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 mothman
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a huge light tan head. Good retention but not a lot of lace. Color is a ruby hued bark brown. Very dark.

Aroma: A huge amount of rye, some spices, very malty. Just a load of rye and it just isn't impressing me.

Taste: a lot of smokey/roasted malts. Huge rye flavors. Some spices and dried fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: very roasted, however it has a nice amount of carbonation which makes it refreshing. A lighter bodied beer. Ends with a very dry aftertaste that is burnt and full of rye.

Overall, a lit bit of a let down here. I normally love rye beers, but this one was a bit to much for me. Not something I enjoyed a lot of. I probably won't be having this again.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured a dark brown mahogany color with a thick off white head. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a lot of Belgian yeasty flavors with some spices and rye. Taste has a lot of re present but the sweet caramely malt also comes through. Some spiciness and Belgian yeast also comes through. The rye flavor is very appealing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Drinkability is good, but as expected it's not something I would drink all night. A bottle shared with a few friends was a very good purchase.

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

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very spicy rye component with some caramel malt sweetness to add some balance. The taste is decent. It has a solid malt bill which consists of caramel malts and rye. It's spicy as hell with a nice Belgian yeast character. It goes down easy with a dry, roasted, bitter feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good rye beer. It's not hidden at all. It's rye right in your face.

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

this beer pours a murky brown with a very tall tan head even with a gentle pour coming up three or four fingers. the aroma brings a nice spicey aroma from the rye and yeast esters. the taste showcases the spice from the rye as well as a nice sweet bready malt taste. the roast astringency combines with the full body and good co2 to make this a very tasty beverage, thanks weswes for the great beers.

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Photo of cokes
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany topped with a (literally) never-ending column of pale tan foam.
Some dark rye spicy bready notes hit the nose, but afterwards, it's all chalky, minerally, talcy, powdery astringency.
In the mouth, it's a hell of a lot of rye. And I love it for it. Toasty, spicy, peppery, bready. Some dark fruity (fig and date) elementals emerge as the yeast runs its estery course with clove and additional pepper notes. The rye, though, stays the feature throughout. Hopping is peppery, dry, and congruent. Some dark chocolate appears late, and lingers through the finish.
It's a bit over gassed (and this hurt the nose, giving it too much minerality), the body is fullish, but fuzzy up front with the rampant bubbles.
Despite some aroma/carbonation issues, this delivers the goods. I'm a sucker for rye, and this is a straight shot of it.

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Photo of jampics2
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy brown with red highlights. A nice off-white three finger head sticks around for 5 minutes then retreats to a thin layer.

Smell is nice but a bit minerally in its harshness - a strong rye and Belgian yeast scent dominates the mix. Some slight roasted malt as well.

Taste is really good!!! This has an initial fruity sweetness I absolutely didn't see coming. Super nice spicey rye, sweet chocolate malt, noticable alcohol, and fruity yeast flavor peak then fade off to a coco powder taste from the malt. This is really a complex beer and succeeded in making me do a double take, so kudos for that. I'm also noticing bitterness emerging at the end, but not the typical hoppy bitterness, maybe a spice or root?

Mouthfeel is good. I'd like to see this a bit denser in the throat. Voracious carbination as expected.

Drinkability is good for the strength and uniqueness. Glad to have another of these to share with friends!

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Photo of mikey711
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours murky and a slightly cloudy brown with thick near two inch head that is slightly brown as well. Head retention was a bit too good as i owuld have liked it to settel a little faster.

S: Rye spiciness as well a some beligany esters. Perhaps a few hints of coriander and some crisp herbal hops.

T: A chocolate note strikes my palate first. Some coriander and rye spices. Some fruitness and almost a wheat like sweetness found in a wit. A very interesting blend of flavors.

M: A slight bit of booziness and the body is a bit lighter than i expected.

D: I am glad that I split the bottle because the hole bottle would have been a bit too much

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

Having this with a Huntsman cheese. Perfect pour, typical of Bruery beers. Dark red tinged brown body with a generous beige head. Looks great as it is swirled up again. The rye hits you strongly, astringent herbiness. Taste is overpoweringly malt, and reminds me a good deal of dark bock beers - not a favorite style of mine. Not too sweet, the malt is nicely balanced by...something. I hesitate to say a bitterness from hops, because that is not really it. More an astringent flavor of medicianal herbs, like in the nose. The body and drinkability is amazing, and is fairly standard for Bruery beers. They have that smooth, thick drinkable body that stands up to their enormous flavor profiles, and this beer is no exception.

An interesting beer, good, but not a style that I will be returning to. I couldn't pass up a new Bruery beer though.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep brown with burnt orange highlights, two-finger tan head with decent retention and lacing

s - brown sugar, maple syrup, caramel and mixed spice on the nose, hints of cola and booze as well

t - much like the aroma, lot of maple syrup, brown sugar, caramel and earthy spice up front with caramel developing in the finish along with notes of tobacco and burnt toast, slight alcohol presence

m - medium-to-full bodied, medium-to-lower carbonation, mildly dry finish, moderate alcohol warming

d - fairly drinkable in that it's pretty easy on the palate, interesting in flavor and not overly sweet

Very nice rye beer by The Bruery. Pretty complex and not overly sweet as I feared and as has been my experience with a few other Bruery offerings.

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Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with good amounts of rye and lighter amounts of other nondescript spices. Also present is a kind of mineral-like aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildy sweet toasted malt flavors up front are joined by spicy rye that isn't over the top and a smattering of other spices. As with the aroma there's a mineral presence that's there in most Bruery beers I've had but especially strong and not quite as welcome in this one. The ending is mildly spicy and bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my bottle however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I generally like rye beers a lot but this one didn't really do it for me. By no means a bad beer, instead it seems a bit jumbled. It's worth a shot to see for yourself.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent light coffee brown, with a good sized head that lingers, leaving lace traces on the glass.

Smells of coffee, brown sugar, raisins, dried cherries, cloves, hay, and a bit of ginger. A bit of an earthy dirt/horse stable smell.

This tastes strongly of rye malts, powdered dark chocolate, ginger bread. It is drier than the sugar in the nose would suggest, which makes it even better. Finishes with some bitter hops and bitter chocolate. The flavors are all well balanced.

At 8 percent ABV, this beer is highly drinkable. Each taste begets another. A really fine and different beer that would go well with some earthy, dark food, like a lamb and mushroom stew, or, for dessert, a winter-style spice cake. Or, nice to sip by the fireplace on a cold winter evening.

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Photo of eyncognito
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Needless to say, but I will, I am incredibly pleased that we now have the Bruery in Madison Wisconsin.

Pours a deep dark brown with an off-white head into my Duvel tulip. Aroma is big time dark rye bread, leans toward pumpkernickel with a sweet rye spice, also hints of cocoa and some brown sugary sweetness.

Taste is really pretty much the same as the aroma. Bready pumpernickel, sweet brown sugar, nutty, while cocoa and some black pepper linger in the background, along with faint herbal hop notes. This beer is pretty straight-forward, but I am really enjoying the quality and execution here. Medium bodied beer, the finish is a little light-neither sweet nor dry, which in this case I say is a plus. Soft carbonation.

Drinkable? Yes, very much so. 8% is hardly noticeable-without hardly any hops-besides some faint herbal notes. This beer may be a one trick pony, but I say let it ride. A wonderfully executed rye beer without gimmick or pretenses. It is what it is. Good beer.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Feuillien goblet.

A: Pours a dark mahogany tinted brown. The initial pour featured a tan head about five fingers thick. Carbonation seemed a little lazy but retention was excellent. A few drooping tendrils of lace were left to decorate the glass.

S: Wonderfully spicy rye aroma with elements of dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, caraway, white pepper, lemon, brown sugar/molassas, and coca-cola.

T: Fruity yeast and tangy rye loom largely here with a lot of supporting help from bright citrus, dark chocolate, spices, white pepper, maple, cola nut, and molassas.

M: Slightly tangy, with sweet and savory overtones. Spicy finish with a nice thick mouthfeel. Coats well and leaves an excellent spicy tingle on the tongue.

D: Maybe it was my empty belly or the huge amount of rye in this or something but while this was an enormously enjoyable beer, my cheeks were feeling pretty scorched by the end of the bottle. I loved this beer!

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep auburn with a fluffy tan head and cola like bubbles that quickly dissipate to a ring and patch of foam.

S - Spicy with bready rye, some sweetness, a touch of coffee, chocolate and tea.

T - Bready and spicy, caramel and rye, nutty, some malt sweetness with a bit of brown sugar, coffee grounds and chocolate. Lingering grainy flavor.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation and a lingering bready sweetness.

D - Like a meal in a glass. Reminds me a little of a less spicy dunkelweizen with rye.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle with a 1/2" tan head, which slowly receded to some edge lacing. The body was slightly hazy; a reddish muddy brown with copious amounts of coarse carbonation visible from the sides of the glass. This carbonation was big enough that it actually became a visual turn-off.

S- Yeasty, fresh-baked bread dominates the nose, and lesser aromas of molasses, dark candy sugar and metal comprise the nose as well.

T- Rye spiciness jumps to the forefront of the palate, followed by the anticipated molasses and yeasty notes. The finish lingers and develops a mild bitterness and chocolatiness as it trails-off. What a lovely and dynamic range of flavor!

M- A nice medium body becomes average at best with the abundant and coarse carbonation featured by this beer. Really, it is over-carbonated... and the single biggest detractor from it being an instant classic (in my book).

D- Despite the over-carbonation issue, this is still quite drinkable, and the alcohol is very well-hidden. I could easily finish this 750ml bottle on my own!

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Photo of sweethome
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to the Chicago market, Bruery!

Opens with a very full release of carbonation. Quickly drives up the bottle, so I begin the pour in to my belgian tulip glass. Pour is dark, hazy brown color. Tan head builds to about two inches and then diminishes. Yeast upfront on the nose, followed by cocoa, dried fruits and carmel malts.

The first taste has significant I let this bad boy breath for a few minutes. The next taste is dry, rich in chocolate/cocoa, and underlying yeast. A dried fruit flavor lingers. A hint of coffee. I do pick up a bit of spice from the rye. Quite a dry and carbonated beer. Alcohol present.

Good to let this beer open a bit. The carbonation lightens up and lets the chocolate and dried fruit flavors build.

Delivers in a rather narrow range, but what it delivers is well crafted and flavorful. My first impression of Bruery is positive.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 version update:

A: Medium dark murky brown with a very thick pancake batter head (at least 2 fingers of it) retention is quite good and lacing is superb.

S: Belgian spicy yeast and subtle rye bread meed orange peel.

T: Complex rye bready sweetness and molasses intertwine with muted spicy earthy flavors. It's got a nice balance of sweet and dry and a perfect level of carbonation.

M: very balanced.

O: This seems to be done quite well but overall I have to say I find the flavors just sort of muddled together with out making themselves very interesting.


A: This one pours a medium brown color and has a foamy off white head. It has good head retention.

S: I smell sweet toffee and caramel. The beer definitely has a true rye quality on the nose as well... pastrami on rye minus the pastrami.

T: There is a fair amount of rye seed bitterness... strange. Coco powder and a dark chocolate bitterness. Not a ton of richness on the palate, this beer finishes rather dry. Tons of carbonation as well I'm thinking a bit too much. Its hard to discern flavors because there is an explosion of froth in the mouth. Like eating a mad dog foaming bubblegum (only very little flavor). baking soda rye beer.

M: tons of carbonation very frothy.

d: The carbonation takes away from the drinkability. Its not bad though, Alcohol is well hidden.

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

I've had this on tap a few times at the Bruery. I picked up a bottle yesterday to drink with a hearty dinner.

Appearance: Ruddy brown with a huge foamy head. The head lingers a leaves behind great lacing.

Smell: Cinnamon and other spices, dried apple, prunes and raisins, caramel and bready yeast. A little bit of booziness behind it all.

Taste: Taste follows the smell. This is a robust beer and compliments a cold weather robust meal. As stated before, I've had the beer on tap at the Bruery a number of times but the beer really comes alive with the right food. We followed dinner up with a Chimay Grand Reserve and my wife and I both agreed that the Rugbrod was infinitely more enjoyable - and we are Chimay fans.

Mouthfeel: Assertive carbonation, dry yet sweet.

Drinkability: Very drinkable... maybe even gulpable.

Again, I think the key to this beer is to drink this beer with a hearty meal. It's wonderful.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Original review lost in the great "girlfriend's roomate using the computer before it was submitted computer crash of 2009."

Really great beer. Interesting flavours, predominantly--rye bread. Slightly sour aftertaste. Became increasingly better as it warmed, and more intense.

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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 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 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 BevMoAndrew
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Bruery Tulip glass at about 50 degrees.

Rugbrod pours a clear brown with a thick off-white froth. Caramel, roasted nuts, Belgian fruitiness (I get mostly banana & dark berries), baking spices, and light coffee show on the nose and are joined with a light chocolatiness on the palate. There is a little heat that I get on the finish, but overall this is a fantastic brew! Bought at the Bruery for $8 and worth every pennny!

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

On-tap at The Bruery, on to the beer:

Deep leather brown color. Bread crust, nuts, and a pinch of fruity yeast in the nose. It a brown ale. Nutty, bread crust...the yeast adds a layer of dark fruits to the profile. At first, the beer numbs part of the palate, but that feeling eventually goes away (it's not like it was supercarbonated). Medium bodied. Pleasant long lingering aftertatste of nuts.

I can give this "rye brown ale" my seal of approval. Another Bruery recommendaton.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Max's this past Sunday.

Hazy dark brown with no real head. Reddish brown highlights are noticeable. The nose is spicy and bready rye, it really reminds me of fresh pumpernickel-ry bread. Brown sugar sweetness with an herbal tea and coffee grounds character and a touch of chocolate, this is truly great stuff. The palate opens with a big rye bread character with brown sugar, honey and caramel with a touch of coffee in the back. Mild husky bitterness on the finish with chocolate and coffee present. The rye character is great, big and spicy. Yeast character is reserved. As it warms up, I pick up some pepper. Medium in body, though a little watery on the finish with soft carbonation, this is good. I'd put it in the category of beers more interesting to drink than enjoyable, though I will revisit it from the bottle.

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