Saison Rue | The Bruery

1,797 Ratings
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.

Added by DoubleJ on 05-01-2008

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a not very attractive orange with a brownish undertone. It was turbid but the brown color gave it a dirty appearance. When held to the light though it was all orange and golden. Fat white head of foam the fell slowly and left a ring and cap with a layer of bubbles on top. refreshed itself and left great lace.

Nose is rye. Peaches with a faint hint of clove. Earthy and woody. There is some terrific bread with a honey sweetness and no alcohol on the nose. Sweet fat malt that even smells plump. Perfumey with a bit of citrus but nothing well defined and a little pepper. Faint clove.

Taste follows the nose all the way. Mouthfeel is sticky and a bit heavy. The drink is perfumey with the ripe peach and some apricot. It's tangy on the tongue and there's a robust spice character that really adds depth to already rich bread. The pepper is there to tickle at the back of the throat and the clove remains faint.

This was definitely a surprise to look at but it drank deliciously. It had a dry and earthy yeast that took a back seat to all the sweetness of the fruit and malt. There was a faint woody quality that I thought was very pleasant. Bit of alcohol warmth in the drink but nothing too overdone. The rye sour notes were great with the peach and the after taste was dry and malty.

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Photo of joe1510
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


This Bruery saison comes courtesy of Alen out in Cali, thanks! Saison Rue has a sunset orange body that turns deep golden when backlit with enough haziness to keep me from seeing through the liquid. Carbonation rushes to the surface from all over the glass to keep the impressive head in place. I ended up with two fingers of head on the pour and it shows no sign of receding at all, the cap looking like stiff meringue. This is an incredibly impressive head, one of the best I've seen in a long while. The lacing is actually beautiful; it hangs on the glass like morning fog.

The nose is straight up Lemonhead off the bat. Once I get past the vibrant lemon I pull out sugar cookie sweetness as the malt backbone. The rye adds a spicy touch that seems to work very well in this saison. Dusty yeast and a bit of wildflower floral quality are just compliments to the overall aroma. This beer has a lot of depth, there's not a great deal of different aromas but each singular one has several nuances. I could smell this beer all day long.

Wow! The flavor takes a side step to the aroma but is equally impressive. The brett used in this beer has put off an incredibly vivid wildflower character while the rye adds some needed spiciness and they both play off each other beautifully. It tastes like coriander is added but I don't see anywhere on the bottle that notes this. The lemon comes through on the finish in a less intense manner than in the nose. Mushy green apple makes a short appearance but there's not much to be found. The brett adds a dusty character to the entire flavor that I'm hugely fond of and there's a grassy hop bite on the swallow.

The body stands up to the lofty standards set by the rest of this saison. The carbonation is lively but soft and makes the 8.5% body leans to the lighter side of moderate. It's nearly hits airy on the swallow and has a tongue sapping dryness with enough bitterness to feel after each drying sip. There's not a whisper of alcohol.

The drinkability is up there on this unique saison. There are plenty of bold flavors but the airy carbonation and lighter body when combined with the thirst quenching qualities make this a dream to put away.

Saison Rue may have just taken the top spot as my favorite American brewed saison, which is a feat in and of itself. I'm blown away by how good this beer is and, more importantly, how the rye works with the brett. I would be sitting on cases of this beer if it were available locally, it's that good. Thanks for the bottle Alen, I'll be searching out more soon without a doubt!

Reviewed: 5/18/09

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Saison Rue from The Bruery
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,797 ratings.
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