Saison Rue | The Bruery

1,796 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: 1,796 |  Reviews: 568
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 ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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 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 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 JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -27%

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 AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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 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 jgunther71
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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 Lare453
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of dvmin98
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not the biggest saison fan but was given this as an extra. Decent

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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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Saison Rue from The Bruery
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,796 ratings.
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