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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Ratings: 1,795 |  Reviews: 567
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/27/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, peach, pineapple, grape, apple, pepper, clove, hay, grass, herbal, candi sugar, rye, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, Brett, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, peach, grape, apple, pepper, clove, herbal, candi sugar, bread, rye, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, candi sugar, bread, rye, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast flavors with moderate male balance; with a good sweetness/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly-cloudy light-ish copper color with a nice white head. The nose brings forward a pretty good amount of yeast and light peppery notes.

The taste is of a bit of light malt as well as light pepper, spice, and yeast. Nice flavor profile and fairly unique. Good feel with some nice carbonation, and the spicing treats this well. Another good brew from the folks in Placentia.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of white head on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Lots of fruity yeast character with notes of ripe banana, vanilla, and pineapple, and a hint of alcohol. Some spice notes as well, pepper and clove that blend in with tangy wheat/rye and a little bit of brett funk.

T - Thick malt and tangy wheat up front with some vanilla and pineapple yeast notes. More fruit and vanilla come out in the middle as notes of banana and clove appear. The fruity yeast is replaced in the finish by spicy/herbal hops and some fairly strong bitterness. There is a hint of brett funk that lingers in the finish with the hops, but the wild yeast character is more subdued than I would have imagined.

M - Thick, creamy body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The yeast character is nice, but not as bright and tropical as that of some other saisons that I have had. The hop character seems to be where this beer really shines at this level of maturity. There is a nice level of refreshing bitterness and plenty of the classic, earthy, spicy hop notes. The funk is quite a bit more subdued than I would have expected; there are only hints of any wild character, and I would guess that this was a relatively young bottle. I would be quite interested to see how this beer changed over time and if I come across another bottle I will cellar it for six months or so to see how the brett develops.

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a style I go to very often but I was in the mood for a little something different last night.Poured into a chalice a deep orane infused amber with a nice fluffy one finger head atop that held very well.Sharp spice mixed with a little funk in the nosesome green apple and phenols rounded it out.The rye really came out on the palate lending some sharpness and a light lactic note,a little funky but it didnt overpower the flavor profile,again some green aplle and clove-like spice as well.I really liked the saison it's complex but not over the top in its funkiness.

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Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big creamy fluffy head fades at a med pace, nice lacing, hazy sediment golden wheat colored.

Nose starts with Belgian malts, golden sweet malts, little grainy, hint of citrus and saison spices, light wheat and toasty malt, etc. Light funk grainy bready funk, hint if spiciness. Nice fruity quality, ester fruit like, pear apple kinda fruit.

Taste starts with nice Belgian golden malts, light saison straw and wheat, light orange peel citrus, bready yeast and grainy funk, light Brett funk but just a little barnyard. Light fruit, esters, pear, apple, etc, faint hint of spicy rye like character but could be the saison spices, And light saison spices. Little gritty feel, some sweetness, doughy malt. Finish is drier but sticky sweet, lingering golden sweet malt flavors, little orange peel citrus and saison spices lingering, just a bit of funk, little bready yeast lingering.

Mouth is med bodied, light fluffy carb lots if it, faint warming booze.

Overall ok but nothing special, very little funk, light overall saison characters, bit still a fairly tasty beer.

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3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of chinchill
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden color with a light haze. Both carbonation and small floating particles visible. The white head had excellent retention and globs of sticky lacing.

S: the spicy, funky and complex nose features some fruity esters, sweet malt, and yeast. A tad too much clove or clove-like spicing.

T: Better balance between the malts, hops, yeast and spices here than in the aroma. Tart and bitter aftertaste

M: medium-body with medium-high carbonation.

O: A surprisingly drinkable saison, particularly given the high ABV.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, brettanomyces, rye spice, some tart citrus, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild sweetness from flavors of caramel, rye spice and some fruit that quickly fades into some sour flavors of wild Belgian yeast and citrus. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty and complex, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a flavorful beer worth drinking for a while if you’re in the mood for a Saison that is a bit towards the sour side.

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4.15/5  rDev +1%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and a hint of apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer fairly evenly with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy rye with light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast and some light aromas of brett barnyard funk.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of pale malts along with an earthiness contributed from the Belgian yeast. There is a light to moderate amount of rye spiciness that intensifies towards the finish and there is a spiciness as well. Light amounts of brett flavors including a hint of tartness and barnyard funk are present as well.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This one has a really interesting but rather intense flavor that makes it a sipping beer even though the alcohol is well hidden. Nicely constructed with the brett being a more subtle contributor to the flavor/aroma rather than dominating.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $10.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits.

Appearance: Quite cloudy body of orange-gold hues and topped with a large, meringue-like, white head.

Smell: Spicy nose, a mingled of popping phenolics and rye, with lesser, distant notes of cookies and honey. Plenty of fruits here: tart-scented Granny Smith apples, pears, and even lemon.

Taste: Sweet barley with some sugary sugar cookie-tasting hints and tangy-tasting wheat-based crackers and a crackling rye spiciness. Green apple and a bit of tart lemon cream lead to moderate phenolic tones, along with some punchy tastes of pickled sliced ginger and white pepper-coated pears. Touch of alcohol. Finishes dry and phenolic with some curious tastes of spearmint and green apples.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus. Medium-plus carbonation. Some chewiness, some creaminess.

Drinkability: It's both interest and different, though, when all is said and done, I'd rather stick to just a simple, classic Saison Dupont. That's just me though!

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Photo of billab914
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured amber orange in color with a big, fluffy white head filling the top two inches of the glass. Very nice head retention and lacing as I drank it. Very nice looking beer overall.

The aroma has some zesty, lemon citrus to it as well as some herbal, coriander and peppercorn flavors. The rye gives it a nice bready, somewhat spicy flavor. I get just a bit of the earthy brett coming through as well. Pretty flavorful and appealing aroma overall.

The taste shows more of the citrusy, lemon flavors up front while more of the bready rye and earthy brett coming through in the finish. I get some herbal citrus coming through in the finish as well. I really like the rye and brett coming out in it and it mixes well with the herbal, citrusy flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style and carbonation is moderate. overall it was a very flavorful beer, and everything came together in it pretty well. I liked the Brett and rye a lot, but the herbal flavors were just a little too potent for me personally. Very drinkable and enjoyable beer, but a little short of some of the top beers of the style.

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Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cheers to rbald42 & errant night for this one! Small gush on this, not much lost, thanks to the beer gods!

Pours an effervescent & semi-hazed straw/gold with 2 fingers of creamy eggshell colored head. Never completely clears up, but has stellar head retention & good lacing. Finishes dry, fruitty with a nice lemon zest character, plus candi sugar & a kiss of passion fruit

S: Lemons, white pepper, peach blossoms & grassyness

T: Follows the nose, plus vanilla & pineapple up front, plus apricot, white grape & a touch of leafy hops up front. Orchard fruit, a touch of brown sugar & appleskins, dryness, plus a touch of scrumpy cider as this warms

MF: Lively carbonation with a deceptively light body, becomes fairly warming after a few minutes

Man, I'm impressed at how refreshing this big complex beer is on a warm summer's evening!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Candied apricot orange with amber borders and a huge amount of vigorous carbonation. These guys are dead set on bottle conditioning everything, but... damn. At some point the end result has to matter more than adherence to a supposed ideal. The head looks good and is leaving a great deal of lace. Both are surprising.

The aroma is easily appreciated through four full fingers of fluffy foam. It's saison-like (earthy, spicy, herbal) and is also interesting and intriguing. Brettanomyces is in the background at this point, which is fine and dandy.

Time to wipe away the slow foam ooze before it reaches the coaster and desktop. Other than a mouthfeel that is annoyingly overbubbled, Saison Rue is damn fine beer. The rye malt adds an earthiness that is pronounced and the yeast contributes a varied palette of spicy esters. A light zing of citrus peel is a pleasant surprise as well.

The beer is so spicy that it's possible that spices were added. Grains of paradise (alligator pepper) perhaps? Brett funk is still on the tame side. Flavor breadth, depth and intensity is on par with some of the well-brewed saisons of Belgium. This is one of The Bruery's most accomplished efforts for sure.

The body/mouthfeel really isn't that bad in the end. It stops short of stinging and adds an energy that is right in line with the boldness of the flavor profile. The beer drinks lighter than the ABV would suggest.

With more attention paid to carbonation, Saison Rue (named for The Bruery founder and head honcho Patrick Rue) could be superb beer. Hell, it's most of the way there already. Glad this is a seasonal. Not so glad that it isn't easily available to Iowans.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from South bay last month, this one has been sitting in the fridge waiting for me ever since. Very nice capped 750ml bottle that I decanted into an oversized wine glass and served at cellar temperature. Consumed on 07/24/2008.

The pour here was not without incident that was for sure, a near gusher, I was prepared though and quickly poured some into two glasses to clear it out. Huge, seriously like four inches of foam came pouring out of this one and then easily doubled in size, never fully coming back down. Rich side glass lace and tons of carbonation then engulfed it quickly. Very nice hazy golden yellow in color.

The aroma was charged with spice, it was so carbonated it was literally tickling my nose as it went by. Lots of light fruit, grain, touches of grass and peppery like notes along with a touch of sour, the flavor was more of the same and was very nicely done. No hint of the alcohol here, rather a finely blended, and very light and airy feel to it. Sloshing it around created that coveted silky feeling of foam in the mouth. This was very good. Lots of light citrus flavors bouncing around and a very dry finish, a touch sour but not really, Very earthy in nature, and yet very light with a nice light grain base and a wonderful champagne like finish.

Overall one of the better in the style I have had. I was very impressed with this one. The brewery really seems to have their shit together, as I have tried a few now and each seems better then the rest, really some high quality stuff coming out of here!

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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

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 womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy/cloudy reddish-orange color with a large white head.

S: Spice, bread, and yeast are the main traits that I pick up. The complexities that I hoped for in this (especially the Brett) are not all that present.

T: The taste is better than the nose. Still not quite as "funky" as I would have liked for a Saison, but better than I would have expected. Caramel, bread, slight taste of rye, some herbal character like a lot of their beers seem to have.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation.

D: A decent Saison, but not as good as I was hoping for.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Saison Rue from The Bruery
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