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.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This saison pours a dark golden, opaque color, with a huge foamy white head. The smell is actually fairly muted, but it is slightly fruity maybe lemon. It’s a medium bodied beer, maybe a little heavier than the average saison, but not that strong of a malt flavor. It has faint flavors of fruit including lemon, orange, and plum in the initial taste. In the finish the spices take over though with fairly strong flavors of coriander and peppery rye. It also has a slightly acidic, sour flavor from the Brettanomyces, which I am not a huge fan of. The finish is fairly dry and bitter. I’ve seen this before with saisons. Apparently, they can have a fairly wide range of hop character. I prefer the more subtly hopped saison though. Not too bad of a saison, but again I would tone down the hops and it’s a little heavy bodied for saison to me. I like my saisons to evoke the feeling of sitting in a barn next to a wheat field on a warm summer night with a light breeze gently cooling me down. This doesn’t do that. It’s rated very well, but I don’t totally get it.

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Photo of Myotus
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 43°F from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. Allowed to warm up to 45°F before reviewing. Consumed on 22May16.
LOOK: Two fingers worth of foam recedes into a half fingers worth within 1 and a half minutes. Dark gold in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are large in numbers and both small and medium in size. Lacing is thick and subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of spicy/sour rye and bananas are backed by mild aromas of biscuits, pears, white grapes, earthy yeast, and cloves. Subtle leather, plum, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and fig flavors further add on to this ridiculously complex swirl of aromas.
TASTE: An immediate balance between malt and yeast is achieved as mild rye and banana flavors first strike the palate. Unlike the aromas, which are equally spicy and sour, the rye flavors lean more towards spicy. Mild leather, clove, fig, and plum flavors trail right after as banana and rye flavors grow slightly stronger. Mild flavors of earthy yeast, biscuit, pear, and white grape enter as clove flavors grow much stronger. Subtle orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and bitter hop flavors finally finish off this insane array of flavors as all previous ones maintain.
FEEL: The thickness of the beer lies somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation levels are moderate. Goes down somewhat smooth.
NOTE: I can't think of the last beer that I drank that was this complex. Saison Rue is a multifarious brew that sent my taste buds on one heck of a roller coaster ride. Clove flavors bullied their way to the to spotlight and gave this more of a spice than I wanted. That is just me nitpicking, however; Bruery Terreux has once again created a winner of a brew.

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Photo of gman1602
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great take on a saison - pours a nice light copper with lively carbonation, smells of that perfect saison spiciness and funk, taste opens with a light taste of pears and white pepper, then moves into heavier flavors with the rye coming in to literally coat the palate. Finishes a little dry and with a slight bitter bite that matches nicely. Mouthfeel is good for the style with great carbonation to keep things moving. Overall a solid win from the Bruery.

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Photo of dar482
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 2014 Vintage. The beer comes forward with fruity notes of pear, hints of citrus, onto peppery spice as the beer is covered by a spicy rye, sweet biscuity malt, hints of floral. Despite the maltiness, the beer dries out on the finish with hints of alcohol coming through.

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Photo of ivehadthatbrew
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look (4.25): A pretty amber or light tannish brown color that is unfiltered. An white eggshell colored head that's about two inches thick. The bubbles seem to love clinging to the side of my glass with no desire to let go.

Smell (4): A pleasent dark cherry smell laced with freshly baked biscuits. I'm pretty sure the malts and the rye from this guy are helping give off amazing aromas.

Taste (4.5): Absolutely amazing. Starts off with dark malted caramel fruit flavors. Like caramel raisons or cherries. You can get bready and malty flavors in there. The spice from the rye comes into play, like cinnamon almost.

Mouthfeel (3.75): This guy starts out very sweet, but have a very dry ending that reminds my palate of a champagne, except with some extremely yeasty malted flavors. Not the best part of this brew.

Overall (4.25): This is one of the best saison beers I've had in a long while. I'm very interesTed in buying one or two more to see how they age! =)

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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 ckornmannn
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle into a tulip: beautiful golden color. Only very slightly hazy. Lacy head of foam. Very aromatic, mostly herbal, coriander, and yeasty. Very complex wonderful taste. Belgian style yeast abounds. Malt and hops very well balanced. A tiny bit sour. Very effervescent and dry feel. I would never have guessed the ABV on this beer without reading the label. This is an amazing beer; right there with the best Belgian beers.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little bit of red, yellow, gold, light brown into this one, substantial head over an inch. Aroma was tons of yeast, super dry, a little bit of musty dark fruit.

Very carbonated, lighter than you would think, dry, lots of caramel, rye, some spice rack but not overdone. Hides the huge alcohol for style pretty well. Definitely a well made beer.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Time for something good from the cellar... from a 750 ml bottle dated 1/3/14 -- so just about 2 years old -- into a tulip. Considering it is unfiltered, it is fairly clear, light reddish amber, some continuous bubbles, and an amazing 3 finger head with superb retention and great lacing. Nose is a lot of malty and estery sweetness, with a hint of rye (though not as much as I wish) and a hint of kind of cherry plummy leather...fairly smooth and not super complex, but nice enough. Taste follows the nose on the whole, maybe a bit more herbal and some bubble gum at the very end that I don't pick up in the nose at all. This is nice and earthy, actually, but I'm not getting much spiciness; maybe those dimensions mellow out if you let it sit for 2 years...? I don't get as much funk from the brett as I wish I did -- again, very earthy, and a little vinous with tiny hints of balsamic vinegar balancing some faint mandarin orange citrus and spice notes. Super smooth mouthful, and nice light but still substantial body...dries out well at the end, but no snap or pucker, whatsoever.

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Photo of stakem
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing a bottle ive had tucked away for 5 years in my cellar. 750ml poured into a matching bruery snifter. The cap comes off and its a slow gusher. 4 fingers white froth rests atop a hazy copper brew. A constant stream of bubbles maintains a finger of froth across the top and as the cap fades, it leaves a full wall of lacing.

The nose is very citrusy like zest with some pith and fruity qualities before an earthen barnyard brett character emerges. Mild chessiness is also present as it warms.

The taste has quite a strong fruit and citrus quality with faint dry grain flavor. Pear, apple, clove and bubblegum with a hint of brett and warming alcohol and slight earthen bitterness.

This is light bodied and effervescent with carbonation. A very nice saison thats not only worth seeking out but also stockpiling/aging. I was very impressed with how this has aged, well done Bruery, nice to know you can crush classic styles (or use to?) without having to get crazy with adjuncts.

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Photo of FLima
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bottle has been resting in my place for a couple of years; let’s see how it now plays out.
Gold amber color with a huge off-white head with great retention and leaving laces.
Nice slightly sweet and complex aroma with notes of yellow fruit tartness, pineapple core, peaches, booze, grains, concentrated sweet balsamic vinegar drops and bread.
Flavor with notes of unripped pineapple, green apples, cloves, Cointreau liquor, some mint, earthy and spicy hops, spices from yeast and rye, banana, champagne, cinnamon, drops of lemon and pears. Medium dry, spicy and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% abv it is definitely felt, still a flavor contributor.
This has attenuated well, but still it doesn’t have a strong tartness. Well-crafted Saison, and that resembles of some Tripels. Good complexity and balanced, but having its full big bottle tires a bit. I didn’t find it particularly funky or with pronounced Bretta, but still with a smooth tartness and so within style.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thick, foamy billow provides a nice visual. Lots of smooth earthy tones coming off the nose with dry hay, lye soap and grass mixing in with some rye grain & alchohol esters. Playful carbonation helps accent the flavor, which has lots of lemon grass, dry spice and more of the earthy yeast. Medium malt backbone provides a slightly heavy finish compared to some Saisons, but I liked that personally. One of the best saisons I've had.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.
Bottled on 12/5/14, Consumed on 7/31/15

Golden amber with 2 fingers of creamy bone white head. Hazy with light carbonation.

A nice tart aroma. Lemon, honey, bread, Brett funk, and banana peel. Touches of medicinal cherry and grape.

Bread, honey, molasses, banana peel, and overripe stone fruit complimented by spicy rye. Very subtle tartness with touches of lemon, medicinal cherry, and red grape. Light Brett funkiness coming through with horse blanket and dried hay. A snap of black peppercorn. Rye and a citrusy bitterness linger.

Medium-light bodied, silky, dry, and mildly bitter.

It's maltier than your standard Saison. Fairly complex and slightly boozy. Well rounded with a decent Brett funkiness.

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

Citrusy aroma. Nice light Amber color and quite clear for being unfiltered. Pours a healthy white head but carbonation is not heavy. Citrusy, fruity and malty taste with a strong, but not overpowering, note if alcohol. Mild bitter aftertaste. Very refreshing. Bottle dated Dec. 5, 2014.

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Photo of do_ob
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 04/11/14. Served at 50*F

750 mL bottle poured gently into a Boulevard Tank 7 tulip. Straw yellow in color while pouring, and settles into a clear gold in the glass. Wildly carbonated with a 2 finger head of sticky white foam on top. Big aroma - one of those you can smell across the table. Strong notes of rye, spice, grass, flowers, and tart fruit on the nose. Medium weight with a crisp, carbonated mouthfeel. Presents sweet fruit and a touch of spice initially - very pleasant. This beer makes a 90 degree turn middleways, allowing a huge rye and toasty, bready malt character to emerge. Mixed with this are subtle, but noticable hints of tart and sour yeast. Finishes crisp and very refreshing; somehow the initial massive carbonation has turned into a smoothness - almost creamy in feel. Biscuity malt, spice, and a hint tartness on the aftertaste leave you wanting another pour.

Overall, a very interesting take on a traditional style - but I'd expect nothing less from The Bruery. On the first sip, that wall of malt and rye that came crashing down really took me by surprise. However, as I continuted to enjoy the beer, any division of flavor seemed to mesh into a singular, well-balanced entity. What was first 'interesting' quickly became very enjoyable. Far from traditional, yet far from mediocre.

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Photo of Roguer
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliantly, perfectly clear amber, filled with tons of lively carbonation and topped by a fluffy, snowy head. Retention is good, and it leaves behind thick lacing lines.

Aroma is surprisingly wine-like, even boozy. Slightly sweet and syrupy, rustic, a touch of spicy rye. Grapes, flowers, and honey.

Flavor follows remarkably: it's much sweeter than I expected, carrying a little alcohol heat, and coming across more like a soft wine or a strong mead - not nearly as sharp as the former, nor as sweet as the latter, but settling somewhere in between.

There's an earthy, leathery tinge from the Brett lurking in the background, but overall this is about sweeter yeast and malt notes.

Lively and syrupy up front, very little carbonation sting, almost sticky on the finish.

2 year old bottle.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really nice Saison, but not the best I've had this year.

Color is perfect golden orange, nice bright white head forms but it fades very quickly.

Aroma is very nice, gentle funk, sweet ripe fruit.

I feel like this could have a bit more earth to it. Maybe it could stand some age? But it's still very nice out of the gate. Minimal spice, very smooth. Goes down very easy - feels almost sessionable but definitely isn't.

It's bright and rich. I'd say it's a medium body with the malt lending the weight. Rich, but not overly complex.

It's really nice - glad I had it but will keep trying other saisons.

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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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3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Murky amber body hosts a sticky cream head. Nose is slightly sweet and full of ripe mixed fruit. With first sip I think to myself this is a juicy fruit of a beer. Sweet and fruity with a nice zest on the backside. This is a very good beer, just not really sour or tart.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 04/11/14. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half white head that lingered around a little while. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like orange peel, apples, pear, peppery and rye spice, and some earthiness. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some banana, funk and bready/grainy malt. The rye spiciness kicks in more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink and is well carbonated. I thought was an enjoyable and refreshing brew, I liked it. $10.99 a bottle.

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Photo of Vixie
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear straw yellow with a huge white head that is in no hurry to go anywhere. It leaves a decent amount of lacing as it slowly reduces.

Sweet floral, grassy, and hay are prominent in the smell. It does remind me of being outside in the country, as this style should do.

Quite a bit going on in the taste here. Has a bit of a rye spice at first, then gets fruity and floral. The funk from the wild yeast comes through, but not in an overly dominant way. It adds to the layers of flavor rather than overwhelming them. Finishes with a bit of pepper spice, and the alcohol is very well hidden.

Fairly thick feel to this one, with a decent amount of carbonation.

This is the most complex beer I have tried in some time. I think a lot of how you like it depends on how you feel about the brett strain of yast. Fans of it should love this beer, those who don't like it will likely not care much for this one. I found it to be a very nice beer, complex yet easy to drink. One of the better beers I have tried recently.

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Photo of Ri0
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Pretty light copper color with a sea foam white 3 finger head. Retention is very nice and there is plenty of lacing.

S - A nice Bret funk with yeast, grass, and some floral hops and herbs. More citrusy scents and some rye spice mixed in as well.

T - A nice light funk with just a slight tartness about it. A nice citrus, lemon and floral hops with a wet straw/grass funk. Good amount of yeast, clove, and the rye spice to finish it off.

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation. Dry and clean with an easy drinking quality.

O - Enjoyed this Saison and think it is priced well. I'll be buying it more often.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 2/2/14

Appearance: massive head rises on the lightest pour. Sticky layers of lacing left behind with each drink. Cloudy body that has a pleasant bright golden hue. A pretty beer.

Smell: wow, loads of funkiness, peppercorns, butter, bread, light fruit, and a rough edge of rye jump right out. The spice and peppery notes intensify into the body. Fresh citrus has a plenty presence and shines brightly through the Brett and spicy yeast.

Taste: pretty traditional Belgian farmhouse notes of clove, banana, and some touches of Brett. The spicy, peppercorn pick up after the front but are not as prevalent as on the nose. Earthy woodiness and some dry rye come in waves on the finish. Just really well crafted through and through.

Mouthfeel: love the carbonation you can stir up in this one. Always drinking through and bubbly, bright head. Brett or rye can overwhelm many a brew, but this one is balanced throughout and hits every checkpoint it should. Well done.

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Photo of Qbdoo
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange, nice head, no lacing. Scent is complex, earthy but mostly juicy citrus fruits like orange and mango. A lot going on with the taste that's hard to sort out: spicey with a bit of malt up front but followed by the citrus in the finish. Sweet but dry. I'm trying to figure this out but am really intrigued by it.

Edit: as I finish the bomber and the beer warms, things only get better. Pretty amazing.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours with several fingers of head that just sticks around forever. The beer itself is a dark honey colored golden, carbonation is apparent. The beer is opaque. The nose is a bit boozy, some slightly tart fruits, a bit of sweet date flavor, not really my cup of tea but not too bad. Some yeast esters as well, the sweetness covers up the alcohol fairly well. The taste is moderately dry, sweetness up front (not malty but a bit dried fruit again) this fades to a slighly malty long drawn out finish that is not at all dry. NO hint of hops at all. Overrall I think this beer is a bit sweet for my taste, it is big and boozy and that comes through. Not a bad beer and a decent representation of the style but not something that I would purchase again.

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