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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Reviews by zhooker:
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3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can't claim to be very well read in the beer world, but it seems The Bruery has been getting a LOT of attention lately. Needless to say, I was excited to try this bottle, my first Bruery offering.

With the Yankees game on, I filled a standard pint glass from the 750ml champagne-style bottle. The pour was loaded with foam; I had to knock some off the glass 2-3 times before getting a nearly full pint (and my pour technique is pretty smooth, I think). Dark amber in color, with hues of red and orange. A massive rocky head of foam remained, left over from that eventful pour, and hardly dissipated as I sipped through the pint. If the high carbonation wasn't indicator enough of bottle conditioning (you know, aside from the fact "bottle-conditioned" is written right on the label), yeasty particulate matter is already beginning to settle at the bottom of the glass. The sediment and excessive carbonation are really putting a damper on my habit of swirling that glass in between sips; not only am I kicking up those remnant chunks, but also causing secondary foam eruptions, inflating the head. Oh well. Anyways, not much lacing as I drain the pint, but decent legs streak down the glass.

Big spicy nose on this one. The rye and other spice scents are upfront, and after four or five whiffs a roasted malty scent had also made itself apparent. I think the nose is doing most of the flavor work in this brew.

Like the scent, the taste is spice forward and upfront, almost peppery at times. Scratch that. Yes, definitely peppery at times. I still have some problems differentiating grain characteristics in beer, but the rye seems to work really well here, complimenting the other components of the brew. Less apparent but still present are some very soft malt notes. Hop flavors occasionally pop up at the back of the mouth, but they don't have much character.

The out-of-control carbonation really dominates the mouthfeel, almost stinging my tongue and cheeks. ASIDE: One day, a guy at the always excellent Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint, Brooklyn was telling me how he preferred Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye off the tap opposed to from a bottle, because the carbonation of the bottle really heightened the rye to a stingy, spicy, almost unpleasureable degree. That sort of heightening action seems to be happening here too. However, once I was at the bottom of the bottle and some of the carbonation had dissipated, a softer rye came out, working in better synergy with those softer malt flavors.

I couldn't say this was the most drinkable beer. After some of the carbonation wore off, it began to open up and enter the territory of awesomeness, but that first glass was like a machine gun spewing bubbles and spices, pricking every corner of my mouth. If you have rye-aficionado friends, or pals hooked on bottle-conditioned beers, most definitely recommend this. I am excited to give this one another try down the road, when I might suffer a little less of the sometimes overwhelming effects of bottle-conditioning.

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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 DanGeo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of weatherdog
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL

It pours a muddy brown with a quickly dissipating head. A small ring of bubbles line the edge of the glass.

The nose is very reminiscent of rye bread. It's the most dominating rye smell I've ever had in a rye beer. It's just loaded with spiciness, breadiness and malt. I think this beer is now a benchmark on how much rye smell can be packed into a beer

The taste has an upfront caramel sweetness to it that then transforms into this rye spicy rye taste in level which are present in the nose. A level of bitterness is there in just enough force to balance the beer from becoming a malt bomb. I'm unsure of the percentage of malt used in this beer but it has to be fairly high since this beer is just dominated by this heavy rye flavor. I'm really liking how aggressive it is and his beer screams rye.

The carbonation is at a medium level and the mouthfeel is pretty full bodied which helps the beer feel like a liquid loaf of rye bread. It hides the ABV perfectly without even a trace of alcohol smell of taste hitting my nose or mouth. It's really a great beer that defines the style for me currently.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into my glass a deep dark brown with garnet highlight and a huge four finger head of creamy, bubbling light tan foam that's slow to recede. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas start with crisp toasted grains alongside a distinct estery banana and clove. Lots of spicy accents wafting up to greet me. Lots of yeast along with dark bread.

First sip brings crisp, toasted malt with a solid roast as well. Dark rye bread springs to mind as it washes across the palate with a spicy twang. Yeast esters envelop the tongue leaving trails of clove, banana and earthy flavors. Finishes with a touch of caramel sweetness and lingering spicy rye grain. Tasty and better as it warms!

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a bit of a grittiness to it as well. Fast moving carbonation with tiny bubbles is a little much for me and I'd enjoy it toned down a bit. Overall, a flavorful rye ale but it didn't really move me and the over carbonation makes it hard to drink.

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

A dark brown beer with a voluminous white head. In fact, the beer left in the bottle after the first pour kept erupting with foam. I wasn't aggressive with the pour either.
A caramel malt and rye aroma.
Caramel taste, rye bread, and a bit of hops.
Pleasant enough, just didn't grab me.

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Photo of Callmecoon
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Dbrulet
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours into an English pint glass a hazy chestnut body, topped by a massive creamy tan head that retains for several minutes. Sticky sheet lacing decorates the glass.

Very fragrant aroma is bready and spicy. Fresh baked pumpernickel and rye breads, enhanced by floral and herbal hops. Toasty dark bread notes underneath.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a prickly carbonation that becomes a bit distracting. Solid medium body.

Taste is bready rye malt, with black peppercorns and dried figs. Herbal hop bitterness balances quite well. Carbonation becomes creamier as it warms and loses some of the offensive prickle. Finish is dry and peppery.

I love rye beers and this is a good one. Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye is still my exemplar of the style but I wouldn't mind having this one again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1.5 inch head, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear, sediment

Smell: toffee, rye, and dark fruit

Taste: rye, pumpernickel, bread, toffee, dark fruit, and a touch of smokiness

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter, high carbonation, medium/light body

Drinkability: This is like drinking a mix of rye and pumpernickel bread. It is very dark and decent beer with subtle flavors and a nice aftertase. Not sure if I will get this again for the price, but a nice and solid beer.

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Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this beer.

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is chocolate with some rye. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, rye, smoke and some dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The rye doesn't stand out as much as I thought it would, but it is still present and overall, the beer is very nice.

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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of fo1ksguitar
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Mattco
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of rob133
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mjtiernan
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of xdefeatsy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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 bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out a dark dark brown color, a little bit of dark rubiness, tight light tan head, average retention, lace is quick to fall back into the beer. Looks murky, but its hard to tell due to the dark color.

Smells lIke a rather bland Belgian dark ale. Over ripe dark fruits, some phenoly almost Belgian yeast. Some brown sugar.

Plum, ripe dark fruits, brown sugar, phenoly Belgian yeast, some rye like dry spice, but its not super noticeable. Finishes pretty dry.

Medium to light in body, mouthfeel is just a touch on the weak side.

This wasn't super enjoyable, if I didn't know what this was I'd definatly guess Belgian dark ale, and I prolly wouldn't have guessed any rye was used. I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

Texas Liquor
Carlsbad, CA

Dark brown throughout with tawny, ruby edges and a large, thick, incredibly persistent dark khaki colored head. Thin sheets of lace are left down the glass.

A sweet, spicy, and earthy aroma. The sweetness comes in layers of burnt caramel and maple, dark fruits like raisins, spice in the form of rye bread and black pepper, all surrounded by truly earthy aromas. I wouldn't call this well balanced--just strong. Interesting and evolving, and ultimately, quite nice.

The flavor is as complex as the aroma--the flavors of dark fruits, spicy rye and black pepper, and a bit of sweetness complete this beer. There's a bit of an alcohol burn as well, though it's welcome and comforting on a cold evening.

Medium bodied with high carbonation--rich and airy.

While the addition of the dark rye certainly plays a large role in this beer's makeup, the dark fruit flavors and sweetness create a near BSDA-type beverage. Really nice.

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Photo of tyleeis
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.88 out of 5 based on 924 ratings.
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