Saison Rue | The Bruery

BA SCORE
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1,795 Ratings
Saison RueSaison Rue
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,795
Reviews:
567
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
224
Gots:
352
For Trade:
11
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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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Photo of JoshBrews
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aufie
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Desimoaj
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gibgink
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Poured at 43°F from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. Allowed to warm up to 45°F before reviewing. Consumed on 22May16.
LOOK: Two fingers worth of foam recedes into a half fingers worth within 1 and a half minutes. Dark gold in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are large in numbers and both small and medium in size. Lacing is thick and subtle.
SMELL: Strong aromas of spicy/sour rye and bananas are backed by mild aromas of biscuits, pears, white grapes, earthy yeast, and cloves. Subtle leather, plum, orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and fig flavors further add on to this ridiculously complex swirl of aromas.
TASTE: An immediate balance between malt and yeast is achieved as mild rye and banana flavors first strike the palate. Unlike the aromas, which are equally spicy and sour, the rye flavors lean more towards spicy. Mild leather, clove, fig, and plum flavors trail right after as banana and rye flavors grow slightly stronger. Mild flavors of earthy yeast, biscuit, pear, and white grape enter as clove flavors grow much stronger. Subtle orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and bitter hop flavors finally finish off this insane array of flavors as all previous ones maintain.
FEEL: The thickness of the beer lies somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation levels are moderate. Goes down somewhat smooth.
NOTE: I can't think of the last beer that I drank that was this complex. Saison Rue is a multifarious brew that sent my taste buds on one heck of a roller coaster ride. Clove flavors bullied their way to the to spotlight and gave this more of a spice than I wanted. That is just me nitpicking, however; Bruery Terreux has once again created a winner of a brew.

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

Saison Rue from The Bruery
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,795 ratings.
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