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.

Added by DoubleJ on 05-01-2008

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Ratings: 1,797 |  Reviews: 568
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4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Updating my rating of this to a review after I shared a bottle with some good friends on 6/19/15. Reviewing from notes after enjoying out of a brown 750 mL bottle etched with a vintage of 2013 on the label. Plenty of time for the Brett to do it's work. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.5) - Pours a hazy bronze-orange hue that resembles the color of dried apricot. More orange around the edges of the glass where the light can penetrate, with a more burnt sienna appearance up under the two fingers of stark white head. The foam is fairly tight and retains for quite awhile before fading away leaving intermittent streaks of sticky lace on the side of the glass and a pervasive film of bubbles across the surface of the liquid.

Smell (4.00) - To be honest, with two years on this beer, I expected to get more funk from the aroma. Not that it's not a good-smelling beer. Notes of leather and earth are the predominant characteristics, but there is a counterpoint provided by subtle overtones of fruit--seems mostly like stone fruit and perhaps some orange zest, but again it's very subtle. The more rustic notes lead the charger on the nose.

Taste (4.25) - Here, the funk comes through a bit more, and now the rye makes an appearance in a way I couldn't really detect in the smell. Spicy and bready, reminiscent of a piece of toasted marble rye. That same stone fruit impression is again present on the taste, albeit a bit more forward than I got from the aroma. In spite of that suggestion of sweetness from the fruit and malt, there is a drying element to the finish.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Medium-bodied and moderate to full carbonation, with a mostly dry finish.

Overall (4.25), an excellent take on the style, and one that stands out in the crowd without relying on any in-your-face flavor profiles. Prior to now, all my experiences with this beer have come at the hands of trades and online purchases. I'll definitely be drinking it more often now that I'll see it on shelves.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of garuda
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle, 6 months from bottled date.

A - Golden, hazed body, thick white head that retains and laces well.

S - Absolutely fantastic. Hits with a tart brett funk up font with some lemon/tangerine sweetness and floral notes. Barnyard, hay, grass follow suit, then it's back to an underlying earthiness.

T - Very nice as well, just a touch less complexity then what I'm getting from the nose. A little less of the brett earthiness, a little more floral, finishes tart and clean with a touch of spice.

M - Light body, high carbonation level, but incredibly fluffy and smooth. Finishes crisp, clean and bone dry. This is 8.5%? Can't tell at all. Drinks and feels like it's around the 5-6% range.

O - Fantastic. The layers of aroma and taste are impressive. I was blown away by this one. I just wish it was a bit cheaper so I could buy much more.

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

A: hazy, deep honey, golden color, attractive, head 1 finger slight lacing remains on cup.

S: hops and honey, aroma matured as the beer warmed.

T: definitely complex, spicy at first ( perhaps when it was colder), piney, metallic, yeasty, dry-no fruit, tangy.

M: thick, high carbonation- effervescent.

O: I enjoyed the complexity and uniqueness of the beer. Unnoticeable ABV, till midway through glass. Could easily drink too much and get smashed. A little too metallic for my palate. I tend to prefer more fruit flavors. Its a good beer and i understand why people like it. Though, I likely would not purchase again, I would certainly share a bottle. Glad I tried it.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, almost glowing light amber haze with a towering 4 finger, white head with peach highlights. Great head retention with abundant lacing.

Aroma: Light citrus-y banana, fresh cut grass, wet hay, spicy underlying hints of rye peaking through. Plenty of funk and suggestions of pineapple from the Brettanomyces and a sweet smelling honey underneath it all. wow!

Taste: Spicy yeast upfront, funky brett, allspice and a big raw squash flavor I wasn't anticipating at all. Tart notes of bread-y rye and pineapple towards the end of the pepper filled bitter and dry finish. Incredible!

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation, juicy yet dry at the same time.

Overall: An absolutely original take on a very diverse style. Incredibly complex with plenty of twists and turns for even a seasoned beer enthusiast. A very contemplative, adventurous brew that I would only recommend for someone who really wants their palate challenged. This is definitely going to be in my fridge regularly!

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Saison Rue from The Bruery
Beer rating: 89% out of 100 with 1,797 ratings
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