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:
1,796
Reviews:
568
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
226
Gots:
352
For Trade:
11
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am glad I took the Brothers up on their review and traded for it. Pours a lovely cloudy yellow with huge white head. Balanced not sweet or too bitter, and on the tad dry side. Masterful, with spiciness that comes on boldly after initial creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: large frothy head that took a while to reduce on a cloudy golden with copper hue body and full lacing.

S: lots of tropical fruit, yeast, some herbs. Simple but full

T: tropical fruit mostly pineapple, yeast, herbs, bread dough, candy sugar.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation, a little creamy.

Overall: a very nice Saison, full nose body and flavor. Excellent representation of the style.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange amber with a huge thick white, firm, pillowy head.

Nose is wonderfully assertive pears and sweet spice. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and feels "expensive and well made."

Front palate is sweet spice that goes to a sweet pepper and fresh green herb character. Mid palate gets a bit more saison herbaceous and finishes a nice white pepper, celery slightly salty bitter pepper.

Very layered; complex; pleading and drinkable. A well made and somewhat unique saison;appealing.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a light tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, fruits, and some Brett funk. Taste is of grain, Brett funk, and some slight fruity flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison with a nice amount of funk in the aroma and flavor.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this was good, I just wasn't blown away by it. the pour is more clear than cloudy, with a bright yellow color and a nice white head a few inches tall. the nose isn't as farmy as I thought it would be, its more fresh than that, more spring than late summer, more floral than pollen, more straw than hay. its got a grassy light malt aroma and very little spice, almost like green tea. the flavor is very similar with a straw-like complexion, some subtle citrus notes, and a curious yeast that is not what im used to in a saison. its dry and light, floral, not funky and pungent, makes for a very light and peppy beer. there is also a lot of alcohol in this, especially in the finish, where the higher abv is obvious. its not a knock against it, because it actually works well here, but its again not what they style has come to be in most cases. fine carbonation and a body that's almost too light for its own good. a fun beer, probably overpriced, but one that pushes the mundane American saison in a spirited new direction.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice golden color with some reddish hues. Great looking white head, great retention and some light lacing. The smell is spicy and slightly sweet citrus. The taste has a rye spiciness along with malt sweetness and a subtle sourness. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, very drinkable brew. Overall this is a very good beer and I shouldn't have waited so long to try it.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that died down yet consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The aroma is quite spicy from the rye and also has some notes of yeast.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather spicy and the yeast contributes earthy flavors. The spiciness from the rye particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is relatively easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden, although the spicy flavors make it more of a beer that needs to be sipped.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious but still young beer, as the bolder Brett character has yet to properly develop.

The pour brings a hazy orange to light copper color. Steady streams of carbonation fuel the froathy and cottony head unitl the very end of the session, leaving many rings of lace behind. A fantastic appearance.

Aromas of tropical fruits lead- oranges, mangos, lemons, appricots, and apples all make a mark on the nose. Light must (maybe barnyard) begins to add to the character but not yet bold enough to balance the fruits. Citrus and herbal hops ride deeply in the background, picking up the slack until the Brett character arrives.

Flavors pick up the lemons and apple character first. A blended mix of twangy tartness (not sourness) along with lightly caramelized malts come into play next and takes the beer into the finish. The tropical and citrus theme continues but in complimentary roles. Lightly peppery, bitter, medicinal, and salty; the beers complexity continues to build.

What starts out creamy and weighted (especially for a Saison), finishes much drier and refreshing. No astringency but I expect this to develop as the beer sours further.

Right now, the beer's maltiness keeps it a bit too sweet and weighted. I also want to see the more musty/dusty character of Brettanomiaces develop. But after a year or so, this beer should take on a beautiful Orval-like character that will ultimately decide the success of the beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, 9.5% ABV for this 'seasonal' incarnation.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow hue, with some continually upward-tending effervescence, and a copious amount of intensely foamy, frothy, and eventually creamy bone white head, which leaves some broad swaths of chunky, streaky lace around the glass as it oh-so-slowly abates.

It smells of gritty, semi-sweet wheat malt, white pepper, spicy clove, muddled bitter citrus pith, edgy, slightly sour yeast, musty white grapes, a bit of burnt toast, and mild leafy, earthy hops. The taste is rather toasty bready wheat and rye malt, a touch of dry caramel, subtle black and white pepper, ethereally funky yeast, complex brown sugar, a bruised apple and banana chip fruitiness, a hint of tanned leather, aged white wine, and a soft herbal, earthy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite understated, just a lilting frothiness throughout, the body a sturdy medium weight, and rather pleasantly smooth, with a lifting airy creaminess coming and going on a whim. It finishes on the dry side, the rye and wheat graininess combining with the lingering, yet still sedate yeast to fight off the remaining caramel and fruit sweetness.

For its purported, if not particularly evident ABV, this is a tasty, easy-drinking stroll down 'saison street', one bulked up with the various malt inputs, giving it a much heavier feel than the norm. At any rate, the Brett is faint at best, the rye much more prominent, pushing this into new or sub-style territory, if you care about that kind of stuff - me, I'm gonna go and just enjoy the rest of this bountiful bottle.

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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 oline73
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a significant head that retains well and leaves a number of lacing shards around the chalice

Smell: Complex blend of grapefruit, green apples, strawberries, balsa wood and vanilla; quite spicy, with cardamom, pepper and other spices in the mix

Taste: Opens with a bitter fruity blend of apples and grapefruit that quickly moves in a funky barnyard direction by mid-palate; very peppery, with the rye adding a clean but harsh bitter character to the profile; after the swallow, the funky, bitter and fruity flavors blend together extraordinarily well, although there is some sweetness in the finish to balance everything out

Mouthfeel: Medium body with considerable carbonation; surprisingly creamy, in fact

Overall: This is not a classic saison as the brett makes this more like an American Wild Ale to my palate

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep hazy copper color ale with a super huge white foamy head with good retention with some great lacing. Aroma of light funky ester with some fruit notes also discernable. Taste is a mix between some fruity ester with light funk and a nice Belgian malt backbone with some subtle dry hops also noticeable. Full body with limited filtration and perfect carbonation while alcohol is very well hidden. Very well done but lacking some character to be truly great.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 bottle. Consumed in June 2016

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

A burnished copper color in my glass, topped by a huge and frothy three finger head. The body is semi-hazy at first, and downright cloudy toward the end of the bottle. A beautiful beer.

It smells of earthy rye and musty brett. There's a bit of candi-sugar sweetness, just a hint, and some pungent earthy, woody aromas. The rye shines through brightly, which, combined with the brett, gives this beer a very unique character.

It opens very earthy and spicy on the palate with a big rye twang. Aside from a hint of sweetness up front, this beer is bone dry. The mouthfeel transitions into an eternal parching dryness, with flavors of grain, rye bread, tart granny smith apples and herbal hops coming into fruition.

This is a great, and original, take on a classic style. Nicely done.

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4.11 out of 5 based on 1,796 ratings.
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