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.

Added by DoubleJ on 05-01-2008

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Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
2.16/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From a bomber to a sam adams glass

A- Hazy straw yellow with an 1" of head

S- All belgian yeast here, funky, metalic, pale malts, citrus

T- Follows the smell, almost like a funky lager, no sign of hop bitterness or flavor,

M- Overly carbonated, crisp, numbs the tongue.

O- Utterly unimpressed, what makes this a saison/farmhouse? No spices, no fruitiness, kinda sour, but if i had to categorize this brew, i would call it a Dubbel.

I took a shot on The Bruery today, i bought Mischief, Autumn Maple, and this. In hopes that they can bring back my love for belgian brew, as i have been staying clear of anything belgian lately. If your wondering what a saison/farmhouse taste like, DO NOT START WITH THIS! This is a Dubbel poorly categorized.

P.S. just poored out the second half of the bottle... i really tried not too.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.7/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orangey golden colour. Head is huge and frothy. Sudsy lacing. Boisterous bubbling. Very vibrant and alive, which is what you want in a saison. Looks pretty interesting.

Nose is big and funky, with huge citrus characters, and a really nice almost smoky malt character on the back. Something solid and very grounded connect with the light and airy saison characteristics. Bit of pepper coming through as well. It has some really pleasant saison characters. Perhaps not as well integrated as some of the best examples, but the malt character grounds it nicely.

Taste is unfortunately quite thin, and rather insipid. Some spice on the front, with a lingering acerbic bitterness and a touch of acidity throughout. But there's no depth to it, no connection with the malt as in the nose - indeed, there's little body or malt on it whatsoever. Just a woody acidity, some funk and a green organic character on the back. And that bitterness, which doesn't really match with anything else. No, it doesn't work for me.

Oh, no. The Bruery has done it again for me. Every time I'm expecting something big, exciting and robust, and there's always an insipidness to their beers. It's happened every time so far, and I'm wondering how long I can continue to stick it out.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
2.71/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: tall head, cloudy, copper color
T: Candi-sugar sweetness. Some spicy/pepperiness. Cannot detect the rye.
M: Doughy, high carbonation, medium maltiness
O: a bit too sweet for my tastes. I like my Belgians (and esp. Saisons) to finish dry. Not a good example of the style and rather average taste, in my opinion.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.76/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color me unimpressed. The INTERNETZZZ seem to love this beer...I do not...Now that that's straightened out, let's get to the nitty gritty. Pours awesome, a vibrant slightly-hazy gold, with a pillowed smooth creamy head leaving tons of lace. Aroma of some strawberries, maybe raspberries. Fruity and overall just "fresh" smelling. Loaded with carbonation. So far a winner but wait!!! Something wicked this way comes. Flavor is initally crisp but there hides a monster - something evil - is it Thyme or Rosemary or something. Whatever it is it's herbal and it's disgusting. Finish is long and hop bitter in a bad way. Ends as bad as the beginning was good. This is $10.99 per 750ml, so don't bother tracking it down unless you're a masochist.

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Photo of bierguru
2.8/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A - soapy white head stays well cloudy orange little bubbles

S - orange, apple, coriander, and maybe some white grape i dont know smell is a bit odd kind of on the sour side but at the same time a little sweet

T - coriander, orange, slit bitterness, alcohol is mild, progressing through the beer the bitterness covers over a lot of the taste

M - lot of carbonation, very soapy

D - wouldnt have again and if i did i would probably eat something with it to see if it would enhance the beer

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Photo of philipquarles
2.84/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle. Pours hazy gold with a light orange tint. Billowing white head that holds its shape, eventually dissipating to a small white cap and great lacing. Smells heavily spicy, with a lot of ginger and pepper. Plenty of orange and other fruit. Very much like perfume. Incredibly sweet. Brett is pretty evident, with some musty notes. More brett in the taste, again with musty horseblanket. Overly spicy, with an onslaught of pepper/ginger. Quite fruity; a lot of citrus and some tropical fruit. Pretty sweet. Heavily hopped. Alcohol warmth and bite. It finishes sweetly but with a lot of hop bitterness; rather disjointed. Full bodied with lower carbonation. Between the spices (definitely added, not just a yeast byproduct), the strong sweetness, the bitterness, and the alcohol, it's pretty clear that there's too much shit going on here.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.91/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The second half of my Bruery tasting at Hollingsheads was represented by their Saison. Served in a Chimay chalice, on to the beer:

At first, I couldn't tell what in my glass was beer or soup. Very, too soft of a word...foggy, and caramel colored. The aroma wasn't in your face, but was pleasant with saison characteristcs and some clove.

The clove in the flavor were at least interesting, but this beer was very peppery, minty, overspiced, and without the drying finish of typical Belgians. This is a dirty saison. But the worst part of the beer was the finish, where it left an unpleasant bitterness on the palate for way too long.

The good news is this gets better as it warms and there's some potential here, but the bad news is the spice and bitterness of this beer needs to be cleaned up if it's going to compete with the few saisons I've already sampled.

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Photo of craytonic
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Huge head, minimal lacing. Perhaps a bit over carbonated, amber in color.

Smell: Big rye malt scent, spice, and light (not enough) funk.

Taste: Malt and rye, bit of hops and alcohol. Missing that good funk I was hoping for.

Mouthfeel: Bit fizzy yet chewy, hint of alcohol.

Drinkability: Low, no need to try this one again.

Edge of what a saison should be, at least in my book.

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Photo of Overlord
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy orange. Somewhat unfiltered looking. Large, off-white head.

Smells like cloves, spices, some citrus/hay notes, spices, spices, and spices. Urgh.

Taste is a bit muddled. The sharp, biting grass/citrus notes carry with it a hint of lemon, but the weird spicy components just take over. There is a sour, yeasty breadiness to it ... quite pungent. Almost peppery, in some respects. I admit, I'm not the biggest saison fan. This was really not my cup of tea.

Decently carbonated. Not particularly drinkable.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cellar temp to Saison dupont Becker
A; pours a bronze-yellow w/ delicate
carbonation to style. Lookin' good!

S; lemon zest & citrus pith w/ a dusty
rye spice carrying through. Orange peel &
candy sweetness carrying through. Brett is earthy.

T; lemon candy w/ doughy pale malts & rye spice..
Herbal hops. Brett washes things down in an earthy
medicinal way.. Peach preserves & corn sugar present.

M; This is where things are strange for me. This
Saison is way too syrupy & full. Rye is nice & dry.
I may be alone here, but not everything coheres for
My palate.

D; my first experience w/ the Bruery, & I'd love
To try more, but one & done for me w/ this Saison.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 6/12/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color with 1 finger of white head and nice lacing.

s - Smells of fruit, spice, and a little bit of funk.

t - Taste is light fruit, citrus, spices, and a hint of funk.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - An ok saison. A nice smell but the taste was a litt lacking and it was too carbonated. Probably would not have again.

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Photo of dbrese
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This failed to impress me. The mouthfeel is oddly thick for a saison due to the rye and the sticky flavor is underwhelming without a significantly tart aftertaste typical of many Brett. saisons. I've made better beers than this. I'm left thinking That the Bruery should price their beers differently based on the end result, not the cost of production. This one should have been on closeout while their better offerings could fetch more.

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Photo of BingCrosby7
3.27/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A Light gold with minimal head; bubbly and translucent
S Clove and a bit of banana, light alcohol and hops
T lightly spiced with a big clove front--the beer has a lingering aftertaste. Reminded me a bit of La Fin De Monde
M Bubbly--a bit more than is actually necessary
O I'm not a fan of clove, so this didn't work for me. Also, this isn't a very good saison offering. I found myself wanting a Lost Abbey saison over this one.

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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 Eldalonde
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper/honey color with a thin white head. Smells of spices, sweet fruits, a bit of yeast, and a grainy rye herbal quality that givds this a very distinctive aroma. The flavor of spices is very pronounced but is also very sweet with some very peculiar flavors. Tastes very similar to something else I've had.

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Photo of klewis
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange - darker than most saisons - with a moderate , bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: Mild funk with a slight fruityness.

T: Bitter and sour at the same time with a slight fruity character. I'm pretty sure that the bottle's description of it as "rustic" wasn't referring to a metallic rust taste, but there's some of that too.

M: Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. A lingering astringency on the palate.

D: Decent, but lacking in complexity and a bit harsh in the hops department. I'll take some more Boulevard Saison-Brett please.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Bruery Saison Rue

Appearance: orange gold, medium-large head, and good lacing.

Smell: yeast and light fruit.

Taste: bitter yeast and grain.

Mouthfeel: medium and bland.

This is not a great example of a saison. It it fairly bland and bitter. The alcohol is very prevalent and the taste is pretty raw. After drinking a good portion, it smooths out to being decent.

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Photo of crossovert
3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

750ml capped brown bottle.

It pours a hazy, murky amber/copper with a large white head.

It smells very fresh and springy. IT has some light brett character, fresh baked bread, and some peach, mango, and lemon for fruitiness.

The first thing I notice in the mouthfeel is that is encompasses your mouth, almost like it foams up as you drink it, which is weird. It is also super prickly, almost like eating a hot pepper then dousing your tongue with something super carbonated, it is that bad. The flavor isn't as good as I would have expected. It has that lemon cleaning solution character to it. The rye comes through pretty heavily in the flavor with some spicy bread notes. It is super sweet as well. It is just a messy saison ale.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two 750 ml bottles consumed on two different occasions and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. The second bottle was actually the Bruery Terreux iteration of this beer. Enjoyable, but not nearly as good as I was hoping for. Bought the second bottle hoping to like it better than the first, but it was about the same. Not sure what it is about the beer that I'm not crazy about, but there are plenty of other saisons I like more than this.

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Photo of abfraser
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml picked up at CBS in SF

A: Poured a rich orange/amber. Small head, a bit of lacing

S: Lemony citrus, sweet malt

T: A yeasty, malty backbone with a little funk. Prominent hops. But it's oddly sweet. More like a Tripel. It seemed to work at first but halfway through the glass I was reconsidering

M: I must have let all the carbonation out inadvertently. There was very little to none and it had a slightly flat mouthfeel

D: Good drinking beer

Overall an above average brew. I appreciate the interpretation, but it's not as refreshing as most saisons, which I attribute to the sweetness. Worth trying for sure, though.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-draught at the Bruery provisions store in Orange, California as part of a taster. Serving volume was 2 oz. At the time, I thought the serving temperature was entirely too warm, but they're The Bruery, so this can't be attributed to barstaff error. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of decent cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent cloud orange-gold.

Sm: A bit of sourness, very lambic-esque. Light cream. Very estery. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Milky and lactic, with sour ester hops comprising the bulk of the flavour. It's a touch salty, but built well if a touch blandly. It's certainly simple, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it balanced. The alcohol doesn't come through, which deserves some accolade.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and moderately complementary of the flavour in the body. It certainly doesn't feel tailored to the taste, but it does a decent job.

Dr: Very drinkable - a feat that is difficult to accomplish in this style and at this high an ABV.

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Photo of hawks10
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my Duvel tulip...

Pours a hazy dark orange, a bit brown in the middle of glass...tons of fluffy white head takes its time to recede, leaving some nice lacing was originally a bit hazy, but after sitting in the glass for about 20 minutes or so, the haze is gone, beer has great clarity...

A nice spicy Belgian yeast aroma with some good brett character. There is some funk, mostly a damp musty smell, not of the barnyard variety. A touch of sweet/not quite ripe fruit aromas linger in the back...

First impressions are spice, pepper and cloves. Dry. Slight burn from the alcohol. Sipping slower now, this beer is bitter, and biting. A get a small bit of sweet fruit with just a touch of tartness but that spice keeps overpowering any other flavors. There is some funk, the brett is there, but a medicinal alcohol flavor/sensation persists, becoming the only flavor that lingers long enough for me to ponder...

Medium bodied and highly carbonated, a bit too carbonated, but not a deal breaker by any means. Medicinal alcohol gets stronger with each sip and lingers long on the palette, not pleasant...

Hmmm, maybe I'll try this again sometime, but I am just getting an overwhelming burn from this one (strange, I rarely feel a beer "burns" too much, this one does)...The nose had me slightly hopeful for this beer, but the spice was way too high and that

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber-orange color with a head that quickly faded. It smells like spice and a little honey, actually pretty good. I can barely taste the brett but I do taste it. The flavor is odd but not bad at all, hard to describe like candy but not really. The mouthfeel is a little too fizzy for my liking, kinda like a soda.

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Photo of Chrispy
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice constant head and lacing on this beer. Brewed with Brett but it is 0% sour. Brett is slightly detectable in the smell and a little in the taste(does not completely taste like belgian yeast). Usual belgian yeasty smell and taste. Rye is barely there. Very drinkable but nothing great particularly stands out.

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Photo of DARIVA
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a beautiful yellow and slightly cloudy beer with a very nice white head.

S: Slightly sour smell.

T: 7 up lemonade and a sweet taste.

M: Lots of foam feeling , and a great carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty drinkable and also refreshing.

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