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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Ratings: 1,796 |  Reviews: 568
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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

Reviewed from notes from The Bruery tasting I hosted Saturday night.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours cloudy orange with a 1 finger off-white head. Nice trails of lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of citrus and spice notes.

T- Pale malts, citrus, bitter spices and a slight tartness.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Very slight dryness at the finish.

O- Really liked and was surprised by this beer. Nice citrus and spice notes.

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3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Short head recedes into a cap. Little lacing. "light colored rust color".

S- Tart! Freshness wafting from my tulip.

T- "Yum spice". Citrusy spice, almost to a fault. Very clean, dry.

M- Overly carbonated. Just right mouthfeel.

D/O- Overall average saison. Some good attributes, some negative. If you got a raise this week, go for it. Thanks PTMcB.

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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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cellar temp to Saison dupont Becker
A; pours a bronze-yellow w/ delicate
carbonation to style. Lookin' good!

S; lemon zest & citrus pith w/ a dusty
rye spice carrying through. Orange peel &
candy sweetness carrying through. Brett is earthy.

T; lemon candy w/ doughy pale malts & rye spice..
Herbal hops. Brett washes things down in an earthy
medicinal way.. Peach preserves & corn sugar present.

M; This is where things are strange for me. This
Saison is way too syrupy & full. Rye is nice & dry.
I may be alone here, but not everything coheres for
My palate.

D; my first experience w/ the Bruery, & I'd love
To try more, but one & done for me w/ this Saison.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Frustrating, no age statements, but it was bought at the brewery a week or so ago.

A: Enormous head froths from the bottle. In the glass it accounts for a full of hand of white, fluffy head. The liquid beer -- what precious little exists -- is a hazy wheat-gold.

S: Noticeable Brettanomyces and funky yeast with gobs of bright fruit. This compares favorably with Fantome. Light, spicy, and grassy, the scents seem a tad muted.

T: Superb. The balance between sharp spiciness -- clove, white pepper, and some things I can't place -- and strong funk led by the Brett. The rye adds an excellent dryness and light bite on the endtaste. Still, there is a sweetish earthiness to the beer that grounds it and makes it the stunning of the example of the style that it is.

M: Crisp and refreshing, with a pleasing lemon zest and incurable farmhouse odour.

O: A superlative saison that merits praise and commendation. The balance on offer is truly excellent, and I am glad to have tasted this bottle of beer. Highly recommended to lovers of saisons.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled served in pint glass

A - Straw, clear with 2 finger frothy lacy white head with great retention and excellent lacing

S - pils, apples, malt, pepper, herbal

T - hits me first like a pilsner but then a fruity sour apple flavor followed by spicy pepper notes follow with breadiness and a bitter finish

M - medium body high carbonation coats mouth with warming feel

O - Fantadtically interesting but really not my cup of tea. I like I'm less spicy and herbal and more sour and fruity.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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

Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with a nice fluffy white head of foam. There's some decent spotty lacing as the head recedes.

Aromas begin with a light pilsner/bready maltiness, then you get some light doughy yeast and peppery notes. As it warms I get more of the rye spiciness, mingled with some distant notes of sugar cookies and orange blossom honey. Various fruits emerge as well highlighted by tart-scented Granny Smith apples, pears and even lemon.

The tastes begin with sweet pilsner maltiness with some sugary sugar cookie and tangy slightly sour wheat-based crackers. In the background is the complementary rye spiciness. Green apple and a bit of tart lemon cream emerge as it warms with more and more yeasty phenolic tones, along with some white pepper and pears.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is dry and phenolic with some underlying Belgian yeast and green apple.

Overall this is a great Rye ale and I great saison. Normally I find saisons boring and uninteresting but the rye maltiness makes this more more enjoyable and complex overall. A really great beer for all seasons and makes a great complementary beverage with a summer grilled dinner.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Appearance - Erupted when opened with a white foam. Pours a light amber tone with a white head about half an inch or so. Lacing is decent.

Aroma - Tart grapefruit, orange, some funky sour, floral hints.

Taste - Beautifully balanced woody rye taste with the fruity citrus and tartiness creating a delicious backdrop. The combination with the hoppy finish due to the lack of aging is absolutely amazing but I can't wait to try this beer aged.

Mouthfeel - highly carbonated with a subtly dry finish.

Overall - Beautifully balanced and delicious. I bet it gets even better with time, particularly if you love that funk. So good.

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Saison Rue from The Bruery
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,796 ratings.
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