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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
Photo of Rhode17
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a reddish brown color with a nice looking foamy tan head on top. The smell of the beer has some spicy notes and some toasted grains. The The flavor was intersting to me, I kept getting some faint raspberry and cocoa notes in there... Not sure why. Perhaps the rye mixing with whatever else they are using give these flavors off to me. Either way, I really like the flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, with a dry aftertaste. Overall I enjoy this brew quite a bit.

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Photo of remhaze
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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 Greywulfken
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured slowly into a tulip glass to avoid including the yeast sediment...

A: dark brown ale with thin head that quickly became a line around the edge and a floaty cloud in the middle - not the most enticing coloration for a beer - looked like root beer

S: very faint - maybe some yeast, malt, and caramel - a little fruity

T: first cold sips had a mild astringent quality, a little bitter, not sweet, roasty/malty

M: slightly fizzy with carbonation, left a slight mouthcoat feel

O: eh - I like rye bread and rye whisky, and there was a rye-breadiness to this beer, but it lacked any real distinguishing qualities that would make me want to try it again. I'll amend this review if it grows on me with the second pour or if it changes as it warms. Otherwise, it's probably fair to say that I like beers either a little more toward the bright, crisp end or the dark, stout end of the spectrum. This beer falls more toward the middle, perhaps like a dark barleywine/old ale-type or the like.

Edit: Amended my initial review slightly as I found the beer to be MUCH better tasting on my second pour which was closer to room temperature.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured very carefully into a goblet it produced a massive head that receded slowly. Color is a deep brown with a slight reddish tinge. Smell is strong with malt and caramel and starts to open up with some bright dark fruits, cherries, strawberries... a little hint of spiciness on the nose which I am interpreting as the rye. Taste is a balance of sweet and spicy with a strong rye presence. The alcohol enhances both the sweetness and the spiciness and prevents the beer from getting cloyingly sweet which it is on the border of. Mouthfeel is adequate, not sure if the extra large head dissipated the carbonation much but carbonation was adequate for the style.

Overall it is an intriguing beer that seems to push the limit of a rye beer. It seems to have a very strong base and I would be interested in seeing how the flavors develop after cellaring as I think they might mellow and mingle and create a more cohesive brew.

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Photo of iadler
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a translucent ruby color with a one finger head that dissipates to a thin cap. No lacing is left behind.

S- Caramel, bready malt, strawberry and cherry jam, peppery spice, dark chocolate and a bit of floral hops. The jam aroma is really noticeable after it warms up a bit.

T- Bready malt, caramel, cherries, peppery spice, dark chocolate, brown sugar and nuts.

M- Low to medium carbonation and medium body. Very smooth and quite drinkable.

O- I really liked this, especially the aroma. A nice level of complexity while being very drinkable and a perfect beer for this summer to fall transition.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a towering two and a half finger head of light tan foam on top of an opaque, brown body. The head fades away slowly and leaves light lace.

S - Notes of chocolate, nutty caramel, and toffee. Some spicy yeast and red apple in the background.

T - Dense, bready malt up front with lots of rye and chocolate. Lots of caramel in the middle with more bittersweet chocolate and some raisin notes. Finishes with red apple yeast character and spicy rye notes that linger on the palate.

M - A thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Thick, sweet and really drinkable despite its strength. It is complex, not on the level of an imperial stout, but it has a lot of different caramel and brown malt characteristics that add depth without ever making the beer cloying. It has a very bready character with notes of spice cake and caramel apples. I would love to see a rum or whiskey barrel aged version of this. I would like to put a bottle of this away for a few years because it reminds me in some ways of JW Lee's Harvest Ale and it would be interesting to see if it ages as well as that beer does.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been curious about this one for a while. Thanks to XicanoBeerRun who brought this (and some other tasty beverages) back from Califas. From my notes:

Poured from the bottle into a snifter-sized tulip. (Does that make sense? Almost like a Duvel glass.) Very little head on this, thin foam. Dark red, ruddy color. Comes out hazy. Not sure what to expect as this is the first time I’ve had this beer—and this style. But it smells fantastic, really enticing. Figs? Plums? Tobacco?

I taste figs, with a peppery and sweet finish. The rye comes through and I like it. Wonderful carbonation, despite the lack of head earlier. The effervescence helps the flavors dance on the palate. It’s 8% but not apparent at first. Full flavored.

At the time I wrote “Dark, complex, mysterious: It unfolds as it warms.” A really enjoyable, rewarding brew. And now it’s my turn to find another one. Let’s see how it develops over the recommended span of two years.

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Photo of ADZA
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mrkennedy and it pours a dark copper hue which leaves a fast vanishing two finger head and little lacing,the smell is dark fruits,baked bread,sherry,obviously rye and cab sav red wine,the mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and is quite slick and has tastes of rye,brown bread,cherries,molasses and finished with a xmas cake,brown sugar bittersweetness and overall its a very interesting Rye beer and if i saw in this state i would buy again cheers.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit more research for my next brew (on top of the smoke brews of the past few days).

Poured into a standard pint glass, huge head, dense but light as well, color is light tan. Color is dark amber, translucent, feint carbonation.

Smell is malted, sweet rye, with hints of tart cherries and notes of smoke and bread, very interesting.

Taste comes through slightly sweet and tart mixed with rye malt sweetness, and crispness. It hints at tasting like a bread and then brings you back with the tart sweetness. The rye flavor comes through in the sweetness and crispness in the finish. Hop bitterness is there, but tough to distinguish from the rye spice.

Mouthfeel is interesting, it hints the tongue strong with flavors throughout, but tart, sweet, rye spice balance works very well. Tough to believe this is 8%abv.

Overall, this is one interesting brew, tart, sweet, crisp, slightly bitter. I'm really liking the spicey sweetness of rye beers.

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Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear red colour with no head. Okay.

Sweet malt and spicy rye. Pretty much what you want from this and the touch of spice in the form of coriander adds some nice depth.

Smooth, sweet caramel malt with plenty of fruity notes. I get some peach along with earthiness and the rye. Nice.

Medium full body with moderately low carbonation. Good and well suited to the beer.

A fruity, sweet and spicy malty ale. This is balanced and creative and while it was the first Bruery beer I tried in the States, it clearly comes from Patrick Rue's fine institution. Good.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bruery

Look: Reddish brown with a nice 1 inch tan head and ok retention

Smell: Bready yeast with some dark fruits mainly raisin and plum

Taste: The flavor is a bit of one way street here. Dark fruit mostly raisin

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation and goes down real smooth and easy

Overall: Real nice rye. If it wasn't for the one way flavor profile I think this would be a great beer

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown ruby copper. Islands and a ring. Toffee head.

Prune, dark chocolate, watered down ash, burnt flavors.

Burnt raisin, faint coffee, light chocolate.

Bitter, almost dry.

One of my least favorite Bruery beers. For the ABV Im surprised this is so watery and ashy. Not a fan of the flavors much either, this needs another element to be added.

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Photo of sleestak4life
3.08/5  rDev -20%
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 rtepiak
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a rye that feels and tastes more like a decedent bock with some festive notes of spicing and chocolate. reminds me of something dutch... pour is amber with a smaller head... nose of toffee and pineapple and a bit boozy although that is intermingled with a esters well. nice feel... chocolate dry mineral notes. sweet desert edge. palate of citrus hops and toasted hints. again toffee hints with a citrus, chocolate and meatiness at the end. great with food. i would recommend with something of a grain earth and oxtail. very complex flavor.

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Photo of Stretch270
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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 BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rugbrød pours a murky brownish-maroon with a dense foamy tan head that lingers as it falls leaving oily lacing that doesn't stick around.

The aroma has rich dark malt scents, somewhat spicy and somewhat bready and earthy.

The flavor is dark and rich like the aroma. Dark pumpernickel and rye bread with a malty somewhat chocolate or cocoa flavor as well. Very nice if you let it warm up and give it a chance to grow on you as the flavor is somewhat unusual. Some molasses and raisin notes come through as well.

The mouthfeel is full, on the heavy side of medium and a touch chalky as it coats the mouth rather thoroughly.

The more this beer sits and warms up the more the rich flavors mellow, meld and really come through. Give it the time it needs and you will be rewarded. I would consider this as a great holiday beer.

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

Shared with SundaySour for a weekend drink.

Poured into Alesmith Horny Devil tulip/snifter

A: Opaque black rust with a big-bubble two finger head. The bubbles look noticeably bread/biscuit like. Beer on the bottom half, edible biscuits on the top half.

S: Spiced carrot bread, more bread like than cake. Has a think sweet crust note that you'd get on banana and zucchini breads. A bit of dizzying alcohol, molasses, and chunks of sticky brown sugar. Unique beady smells that blends rustic rye with sweet baked goods; very porter like context.

T: Cherry on rustic rye bread. A late middle of sweet batters. Everything is smothered in warm alcohol caramels. Linger of raspberries and iced caramel coffee. Deep rustic rye breads glazed with sherry.

M: Very high effervescence, a fizziness that tickles the tio of the tong and easily escapes down the throat. Silky textures while in the mouth, and velvet after. Quite easy to swallow.

O: A successful experiment in darker rye beers. This takes on a lot of the best qualities of participating ingredients. There's cherry without overly sweet grenadine, there's breads without yeasty dough, and there's sugars without a diabetic coma. Everything cooperates to make for an easy drinking brew. I'm a big fan of the restrained flavors, and the way everything blends to make for a solid holiday recipe. Give this thing a try.

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

The aroma is simple but quite inviting and intriguing. A nice mix of rye and the Bruery's delicious Belgian yeast. There is a sort of a malty/sourdough/rye bread thing going on.

The taste is slightly tart and quite bready, with hints of slight nuttiness. Faint yeasty pepper and pumpernickel in the finish, along with some slight earthy hop bitterness. Smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

This is definitely one of the best examples of a rye beer on the planet; definitely one of the more complex examples I have tried to date as well. This is one of the few beers that I enjoyed more out of the bottle for whatever reason, maybe the bottle conditioning, less fresh example, anyway still good. Highly recommeneded.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy warm brown with a fairly thick, if not too persistent, pale tan head. Spicy aroma is malty and has hints of caramel and cinnamon. Malty flavor has nutty, caramel and cinnamon hints and a bit of an alcohol nip. Texture is silky smooth with a nice, rough tingle. A good lip-smacking ale.

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Photo of harrymel
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes at bier baron in dc

A: dark, brown and ruby with excellent clarity. Broken sheet of tan on the surface. No lace.

S: smells like lots of grain, a little burnt though. Rye is a little spicy.

T: toasty, hints of coffee, cherry, some raw malt and rye crispness. A slight tart note. A little bitter midway.

M: medium body with moderate carb. Dry finish.

O: meh. Probably won't go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of claytong
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - talk about having a big head. this one here was ridiculous. on a controlled pour i got about one inch beer, 5 inches head. once the beer sat out for a bit it the head of course died down, still was pretty crazy. brown, almost opaque, had some unfiltered bits in there. no real sediment at the bottom that i noticed.

Smell - roasted rye, cream, malt, dark fruits

Taste - dark fruits comes strong then the rest, followed by some caramel and toffee

Mouthfeel - creamy, smooth, decent body, great carbonation

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a Pint glass (Rogue).Enjoyed on jun´11

Pours dark ruby in color. Beige crown,dense, medium bubble, faily well retention & lacing. Intense toasted malt aroma, slightly roasted fruit & mildy vanilla touch. Ripe plum, fried banana, honey flavor, overhelming molasses all around, subtle dry rye in the middle,light peppery notes too. Full body, medium carbonation, warm alcohol & cloying sweetness. Sweet coffee & chocolate finish & aftertaste.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle poured into a Southampton oversize snifter. Shared with schen9303.

A: Pours a creamy 2 finger light toffee colored with poor retention that dissipates quickly into a thin layer. Beer is a dark, almost opaque, cloudy brown. Lacing is patchy and spotty with little cling. Average.

S: Nose is sweet spices, clove, candied yams, brown sugar, and sweet potato. Very aromatic and sticky sweet. Reminds me of a more overpowering Autumn Maple.

T: Opens sweet brown sugar, clove, sweet tree bark, fresh plums, and toffee. Like one of the fruit ingredients in the eight-treasure Chinese rice desert. More spiciness towards the end plus a huge malt backbone. Finish is sugary with a fruity and slightly tart aftertaste. No really my cup of tea.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and soft in the mouth and silky going down. Finish is accented with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty on point for the style.

O: Solid for a rye beer and the mouthfeel, which, in my opinion, is what this style is all about, is rather good. However, the flavor is really not my cup of tea. Sickeningly sweet and awkwardly spicy. This one's a one and done for me.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Dark ruby-red brown in color. Tan head is large and in charge. It dissipates to a thick film that stays to the end.

Aroma hits you with rye bread soaked with musty spices, old-world malts, molasses and cinnamon.

The taste provides fruit tartness up front, with caramel and bready malts underneath. The finish provides notes of cherry and the tartness comes back a little in the end as well.

Lots of carbonation. Fizzy. Crisp. Above average weight on the tongue.

Overall, this has layers and layers of flavor that I love. Combining the rye ale and old ale styles is s win/win for me.

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