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 JohnQVegas
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass. Purchased about a month ago in South Carolina.

Pours a murky Hershey-bar brown, with a voluminous light-brown head that just kept going and going for quite awhile. In fact, pouring this beer took... well, a long time. And multiple tries. And a sink to catch all the overflow. Maybe a wee bit overcarbonated? Still, it made for a dramatic and impressive looking dense, foamy head, eventually settling down into a thin but solid light brown cap on top.

Nose is full of rye, with an acidic tinge to it that's almost sour. Milk chocolate underneath comes through strongly, earthy, as well as a big dose of typical Belgian phenolics - clove being notable right off the bat. Just a bit of spicy alcohol in the nose pairing up with that as well. Certainly interesting.

Taste really follows the nose almost blow for blow. A nice interplay between the rich rye body and the Belgian yeast character. Most prominent right off the bat is the acidity, lending a thin-ness to an otherwise rich beer; rolling over the tongue you get earthy milk chocolate, rich rye, just a bit of tart cherry. Dry finish picks up just a bit of spiciness from the rye, with shadows of the earthy, deep, rich malt body lingering. Not picking up much in the way of alcohol. The lasting impression is one of spicy, slightly dry chocolate. Quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is thinner than expected because of the tart acidity, crisply carbonated, drying on the finish.

Drinkability is very good; again, very little in the way of alcohol presence, with just the right balance of complexity and straight-forward deliciousness. Another winner from possibly my favorite brewery.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This dark rye ale pours a very dark brown color with a fairly minimal white head. The smell is very mild and malty. The taste is really nice and quite complex. There are strong flavors of rye, toasted bread, and some pretty nice spice notes also which include clove and pepper. There is a very slightly sweet chocolate aftertaste as well. The body is somewhat heavy, but it is very smooth and creamy as well. This is a very unique beer. I don’t think I’ve ever had anything quite like this. I would definitely want to get this again and as I drink it I actually think if anything I begin to like it more. This brewery is kind of a mixed bag in my opinion, but when it does beers right, they are really good and this is definitely an example of that.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into La Fin Du Monde tulip.

A: Dark, looks black. Sort of ruby around the edges. Huge 3 finger khaki head. Resides to a 3 mm head that doesn't go away. little bit of lacing.

S: Smells of rye, bready belgian yeast, some sweet caramel.

T: Tastes follows smell. Spicy rye, bready belgian yeast, and vague caramel/toffee sweetness.

M: Fairly well carbonated, semi dry. Light to medium bodied.

D: A very interesting beer. Not anything I'm used to, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +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 jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours auburn with a sizeable off-white to tan head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is robust - caramel, toffee, sourdough and minty rye.

The taste is sweet and sour - caramel/toffee with sour and bread. Minty, dry finish.

Full-bodied. Prickly carbonation, yet remains thick-ish.

Very drinkable with a malty smoothness. Alcohol covered exceptionally well. Sweet and sour with a minty touch. A very interesting, enjoyable brew!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 25 Nov 15
750ml Bottle/Capped
Unfiltered Bottled Conditioned
Bottled On: 08/06/13

Been A Long Time Coming!

Aged over 2 years

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger thick creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a very nice yeast note, nice touch of dark fruit. The taste is malty, yeasty, slightly sweet, with some nice dark fruit notes. Medium body, with a very nice bitter finish from the rye. Overall, a very tasty brew, glad to see The Bruery around here.

Thanks goes out to spycow for this beer.


Poured into a chalice a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some raisins, figs, and plums, with some spice, and caramel. The taste is malty, slighlty sweet, spicy, dry, with some dark fruit notes, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew.

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Photo of dbossman
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy and ruby red; a thin brown head (but steady); lacing is okay

S: A nice funky, sour grainy earthy funk; rye bread is prevalent as is subtle raisins and brown sugar

T: A rich malty grainy quality with a touch of sour funk; some raisins and orange rind but mostly there is a grassy and earthy funk to complement the rye spice

F: Decent mouth feel--though a touch thin on the back end

D: Nice beer; the funkiness makes it a bit wearing but it's still an interesting and good tasting brew

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Photo of elNopalero
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Stretch270
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Patrick999
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with a friend. Pouerd it into a Saxo glass. Brown body with plenty of active carbonation. With The Bruery, I always worry about overcarbonation. Great looking beer, but it kinda looks overcarbonated. We'll see.

Good aroma - I actually seem to get a good deal of banana, though not in a hefeweizen kind of way.

Very nice taste....rye bread and banana, with definite hints of chocolate. Not sweet though. And thankfully, not overcarbonated. Slightly prickly, but not such that it becomes a flaw.

Rich, filling, and warming, it's a sipper, very share-able with 1 or 2 others. But quite good. I wasn't necessarily expecting much from this, but it was a good beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with no bottle date. But I believe from the trader I received it from that this is a 2009 bottle. Poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a deep reddish brown color. Totally bottle conditioned. Tons of head, 4 fingers of the stuff. Tight, tiny bubbles. They stay around a long time leaving lots of sticky lacing.

S: Deep dark fruits: raisins and prunes and plums. Some toasted malt notes with the spicy rye as well. The age might have knocked that down a little bit.

T: Nice rye bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Middle of the mouth is actually amazing: dark fruit, dark malt, some hops, more of that spice etc. blending together nicely. Smoothly. Easy close. Maybe the age mellowed it out nicely.

M: Medium to full.

O: I am going to have to go A- on this one. I really enjoyed it. It sort of surprised me as I wasn't sure what those years might have done to it. Another score for the Bruery.

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Photo of Westsidebuddha
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 sholland119
4.19/5  rDev +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 Ambiorix
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, poured into a large snifter. The pour was dark brown, with a massive, densely foamy tan head. Lots of lace in this one and the head was really persistent and active. The nose was spicy rye bread and yeast. Flavor was spicy rye, bitter, yeasty, with some caramel notes. A really interesting beer that i will certainly try again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The brew is a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of rye whiskey and a bit of peat, The taste is sugary, peaty, reminds me of a scotch ale. Caramelized sugar is evident. Mostly sweet, yet balanced and perfectly tasty. No hint of alcohol content. Full bodied, well carbonated and crisp. Overall, this is a really unique tasting and satisfying rye beer,

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

I hosted a Bruery tasting and we had 9 of the bottles collected. we had 4-6 oz samples. I'm reviewing these on memory from a few nights ago.

We all liked this beer. it had a huge flavor of dark breads as suggested on the bottle. Poured very dark and had the typical belgian yeast aroma.

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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 BlurryVisi0n
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a flute.

Appearance: very dark brownish amber, cloudy as it gets and a steady orange tinted white head that rose to maybe just under a finger's length.

Smell: you might need to let it warm as the beer release it's yeasty notes.

Taste: This is a nice complex brew, sweet..almost raisin like with a bready and yeast feel that becomes very addicting. Slight sourness which the feel has some burnt sugars to it. I wouldn't drink it to cold as it neutralizes some of the flavors, I had to let my glass sit just a little bit and you feel.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, not too sticky but ridiculously smooth and sweet honey finish.

Overall: grabbed this a few months back on my trip to PA and if I see it over here back in NY I would definitely grab it again. Might be best served after dessert..or better yet make this your dessert. Salud!

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Photo of bruachan
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

monstrous head. filled an entire imperial pint with foam. curiously, no lacing

slightly hazy deep amber color. getting to brown but with plenty of orange

the imperial head releases drieddarkfruited aromas (dried black cherry, raisin) and rye sourness.

very ryeish flavor up front. they clearly used a good portion of rye malt and i love rye malt. ipso facto this beer tastes delicious to me. hops are for flavor, though contribute some bitterness. some sweetness lurks but doesn't have much of a chance between the rye and hop (and carbonation) punctuations. very bready, which i can assume to be an inspiration at some level. a touch of chocolate rounds out the mouthfull (before the bitterness, that is)

a tasty brew that

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Photo of WhyBeNormal
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Winking Lizard in Fairlawn. I can pick up the rye, but I doubt that I could've identified it as such if I didn't know better. The taste of dark rye spice, roasted nutty malt, caramel, and cinnamon come together to give it a surprisingly chocolatey flavor. Great stuff

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

Super-hyper head, be careful when you pour, loose and airy foam which dimples but actually holds on longer than you'd expect, light brown hue, no lacing to speak of. Filmy brown color crosses over into full opacity, more amber orange nearer the rims. Ruggedly focused nose, like a ranch sunrise, not pretty, maybe not showered but up and ready to go, milk chocolate powder, slight caramelization like crème brûlée, the rye is not a consistent major presence, supplemented by a mossy, wet green matter aspect and a pinch of pepperiness, it's very much a "whole" over the "parts" sort of experience. Medium-bodied, carbonation makes for an initial wave of foam crashing down on the tongue. Segues to a mineral water, quinine kind of thing, then the rye and pumpernickel notes finally show up with some force.After that, chocolate, toffee, coffee appear as it smooths out. No citrus, low level of apple, peach, red cherry fruit, nothing big time. A big point of attraction is its texture and overall sense of "maturity," that is, it comes across as confident enough in itself to not take unnecessary pains to impress. But still does so with most sips.

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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 claytong
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
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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