Rueminator | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the 1600s, Franciscan monks created the world’s first doppelbock. In 2008, Patrick Rue established The Bruery. The best of both worlds come together in this rich, malty lager. It’s quite common for breweries to have “-ator” in the suffix of their doppelbock names. But ours has something theirs does not: a Rue in the prefix (and in the name of our brewery). Rueminator builds on the liquid bread legacy of the doppelbock style and gives it extra fortitude in the traditional fashion of The Bruery. This rich, hearty, smooth lager gains even more depth and character from extensive aging in charred new American oak barrels.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of ajm5108
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber, billowy head. Lots of oak character on this one, helps balance out some of the sweetness you get from the caramel malt. There is a little chocolate malt flavor as well as a char flavor that I am a little mixed on but in the end I think it adds an agreeable, unique dimension to the beer. Huskier than a typical dopplebock, but a worthwhile twist on the style

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Photo of stakem
3.07/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

~2 year old bottle poured into a tulip appears a muddy chestnut brown with firm khaki head that recedes slowly leaving a full wall of lace.

Aroma is spicy with raw oak almost cedar-like reminiscent of burning incense with maple and sugary qualities behind it.

Tastes oaky right upfront with maple, molasses and raisony fruitiness. There is a Belgian candy/beet sugar feel to this behind the spicy raw oakiness.

Medium in body with modest carbonation. Classic virgin/raw oak character dominating and ruining an otherwise potentially awesome beer.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at The Bruery Store in Washington, DC. Bottled on 8/19/16. A 27.4 oz bottle. Served in a small stemmed tulip on a snowy day at home.

A bread pudding. Perfect with a snickerdoodle. 4.0

A – Pours an opaque reddish brown with a three-finger light brown/sandy colored mousey head. Decent lacing and alcohol legs. 4.0

S – Aromas of oak, vanilla, bourbon, raisins, brown sugar. 4.25

T – Brown bread soaked in bourbon. 3.75

MF – Medium body, smooth with a mousey head that gives this beer a velvety start. Warming with a semi-dry finish. Thinner than a normal barrel-aged beer, which gives this beer a rather unique mouth feel. 4.0

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, dark ruby color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of sweet caramel and toffee with a hint of chocolate. It tasted of sweet caramel, toffee and chocolate. A mild bitterness for balance.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, this is hardly your standard doppelbock. Pours a muddled brownish red with a good sized tan head that recedes to a minimal cap with little lacing. Smells of oak and bourbon, bit sweet toasted bread and spiced pumpernickel come through. Same as with the flavor, but noticed the sweetness in burnt caramel form more as it warms, and a touch of alcohol comes through. Feel is a little rich, smooth, light carbonation. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, but the oak and bourbon distract from the base beer which would be a beer in itself that I would love to try. Cheers!

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThickNStout
3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Maroon foil capped 750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 8/19/16. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a deep russet mahogany with a tall three and a half finger pillar of ecrue head. The thick froth dies down slowly, leaving behind a splotchy surface blanket, a fluffy brim and a few healthy chunks of lace.

Smells of bread, caramel, overripe macerated dark fruit and a gentle whiff of wet wood.

Unexpectedly, my palate is initially greeted by an earhty, bitter fruit skin quality. That gives way to the more typical caramel, bread, old dark fruit, and soaked burnt wood. A small kiss of alcohol is given as a parting gift with every sip.

The feel is perhaps my favorite aspect. Full, soft body with loose carbonation. The aftertaste is like oak smoked caramel toast with desweetened dark fruit compote.

There is nothing particularly sexy about The Bruery's doppelbock but Rueminator is quite serviceable. The oak adds an interesting earthy smoothness to typical flavors of the style.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbone1384
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

hard to even call this a bock, although of course technically it is, it just takes the style to a new dimension, and i loved this one. it doesnt have a lot of head on it, and it looks super thick and dense, rich mahogany in color with some haze. smells like it was aged in a bourbon barrel, heavy charred oak and vanilla in the nose right away, a rich caramelized long boil german malt sweetness, and of course some warming alcohol. some cool dried fruit depth to the malt in the flavor, cherry and raisin come to mind, with a whole bunch of brown sugar and even maple sweetness. the alcohol is there, but its not as intense as it smells. heaps of oak all the way through, that fresh new wood thing going on, mellowing it out. almost drinks like a barleywine, at least in the sense that its almost impossible to place this as a lager, the yeast flavor i look for from german lager certainly isnt there, or its covered up if it is, and the mouthfeel we generally associate with bocks, even huge ones, is not here at all, but i still think its rad that they did lager this, and im sure it adds to the complexity. very hearty and wintery, warming, a beer to share, and a very unique and original beer from the bruery, i have not seen bock of any kind taken to this extreme. yum!

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Photo of dvmin98
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer21
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of socon67
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolo75
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours dark brown with ruby edges, tan colored head that didn't last long, no lacing, low carbonation.

A: Toasty oak, burnt toffee, caramelized sugar, dark malts, subtle aromas, some alcohol coming through, the oak is present throughout, it's strong in the finish.

T: Toasted oak, burnt sugar, dark fruits like plum, dates, alcohol is pretty strong, taste more like a barrel aged quad.

M: Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish, low carbonation.

O: Solid beer, very smooth and drinkable, the oak has a greater presence than the other characteristics. The beer would have been really good if it had more malt in the finish, it lacks that strong malt presence in other dopplebocks I've tasted.

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Photo of billab914
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mbw314
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of siege06nd
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good doppelbock. Bruery always produces excellent bock style beers. Has a nice oaky flourish without being sticky sweet. Quite good.

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Photo of soco89ziegler
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Rueminator from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 35 ratings