Saison Rue | The Bruery

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Saison RueSaison Rue
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,795
Reviews:
567
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
224
Gots:
352
For Trade:
11
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4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

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

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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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Belgian flavor.

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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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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Saison Rue from The Bruery
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