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 billab914
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured amber orange in color with a big, fluffy white head filling the top two inches of the glass. Very nice head retention and lacing as I drank it. Very nice looking beer overall.

The aroma has some zesty, lemon citrus to it as well as some herbal, coriander and peppercorn flavors. The rye gives it a nice bready, somewhat spicy flavor. I get just a bit of the earthy brett coming through as well. Pretty flavorful and appealing aroma overall.

The taste shows more of the citrusy, lemon flavors up front while more of the bready rye and earthy brett coming through in the finish. I get some herbal citrus coming through in the finish as well. I really like the rye and brett coming out in it and it mixes well with the herbal, citrusy flavors as well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side for the style and carbonation is moderate. overall it was a very flavorful beer, and everything came together in it pretty well. I liked the Brett and rye a lot, but the herbal flavors were just a little too potent for me personally. Very drinkable and enjoyable beer, but a little short of some of the top beers of the style.

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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 mdfb79
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 6/12/10 notes.

a - Pours an amber color with 1 finger of white head and nice lacing.

s - Smells of fruit, spice, and a little bit of funk.

t - Taste is light fruit, citrus, spices, and a hint of funk.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - An ok saison. A nice smell but the taste was a litt lacking and it was too carbonated. Probably would not have again.

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

Bottle hand written with gray sharpie by Patrick Rue. Shared by Darrell. Thanks man!

The beer is a very hazy yellow hue with a massive head that has excellent retention and leaves ample lacing on the glass. There is a copious amount of sediment floating aimlessly about. The aroma is of Belgian yeast, floral scents, malts, yeast, spices, oranges. The beer is quite flavorful and bold. It's definitely a solid beer and a good example of the style. Recommended.

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Photo of stakem
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing a bottle ive had tucked away for 5 years in my cellar. 750ml poured into a matching bruery snifter. The cap comes off and its a slow gusher. 4 fingers white froth rests atop a hazy copper brew. A constant stream of bubbles maintains a finger of froth across the top and as the cap fades, it leaves a full wall of lacing.

The nose is very citrusy like zest with some pith and fruity qualities before an earthen barnyard brett character emerges. Mild chessiness is also present as it warms.

The taste has quite a strong fruit and citrus quality with faint dry grain flavor. Pear, apple, clove and bubblegum with a hint of brett and warming alcohol and slight earthen bitterness.

This is light bodied and effervescent with carbonation. A very nice saison thats not only worth seeking out but also stockpiling/aging. I was very impressed with how this has aged, well done Bruery, nice to know you can crush classic styles (or use to?) without having to get crazy with adjuncts.

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

Pours a golden amber hue with a bright white head forms fine speckld lacing evenly around my tulip glass. Aroma has citrus spices and funy barnyard tones going on, I like me some brett infused saisons. Very aromatic comparable to the Drew Estate line of infused cigars. A nice melange of fruitiness going on with spicy bitter herbal hop edges, with spiced up tea/tobacco leaf complexity. Barnyard brett infused funk going on as well with a nice tropical fruit finish pineapple/mango. Mouthfeel is nice and dry at times/slightly bitter with spices and brett residuals on the palate but manages to finish slightly alcoholic and with a clean sweetness. Medium bodied sturdy effervescent carbonation carries the beer really nicely. Drinkability is a nice complex night cap that I need to get more of to get a better feel for it, I enjoyed it and will definitely not pass on the next Bruery selection I come across.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Apricot orange with a shade of brown. Frothy white head holds up well. Ok lace.

S – Lemon citrus. Touch of sourness. Honey. Very nice raspberry note. Great nose overall, but could use just a shade more intensity.

T – Green grass, with a bitter/tart Curacao backbone. Lemon and agave nectar with a light black pepper spice a moment later. Great balance with a soft and well integrated complexity.

M – Smooth and well carbonated. Medium body. Peppery/sweet finish.

O – Delicious, restrained, complex and well balanced.

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Photo of tdm168
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - orangish with a big, white head that has great retention

S - spicy, peppery, funky

T - spices, fruity, citrus, funky, pineapple

M - smooth, medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice saison though the flavor was a bit lighter than I had expected or would have preferred. It was still a solid beer that I enjoyed. I'm not sure I'd seek it out again, but I'm glad I had it once.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A dark opaque somewhat muddy brown and red bronze colored body, with some nice rising faint white carbonation. Head is creamy white and frothy, with three fingers deep and a real creamy settling one finger collar puck while settling.

Nose is interesting. Small hint of fruit sensing musty grape, and a nice little bit of toasty caramel, and maple like sugar. Quite an interesting nose for a saison, but missing some of the farm funky stench and yeasty rank character. But otherwise very unique and enjoyable.

Palate hits with a real creamy mouthfeel. Hints of mellow cream and dairy softness on the palate. A sharp hint of pepper brett but it is quickly subdued by a nice thick caramel sweetness. Surprisingly doesn't taste rye spicy or fruity. A hint of playful soda carbonation but very downplayed which is nice and not taking away from the solid large body of the beer.

Overall, not what I expect in this style, but this is a very well crafted and unique tasting beer that is quite memorable.

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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 feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazed, dull orange, muddied apricot...slimmed creamy-toned head. Looks nice.

Aroma: big spice, some sour, some funk...a little citrus, under the spice.

Taste: more fruit, pulpy, even, really pungent, and exceedingly tasty, well measured with clove, cinnamon, cardamom...maybe others,. Beautiful mix of bright fruit and hot spice. Feels lovely in the mouth.
A saison full of farmhouse character. I would not guess unless told that this was not brewed in Belgium.
I'm drinking this while eating cheese and crackers, but I bet his would go wonderfully with many other, better foods. Most excellent, well worth the $13 I paid, if only to finally know, with my first taste, that The Bruery is the real deal.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle purchased at WFM Bowery in NYC, for just under $10. No freshness/vintage info. Pours cloudy darker peach under a wildly large and growing off white head. Slowly calms down to a frothy coating and leaves gobs of sticky stickage. Spiced up nose full of coriander, coconut, tropical life savers and pepper. Highly carbonated and that's becoming a hindrance to fully enjoying this one. Notes of pepper, soft ripe fruits and a hint of funk and yeastyness. More lifesaver, some alcohol heat peaking its head in every once in a while. A decent underbelly of peppery, soapy, lemon/lime and coriander notes. A lot going on here, this one really struggled to come together for me like the better examples of the style. I'd like to try a bottle that had been aged for a year or so.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

08/12/08- Generously shared with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Did not look for freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Mammouth sized large bubble head. Could not fit an entire bottle into two Duvel glasses. Had to pour the rest of the 6oz after the foam died down...which took a while. Leaves generous chunks of lace behind for a nice appearance. Mildly clouded appearance as well.

Smell- Smells quite sweet with corriander, white pepper and light citrus notes.

Taste- Foam tastes a bit metallic, but the beer itself is fine. Strong alcohol taste noted with a bit too much sweetness. White pepper comes in strong with a bit of citrus twang. Odd pine hoppy flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Quite heavily carbonated. Mild hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- A bit too sweet and overcarbonated for me. Otherwise not a bad stab at the style.

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Photo of Duff27
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Short head recedes into a cap. Little lacing. "light colored rust color".

S- Tart! Freshness wafting from my tulip.

T- "Yum spice". Citrusy spice, almost to a fault. Very clean, dry.

M- Overly carbonated. Just right mouthfeel.

D/O- Overall average saison. Some good attributes, some negative. If you got a raise this week, go for it. Thanks PTMcB.

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

Served in a becher glass, best I could do at this particular restaurant. Beer is dark amber and clear until I reach the sediment that according to the bottle I'm suppose to avoid. Whatever.

Carbonation is low but steady. Forms a white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass but not much.

The aroma is slightly lactic but there are some interesting fruit notes in the nose as well.

The beer is definitely sour but its not overpowering. This is seriously a great saison. Medium body and nice carbonation in the mouth. Some sour apple notes in there, a building late lactic character. Its a great saison for sure and a nice sour. Very excited about this beer.

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

poured a hazy orange with golden yellow highlights that had a finger of head and left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. the aroma was of belgian yeast, spice, very light fruitinees, and clove like character in the background. the taste also had the belgian yeast qualities with spice and clove accents but still maintained a touch of sweet fruitiness. the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight funky, fruity, spice, and prickly finish. it drank very good and was a good interpretation of a saison.

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

Appearance: pours a cloudy orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam. No lace develops.

Smell: sour apples, pears, and some barnyard funk is pleasant on the nose.

Taste: mild caramel, pears, apples, pepper, yeast, and some spiciness along with an overall sour tone. Bitterness is nicely balancing here. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, crisp and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is soft and is a bit sour and fruity.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable beer here. The brett sourness is enjoyable and not overwhelming. Nice beer everyone should have.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I"m starting to hate the Bruery, if only for the fact that I want to criticize them and stop buying their beers when there are plenty others on the market. Damn you, brewers of great beer.

so anyway, I'm knocking off 2 tics from the appearance because of the huge damn head and bubbles, and it's a tad darker than expected. A light orange, kinda amber. No biggie, but gotta do it

Pop! Aroma is sharp and carbonated, almost stings, but doesn't. Spicy, coriander, orange zest, some earth tones and bready. Rye adds a nice twist to the malt back bone. A bit boozy

Again a bit boozy, but the flavors dance around very nicely. Coriander, white pepper, rye, orange zest, grapefruit, persimmon, some sharp basil (?).
Nice feel to it, this is like a saison on roids, a lot going on. One glass (ok, bottle) is enough. Darn good

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to tulip.

A - Medium orange. Cloudy. A generous two fingers of thick bright white head.

S - Bready malts, Belgian yeast, spice, cloves, a touch of funk.

T - A big bready malt base with a good amount of sweetness is met with a big Belgian yeast profile, full of yeast esters, cloves and spice. Some lighter orchard fruit notes come through as well with some apple and pear flavours present. A very slight funk is noticeable in the finish and is just enough to add complexity without being distracting. A great flavour profile. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to seaoflament for this brew.

750ml Capped

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy golden orange/yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a huge three-finger creamy/foamy white head, tons of nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with a touch of flowery, corinander. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, with a very nice touch of yeast, there's some funky shit going on as well, and corinander. Full/Medium body, the ABV is hidden very well. Very drinkable, another very nice brew from these guy's. Thanks Carlos for this awesome extra.

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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a peppery, pale and rye malt scent along with a dry farmhouse funk aroma. It has a nice earthy scent. The taste is good. It has a bone dry flavor that goes down slow and warms in the finish. The rye and Brett feed off of one another. It's got quite a spicey/peppery taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This a pretty good beer. There's a lot going on with the aroma and taste. The rye is a nice touch and the Brett comes in at the end to add some excellent "funk" character.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.91/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The second half of my Bruery tasting at Hollingsheads was represented by their Saison. Served in a Chimay chalice, on to the beer:

At first, I couldn't tell what in my glass was beer or soup. Very, too soft of a word...foggy, and caramel colored. The aroma wasn't in your face, but was pleasant with saison characteristcs and some clove.

The clove in the flavor were at least interesting, but this beer was very peppery, minty, overspiced, and without the drying finish of typical Belgians. This is a dirty saison. But the worst part of the beer was the finish, where it left an unpleasant bitterness on the palate for way too long.

The good news is this gets better as it warms and there's some potential here, but the bad news is the spice and bitterness of this beer needs to be cleaned up if it's going to compete with the few saisons I've already sampled.

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Photo of liamt07
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Whole Foods Boery, NYC. 750ml into a few tulips, with Steve, Jason and Jon.

Pours a golden brown, with a soapy white head of 4+ fingers. Some sediment gets into this, even after careful adherence to the directions on the bottle and with the most careful of pours. Some sticky, splotchy lace with great retention. Nose is dry, some citrus, bread, lemongrass in the distance, spice (pepper?). Taste has lemon, light citrus, some alcohol and a bit of ginger perhaps. Some fruit skins and hints to sweetness but never really becomes so. High carbonation but light body. Dry finish and super refreshing, and ideal for the scorcher of an evening it was.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to travita for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a murky, dark yellow color with a white head. The aroma is peppery with some orange and citrus notes. I also get some pineapple. The flavor is about the same with pepper and citrus, along with some nice sweetness and some raspberry thrown in. High carbonation and light mouthfeel.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery : Saison Rue

Appearance: Bright pale golden color with a foamy white creme freshe of head. Unfiltered but more or less clear with a slight haze. Active carbonation rises to the surface vibrantly. Lace engulfs the stemmed tulip glassware.

Smell: Aromatics of creamy malt, chardonnay like brett notes, flowery hops, and faint rye bread.

Taste: Champagne like, but in many ways more refined. Vineous, grapey qualities with a touch of funk. Tip of the tongue tartness plays well with the peppery and spicy notes from the rye. Dry, effervescent, bubbly, lively brew. Tasty stuff. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Light, airy, dry, prickly, crisp and welcome to the palatte.

Overall: A fine brew, as close to a biere de champagne as it is to a saison. The rye spice and brett make for a nice combination, neither is overstated. This has been in my cellar for quite some time, and could be stored indefinately, as this has showed it can hold up very well.

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Saison Rue from The Bruery
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