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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Ratings: 1,797 |  Reviews: 568
Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle served cool into my Watou glass. The cap pries off with a loud hiss.

Saison Rue is a pale golden orange color, slightly hazy, with thick towering head. The head settles slowly leaving thick chunky lace.

Aroma is evident even from a distance. It has great funky or "rustic" tones as the bottle suggests. It's really everything a Saison should be with spice, lemon, and light tropical fruits all coming through.

Flavor is also very well done and, while I'm not sure if this is a fresh bottle or one from last year, the sour aspect from the wild yeast seems perfectly judged. There is a nice black pepper spiciness that is strong enough but does not overwhelm the more subtle fruit and citrus. Herbal flavor manifests itself in an almost minty taste.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with more than ample carbonation. I usually love everything about saisons other than the high carbonation. This is no different.

Overall a very pleasant example of the style. I continue to be impressed with what this young brewery has put out.

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

A - Poured a orangish color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a fruity funky yeasty nose

T - Just like it smells some citrus fruit with some funk and yeast

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - This is a very good Saison one that I could drink more than my fair share of in a sitting this beer is worth tracking down to try

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Photo of beerpadawan
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of T_Hass
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of brez8791
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Devman171
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Elicoleman
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of apasternak
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of taospowder
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Photo of babaracas
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque cloudy tawny brown with billowing white head that slowly fades to a thin clump leaving thick styrofoamish lace. Smell: spicy, lemony, musty, slightly sour, pear, bread dough yeasty. Taste: spicy and citric, rye, peppery, white grape with a little green apple bite. Lively carbonation with a lingering spicy finish. Very tasty.

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Photo of Hallertau
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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

Photo of InfernoBoss
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Inglewood
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of wonothesane42
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy, golden orange with a fluffy off white lingering head, decent lacing.

S- Smell to me is pretty faint but smells good, apples, rye, and biscuit, light brett funk

T- Spicy rye with floral notes up front. Peppery. Slightly boozy, but not unpleasantly so. Slight hop bitterness tasting like citrus and light melon, a little sweet too, but drying and lightly funky on the finish.

M- Smooth creamy texture, good carbonation, slightly dry on the finish.

O- This is a solid beer, and boy is there a lot going on flavor wise, there are many different tastes mixing together, and mixing well. I hope to get another to age and see how these flavors develop together.

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Photo of jampics2
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split with my wife and friends at the Winking Lizard for around $15.99. Carefully poured into a goblet.
The beer starts off with a great appearance. The hue is midway between an amber and copper color. From first glance it becomes clear that this is one of the best looking American saisons – there is huge active carbonation replenishing a fluffy white head. The head is billowing and makes me think of Fantome or Dupont – this beer Looks great!

The nose is interesting but could be more expressive. As it warmed, I was left wishing that more scents would emerge. What I do get is some sweet Belgian malt, white pepper and spicy rye. There’s also a hint of spices – coriander and clove, with just a bit of grassy herbal notes from the hops. The Brett is there but hasn’t lent a ton of wild character. I wonder how this would develop over time – for now, it’s pleasant but could be much more expressive.

The taste bounces back into the 4’s with a profile that could best be summarized as balanced. There’s some graininess at first, then a nice sweetness emerges. The beer gets complex midway through the palate with the spices and rye taking things through to the end, where spicy bitterness lingers. Though it adds a bit of earthy depth, I feel there is not enough character from Brett. There is a slightly fruity undercurrent as well. I’d love to taste an “imperial” version of this, as I feel there are a lot of cool flavors but they balance instead of sharing time in the spotlight. The result is a chorus line of sorts that doesn’t showcase anyone but still entertains my mouth.

Saison Rue has a nice weight to its light to medium body and the carbonation levels come off as creamy. This has a great mouthfeel for a saison with so much going on. Overall, I liked this beer but also felt there was an opportunity for more definition and less general complexity. I’d happily have this again sometime down the line.

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Photo of gregcordle
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of duff247
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of lackenhauser
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very nice, on the darker side of pale golden. Soft white and fluffy head that really clings to the sides of the glass as it goes on down. Very deep and earthy aroma. Great brett smell to it. Mildly woody and ever so slightly spiced. Great malty flavor with a mildly spicy note. Faint black pepper taste. Great "horsey" brett characteristics. Mildly metallic, almost rusty tasting. Green apples going on. Great full body to it-you would think it might need to be a touch thinner to be this quenching. A really great beer all around. Very satisfying and enjoyable. Really a winner.

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