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 Badger6
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750mL bottle, sampled in a Tripel Karmaliet Tulip. Recommended serving temp is 50F, poured out at 54F.

A: Head is off-white, very foamy, built very quickly even with a slow pour. Mostly diminished within 3-4 minutes, some lacing on the glass. Body is very dark brown, a little light comes through on the edges. Looks very nice in the glass after the pour.

S: Distinctly malty, spice notes, with some dark fruit aromas.

T: Very malty with distinct fruits up front, spicy notes are immediately recognizable. The roast comes on in the middle and builds to a strong finish. Slight sour notes linger, no bitterness. The Belgian yeasts are distinct, but not overwhelming.

M: Body is medium, not heavy, not light. Carbonation seemed a bit heavy.

O: Another enjoyable beer from The Bruery. Fantastic use of the rye in a Belgian style. The roast and malt coupled with the spiciness of the rye were well done. The sour hints at the end were pleasing, could be mistaken for a variation of a Flemish red if rye was not imprinted on the label. While the body was nice, the carbonation was a bit excessive, not a turn off, but it could be less.

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

A solid beer that really does like rye bread (well, maybe more like pumpernickel). Pours a bit thick and slightly cloudy, but with a nice head. A touch of sour graininess in the nose, but otherwise dusty grain and some dry malt- a bit like Wasa crackers. The taste lacks the grainy sourness, but has even more of the crackery rye maltiness, with just a touch of sweetness on the end and a bit of the bitter chocolate note sometimes found with rye. Smooth and well rounded, and quite easy to drink. Nice.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Off white head fades fast. Body is opaque dark brown.

S: Deep fruit flavor and spice. Slight coffee/roasted note as well.

T: Much like the smell, fruit up front followed by a touch of roast later. The whole thing seems to have a belgian yeast character, though that fruitiness could be from somewhere else.

M: Slightly thin, though there is some higher carbonation to balance it out.

O: This is something like a Belgian rye porter. Very nice beer.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle in to a Duvel tulip with a moderate hand. Label reads 9/24/12, Lot 653.

A: Very dark brown with a reddish tint. 2 fingers tan head with ok retention. Slight lacing. Nice body on this one.

S: Belgian yeast with some light funk, earthiness. Faint roasted malt. Apple cider. Sour rye. Lacking in potency compared with the flavor.

T: Tangy, roasted malts with bittersweet quality. Spice and mild sourness from the rye. Slight dark fruit. Fairly dry finish with dark chocolate, toffee notes. Slight alcohol presence.

M: Moderate carbonation with moderate body. Nice feel with a slight bite that seems fitting. Accentuates the rye notes.

O: Drinks like a stingo - and definitely grew on me as it went along. Really opened up as it warmed. Spicy, malty and tangy with some nice roasted notes. Good stuff.


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Photo of Joshpu
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured a hazy dark reddish-brown with a large finger of beige head.

S: Smells a lot like a Belgian quad, dark fruits. Also getting the rye and spices. Smells pretty sweet.

T: Sweet dark fruit malts, fig, plum, sweet apple. Rye and spice on the end. The rye comes out much more as the beer warms.

M: Medium to full bodied. Similar carbonation to a Belgian quad. At first it hits you with the sweetness then has a light finish.

Overall a good winter beer. Drinks a lot like a Belgian quad, definitely on the sweeter side. I was expecting to get much more rye, as opposed to the sweeter quad-like characteristics. If you don't like sweet beers, you may not like this. This is actually one of the few beers that I would rather drink right out of the fridge, as opposed to letting it warm. Didn't taste as good as it warmed.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a flute.

Appearance: very dark brownish amber, cloudy as it gets and a steady orange tinted white head that rose to maybe just under a finger's length.

Smell: you might need to let it warm as the beer release it's yeasty notes.

Taste: This is a nice complex brew, sweet..almost raisin like with a bready and yeast feel that becomes very addicting. Slight sourness which the feel has some burnt sugars to it. I wouldn't drink it to cold as it neutralizes some of the flavors, I had to let my glass sit just a little bit and you feel.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, not too sticky but ridiculously smooth and sweet honey finish.

Overall: grabbed this a few months back on my trip to PA and if I see it over here back in NY I would definitely grab it again. Might be best served after dessert..or better yet make this your dessert. Salud!

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, light brown with a tan half-finger head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing.

S: Rye comes in strong with chocolate and malts

T: Follows nose. Smooth, sweet. I'm a sucker for rye.

M: Light to medium with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: A great sipper. Recommended.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a tulip- pours a dark brown cherry color with 1.5 fingers of head, a modest ring of foam lingers throughout, and a few spots of lacing.

Smell is of rye and booze- rich malty notes, a sharp rye smell and booze.

Tastes like the beer version of pumpernickel bread- delicious. Some bitterness up front followed by rich malt flavor; the rye develops sharply I'm the middle and then s,oaths back out into a yeasty, rye, and slightly dry finish.

Mouthfeel oIs perfectly appropriate- full bodied, well carbonated, rich. I got this beer and then made some pork tenderloin to pair with it and it was excellent.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle received in trade with igeunard - thanks!

Appearance - Brown colour with a smaller size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, caramel, molasses, pepper, malts

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, breads/grains mixed with some caramel/molasses. There is also some fig/dates and some peppery notes.

Overall - Really good. Nice deep flavours and a complex taste. A great fall/autumn type of beer, lots of rustic flavour.

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Photo of cvm4
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a murky brown/amber with a hazy body and light tan head.

S - Burnt caramel, toffee, dark fruits (raisins & figs) and bready malts.

T - Sweetness in your face, caramel at first with light chocolate notes. Moves into a good bit of rye spices and finishes with an almost orange acidic tartness.

M - Light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Easy drinking for the abv.

O - Interesting combo of flavors that don't disappoint.

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Photo of lsummers
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber brown with what looks like a decent amount of carbonation. The hue really is perfect for this type of beer, very inviting.

Smells of dark fruits and some slight burnt candy caramel. There's a nutty toffee malty note accompanying what reminds me of the smell of a quad.

Tastes of some nutty dark chocolate and some dark fruits with raisins. There's a toffee sweetness that is joined by a spicy rye bread note.

Mouthfeel is sharp round and chewy. Moderate amount of carbonation keeps this from being too thick.

Overall it's a great rye beer. Nice to see an outstanding non sour from the Bruery.

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Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First half of the bottle pours clear and dark. Primarily brown with hints of copper and red. Once you get down to the bottom the bottle the beer becomes very hazy and looks like sewer water. Tons of yeast sediment in the glass. It looks as though theres are rye particulates floating around as well. Off-white/eggshell head with tight foam. Minimal but noticeable alcohol legs.

Sweet malt smell - brown/burnt sugar, caramel, dark chocolate. A nice toasted, almost burnt, quality, also a nice bready smell. Lots of rye - it smells a lot like rye bread. The flavor become much less sweet as it warmed up and got towards the bottom of the bottle. More bread and rye and subtle dark fruits - raisin, fig,...)

A big burst of sweetness at the front of the mouth - caramel and chocolate. But quickly moves towards the more savory rye and roast flavors. A surprising amount of light acidic flavors - almost a very mild sourness that I'm guessing is coming from the rye. Finishes with a nice light coffee bitterness and some residual sweetness.

A light mouthfeel for the abv, but not too watery. The light/medium mouthfeel was a nice contrast to the rich flavors.

Overall, a nice malty beer with a fair amount of roast. Not overly complex, but enjoyable.

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Photo of zrbeer1579
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark amber-brown with very little head.

Aroma: Dark fruits, slight caramel, light dark bread smell, tiny bits of black peppers, and some alcohol as well. Overall aroma is light.

Taste: Dark fruits, mostly cherry. Some caramel sweetness and dark bread. Some roasted-ness. Some more Belgian-like characters, maybe it's the yeast. Even some floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Feels almost creamy but yet watery at the same time. Finish is sweet with some hops.

Overall: I was really looking forward to this beer, but was disappointed. It's a some-what interesting beer but just felt lacking. It was not worth the money.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2013-05-14 in Columbia, PA

A - Almost opaque ruddy brown with a 1.5-finger tan head that fades to 1/4" leaving very little lacing.

S - Dark bread crusts, hint of dark fruit, mild pepper, hop floral/flowery.

T - Dark fruit (black cherry) is much more apparent than in the smell. Pinch of white raisins, mild-moderate roasted malt, sour dough rye bread, some caramel and chocolate, light spice including pepper. Semi-sweet initially but dries nicely. Tastes like a Belgian-style yeast was used. There's some balancing tartness and bitterness pairing with the chocolate-covered dark cherries in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Substantial, creamy, clinging-then-drying.

O - I really like this beer. On the surface, it is simply satisfying but has enough variety of flavors to hold my interest.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown/amber in color with a large brownish-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thick wall of lace.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with a slight sour lemon hint. A bit of alcohol sweetness as well. Where's the rye?

Taste: Begins with lots of caramel sweetness that remains throughout. There is a touch of the rye spiciness toward the middle and lingering after the finish, but not enough in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a watery, slippery finish.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer, but the rye doesn't seem to come through as much as it should. This actually tastes like a doppelbock with slight rye flavoring. Again, not too bad, but not enough of what I imagine a "rye beer" being.

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

Poured from tap into snifter at lokal in Miami. Pours a deep murky brown with very little head. Looks almost flat but I can see a bit of carbonation rising. Great belgian yeast aromas...dried fruit and raison. Taste is great. Belgian yeast and raison figgy chocolate. ..almost quad like but finishes with a hint of spicy rye. Really cool brew. Its smooth and just easy to drink. Awesome brew again by the bruery.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, murky brown with a two finger tall, light tan head that dissipates rather quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma: Big spicy, slightly tart smelling rye right away, Belgian candy sugar and plum-like yeast phenols with citrus-y hops around the edges. There is some sweet biscuit-y malt neatly tucked underneath it all. Definitely smells akin to a very rye forward Dubbel.

Taste: Sweet, juicy plum up front, with some biscuit-y Belgian malts right along with it. A very nice, overtly American citric hoppiness builds up to the slightly tart, peppery rye off dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin body with a soft, gentile carbonation.

Overall: An interesting take on the Belgian Dubbel style. However, I certainly wish the taste was as Rye forward as the nose belied. I do have to say while the mouthfeel is certainly a bit thin for the style, the beer remains very quaffable and offers just enough depth to intrigue the palate.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle...gushed a bit upon opening.
Pours a dark brown with significant amber head.
Big carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of roasted malts, bitter fruit juice, some funkiness. Overall rich and bold, strange & funky, bitter. Not the easiest to drink but also intriguing and fun.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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 brotherloco
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2012 Release. Served in a snifter.

Pours a hazy caramel brown with about a finger of dark beige foam. Settles quickly to a creamy ring. Bits of lacing here and there.

Aroma of molasses, brown sugar, candi sugar and spicy rye. A small metallic note emerges as well. No real alcohol.

Initial flavor is pleasantly sweet and quickly becomes spicy through the middle. Some burnt sugar and brown bread notes. Some maple. Bitter hops emerge in the finish and aftertaste. Spiciness from the rye really kicks up in the aftertaste as well. No real sign of the alcohol.

Medium bodied with medium-low, creamy carbonation. Very nice feel.

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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 pkalix
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

seemed a bit thick in the pour. deep, dark almost neon magenta through the duvel glass with a tan, tight bubble topping.
not getting much in the smell except an effervescent alcohol smell. a little spice too?
taste is... different. got some earthiness to it. unexplainable in my vocabulary of knowledge but not bad. "julebrig-style dark rye ale" it says on the label. there is a slight tangy bitterness and a slight prune-y taste.
medium to heavy in feel. The Bruery is relatively local but i still havent made it to their sampling room. their beers seem to have a little twist to each of them and are of a higher abv value. for the most part they have all been drinkable- nothing too obscene, and this is another decent brew from them. it's another adventurous endeavor and in the context of evaluating this one as a stand alone (and not compared to others i have just had or what i may have been expecting from this) this is a very worthy brew.

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Photo of nuclearmeg
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bready, dark, aromatic, delicious.
Pours a deep caramel brown with
Rye malts give an intense bread flavor with a hint of roast.
There is a nice heaviness to the mouthfeel.
The spiciness at the finish is subtle yet noticable.
Perfect with nutty cheeses or venison stew on a cold winter's night.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a 14oz stem-goblet at the now defunct Bruery Provisions. Cost was $6.00 USD. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of good cream and good thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a very dark auburn. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Nuts, malt, rye, bready notes, fruity esters accompanied by an artificial sweetness, and cherry pie filling/crust. Quite sugary; brown sugar is prominent. Intriguing, if a bit too sweet.

T: Fruity and sweet, with coarse rye dragging its finer notes out. Cherry pie filling up front. Heavy malty body. Too sugary towards the finish. Lacks subtlety. Kind of messy; unfocused. What happened to the nuts? The fruit is poorly handled. Bits of poorly executed dark fruit underwhelm.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Some creamy quality. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick. Unnecessarily heavy on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable but not unique or special. It's a decent brown ale and pushes limits, but the end result isn't great. I wouldn't get it again. Overpriced (in classic Bruery fashion).


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Photo of pschul4
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle fo frizzeee, that says something right there

A- Explosion. Poured a little bit into a tall glass and it was 98% head after an average pour

S- Lots of dak fruits and boatloads of rye. Those two arent working well together

T- Same as the smell. Tastes like BSDA with rye in it. Getting better as it warms but nothing great

M- Really smooth/light. Drinkable at least

O- Extra Meh. Woul drink again for free but wouldnt purchase

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