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 bushbeer75
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

25.4 oz [750 ml] - brown bottle - bottled on 5/9/2014

Saison Rue filled my tulip glass with a cloudy orange gold color. The white foamy and firm head was 2+fingers. The head held well leaving behind thick [almost walls] of foamy lacing. The aroma contains some light tart fruit, spice and yeast. The taste begins with a light sweetness from caramel malt, some light fruit and spices. Then the sour flavors of yeast and a little citrus hop character is noted. The finish was dry and left a light tart aftertaste. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an active carbonation and medium body.

Saison is tasty/flavorful, and complex. Not too sour or filling. Goes well with shrimp.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from a Total Wine in Las Vegas back in 2015 on a family vacation. I then aged this beer in the fridge for another 2 years. Bring on the Brett!

Bottled on December 9 of 2013; consumed on 3/25/17.

Poured into a Barrrelwork’s branded Teku glass. Slightly darker in color than straw with 1 finger of fluffy white head. I was a bit surprised, the carbonation level was not explosive. The carbonation level is a little less than that of a Duvel.

Aroma is most notably of sweet malt, caramel, and rye. Some pear and apple juice and Belgian spice is noted. For 4 years of aging, the Brett character is surprisingly still muted. Some bright citrus notes are available as well.

Taste is much thicker and sweeter than I was expecting. I was expecting Saison Brett with some rye character, but this has a surprising malt backbone. It is definitely drier than most traditional saisons, but sweeter than most brett beers. A phenomenal introduction into brett, but I could see it aging even further. The rye is present, but there is also an enticing white wine character. Some more Belgian spice, pear juice, and citrus.

Overall, this is a good beer. The rye adds an interesting American twist. I feel that the Brett doesn’t provide enough of a kick unfortunately, even after 4 years of aging. Perhaps, next time I will leave it at room temp or give it another year. I feel the beer would be optimal if it were a little less sweet and had a bit more of a brett bite. Currently, it is not bad, but the rye and sweetness does overshadow some of the inherent spicy qualities classic to a saison. I see this pairing well with many foods, but a pastrami sandwich with a kosher dill pickle would work perfectly. It gets a 90/100.

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Photo of Premo88
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bruery Terreux -- Saison Rue
25.4 oz. bomber poured into tulip
(2015 vintage on label)

L: golden with amber highlights, 50/50 misty/clear that looks like it will clear up; pushes up thick, tall head (1.5 inches) of offwhite/beige foam that lingers for over 5 minutes, looks like a chunk of meringue; tight column of bubbles rise up very center of glass and leaves a super thick collar and almost full skin ... looks like it's in a scored glass with a CO2 nucleation point but it's not ... not a ton of sticking and the lacing doesn't stick and stay in place, but the collar rides up the glass and stays connected high above the level of the liquid -- hard to describe and not traditional sticking/lacing but very cool

S: dusty and sweet ... yeasty dusty aroma with some earthy lemon peel mixing with super sweet apricot, peach, dried apricot

T: very yeasty and dusty but with a lot of that same sweet apricot flavor in the nose, perhaps balancing more on the yeasty/dusty side ... a bit of barn must but I'd almost call it a "clean" yeast flavor, if such a thing exists, not overly funky or musty; earthy aftertaste builds up a bit but it's not medicinal or taxing on the palate, tastes more like yummy fuggle/Old World hops

F: fantastic and very Belgian, loads of carbonation and decent weight, and because you have to drink through a thick collar and skin, it has an ale softness

O: my first Bruery brew and it's been worth the wait ... over a year old, this beer is full of standard American-made farmhouse flavor with a huge malt sweetness to balance the tarter/earthier flavors; I'd love to taste this fresh out of the vat for comparison's sake, but I can't imagine it being much better ... a very sweet, easy to drink "big" sour that's more earthy than tart/sour

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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 puck1225
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Light yellow, thick foamy head nice lacing. Very fragrant, floral and sweet. The taste is lemony and spicy. Pepper, orange and nutmeg. Very nice!

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Photo of weareallfalafel
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely phenomenal saison! Enjoyed in a tulip glass. Poured from a 750ml bottle with no bottled on date, but I'm guessing based on how long this bottle sat it's just around a year old, give or take a couple months. Pours a hazy deep gold that radiates a little when held up to the light. The head is initially about 1- 1.5 inches, but falls slowly to a thin cap atop the beer while lingering a bit more on the edges and the sides of the glass. Smell is of Belgian yeast, rye bread, grassy hops, and a decent amount of funky Brett. The Brett character has increased with a little bit of age, and it adds a layer of funky complexity. The Brett and hops linger on the palate after swallowing, and they harmonize with the rustic grain and grassy character like a damn symphony throughout the beer. Balanced, but not restrained. Feel is soft and pillowy, medium in body, and helps to carry the flavor and aroma on the palate. Overall, I feel that I can't give this enough praise. It will always be one of the best saisons ive had, if not the very best. It's complex, yet very approachable to those inexperienced with rustic Brettanomyces brewed ales. The harmony of all the flavors and individual characteristics is unparalleled in American-made saisons. In my book, this is perfect. Almost brings a tear to my eye.

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Photo of 57md
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangey straw color with well over a finger of head. The nose has spicy notes but it's not a rye spiciness. There is really no rye essence in the flavor either. However, there is a nice citrus fruitiness and a snappy pepper quality. The finish is dry and champagne-like.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Semi-hazy orange gold in color with a very thick and creamy off white head and sprightly carbonation.

S - Very dry aroma with some funk, light crisp biscuity malt.

T - Dry biscuit malt, lightly spicy, pear skin, green apples, white grape skin, crisp and dry fruity finish with just the right amount of bitterness.

M - Extremely dry, big medium to light heavy body (much thicker than a typical Saison), coagulates the saliva on top of the tongue while the sides are bone dry. Creamy on the finish.

O - In this bottle: some traditional character, some American bastardization ... but very enjoyable.

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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up 2016, 2014, 2015 vintages of this beast for what I like to call a Saisonathon. Brett ages fantastically, a little more tart and white wine-y with age. Awesome funky, spicey brett flavours flavours. Pears, plums, apple skin and a sweet a beautiful biscuit maltiness.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was very solid, but surprised me. I expected it to be a lot more tart, but rather it was just really hoppy and drank a lot more like an American IPA.

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Photo of MFMB
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed it but thought I'd enjoy it more when I purchased it at the bottle shop. Pours a deep orange to Amber with a foamy off white head. The nose is of malt, rye bread, dried fruit and spice. Taste of slight fruityness, malts and rye, as it warms the fruit becomes more of a dried fruit taste rather than crisp fruits upon first pour. A bit of pepper and spices on the back end. Finishes very dry, which I like. A good saison but I was expecting this one to knock my socks off and it didn't. Still 3.91 is great I was just thinking I'd be giving this a 4.25 or up.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This saison pours a dark golden, opaque color, with a huge foamy white head. The smell is actually fairly muted, but it is slightly fruity maybe lemon. It’s a medium bodied beer, maybe a little heavier than the average saison, but not that strong of a malt flavor. It has faint flavors of fruit including lemon, orange, and plum in the initial taste. In the finish the spices take over though with fairly strong flavors of coriander and peppery rye. It also has a slightly acidic, sour flavor from the Brettanomyces, which I am not a huge fan of. The finish is fairly dry and bitter. I’ve seen this before with saisons. Apparently, they can have a fairly wide range of hop character. I prefer the more subtly hopped saison though. Not too bad of a saison, but again I would tone down the hops and it’s a little heavy bodied for saison to me. I like my saisons to evoke the feeling of sitting in a barn next to a wheat field on a warm summer night with a light breeze gently cooling me down. This doesn’t do that. It’s rated very well, but I don’t totally get it.

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Photo of Myotus
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 43°F from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. Allowed to warm up to 45°F before reviewing. Consumed on 22May16.
LOOK: Two fingers worth of foam recedes into a half fingers worth within 1 and a half minutes. Dark gold in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are large in numbers and both small and medium in size. Lacing is thick and subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of spicy/sour rye and bananas are backed by mild aromas of biscuits, pears, white grapes, earthy yeast, and cloves. Subtle leather, plum, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and fig flavors further add on to this ridiculously complex swirl of aromas.
TASTE: An immediate balance between malt and yeast is achieved as mild rye and banana flavors first strike the palate. Unlike the aromas, which are equally spicy and sour, the rye flavors lean more towards spicy. Mild leather, clove, fig, and plum flavors trail right after as banana and rye flavors grow slightly stronger. Mild flavors of earthy yeast, biscuit, pear, and white grape enter as clove flavors grow much stronger. Subtle orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and bitter hop flavors finally finish off this insane array of flavors as all previous ones maintain.
FEEL: The thickness of the beer lies somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation levels are moderate. Goes down somewhat smooth.
NOTE: I can't think of the last beer that I drank that was this complex. Saison Rue is a multifarious brew that sent my taste buds on one heck of a roller coaster ride. Clove flavors bullied their way to the to spotlight and gave this more of a spice than I wanted. That is just me nitpicking, however; Bruery Terreux has once again created a winner of a brew.

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Photo of gman1602
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great take on a saison - pours a nice light copper with lively carbonation, smells of that perfect saison spiciness and funk, taste opens with a light taste of pears and white pepper, then moves into heavier flavors with the rye coming in to literally coat the palate. Finishes a little dry and with a slight bitter bite that matches nicely. Mouthfeel is good for the style with great carbonation to keep things moving. Overall a solid win from the Bruery.

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Photo of dar482
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 2014 Vintage. The beer comes forward with fruity notes of pear, hints of citrus, onto peppery spice as the beer is covered by a spicy rye, sweet biscuity malt, hints of floral. Despite the maltiness, the beer dries out on the finish with hints of alcohol coming through.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look (4.25): A pretty amber or light tannish brown color that is unfiltered. An white eggshell colored head that's about two inches thick. The bubbles seem to love clinging to the side of my glass with no desire to let go.

Smell (4): A pleasent dark cherry smell laced with freshly baked biscuits. I'm pretty sure the malts and the rye from this guy are helping give off amazing aromas.

Taste (4.5): Absolutely amazing. Starts off with dark malted caramel fruit flavors. Like caramel raisons or cherries. You can get bready and malty flavors in there. The spice from the rye comes into play, like cinnamon almost.

Mouthfeel (3.75): This guy starts out very sweet, but have a very dry ending that reminds my palate of a champagne, except with some extremely yeasty malted flavors. Not the best part of this brew.

Overall (4.25): This is one of the best saison beers I've had in a long while. I'm very interesTed in buying one or two more to see how they age! =)

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Photo of joshleo
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was expecting more from this saison. Maybe it was this bottle, but I thought it tasted a bit metallic. It had a little funk but wasn't as refreshing and complex as some other said ins that I have had. I would buy it again if it was on sale. Maybe I should have aged it for a couple years

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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 rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little bit of red, yellow, gold, light brown into this one, substantial head over an inch. Aroma was tons of yeast, super dry, a little bit of musty dark fruit.

Very carbonated, lighter than you would think, dry, lots of caramel, rye, some spice rack but not overdone. Hides the huge alcohol for style pretty well. Definitely a well made beer.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Time for something good from the cellar... from a 750 ml bottle dated 1/3/14 -- so just about 2 years old -- into a tulip. Considering it is unfiltered, it is fairly clear, light reddish amber, some continuous bubbles, and an amazing 3 finger head with superb retention and great lacing. Nose is a lot of malty and estery sweetness, with a hint of rye (though not as much as I wish) and a hint of kind of cherry plummy leather...fairly smooth and not super complex, but nice enough. Taste follows the nose on the whole, maybe a bit more herbal and some bubble gum at the very end that I don't pick up in the nose at all. This is nice and earthy, actually, but I'm not getting much spiciness; maybe those dimensions mellow out if you let it sit for 2 years...? I don't get as much funk from the brett as I wish I did -- again, very earthy, and a little vinous with tiny hints of balsamic vinegar balancing some faint mandarin orange citrus and spice notes. Super smooth mouthful, and nice light but still substantial body...dries out well at the end, but no snap or pucker, whatsoever.

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Photo of stakem
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing a bottle ive had tucked away for 5 years in my cellar. 750ml poured into a matching bruery snifter. The cap comes off and its a slow gusher. 4 fingers white froth rests atop a hazy copper brew. A constant stream of bubbles maintains a finger of froth across the top and as the cap fades, it leaves a full wall of lacing.

The nose is very citrusy like zest with some pith and fruity qualities before an earthen barnyard brett character emerges. Mild chessiness is also present as it warms.

The taste has quite a strong fruit and citrus quality with faint dry grain flavor. Pear, apple, clove and bubblegum with a hint of brett and warming alcohol and slight earthen bitterness.

This is light bodied and effervescent with carbonation. A very nice saison thats not only worth seeking out but also stockpiling/aging. I was very impressed with how this has aged, well done Bruery, nice to know you can crush classic styles (or use to?) without having to get crazy with adjuncts.

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Photo of FLima
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bottle has been resting in my place for a couple of years; let’s see how it now plays out.
Gold amber color with a huge off-white head with great retention and leaving laces.
Nice slightly sweet and complex aroma with notes of yellow fruit tartness, pineapple core, peaches, booze, grains, concentrated sweet balsamic vinegar drops and bread.
Flavor with notes of unripped pineapple, green apples, cloves, Cointreau liquor, some mint, earthy and spicy hops, spices from yeast and rye, banana, champagne, cinnamon, drops of lemon and pears. Medium dry, spicy and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% abv it is definitely felt, still a flavor contributor.
This has attenuated well, but still it doesn’t have a strong tartness. Well-crafted Saison, and that resembles of some Tripels. Good complexity and balanced, but having its full big bottle tires a bit. I didn’t find it particularly funky or with pronounced Bretta, but still with a smooth tartness and so within style.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thick, foamy billow provides a nice visual. Lots of smooth earthy tones coming off the nose with dry hay, lye soap and grass mixing in with some rye grain & alchohol esters. Playful carbonation helps accent the flavor, which has lots of lemon grass, dry spice and more of the earthy yeast. Medium malt backbone provides a slightly heavy finish compared to some Saisons, but I liked that personally. One of the best saisons I've had.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.
Bottled on 12/5/14, Consumed on 7/31/15

Golden amber with 2 fingers of creamy bone white head. Hazy with light carbonation.

A nice tart aroma. Lemon, honey, bread, Brett funk, and banana peel. Touches of medicinal cherry and grape.

Bread, honey, molasses, banana peel, and overripe stone fruit complimented by spicy rye. Very subtle tartness with touches of lemon, medicinal cherry, and red grape. Light Brett funkiness coming through with horse blanket and dried hay. A snap of black peppercorn. Rye and a citrusy bitterness linger.

Medium-light bodied, silky, dry, and mildly bitter.

It's maltier than your standard Saison. Fairly complex and slightly boozy. Well rounded with a decent Brett funkiness.

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Photo of Lard_City
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Citrusy aroma. Nice light Amber color and quite clear for being unfiltered. Pours a healthy white head but carbonation is not heavy. Citrusy, fruity and malty taste with a strong, but not overpowering, note if alcohol. Mild bitter aftertaste. Very refreshing. Bottle dated Dec. 5, 2014.

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