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
Photo of 4thpalehorsemanale
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage, Bought thinking it was this years, so I cannot compare it to the freshness.
Smell: most potent thing right off the Head! great spices in the Aroma.
Taste: just as the aroma depicts, perfect spice and rye comes in with a perfect rye clean finish!
Feel: light in the mouth as it is on the eyes, smooth clean start to finish! Coats the mouth beautifully!
Overall: For a Golden Belgian style Farmhouse, This is pretty amazing for me!
The rye is what sticks out to me in this beer, amazing flavor! Well worth the purchase for me considering it was the cheap side of the Bruery, I would call this a must buy for the first time, and definitely a beer to share with others who enjoy the golden, farmhouse or belgian beers!! Cheers!

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of puck1225
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Light yellow, thick foamy head nice lacing. Very fragrant, floral and sweet. The taste is lemony and spicy. Pepper, orange and nutmeg. Very nice!

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

Nice Belgian flavor.

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

Photo of weareallfalafel
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely phenomenal saison! Enjoyed in a tulip glass. Poured from a 750ml bottle with no bottled on date, but I'm guessing based on how long this bottle sat it's just around a year old, give or take a couple months. Pours a hazy deep gold that radiates a little when held up to the light. The head is initially about 1- 1.5 inches, but falls slowly to a thin cap atop the beer while lingering a bit more on the edges and the sides of the glass. Smell is of Belgian yeast, rye bread, grassy hops, and a decent amount of funky Brett. The Brett character has increased with a little bit of age, and it adds a layer of funky complexity. The Brett and hops linger on the palate after swallowing, and they harmonize with the rustic grain and grassy character like a damn symphony throughout the beer. Balanced, but not restrained. Feel is soft and pillowy, medium in body, and helps to carry the flavor and aroma on the palate. Overall, I feel that I can't give this enough praise. It will always be one of the best saisons ive had, if not the very best. It's complex, yet very approachable to those inexperienced with rustic Brettanomyces brewed ales. The harmony of all the flavors and individual characteristics is unparalleled in American-made saisons. In my book, this is perfect. Almost brings a tear to my eye.

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Photo of 57md
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangey straw color with well over a finger of head. The nose has spicy notes but it's not a rye spiciness. There is really no rye essence in the flavor either. However, there is a nice citrus fruitiness and a snappy pepper quality. The finish is dry and champagne-like.

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Photo of Tracker83
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Semi-hazy orange gold in color with a very thick and creamy off white head and sprightly carbonation.

S - Very dry aroma with some funk, light crisp biscuity malt.

T - Dry biscuit malt, lightly spicy, pear skin, green apples, white grape skin, crisp and dry fruity finish with just the right amount of bitterness.

M - Extremely dry, big medium to light heavy body (much thicker than a typical Saison), coagulates the saliva on top of the tongue while the sides are bone dry. Creamy on the finish.

O - In this bottle: some traditional character, some American bastardization ... but very enjoyable.

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Photo of TGS
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up 2016, 2014, 2015 vintages of this beast for what I like to call a Saisonathon. Brett ages fantastically, a little more tart and white wine-y with age. Awesome funky, spicey brett flavours flavours. Pears, plums, apple skin and a sweet a beautiful biscuit maltiness.

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Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ta_hagen
4.86/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was very solid, but surprised me. I expected it to be a lot more tart, but rather it was just really hoppy and drank a lot more like an American IPA.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Studfarm69
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jodio
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MFMB
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed it but thought I'd enjoy it more when I purchased it at the bottle shop. Pours a deep orange to Amber with a foamy off white head. The nose is of malt, rye bread, dried fruit and spice. Taste of slight fruityness, malts and rye, as it warms the fruit becomes more of a dried fruit taste rather than crisp fruits upon first pour. A bit of pepper and spices on the back end. Finishes very dry, which I like. A good saison but I was expecting this one to knock my socks off and it didn't. Still 3.91 is great I was just thinking I'd be giving this a 4.25 or up.

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

Photo of Greasy
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This saison pours a dark golden, opaque color, with a huge foamy white head. The smell is actually fairly muted, but it is slightly fruity maybe lemon. It’s a medium bodied beer, maybe a little heavier than the average saison, but not that strong of a malt flavor. It has faint flavors of fruit including lemon, orange, and plum in the initial taste. In the finish the spices take over though with fairly strong flavors of coriander and peppery rye. It also has a slightly acidic, sour flavor from the Brettanomyces, which I am not a huge fan of. The finish is fairly dry and bitter. I’ve seen this before with saisons. Apparently, they can have a fairly wide range of hop character. I prefer the more subtly hopped saison though. Not too bad of a saison, but again I would tone down the hops and it’s a little heavy bodied for saison to me. I like my saisons to evoke the feeling of sitting in a barn next to a wheat field on a warm summer night with a light breeze gently cooling me down. This doesn’t do that. It’s rated very well, but I don’t totally get it.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 bottle. Consumed in June 2016

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