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 BeachRez
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Bruery on Black Tuesday.

I poured into a wide glass...

A- Poured a DEEP chocolate/amber. Nice tan head with great retention.

S- Very complex. Has a bitter smell, but I really cannot tell if it purely comes from the yeast. Lots of bready aromas.

T- Tart. Bready. Banana. Spices. Just so much comes from this. Tastes much deeper cold. As it warms it looses its character.

M/D- This, to me, drinks heavy. Really dominates all other flavors. Good..but is something that I cannot see drinking regularly. I have a couple of other bottles that I cannot wait to try at different times. This really seems like something that needs to be drunk at the right time/setting. Don't drink with a fish sandwich.

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Photo of digr
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle allowed to warm a bit to bring out flavors.

A - Pours a dark caramel liquid with 1.5 cm brownish head.

S- mild caramel / burnt sugar smell. no real noticeable hop aroma.

T - Lots of caramel / burnt sugar flavors. Also can taste some roasted malts in the finish. Hops are mostly bittering, fairly mild.
A tad sweet, finishes sweet. Seems like it could use a bit more hops to balance. Not as much "rye" flavor as was expected.

M- nice mouth feel. Full bodied.

D - hmm, well, a bit to thick and unbalanced to be a quaffer. But that is not the point. But still as bit to sweet for my tastes to drink to much at any one time.

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Photo of zhooker
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 Rhode17
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a really nice reddish brown with a nice two finger head. Poured into a Unibroue Tulip glass after about an hour in the fridge to take it down to 50 or so degrees.

The nose is subtle, but nice hints of pumpernickle bread and sour cherry.

On the palate there is the same bready pumpernickle, sour berry (almost like currant), a little brown sugar and cocoa powder.

Finish is faint, but pleasent. All of the flavors hang around except perhaps the tart berry.

Overall a really nice beer, well balanced and enjoyable.

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

The murky medium-dark brown amber leaves a light brown creamy lackluster head with minimal lacing. The nose is a roasted caramel malt mixed with dark coffee-like malts.

My first taste impressions reminds me of a beefed up black orchard with slightly more dominant coffee malts. The Rye goes undetected to me. As it warms up, however, the alcohol becomes a little more prominent and a little bit of yeasty clove spice.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp but medium bodied. (if that makes sense). This is a very enjoyable beer. I must admit that I did taint my palate with one or two chocolate covered almonds. I'll add that it actually blended well together. haha.

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

Poured a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured like a Coca-Cola. 1/2-inch head initially, which quickly dissipated.

S - Yeast and coffee cake.

T - caramel and toasted bread. Reminded me of a sticky bun.

M - Full-bodied.

O - Very interesting. I didn't know what to expect from rye ale, but I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of palmdalethriller
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First impression = what the heck is this beer. Research on the site and it's just under "rye beer". Ok, that helps.

All kidding aside, a very tasty brew. The smell is of straight roasted barley, must be what adds the brown color to the beer, which pours with little head. But the second smell reveals a nice fruitiness to complement the rich malty aromas.

The taste matches the smell, with a nice blend of fruit, tart, and malty flavors. It has a light, dry body that leaves you thirsty, but for water, as it comes off a little astringent.

Overall a very unique brew with loads of flavor. Great for one glass at a bar.

Edit: read some other reviews and feel that toasted bread is probably a better description of the nose than roasted barley. My sense of smell is off.

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Photo of WhyBeNormal
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Winking Lizard in Fairlawn. I can pick up the rye, but I doubt that I could've identified it as such if I didn't know better. The taste of dark rye spice, roasted nutty malt, caramel, and cinnamon come together to give it a surprisingly chocolatey flavor. Great stuff

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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 merzeone
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ML Bottle Purchased 10/11
Opened the bottle and it was a gusher....

A: Hazy Brownish Red a little White head that dissipates instantly no lacing.

AR: Big Nose of Spice and Caramel you can smell the caramel across the room. Some Bread/Biscuit aromas.

T: Burnt Sugar/ Caramel up front followed by a touch of spice and smoke way in the back. Minimal Hop presence and finishes with a tinge of sourness im guessing from the rye.

M: Medium to High Carbonation, Medium Body very cloying sweet stickiness stays on the lips.

O: First impression wasnt great, A touch disappointing in getting a slow gusher.After letting it settle down a bit the flavor is great complex and would be kick ass next to a fire with some friends to share.

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Photo of branko7
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm loving this beer, so I had to review it.

An appealing, chocolate brown color, with tons of head that eventually calmed down to nice lacing. Very nice, bready, well-rounded taste, with sweet malt as well as roast and sour tones. I find it very inviting. The mouthfeel is agreeably smooth and substantial. Did I say I was pleasantly surprised?

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Photo of azagthoth
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip glass found me preoccupied for the better part of the night for a homey drinking experience in my favorite recliner.

Appearance - The decision of the pour resulted in a camel 1 inch head that dissipated shortly after. The beverage itself equated to a chestnut colored exhibit of a well crafted fermented brew.

Smell - The predominant scent to hit the nose is indeed bready with a peedge of slightly toasted sweet caramel. Condensed fruit came through towards the end as a delayed confirmation of this Danish styled ale.

Taste - The taste coincides with everything in the smell. Rye commences immediately, with the toasty breaded sweetness following suit. The caramel is placed nicely in the taste and pays homage to this novel ale.

Mouthfeel - The mouth was straightforward in the medium bodied sense with an almost thoroughly smooth finish. A nice tingle finds its way onto the buds, providing some booze in the finish but prevents a flawless conclusion in the mouth.

Drinkability - When poured cold the drinkability is immaculate, especially at 8%ABV. As the temperature rises, the drinkability begins to cease - although the nose and taste in this beer continued to bid and kept me engrossed until the bottle was empty.

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Photo of Stretch270
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into Bruery tulip glass.

Appearance - pours a very dark brown with an oat colored head.

Smell - you certainly get a malty fragrance that has both bready and spicy overtones.

Taste - there is a nice malty flavor with a sour and spicy tinge to it from the rye. This is combined with oat and bready tones.

Mouthfeel - a significantly carbonated beer with a very substantial weight on the tongue which has a lot to do with, I also feel the alcohol on the tongue although not overwhelming.

Overall - this is certainly a delicious beer that really communicates the style well allowing the spicy sourness well. A style that is not to common in my experience so I can't compare it to too many beers but it seems to be exemplary.

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Photo of guess98224
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

We served this slightly chilled in our new Klein Brouwerij tulips. It came out of the beer cellar at around 55F, but we chilled it for 10 minutes.

Appearance: The beer poured with a thick head about three fingers deep. The beer actually flowed out of of the bottle when we opened it. Little remaining lace. Color is a nice red amber.

Smell: Very pleasant spicy sweet scent. Smelled like Dots candy.

Taste: Has a definite rye/pumpernickle taste, but sweet. Little notes of caramel and spices, but I don't know which ones. Nice fruity tart after taste. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel: Nice tongue coating. Coated my lips, too.

It's not a session beer, but it's quite drinkable.

We were very impressed with this beer.

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Photo of notlob
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice deep mahogany color with 1+ finger off-white head that lingers a little bit and remains around the glass.

Aroma: Smells slightly of roast/toffee and apple/pear esters.

Flavor: Tastes very light, not as caramelly as I'd expected, with a little bit of clove, nutty dough bread, and faint levels of roast and chocolate in the finish. Somewhat tart. Slight warmth.

Mouthfeel: Pretty interested. A bit overcarbonated than most beers, but seems appropriate here, which plays a bit interestingly with the tartness. With that said, the beer is still quite smooth and slightly velvety on the tongue.

Overall Impression: A nice sipper beer.

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Photo of remhaze
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown. Heavy pour gives a small head, looks thick and very pale tan.

S - licorice...very different and hard to pinpoint. Slight dark fruit.

T - a bit sweet and have a bitter after taste.

O - I think it's decent. It's good. Not very good when its room temperatured. I prefer when it's still cold on a warm sunny day. It taste different when it's warm. It seems to get lighter on your tongue- almost watered down.

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Photo of jerlleutz
4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I actually drank this twice in one day, once off tap in a Bruery tulip, the other at home out of my growler, into a narrow mug. I'll review the growler as I felt it was better.

Overally, I love the Bruery's productions, but my one blackmark I'll give them is overcarbonation in their bottle pours. Their taps and subsequent growler fills seem to overcome this. I presume the bottling requires a bit more carbonation to deliver the punch.

So the appearance was very black and copper, and actually somewhat clear for a beer of its flavorful heft. I would be OK with a denser visual in this situation. In a tulip, it looked even lighter.

The smell is rich and malty. There is a darkness to this one, and it reminds me of waterlogged timber--highly arousing.

It tastes rich and Scottish, like ancient barrels and the forests' moss of eons past. There are some fruit highlights.

It is heavier than it looks and a joy to throw back, whether in a tulip or a mug.

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Photo of sleestak4life
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft. Pours the color of oxidized viking blood with a quickly diminishing off-white head. Aroma is liquid bread with earthy hops and caramel sweetness. Dark fruit sweetness dominates the flavor, with only the rye tang and the hop spiciness rescuing this beer from being a cloying mess. Warm alcohol on the finish. Light carbonation and a medium body. Underwhelming, especially considering the draft cost as much as my dinner.

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Photo of MoJoe
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep burgundy/near black cloudy beer with a very full rolling tan head after a slight pour.

Smells of chocolate, vanilla extract, molasses and baked cookies. With a hint of mint.

Smooth malty flavors hinged with rye leading way to bitter-sweet chocolate and caramel. Nice hop balance. Just enough to cleanse the pallete. Slight sugar cookie flavor intertwining the chocolat and caramel. Ends with warming alcohol/mellow rye after taste.

Nice rounded body. Full but not over doing it. Heavily carbonated.

Great drinkability considering the heavy flavors being delt with.

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Photo of 55bob
2.37/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a rich brown.

Small slightly lacy head.It did not last very long.

Smells like a brown ale home brew. Lots of yeast. both in smell and tast.

Tastes like a brown ale but a bit sour / tart. Mouthfeel was medium to thin.

Overall I was disappointed with this $10 beer.

I've made better homebrew on my first attempt.

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Photo of Cascade99
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark burnt caramel. Thin head, but appropriate for style.

S- The smell of roasted grains and burnt toffee first come to note, followed by the smell of alcohol.

T- Definitely a melanoidin-rich beer. The bready taste is accompanied well with a toffee and roasted character. At the end, nicely ends with a taste of alcohol, which is appropriate for the style. The alcohol is not hot in nature, but rather provides a soothing warmth.

M- Carbonation is not heavy, but is perfect for the taste of the beer. Mouthfeel is a strong-medium mouthfeel and is not overpowered by carbonic acid, which would muddle the flavors of the beer.

D- For a high-gravity ale, the drinkability is excellent. Definitely not one where you would want to drink more than a couple simply due to the strength.

Overall - Fantastic beer. The first beer I've tried from the Bruery, but so good that I will not only seek out this one, but also the rest of the Bruery's works.

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Photo of slonsk
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very nice color and head. Nice smell of spice. Taste however put me off a bit as it was a tad sour and acidic. It also felt like the beer was a bit over carbonated and did not have the ryeness come through that i was hoping for. I will admit this is a bit unfair of a review on my part because I am not much of a sour fan, but I typically have never had a rye with this much bite

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Photo of ROCKETMAN998
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured on 5-08-10 into a Witte glass

Pours a very dark amber reddish brown color with an incredible out of control head which eventually settles to a very thin froth.

Smell is malty roasted and slightly smokey with dark toasted rye and a hint of cocoa

Taste follows suit with the roast coffee and rye coming through first,slightly sweet and then you get some cocoa with a dry crisp finish. Bit of hops to round things out.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and fairly bold. Creamy thick and rich with tiny bubbles

Drinkability is good although this beer makes you feel like you've eaten a sandwich.Would definitely have another.

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Photo of RaginBull
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is going to be a bit off the wall, but then again arent us BA members a bit off the wall!

My ol'man is a profesional chef and decided to grab one of my bottles of Rugbrod and make a marmelade spread with it.

1) Simmer the beer, but do not boil so you dont lose the beer taste and too much alcohol.

2) Add Pectin and organic sugar and simmer a bit longer.

3) Pour into a warm sterile glass jar and close lid finger tight and place jar into boiling water to seal. Then take out jar from water and let cool and refrigerate.

This can be used as a marinade for ribs, on jalapeno poppers, spicey buffalo meatballs, rye toast.

As a matter of fact I marinaded a full rack and cooled them for about 2 hours. Placed in the oven at 300 degrees for 2.5 hours. Remove, serve and enjoy with your favorite brew.

Just think of the possibilities.!

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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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Rugbrød from The Bruery
3.88 out of 5 based on 923 ratings.
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