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

750ml bottle poured into a La Choulette twice with some left to spare. Glad to see this Bruery in the philly area.

A- Saison Rue pours a like a standard saison with a bright gold color with hints of yellow and orange. As I got more aggressive wityh the pour I could see sediment coming thropugh so I eased up. A nice sturdy off white creamy head almost breached the glass. 2+ inches of foam, very inviting.

S- This has a nice bold scent of tropical citrus with lemon along with some yeast. Spices such as clove and pepper. Malts and hops and with warming some brett if you focus carefully. One of the better smelling saisons i've had recently.

T- The ripe fruit hits me first with the above mentioned along with alot of banana and coriander. Some floral hops with a bunch of yeast. After the fruit comes the spices with more pepper than clove. I get some of the brett in the aftertaste. Not getting the advertised rye but the other flavors suffice.

M- This saison is medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation felt on the tounge. This goews down nice and easy with a smoothness like no other saison i've had. A dry finish with some brett noted. With all the flavors I did not notice alcohol.

D- I took my time with this one & enjoyed it alot, but next time i'll share my bottle, I promise. These "brett infused" beers take a toll on my stomach after a while but that won't stop me from drinking them. Interested to see what time will do to this.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another gusher, this time I am a bit more careful & I pour a little less into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. It starts out about three fingers in height, but grows to eight fingers thick (including a structural mass that is a full two fingers above the rim of the glass), light tan colored head that easily crests the top of my glass. The head leaves a thick lacing and forms a very varied surface as it slowly subsides. The beer is a hazy amber color that shows an orangish tinge when held up to the light. As I am inspecting the beer I get an aroma that is a mix of spice and grain. Fruit aromatics join in once I actually smell the aroma, this is very earthy smelling as well. Aromas of pear, plums, earthy grain, a rye spiciness, aromas of orange blossom and a rich, whole grain bread character that is quite lush. Spice aromatic notes make me think of clove, ginger, white pepper, earthy coriander and some green, herbal notes that sort of round out the finish. This has a really nice mix of complex aromatic notes; I really like the various fruit, spice and malt driven aromatics found here.

Quite sweet tasting, but it is quite spicy as well with lots of peppery spice and ginger notes that do a good job of tempering the sweetness. Thick and full feeling for a Saison, with a viscousness, both of which I am sure are influenced by the use of Rye. While I hadn't realized it in the aroma (despite noticing citrus), this is actually quite hoppy; citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange zest and pine are noticed just before an ample, biting bitterness dominates the finish with a menthol / pine driven flavor. The hop bitterness is accentuated by the spicy, peppery, phenolic character from the fermentation character. Lots of chewy, rustic grain character provides a mix of earthy, dusty, grain, crushed malt, a whole grain bread crumb flavor and a touch of fruity, caramelized malt.

My second pour allows / requires me to chew on some foam (lest my cup runneth over) and the foam is exceedingly bitter and hoppy. And wow, the ample carbonation adds a huge, up front peppery note to this beer that accentuates the ample hop bitterness.

This could be a bit drier as I tend to like my Saisons with less sweetness. If this wasn't so excessively carbonated already I would hold on to a couple bottles as the Brettanomyces should dry this out over time. As it is though I can only strongly recommend to not hold on to these bottles, drink up the bottle bombs as soon as you can. Hopefully things will have calmed down by batch 2, cause I really do want to age a couple of these to see what the Brett can do. Having said all this, the beer is still quite tasty and definitely a hit with me; rustic, spicy, nicely grain influenced and even a touch hoppy, I am really digging the mix of flavors profiled in this beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 2014 Vintage. The beer comes forward with fruity notes of pear, hints of citrus, onto peppery spice as the beer is covered by a spicy rye, sweet biscuity malt, hints of floral. Despite the maltiness, the beer dries out on the finish with hints of alcohol coming through.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into tulip. 7.49 at Whole Foods so I finally decided to try this.

Color is a hazed, cloudy pale gold with a retentive off white head and nice streaky lacing. Aroma is sweeter than expected, yeasty and fruity, with mild dry earthiness and funk, very little presence of brett or the rye malt. Also a slightly solvent, boozy pinch. Flavor is similarly sweet like the nose, not particularly dry or crisp, with medium full soft body with light carbonation. Nice hop balance in the finish, but I'm disappointed in the lack of earthiness spiciness and funk in this and slightly turned off by the sweetness. Not a traditional saison, but an interesting beer. I wouldn't return to this at its typical price north of $10 but might grab a few more at this price to see what happens with the brett over time.

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Photo of Zorro
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold with a very slight amount of chill haze. Tall puffy white colored head.

Smells fruity and spicy. Strong scent of apple. Pepper coriander, plum and a touch of apple brandy. Mild honey suckle and pollen scent. Even milder caramel scent.

Starts out spicy with a fruity flavor. Lots of apple and caramel flavor. Some woody taste and slight bit of mushroom. Slight sourness present but it isn't much. Definite sweet and sour thing here it tastes like a Granny Smith Caramel Apple.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer but not quite a conventional Saison. Very much on the sweet end for the style, don't expect a dry beer like Hennepin is.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a cloudy, murky orange, with a long lasting small white head which leaves extensive Belgian lacing in a tulip glass.

S: Ripe fruit, almost a bit of orange marmalade and Brett funk.

T: Taste is quite interesting, an Orvalian saison if you will though it is not as good as that beer, what beer is? Anyway, taste opens with some sweeter tasting malt mixed with a clovely spiciness from the rye. Having it on-tap I forgot that rye was in here, so the flavours make more sense to me now. Very spicy, then the Brett comes in and adds that familiar funky wet hay bitterness and dries everything out until the finish.

M: Brett makes it bone dry, drier than the average saison, carbonation is light and silky, making it quite creamy, an interesting take.

D: It's complex nature makes it a real sipping beer and one you'd have to think about. Would like the Brett to do a little more in the beer, but perhaps it will change with age. An interesting local beer and a cool take on a classic style.

Edit - Upped the taste to 4.5 (from 3.5) and drinkability to 4 (from 3) after having an older bottle where the Brett really started to work its magic. Great funky, cheesy Brett notes come out, mixed with the spice of the rye, just great. A good beer young, but great once it ages. Original score (3.7).

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

My first Bruery beer- thanks for making the state of Georgia one of your distribution points! A very good Saison, a bit on the softer side and quite creamy. A bit unusual, but there is a a fair bit going on here. Pours golden with just a bit of haze and a quite nice, tightly beaded white head that sticks around as a cap. Smells fruity and somewhat tropical, but with notes of white pepper and almonds as well as a whiff of grain and herbs. Tastes soft and a bit creamy up front, with a nice tropical fruitiness, particularly pineapple and passion fruit, and then there is quite a nice little hit of pepper, or more probably grains of paradise, followed by some more tropical fruit and a lightly lemony finish. This is fairly complex, and quite tasty, but not quite as deep and pungent as say, a Fantome. Still, very enjoyable. A little lighter and softer than I'd like in the mouth, it could use a touch more crispness. Very interesting beer and although it doesn't hit every mark, it certainly is a nice achievement.

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

A: Hazy straw-brown, off-white head, great retention & lacing.

S: Orange rind, a pleasant funk, tropical fruit, light floral & grassy spicing.

T: Candied tropical fruit, rind, spice, modest bitterness, light tartness/funk, cotton candy, slight alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body is smooth with a slight acidity and a little residual sweetness in the finish.

D: An intriguing, drinkable brew.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


On tap at The Bruery.

A: Slightly hazy yellow gold with a mountain of mousse-like white foam. Retention is very good. Lacing is left all over the glass.

S: Pronounced floral notes with apple, pear, and lemon. Wheat melds with pepper, grass, earth, and rustic notes.

T: Grassy and earthy with a low bitterness. Fruity esters are reminiscent of apple, lemon, and pear. There's a pepper-like spiciness. Great.

M: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: This is a very good Saison. Recommended.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear orange gold body with a mountainous, slow-dieing well-carbonated head. An excellent smell of orange, pear, sour fruit hops, spices, some bready or wood malt along w/ a little yeast funk. Smooth yet also sharp with minor citric fruit notes, along with other fruit notes such as orange, pear, apple and a very small sweet taste that is very complimentary. A little spicy as well and finishes light, dry and crisp. This was a great beer to sip on and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

A- Pours a beautiful golden orange color with a nice off-white head that possesses excellent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is fabulous, you would think the beer was made in Belgium if you didn't know any better judging by the aroma.

T- The taste is definitely a kicked up Saison, compared to the more subtle Saison's of Belgium. Very nice taste with some spices and a pleasant hoppy finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation making it prickly on the tongue.

D- Very nice Saison, one of the better American versions of this style.

Overall, Saison Rue is a great brew that is recommended to anyone who enjoys this style.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.7/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orangey golden colour. Head is huge and frothy. Sudsy lacing. Boisterous bubbling. Very vibrant and alive, which is what you want in a saison. Looks pretty interesting.

Nose is big and funky, with huge citrus characters, and a really nice almost smoky malt character on the back. Something solid and very grounded connect with the light and airy saison characteristics. Bit of pepper coming through as well. It has some really pleasant saison characters. Perhaps not as well integrated as some of the best examples, but the malt character grounds it nicely.

Taste is unfortunately quite thin, and rather insipid. Some spice on the front, with a lingering acerbic bitterness and a touch of acidity throughout. But there's no depth to it, no connection with the malt as in the nose - indeed, there's little body or malt on it whatsoever. Just a woody acidity, some funk and a green organic character on the back. And that bitterness, which doesn't really match with anything else. No, it doesn't work for me.

Oh, no. The Bruery has done it again for me. Every time I'm expecting something big, exciting and robust, and there's always an insipidness to their beers. It's happened every time so far, and I'm wondering how long I can continue to stick it out.

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Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a hazy, dark golden amber/orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger, frothy off-white head. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly funky, earthy aroma with hints of oak, subtle hops, and crisp light fruit.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation up front and slight champagne like effervescence. Earthy and slightly tart with subtle hops and crisp, light fruit, notably strawberry, apple and pear. Crisp, light and refreshing with a creamy presence mid-palate and dry finish.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright golden-orange with a rapidly elevating foamy cream colored mushroom head that bulged upward from the center breaching the glass rim showing its presence of the infectious brettamyoces. Retention was extraordinary having to wait several minutes to continue the pour as the head occupied the greater proportion of the contents. Upon its slow demise, sticky finger trails laced the sides of the glass while a feverishly strong visible carbonation showered upward. There was a great deal of turbidity creating a thick haze.

S: The nose yielded only light traces of musky orange skins along with fresh green shrubbery for hopping. Overall light and clean, though wished it packed more of a punch in regards to funk.

T: The flavor delivered musky damp oranges that was well suited per style. Funky and tart with a brisk carbonation bringing out the bittering citrus hopping. There was a smooth bitterness of lemon flowers and some dry hay notes, im guessing contributed from the rye bringing a dryness to the palate. The finish finds an increasing bitterness of citrus flowers that lingered on well after the swallow. Overall was smooth, tart and funky in nature with a brisk acidic and carbonation nature that suited this beer just fine.

M: lively, dancing on the tongue from the abundance of carbonation. Edgy feel with a medium-full consistency it tingled the mouth and senses making this a good affair.

D: Good drinkability and good regards per style. Smooth, tart and funky. Labeled as a changing of seasons saison I picture this more suited for the cooler fall type drink rather a summer quencher.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Semi-hazy orange gold in color with a very thick and creamy off white head and sprightly carbonation.

S - Very dry aroma with some funk, light crisp biscuity malt.

T - Dry biscuit malt, lightly spicy, pear skin, green apples, white grape skin, crisp and dry fruity finish with just the right amount of bitterness.

M - Extremely dry, big medium to light heavy body (much thicker than a typical Saison), coagulates the saliva on top of the tongue while the sides are bone dry. Creamy on the finish.

O - In this bottle: some traditional character, some American bastardization ... but very enjoyable.

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

Another The Bruery bottle courtesy of yamar 18. Thanks for the opportunity, Kevin!

It pours a hazy orange gold with another big head of foam...must be the trademark of The Bruery beers as all of them that I've tried do not lack in foam....and lacing.

The smell is yeasty and full of citrus with some notes of pepper and a good presence of Brett. If the taste is at least close to the smell, I'm in for a treat.

The's all foam right now but I'm getting a lot of lemon zest and spice with pepper and funk. On to the liquid. Yep. The tasting of the foam = the tasting of the liquid and man, this brew has Saison written all over it. Lot's of Brett influence, nice bitterness, nice pepper notes, good yeasty flavour, lemon zest...a bit of alcoh...nah, it's hidden very well. At least while I'm sipping on it. I can't guarantee I'll say that when I'm done with the 750, though I think it's very easy drinking at this point. It definitely is, imho, very true to style. Cool.

Medium bodied with carbonation that is fairly brisk but not at the levels of the 2 Orchards. I'm down with that. Oh and second pour, the hazy turns to cloudy.

Drinkability? I'm nodding my head...yep. This is very drinkable given the abv and this is really on the higher end for the style that I've had a chance to try so it's a very good thing that they pushed the "mute" button on Saison Rue. Just sip slow and easy and I think one would have no problem finishing this "huge" bottle. Every sip has been an enjoyable drinking experience. Great brew.

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

750ml Bottle received in trade with iguenard - thanks!

Appearance - Hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/yeast, apples, candied sugar

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some ginger and some apples. There is also a bit of a dark fruit flavour and some candied sugar and a bit of an all spice flavour. It ends with a fruity sweet aftertaste.

Overall - My bottle is probably 2+ years old, so it has lost it hops and taken on a more rustic flavour, as described by the bottle label. I'd like to try this fresh, but it's still a great beer that when aged seems more fitting for a fall/winter day. This brewer rarely disappoints..

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy yellowish orange with lots of carbonation and a big white head. Nose is faint with grain, yeast and thats about it. taste is spicy with hints of pepper, belgian yeast, hops. Mouthfeel is spicy, warming with the ABV and spiciness increasing at the end. Drinkability..this is a good beer but not sessionable by any means.

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

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer pours a dried apricot color slightly hazy with a lumpy white head and a lazy carbonation.

S- The dry white pepper phenolic leaves with a hint of white cheese rind and a faint brett grapefruit note.

T- The nice dry mellow yeast character takes on a slightly tangy note as it warms with a wheat hint leading to some dried fruit character in the finish. There is a soft brett grapefruit pith note that lingers after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a fizz with a slight spice to it and no alcohol heat is noticed.

O- The nice well blended flavor has some peppery and fruit yeast characters which add a nice depth and it is very easy to finish the bottle. The price is a bit high compared to other with similar character but I enjoyed this bottle.

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

A capped 750 mL bottle purchased at TJ's Everyday.

A: The ale is sufficiently carbonated, filling my glass with several fingers of foamy goodness. As the head receded patches of lace were left in its wake. The ale is a hazy amber color, lighter with yellow and brown autumn tones.

S: Funkiness runs amok in the nose, with a dry tartness. Lemony citrus follows, a by-product of the brett that is a tart pleasure. Rye adds a spicy element but the sweet, dry, tart fruitiness rules the day.

T: The rye is especially evident when I allowed the ale to sit in my mouth, bready and spicy with a hot finish. The liveliness of the ale did leave a sharp heat on my tongue. As the saison begins to take over, dry anise and coriander are forward, followed by the funkiness. Saison fruitiness is powerful good, dry and sweet behind the funk. More lemon, apricot, and berry flavors take their turn like a beer gang bang.

M: The rye is an inspired addition, spicing up the front of the sip with a zip. The brett intensifies the saison's gamey flavor.

D: I was expecting 'meh...' and got 'wow!' instead. A complex, heady saison that I really like.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little bit of red, yellow, gold, light brown into this one, substantial head over an inch. Aroma was tons of yeast, super dry, a little bit of musty dark fruit.

Very carbonated, lighter than you would think, dry, lots of caramel, rye, some spice rack but not overdone. Hides the huge alcohol for style pretty well. Definitely a well made beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber with a full inch of head that retains a good while before slipping down to a 1/4 inch head leaving full tufts of lacing.

S- Smells quite wild. Mild astringency with tropical fruit overtones. Very crisp yet with a rich fullness.

T- Takes multiple sips to fully absorb the flavor since its drinkability is so high. Can certainly taste the Brett that brings as much tartness as it does a chalky element. Notes of tangerine, granny smith apple and green grapes.

M- Fluffy, light and semi-dry but still quenching with high carbonation.

O- Can The Bruery do no wrong?

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled on 04/11/14. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half white head that lingered around a little while. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like orange peel, apples, pear, peppery and rye spice, and some earthiness. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some banana, funk and bready/grainy malt. The rye spiciness kicks in more as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's easy to drink and is well carbonated. I thought was an enjoyable and refreshing brew, I liked it. $10.99 a bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Has an earthy, fruit nose with a hint of fresh laundry and faint barnyard. It pours dull amber to brownish peach under a very pillowy, very uniformly and finely bubbled, 2” off-white head. Light fruit over malt dominate the yeast driven palate. Light malt provides the backbone with light fruits – peach, apricot, light tropical – not quite pineapple, maybe guava. Medium body and average to a little above on the carbonation.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a orange-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. there was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A super funky aroma, with tinges of fruit, spice and malt.

T: Tasted of some lemon, peppercorn, malt, lighter fruit, and that typical saison funk. A complex, slightly unusual flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a beer that grew on me as I drank it. Its flavor is initially, but becomes very drinkable as you go long.

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Saison Rue from The Bruery
4.11 out of 5 based on 1,790 ratings.
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