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 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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Photo of Catracho5
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle poured into a Belgian tulip

A: Dark orange, with a white head that quickly vanished after the pour, some lacing, murky, cloudy, some slight carbonation coming off the bottom.

A: Saison, Belgian yeast aromas, not getting any rye, big aromas.

T: Rye right up front, very spicy, saison Belgian yeast flavors follow, not getting any sour flavors, more bitter tart flavors, it's complex, but the rye is just too much.

M: It has that nice Belgian mouthfeel, lots of carbonation.

O: Very spicy, rye is really strong, I'd like to see if the spice would mellow out with age, it's too much for me, if you like a very rye forward beer with a Belgian yeast characteristic then this beers for you but for it's a little too much. I would probably love this beer if the rye was toned down a bit.

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

Deep orange body with a thinnish frothed white head. Has a bit of bubbles climbing to the top. SMells of toasty malt, rye spice, orange zest, and fairly restrained yeast. Taste is somewhat sweet with a slightly drying finish. There's big yeast mixed with rye spice, orange oil, some alcoholic medicinal character, and a light tartness. I get some toasty malt as well. Moderate to full body. A bit sticky with prickly carbonation. Solid saison, but nothing to go crazy over.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Has an earthy, fruit nose with a hint of fresh laundry and faint barnyard. It pours dull amber to brownish peach under a very pillowy, very uniformly and finely bubbled, 2” off-white head. Light fruit over malt dominate the yeast driven palate. Light malt provides the backbone with light fruits – peach, apricot, light tropical – not quite pineapple, maybe guava. Medium body and average to a little above on the carbonation.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As far as Saison's go this one is pretty typical.

Appearance: Hazy dark golden color, lot of white fluffy head that remains throughout and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Estery Belgian yeast notes, clove spices, not much funk, some tart notes but very faint.

Taste: Its ester driven and has a lot of the Belgian yeast strain flavor going on in it. Typical of a lot of American versions of the style but not really my favorite interpretation of the style either. It was a little bit too sweet too much of the clove warming and numbing, maybe it was the alcohol. I think the sweet spot in Saison's are in the 5-6 % range, this one is 8.5 and I think that is a little bit too high for the style. I think the malts that went into it made it too sweet and thus not as dry and refreshing and that is how I like my saison's to be.

Overall: Not crazy about this one, but I am glad I had an opportunity to try it so I know in the future to pass on this one. It was on sale by the way so it doesn't break my heart that it isn't the best saison I have ever had. Its fair and that is about it.

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- Hazy orange body, fluffy white head

S- Fruity smell, Belgian yeast aromas.

T- Spicy rye, a slight funk/tart, orange flavor

F- Good carbonation, fits the flavor

O- Excellent saison! Delicious.

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

A - Hazy yellow/orange with a lot of carbonation. The bottle was foaming over after opening it. Thick white head stays around for a while.
S - Funky brett flavors are dominant. Tropical and citrus smells that seem to be mostly from the yeast.
T - The same yeast-driven flavors that were in the nose are also in the flavor. Very slightly tart with a lot of fruity and citrusy flavors. Funky brett flavors mix with the citrus flavors well. Slightly spicy from the rye, but it doesn't compete with the fruity yeast flavors.
M - Very dry, but the high carbonation helps keep it from feeling thin.
O - A very good saison that hides it's 8.5% abv well. I wish it was a little bit more funky, but the fruity citrus flavors are also very nice. I prefer Boulevard's Saison Brett, but it would be nice to try them side by side.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Billowy head, cloudy golden beer.
smell is earthy and fresh orange
taste is surprising, a lot of citrus, herbal flavors, to me more like a tripel than saison. But wait... there is the brett. I guess the whole pt. is this is a style you can't nail down.
mouth feel is medium with much carbonation.
Yummy. Seek it out for a different experience and have an open mind. Oh and this hides the 8.5 so watch out.

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Photo of JimKal
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass it forms a generous head that leaves some nice lacing as it dissipates. The color is a nice red gold. The taste has a hint of spice from the rye with a slight Saison funk. Very nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of Barleycorn
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Generous head. Beautiful amber non-translucent amber color. Flagrant - aromatic not distinctly alcoholic despite 9.5 ABV. Taste classic Saison taste alcohol finish. Solid rich feel.

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Saison Rue from The Bruery
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,792 ratings.
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