Rugbrød | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This dark rye ale pours a very dark brown color with a fairly minimal white head. The smell is very mild and malty. The taste is really nice and quite complex. There are strong flavors of rye, toasted bread, and some pretty nice spice notes also which include clove and pepper. There is a very slightly sweet chocolate aftertaste as well. The body is somewhat heavy, but it is very smooth and creamy as well. This is a very unique beer. I don’t think I’ve ever had anything quite like this. I would definitely want to get this again and as I drink it I actually think if anything I begin to like it more. This brewery is kind of a mixed bag in my opinion, but when it does beers right, they are really good and this is definitely an example of that.

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Photo of joe16siny
1.91/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Old bottle from a store. Deep dark color with low carbonation, flavor was malty and yeasty but way too sweet. Couldn't finish and i normally like rye beers, have 1 more can only hope its better.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rugged (ha) brown and red. Good 3/4" head. Off white. Tons of rye aroma, maybe the most of any beer ever.

Taste, smooth yet spicy, yet bready. Minor amount of brown sugar, caramel, brown malt, chocolate malt. Nutty with pepper. Complex stuff here. Nuts and gourds. And yet never heavy, comes and finishes actually dry.

Pretty cool and often overlooked stuff.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottled on date etched is 08/06/13. Aged a bit over two years. Brewery suggests it is suitable to aged up to two years of cellared properly. Was cellared at approx 55-65 degrees over a bit over two years.

Pours a deep, murky, brown with a light tan head that stays for a bit before resinding. No visible lacing throughout the entire experience.

Smells of breadu malts, rye grains, biscuits, fig.

Tastes of sweet rue malt, toffee, caramel.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with light prickles on the tongue.

Overall a sid brew that aged pretty well through the years.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer at a Woodman's in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which is strange because I couldn't find it within this brewery's Southern California location...

Anyways, with an opaque copper color, it boasts a bready, malty backbone, and a warm spicy undertone like ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg in grain form. There is also a mild citrus zest that rounds it out, although it does get too citrusy when it gets warm. Nevertheless, the unique taste is still there. Overall, a good experience!

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Photo of Raime
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Bruery Rugbrød.

At longgggg last I have in my hands a beer from these guys. I passed this one up a few times as it was the only available beer from the Bruery and I wasn't quite sure how I would feel about something with dark rye. But, at $5 flat for the bottle, I decided to give it a shot.

Look - Well this is a color I have yet to see in a beer. So unbelievably deep ruby that the upper half gives off almost a penetrable black appearance. Head mounted to one finger and quickly turned to a small though present film around the top of the glass. Carbonation appears to be pretty low. Left good lacing. 4.25.

Smell - This one smells like a bakery. To be more specific, a cherry streudal. The bread is highly apparent as you would expect but I wouldn't exactly call it ' dark '. More like well toasted. Remember toaster streudal as a kid? Make one and you pretty much have the smell of this beer. 4.

Taste - This is a big, heavy beer. Dark rye comes into play on the taste and lingers around like a drunk outside of a store in the ghetto begging for change. The cherry aspect is also quite apparent. This area will take a while to finish due to the slow drinking nature of this one. It's basically all heavily toasted cherry streudal as I stated in the smell. 3.5.

Feel - Heavy bodied with a bit too much in the way of carbonation. Highly creamy due to the well retained head. 3.75.

Overall - A 750ml is honestly a bit much, especially given the nature of this beer. Overall, while it is tasty it is a bit one dimensional and doesn't over much flavorful development. This is one you sit back and drink on a cold winter night for sure. 3.5.

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Photo of Bonsall_Phil
4.51/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this very much
Beautifully dark and auburn highlights, little lacing
On the nose it's almost like a glazed doughnut, really giving warning that the beer was going to be sweeter than anticipated at purchase.
Taste is for the sweet tooth. Chocolate, caramel, bready malt. It strikes me as a chocolate chip cookie with some honey drizzled on it. It's for me, I would understand someone else not liking it.
The mouthfeel was perfect for the sweetness, this is a beer I would serve for dessert and I would serve to friends.
I had this as an after dinner beer and it was perfect. It's not your your 1st quarter Monday night football beer, but it is marvelously made and beautifully unique for an evening finisher.

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Photo of do_ob
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a dark ruby red with a massive tan head. Spice, rye, wheat, cherries, and malt on the nose. Medium-light weight and very carbonated on the mouthfeel. A lively sourdough and spice is tasted up front with a decent bitterness accompanying middleways. Lots of rye spice and malt on the back end with a smooth, malty finish. Sour notes and dark fruit on the aftertaste. I'm also getting a very nice biscuity/choclatey flavor as this beer warms up.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer - probably my favorite offering from The Bruery so far (of the ones I've tried. of course). Not sure if my bottle got overcarbonated during bottling, but it let out a decible-defying hiss when I popped the cap, then proceeded to explode all over my table, haha. Still turned out to be a good one.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose: spicy roast, a little fresh laundry, rich, malty, fruity, prune, raisin, grape, would age nicely. Medium high effervescence, some caramel and a slight hint of chocolate. Has the rye texture and spice. Not hot, very fine soft carbonation, ½” head with very fine bubbles. Full body, smooth, some creaminess. Lingering rye and roast caramel aftertastes.

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Photo of portia99
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A - Bottle opens with an intense carbonation pop. Pours into the glass with a crystal clear, deep mahogany color...and very foamy...takes a three stage pour to fill the glass appropriately. The huge dark khacki head lasts a good amount of time, slowly fizzling away over several minutes. Thick sheets of lacing coat the entire surface of the glass with pronounced rings left at each resting level of the liquid.

S - Spicy rye, grainy, bread doughy, roasty malt, some earthiness, perhaps a bit of coffee.

T - Rye up front, some char/burnt malt, earthy and dry, acrid bitterness, caramel, grainy and doughy. Mild hop presence.

M - Pretty full bodied beer with a creamy mid-level carbonation.

O - Didn't know what to expect out of this one, but ended up being something I like. Defniitely a malt forward beer, but not overpowering or overly sweet. Quite bread doughy and some nice complexities mixed in.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is a dark brown, amber tinted coloring, with a foamy light, bubbly, tall, off white head that quickly settles into a low profile surface coating. Aromas of nutty sweetness, rye spice, a toasted grain backbone, and some richly sweet caramel and toffee notes. Flavors are tangy sweet and roasted forward, with a solid blend of caramel and toffee. Spicy green characteristics in the background, with a subtle sour twist to the cloyingly sweet, sugary pallet. Hints of earthy tones and smoke throughout. Slick, robust bodied, with a slightly sour and heavily rich and sweet caramel aftertaste. The finish has a decent, cloying, richly sweet, smooth linger. Pretty unique and interesting beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The brew is a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of rye whiskey and a bit of peat, The taste is sugary, peaty, reminds me of a scotch ale. Caramelized sugar is evident. Mostly sweet, yet balanced and perfectly tasty. No hint of alcohol content. Full bodied, well carbonated and crisp. Overall, this is a really unique tasting and satisfying rye beer,

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Photo of NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

The Bruery - Rugbrød [JuleBryg-Style Dark Rye Ale] (750ml ---> Dogfish Head Curved Pint Glass : 8% ABV)

This brew poured a beautiful red/amber color producing a MASSIVE tan colored head formed with a slight bit carbonation assisting the retention in the cap, with decent lacing left behind... Immediately on the nose was a malty sweetness with maybe some dark berries hidden in there also, which were really the only aromas showing up on the nose... First tastes that arise are again the sweet malts, this time accompanied by a decent bit of spice that gently bites the tip of your tongue... Mid-palate tastes somewhat like a nice moist dark-berry muffin, with a decent amount of wheaty, breadiness also present... The finish is smooth, as the light amount of carbonation plays in nicely, giving the beer an almost creamy/satiny texture to finish each sip... Overall I can't really fault this beer for any personal taste reasons, and the balance I found between the sweet and the savory became better as I continued enjoying the beer... Was I extremely pleased with this beer; absolutely, but was I totally blown away; not quite, but an outstanding showing none the less!! Another good brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of travolta
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance: Creamy fruity head, tiny bubbles. dark, dark opaque brown. Great lacing, great retention.

Nose: Raisin, lime, lemon, green apple, cider and molasses.

Taste: Green apples, good clean light malt, molasses, lemon, finishes with aspirin, medicinal banana bread.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of fermentation, somewhat like rotting fruit
Head large (5 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 4 mm ring and 2 mm layer
Lacing poor – few islands of small bubbles, some tails from ring as level drops
Body med brown, hazy
Flavor very much like a subdued rye bread; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, creamy, soft carbonation

An odd (to my palate) beer. The flavor and aroma are unusual for a beer and not what one would actually desire to drink. It’s probably an acquired taste, but not one I’m willing to spend the time or money to acquire.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

I had this in a pint glass and a snifter: basically the same in both. Thanx Cap'n for this.
The color was a murky brown with a fairly quick dieing head. Light lacing along the sides of the glass.
The smell has some light rye in a light spicy bready malt.
The taste had a light spicy rye with a light sweet caramel in and out. Light bitterness succumbs my taste buds a bit.
The mouthfeel was slightly sharp and intrusive with a slight fuller quality perhaps leaning to about a medium on the body. The carbonation was even slightly sharp.
Overall, okay rye beer, nothing to really go bonkers about.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in an impressive looking bomber
Meaning "rye bread" in Danish, we took our inspiration for this beer from the Danes’ staple dark, whole-grain rye bread. Brewed with three types of rye malt, this robust brown ale showcases the earthy, spicy character of the grain, complemented by bready, nutty barley malts and a hint of roast. Loosely based on the Scandinavian Christmas beer or "Julebryg" tradition, this beer is perfect for the colder weather of winter, although it will be available year-round (because who doesn’t love a dark beer now and again, regardless of weather?) And don’t worry about the name, we can’t pronounce it either! But we do have a video of us and a lot of others trying our best at it.

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Photo of stuppy
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, with amber highlights, low tan head, clarity good

Aroma: Sweet malt and dark fruits(plums), caramel, some spices, light alcohol aroma

Flavor: Sweet malts, lots of caramel, fruits such as plums, bread, spicy, pepper, low bitterness but enough to make beer cloying, alcohol

Mouthfeel: medium full body, med low carbonation,

Overall: Sweet malt and fruity, spicy that finishes with lots of caramel. Alcohol presences seems a little too much for an 8% beer.

750ml Bottle
says 092412 lot 65

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with some small plates at Bottega in Yountville. Pours dark brown and mostly opaque with a big creamy off white head. Some floated in the bottom. Aroma of chocolate, spicy rye, some brown sugar sweetness. Very pleasant. Flavor follows the smell closely with some light chocolate notes, a bit of spicy rye that gives it a nice character, sweetness, some douhginess. The body is a full medium with medium carbonation. It goes down pretty easy despite having some nice heft on it. I could see this as a light winter warmer or pleasant in the summer. A really mild beer but with plenty of flavor that pairs very nicely with food. Good stuff.

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Photo of 01001111
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: A deep, pu erh tea red with a raw cream head that sticks around if the beer is warm enough.

S: Caramel, clove, banana bread.

T: Bread. A nutty, almost pecan-like flavor. A dash of maple syrup, nutmeg, and bananas.

M: Slightly syrupy with a bit of spice.

O: An impressive take on a rye beer. There are elements of a weizenbock (ryezenbock?) and a character approaching a barley wine. This is probably the base for Sour In the Rye, an amazing beer in its own right. I'd love to see this aged in spirits barrels.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown. Carbonation is slightly excessive.
S- For such a dark beer, I get many aspects similar to a porter or stout. Dark fruits, breadiness, spiciness, and a slight citrus character.
T- Nothing crazy about this beer. Very straightforward, rye flavored ale.
M- Medium, but no residual sweetness.
O- Same as taste. Nothing crazy.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a creamy tannish off-white head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a presence around the inside of the glass and on the beer. The beer itself is as very dark brown that appears black. Leaves a lot of lacing. The smell is a nice nutty and caramel malt smell with a hint of bready notes. The hops are slightly noticeable but dominated by the different malt smells. The taste is slightly different from the smell. The malt smell is still there with caramel and bready malts but the hops are slightly more present than in the smell and in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium bodied with very little carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/30/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, pear, apple, brown sugar, brown bread, rye, toast, biscuit, molasses, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, raisin, pear, prune, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, rye, brown bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, and toast/yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness present on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, raisin, prune, pear, brown sugar, rye, biscuit, toast, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a great Belgian Rye beer. All around great balance and complexity of malt and Belgian yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

A - Good clarity to the deep mahogany beer. Tall cap of tan head. No lacing in a beer clean glass.

S - Clean/rich/nutty malty notes. Sweet caramel and hints at some red fruits. I get some spicy rye but its pretty subdued. Alcohol present as it warms.

T - Rich caramel malts all over. Plenty of ripe red fruit suggestion and yeast esters. Some rye spice fits in well with some mild hop bitterness at finish.

M - Medium-full/full body, medium-light carbonation, sweet.

O - If i didn't know this was a rye beer I probably would overlook it. Very well done, a great malty brew with dimension. Strong version of almost a scotch ale. If malty is your calling, a fresh bottle might offer more rye spice.

Judgement - Worth a try if you love malty brews.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Bruery's Rugbrød, JuleBryg-Style Dark Rye Ale. 8% ABV.

A: Two fingers of pancake batter-colored head. Pink in the fluted bottom, with thin line of yellow in the very bottom. Tiny grey flecks, which appear to be clinging to the inside of the glass. Deep red. Out of the light, it looks nearly black, moving toward purple and fuchsia. Practically no lacing, with just the slightest sheeting.

S: Rye sandwich bread. Slight citrus. Slight toast. Very slight sour funk and yogurtiness. Not much to the nose, really.

T/MF: Fairly creamy texture. Slight citrus. Lightly toasted rye bread. Charred toffee sweetness in the back. A slight sourness, somewhere near lemon or soured yogurt. Slight spiciness.

Pretty good. Not up there with the Wookie Jack or w00tstout, but better than the Ruthless Rye. And, miles better than the Rye'd Piper!

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Petrus chalice.

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