Rugbrød | The Bruery

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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 ktrillionaire
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
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 TotalDave
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Muddy brown with a lively, bubbly head. Good retention.

S: Pumpernickel bread, spice, and dark roasted grain. Not as strong as expected

T: lots going on here. Spice with a light sour note from the rye, very pleasant. Brown ale flavors of toasted nuts and grain along with a bit of tootsie roll and light fruitiness.

M: smooth, with a prickle of carbonation to balance but with nice small bubbles.

D: had this with lightly spicy food and complimented well, though couldn't see doing it on its own. Small markdown as it loses complexity as you go.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The best feature of this beer. Beer gushed up like a slow champagne when I opened it. Glowing brown with a fizzing head that lasts and lasts and finally settles into a thin layer of tiny bubbles.

S: Can't really pick much out here but some bready malts.

T: Just when you think this beer is going to be Belgian-sweet, the rye comes in for the save. A little bitter, followed by a little spiciness, and finishes with just a touch of caramel.

M: Lots of carbonation and fairly thick for a rye ale.

D: This beer is a little too robust (in the sense of breadiness and carbonation) for the style and ABV. I had trouble finishing the 750 over a number of hours.

Overall, I'd choose others from the Bruery's fine selection before picking this one up again. You do get your money's worth though.

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours auburn with a sizeable off-white to tan head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is robust - caramel, toffee, sourdough and minty rye.

The taste is sweet and sour - caramel/toffee with sour and bread. Minty, dry finish.

Full-bodied. Prickly carbonation, yet remains thick-ish.

Very drinkable with a malty smoothness. Alcohol covered exceptionally well. Sweet and sour with a minty touch. A very interesting, enjoyable brew!

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Brown ruby with a huge tan head. Clear enough

S-Rye bread, cardamom. Slightly metallic.

T-Really Bready, like dark russian rye bread. Firmly bitter. Toasty malts. D2 Candi syrup. Spicy.

M-Prickly carbonation. Fairly thick for the carbonation. No alcohol heat. Some astringency.

D-An interesting beer. Never had the a danish rye beer before but I wouldn't avoid it if one came my way again

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

a: deep chestnut shell brown in color, capped with a lightly retained tan head

s: malty brown base with undertones of dry chocolate and spicy rye cutting into the sweetness a bit, papery hops give some balance

m: smooth, medium-full carbonation on a medium body

t: sweet brown malts complimented by mild chocolate and a spicy rye flavor gradually give way to a drying, mildly bitter finish with hints of light roast coffee, interesting but nothing really sets this one apart from the rest

d: no problem

12 oz. serving at Bierria Paradiso, DC

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Photo of Gtreid
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle poured into a pint glass. Picked this one up at the local Total Wine a couple of weeks ago.

A: Muddy brown color. The pour produced about a finger of sand head that retained very well but left next to no lace.

A: Rye spice, chocolate, and smoke. Nice earthy hop presence, but this is a malt bomb all the way.

T: I really think this one comes together nicely. I get the rye but then I get an unexpected huge amount of chocolate. The dark and chocolate malt dominate the flavor. A small bitterness and slightly sour taste comes in at the back end, but it finishes smooth with no hint of the ABV.

M: Very smooth but, a good amount of carbonation gives it a little bite.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is pretty darn high for me. Overall, I think this might be more on the side of a brown ale, but I really don't care, I think this is a very good beer, and one I will be picking up again. To the Bruery: Welcome to Florida! Skal.

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Photo of philbe311
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A mammoth tan billowy pillow like had comprised of chunky bubbles with an extremely rocky top... Absolutely steller retention... A striking medium to dark brown color that is translucent in nature with light leaking in through the top of the glass... Some copperish highlights are noted... A mix of sluggish carbonation alongs the sides of the glass with sprier carbonation in the center of the glass... The carbonation reinvigorates after every sip.... Circles of foam cling on the glass on the way down...

S - Destinctive spicy notes of rye and pumpernickel... Loads of bready malts and crust...

T - Bready malts dominate to start... A mild caramel toffee sweetness... The distinctive rye notes quickly step in and dominate through the after taste...

M - A distinctive carbonated bite on the tongue... Dense... Medium bodied... Even... Becomes slightly creamy as the beer warms...

D - A very solid and interesting offering from the Bruery... Often times the rye content of a Rye Beer is obscured, but not here, the rye is front and center as it should be... I would suggest sharing the bottle as a full 25.4oz bottle is a little tough to get through on your own...

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

Appearance: pours a hazy dark amber color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: caramel, some earthy tones, and a bit of a bread tone also.

Taste: caramel, rye, yeast, a hint of sour dark plums, and a touch of spiciness late. Alcohol is barely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of dryness late. Aftertaste is long.

Drinkability: nice slow sipping beer. After finishing the bottle I could have had another glass. Nice 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 Trueant1
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and sits in the glass even darker brown.
Nice tan head that dissapates fast!

Dank off-smell up front. Rye, spice, alcohol. Not my favorite smelling brew.

Taset is good. Bitter hop kick with sweet molassis following. Some sourness that goes along with the style.

Smooth and well blended mouthfeel. Nice session brew!!
Some hop kick with lots of sugars to coat the mouth.

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Photo of Risser09
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 poured into a pilsner - cellar - 2009 I bet

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangeish brown color with a 3" tall tan head. It shows decent retention and spotty lace remains.

Smell: Caramel malt, freshly roasted barley, nougat, caramel and I suppose some actual rye grain. A slight mineral backbone and little to no hops.

Taste: A smooth wash of caramel, nougat and rye grain. The flavor is very robust and turbid, almost milky, but very smooth. Awkward.

Mouthfeel: See above. This beer is quite chalky and again, turbid. Medium body, ample carbonation, smooth going down, with seemingly less than 8% alcohol.

Drinkability: This is a decent brew that you have to try. It's worth trying once, but I won't go after it again. A modest effort that hopefully pulls in the authenticity of Danish beer.

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Photo of snpub540
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown hue with some amber highlights when held to light. Creamy brown colored head that left some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell was very much of roasted malts. Thats it.

Taste was slightly rye and the rest being roasted malt flavor. Nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel felt slightly thin. Drinkability is good and the alcohol is hidden and doesn't come up in taste.

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Photo of adamette
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 750ML bottle that I bought for $11.99 at Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield in Cleveland a few weeks ago into my Brewery Ommegang gold rimmed Westvleteren style goblet. No observed "best by" date. The label is excellent, one of the most attractive that I have seen. Following printed on the label: "JuleBryg-Style Dark Rye Ale. A deep auburn colored robust Danish-style ale with spicy rye and caramelly, bready malts."

A Dark caramel, mahogany body with a very light brown, creamy head that sticks around for several minutes. Good lacing left on the inside of the glass as well. 4.0

S I really like the rye, bready malts and "caramelly" smells available in this beer. It is complex, interesting and ultimately inviting. 4.5

T Like liquid rye bread, this beer is heavy on the rye (which I like, if you announce that it is a rye beer then, damnit, it should taste of some rye, and this does!). There is also certainly a brown ale type of presence of medium roast malt that is quite good as well. This is a big tasting beer, and a delicious one at that. In fact, the description on the label is quite accurate. 4.5

M As suggested, this is a big beer with big ABV, big, bold tastes. It is on the thin side, however. 4.0

D Fair since it is such a big beer with bold tastes. 3.0

Notes: The third and final Bruery beer that I taste and rate this week. I am very impressed with The Bruery.

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Photo of pdoran10
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass from the bottle I picked up on a trip to Wisconsin.

It pours out a pretty dark brown with very little carbonation. A small bit of head at the top. The smell is dark malt, nothing very distinct about the smell, disappointing. The taste is a bit of rye and a complex malt blend. Complex, but not very exciting. The mouthfeel is standard not overly thick, but you can tell the beer has a lot of substance. No complaints about the drinkability. A good beer, but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love rye beers and I was really looking forward to this and I was really let down. There wasn't much rye flavor in it at all. I'm debating whether or not I should go buy a bottle of it to see if its different.

Served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is brown and really hazy. Forms a thin broken head with low carbonation and almost no lacing. Looks fine, not sure what I expected but this is approximately it.

Aroma is a mixture of sweet and roast. Was not expecting the roast at all. I can't pick up any rye character at all.

Beer is smooth and finishes completely. There is a nice sweetness up front but then the beer falls flat. There is almost nothing after that. No rye flavor, a slight roast but I don't even care about that. Its a little too thin for my tastes and this beer is really boring me.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Pours a dark brown color with a very nice light tan head with great retention and lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is semi-sweet bready malt, caramel dark fruit and a hint of spicy rye and chocolate.

T- The taste is very malty with a lot of sweet caramel and dark fruits along with spicy rye and some alcohol in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid brew that is definitely worth a try. I was hoping for a little more of a kick from the rye, but this one is still a solid beer.

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Photo of david18
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was such an acceptional beer! It was just drafted as I was arriving at Amsterdam Ale house on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The beer is the perfect balance of unique spicy malt, intense hops and great sweet flavor. Strong enough to be an a&&-kicker, drinkable enough to have a couple I will look for this beer again.

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

monstrous head. filled an entire imperial pint with foam. curiously, no lacing

slightly hazy deep amber color. getting to brown but with plenty of orange

the imperial head releases drieddarkfruited aromas (dried black cherry, raisin) and rye sourness.

very ryeish flavor up front. they clearly used a good portion of rye malt and i love rye malt. ipso facto this beer tastes delicious to me. hops are for flavor, though contribute some bitterness. some sweetness lurks but doesn't have much of a chance between the rye and hop (and carbonation) punctuations. very bready, which i can assume to be an inspiration at some level. a touch of chocolate rounds out the mouthfull (before the bitterness, that is)

a tasty brew that

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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 pokesbeerdude
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $11.

A: Very dark brown with an aggressive head, sand colored that keeps growing out of the glass, haven't seen this except in a few saisons. This is rather impressive, probably the best head retention I've ever seen, as it keeps coming out of the glass! Lots of sticky lacing once it does recede. Nice looking beer.

S: Dark rye bread, caramel, very grainy, a few yeasty notes and some esters. Slightly earthy and a fair amount of strong malty flavors. Slight alcohol. Not bad.

T: Definitely interesting, rye malts really stand out as the should, but there's also a definite roast to it, like smoked rye I would venture. Caramel and bread really shine in this one. Earthy and bitter as well. Some notes of coffee, and an interesting cream note as well that I'm picking up. Light bitterness towards the end. Nice beer, definitely a malt bomb.

M: Fairly thick body, medium carbonation, and a little bit of warm alcohol. Nice here as well.

D: Fairly easy to drink. Lots of nice flavors that work well together, the alcohol is a little strong, but it works nicely. Great winter beer, and it will be nice to see how this one develops over the years. Recommended.

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Photo of kels
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, ruddy brown with good amounts of carbonation flowing in a mostly clear liquid, good 2-finger foamy toasty head, well-retained.

Smell has nice, dry toastiness, slight sweetness of malts, and the alcohol creeps out.

Super delicious toastiness and super dry grains, like cracked coffee bean shells. There's a slight grounds presence and the dry rye comes through mostly in the aftertaste. The slight sweetness of the malts pairs well with the moderate alcohol kick. Slight metallic aftertaste. Feel is moderately carbonated, lending to a good creaminess and loads of fizziness in the throat.

Honestly, when I think of the drinkability of this beer, I think "loveliness" is a good descriptor. It is pleasantly tasty and feeling. Very enjoyable.

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

pours a clear dark brown with a tint of red in the light, a large khaki head, and a little lacing.

smell is of dark fruits, caramel, cocoa, and some spice.

taste is of chocolate nubs, spice, some dark fruits, malt, and caramel, ends dry and slightly bitter.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes, bought to drink with ham on x-mas:

Rye highlights,

light brown, poured a big old head

alcohol, chocolately, bready rye,

thin body.

I continued to be let down with bruery beers from a bottle. The on tap stuff is good, I havent had black tuesday but mostly everything else Ive had from a bottle has been a let down.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Liquid is a sort of dark sienna with faint cordovan and ruby around the edges - color is subtle and difficult to evaluate in this dim setting. A thick creamy finger of desert sand foam persists and clings to the sides leaving behind a sticky, thin, even layer of lacing. Very thin legs are suspended just above the foam. Excellent head retention overall.

The aroma is simple but intriguing - a really unique mix of rye and Belgian yeast - sort of a malty sourdough starter fed with rye flour. Tangy, and almost salty in a way.

The palate entry is tart and bready with hints of sesame and buttermilk. Faint pepper and pumpernickel in the finish, along with some bitterness. Rye is a little rough as it isn't balanced by any sweetness.

Smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

Best served with food (a strong cheese pairing at the least) as otherwise it becomes something of a trial to finish.

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Rugbrød from The Bruery
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