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 Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a fairly dark amber color with a sheet of level white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Lace seemed to trickle in a nice manner.
The aroma had the spicy to sweet portions of rye up front, slight floral bitterness, smooth caramel malts, and a light Belgian yeasty/breadiness rounding it out just a touch further.
The flavor brought the sweet to the spice and providing an intricate layer of the Belgian yeasty/breadiness to round it all out exactly the way any "rye beer" fan could absolutely love. Aftertaste followed suite, quite impressive.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a sturdy sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate. Some smoothness but not too much.
Overall, pretty nice rye beer with an added bonus of the "Belgian aspects" making it a beer well worthy of wanting more of at possibly any time of the year.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 JoshBrews
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Zekenyce
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of darktronica
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sd123
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CochonKing
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.39/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bro-tanomyces
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Redgoatman
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

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 Corson
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SergeLowpz
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Rugbrød from The Bruery
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