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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Ratings: 925 |  Reviews: 355
Photo of jjd315
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very murky brown color with a huge head of tan foam. A little out of control actually. Not terribly long-lasting or sticky, but a decent look overall.

The nose is malt-laden, heavy on bread baking aromas like toasted grain, brown flour, and nuts.

Flavor is very spicy and earthy, with nuts and seeds notes among the brown bread, dark fruit, and sour apple. Light body, high on carbonation. Candi sugar and booze are held close to the vest. Doughy and lightly tangy.

Pretty solid beer, off-kilter for style which is the point. Unique and tasty.

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

I had out of a 750-ml bottle at the SHO Shaun Hergatt restaurant in the financial district. It's dark brown with a good amount of head and lacing. Has a rye scent to it, but nothing that really jumps out, either.

It's got a bit of an alcoholly taste to it. It's very smooth with a hint of caramel and some spice. It's well carbonated. This is a high-quality beer, even if it lacks something special.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A – Deep mahogany-brown with a big off-white head that looks like pancake batter bubbles

S – It smells a bit like Cigar City’s Maduro Oat Brown Ale, which surprises me. Other than the tarry roasted oat, it has an aroma of sourness and musty cellar, chalkiness, dark fruit, and slightly spicy alcohol.

T – It tastes much more chocolatey than expected. It is a good brew, but not on the level of the other Bruery beers I’ve had. Chocolatey flavor and chalky oat dominate the palate, and a bready flavor is underlying, punctuated by a yeast that harmonizes with the rye malt in an act of flavor redundancy. Flavor redundancy, that is the weak spot of this well-crafted brew.

M – Not specifically bad, neither observably good.

D – This is a good beer to buy, if no other Bruery beers are for sale. Other than that… it is some high quality stuff here, so get down with it at least once.

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Photo of farrago
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super-hyper head, be careful when you pour, loose and airy foam which dimples but actually holds on longer than you'd expect, light brown hue, no lacing to speak of. Filmy brown color crosses over into full opacity, more amber orange nearer the rims. Ruggedly focused nose, like a ranch sunrise, not pretty, maybe not showered but up and ready to go, milk chocolate powder, slight caramelization like crème brûlée, the rye is not a consistent major presence, supplemented by a mossy, wet green matter aspect and a pinch of pepperiness, it's very much a "whole" over the "parts" sort of experience. Medium-bodied, carbonation makes for an initial wave of foam crashing down on the tongue. Segues to a mineral water, quinine kind of thing, then the rye and pumpernickel notes finally show up with some force.After that, chocolate, toffee, coffee appear as it smooths out. No citrus, low level of apple, peach, red cherry fruit, nothing big time. A big point of attraction is its texture and overall sense of "maturity," that is, it comes across as confident enough in itself to not take unnecessary pains to impress. But still does so with most sips.

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Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of mpayne5
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of sholland119
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy caramel mixed with deep amber. As happens frequently with Bruery beers, this one has enough carbonation for five bottles. Tons and tons of tan head which eventually settles down.

S-Yeah, that was worth waiting for. Lots of grainy rye sourness blends nicely with a sweetness reminiscent of yams. Very appealing.

T-A very nice blend of rye sourness, dark fruit, Belgian yeast and toffee notes. An unusual blend but a tasty one.

M-Medium bodied and a bit dry. Once the carbonation settles this is a pleasant drinker.

D-Very tasty. I enjoy rye beers generally. This is a fun and different take.


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Photo of Vonerichs
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The body looks like pure caramel, but there's an obnoxious amount of head, even on the third pour from the bottle.

The rye really comes through in the nose with spice and loads of bread.

Taste is almost all rye characteristics- spicy and a little rye bread sourness. It's very bready, 'nough said.

Mouthfeel is heavy and has a slight medicinal sting.

A very flavorful rye beer, with a belgian dark ale-type feel to it. A nice take on the style.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of CampusCrew
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hosted a Bruery tasting and we had 9 of the bottles collected. we had 4-6 oz samples. I'm reviewing these on memory from a few nights ago.

We all liked this beer. it had a huge flavor of dark breads as suggested on the bottle. Poured very dark and had the typical belgian yeast aroma.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Dark ruby-red brown in color. Tan head is large and in charge. It dissipates to a thick film that stays to the end.

Aroma hits you with rye bread soaked with musty spices, old-world malts, molasses and cinnamon.

The taste provides fruit tartness up front, with caramel and bready malts underneath. The finish provides notes of cherry and the tartness comes back a little in the end as well.

Lots of carbonation. Fizzy. Crisp. Above average weight on the tongue.

Overall, this has layers and layers of flavor that I love. Combining the rye ale and old ale styles is s win/win for me.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip glass, glowing the color of dark copper wiring. It held a one finger head of light brown bubbles, but this receded quickly, leaving flecks of lacing in its wake. There was a slight haze, but no sediment, and carbonation appeared moderate. The aroma gave metallic yeastiness, corny adjuncts, extremely soapy hops, penicillin chemically-ness, chalky grain, waxiness, and big smoky rye and caramels to base. Our first impression was that the flavoring was massively chalky and metallic, but with a nice toasty sweetness to it. As we sipped, sweeter toasted brown malts, chalky grain, and sweet dark fruit of plum and black cherry pits started things off. The middle peaked with the metallic bang of Belgian yeast, plump pudding sweetness, bittered chalky caramel sweetness, and light corny adjuncts. The finish washed with juicy soapy hops, continued brown malt bite, smoke, raw caramel, and savory saltiness. The aftertaste breathed of lactic foaminess, soured rye grain for really the first time in the tasting, salt water taffy, sesame seed, and figgy syrups. The body was full, and the carbonation was medium. There was nice slurp, smack, cream, and pop on each sip, with a light coating giving way to eventual astringent dryness around the mouth. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank decently

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was how savory the flavoring was. The big aromatic nature of this beer certainly enhanced this quality, giving a certain boldness all throughout the center. We did, however, lose points due the overpowering phenolic plastics, chemicals, and adjuncts in the taste, which really out boxed the rye, fruit, and spice that were trying to make this a tasty offering.

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Photo of RavenForBeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice light brown color with a finger of white head. nice lacing.

S: Dark chocolate. Nice malt. Rye right behind. Big Belgian spice character. The mix of rye and chocolate like this is something that I have never smelled in a beer before.

T: Lots of roasted malts. Chocolate. Then the rye which really works well with it. Tons going on. A nice spice lingers in the finish.

M: Really dry. Also creamy. Fairly full bodied.

D: Totally something different any singular than any other rye beer I have had. Totally different flavors expertly combined. Well done.

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Photo of bashiba
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep cloudy brown with a thick with a creamy tan head, nice retention and good lacing.

The smell is deep rye and dark bready malts with a bit of musty funk, the smell is very average.

The flavor is very nice, good levels of malt complexity with nice bready malts and sweetness, has layers of dark fruit and light cocoa in the finish with an underlying bit of earthy hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and supple, with a nice creamy texture.

A very nice brown, I'm enjoying the oddness of it.

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Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with no bottle date. But I believe from the trader I received it from that this is a 2009 bottle. Poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown color. Totally bottle conditioned. Tons of head, 4 fingers of the stuff. Tight, tiny bubbles. They stay around a long time leaving lots of sticky lacing.

S: Deep dark fruits: raisins and prunes and plums. Some toasted malt notes with the spicy rye as well. The age might have knocked that down a little bit.

T: Nice rye bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Middle of the mouth is actually amazing: dark fruit, dark malt, some hops, more of that spice etc. blending together nicely. Smoothly. Easy close. Maybe the age mellowed it out nicely.

M: Medium to full.

O: I am going to have to go A- on this one. I really enjoyed it. It sort of surprised me as I wasn't sure what those years might have done to it. Another score for the Bruery.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Rugbrød from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 925 ratings