Saison Rue | The Bruery

1,796 Ratings
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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Photo of NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 fl oz brown bottle served in a tulip.

Caution, this one is a gusher upon uncapping.

Hazy, golden auburn in color beneath a foamy white head. Thick lacing with very good durability.

Earthen, musty aroma with a bright and sharp cherry and citrus tartness. The pepper and coriander spice profile is mild, yet it adds a nice quality to the contrasting aromatics.

A mild, yet complex spiciness begins a pretty 'wild' tasting Saison. The typical farmhouse flavors give a muddiness to the spice along with notes of lightly sweetened wheat and grains. The Brett gives this Saison a welcomed burst of tartness: cherry, raspberry, and orange with just a touch of rich malt flavors in the finish. The subtle brown sugar and caramel flavors melt into earthen flavors in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied. Pretty active on the palate, but nothing too overpowering in that it would take away from the dynamic flavors.

A really unique offering; lots of things going on here in terms of aroma and flavor. Maybe not one that I would order again, but certainly one that I would purchase and cellar to see how time affects the Brett allowing the richer flavors to dominate.

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Photo of bauermj
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of mick303
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kapkenobi
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of cleonile2000
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of NorCalBeer
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of muskiesman
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of fields336
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a hazy light straw/golden beer with a fluffy off white pillowy head, dissipates slowly. tons of carbonation in this one. the head hangs around.

S; the brett hits you as soon as your open it, a sour, tart, lemon, funky, barnyard, earthy, funky herbal, lemongrass, sweet, spicy combination of flavors. smells amazing

T: a sweet and funky taste hits you upfront. there is a slight herbal and honey note and the barnyard funkiness plays into it. not much rye, but this might be an old bottle. tart, lemon, earthy components also there

M: tons of nice creamy mouthfeel, great fizzy champagne-like carbonation, and a medium body

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel bulb. Pours a pale light orange with a huge fluffy white head, good retention, and nice lacing. The color of this beer alone is inviting. You can almost taste it with your eyes. I get light fruit notes of oranges and lemons on the nose.

Nice light body and high carbonation yields a lively mouthfeel. The carbonation really opens the palate and enhances the refreshment quality of the beer. There is a very pleasant fruity tartness on the front of the tongue with lemon and orange flavors. As the beer moves across the palate, the tartness grows a bit stronger. It never becomes completely acidic and sour, but right at the back of your mouth the tartness just kind of dies and leaves this pleasant, yet fairly dry, fruity sweetness as you swallow. Very refreshing beer. The alcohol, while high at 8.5% ABV, is nowhere to be found in the taste. As the beer warms, a nice mild peppery spice starts to develop on the back of the palate.

I don't drink a lot of Saisons, but I am always trying to broaden my experience with different styles. What I like about this one is that it's true to the style. You get the refreshing, faint tart fruit notes but the spices do not come to the foreground. Moreover, I get no clove (which I understand is a bad thing in this style). If I could change anything about this, I would (somehow) dial down the sweetness on the back of the palate just a bit and introduce just a bit more of that peppery note instead. Anyway, I could sip on this thing all day. It's a perfect weekend afternoon treat.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Dope
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No sign of dating but this is quite fresh.

A: Cloudy pale golden pour with a huge and fluffy white head. Fades slowly, leaving big swaths of fluffy lacing everywhere. Excellent head retention.

S: Super crisp and refreshing lemons, oranges and apples with a touch of grass. Bready too with some cloves. Just a nice "bright" aroma.

T: Lots of lemon and tart apple up front. Very yeasty bread with lots and lots of spice - cloves and rye. Get some earthiness and a little pepper towards the finish. Finishes with more drying earthiness and lingering pepper and rye.

M: Medium bodied, made lighter by the somewhat high carbonation.

O: An excellent saison. Light, crisp, airy and refreshing. A bit tart and funky but not enough to ruin it. Nice balance and strength of flavor for a saison.

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

From notes on 09/07/12:
No freshness date; Poured in a tulip.

A - A careful pour yields about two inches of off-white carbonated head with good retention; Orange-ish amber in color; Very cloudy appearance; Moderate lacing left behind

S - Definitely some horseblanket type funk going on here; Pretty yeasty with clove and underlying tart, but also semi-sweet fruit - apple, citrus, berries; Faint alcohol presence

T - Again, noticeable barnyard quality here from the Brett; Light dose of both tartness and sweetness; Underlying tart-like citrus and acidic fruits and berries - quite estery; Bit of spice from the rye hits mid-taste and lingers with the funky and earthy flavors; Spice stands out a bit more as beer warms; Subtle, sweet fruit re-surfaces long after the sip

M - Lots of carbonation; Medium bodied and smooth; Just a small bit of warmth from the alcohol and spice; Finishes on the dry side

O - With each sip I take, I am liking this beer more and more. It's just a really well crafted, interesting, and complex brew with many layers of depth - it's quite the task to pick out all the flavors and nuances. A fine job was also done with the use of the Brett - enough to provide some funk that's harmonious with the accompanying flavors and not overpowering. Without a doubt, this is a saison that I'd love to have again in the future.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden yellow color with a massive white head slow to dissipate and great lacing

S-yeast funk, orange, spices, very fragrant

T-yeast and slight rye spice, orange, nice spicy peppery flavors, hints of lemon, slight bitterness to finish

F-light to medium body with lively carbonation, crisp

O-a tasty Saison, well-balanced

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

Saison Rue from The Bruery
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