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 NittanyBeerFan
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Obtained in a trade with stoutfiend27. Thanks, Stephen.

A: browinsh amber color. Thick with haze when poured into my duvel tulip. The head is creamy and thick and hangs around for a looong time. The lacing come is gobs of foam that cling stubbornly to the sides of the glass.

S: earthy saison and farmhouse aromas are dominant. They dance gracefully with a sour and funky brett character. Fruity notes are present as well - banana especially, with some clove. The brett sourness tingles the nostrils.

T: Banana esters and cloves are full like a hefe. Pepper and farmhouse yeast from the first fermentation are strong in the middle. Brett adds a nice tanginess but is less formidale than it was in the nose. It rounds out the beer nicely with some sourness.

M/D: tangy and full of carbonation up front, giving way to a dryness in the finish. Heavier than the pour and color lead on, but not because of the alcohol - it is nearly invisible. However, this is one full-bodied beer. There is a lot going on in this beer, and the flavors were very nicely managed, as nothing was too dominant.

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Photo of klewis
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange - darker than most saisons - with a moderate , bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: Mild funk with a slight fruityness.

T: Bitter and sour at the same time with a slight fruity character. I'm pretty sure that the bottle's description of it as "rustic" wasn't referring to a metallic rust taste, but there's some of that too.

M: Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. A lingering astringency on the palate.

D: Decent, but lacking in complexity and a bit harsh in the hops department. I'll take some more Boulevard Saison-Brett please.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750 ml into a glass.

A: pours hazy straw, some orange highlight, with a 2 finger head. good retention.

S: characteristic barnyard character of a brett beer, sour cherry, some spice in the aroma as well. wonderful.

T: interesting beer as the taste doesn't live up to the aroma. largely a cinnamon flavor dominates the palate; some sour cherry and barnyard in the flavor as well. quite dry, alcohol flavor definitely present as well, although not rocket fuel. the cinnamon flavor is just too dominant...after awhile the funk flavor disappears and just cinnamon remains.

M: good light, fluffy mouthfeel, characteristic of a saison. good spritzy carbonation.

D: the aroma alludes to so much more. An easy drinker, a light brew at about 8.5% abv that drinks like a beer a lot lower, although you realize it when you stand up. somehow, the cinnamon flavor seems to dominate the subtle combination of funkiness with the light spicy/grainy character you expect in a saison. still all in all a nice drinker.

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Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A burnished copper color in my glass, topped by a huge and frothy three finger head. The body is semi-hazy at first, and downright cloudy toward the end of the bottle. A beautiful beer.

It smells of earthy rye and musty brett. There's a bit of candi-sugar sweetness, just a hint, and some pungent earthy, woody aromas. The rye shines through brightly, which, combined with the brett, gives this beer a very unique character.

It opens very earthy and spicy on the palate with a big rye twang. Aside from a hint of sweetness up front, this beer is bone dry. The mouthfeel transitions into an eternal parching dryness, with flavors of grain, rye bread, tart granny smith apples and herbal hops coming into fruition.

This is a great, and original, take on a classic style. Nicely done.

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Photo of CHickman
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a huge foamy white head that sticks around for a few minutes as the head also continues to pour out of the bottle like a foamy yeast overflow, similar to a sudsy washing machine (which was quite the site as I sat at a table in Rattle-N-Hum in NYC); smells of yeast, grass, hops, light malt and spices.

Tastes very true to a farmhouse ale style: yeast, malt, hops, spices, citrus zest, pepper, and complex bread-like flavors that bring the malt sweetness up front and then the yeast and hop spiciness towards the end, with a finish on the dry side. Light to medium carbonation with a very even balanced flavor.

A great beer that shows no signs of the high ABV content in the delicious taste and just has a wonderful feel and body to the beer to matches the complex flavors. A very enjoyable beer with a nice combo of spices and malt/bread/yeast flavors.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a gusher after uncapping. But that could be due to the agitation from driving it 7 hours in the car up to San Francisco--after buying at The Bruery--and then uncapping it the day after. May have needed a few days to settle down.

A darker golden/amber saison, it has an ample head that lingers, leaving clouds of cappuccino foam and lacing on the tulip glass.

Smells of straw, butterscotch, salt, honey/candy sugar.

Classic saison elements in the taste, especially the peppery ginger element. But also elements of honey and roasted rye malt, peanuts, citrus, milk chocolate and slightly bitter hops in the finish. This is a lush saison.

The mouthfeel is full, a little chewy even, and very cleansing on the palate.

This is a very drinkable saison, though at 8.5 percent, you can't drink it all night long. Overall, the most interesting saison I have ever tried. It is complex. Brewed with the odd elements of rye and brettanomyces, this beer is so well balanced, it takes the saison style into a richer, more complex direction. I am amazed at the rye bread/milk chocolate sensation I am getting from this. It definitely shows the difference between a white bread (ordinary saisons, if you will) and a rye bread presentation. Well done.

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

The beer is poured with a golden colour and a huge white fluffy head. The bubbles are of a decent size and the carbonation is very apparent. There is a bit of sweetness and fruitiness in the nose. A spiciness is there as well. There is citrus and pear notes coming through. The nose isn't very strong, but very solid. The beer has a lot of flavours. A slight pilsner type flavour mixed with a sweetness with hints of pear and a slight bit of citrus. The sweetness in the beer isn't what I'd expect because the beer is so dry. The carbonation is quite strong as well adding a little of acidity to the beer. I really enjoy this flavour and it's incredibly drinkable. A slight tartness lingers on your tongue, which I like. This is an incredibly tasty brew.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.5 A: Hazy golden straw color. Two fingers of creamy off-white head that retains well and leaves tons of pillowy lacing.

4.5 S: Tons of pepper and a lemony grassiness. Bit of funk with some sour green apple and overripe peaches.

4.0 T: Damn good beer. Brett really shines though and lends a pleasant brett funk. Mild hop bitterness gives balance. Peppery yeastiness combines with the rye to give a nice spiciness. There is a slight peachy fruitiness, but much less that I was expecting.

4.0 M: Light-medium body. Spritzy carbonation and a perfect amount of it. Light on the tounge.

4.0 D: Good brew. I like a good brett'd beer every once in a while and this one didn't disappoint.

Edit: After looking at some of the other reviews, it seems like there are some major quality control issues. I bought this in Maryland and had no such problems.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Attractive brown 750 ml bottle with a simple but attractive label pours, no gushes, into my Watney Mann World Cup chalice. A massive off-white head lasts and lasts, demanding patience. Loads of carbonation streams dance in the slightly hazy amber-orange liquid in my glass. Orange rind, pear, plum, and loads of grapefruit mingle in the aroma. Touches of pine mix with earth and hints of moldy bread follow.

My first impression of the taste is take three steps back from all the pepper. This is a very spicy beer, and black pepper dominates the spice profile. Fruit yeast flavors, typical of a saison follow. The Brett doesn't stand out much but this is a young bottle. I would bet this would improve over a year or two. Still, this is a perfectly enjoyable beer as it is. The body is highly viscous and the combination of assertive piney hops and tingling, almost champagne like carbonation makes for a lively and pleasurable mouthfeel. Grape fruit flavors are pronounced but bready malts come through too. Though not blown away, I would count this as a solid beer to return for more tastings in the future.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light copper and orange color with two fingers of head. This is a well carbonated beer, as it's highly effervescent. The effervescence keeps the head in its place, giving it good retention. There's a few thin streaks of lacing trickling their way down to the beer in the glass.

Smell: The nose is primarily a mixture of spice and fruit. There's no brett character coming through on the nose. A blend of plum and peaches are the fruit in the nose. The spice is a mixture of clove and spiced rye malt.

Taste: The first flavor to cross the palate is from the malt. It's a spicy combination of malt, including notes of rye and a slight biscuity flavor. Then some other spices show themselves, including clove and some brett. The brett is very tame and barely shows through. The final tasting is a mixture of fruit, some orange (perhaps from hops) and a little big of cherry and peach.

Mouthfeel: This is a rather high carbonated beer, but it sits with a medium body. I found that as I let the beer warm up and sit in my snifter the mouthfeel got a lot better.

Drinkability: Another well put together beer from The Bruery, although I find it rather forgettable. I don't think this will end up in my crate again.

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Photo of Cresant
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The body is lightly hazy and golden. The off white head is huge and it stays! Fine sheets of lace wash up and down the glass as you tip it to drink.

Smell is fruity. Dirt cellar and wet stones. Spices and tropical fruits.

Taste reflects the aromas. Very creamy and unusual for a saison. Again tropical fruits and spices. Distinct peppercorn character.
Citrus sweetness. Light rind bitterness. Well hidden alcohol. I think with some age this will probably develop to a more saison like beer. Right now it drinks more like a Belgian IPA, not that I am complaining. It is very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

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

My first Bruery beer- thanks for making the state of Georgia one of your distribution points! A very good Saison, a bit on the softer side and quite creamy. A bit unusual, but there is a a fair bit going on here. Pours golden with just a bit of haze and a quite nice, tightly beaded white head that sticks around as a cap. Smells fruity and somewhat tropical, but with notes of white pepper and almonds as well as a whiff of grain and herbs. Tastes soft and a bit creamy up front, with a nice tropical fruitiness, particularly pineapple and passion fruit, and then there is quite a nice little hit of pepper, or more probably grains of paradise, followed by some more tropical fruit and a lightly lemony finish. This is fairly complex, and quite tasty, but not quite as deep and pungent as say, a Fantome. Still, very enjoyable. A little lighter and softer than I'd like in the mouth, it could use a touch more crispness. Very interesting beer and although it doesn't hit every mark, it certainly is a nice achievement.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One and a half fingers of white head on top of a hazy, dark golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Lots of fruity yeast character with notes of ripe banana, vanilla, and pineapple, and a hint of alcohol. Some spice notes as well, pepper and clove that blend in with tangy wheat/rye and a little bit of brett funk.

T - Thick malt and tangy wheat up front with some vanilla and pineapple yeast notes. More fruit and vanilla come out in the middle as notes of banana and clove appear. The fruity yeast is replaced in the finish by spicy/herbal hops and some fairly strong bitterness. There is a hint of brett funk that lingers in the finish with the hops, but the wild yeast character is more subdued than I would have imagined.

M - Thick, creamy body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The yeast character is nice, but not as bright and tropical as that of some other saisons that I have had. The hop character seems to be where this beer really shines at this level of maturity. There is a nice level of refreshing bitterness and plenty of the classic, earthy, spicy hop notes. The funk is quite a bit more subdued than I would have expected; there are only hints of any wild character, and I would guess that this was a relatively young bottle. I would be quite interested to see how this beer changed over time and if I come across another bottle I will cellar it for six months or so to see how the brett develops.

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

Fluffy, quickly dissipating bubbles indicate the tingly character of the carbonation. Aroma of spice (coriander, clove), funky, earthy yeast, and citrus is heady and nice. Taste is of cidery apple, grape skins, biscuity, sour yeast, some honey and caramel sweetness, citric, herbal hop bite, and warm alcohol. Quite spicy, evidently from the rye. White pepper. Mouthfeel is a bit raw and grainy. A bit prickly on the tongue from carbonation and spice. The biscuity malt keeps it in balance for the most part, but this is rustic and musty in the tradition of saisons, albeit with more hop character and spice. An uber saison, with a higher alcohol and more earthy, funky quality than the more refined versions. Not for everyone, but quite enjoyable. Would pair well with some stinky cheese and fruit.

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Photo of SRossman
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks similar to murky apple cider. Brown with caramel and orange accents form the color. The head disappears fairly quickly. I think the addition of rye to this beer makes it slightly heavier than your average light bodied and highly carbonated saison.

Smell: Apple, honey, earth, over ripe fruit. There's so much going on in the nose. This brew smells enticing.

Taste: Sweet and rich fruit; over ripe apple and pear, with a subtle spiciness accentuating it. The rye really makes this interesting. Some Brett funk and a faint hop bitterness on the finish.

MF/D: The carbonation isn't as bright as a lot of saisons but I like that. It has a slightly fuller body and richness on the tongue. Drinks like it's closer to 6% Abv rather than 8.5%.

Over all this is an excellent saison. I rank it among some of my favorites.

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Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, like the one pictured here, pours a hazy peach hued body, topped by a very small offwhte head that quickly drops to a cap. Some sheet lacing saves the appearance.

Aroma is herbal, floral, and spicy hops. A hint of earthy funk, some spicy rye, and a note of vague fruits make for an enticing aroma.

Mouthfeel is characterized by a spritzy carbonation and pronounced dryness. Medium body.

Taste has a prominent dry herbal hop character. Crusty rye bread adds an interesting note. Some funky brett is not fully developed. Fruity ripe green apples adds a nice complexity. White pepper and other subtle spices add to the complex profile. Finishes dry and herbal.

Very well done. This one actually reminds me of a couple of the Fantome saisons, which is, of course, a stellar comparison.

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Photo of kegger22
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange with a very generous head that took its time before fading to a thick skin. The aroma was mildewy. The taste was sweet and fruity (pears?) with a bit of sour lurking around. The feel was medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Drinkability was reasonably good. I have heard the rave reviews about the Bruery beers, but they are 0 for 2 at wowing me with the beer available locally. Of course the big hitters haven't made it here yet.

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Slightly hazed copper with a large off white head that reduced slowly and left nice lace.

S-Spicy citrus with a nice complex fruity nose and a waft of clove, grated ginger and honey.

T-Sharp spicy (ginger, coriander, clove) zing up front with a citrus fruit (orange, tangerine, apricot) with a touch of mustiness and drying rye.

M-Medium body sharp and dry with long lingering spiciness.

D-Nicely done. Lots of flavours combine into a fruity spice bowl. I really like the rye dryness too. Without question my favorite regularly bottled Bruery product.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

75cl bottle picked up down in OC after the anniversary party. Hazed dark orange, almost copper color with a big, lasting off-white head. The aroma hits you with some brett in a funky earthy way right off. Hay, earth, lemon, blood oranges, candied ginger and some sweet malt in the aroma as well. Really nice nose. The flavor is fruity, and pretty spicy with a light tartness. There is a higher level of malt than many saisons as well, but the finish is still pretty dry. Not really hoppy, though there is some bitterness in the finish as well as some graininess. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Just a little sweeter than I was hoping, but a nice maltier saison

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Photo of jdklks
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful amber orange with an off white fluffy head of small, thin, champagne-like bubbles. smells of brett, alcohol, and very strongly of sour green apples.

The taste is very sweet all the way through. super sugary, like a mix between brown sugar and caramel. sour candy apples with a hint of hops and begian yeastiness through the middle and early in the finish. the finish and aftertaste are where this beer truly shines, as all the flavors mingle smoothly with one another and give off a sour caramel apple flavor that is delicious. the alcohol also comes through most strongly in the finish, and it is very hot going down. overall, it is good, but too sugary.

i know the style calls for excessive carbonation, but this beer might be better with less. it is more robust than other saisons ive had, and the malty sweetness begs for a fuller (less "airy") body.

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Photo of ricke
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber with a big ivory-colored head that leaves nice lacings.

S: Quite a refreshing smell with lots of fresh fruit esters (oranges, grapefruits). Notes of malts, yeast, spices, grass and perhaps a faint hint of brett.

T: Taste is quite fresh with pleasant fruit esters (lemon, oranges) and notes of grass on top of some malts. A strangely prominent note of mint develops early on and lingers on into the finish. A very faint hint of brett. Gentle spices. The finish is mildy bitter with notes of wheat, mint and herbal hops. A bit edgy, yet reasonably smooth.

M: Medium body, rather full considering the style. Very lively carbonation.

D: A decent saison with an interesting character. The minty aromas are a bit strange and the brett is really faint, but it will be nice to see what a year or to in the cellar will do to this one.

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Photo of david18
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd heard a lot about this brewery before I ever had any beer from them. This, like the others, was a very good example of the style that it represented. Great dark color with dark fruit aroma and flavor. Good carbonation, great mouthfeel and drinkability.

The beer was enjoyed by a number or people who I shared it with. I would recommend this beer any time.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellowish orange with lots of carbonation and a big white head. Nose is faint with grain, yeast and thats about it. taste is spicy with hints of pepper, belgian yeast, hops. Mouthfeel is spicy, warming with the ABV and spiciness increasing at the end. very wild tasting yeast

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I made love to this beer last night at St. James Infirmary.

The appearance is hazy gold with a great two finger sticky icky froth of a head. Bold lacing.

The smell was of Brett, peaches, sour apples.

The taste was great. Sour apples, peaches, a lot of pear also. Brett was a very strong characteristic in this as well.

The mouthfeel was dry and a bit acidic. Not really sour, the sourness that did show was of sour green apple. Brett made it dry and a bit tart. Excellent, drank this thing no problem.


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Photo of hosehead83
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into wine goblet
Deep golden color with a huge head of foam
Aroma-Fleshy fruit; pear and peach, subtle spiciness, some earthy hop notes
Taste-Fruity, pears, creamy with a subtle peppery hop bite in a warming finish. Smooth and drinkable, a fine example of the style

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Saison Rue from The Bruery
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