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Saison Rue | The Bruery

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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
Ranking:
#1,941
Reviews:
571
Ratings:
1,801
pDev:
10.22%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
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228
Gots:
348
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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

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

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

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4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great take on a saison - pours a nice light copper with lively carbonation, smells of that perfect saison spiciness and funk, taste opens with a light taste of pears and white pepper, then moves into heavier flavors with the rye coming in to literally coat the palate. Finishes a little dry and with a slight bitter bite that matches nicely. Mouthfeel is good for the style with great carbonation to keep things moving. Overall a solid win from the Bruery.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New label from the previous two times I've Had this. But don't judge by its label as this is still the same thoughtfully crafted brew. (Only I know more now... and can review it better.)

Wondrous Looks, billowing, amber, lush... and persistent. A tough act to follow, Smells are malty and some peppery peeping through... but less memorable. Tastes are mostly malt, but hold together despite being pulled by the pepper and Brett (and I am no fan of either) ..... So, it must be that Belgian yeast magic at work. Feel is full and smooth despite more bubbles than I prefer.

My Big Test of a saison is how it goes with food. For this meal, I had three different pizza slices: one rich, one salty, one spicy. Saison Rue went well with all. It is a masterful saison.

Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", it is reviewed by Randy Mosher (you know, the Midwest's Dean of Brewing.) He makes three points: an early American inspiration of Dupont's New Year saison; that the addition of American rye gives spiciness and smoothness; that the Brett has worked its course at six months. IMHO, Saison Rue would make the list of the "101 Beers To Have Again and Again... and Again." Who wants to write that book with me ?

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

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3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Saison Rue from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,801 ratings
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