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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Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bold dark brown to settle murky and blacker in the glass and grows one wildly tall topping of light tanned foam that can be scooped at if needed. The foam reseeds slowly and finally resets at about a half inch of oatmealy girth and big bits of lace shelf out in very thick cob webby lacing.

Aroma if soft and supple like that of a great Dunkel with an alluring dark sweet breadyness touching on cocoa, nuts, bread crusts, ever so slight banana and rye spice top it off.

Taste is all sorts of soft yummy dark bready sweetness. Lofty, full, semi crisp, kind of dulled in that respect but does carry a dry bready edge and big rounded carbonation of pale and dark rye malt. Has a complexity that's soft and exploits lots of style late as it settles across the palate. Bready cocoa, banana, nuts, caramel, and touched with a simple tug of rye spice perks at just the right spots. Nothing overwhelming or standing out more then another. A nice balance of flavors and tonality that sits incredibly well together for one fine tasty bready treat.

Body is nearly full with a moderate carbonation thats rounded into a soft bready tone and sweetens up as it sinks well into a creamy malted finish where the flavors really melt together and create lots of its fun and complexity.

Even though it comes in at 8%, it drinks as easy as any Dunkelweizen. Its soft simple nature just begs to be downed. Remarkabley yummy stuff. A seemingly simple brue, but not.

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

I've had this beer so many times before, I keep forgetting to review it. I wish I could have had it on tap, but I'll amend the review when I do.

It pours a hazy dark honey brown with a faint head that dissapates into some light lacing almost immediately.

Spicy rye aromas and the smell of caramel, dates, raisins, and a hard to place earthiness come forward in a very enticing way.

This is a beautiful beer, spicy, warm with the alcohol, but not harsh in any way. Spice and dark dried fruit mingle with a complex caramel and malt backbone with a peppery sweet finish. Very low hop bitterness, just a touch of hop spiciness.

This has a full rich body that finishes very clean. I really love this beer, and am grateful that this is the beer that introduced me to the Bruery. Well done.

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

A- Deep burgundy brown with a tall, bubbly, tan/white head that clings a little.

S- Dark, bready German-style malts with some sweet, dark fruit notes.

T- Dark pumpernickle bread, slight toasted notes with some coffee, nuts and spice from the rye.

M- Medium to full body with a slick feel and an easy carbonation.

D- An awesome beer with some amazing flavors going on; really a surprisingly good beer.

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Photo of slynke
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Duvel tulip
Drank: 6/18/12

A - Dark amber, light tan 4 finger head. Lots of retention.
S - Fruity, sweet, sour yeast
T - Dark fruits, sour rye, bitter hops
M - A bit light in body, medium at best. Goes down fast!
O - One of my favorite Bruery releases and rye beers. Very well-balanced.

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Photo of DCon
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ. - 750 ML bottle of this from Total Wine & Beverage in Redondo Beach, CA for $12.99 & shared w/ GeoffTheAleMan. Poured from the Brown/Orange Labeled bottle w/ Yellow Writing & "JuleBryg-Style/Dark Rye Ale" stated into my 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Has no Freshness Date like many from The Bruery.

Aroma- Soft cherries, malt, and the sweetest amount of blended fruits (that seem to come off tart on the nose) are in here at the beginning. A very light rye character was in the background but didn't show up big. Not worried about it.

Appearance- Pours a 4 finger, longest lasting head possible! The body is a dark caramel color and is semi-hazy. Leaves the thickest lacing behind.

Flavor- Sweet malts, medium hops, and the sweetest fruits once again hit the palate on this one. Light-Medium bitterness and finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Highly Carbonated, Effervescent, and then has an AWESOME sour finish! Well done!

Overall Impression- Very refreshing and another nice example of a complexed beer from The Bruery! I love these guys' beer. Will say, I'm not sure what style this really should be but enjoyed thoroughly. Pick up a bottle if you haven't already!

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Photo of jjanega08
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A= with my recent rye beer fetish I thought I would give this one a shot. The pour is a hazy brown color with a huge light tan colored head. The head holds really nice retention and excellent lacing. Pretty nice looking.

S= The smell is a pretty nice blend of spicy Belgian yeast and some really nice rye character. There is a good sort of earthy hop character to it as well.

T= The taste is some nice Belgian yeast up front for sure but then it gives way to some really really really nice rye. It's like taking a bite out of a slice of pumpernickel. Really nice tasting. There is a small amount of alcohol in the taste as well. Really impressive.

M= A little to highly carbonated. There is a nice thick mouth on it however.

D= I love rye beers. I don't understand why more breweries don't do ryes. Great work Bruery for stepping out of the norm with this one it's a homerun. Check it out if ya can.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 25 oz bottle into my Zatec fluted glass. Dark dark amber/brown nearing on black. Belgian yeast up front, a sour/sweet rye smell. Toasty and nutty. Very Dubbel-esque. More sourness. Chocolate, dried fruit and Belgian goodness on the mouth. Sweet and sour finish. Some more chocolate. An amplified Fat Tire? Very creamy, spongey, foamy mouthfeel. Waited a long time to taste this beer and am NOT let down. Crazy drinkability for 8%.

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

I really enjoyed this beer and found it to be an excellent companion to this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. It looks great – a burnished, cloudy, dark apricot color with a tremendous fluffy head that sinks ever so slowly. Exceptionally sticky and creamy lace.

Aroma is full of spicy rye, dark fruits, and traces of sour and metallic notes. Richly malty.

This is a complex tasting beer, with layers of toasty malt, plums, raisins, rye, and a hint of booze. Reminds me a bit of a fruitcake flavor. The spicy rye and relatively high ABV balance the sweetness well. Delicious and interesting!

Slight warming finish from the alcohol; medium-full body, carbonation on the higher side.

A well-made, different, and tasty beer I’ll definitely buy again.

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

poured a dark chocolate in color with ruby highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was filled with toasty character alongside toffee, faint coffee, but did have rye notes, and bready spice caramel notes. The taste should that it had chocolate flavors with bready, spice, toffee, slight coffee, toasty malts, and rye notes to round out this well balanced tasty brew. The beer was medium to full in body with fair amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet but bready, toasty, spice, and silky finish. It was a very drinkable beer and has been very tasty out of the bottle and on tap; very solid rye style beer.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BigBlacke for supplying this one at a tasting!

A-dark murky brown, thin cream colored head

S-smells like grapes and Belgian sugars. there's a good strength to it.

T-comes in with caramel and Belgian malts and sugars. Ends with a great matching after-taste that seems dark roasted. has a good strength to it. this is a great and complex beer!

M-a good medium carbonation with a fairly dry finish.

D-tastes start to blend more but it stays great. this is a wonderful beer and i hope to have it again!

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Photo of ChimRichels
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Holy head... even the most gentle pour yields a mountain of beige, pillowy foam. It doesn't go away, nor does the lacing. Body is maroon with hints of ruby. Difficult to see through at all, but I can tell it is fairly cloudy. The body could look like a miller lite and i would have to give it at least a 4 on the head alone.

S - Smells a tad funky, spicy, and I can almost smell raw rye. Some sort of sour note that is tough to pin down. Vanilla and dark fruit are in there somewhere.

T - Ahh.... this is delicious. toasted bread and rich dark fruits are most notable. Reminds me a lot of date paste in it's flavor. the charred flavors really linger on the back of the tongue on the finish.

M - Surprisingly not as viscous as I was expecting from a rye beer, but thick and creamy nonetheless. Carbonation is a bit higher than expected as well

O - Great beer that I would drink again. and again.... and again...

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Photo of do_ob
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a dark ruby red with a massive tan head. Spice, rye, wheat, cherries, and malt on the nose. Medium-light weight and very carbonated on the mouthfeel. A lively sourdough and spice is tasted up front with a decent bitterness accompanying middleways. Lots of rye spice and malt on the back end with a smooth, malty finish. Sour notes and dark fruit on the aftertaste. I'm also getting a very nice biscuity/choclatey flavor as this beer warms up.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer - probably my favorite offering from The Bruery so far (of the ones I've tried. of course). Not sure if my bottle got overcarbonated during bottling, but it let out a decible-defying hiss when I popped the cap, then proceeded to explode all over my table, haha. Still turned out to be a good one.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

508th review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 ML Capped

App- A tri-colored brown with a big fluffy two finger head and a ring of bubbles as the beer falls. Nice lacing as well.

Smell- Big rye and bread all over this one. Like opening a bag of rye bread. A faint malty, spice make up the rest of the aromatics.

Taste- I loved this beer when I 1st had a taster of it @thebruery a long time ago. The flavors are unique, flavorful and not overpowering. The rye with the malts just makes for a great tast. Its a bit soft and peppery as well.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Leaves a nice soft fluffy bubbly feel and a a touch of rye as well.

Drink- I loved this as I mentioned. A whole 750 was a great way to end a good weekend. Perfect amount of ABV with well balanced flavors. I will come back to this one in the spring as The Bruery is switching up productions.

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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 htomsirveaux
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 28 Feb 2010.

Served this in a Liquor Mart shaker pint (guess the snifters were all in the wash?). Big large huge tan head fills the glass. Well carbonated. Slightly hazy ruby red color. Aroma is strong, sweet rye and caramel, yeast, molasses. Starts almost smoky with a cinnamon spiciness. Burnt sugar sweetness throughout. Finishes with a lot of rye and ethanol. Spiciness lingers in aftertaste.

Tasty, would get this again...

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Photo of anchordrinker
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes:
A- Dark brown and cola like.

S- Sweet caramel malt, some booze, spicy rye, fruity undertones.

T- As with the nose, sweet caramel malt and spicy rye dominate, with hints dried fruit in background. Very bread-y overall, a tasty liquid rye loaf.

M- Medium body, with fine, light, effervescent carbo that was a bit of a surprise.

D- Great drinkability for the ABV with more than enough flavor to satisfy without overwhelming the palate.

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Photo of nuclearmeg
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bready, dark, aromatic, delicious.
Pours a deep caramel brown with
Rye malts give an intense bread flavor with a hint of roast.
There is a nice heaviness to the mouthfeel.
The spiciness at the finish is subtle yet noticable.
Perfect with nutty cheeses or venison stew on a cold winter's night.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose: spicy roast, a little fresh laundry, rich, malty, fruity, prune, raisin, grape, would age nicely. Medium high effervescence, some caramel and a slight hint of chocolate. Has the rye texture and spice. Not hot, very fine soft carbonation, ½” head with very fine bubbles. Full body, smooth, some creaminess. Lingering rye and roast caramel aftertastes.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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 NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

The Bruery - Rugbrød [JuleBryg-Style Dark Rye Ale] (750ml ---> Dogfish Head Curved Pint Glass : 8% ABV)

This brew poured a beautiful red/amber color producing a MASSIVE tan colored head formed with a slight bit carbonation assisting the retention in the cap, with decent lacing left behind... Immediately on the nose was a malty sweetness with maybe some dark berries hidden in there also, which were really the only aromas showing up on the nose... First tastes that arise are again the sweet malts, this time accompanied by a decent bit of spice that gently bites the tip of your tongue... Mid-palate tastes somewhat like a nice moist dark-berry muffin, with a decent amount of wheaty, breadiness also present... The finish is smooth, as the light amount of carbonation plays in nicely, giving the beer an almost creamy/satiny texture to finish each sip... Overall I can't really fault this beer for any personal taste reasons, and the balance I found between the sweet and the savory became better as I continued enjoying the beer... Was I extremely pleased with this beer; absolutely, but was I totally blown away; not quite, but an outstanding showing none the less!! Another good brew - Cheers!!

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Photo of TheJollyHop
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very carbonated right out of the bottle. Has a burgundy appearance, voluminous amount of pillow-like head comprised of large bubbles that slowly deflates leaving behind a collar of lacing.

Strong peppery spiciness intermixed with some caramel malt sweetness.

Taste is quite complex. Bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and biscuit malts round out the sweetness, while a pleasant bitterness makes itself known. Spicy notes are prominent and alcohol heat at the end of the swallow is noticeable. The bitterness briefly remains after the swallow but is quickly replaced by sweetness. Very well balanced.

Creamy with medium body but high carbonation. Completely mouth coating. I can only speculate that the rye adds to the enjoyable mouthfeel.

Each sip is just as good as the last and doesn't fail to keep your taste buds interested; well at least mine.

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