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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
Ranking:
#1,959
Reviews:
572
Ratings:
1,803
pDev:
10.22%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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Photo of mothmanscott
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque deep pale amber producing a huge, to the point of being difficult to pour, billowy, clumpy, finely bubbled shaving cream, lasting, white head that leaves dense, chunky, sticky coating of lace. Too cloudy to observe the amount of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Aroma is pungent, earthy & phenolic (Band-aide) Belgian yeast funk, bread crust, dough, tart citrus (lemon /lime?), hints apple & pear, peppery rye spice, cloves & thin banana. I'm not sure I pick up on any hops. Taste is Brett mustiness, Band-aide phenolic with biscuit, dough, earth, fruity pear, peach & a hint of candy apple, carbonation heavy peppery bite, rye spice with the rye becoming more prominent in the slightly sour, earthy, peach, grapefruit finish. The aftertaste is earthy, phenolic & fruity with a light but lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, crisp but slick & a little oily, lively in the mouth, peppery, prickly, slightly astringent in the finish & lightly dry.

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$ 13.77 (including tax)/750 mL capped bottle ($ 0.522/oz) at Riverside Liquors, Grand Rapids, MI.
Bottle dated 08/19/15 (2015 vintage). On shelf in store, stored at 42 degrees at home, served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Fruit and yeast, smells very fresh. This weakens over time but still smells about the same.
Head – Small (Maximum 1.5 cm, slow decanting pour) off white, fizzy, short retention, diminishing to a two to three mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin partial layer fed by effervescence from the center of the glass.
Lacing – None.
Body – Medium orange, cloudy and opaque, effervescent. Most of the haze clears as the glass warms.
Flavor – Apple and rye. Just a hint of yeastiness – the first pour was to decant. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – Light, watery, fizzy.

Impression: A pleasing take on a style that’s not my favorite. The flavors are light and go well with the nose, almost like an apple juice spritzer. The carbonation borders on aggressive, forcing one to take small sips rather than gulps. For me, the price point is appropriate considering the quality.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 3.75, Overall 4.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a nice golden orange topped by a dense three finger white head which retains very well and leaves excellent lacing
S: Smells of orchard fruits and honey sweetness with a little spice and a hint of doughy malt
T: Taste is orchard fruits with some pear and apple flavor, a nice spice hit from the yeast along with that honey sweetness. Malt is hidden but is slightly doughy on the palate and there's just a slight hint of funk. Swallow is more orchard fruits and spice with some lingering honey sweetness and spice.
M: This beer is medium in body with effervescent yet soft carbonation from the bottle conditioning. The low residual sugars give this beer a very nice dry finish.
O: Overall this is a fantastic beer. I've been holding onto this one for awhile now and the flavors are very bright and well integrated. The sweet fruits and spice play very well together and contribute to the great amount of complexity that this beer is displaying. I need to try one fresh.

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Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JonSchwartz
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 edition. Saison is not usually my favorite, but this one is complex, balanced and excellent.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.12/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

She pours a somewhat hazy orange/brown and leaves the same colored body with a one finger white fomy head that quickly dies and barely leaves any lacing. The smell has a rustic yet kinda earthy sort of apple/pear kinda coming through in a wine-like sort of way. The taste has some semi-sweet qualities yet has a slight degree of bitterness (that same wine-like sort of taste). It has a wine-like aftertaste, and tries to have a bitter dry finish but actually there isn’t much there. On the palate, she sits pretty light, has a nice sessionable quality to it but has a carbonated feel like wine. Overall, it's similar to a wine-like beer which I'm not exactly into.

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Photo of txx675rx
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of bshefftz
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

Photo of Jeromedepot
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of BalancingBrooms
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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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