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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 bobsy
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Holy frickin' foam, batman. Beyond that we're left with a hazed mahogany body. Great lacing and retention. Spicy nose has a good mix going on - rye (obviously), chocolate, some roast and a cool Belgian strong dark character (a mix of fruit and spicy yeast)

This is way roastier than I thought it would be, with some good coffee notes coming through to compliment the rye. It works really well, and gives the rye an earthy, dark character like a damn well made loaf. Cocoa mingles in, and there's some decent spice coming off it too. Medium body with an active carbonation, that could probably be toned down. Dry finish is cool.

Pretty neat, and based on my limited samples of the style - a very good attempt. Got to wonder if there's some sort of crap going on that's screwed up the carb - fix that and its a winner.

Thanks to viggo for opening this at the big bruery tasting!

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml brought by viggo to our mega Bruery tasting, thanks man!

Pours out of the bottle as... foam! Pretty active carbonation on this one out of the bottle. Color is creamy, muddy auburn with a speckled head.

Rye is heavy in the nose, very earthy and spicy. Hint of Belgian yeast esters and ripe fruits, also a hint of almost a something sour/funky, just a quick glimpse of it.

Again, rye dominates here and is overwhelmingly tasty. Spicy, earthy, bready malts, a bit of roastiness, almost burnt, which works to to create a dry finish, hint of cocoa. Prickly, overdone carbonation which detracts a bit from the overall experience, a touch of heat in the back of this one as well.

A pretty tasty brew that suffers from a few minor issues (especially the carbonation), like how the rye was the centerpiece in this one and still balanced. Nice beer.

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

Rugbrød is a darker caramel brown color. It's a little hazy, and has a reddish tint when held to light. For some of The Bruery's carbonation issues I recall hearing about, this one seems to be a little overcarbonated. It features a light tan head that rises to over four fingers tall. Eh. It's obviously a little too slow to recede. Lacing was sticky and thick.

The nose is good. It's predominantly a nice mix of rye and caramel malt. The rye adds a nice spicy, earthy scent to the mix. Caramel malts seem to be the base and give it a slightly sweet smell. It's earthy throughout. Yeast is noted about midway through. It smells a little Belgian-esque. I like that. There are some light chocolate and dark fruit notes rounding it out. They add nice depth. Alcohol is not noticeable at all.

The flavor is initially a little sweet with plenty of caramel. There's a bit of a cocoa-like chocolate flavor that follows. Caramel and chocolate malts give it a solid base. Rye follows and adds a nice spicy, earthy flavor. I'm a rye fan, so it's working for me personally. It's slightly grainy throughout. Belgian yeast is noted, but it's subtle. Very effective nonetheless. There's a light raisin flavor at the secondary flavor that complements the other flavors nicely. Alcohol never seems to be much of a factor. It finishes spicy and grainy.

Rugbrød has a light-medium body. It should come as no surprise that carbonation is very active and a little buzzy. It never feels completely smooth. Nevertheless, drinkability is quite good. There's much to like about the flavor, and it goes down very easy. It doesn't taste or feel like an 8% abv beer.

I'm still waiting to be blown away by a beer from The Bruery. Rugbrød is a fine effort and doesn't need much work to really succeed. Addressing the carbonation issue is a no-brainer. It's too active as it is. I suspect that they've attempted to solve their undercarbonation issues with a bazooka of some sort. Having said that, I like Rugbrød. It's good. I'm a big fan of rye beers and this is a good one. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml, Duvel tulip

This was almost a gusher - popped the cap off with a loud "crack". A gentle pour produces a massive off white head. I turned away, looked back - the head is almost overflowing out of the glass.

The liquid itself is a dark, murky mahogany. Not much to look at, but head retention is excellent.

This smells punchy and sour. Lots of spice which comes from the rye, Im assuming. Theres a little toffee like sweetness, and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste opens up with a ton of roasted caramel malt, but contrasted by some sharp, sour bitterness, yeasty spice, fresh coffee beans, and peppery rye. Im also finding some subtle chocolate in this. Some times its more of a semi sweet toffee type of nuttiness, but now and again im getting some chocolate. The flavors all sound great on paper, but something isnt quite coming together for me here.

Body is decent but overcarbed - finishes slightly watery too. Overall this beer is kind of all over the place. Some aspects are perfect while others are too boisterous. Im glad I tried this, but one is enough.

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

Bought at The Bruery Placentia, Calif.

Poured a dark brown color into tulip glass. Nice head and definite carbonation. Smell of rye and malts off the glass. Taste is interesting. I'm getting rye and a slight bready taste. Nice mouthfeel; not overwhelming. A very good drinkability with a very interesting taste. Had this as a taster at The Bruery and had to buy the bottle. Didn't think this Julebryg-Style Dark Rye Ale was going to be any good but had to try it. Definitely a beer with a different taste. A good one.

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Photo of Cascade99
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark burnt caramel. Thin head, but appropriate for style.

S- The smell of roasted grains and burnt toffee first come to note, followed by the smell of alcohol.

T- Definitely a melanoidin-rich beer. The bready taste is accompanied well with a toffee and roasted character. At the end, nicely ends with a taste of alcohol, which is appropriate for the style. The alcohol is not hot in nature, but rather provides a soothing warmth.

M- Carbonation is not heavy, but is perfect for the taste of the beer. Mouthfeel is a strong-medium mouthfeel and is not overpowered by carbonic acid, which would muddle the flavors of the beer.

D- For a high-gravity ale, the drinkability is excellent. Definitely not one where you would want to drink more than a couple simply due to the strength.

Overall - Fantastic beer. The first beer I've tried from the Bruery, but so good that I will not only seek out this one, but also the rest of the Bruery's works.

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Photo of sholland119
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy caramel mixed with deep amber. As happens frequently with Bruery beers, this one has enough carbonation for five bottles. Tons and tons of tan head which eventually settles down.

S-Yeah, that was worth waiting for. Lots of grainy rye sourness blends nicely with a sweetness reminiscent of yams. Very appealing.

T-A very nice blend of rye sourness, dark fruit, Belgian yeast and toffee notes. An unusual blend but a tasty one.

M-Medium bodied and a bit dry. Once the carbonation settles this is a pleasant drinker.

D-Very tasty. I enjoy rye beers generally. This is a fun and different take.


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Photo of tigg924
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1.5 inch head, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear, sediment

Smell: toffee, rye, and dark fruit

Taste: rye, pumpernickel, bread, toffee, dark fruit, and a touch of smokiness

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter, high carbonation, medium/light body

Drinkability: This is like drinking a mix of rye and pumpernickel bread. It is very dark and decent beer with subtle flavors and a nice aftertase. Not sure if I will get this again for the price, but a nice and solid beer.

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Photo of illidurit
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper color with a monstrous tan head. Obviously overcarbonated, going to need some swirling and breathing to settle down. I'm not even going to try to drink this right after pouring. Aroma is dark toasted bread crusts and some metallic character. Dirt, coffee, slight caramel. Flavor is rich breads with leather, tobacco, rye, caramel, and an earthy dry finish. Full-flavored and full-bodied, but I'd recommend swirling the hell out of this one before judging. Without the overcarbonation this is a solid tasty beer.

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Photo of maximum12
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this in Hudson, Wisconsin a short while back when The Bruery unexpectedly began showing up next door. Thanks Wisconsin. Oh, & thanks for the QB, too.

Pours a rather weatherbeaten copper color, complete with turbidity. Carbonation is a bit out of control, head lunges upwards with even a gentle decantation. Smell is initially dominated by the carbonation, which I didn't even know had a distinctive smell. Under the snap-crackle-pop is spicy rye, wheaty, wheaty bread, & subtext of caramel.

Rugbrod is overcarbonated, which is really distracting, trying pick out tastes or even figure out if I enjoy it, all while hearing the stuff crackling like July 4th firecrackers in my mouth. Belgian-esque yeasts give way to what was evident in the nose, especially the rye, but the bread is particularly chewy.

Oh, hell with it. The carbonation is making me belch like mad & it's really difficult to pick anything out of the bubbles, even after waiting for a bit for it to relax. It hasn't. Came straight out of the beer fridge, too.

Pretty good brew...which would be a notch or more higher if I could actually enjoy it with the bubblemaker. I wonder if they were shaken too vigorously on the long ride to the Midwest.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

split/consumed during march madness

cellphone notes

appearance: removal of the cap sends foam gushing onto the kitchen floor - similar results were seen for an orchard white a few hours prior. when the beer settles, its beautiful - dark mahogany body with a perfect tan head and very creamy retention

smell: dark fruits, chocolate covered cherry, oak, rye loaf, fig, caramel, earthy

taste: really enjoyed this one - belgian spice, dark fruits and fig, earthy and spicy rye loaf, chocolate covered fruit, plum, brown sugar

mouthfeel: creamy medium body - really nice head retention

drinkability: good

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Photo of babaracas
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish brown with orange-brown edges, thin cream colored head, thick sheet of lace. Smell: dark brown sugar, spicy rye, roasted nuts, maybe hazelnut, a little sour, a little leafy hop. Taste: dark brown sugar, toasted pumpernickel, spicy and a little sour from the rye, peppery. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, a little powdery and drying. Would have been a good cold weather beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: appears burnt sienna with a shallow white head, translucent, leaves dense bubbles around the glass

S: caramel, rye, brown sugar, more rye, toffee.. and some more rye- kind of like rye toast

T: the rye and toast are on the forefront and are followed by nice mellow sweet notes of caramel. Zesty hops on the finish, insanely well balanced for a 8% brew

mf; medium body, medium carbonation

D: very tasty and well hidden abv, good balance

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

Opague dark muddy brownish red body with a fluffy tan head with great retention and lace.
Chocolate and sour milk scent and an earthy hoppy lining.
Dark sweet molasses bready flavor with a nice hoppy undertone. Some sour milk notes.
Full body with plenty of carbonation.
Good drinkability.


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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery Rugbrod
JuleBrygrg-style Dark Rye Ale

Beautiful auburn color, lighter at foot, with a prodigious light cocoa head. Creamy, and long-lasting.

Aroma: warm and malty, spicy, earthy...

Taste: more warm, more malt, more earth...dark fruit, a bit of the fig, dates, but more bready than anything else. Caramel-y, sweet meets spice. Gets bigger and richer as we go. Plump figgy flavor, with dark, spicy bready malt, Tasty, warm, and wonderful.

Medium bodied, fully flavored, and very drinkable. This is yum. Mmmm, mmm.
Me likey.

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Photo of bum732
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly dark brown, nice creamy head. Smells of spicy rye, dark caramel notes, pumpernickle, raisin bread, some vanilla. Tastes of sweet caramel malt with some dark fruits complementing. Lots of raisin bread with just a touch of rye that dries the back of the throat. Mild earthy bitterness leads to some more caramel sweetness, just a touch of roast. Just enough herbal hoppiness counters the sweetness drying the palate slightly. Nice creamy body, carbonation low, alcohol fairly well hidden.

A very solid beer. Everything worked nicely in this brew, the rye and the hops countered the caramel sweetness nicely, making it not too heavy. Great creamy mouthfeel with not much alcohol apparent really boosts the drinkability. I loved this beer.

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Photo of deapokid
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enormous, billowy brown head with rich cocoa color and a touch of cranberry-colored sediment (or is that yeast). The bottle calls it an "auburn," which seems to suit the beer well. It is an attractive little number and it looks quite elegant and rich in the tulip.

There's a lot going on in the bouquet as well. Scents include peanuts, yuletide spices, dough, caramel, pecan, cinnamon, chocolate and nutmeg. Even though it's March, this really gives me the holiday spirit.

As for taste, the first flavor on display is a deep, roasted character, reminiscent of bitter espresso. This eventually develops into a dry, rye bread flavor buoyed by a profound doughiness. The sweetness of the spices exposes the alcohol character, which provides a warmth to this caramel-flavored Winter beer.

Liquid manages to be really smooth until the rye bitterness creeps in, which adds a tingly carbonated burn to the conclusion. The balance between soft and spicey and dry and doughy seems to be on the level, despite the fact that the dryness can overwhelm the other elements.

Taking big gulps does bring out a bit of liquor bitterness, which limits the drinkability a shade, but if you take it as a one glass cold weather treat, it does its job well.

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Photo of BeerGodz
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Medium brown color, lighter than I expected. Clear, not much head, with low retention, and little lacing

Smell: Roasted malt and a touch of dark brown sugar

Taste: Up Front: Dark fruit, slightly tart, subtle earthy flavors. Finish: Toasted malt, more fruit and mild spiciness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation, and a tad oily

Drinkability: Smooth, pleasant, and quite quaffable. Alcohol very well hidden

Overall Impression: It had more flavor than expected considering the look and smell. This was a very interesting beer. More like a Brown Ale than your typical Rye Beer, which often has caraway added. Thankfully that was not the case here. Although I'm not big on Brown Ale or Rye Beer, I did enjoy this beer quite a bit. You probably will too!

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Photo of palmdalethriller
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First impression = what the heck is this beer. Research on the site and it's just under "rye beer". Ok, that helps.

All kidding aside, a very tasty brew. The smell is of straight roasted barley, must be what adds the brown color to the beer, which pours with little head. But the second smell reveals a nice fruitiness to complement the rich malty aromas.

The taste matches the smell, with a nice blend of fruit, tart, and malty flavors. It has a light, dry body that leaves you thirsty, but for water, as it comes off a little astringent.

Overall a very unique brew with loads of flavor. Great for one glass at a bar.

Edit: read some other reviews and feel that toasted bread is probably a better description of the nose than roasted barley. My sense of smell is off.

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Photo of jerlleutz
4.97/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I actually drank this twice in one day, once off tap in a Bruery tulip, the other at home out of my growler, into a narrow mug. I'll review the growler as I felt it was better.

Overally, I love the Bruery's productions, but my one blackmark I'll give them is overcarbonation in their bottle pours. Their taps and subsequent growler fills seem to overcome this. I presume the bottling requires a bit more carbonation to deliver the punch.

So the appearance was very black and copper, and actually somewhat clear for a beer of its flavorful heft. I would be OK with a denser visual in this situation. In a tulip, it looked even lighter.

The smell is rich and malty. There is a darkness to this one, and it reminds me of waterlogged timber--highly arousing.

It tastes rich and Scottish, like ancient barrels and the forests' moss of eons past. There are some fruit highlights.

It is heavier than it looks and a joy to throw back, whether in a tulip or a mug.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Issues forth an obscured, medium brown body with a tall, expansive, airy, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet, spicy nose smelling of toasted bread (crunchy crusts and all), caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of cocoa, with a spicy component of rye boosted by the Belgian yeast and a lightly tart fruitiness.

Taste: Baked dark bread with some notable toasty tones to it and brushed with a layer of sweet dark caramel sauce, cocoa powder, and dark brown sugar. Rather light touch of roast. Taste of tart, juicy hard-pitted fruits along with raisins. Zesty zip of rye grain throughout. Earthy, additionally spicy yeast character. Drying, fruity, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: In the vicinity of medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: A pleasant, flavorful, engaging beer that drinks with ease. Go on, give it a try!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL champagne style bomber poured into a nonic

Pours a dark burgundy amber color with a chilled haze and a bubbly one finger head that fell quickly. Some delicate lacing left behind.

The aroma is of caramel, raisins, cocoa, plums, brown bread and spicy rye.

Caramel malt and rye form a nice malt base. Belgian yeast adds a signature tang and the rye adds a pleasant spiciness. Plums and raisins and a hint of molasses fill out the rest of the flavor profile.

Dry, roasted malt and rye with a medium body. Some cocoa powder bitterness lingers. An oily, slick mouthfeel that barely touches creamy.

I struggled a bit towards the end of the bottle. The oily nature of the body caught up with me. A nice offering but not something that blew me away.

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Photo of digr
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle allowed to warm a bit to bring out flavors.

A - Pours a dark caramel liquid with 1.5 cm brownish head.

S- mild caramel / burnt sugar smell. no real noticeable hop aroma.

T - Lots of caramel / burnt sugar flavors. Also can taste some roasted malts in the finish. Hops are mostly bittering, fairly mild.
A tad sweet, finishes sweet. Seems like it could use a bit more hops to balance. Not as much "rye" flavor as was expected.

M- nice mouth feel. Full bodied.

D - hmm, well, a bit to thick and unbalanced to be a quaffer. But that is not the point. But still as bit to sweet for my tastes to drink to much at any one time.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
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 +7.8%
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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Rugbrød from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 925 ratings
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