Rye Wyne Ale | Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
228
Reviews:
65
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
9.16%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
57
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 228 |  Reviews: 65
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in spring 2012. Pours fairly clear red copper amber color with a nice 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, toffee, vanilla, coconut, toast, molasses, bourbon, oak, and rye spiciness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of the barrel/malt character. Taste of big caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, molasses, coconut, oak, vanilla, bourbon, earth, floral, and rye spiciness. Slight bitterness with a lightly tart fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, apple, toast, toffee, coconut, molasses, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and light rye spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malty flavors; with a great balance of malt/barrel flavors; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged rye barleywine! Huge balance and complexity of flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. An extremely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 bottle, and not drinking very well.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Waxed 750ml bottle vintage 2011. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears mahogany in color with ruby clarity and a firm khaki head.

The smell is vinous with caramel malt and oaky notes blending to vanilla sweetness. The taste has toasty almost bready rye upfront than whiskey oak and orange almost herbal character across the back that feels mildly medicinal. Plenty of smooth vanilla in the aftertaste.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Overall im really happy with how this has turned out. Im curious what it was like fresh because now with a few years of age on it, its pretty wonderful.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brau Brothers 2011 Rye Wyne Ale. Ale Aged in Used Rye Whiskey Barrels. Brau Brothers Brewing Company, Lucan, Minnesota. ABV:???

Dark crimson coloring, a rich ruby, with a narrow layer of foam.

Aroma: Wine hits first. (I know this is not wine-barrel-aged, but that's what I'm getting.) A touch of sour, a twist of tannins, deep and fruity. Then the bourbon slips out from under the covers. Raisins coming through, now, and other dark fruits. Incredible. Gorgeous.

Taste: In the mouth, it's both mighty and mellow. A beautiful blend of barley-wine and bourbon. Some cocoa, plenty of dark fruit, lots of luscious malt.

I'm going to stop thinking about my drinking and read this label. "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 tinny 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."

Love it. Boast-less and gobbledygook free. This is utterly fantastic,ale, so flavorful, so rich and robust, clearly the finest beer to come out of Lucan, Minnesota, and I hope I don't stop saying that. Brau Brothers keeps getting better and better and doing more and more. Mmmm. Just plain ol' mmm, mmm, and yum.

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4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short lives white head leaving a collar. Some alcohol legs. Decent head retention, minimal lacing.

Nice and sweet, slight spicy rye aroma.

Tasty and mouth watering sweetness/spice. Omnom. Notice the whiskey impression at the tail end of each sip. Not overpowering heat, wonderful.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation.

Hate to say it because I love Boulevard but I think this is better. Wow, unexpected new favorite in the Rye Beer style. Will be seeking out more. Thanks for the share egrace84!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage bottle brought back by my sister from Minnesota. Poured into a Blanche de Namur small pint glass. Pours a dark, hazy mahogany brown with little light transmission in the glass. A thin, dark khaki head dissipates quickly to patches and light lacing. Nice aroma of rye whiskey, caramel malt, brown sugar. Flavor is rich, brown sugary caramel malt, rye whiskey, vanilla, dark dried fruit, mostly plums and raisins, finishing with oak, malt and spicy whiskey. Delicious. Medium bodied with light creaminess, light carbonation. I was saving this for a "special occasion", but that section is getting too big and to crowded, so why not tonight? This is so tasty, I kept thinking I should have saved it, but not disappointed that it is open now. A strong, intense ale, but the malt body is more than up to the task of supporting the rye whiskey flavors. Reminiscent of an English barleywine for the malt and fruit, but unique in the great rye profile. Excellent. I'll never see this again, but I'll remember it for a long time. What a great sister.

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Rye Wyne Ale from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
4.15 out of 5 based on 228 ratings.
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