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Saison Rue | The Bruery

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Saison RueSaison Rue

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison Rue is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned, Belgian/French-style farmhouse ale. This is a beer of subtlety and complexity, with malted rye, spicy, fruity yeast notes, biscuit-like malt backbone and a slight citrus hop character. With age, this beer will dry out and will become more complex with rustic notes of leather and earth from the contribution of a wild yeast strain. Being a saison, Saison Rue is ambiguous unto itself as it is a different beer when fresh and when aged.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from one of the Sacramento Bevmos, served at 55C. Pours a golden and cloudy body with an inch and a half white rocky head. Sticky lacing. Light breaks through the body and shines out in a magical and inviting manner. Very pleasing look. Smells like leather and pepper ground up and mixed in with some light malt syrup, along with some spicy German hops and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is an earthy, spicy malt with some green grass and lemon hop notes and a growing dry alcohol on the finish. Vague herbiness. Very smooth and easy to drink. A very, very good saison from a U.S. brewery (excuse me, bruery).

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Photo of corey0212
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from ckeegan04 in Secret Santa '08!!

Pours a glowing honey color, with a towering foamy off-white head which is hanging around for the long haul, and leaving clumpy sheets of lacing in its path....very impressive in the glass! Earthy aromas, peppery, lemony, yeast. Lots of peppery spice on the tongue, some fruity flavors, lemon, maybe a touch of sour/bitter apple skin....delicious. On the heavy end of medium-bodied, pretty substantial beer, some gentle lingering spice. A fantastic Farmhouse Ale, something I would actively seek out again in the future.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, almost glowing light amber haze with a towering 4 finger, white head with peach highlights. Great head retention with abundant lacing.

Aroma: Light citrus-y banana, fresh cut grass, wet hay, spicy underlying hints of rye peaking through. Plenty of funk and suggestions of pineapple from the Brettanomyces and a sweet smelling honey underneath it all. wow!

Taste: Spicy yeast upfront, funky brett, allspice and a big raw squash flavor I wasn't anticipating at all. Tart notes of bread-y rye and pineapple towards the end of the pepper filled bitter and dry finish. Incredible!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation, juicy yet dry at the same time.

Overall: An absolutely original take on a very diverse style. Incredibly complex with plenty of twists and turns for even a seasoned beer enthusiast. A very contemplative, adventurous brew that I would only recommend for someone who really wants their palate challenged. This is definitely going to be in my fridge regularly!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Bruery has their game tight!

This beer is one of the best uses of rye that I have experienced; it is totally at home in the Saison style, but adds a complementary complexity to the concoction.

A - It pours an orange-gold, clear as glass if you're gentle and opaque if you're not, great head, nice lace. It is on the excellent side of standard looking, for a farmhouse ale.

S - Smells between a Saison and a Geuze. Like Saison Dupont and Girardin had a rye baby.

T - Impressions of grain, ripe fruits, nutty flavors and bitter hop as well as subdued lemon zest with substantial rye flavor and sour apple notes too. Light on the hay and straw. Tart apple finish. Hidden abv throughout.

M - It is a bit sparkling, but not Champagne bubbly. Effervescent and refreshing without losing its substantial character.

D - Hell yeah. Exceptionally good.

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Photo of ljc973
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's my first time, be gentle. Bottled 03/27/13. Bought a little over a year ago, decided to open it today. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Pours a golden/ orange color you can't quite see through. 2 to 3 finger white head that dissipates slowly. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell- Wheat, hops, a hint of fruit.

Taste- Yeast and hops.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation. It's very smooth with a slightly tart, dry finish.

Overall- I love this beer. It's very refreshing on a hot day. Very different from the first time I tried it though. It seems all of the flavors have mellowed out and blended together. Although I can smell it, I can't taste any sort of fruit. It also hasn't developed any foul tastes, which is good. I definitely recommend this beer, and aging a few bottles (as it suggests on the label) is well worth it.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Copper colored body and a nice, thick cream-colored head. Watching the carbonation climb up the sides of the glass: it looks like a reverse waterfall. Pretty to look at. Excellent lacing.

Smell is somewhat fruit, somewhat funk, even a bit of toffee and caramel. Not too strong.

Nice and smooth going down, like drinking a slightly (ever so slightly) tart dessert. This one is creamier than any saison I've ever had. Excellent overall flavor and mouthfeel.

What a treat. Drink it!

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy and amber with ~ one pinky of clean white frothy head.

S - White wine, vanilla, oak, yeast. Faint amount of hops and malt

T - Grapes, oak, sourness, banana, vanilla, orange. Sourness from the brett and faint notes of rye malt. Has some Belgian pale ale qualities.

M - Creamy with a nice tingle on the lips and tongue.

O - A very refreshing unfiltered summer Saison. The Bruery hasn't disappointed so far. Glad I bought 2 of these. Hope this gets even better after another year of cellaring. Prost!

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Photo of mdvatab
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into cabernet glass.
Bottle label says beer can develop when aged up to two years, but does not appear to have bottled-on date.

Aroma: Green apple, goaty funk, and a faint spicy clove note.

Appearance: Clear copper body with active effervescence. Head resembles a dense, rocky mousse. Thick clumps of lacing clings to the glass.

Flavor: Bright tartness upfront, followed by carmelly, pleasantly sweet malt. Bittersweet finish. Very complex flavor profile. I'm catching different flavors with each sip. Bitterness melds well with the sweetness. This beer would pair exceptionally well blue cheese.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, palate-cleansing carbonation.
Light-to-medium body.

Overall: A beautiful, unique red saison. Food-wise, I would recommend pairing with a lighter, acidic food. This would be a good gateway beer for someone just becomming acclimated to the funkier style. Give this one a try!

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Photo of BMoney575
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 7-2-10

Pours a very foamy pale golden color, with tons of bubbles rising to the surface. The head is super thick and creamy, and sits in a huge glob on top. Huge lacing slides down the sides. Awesome.

Smell is all funky farmhouse, with lots of very nice citrus hops to keep it interesting. Light but at the same time complex, and immensely enjoyable.

Taste is super smooth sweet malt with just the right amount of sourness and hop bitterness. A little farmhouse character, lots of citrus and pine sap, and a great hit of booze at the end. One of the best saisons I've had.

Mouthfeel is great, thick, smooth, and creamy. The carbonation is perfect, and accents the hops very nicely.

Drinkability is very good, the flavors and smoothness are so tempting that the abv quickly sneaks up on you.

Overall, the tops.

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Photo of detlefchef
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant peach-golden color with an amazingly resilient head. It's as if there's egg whites in the beer or something. Star anise and pear on the nose with pretty, almost floral notes on the palate. Amazing texture and a finish with hints of bourbon-like notes.

This was a stunning beer visually and texturally and certainly had lovely aromas and a fine taste.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into red wine glass. All notes are at 50 degrees or higher.

Pours a hazy orange-gold, pretty much opaque, with a finger-and-a-half fluffy bone-white head that settles into a thinner, pillowy cap. Cap thins out a bit in the center, but never goes away.

Nose is complex, and so delicious - sharp, zesty lemon and barnyard funk from the brett, a fantastic orangey marmalade note, even what I read as a bit of sweet vanilla. Some spicy yeast in there as well. Fantastic nose.

Taste is equally fantastic - rye is hinted at up front, along side a crisp but lightly sweet pale malt body, with light, sharp lemony citrus notes and a hint of barnyard funk overlaying the peppery yeast and sweet orange notes. Some green apple may be in there too. Just a bit of crisp hop bitterness towards the finish, which is fairly long, juicy, citrusy, yeasty. Dries up a bit at the very end. An amazing accomplishment. Superb.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, but with a subtle light creaminess that suits the beer perfectly.

Drinkability? Who would want to stop drinking this?

I should note that I'm admittedly biased where the Bruery is concerned - I've never had anything even resembling a bad beer from them, and many have been out right homeruns. This is the latter. Utterly fantastic - in my opinion, the best Saison brewed on American soil that I've tried.

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Photo of bobsy
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up in NYC.

Pours a rich light mahogany with a billowing white head. Good lace and retention. Sweet beans, this is the most fragrant saison I've come across. Intense floral and tropical elements spar with spicy yeast and great funk. Awesome. Great saison taste, with so much complexity going on. Strong floral notes, sweet and spicy rye, funky barnyard yeast, dry grain and light alcohol and ripe tropical fruit. I could go wil for this! Medium body and pillowy carbonation.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle into a tulip: beautiful golden color. Only very slightly hazy. Lacy head of foam. Very aromatic, mostly herbal, coriander, and yeasty. Very complex wonderful taste. Belgian style yeast abounds. Malt and hops very well balanced. A tiny bit sour. Very effervescent and dry feel. I would never have guessed the ABV on this beer without reading the label. This is an amazing beer; right there with the best Belgian beers.

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Photo of nilesschmidt
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a flight, had the 12, and 13 on tap at the bruery,

a - this is the only downside of this beer in my opinion, it did not stand out among the others in the flight we had, however this is where the similarities end, its looks are deceiving that is for sure

s - oh wow, great nose, pungent off the bat, interesting to notice the appearance between the 12 and 13 is very minimal, however the nose of the 13 stands out much more pungent and slightly stronger smell than the 12; with this in mind they both smell fantastic, maybe the 13 slightly better than the 12

t - this may be one of my favorite tasting sours i have had to date. as noted in my other reviews, i am fairly new to sours, however, this is the best sour I have had the privileged to taste. There is so much going on in there it is just an awesome experience to try to pick apart the fruits from the yeast from the different funks going on. Starts off very sour, smooths out as the initial funk dies down, then his you with a great, refreshing, after taste. truely a great tasting beer. The 13 is very similar but slighly more aggressive in the sour notes, a little more "twang" as my friends would say.

m - no complaints here, perhaps a little too much foam that does not stand up to the carbonation in the beer,

o - my favorite sour that doest start with cantillon

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Photo of mwilbur
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From tasting notes (1/26/11). Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass (it's all I had on vacation).
A: Pours a greenish-golden hue with 3+ inch tight bubbly and rocky white head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Very pleasant farmhouse and brett funk. Fresh grass and green apple. Citrus hops and white pepper.
T: Cream and green apple, citrus hops and white pepper. Funk resides more in the background. Mildly spiced grainy rye adds a nice dimension.
M: Soft and creamy. Spicy bite from the rye is a nice counterpoint.
D: Extremely drinkable. A wonderful saison...one of my favorites. Can't wait to have it again...seek it out!

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Photo of champ103
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this many times, most recently at a BA tasting. I think jujubeast6000 brought this one?

A: At first pop of the cork, this is almost a gusher. Though after a minute it is very manageable to pour. This has a beautiful, slightly hazy honey/orange color. After the initial gush, a perfect two finger white head forms with excellent retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: An awesome aroma of slightly tart fruits, funky Brett, and bread/biscuit malts. Crusty rye bread and funk complement each other perfectly. A peppery spice is well. I love it.
T: Follows the nose. It is like fresh baked rye bread up front. Some funky notes from the Brett that is a really nice compliment. Tart fruits of pears and apples. Again, awesome.
M/D: A full body that is perfectly crisp and dry. Champagne like, but still very smooth at the same time. So easy to drink. Every time I try this, I want the bottle all to myself.

Just an all around great Saison. Up there with Saison Brett as one of my favorite American examples. A treat every time I get to try it, and something I highly recommend.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Billowy head, cloudy golden beer.
smell is earthy and fresh orange
taste is surprising, a lot of citrus, herbal flavors, to me more like a tripel than saison. But wait... there is the brett. I guess the whole pt. is this is a style you can't nail down.
mouth feel is medium with much carbonation.
Yummy. Seek it out for a different experience and have an open mind. Oh and this hides the 8.5 so watch out.

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Photo of 4thpalehorsemanale
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage, Bought thinking it was this years, so I cannot compare it to the freshness.
Smell: most potent thing right off the Head! great spices in the Aroma.
Taste: just as the aroma depicts, perfect spice and rye comes in with a perfect rye clean finish!
Feel: light in the mouth as it is on the eyes, smooth clean start to finish! Coats the mouth beautifully!
Overall: For a Golden Belgian style Farmhouse, This is pretty amazing for me!
The rye is what sticks out to me in this beer, amazing flavor! Well worth the purchase for me considering it was the cheap side of the Bruery, I would call this a must buy for the first time, and definitely a beer to share with others who enjoy the golden, farmhouse or belgian beers!! Cheers!

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Photo of jminsc76
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first Bruery beer I tried, and now I am finally getting around to reviewing it.

Pours some LARGE white foamy head atop a murky golden body. The head takes some time to die down, reemerges quickly upon agitation, wih the legs thick and sexy as I tilt the glass.

Aromas of earthy, spicy goodness like only a quality farmhouse ale exhibits. Interesting, I think I smell some popcorn or something slightly buttery. Very nice.

Flavors include deep, meaty rye with a light funkiness from the Brett combined with that quality Saison spiciness. Everything balances out perfectly, even though I am not always the biggest fan of rye-induced beers. This and Rugrod (both from the Bruery) are the two notable exceptions.

Mouthfeel is light and tingly from the carbonation. Becomes a little thin as it warms.

Overall, I love the Rue. It's the Bruery's original flagship beer and for good reason: its innovative take on a Saison adds new flavors while tilting its hat to the things we love about the style. Pretty much perfect.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark cloudy orange with a thick cream colored head

S-smells really good. very tart with the Brett and a good amount of citrus peel. herbal and nice. strong scent.

T-fills the mouth with an earthy taste of tangy herbs, grass, and corn. its a good taste, not extremely pronounced. definitely has a taste of raw pale belgian spices. matching after-taste. complex and well balanced.

M-high carbonation with a dry finish

O-a fantastic saison. the flavors are subtle, but they're quite nice. i had most of the bottle and i probably could've enjoyed another one. i love the brett and wish this was more easily available to me. all saison fans should try this, its one of my favorites.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark golden color, with tons of bubbles and sediment. Nice, 2 finger head that does not go anywhere, but stick as lace all over the glass. Impressive! It just looks like it is going to taste amazing

S - Lots of fruit. Pears, plums, and apples.

T - Malt sweetness up front, with herbal spices at the end. Lots of fruit flavors as well. Maybe pears, plums, apples, and bananas. Damn tasty!

M - Crisp and refreshing. Highly carbonated, and well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.

O - An amazing job done with this beer. I have never had a belgian style farmhouse, but the Bruery makes it work. I am excited to try more from this brewery.

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Photo of don1481
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a... wine glass. Bottle said so.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, hazy amber with a soft, big off-white head that lingers. Good amount of bubbles race through this.

Smell: Orange peel, fruitiness, and the funk. Oh, the funk.

Taste: Oh, this is an interesting twist on a saison for sure. Chewy. Yeasty. Clove notes. Definitely the rye. Some apple and grape taste. So many more notes keep coming through. Very complex. I wish NG would have made their Saison a little more complex like this.

Mouthfeel: This is a fuller-bodied beer than, say, the aforementioned NG Saison, but is still pretty medium bodied overall. Aftertaste is pretty sweet and not overly yeasty. Very smooth overall.

Overall: My goodness. For less than $10, I got a steal. I want more.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip
A: Pours a golden cloudy orange, amber towards the top. Four finger white head. Impressively sticky lacing. The beer's head never disappears.

S: Lemon zest, funk, spice and light fruity smell reminiscent of green apple

T: Funky and zesty. Tastes a bit spicy. Alcohol taste is present. Bitter hoppy finish.

M: Refreshing, nicely carbonated, slightly dry.

D: Very drinkable.

Definitely a very tasty, interesting and refreshing beer. I'm going to buy it again. A must if you like farmhouse ales or strong belgian pale ales.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue IX:

Very lively carbonation. Quite a beauty in terms of head--towering almost out of the glass and taking a good while to dissipate, with a caked-on lacing after each sip. Clear amber glow shows off the lively carbonation. Spicy aroma with some herbal, exotic fruit (plantains?) and slight estery alcohol. Pleasant crispness from the carbonation and a real, deep smoothness really enhances the lush medium body. Epic maltiness, sweet and toasty with a spicy flavor from the rye. The rye melds very well with the Brettanomyce's herbal funk and the warming peppery alcohol. Suggestions of ripe plum, start fruit and green banana come to mind. The Brett brings some herbal funk to the taste buds middle to end, but nothing too strange or eclectic. Mild hopping throughout. Finishes semidry with a thick layer of herbal flavor that jumps far into the aftertaste.

Can a beer redefine a style? We'll leave that for debate as Saison Rue bends the style with an array of complexities that unfold as it warms with each sip. One of the top 10 beers we've had in 2008 to date.

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Photo of badbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber color with a large white head that retains very well and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Really earthy aroma with some funk to it, not a strong funk like you might expect in a beer with Brett (as I don't believe this has any), but more of a musty kind of way. Hay, cracked pepper, and some ginger also come into play in the aroma; I love Saisons like this. Taste almost has a rye bread taste at the beginning. I get the same musty hay in the taste, then some pepper and other spices, before a strong earthy taste sets in. Lingering earthy, dry finish, carbonation is high. Very well made Saison, I'd love to drink this again.

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Saison Rue from The Bruery
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,777 ratings.
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