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Saison Rue | The Bruery

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BA SCORE
4.11/5
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1,803 Ratings
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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:
#1,959
Reviews:
572
Ratings:
1,803
pDev:
10.22%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
348
Trade:
11
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Photo of kbgratz
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dar482
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 2014 Vintage. The beer comes forward with fruity notes of pear, hints of citrus, onto peppery spice as the beer is covered by a spicy rye, sweet biscuity malt, hints of floral. Despite the maltiness, the beer dries out on the finish with hints of alcohol coming through.

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Photo of cp45
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of IPAbastard760
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of stompilator
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of ivehadthatbrew
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look (4.25): A pretty amber or light tannish brown color that is unfiltered. An white eggshell colored head that's about two inches thick. The bubbles seem to love clinging to the side of my glass with no desire to let go.

Smell (4): A pleasent dark cherry smell laced with freshly baked biscuits. I'm pretty sure the malts and the rye from this guy are helping give off amazing aromas.

Taste (4.5): Absolutely amazing. Starts off with dark malted caramel fruit flavors. Like caramel raisons or cherries. You can get bready and malty flavors in there. The spice from the rye comes into play, like cinnamon almost.

Mouthfeel (3.75): This guy starts out very sweet, but have a very dry ending that reminds my palate of a champagne, except with some extremely yeasty malted flavors. Not the best part of this brew.

Overall (4.25): This is one of the best saison beers I've had in a long while. I'm very interesTed in buying one or two more to see how they age! =)

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Photo of joshleo
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was expecting more from this saison. Maybe it was this bottle, but I thought it tasted a bit metallic. It had a little funk but wasn't as refreshing and complex as some other said ins that I have had. I would buy it again if it was on sale. Maybe I should have aged it for a couple years

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Photo of mjwellman
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Haybeerman
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNPIII127
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of retry4z
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Flanders-style. Just a tad tart.

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

Photo of ckornmannn
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle into a tulip: beautiful golden color. Only very slightly hazy. Lacy head of foam. Very aromatic, mostly herbal, coriander, and yeasty. Very complex wonderful taste. Belgian style yeast abounds. Malt and hops very well balanced. A tiny bit sour. Very effervescent and dry feel. I would never have guessed the ABV on this beer without reading the label. This is an amazing beer; right there with the best Belgian beers.

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

Photo of SveNss0N
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little bit of red, yellow, gold, light brown into this one, substantial head over an inch. Aroma was tons of yeast, super dry, a little bit of musty dark fruit.

Very carbonated, lighter than you would think, dry, lots of caramel, rye, some spice rack but not overdone. Hides the huge alcohol for style pretty well. Definitely a well made beer.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Time for something good from the cellar... from a 750 ml bottle dated 1/3/14 -- so just about 2 years old -- into a tulip. Considering it is unfiltered, it is fairly clear, light reddish amber, some continuous bubbles, and an amazing 3 finger head with superb retention and great lacing. Nose is a lot of malty and estery sweetness, with a hint of rye (though not as much as I wish) and a hint of kind of cherry plummy leather...fairly smooth and not super complex, but nice enough. Taste follows the nose on the whole, maybe a bit more herbal and some bubble gum at the very end that I don't pick up in the nose at all. This is nice and earthy, actually, but I'm not getting much spiciness; maybe those dimensions mellow out if you let it sit for 2 years...? I don't get as much funk from the brett as I wish I did -- again, very earthy, and a little vinous with tiny hints of balsamic vinegar balancing some faint mandarin orange citrus and spice notes. Super smooth mouthful, and nice light but still substantial body...dries out well at the end, but no snap or pucker, whatsoever.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Saison Rue from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,803 ratings
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