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 SitkaSteve
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

I had this in a pint glass and a snifter: basically the same in both. Thanx Cap'n for this.
The color was a murky brown with a fairly quick dieing head. Light lacing along the sides of the glass.
The smell has some light rye in a light spicy bready malt.
The taste had a light spicy rye with a light sweet caramel in and out. Light bitterness succumbs my taste buds a bit.
The mouthfeel was slightly sharp and intrusive with a slight fuller quality perhaps leaning to about a medium on the body. The carbonation was even slightly sharp.
Overall, okay rye beer, nothing to really go bonkers about.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a fluffy off-white head.

S: The nose is a bit different. The rye is present with its mild spiciness, but the other aromas are a bit muddled with some caramel and fruit.

T: A lot of different malt flavors going on here. Some caramel, rye, and perhaps even a light smokiness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: A bit disappointing, to be honest. The flavors just don't quite make sense or come together very well. The booze isn't necessarily present, but you can tell you're not drinking a 4% beer.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Bruery Reserve initiation.

A- Nice dark brown color with a nice 2 finger fluffy white head that left some nice lacing on my glass.

S- Definate rye presence, heavy rye sweetness with some mild spice, really not much here, kinda let down.

T- Heavy rye flavors, sweet rye/caramel flavors, maybe a little fruit flavors but the rye is quite overpowering, finishes with slight spice flavor.

M- Nice medium body beer with ample carbonation, alcohol is there but it is a smooth beer.

D- Not very good, really let down on this one but Bruery is still a great brewery, just maybe need to look into changing this recipe. Flavors were simply of rye, which it should be for the style, but I think I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to the Dooper for getting this one and hauling it all the way back over the pond. This one was part of Rye night; we like rye beers.

From a 750 into a snifter
JuleBryg-Style Dark Rye Ale

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, medium-thicker looking, off-white head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap. Opaque, musty dark auburn brown with medium levels of carbonation. A nice, full wisp remains the whole way leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking beer.

SMELL: Lots of rye malts, dark fruits, grapes and raisins, as well as some light chocolate and floral notes in the back. Quite spicy and full of malt goodness.

TASTE: Rye bread and caramel notes, with dark fruits and grapes up front, with some spicy gingerbread through the middle and into the swallow. Mild but lingering aftertaste of rye bread, some floral bitterness and light caramel sweetness for balance. Pretty nice stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly watery, unfortunately. Medium levels of carbonation, not quite creamy enough really, but goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. A little bit of a scratch as well. Not quite up to par here.

OVERALL: I'd like to see the feel a little fuller and creamier, which would help carry the flavor a little more as well. Nevertheless, this is a good beer that was much enjoyed by the two of us. Thanks again for doing the dirty work Doops. Good times.

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Photo of rudzud
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up on a whim from Julio's. I do enjoy The Bruery, but this one not so much.

A - Poured into a Clown Shoes pint glass a dark deep clear chestnut brown. Atop it was a two finger fluffy off cream colour head that slowly fades leave a thick blanket on the top with noce side lacing.

S - Theres some nice malty sweetness on the nose as well as some light fruity funk. That being said, I've got a rather odd metallic aroma that I just cant get rid of. Very weird.

T - Nice malty sweetness as well as some nice almost spicey notes. I can pick up some nice just slightly sour and boozey notes This would definately age well and get even more complex.

M - Really nice crispness with a good almost medium carbonation. Really moves along the tongue.

D - Its a solid beer. Wasn't really a super huge fan of it though. The aroma was a bit off and the tastes could be a bit more "in your face" but it was worth the try. Cant say I'd pick it up again though.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown/amber in color with a large brownish-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thick wall of lace.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with a slight sour lemon hint. A bit of alcohol sweetness as well. Where's the rye?

Taste: Begins with lots of caramel sweetness that remains throughout. There is a touch of the rye spiciness toward the middle and lingering after the finish, but not enough in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a watery, slippery finish.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer, but the rye doesn't seem to come through as much as it should. This actually tastes like a doppelbock with slight rye flavoring. Again, not too bad, but not enough of what I imagine a "rye beer" being.

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Photo of leedorham
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Holy Shit this thing is foamy. Pours a dark copper brown with a huuuge fluffy light tan head. Pour slowly, man. The head stays about 2mm thick from beginning to end of glass.

S - Spices hit the nose first. Anise, licorice, character is what I get. Burnt sugar character is next, some plum and raisin in the background.

T - This beer is definitely complex. However, I find the spicy character to be a bit over the top and it seems imbalanced in that direction. Caramel character backs it up but not to the extent I'd like.

M - A bit of a dry, biscuity character to the finish. Very high carbonation.

D - This beer is definitely a complex offering that I bet will age well. However, I think it needs more depth & a bit more sweetness to back up the complexity of the spices.

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Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.37/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark brown with a little bit of an amber tint when held in the light. Two finger head that recedes, but leaves a nice cap.

S-Sweet bready malt, spiciness from the rye, and a little bit of grapes and banana.

T-Strong flavors of toasted bread up front a little caramel sweetness. Then mild spiciness from the rye takes over and then just leaves a flat bitter finish.

M-Medium body with fairly high carbonation. Seems to thin out quickly in your mouth.

O-I was a bit disappointed in this beer. This is my first taste of The Bruery's beers and I guess I was expecting a little more complexity in this beer. I have had quite a few better rye beers that were half the price.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 7.99. Bottled 9/24/12. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours dark but transparent brown with about a half finger off white head. Only a few small spots of lace.

Not much happening in the nose. Some rye, a slight sour note, and some bready malt.

Taste has a bold rye character with spice, raisin, malts, dough and a little dose of alcohol (though not near what you'd expect in an 8% brew). More complex than I am describing but only the rye really stands out.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. The feel gets creamier as it warms. Spiced rye finish.

Nothing spectacular but this is ok. It drinks very smooth for 8%. Almost like a brown ale but more rue than I think I've noticed in any other beer.

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Photo of remhaze
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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 rhoadsrage
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a jet brown dense body with a thick tan head and it last most of the glass.
S- This beer has a roasted coffee note with a dark stewed prunes and charred notes finishing with a dark nougat note.
T- The roasted notes with a hint of charcoal are followed by a green raisins and prune flavor with a dark nougat flavor leading to a soft tartness in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a scrubbing fizzy finish.
D- This beer has full roasted notes with the charred flavors and dark nougat dominating and tasting a bit odd.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very brown, almost like a cola with a small head that didn't stick around for long and dissipated leaving not much lacing.

S - Very rye and bready, at least it is delivering on what it promosed. A bit bready and roasty.

T - Malt, caramel, a lot of rye. This started out really good, but as I went it became harder and harder to drink.

M - Nicely carbonated and medium bodied, but a little hard somehow.

D - Couldn't finish the bomber, which is unusual for me, just started getting mroe difficult to drink as I went.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml to a tulip.

A: Pours a pretty dark brown with a very creamy, off-white head. Highlights of red. Very thick, foamy head.

S: Smells very malty with a bit of rye spice. Smells of apples and cinnamon, pears and white grapes. Not a big hop character here. Definitely sweet and malty.

T: Sweetness is prevalent on the palate as well, not getting a lot of rye spice. Has a very small amount of bitterness, but this beer is far too sweet. Almost tastes like apple juice with some light spice.

M: Low-medium carbonation, pretty light body. Nothing screams 8% Rye beer here.

D: The one good thing is that this beer drinks very easily, not a big rye bite and nothing agressive. The problem is, I was looking for aggressive here. Don't think I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
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 tigg924
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
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 Chambic
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

01.24.10 at City Beer Store

A: nice and dark, very opaque, with a superfluffy head

S: kinda like a loaf of bread

T: also kinda like a loaf of bread. The rye makes gives it a nice bitterness

M: lots of fizz, mellowed by malt

D: shared the 750mL, which is probably what I'd do next time, as well

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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 nrbw23
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours an odd looking brown color with a pretty nice tannish colored head. Head has good retention and leaves little lacing.

S- Smells of sweet malts, a bit nutty, a spice that I can pick out and rye.

T- Picking up the rye right away. A bit of bready malt, spice, a woody taste and a bit of hops.

M- Maybe a tad bit on the fuller side of medium and carbonation seemed right on.

D- I've had this one a couple times now, maybe I'm not really a fan of the rye. I don't think I could drink a bottle by myself.

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Photo of notlob
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice deep mahogany color with 1+ finger off-white head that lingers a little bit and remains around the glass.

Aroma: Smells slightly of roast/toffee and apple/pear esters.

Flavor: Tastes very light, not as caramelly as I'd expected, with a little bit of clove, nutty dough bread, and faint levels of roast and chocolate in the finish. Somewhat tart. Slight warmth.

Mouthfeel: Pretty interested. A bit overcarbonated than most beers, but seems appropriate here, which plays a bit interestingly with the tartness. With that said, the beer is still quite smooth and slightly velvety on the tongue.

Overall Impression: A nice sipper beer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inflatablechair brought this over a couple weeks ago and shared with me and buckeyeboy... Thanks Sam... This was pretty far off my radar... reviewed from paper notes.

Sandy head.. clear amber.. nice highlites.. descent lacing.

Nose has some spiciness and a fair amount of lite caramel.. a bit herbal hoppiness.

Flavor has some light chocolate and more grassy hops than the nose.. dark bread.. surprisingly lite body with a pretty big carbonation.

This was sorta an "Ehhhh Oookay" beer for me.... Interesting and nice to try, but it was a bit too much all over the place and never ever found any focus. There was still a half bottle of this left when Sam and Jeremy left.. read between the lines.


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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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 DARIVA
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautifull brown and red beer with a reasonable head.

S: Beer has a sweet sour smell.

T: Fresh beer with a delicious sweet taste.

M: Nice foam feeling and delicious carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty drinkable and has a delicious slightly sweet.

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Photo of Zorro
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Murky brown colored beer with a tall light brown colored head.

Smell is sour and spicy. Caramel and rye bread without caraway seeds and yeast about sums up this aroma. Definite Sourdough funk here.

Starts out sweet and sour and spicy quite a lot like Flemish Brown Ale. Flavor is tamer than the smell; I thought I had a soured bottle at first. Some malt roast and chocolate and a little Russian Brown Bread round up the flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. Not really what I would call a good beer, too sour.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 served in Kasteel goblet.

A: Pours a very unique brown. Just a shade lighter than rootbeer. Shades of red come through in certain lights. Fluffy carmel-colored head rises to about three fingers worth after a fairly gentle pour. Retention is good. Attractive beer.

S: Sweet carmel malt initially, along with some nuttiness. A certain spiciness is present. An herbal, almost spearmint-like aroma lingers in the background.

T: Distinct rye flavor. Also some crackery malt character. Mild spiciness of the rye is accentuated by a spicy hoppiness. Definitely has some resinous, woody flavors and a drying finish.

M: Rather full, creamy feel. Carbonation is well done and slightly prickly.

D: This is unique and interesting, but there is something off-putting about this beer. The flavors are becoming tiring as I near the end of the 750ml bottle.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours out a dark dark brown color, a little bit of dark rubiness, tight light tan head, average retention, lace is quick to fall back into the beer. Looks murky, but its hard to tell due to the dark color.

Smells lIke a rather bland Belgian dark ale. Over ripe dark fruits, some phenoly almost Belgian yeast. Some brown sugar.

Plum, ripe dark fruits, brown sugar, phenoly Belgian yeast, some rye like dry spice, but its not super noticeable. Finishes pretty dry.

Medium to light in body, mouthfeel is just a touch on the weak side.

This wasn't super enjoyable, if I didn't know what this was I'd definatly guess Belgian dark ale, and I prolly wouldn't have guessed any rye was used. I wouldn't buy this again.

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Rugbrød from The Bruery
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