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 TheJollyHop
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Style: Yeast, must, citrus, tangerine, and spice. Pours a highly carbonated and long lasting three finger mousse-like head on top of an amber body. Lace literally blankets the glass. Light cloud, with a steady stream of bubbles. Black pepper and herbal hop scents. Fragrant fruity sweet (pineapple in syrup, melons) taste that gives way to a supple peppery yeast middle, ending earthy, fruity, and sweet-yet-dry from the addition of malted rye. Alcohol heat at the swallow, not masked, but rather aggressive.Light to medium body.

Opinion: Taste is a bit too sweet. A slightly drier finish would have been preferred. Finish is a tad phenolic (band-aid). Alcohol heat is a bit too strong. As beer warms dryness improves. Interesting, but ultimately a decent-to-good Saison.

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Photo of tony223366
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 7, 2011.

A: Beautiful golden amber color. Cloudy but not extremely so. Big fluffy head. Very pale/white. Huge 2 fingers at first but decreased to about 1. Good retention from there.

S: Funky horse blanket and fruity nose. Lots of clove. Dark fruits.

T: So malty, deep and rich caramel. Then the Brett hits hard. Tons of herbsl. I really enjoyed the dryness of the finish and the heat from the alcohol. Dark fruits and funk.

M: Very smooth with a nice carbonation bite.

O: Very complex and very different than Saison Dupont. I really enjoyed it though and wish I could taste this, Dupont and Hennepin side by side.

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Photo of JimKal
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass it forms a generous head that leaves some nice lacing as it dissipates. The color is a nice red gold. The taste has a hint of spice from the rye with a slight Saison funk. Very nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a pint glass. Cloudy yellow-orange. Big head, though not super thick, and settles down quickly with minimal lacing.

S - light malts, rye, brett yeast (though not especially funky -- just peppery), sour apple, lemon zest

T - everything from the smell is bathed in pleasant sweetness with a decent alky bite/kick and a crisp, slightly sour finish

M - lighter body than I'd expect in a strong ale, not too carbonated, but still has enough chewy/oily texture to keep things interesting

D - pretty good despite the easily noticed ABV and rather one-sided sweetness

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Photo of nilesschmidt
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served in a flight, had the 12, and 13 on tap at the bruery,

a - this is the only downside of this beer in my opinion, it did not stand out among the others in the flight we had, however this is where the similarities end, its looks are deceiving that is for sure

s - oh wow, great nose, pungent off the bat, interesting to notice the appearance between the 12 and 13 is very minimal, however the nose of the 13 stands out much more pungent and slightly stronger smell than the 12; with this in mind they both smell fantastic, maybe the 13 slightly better than the 12

t - this may be one of my favorite tasting sours i have had to date. as noted in my other reviews, i am fairly new to sours, however, this is the best sour I have had the privileged to taste. There is so much going on in there it is just an awesome experience to try to pick apart the fruits from the yeast from the different funks going on. Starts off very sour, smooths out as the initial funk dies down, then his you with a great, refreshing, after taste. truely a great tasting beer. The 13 is very similar but slighly more aggressive in the sour notes, a little more "twang" as my friends would say.

m - no complaints here, perhaps a little too much foam that does not stand up to the carbonation in the beer,

o - my favorite sour that doest start with cantillon

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

Drank this from my cigar city snifter.

A- pours cloudy goldish orange in color. A huge 4 finger fluffy off white head. Solid retention and nice lacing.

A- smells very funky. There is a lot going on here. I get a clove spice up front. There are grapes and a slight hint of bananna present. There are also hints of light citrus, mainly lemon.

T- interesting. The first thing I notice is the spice of the rye, followed by white grapes and granny smith apples. The brett isn't as dominate. There is a light lemon taste that I also picked up on in the nose. Def has some funk to it though. There is a earthy taste to this brew. I really enjoyed it.

M- medium bodied with a very high level of carbonation. There is definitely a lingering aftertaste.

D- very nice! I had no problem killing this 750.

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

750mL bottle purchased at Vendome Fullerton. A Belgian-style Saison brewed with rye and Brettanomyces.

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, this beer pours a slightly hazy honey-gold color with a thick white head that settles to a thin layer, leaving a few sheets of lacing.

S- A sweet smell of over-ripe fruits combined with notes of Bretty yeast. Very musty with lots spiciness from pepper, and clove. The alcohol becomes slightly noticeable as the beer warms.

T- The flavor is fairly sweet at first, but the sweetness quickly breaks away to a bitterness that is more metallic than hoppy, which I assume can be attributed to the rye. Flavors of fruit mingle with the lingering bitterness on the finish which also boasts some nice alcohol warmth.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with light carbonation.

D- The presence of the rye seems just a bit out of place for a Belgian-style Saison, which, combined with the rather hefty 8.5% ABV, detracts from the drinkability a little. I appreciate the concept of putting a spin on a popular style though and this beer really hits its stride as it approaches room temperature.

An interesting interpretation of the style. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

first ever beer from the bruery out of a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass

A: okay, looks like a saison, a little bit of a warmer hue, almost cozy, pour with more vigor than usual to get a more prominent head with decent retention
S: pleasant, unremarkable though, again warm, funky but not overly so
T: not bad, again unremarkable, I enjoy the funk but feel as though everything is a little underpronounced, I know it doesn't have to be big or bold but theres nothing here that feels more present than anything else, the funk rests at about the same intensity as the graininess, not overly alcoholic or astringent, pleasant
M: clean but not sharp, very median level balance, not creamy or oily not alcoholic either
O:not bad, there are certainly better saisons out there but you could do a hell of a lot worse

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Photo of bonbright7
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this at Bellport Beer where it was listed as a new selection. Thinking of how much I liked the great saisons of Europe, the initial press on this one piqued my interest. The first look at this deep copper/orange ale sparked my interest as the aroma was also inviting. The first taste reminded me of a winding and twisting road that just kept flowing as I drove my old TR7 on it. Heavy with coriander and pepper nuances, every taste came back with something interesting to think of.

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

Poured from a 750 into a goblet.

A. Pale amber, clear and with an off-white. The head isn't huge, a plus in my opinion, but it has good retention and leaves plenty of lace behind.

S. A good dose of funk straight off followed by some tropical fruits and a lot of sugary sweetness.

T. A very unusual and complex saison. Plenty of sweetness up front and in the finish with more funk in between the two. It really is a very sweet saison but retains a nice dry finish. It's got some citrusy tartness to it, along with hints of mango and bananas. There's a lot going on here.

M. Nice light to medium mouthfeel with a smooth carbonation.

O. Definitely not one for everyday drinking, but very nice indeed. I really want to pair this with some food. Next time.

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

A: Pale golden with a huge frothy white head that sticks around well.

S: Yeasty, bready, a bit of fruit.

T/M: Belgian yeasts, some light fruity notes, very dry and crisp. Some spices and herbs in the aftertaste

O: This is a really nice example of this Belgian style, very rustic and earthy. It's nicely complex.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle/ no freshness date

P: Fills the glass with a clear, light brown-tinged golden liquid that shines in the light. The 2 finger-high, tooth-white head is more than impressive! It's thick and frothy with a rocky texture as it sinks. Retention? It just won't go away! Seriously, 15 minutes later and it's still standing as strong as ever. I think if I left it undisturbed it would last for hours. Appearance deserves a 5 just for that!

A: Citrus fruits, bready rye malt, and a sizeable Brett funk that smells like clean barnyard (if that makes any sense).

T: Tart citric fruits upfront that feature a tight, sharp twang to them. That signature rye spiciness is low key with the malty sweetness that brings balance to the equation. May be some sublte earthy/floral hops underneath in there as well. But the Brett REALLY makes this beer for me. It's not overly funky, but it offers a nice, sour barnyard jolt that is perfectly executed. I loved it!

M: Saison Rue is a medium-bodied brew with an expansive carbonation that blossoms into a lush, almost creamy feel on the tongue. This goes a long way in giving it its smoothness.

Notes: I absolutely love the rye spiciness that this one brings to the table. A nice little twist that I find rather enjoyable. I can't decide if the Saison De Lente is better, but this one's more funky for sure. Too close to call, both are excellent beers! Highly recommended

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Photo of Lolli1315
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A golden orange color that is fairly hazy. A large billowing rocky white head that holds on for quite some time. Lacing can also be seen sticking to the sides of the glass quite visibly.

S- Citrus fruit esters quit apparent in the beginning of the smell, in particular that of oranges and lemons. Some small amount of peppery character, but much more of a bready characteristic imparted by the yeast. A slightly floral hop character as well as the beer finishes with a slight sour/funky character, but not overpowering.

T- Fruity esters follow the lead of the aroma becoming the beginning vocal point of the beer. Oranges are the most notable of the fruit esters with the traces of lemon that were noticeable in the nose seems to be missing. Some spicy character compliments the fruit esters and begins to pick up towards the middle of the beer. Malt background is moderate low, but provides a supporting role to the yeast character with a yeasty/bready character that follows into the finish of the beer. Some brett/sour in the end of the beer as well, but not incredibly noticeable.

M- Medium body with a high carbonation. Well attenuated dry finish, but I think it could do with being a bit dryer.

D- Altogether a pretty good saison. That being said, I would choose the Saison de Lente pretty quickly over this one. That shouldn't stop you from trying this one though.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first Bruery beer I tried, and now I am finally getting around to reviewing it.

Pours some LARGE white foamy head atop a murky golden body. The head takes some time to die down, reemerges quickly upon agitation, wih the legs thick and sexy as I tilt the glass.

Aromas of earthy, spicy goodness like only a quality farmhouse ale exhibits. Interesting, I think I smell some popcorn or something slightly buttery. Very nice.

Flavors include deep, meaty rye with a light funkiness from the Brett combined with that quality Saison spiciness. Everything balances out perfectly, even though I am not always the biggest fan of rye-induced beers. This and Rugrod (both from the Bruery) are the two notable exceptions.

Mouthfeel is light and tingly from the carbonation. Becomes a little thin as it warms.

Overall, I love the Rue. It's the Bruery's original flagship beer and for good reason: its innovative take on a Saison adds new flavors while tilting its hat to the things we love about the style. Pretty much perfect.

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Photo of sevopie
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a muddy golden color with a massive off-white head that takes forever to die. As should be expected, the lacing is thick and clumpy. Truth be told, a fair amount of the head was still on the glass by the time I finished the first bit I poured.

Smell is a flowery mix of spices and fruits, running the gamut from orange and lemon to raisins and apples. A hint of the brettanomyces is present on the end of it all.

The flavor takes a bit of a turn from the smells, as the sour ramps it up a bit while also adding in a bit of a strange breadiness. The fruits are still present, but its more constrained to orange and apricot at this point. Quite a number of spices seem to shine through the sour aspect. Finishes with a bit of a caramel sweetness.

Light, but oily on the tongue with a load of carbonation.

This is a difficult one to judge drinkability on, simply because the style is not one I frequent often. I only have sporadic interest in saisons, but usually enjoy them a lot when the urge strikes. This is one of those cases, as this is certainly a strong example. However, this is not a beer I would drink all that often, for the aforementioned reasons. If looking for a saison in the future, this one will now be in consideration every time.

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

From notes - 5/31/10.

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with one finger of head that lingers.

S: Funky, tart bananas, lemons, and oranges. There's some type of berry her I can't put my finger on - maybe raspberry? Also some spice in the nose.

T: Dry, crisp, and tart. Not as sweet and fruity as the nose lets on. Nice funky, earthy tastes. Light lemon zest. Also some orange flavors on the front of every sip. Really nice take on a Saison.

M: High carbonation. Medium to light body. Nice lingering funk from the Brett. Rye also adds a nice addition to the body.

D: Nice refreshing Saison. Light in the feel but big on the flavor. Couldn't have too many with the carbonation and Brett though.

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Photo of Sam21
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I purchased this for $12.99 and it had the original plain golden cap, so I assume that this bottle is around a year and a half old at the most. Capped champagne bottle into tulip.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Thick rocky white head. Great lacing and retention. Great looking beer.

Smell - Strong brett funk up front with a mixture of light citrus zest, green apples, spice, malt sweetness and some earth. Alcohol in the back, but well integrated. Spicy.

Taste - Strong funk, phenols, and snappy citrus zest lead into an earthy/herbal and extremely spicy and dry finish. The spice and earthiness of the rye melts together with the phenols giving this beer some bite. Some alcohol is noticeable, but again, well integrated into the flavors. Way too spicy and yeast driven, but the bottle does have a bit of age on it, so that is to be expected. Everything feels a bit raw and messy.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation and medium bodied. Feels light and goes down with tingling carbonation across the tongue.

Drinkability - I have had this before when it is a bit more fresh and enjoyed it. The yeast really took over the balancing citrus notes and it became overly spicy with too much bite. While not undrinkable or bad, I found it too be a little overwhelming. One bottle is more than enough.

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Photo of fields336
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a hazy light straw/golden beer with a fluffy off white pillowy head, dissipates slowly. tons of carbonation in this one. the head hangs around.

S; the brett hits you as soon as your open it, a sour, tart, lemon, funky, barnyard, earthy, funky herbal, lemongrass, sweet, spicy combination of flavors. smells amazing

T: a sweet and funky taste hits you upfront. there is a slight herbal and honey note and the barnyard funkiness plays into it. not much rye, but this might be an old bottle. tart, lemon, earthy components also there

M: tons of nice creamy mouthfeel, great fizzy champagne-like carbonation, and a medium body

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes on 10/15/10. Received this from zoso1967 and enjoyed it with BuckyFresh.

A: SR pours a beautiful cloudy gold into a snifter. A pillowy, pure white head rests at about one and a half fingers. The lacing is clumpy and forms in thick large chunks. The head retention is good.

S: Huge whiffs of lemon and peppery spiciness fill my nostrils. Large Belgian yeasts are very present. The overwhelming impression of the smell is that of a fresh spring morning. A lot of Granny Smith apple crispness emanates from the beer, as well.

T: This is a very springy and fresh taste. A lovely peppery spice complements a lemon, banana, and Granny Smith apple fruitiness. The malts and spicy hops are very upfront in the taste, which is somewhat of a departure from a typical Saison, but it is a quality that I really like. The lingering hop bitterness is earthy and chewy.

M: Very drying and fresh. A sparkly medium bodied effervescence leads to a puckering hop finish that cleans off the palate well.

D: This beer is very nice for the style and I could enjoy it for a long time. I will look for this one again, for sure.

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

poured from a 750ml bottle into my large snifter glass.

A-pale coppery yellow color with a HUGE head, 4 finger maybe more.

S-grass, lemon and a slight metallic smell probably from the brett not completly doing its thing yet.

T-light malt flavors with some grassiness. very slightly tart to the lemon side and finishes metallic.

M-light clean and crisp. very nice. DOES NOT SEEM LIKE A 8.5%!! BE WARNED!! Goes down very easily.

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Photo of NoLiberty
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great appearance. Pours a cloudy golden peach color. Huge white, chunky head that settles into a consistent cap with spotty lacing.

Very nice aroma and especially so as it warms. Grape, vinous with slight alcohol warmth, peppery spice and some underlying honey sweetness. Quite good.

The taste is a bit hot and sweet. As it warms it definitely loses drinkability. Overall spiciness of pepper and overly strong cardamum. The middle has sweet honey and slight hop bitterness. Finishes fairly wet with overly sweet lingering flavors.

The body is a little heavy for my liking, more on the medium bodied side. Carbonation is soft and very present. The overall drinkability of this beer is OK, but not as high as would be liked for this style. Strong on the sweet side.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle in a snifter. Hazy amber color. Smell is honey-sweet. Taste is of caramel, fig jam, molasses, light maple syrup. More depth than a typical "saison," but not terribly complex. Mouthfeel is smooth, easier drinking than than the ABV would suggest.

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

Saison Rue is my first offering from the Bruery and immediately I'm a little pissed off as my carpet gets to taste the beer before I do. Giant carbonation that yields an explosive beer.

A: Gigantic head, 1 meter? high, no but it fits to the top of the Duvel glass. The color is a beautiful pale orange that becomes even more inviting with the rush of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. The body is somewhat murkey as the yeast's sediment is casually floating around. Very good head retention and full on lace.

S: Yeast is predominate, spicy, earthy, dried grass/hay, apple, and a bit of orange although the color might have led me to pull that one out.

T: The nose didn't lead me to it, but this beer has a large sweet component that I'm not used to in Saison. Up front the beer is spicy and grainy. A ginger coated green apple that meets a slow wave of dryness. The finish is funky, a tart lemon citrus note. I typically shy away from a huge brett/sour component, but it works in this beer.

M: Big carbonation (evident by the saison rue carpet) that is sharp on the tongue. The body is however very very creamy and makes you expand your cheeks to allow for it's fluffiness. and the head of the beer has a nice, soft, and frothy head.

D: I think I'm receiving this beer better than most, a lot of depth in its flavors especially enjoyable after the way of spice, around 3/4th of the way through until the beautifully tart finish.

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Photo of abfraser
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml picked up at CBS in SF

A: Poured a rich orange/amber. Small head, a bit of lacing

S: Lemony citrus, sweet malt

T: A yeasty, malty backbone with a little funk. Prominent hops. But it's oddly sweet. More like a Tripel. It seemed to work at first but halfway through the glass I was reconsidering

M: I must have let all the carbonation out inadvertently. There was very little to none and it had a slightly flat mouthfeel

D: Good drinking beer

Overall an above average brew. I appreciate the interpretation, but it's not as refreshing as most saisons, which I attribute to the sweetness. Worth trying for sure, though.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw/gold color with massive, puffy head that lasts forever and leaves substantial lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very complex, tart, bright fruits, funk, bready malts and mild spice.

Taste is smooth, bready malts, spicy rye, fruity esters, some funky brett character and a mild tartness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation and a wonderful smooth feeling.

Overall this beer goes down way too easy and is very complex, fairly dry and just plain lovable.

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Saison Rue from The Bruery
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,791 ratings.
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