer after it's had a year or two to mellow out.

O: This beer is really solid. I has some great flavors going on, and the barrel aging seems to be have done really well. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of Treebs
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to supercolter for the brew. 750 ml waxed bottle served in a Southern Tier tulip. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a murky brown color with some ruby highlights. A whitish head forms on the pour and recedes to a thin ring. Some splotchy lace is left down the glass.

S: Plum sweetness with some raisins. Definitive rye spice with a big whiskey backing. Roasted malts with underlying barrel sweetness.

T: Rye spice with the whiskey notes is large up front. Pretty hot as well still. Notes of oak, smooth caramel and some figs. Booze soaked raisins as well.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly higher than anticipated carbonation. Whiskey finish.

O: Surprisingly still a little hot, and I would have liked a little more chewiness on the texture and a little less carbonation. Overall it was still a nice beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen who sent me this one for the sole purpose of ticking it! Shared during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Vintage 2011! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured brown with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, rye, spice, wood, sweet alcohol, and vanilla. The flavor was of sweet malt, rye, spice, vanilla, wood, sweet alcohol, and dark fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. All of the right flavors were going on here with a nice mix of rye with the base style which gave it a nice spiciness. The barrel added a nice touch to this one as well and kept it interesting after each sip. The vanilla added a nice touch and helped to cover up the sweet alcohol aspect going on here. Definitely worth your time.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL waxed and capped bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a really deep and dark brown murky color with white froth.

(S)- Lots of dry raisin and prune meets a subtle oaky bourbon spice note.

(T)- Lots and lots of dry leathery oak with raisin and prune. Ever so slightly fig-like fruity sweetness.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level with lovely barrel characters with lots of dry yet dark fruits. It is quite sweet, but the barrel notes counterbalances that well.

(O)- Great barrel characters meet some dry yet chewy dark fruits. Definitely a nice twist for a rye ale with the obvious use of Templeton Rye barrels.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color, with two fingers of foam and impressive lace - surprising for a beer at this ABV level

Smell: Rye whiskey barrel, toffee and a vaguely vinous character

Taste: Flavors don't follow the aroma, at all, as there is a strong vinous flavor, with Oude Bruin tartness, in the front end; by mid-palate, the rye whiskey barrel starts to come through, bringing caramel, vanilla and spice to the mix; both strains battle it out in the finish as this beer is going to take some more time in the bottle to settle down

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of the more complicated beers I have encountered; with "Wyne" in the name, the complexity of the vinous elements is to be expected, though I am having trouble wrapping my head around how this was achieved in Whiskey barrels; I cannot say I am loving this right now as the flavors have yet to coalesce, but this might well turn out to be extraordinary in a couple of years; time will tell, but as I don't live in the distribution area, I doubt I will find out

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Photo of GregSVT
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml red waxed bottle into a snifter - 2011 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy dark blood red with a big light tan head that fades to a ring and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass.

S: Upon the first whiff you can definitely tell this is a rye beer. Plenty of dark fruits, plumbs, dark cherries, and raisins. A few swirls reveal the barrel character with nice notes of vanilla and whiskey.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose with a big blast of rye malt and dark fruits along with some vanilla and whiskey. Very complex beer that keeps changing with each sip. On one sip I get dark red fruits like plumbs, red apples, and dark cherries and on another sip I get barrel and malt.

M: The feel is creamy and on the thicker side of medium.

O: I like this one but I think I prefer Rye on Rye just a little bit more. Still a tasty beverage and one I would recommend.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured from a waxed-and-capped 750mL bottle into my Harriet tulip.

Burnished amaranth liquid with a lasting beige collar and slick. Sticky lacing, viscous tears, good retention.

Rich aromatics suggest grapes, tobacco, port, orange zest, and hibiscus. Caramel malt pokes through. Barrel aged to perfection.

Coconut and vanilla are drawn out of the barrel in addition to the tobacco notes on the palate. Rum and peppery malt come out as well. Very sweet caramel flavors with hints of butterscotch as well. Faint diacetyl perhaps, but free of oxidation despite the barrel notes. Fruity, warming finish (though the ABV is rather disguised), with a kiss of rye.

Mouth-feel is unctuous like melted butter with a hint of sherry.

Closer to a barrel aged barley-wine in flavor than a wheat-wine; a bit sweet and lacking in hops, but an elegant dessert beer for sure.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours. Dark red amber with hues of ruby in the light. The tan head fades quickly. It's nose is sweet with bold notes of vanilla and coconut and the taste follows suit. This is a beer that could use a bit of age before drinking, but it would definitely be a trade off for its super intense barrel notes. The beer has a slightly spicy bite in its aftertaste, but it doesn't linger. It's definitely all the malt and booze you'd expect in a barleywine and overall a solid beer.

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Photo of Buebie
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Letting it sit in the fridge for weeks I finally said fuck it. Grilling some gourmet burgs tonight, pairs well with the additions or roasted peppers and bacon. Ground beef from Angus Meats.

Hard pour into an over sized snifter. Big frothy 3 inch tan head. Slow to settle but on its way down leaves thick clumpy bubbles and lace along the walls.
A solid cap of retention.
color is a burnt red, that is pretty dark and cloudy.

Aroma of charred barrels, fermented cherries, rye whiskey, oats, maple brown sugar and loads of malt and a little chocolate.

Taste is also exceptional, 11% abv is nowhere to be found.
Sweet, but not overwhelming. Malt delight, oranges, tart fruit, maple, toasted wood, smooth and low key booze, rye spice. Man this is a full flavored brew.
Mouthfeel is super slick, bordering greasy but not in a bad way.
carbonation is present but put back in its place by a thicker body.

For me the aroma and lace show were the best part of this brew. Taste is great but aroma and taste didnt seem to match up.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy and muddy dark amber color with some light caramel hues. There is a huge 1.5 inch light tan head that is very dense. There are some more chunky bubbles intermingled but mostly it is very creamy dense bubbles. Nice sticky head with great retention that leaves some great lacing as the head recedes.

Starts of with rye whiskey barrel sweetness and booze. Nice vanilla hints start things off with some molasses. Some nice raisin notes and caramel mix in with some rye spice and some nice boozy heat. The rye spice notes and dark fruit aromas work very well together.

Flavor similar to the nose starts off with some barrel notes. Great sweetness with some caramel and molasses that isn't too intense or too sweet. There is some nice rye spice notes mixed in with the sweetness of the barrel notes. There is also some woody notes and definitely some slight heat. Not too bad though. As the beer warms the malt rye spice notes continue to play very well with the barrel notes. The brew is nice and complex with great flavor profiles that seem to change after every sip. Mouthfeel is nice, silky with good carbonation.

Overall this beer is very good. There are some great barrel notes and nice grainy rye spice that blend very well with the barrel sweetness and a nice hot finish.

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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with trxxpaxxs and theportersorter, thanks Tom.
Poured a nice brown with ruby highlights nice beige head ring around the edge slight lacing.
Smell sweet coconut booziness slight oak.
Taste is a bit heavy on the booze, rye backed with coconut and a slight oak woodiness.
Mouthfeel is a nice slightly chewy medium. Light carbonation.
Overall pretty good but some age could make this stellar.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 2011 bottle.

Pours deep rich brown. Fair amount of head with resiliant lacing.

Smells of rye wiskey. Barrel. Lots of dark fruits. Also apple jam booze notes.

Speaking of booze; where is it? No heat. Definately a sipper with lots of sweetness. Good example where the barrel gives flavor over boozy heat.

Thick and slightly sticky on the palate. Best Brau Brothers I have had.

Overall quite nice.

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