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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am glad I took the Brothers up on their review and traded for it. Pours a lovely cloudy yellow with huge white head. Balanced not sweet or too bitter, and on the tad dry side. Masterful, with spiciness that comes on boldly after initial creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Brewsmith
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery for the AHA rally. A light amber orange and an off-white head. Aroma is spicy, fruity and a little alcohol. Flavor is complex, apples, pears, spice from the yeast, and some alcohol. Light, highly carbonated and a dry finish. A slight alcohol bite but over all very nice. I'd like to try one with some age when the Brett character comes out a little more.

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

Hazy amber color with a large white head that retains very well and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Really earthy aroma with some funk to it, not a strong funk like you might expect in a beer with Brett (as I don't believe this has any), but more of a musty kind of way. Hay, cracked pepper, and some ginger also come into play in the aroma; I love Saisons like this. Taste almost has a rye bread taste at the beginning. I get the same musty hay in the taste, then some pepper and other spices, before a strong earthy taste sets in. Lingering earthy, dry finish, carbonation is high. Very well made Saison, I'd love to drink this again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a significant head that retains well and leaves a number of lacing shards around the chalice

Smell: Complex blend of grapefruit, green apples, strawberries, balsa wood and vanilla; quite spicy, with cardamom, pepper and other spices in the mix

Taste: Opens with a bitter fruity blend of apples and grapefruit that quickly moves in a funky barnyard direction by mid-palate; very peppery, with the rye adding a clean but harsh bitter character to the profile; after the swallow, the funky, bitter and fruity flavors blend together extraordinarily well, although there is some sweetness in the finish to balance everything out

Mouthfeel: Medium body with considerable carbonation; surprisingly creamy, in fact

Overall: This is not a classic saison as the brett makes this more like an American Wild Ale to my palate

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber-orange color with a head that quickly faded. It smells like spice and a little honey, actually pretty good. I can barely taste the brett but I do taste it. The flavor is odd but not bad at all, hard to describe like candy but not really. The mouthfeel is a little too fizzy for my liking, kinda like a soda.

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

750 to my Chalice.

Light golden in color with a one finger white head. Good lacing on the glass with a low constant head that dies down. Smells like other farmhouse ales, noticeable spice in the background. The Brett is barely noticeable along with some alcohol. Spices on the tongue, carbonated well, a little warm, crisp. A tasty saison, not bad.

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Photo of Viggo
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle picked up at the Bruery, thanks Pat and Tyler!

Pours a cloudy amber/orange, thick and big bubbled white head forms, nice lacing, good layer and ring, looks real nice! Smell is vanilla wood, spices, rye, bread, sour and lemony, wheat, very dry and excellent aroma. Taste is similar, some vanilla woodiness, spices, rye bread, lemons, wheat, dried ginger, very bready in the finish, light tartness, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, great flavours and really drinkable. I love what the Bruery is doing, classic styles with a new twist. Very enjoyable stuff and some stand up gentlemen. Thanks guys!

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Photo of abfraser
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml picked up at CBS in SF

A: Poured a rich orange/amber. Small head, a bit of lacing

S: Lemony citrus, sweet malt

T: A yeasty, malty backbone with a little funk. Prominent hops. But it's oddly sweet. More like a Tripel. It seemed to work at first but halfway through the glass I was reconsidering

M: I must have let all the carbonation out inadvertently. There was very little to none and it had a slightly flat mouthfeel

D: Good drinking beer

Overall an above average brew. I appreciate the interpretation, but it's not as refreshing as most saisons, which I attribute to the sweetness. Worth trying for sure, though.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Isn't it spelled brewery (not bruery)? Pours a very hazy golden color with some chunks from the bottom. A fizzy white head that took a while to come down. But did die out altogether. Limited lacing when it was there.

The nose is limited overall but some good qualities. Some minor malt notes with a touch of bready and honey aromas. There is a musty yeasty aroma that is a little off. Some earthiness and horsey notes that are boarder line brett in complexity. Very muddle though. Some feint fruity notes, pears and lemons as well.

The taste is more descriptive. A good blend of malt and yeast notes. To start the malt has a more biscuit like flavor with a hint of Belgian malts. Some light flour like tastes emphasis a bready quality. The yeast comes out nicely but again is muddled overall. Some pepper notes mixes with corriander. Some notes of pears and apricots. Some minor figs and citrus notes. Some hop notes as well, a bit much for style.

The body is a bit sweeter than typical Saisons. Some alcohol notes as well, but overall more on the moderate side. Carbonation is a bit much but that is style. Overall I think this beer needs to age. Some spicy and yeast notes would do well with time.

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Photo of number1bum
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of two Bruery beers I brought back from San Diego. I wasn't terribly impressed by Black Orchard; hoping for more here.

Pours a vibrant orange amber color, a bit darker than most saisons, with a very creamy and thick ivory colored head. Recedes very slowly and leaves a full, thick lace and a good amount of stick, too.

Smell is quite fruity, with some citrus along with apples and pears. There is some black pepper and rye spiciness, too, along with yeast and a moderate level of sweetness. This is making me think more of a tripel than a saison so far.

Taste reveals a ton of spice, lots of pepper, maybe some coriander, who knows what else. The rye is certainly contributing to the peppery qualities. There was spice in the nose, but not this much. I like it, though. There is a good deal of fruit going on here, too, but not as much as the nose. Fruit is primarily lemon. Sweetness is more than a typical saison, but is really tempered by the pepper and a good amount of herbal bitterness. Also seems to be some grassy hop flavor here, and there is an overall earthy/musty quality to this beer. Flavor is all over the map - not sure if it's complex or maybe confused. But it is tasty.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body, closer to full than medium even, and is chewy and creamy. Not as crisp and refreshing as typical saisons, again it feels more like a tripel.

This really comes across more like a tripel than a saison to me, although obviously it has a different malt bill than a tripel. Still, that's what I was left thinking from pour to swallow. Ok, I'm done beating the dead horse here. An interesting take on the style, although throw style guidelines out when reviewing this beer. The dominant spiciness of this beer detracts from the drinkability a bit for me, but this is still a winner. Interesting beer, worth a shot for sure.

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

A: snifter. nice opaque pale orange color. pure white head with a huge, literally over the glass huge, retention level. and nice ring-like lacing.

S: tons of sweet citrus. some sours as well. lemons and some cotton candy tones.

T: nice lemon and cotton candy flavors. light metallic tones. huge sours in this one. very unique flavors.

M: big carbonation level. crisp and refreshing, but it just seems a little too sugary.

D: one 750mL and I am done. I enjoyed it but it seemed a little too sweet for the style.

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Photo of DIM
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a foamer. When things settled down I was left with a hazy golden straw colored brew that had a long lasting, craggy, and super sticky head.

s: Big sour funky nose on this one. Sharply sour rye notes along with with some grassy hops and musty apple aromas.

t: Up front this was faintly sweet but mostly sour with rye malty flavors. Funky, musty, earthy apples come next. The finish is quite dry and strongly funky and peppery. As I got close to half way through this, the cloves at the very end started to bother me a bit.

m: Surprisingly full bodied with a thick silky texture. The carbonation is prickly and long lasting. The finishing spices last a bit too long.

d: Thanks to rallison for the chance to try this one. I need to explore this style more, as I find myself liking it a lot. This was on the spicy side and quite dry.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

08/12/08- Generously shared with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Did not look for freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Mammouth sized large bubble head. Could not fit an entire bottle into two Duvel glasses. Had to pour the rest of the 6oz after the foam died down...which took a while. Leaves generous chunks of lace behind for a nice appearance. Mildly clouded appearance as well.

Smell- Smells quite sweet with corriander, white pepper and light citrus notes.

Taste- Foam tastes a bit metallic, but the beer itself is fine. Strong alcohol taste noted with a bit too much sweetness. White pepper comes in strong with a bit of citrus twang. Odd pine hoppy flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Quite heavily carbonated. Mild hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- A bit too sweet and overcarbonated for me. Otherwise not a bad stab at the style.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

A- Pours a beautiful golden orange color with a nice off-white head that possesses excellent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is fabulous, you would think the beer was made in Belgium if you didn't know any better judging by the aroma.

T- The taste is definitely a kicked up Saison, compared to the more subtle Saison's of Belgium. Very nice taste with some spices and a pleasant hoppy finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation making it prickly on the tongue.

D- Very nice Saison, one of the better American versions of this style.

Overall, Saison Rue is a great brew that is recommended to anyone who enjoys this style.

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Photo of errantnight
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A well done, and gorgeous new member, of the saison family. And a locally brewed one, at that!

Pours a hazy, slightly copper hay color with a few fingers of rich, creamy, lasting head. For all the warnings about gushers and near gushers... I didn't get that at all. I had my well refrigerated, and all I can recommend is serving this fresh from the fridge, first, instead of trying to warm it up first. It certainly didn't pour or seem, at any point, like it was overcarbonated.

The aroma is a nice, musty, earth yeastiness, with a bready malt quality... and a bit too much spice. Smells like someone had a heavy hand with the grains of paradise, frankly, or coriander, or some combination of the two.

The taste is much better... there's a slight malty richness through the middle, I love the subtle rye spice, and the hint of that and bretty grapefruit in the background. The peppery spice note pops up but is well balanced and blended here. Crisp.

Mildly full in body, but not overly so. Easy to keep reaching back for.

Screw the take on bottle bombs... I'm grabbing a few for the cellar. Given a few months (or years) to let some of the spice settle down and the brett come forward... I could see this being a favorite from the cellar.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from South bay last month, this one has been sitting in the fridge waiting for me ever since. Very nice capped 750ml bottle that I decanted into an oversized wine glass and served at cellar temperature. Consumed on 07/24/2008.

The pour here was not without incident that was for sure, a near gusher, I was prepared though and quickly poured some into two glasses to clear it out. Huge, seriously like four inches of foam came pouring out of this one and then easily doubled in size, never fully coming back down. Rich side glass lace and tons of carbonation then engulfed it quickly. Very nice hazy golden yellow in color.

The aroma was charged with spice, it was so carbonated it was literally tickling my nose as it went by. Lots of light fruit, grain, touches of grass and peppery like notes along with a touch of sour, the flavor was more of the same and was very nicely done. No hint of the alcohol here, rather a finely blended, and very light and airy feel to it. Sloshing it around created that coveted silky feeling of foam in the mouth. This was very good. Lots of light citrus flavors bouncing around and a very dry finish, a touch sour but not really, Very earthy in nature, and yet very light with a nice light grain base and a wonderful champagne like finish.

Overall one of the better in the style I have had. I was very impressed with this one. The brewery really seems to have their shit together, as I have tried a few now and each seems better then the rest, really some high quality stuff coming out of here!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy, murky orange, with a long lasting small white head which leaves extensive Belgian lacing in a tulip glass.

S: Ripe fruit, almost a bit of orange marmalade and Brett funk.

T: Taste is quite interesting, an Orvalian saison if you will though it is not as good as that beer, what beer is? Anyway, taste opens with some sweeter tasting malt mixed with a clovely spiciness from the rye. Having it on-tap I forgot that rye was in here, so the flavours make more sense to me now. Very spicy, then the Brett comes in and adds that familiar funky wet hay bitterness and dries everything out until the finish.

M: Brett makes it bone dry, drier than the average saison, carbonation is light and silky, making it quite creamy, an interesting take.

D: It's complex nature makes it a real sipping beer and one you'd have to think about. Would like the Brett to do a little more in the beer, but perhaps it will change with age. An interesting local beer and a cool take on a classic style.

Edit - Upped the taste to 4.5 (from 3.5) and drinkability to 4 (from 3) after having an older bottle where the Brett really started to work its magic. Great funky, cheesy Brett notes come out, mixed with the spice of the rye, just great. A good beer young, but great once it ages. Original score (3.7).

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another gusher, this time I am a bit more careful & I pour a little less into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. It starts out about three fingers in height, but grows to eight fingers thick (including a structural mass that is a full two fingers above the rim of the glass), light tan colored head that easily crests the top of my glass. The head leaves a thick lacing and forms a very varied surface as it slowly subsides. The beer is a hazy amber color that shows an orangish tinge when held up to the light. As I am inspecting the beer I get an aroma that is a mix of spice and grain. Fruit aromatics join in once I actually smell the aroma, this is very earthy smelling as well. Aromas of pear, plums, earthy grain, a rye spiciness, aromas of orange blossom and a rich, whole grain bread character that is quite lush. Spice aromatic notes make me think of clove, ginger, white pepper, earthy coriander and some green, herbal notes that sort of round out the finish. This has a really nice mix of complex aromatic notes; I really like the various fruit, spice and malt driven aromatics found here.

Quite sweet tasting, but it is quite spicy as well with lots of peppery spice and ginger notes that do a good job of tempering the sweetness. Thick and full feeling for a Saison, with a viscousness, both of which I am sure are influenced by the use of Rye. While I hadn't realized it in the aroma (despite noticing citrus), this is actually quite hoppy; citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange zest and pine are noticed just before an ample, biting bitterness dominates the finish with a menthol / pine driven flavor. The hop bitterness is accentuated by the spicy, peppery, phenolic character from the fermentation character. Lots of chewy, rustic grain character provides a mix of earthy, dusty, grain, crushed malt, a whole grain bread crumb flavor and a touch of fruity, caramelized malt.

My second pour allows / requires me to chew on some foam (lest my cup runneth over) and the foam is exceedingly bitter and hoppy. And wow, the ample carbonation adds a huge, up front peppery note to this beer that accentuates the ample hop bitterness.

This could be a bit drier as I tend to like my Saisons with less sweetness. If this wasn't so excessively carbonated already I would hold on to a couple bottles as the Brettanomyces should dry this out over time. As it is though I can only strongly recommend to not hold on to these bottles, drink up the bottle bombs as soon as you can. Hopefully things will have calmed down by batch 2, cause I really do want to age a couple of these to see what the Brett can do. Having said all this, the beer is still quite tasty and definitely a hit with me; rustic, spicy, nicely grain influenced and even a touch hoppy, I am really digging the mix of flavors profiled in this beer.

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

750mL bottle purchased at Vendome Fullerton. A Belgian-style Saison brewed with rye and Brettanomyces.

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, this beer pours a slightly hazy honey-gold color with a thick white head that settles to a thin layer, leaving a few sheets of lacing.

S- A sweet smell of over-ripe fruits combined with notes of Bretty yeast. Very musty with lots spiciness from pepper, and clove. The alcohol becomes slightly noticeable as the beer warms.

T- The flavor is fairly sweet at first, but the sweetness quickly breaks away to a bitterness that is more metallic than hoppy, which I assume can be attributed to the rye. Flavors of fruit mingle with the lingering bitterness on the finish which also boasts some nice alcohol warmth.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with light carbonation.

D- The presence of the rye seems just a bit out of place for a Belgian-style Saison, which, combined with the rather hefty 8.5% ABV, detracts from the drinkability a little. I appreciate the concept of putting a spin on a popular style though and this beer really hits its stride as it approaches room temperature.

An interesting interpretation of the style. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. in May 2008; $11.79 from the back cellar.

Pours a huge head. OK, really now- 95% head, 5% beer is a little extreme. Craziness indeed. Big rocky frothy root-beer-float head on top of a little bit of golden orange. After 10 minutes and 3 top-offs, it is starting to look like a glass of beer. Roll back the carbonation a touch, please!

Aroma is farmhouse funk, peppery and spicy as it should be.

Because of the profusion of foamy bubbles, I tasted some of the head, and honestly, it was pretty nasty. Spice and organics just left a bad sensation on my tongue. That worried me. However, on tasting the actual liquid, I was happy indeed. Spicy and peppery, with a big organic yeasty dollop, this one really reminded me of some of the more exotic De Proef and De Dolle brewery offerings (two of my favorite Belgian breweries). Some sour orange peel offsetting sweet orange juice, tart pepper ofsetting a nice creamy mouthfeel. Moderately complex, very good, but not a crisp clean saison, this is one of the more challenging ones of the style.

Overall, I like this one!

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

Patience. 5 minutes after the pour the head has finally died down enough to take a sip.

Murky amber with a huge, rocky white head.

Very spicy in the nose with some earthy, musty notes.

Lots of spice in the taste. Peppery. Brett hasn't really shown itself, but I think it will lend a nice character down the road. Rich sweeter malt body behind all the spice. Some earthy notes. Some bitterness on the swallow.

Highly carbonated mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

Recommended. I can't wait to see what aging will do for this one.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.91/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The second half of my Bruery tasting at Hollingsheads was represented by their Saison. Served in a Chimay chalice, on to the beer:

At first, I couldn't tell what in my glass was beer or soup. Very, too soft of a word...foggy, and caramel colored. The aroma wasn't in your face, but was pleasant with saison characteristcs and some clove.

The clove in the flavor were at least interesting, but this beer was very peppery, minty, overspiced, and without the drying finish of typical Belgians. This is a dirty saison. But the worst part of the beer was the finish, where it left an unpleasant bitterness on the palate for way too long.

The good news is this gets better as it warms and there's some potential here, but the bad news is the spice and bitterness of this beer needs to be cleaned up if it's going to compete with the few saisons I've already sampled.

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