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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
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 750 ml Burgundy-style brown pop top; nice, classy, simple label. No date, and I've had it for at least a year, but it says on the back that it cellars well for 2 years. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Dark walnut beer with bits of yeast in suspension and a light tan cap which soon fades to a thick film that shows fairly good retention.

Smell: Tons of dry chocolate up front, with some spicy, peppery notes as well. Some breadiness and dark, fruity alcohol as well, almost like a strong dark Belgian ale. Hint of roastiness, but nothing like a stout/porter. Intriguing and different.

Taste: Really surprising, not at all what I was expecting from the aromas. The first thing up front is smoky roastiness. A bit earthy, dry and roasty, but not as roasty as a stout or a porter; some dry breadiness (dark wheat bread?) as well. A hint of earthy, dusty, funky, generic dark fruit. There's something else in here that I recognize, but can't quite put my finger on. This is intriguing, complex, and unique. Do I like it? I can't quite decide.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied; doesn't feel like 8% abv...just a hint of the warmign as you're drinking it.

Overall: Unique and somewhat bizarre beer. There are very few beers that, after drinking them, I can't really decide how I feel about them. This is definitely one of those beers. The roasty notes are nice, the bready after-taste is pleasant, but there's just something that doesn't quite work for me. I'm wondering if it's something with the rye? It's kind of spicy and peppery, but kind of funky and fruity too. In the end, it's something I'm really glad I got to try, but I'd probably not buy it again.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery's Rugbrod poured into a Golden Monkey tulip glass pours a veryyy dark brown with an off white head that disappears quickly. Smells a little bready with a good amount of yeast spice and malt. Tastes of strong alcohol, yeast spice, some rye character, and a little bit of chocolate. Delicious Lingering chocolate and rye after taste. Another great/ strange and well rounded brew from these guys.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A large 3-4 finger cream white head sits on top of a caramel or deep amber colored beer after a medium-aggressive pour into a tulip glass. The head dissapates slowly, not leaving much lace as it goes, but holding retention very well. Rye spice hits the nose just before candied fruit and sweet molasses does. Caramel malts mix with the rye and a hint of booze to create an interesting but not overly aromatic aroma.

Upfront is sweet caramel, molasses and candied fruit, all very sweet and sugary. It doesn't stay sweet too long before the spiciness from the rye and the bit of heat from the booze mask it and keep it from becoming cloying. The middle of the palate is a battle ground for the sweetness and the spiciness of the rye and hops, the latter of which makes its presence known in the middle and back as a very slight bitterness. In the end, the sweetness wins out as it is felt through the whole experience, including the linger. There is an overall Belgian influence in this beer as well, detected in a certain funky character. The boozy feel of this is warming, but definitely a part of the tasting as well. At 8.5 ABV, it doesn't shine through but it is a well-intgrated part of this beer. The mouthfeel is full in body, prickly on the tongue, and a little dry and sugary in the finish. Maybe just a tad off. Overcarbonation? Not sure. Good beer though and I recommend.

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4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml magnum into a strange glass. Pours a muddy, melted chocolate color, with auburn highlights through the bottom of the glass. A three-finger tan head takes a while to reduce, no doubt due to the bottle conditioning of this brew.

Smells like a bakery, very malty, with tons of rye, pumpernickle, and toffee notes. Earthy, oaky, and bready, this smell evokes a warm bakery on a cold evening. Smokey, with hints of hops as well, this is like so many Bruery beers; complex and layered in its nose.

Malty, with tons of grapes, apricots, and plums, this is a rye experience. Earthy, with oak, pumpernickle, peat and burnt barley, this has a nice smokiness that finishes with a decent hop bitter. Somewhat reminiscent of a scotch ale, but with even more rye.

Medium bodied, this has a nice dry finish.

Overall, an awesome beer, one I would definitley pick up again. It is simply unlike any beer I've had before; then again, I imagine that is a common phrase that is used when describing beers brewed at the Bruery. Get it and try it!

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3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured equally into three glasses for sampling. Average to large creamy off-white head mostly lasting with fair lacing. Cloudy-hazy red/amber hue with bottle conditioned sediment held back. Initial banana/bubble gum scent dissipates quickly leaving a dark bread grainy malt aroma mixing in with a light flowery hop presence. Starts with a tart/sweet flavor finishing mostly sweet with some sourness of average duration. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation and a light alcohol finish similar to rye whiskey.

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

750 mL champagne style capped bottle. no date. poured into tulip glass as directed on label.

appears an opaque dark brown with 2 inch thick cream colored head. fades to thin covering. not much lacing. smells like sweet sugary bread. a little spicy, a little booze.

taste is similar, but with subtle rye flavor, a bit herbal. body is smooth, subtle carbonation. drinks nice.

I'd say very similar to a brown ale or a dark Belgian ale. the rye is muted.

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3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium brown color with one finger of diminishing sandy foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very husky grain, including a snappy thread of rye, is featured, but a sharp carbon dioxide edge is disruptive. Some late savory depth--meaty--is also present. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with nutty brown malt, hard minerality, and peppery spice. Acidity is mild, staying well hidden. A whiff of non-committal dark fruit precedes bitter cocoa, which lingers to the end. Some of the savoriness from the smell is also revealed late, but stays in balance with other qualities. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, velvety smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer is a fairly accomplished, turbocharged version of brown ale that integrated rye well into a noteworthy dark beer experience. Considering that the bottle reviewed was over a year old, much of the expected carbonation has mellowed, allowing it to take a more refined posture appropriate to something strong and dark. Rugbrod shows itself to be a versatile malt-focused beer that is a good fit for the Fall and Winter months.

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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 Blakaeris
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear dark copper-red with a slight head that doesn't hang around long.

Aroma is brandy soaked dark fruit nutty and woody.

Taste is initially charred dark grain bitterness that is very porter-like. Dark fruit sweetness remains but is much more subdued than in the nose, along with a touch of chocolate. Finishes with a dry cedar quality, toffee, and mild alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is a smooth and soft medium body.

Overall a nice strong ale. sweetness is tempered by the charred dark grain bitterness. Very drinkable.

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Photo of merzeone
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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 JohnnyChicago
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Split a 750ml bottle; poured in a stemless snifter.

A: Slow gusher. I had to really sit and wait for this one to calm down (10 min.) before I finally had more beer than head in the glass. Dark red body with a huge off-white head.

S: Nice spicy rye right up front. I do love a rye beer that actually has rye flavours in it! A bit of mexican oregano and cane sugar in the back; mild neutral hops.

T: Kind of falls apart. All the flavours from the nose are there, but the fail to work together. Everything is pretty haphazardness and in the end, all I can taste is booze.

D: See taste.

Overall: This beer started with a good nose and just couldn't hold it together. I love rye beers, I really do. I like the idea of doing a different sort of rye, but this has a sort of poor homebrew taste to it. C'mon Bruery, I expect much more from you.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Finally revisiting this beer after well over a year. Just couldn't remember it very well... It pours a clear amber-garnet topped by a finger-and-a-half of light cream-tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, pumpernickel, fig, brown sugar, graham crackers, light mandarin orange, and a bit of light lemon zest that jumps up front but fades into the darkness of nothingness fairly quickly. The taste holds notes of fig, mandarin orange syrup, toasted rye bread, brown sugar, light molasses, light chocolate powder, light red apple skin, that same light lemon zest from the smell, and banana. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a feel that really wants to be chewy (but just doesn't quite make it). Overall, a pretty nice rye beer, an interesting and different take on the style than I'm used to. Not bad at all.

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