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 blackie
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: brooklyn snifter, rue is a pale reddish amber in color, only slightly hazy, with a lasting cap of foam

s: belgian pale malts accompanied by a perfectly integrated dose of spicy rye, mild to moderate levels of sugars offset by a mild brett sour-funk, lemony at times with a dry herbal hop aroma, loads of attention grabbing action with perfect harmony between components - can't keep my nose from it

m: full carbonation accompanies a light-medium bodied brew, really carries the flavors around the palate

t: awesome rye presence kicks around under a crust of lightly sugary pale malts, one of the best uses of rye I've come across - it's just perfectly placed in this context, lemon peel and herbal hops, a vein of brett-induced sour really makes this a whole, joining the mild hop bitterness in creating an exceptionally refreshing finish, delicious

d: superbly drinkable on a hot and humid summer night

capped 750 scooped at Whole Foods P St., DC, and enjoyed on a stoop just a couple blocks over

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Photo of bobsy
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up in NYC.

Pours a rich light mahogany with a billowing white head. Good lace and retention. Sweet beans, this is the most fragrant saison I've come across. Intense floral and tropical elements spar with spicy yeast and great funk. Awesome. Great saison taste, with so much complexity going on. Strong floral notes, sweet and spicy rye, funky barnyard yeast, dry grain and light alcohol and ripe tropical fruit. I could go wil for this! Medium body and pillowy carbonation.

Highly recommended.

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

A: Hazy straw-brown, off-white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Orange rind, a pleasant funk, tropical fruit, light floral & grassy spicing.

T: Candied tropical fruit, rind, spice, modest bitterness, light tartness/funk, cotton candy, slight alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body is smooth with a slight acidity and a little residual sweetness in the finish.

D: An intriguing, drinkable brew.

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Photo of rye726
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich cedar color with a silky white head. Excellent lacing and retention.

Nose has a good amount of rye malts over floral hops, caramel, manure and musty hay. Perhaps a bit heavy on the rye, but still quite nice.

The taste also has a proper rye presence, but it is well balanced with sweet candy malts, herbal hops, tart citrus and subtle barnyard funk.

Medium body has a crisp, delicate carbonation. Bitter hoppy finish. Another great Saison from The Bruery. Every beer I've had from these guys has been top knotch.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep golden-orange with an egg white froth that settled to a pillow. Decent carbonation stream but only a bit of lace.

S - Fantastic aromas of citrus, wet straw, and even a bit of wood. Bravo!

T - Malty with a nice tinge of leather and citrus making this a dryer offering than I thought it might be, making it all the more lip-smacking.

M - Perky fizz that makes this a thirst quencher without the alcohol-induced heat.

D - Dangerously so. I'm a huge fan of the style so this is one hell of an offering. Find this!

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

750ml bottle.

Poured into a chalice, and I saw many people saying this was a 'gusher', so I took my time on the pour. Poured a semi-cloudy, translucent bright gold with a bountiful 2-finger head that laced quite nicely.

On the nose I picked up some sour green apples, a pinch of pepper, and some woody-musky goodness.

Tastes of my child hood favorite, tart Granny Smith apples, but is offset by some mild sweet caramel and pear and hints a musky rye bread flavors. But the Brett and mild pepper compliments those distinct tastes with some much appreciated lively zing! Absolutely whirling with flavor.

I haven't had too many saisons, but I'm extremely intrigued by the sourness that something like Brett has to offer. I found this to be fairly light-medium bodied, and the carbonation was pleasant and crisp, and the brew was very drinkable and I couldn't detect any hints of alcohol.

This very dynamic brew has single handedly made me want to experience some more of both the Bruery and the saison style.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Poured hazy reddish orange with a light tan head. Head was huge. 3 1/2 fingers settled into a rocky 2 fingers head. Nice lacing

spicy, peppery a bit funky on the nose, a bit of ginger present too. some fruit, perhaps some lemon, peach, pear...

silky with some light bubbles carbonation. off Dry finish

Spicy peppery taste, the ginger flavors come in pretty heavy on the palette. a bit of melon, peach and lemon too...

a bit sweeter than I'd like form a saison I'd also like it to be be funkier more vinious...but still a good saison.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy/cloudy reddish-orange color with a large white head.

S: Spice, bread, and yeast are the main traits that I pick up. The complexities that I hoped for in this (especially the Brett) are not all that present.

T: The taste is better than the nose. Still not quite as "funky" as I would have liked for a Saison, but better than I would have expected. Caramel, bread, slight taste of rye, some herbal character like a lot of their beers seem to have.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation.

D: A decent Saison, but not as good as I was hoping for.

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

750ml crown capped bottle into 25oz wine glass.

Cloudy pumpkin hue, with a one and a half finger white had that slowly settles to a tin cap. A one finger solid head remains.

The aroma is light, slightly toasty, with a bit of earthy must. Smooth yet spicy.

Very clean and toasty malts meet a spicy flavor, along with very high carbonation, giving the beer a sharp and gritty feel. A little bit of tart flavors are in there. Very dry finish.

A rather enjoyable saison. Very dry and spicy. Recommended.

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

Good saison with a mild brett flavor and a bit too much sweetness. It's an amber beer, a bit darker than most saisons, with an enormous head that looks like stiffly whipped cream. The beer smells of honey, floral hops and spice. The flavor is a tad on the sweet side for me. It's quite good, though. The spicy rye gives the malt an interesting flavor. It's a good saison from a good brewery.

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Photo of Overlord
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy orange. Somewhat unfiltered looking. Large, off-white head.

Smells like cloves, spices, some citrus/hay notes, spices, spices, and spices. Urgh.

Taste is a bit muddled. The sharp, biting grass/citrus notes carry with it a hint of lemon, but the weird spicy components just take over. There is a sour, yeasty breadiness to it ... quite pungent. Almost peppery, in some respects. I admit, I'm not the biggest saison fan. This was really not my cup of tea.

Decently carbonated. Not particularly drinkable.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed golden amber with a huge head (almost too) that is creamy and stays for awhile before dropping. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of lemon tartness with Brett. funk. It has a background of subtle minty rye / caroway.

The taste is of a caramelish maltiness with bread. It's on the musty side with a hint of rye. It has a spicy hop bite in the finish, with caramel rounding it out. Alcohol is noticeable - a bit raw at first.

It is effervescent - tingly but not fizzy. Some alcohol dries up the palate.

This might be a bit raw - aging it might smooth it out, but I would be concerned about losing the fresh hop bite it has now (and works well). I guess that's a personal choice. Bottom line, of the few I've had from this brewery, I like this well-made brew - Brett funk there, but maltiness and hops complement it and make it a complex brew. It's unique!

Pleasantly surprised about how this brewery made it to New Jersey so quickly. Enjoying their brews!

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep golden orange with very fine, lively carbonation creating an almost glowing haziness. Very thick, huge creamy white head. The head sticks around for a good 3 or 4 minutes. Absolutely ridiculous. The lacing on this beer is also monstrous.

S: On the nose, you get hit with the funk upfront, although there is not as much as I would have liked. Belgian yeast spiciness and citrus peel and creamy, fruity esthers dominate.

T: Like the nose, the Brett flavor is dominate up front. Tart flavors of wet grass, musty orange peel spice. The midpalate is considerably sweeter, with a pronounced yeastiness. Nutmeg and bananas round it out until the crisp, hoppy finish. Really nice job. The alcohol is hidden extremely well also, considering that 8.5% is high for a saison.

M: Very nice, crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. The carbonation is very fine and surrounds the tongue, supporting the flavors of the beer. The alcohol lends nice body and a creamy richness to the flavors.

D: Very drinkable and refreshing. A beer that doesn't weigh you down, but satisfies.

My only gripe with this beer is that I would have preferred a more tart style saison, but for teh style this was excellent.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to portia99 for this one.

Poured a capped 750 into my over sized Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Holy crap is this a foamer. This beer gushed out of the bottle, right onto my floor. Jeez, I'm glad I didn't let this baby sit for much longer. The brett makes this a bottle bomb in the making. This beer pours a burnt orange with a massive 6 inch tan head that actually grows over the lip of the glass. This beer leaves some serious lacing as it recedes. The aroma is a mixture of funk, spice, and lemon rind. White pepper, damp hay, brown sugar, with just a bit of barnyard funk. The flavor is awesome. The base saison is just a wee bit sweet for me but the funk really comes through. Wet grass, must, with just a bit of Belgian yeast spiciness. The rye really comes out in the flavor profile. Big pepper notes accentuated by the yeast are amazing. My biggest problem is there is quite a bit of lingering sweetness on the tail of the flavor profile. I rather like my saison's just a bit dryer. This is a great beer. I'm rather glad I got to try this one again.

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

A: Poured a bright golden-orange with a rapidly elevating foamy cream colored mushroom head that bulged upward from the center breaching the glass rim showing its presence of the infectious brettamyoces. Retention was extraordinary having to wait several minutes to continue the pour as the head occupied the greater proportion of the contents. Upon its slow demise, sticky finger trails laced the sides of the glass while a feverishly strong visible carbonation showered upward. There was a great deal of turbidity creating a thick haze.

S: The nose yielded only light traces of musky orange skins along with fresh green shrubbery for hopping. Overall light and clean, though wished it packed more of a punch in regards to funk.

T: The flavor delivered musky damp oranges that was well suited per style. Funky and tart with a brisk carbonation bringing out the bittering citrus hopping. There was a smooth bitterness of lemon flowers and some dry hay notes, im guessing contributed from the rye bringing a dryness to the palate. The finish finds an increasing bitterness of citrus flowers that lingered on well after the swallow. Overall was smooth, tart and funky in nature with a brisk acidic and carbonation nature that suited this beer just fine.

M: lively, dancing on the tongue from the abundance of carbonation. Edgy feel with a medium-full consistency it tingled the mouth and senses making this a good affair.

D: Good drinkability and good regards per style. Smooth, tart and funky. Labeled as a changing of seasons saison I picture this more suited for the cooler fall type drink rather a summer quencher.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an awesome beer.

A- Pours a hazy, Golden liquid with a thin 1 finger head head of small bubbles. Maintains a minimal head and laces the glass well. Looks good.

S- Its has a funky wet horse blanket aroma, slignt astringency with sweet notes akin to wheat. That means this is going to be good.

T- Wonderful. It begins with a funky acid tastes then finished with a wheaty Banana and clove finish. Touches or yeasty bread. Again Wonderful.

M: Its all carbonation up front, then the acidity comes across the pallet. It starts to finish wet with the flavors coming through but then as it lingers on it gets dryer and dryer.

O- This is an amazing beer. I had no idea what to expect just saw the bottle and went with it. Its an amazing sasion beer. I think the best I've had from an American brewery. Let alone ever tried. Amazing beer. This is the new go to for subtil funkeyness.

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Photo of umandd
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mil bottle into a tulip grimbergen glass. This was one of the best saison's i've tried. I actually preferred it to the Southhampton Saison Deluxe. I found it to have the requisite funkiness that a Saison should have.I paired it with a Humboldt Fog half cow/half sheep soft chesse. The two worked very well together.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from one of the Sacramento Bevmos, served at 55C. Pours a golden and cloudy body with an inch and a half white rocky head. Sticky lacing. Light breaks through the body and shines out in a magical and inviting manner. Very pleasing look. Smells like leather and pepper ground up and mixed in with some light malt syrup, along with some spicy German hops and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is an earthy, spicy malt with some green grass and lemon hop notes and a growing dry alcohol on the finish. Vague herbiness. Very smooth and easy to drink. A very, very good saison from a U.S. brewery (excuse me, bruery).

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up last fall and it has been sitting in my "cellar" for the past 8 months or so.

A - Hazy golden brown with a fizzy off-white head. Had is about three fingers with remarkable retention. Solid sheet of lace left on the glass.

S - Tart fruity aroma. A little spice mixed in with lemon zest and a hint of orange. As the beer warms a more sour and funky aroma comes through.

T - Surprisingly sweet initially with a quick tartness that comes in. The tartness is balanced very well by a sharp spiciness. As the beer warms a more earthy backing comes through with a light chalkiness. Lots of lemon, white pepper and a hint of something floral. The tastes are really all over the place but they come together remarkable well.

M/D - Crisp, medium bodied beer with very high carbonation. Very refreshing and easy drinking.

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

750ml bottle, tragically priced at $25 at birreria paradiso. but what the hey

cell phone notes

appearance: poured into a nice tulip, active carbonation produces a fluffy white pillow. straw-golden body - very nice

smell: very fresh yeast blast, moderate sourness evident

taste: spicy rye, fresh yeast, active brett. this saison was the perfect storm of flavor - very crisp and refreshing. i would destroy this stuff it was available (and not $25 at a bar)

mouthfeel: crisp, light and refreshing. a blast of yeast and a great subtle sourness

drinkability: high

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Photo of damienblack
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle gushed a bit on me, what a shame. Pours a cloudy golden, almost pear-color golden, lots of carbonation. This one seems to be really heavily carbonated, almost too much so. But it makes for some nice lacing and a great looking beer, so all is well. Smell is the most disappointing aspect here. Not bad per se, just underwhelming. A bit of funk, but not a ton. More typical belgian sweet malt style than anything else. Taste is great, though. Not super funky, not right out of the barnyard, but just a dry, slightly moldy (like an aged cheese), slightly sharp flavour. All the positive aspects of a farmhouse ale, without the terrible bite you sometimes get. The carbonation works in its favor here, with some nice snap behind it. No boozey flavor at all, no soapiness or grossness like you sometimes get. Just great. Patrick Rue hasn't disappointed me yet, and he still has not.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip
A: Pours a golden cloudy orange, amber towards the top. Four finger white head. Impressively sticky lacing. The beer's head never disappears.

S: Lemon zest, funk, spice and light fruity smell reminiscent of green apple

T: Funky and zesty. Tastes a bit spicy. Alcohol taste is present. Bitter hoppy finish.

M: Refreshing, nicely carbonated, slightly dry.

D: Very drinkable.

Definitely a very tasty, interesting and refreshing beer. I'm going to buy it again. A must if you like farmhouse ales or strong belgian pale ales.

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Photo of bum732
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange, nice bubbly head leaving decent lacing. Smells of the earth, soil, some barnyard funk, bark, some clove, picking up some lambic qualities, the brett maybe or perhaps the rye? Tastes of very dry malt, some belgian yeast clove in the background. Very dry finish with a little rye spiciness. Very effervescent mouthfeel, pops in the mouth. Alcohol present.

This is a fantastic beer, definitely a saison but with attitude. I love the funkiness and the overall flavor despite being so dry. Highly recommend and looking forward to trying more of their beers.

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Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A capped 750 mL bottle purchased at TJ's Everyday.

A: The ale is sufficiently carbonated, filling my glass with several fingers of foamy goodness. As the head receded patches of lace were left in its wake. The ale is a hazy amber color, lighter with yellow and brown autumn tones.

S: Funkiness runs amok in the nose, with a dry tartness. Lemony citrus follows, a by-product of the brett that is a tart pleasure. Rye adds a spicy element but the sweet, dry, tart fruitiness rules the day.

T: The rye is especially evident when I allowed the ale to sit in my mouth, bready and spicy with a hot finish. The liveliness of the ale did leave a sharp heat on my tongue. As the saison begins to take over, dry anise and coriander are forward, followed by the funkiness. Saison fruitiness is powerful good, dry and sweet behind the funk. More lemon, apricot, and berry flavors take their turn like a beer gang bang.

M: The rye is an inspired addition, spicing up the front of the sip with a zip. The brett intensifies the saison's gamey flavor.

D: I was expecting 'meh...' and got 'wow!' instead. A complex, heady saison that I really like.

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

Be Aware. This is one of those beers that gushes upon opening; I was expecting this after reading some reviews. Have your glass handy in case it happens for you.

A-Pours out a hazy, honey/orange with a large, fluffy white head that falls slowly to a cover while leaving a good amount of splotchy lacing.
S-The smell is spicy and a bit fruity with light brett. A nice, clean, crisp smell.
T-The taste is what's happening here. There is the initial spicy pepper & tart, sour fruit (apple), then there is the brett/funk finishes off a delightful, complex mixture.
M-Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated, dry and pretty smooth.
D-Drinkability (is there alcohol in this? wait... now I'm feeling it.) is very good and it goes very nicely with a good French Brie.

This is one beer that I enjoyed more on the cooler side. As it warmed it became less interesting. Patrick has made an enjoyable Saison here.

After pouring the first (1/2-8oz) glass, I later looked over to where the bottle was sitting on the floor and noticed that it had continued to froth up and out of the bottle. My cat expressed a mild interest in licking at it, good for her.

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Saison Rue from The Bruery
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