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 jerz
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of bluesplit63
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.02/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a dark caramel brown liquid with virtually no head other than some bubbles on top.

S-the nose is a mix of wood and overly sweet malts, burnt brown sugars and caramel with a touch of sweet plums.

T-all malt and very sweet, the caramel and plum seem to dominate, hints of chocolate underneath with a light spice to the finish.

M-full bodied, syrupy and soft, lighter carbonation with an easy finish.

D-not bad but overly sweet with an unfocused malt presence.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy dirty brown color ale with a large light brown frothy head with good retention and some excellent lacing. Aroma of caramelized rye notes with some residual sugar notes is quite pleasant. Taste is also dominated by loads of rye malt notes with some caramelized sugar and malt notes and a somewhat unrefined grainy finish which is more or less pleasant. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Not the best rye beer out there but not that bad either - I could have done without the unrefined grainy notes

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to whoever brought this at Stone Soup.

Rugbrød is a pretty dark one for a rye beer. This is the 2nd darkest I've seen right under Bell's Rye stout. Dark brown, light black shade with a tanish cap up top with no traces left behind on the glass. Smell is of roasted malt and cocco packed in with rye malt scent. Some old hop flavor with trace amounts of caramel. Taste is bold to say the least. Different. A rye beer with a Bruery twist. I get some smoke and some spicy notes mid palate finishing off with some cocco and heat in the finish. Feel is medium with crisp carb. A spicy finish on this one with a twinge of heat in the finish. Not my favorite rye beer and not my favorite Bruery beer. I could not even imagine trying to tackle a whole bottle of this alone. Im interested in cooking with it though.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of fermentation, somewhat like rotting fruit
Head large (5 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 4 mm ring and 2 mm layer
Lacing poor – few islands of small bubbles, some tails from ring as level drops
Body med brown, hazy
Flavor very much like a subdued rye bread; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, creamy, soft carbonation

An odd (to my palate) beer. The flavor and aroma are unusual for a beer and not what one would actually desire to drink. It’s probably an acquired taste, but not one I’m willing to spend the time or money to acquire.

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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 laituegonflable
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a red-tinged brown colour, slight cloud fluffing out the body. Head is huge, but sinking, as all heads must. Retains a marshmallowy pillow in the middle and leaves slight specks of lace. Yeah fantastic head, the rest is pretty good too.

Nose is quite sour, also quite musty. Fair amount of orange and lemon rind on there with a slight funk, hints of white wine vinegar and cherries. Touch of cranberry as well and maybe a slight detergent note. Definitely needs more sweetness, it doesn't quite have the deliciousness of a sour ale, but lacks balance otherwise.

Taste is fairly funkatarium, with lots of musty, mouldy character coming off it. Aspects of brie rind and lucerne on there as well as some spicy phenolic notes, with hints of carraway and cardamom. Fair red wine character late mid gets earthy with soil and that general flavour of decay. Not the most appealing palate I've experienced, it's dark and has a slightly dismal overtone to it. There's not much in here that is fresh or uplifting. Not that it's bad, it just doesn't make me happy, the way a great beer should.

Bit of tart sizzle towards the back gives it some textue. Has a body that can carry it off, but not a lot to it otherwise.

Yeah, overall this beer just strikes me as depressing, like an attic that's been shut up too long with no windows.

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Photo of mothman
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a huge light tan head. Good retention but not a lot of lace. Color is a ruby hued bark brown. Very dark.

Aroma: A huge amount of rye, some spices, very malty. Just a load of rye and it just isn't impressing me.

Taste: a lot of smokey/roasted malts. Huge rye flavors. Some spices and dried fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: very roasted, however it has a nice amount of carbonation which makes it refreshing. A lighter bodied beer. Ends with a very dry aftertaste that is burnt and full of rye.

Overall, a lit bit of a let down here. I normally love rye beers, but this one was a bit to much for me. Not something I enjoyed a lot of. I probably won't be having this again.

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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 zrbeer1579
3.12/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark amber-brown with very little head.

Aroma: Dark fruits, slight caramel, light dark bread smell, tiny bits of black peppers, and some alcohol as well. Overall aroma is light.

Taste: Dark fruits, mostly cherry. Some caramel sweetness and dark bread. Some roasted-ness. Some more Belgian-like characters, maybe it's the yeast. Even some floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Feels almost creamy but yet watery at the same time. Finish is sweet with some hops.

Overall: I was really looking forward to this beer, but was disappointed. It's a some-what interesting beer but just felt lacking. It was not worth the money.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Split two ways with my father. Poured into pint glasses.

A- Pours a dark brown hue. Produced three fingers width of tan colored head. Nice head retention.

S- Picking up lots of rye, spices, and caramel malt sweetness. The combination wasn't off putting in any way, just not too appealing.

T- A bit of a mess in IMO. Definite notes of rye, but the malt sweetness / roasted, smoked malt combination was a little too strong...definitely masked any other subtleties that may have been in here.

M- Medium bodied. My only complaint was that it was overcarbonated.

D- I was only able to drink 3/4 of my glass before pouring the rest down the drain. My father tried to drink it since he is a fan of rye beers, but only managed to take a few sips.

Overall, I don't know why I keep buying their distributed beers. Other than Hottenroth, I have been left extremely disappointed and $100 poorer. From now on I will just stick to trading for their pub exclusive beers.

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Photo of Risser09
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 poured into a pilsner - cellar - 2009 I bet

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orangeish brown color with a 3" tall tan head. It shows decent retention and spotty lace remains.

Smell: Caramel malt, freshly roasted barley, nougat, caramel and I suppose some actual rye grain. A slight mineral backbone and little to no hops.

Taste: A smooth wash of caramel, nougat and rye grain. The flavor is very robust and turbid, almost milky, but very smooth. Awkward.

Mouthfeel: See above. This beer is quite chalky and again, turbid. Medium body, ample carbonation, smooth going down, with seemingly less than 8% alcohol.

Drinkability: This is a decent brew that you have to try. It's worth trying once, but I won't go after it again. A modest effort that hopefully pulls in the authenticity of Danish beer.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes, bought to drink with ham on x-mas:

Rye highlights,

light brown, poured a big old head

alcohol, chocolately, bready rye,

thin body.

I continued to be let down with bruery beers from a bottle. The on tap stuff is good, I havent had black tuesday but mostly everything else Ive had from a bottle has been a let down.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a 14oz stem-goblet at the now defunct Bruery Provisions. Cost was $6.00 USD. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger khaki colour head of good cream and good thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a very dark auburn. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Nuts, malt, rye, bready notes, fruity esters accompanied by an artificial sweetness, and cherry pie filling/crust. Quite sugary; brown sugar is prominent. Intriguing, if a bit too sweet.

T: Fruity and sweet, with coarse rye dragging its finer notes out. Cherry pie filling up front. Heavy malty body. Too sugary towards the finish. Lacks subtlety. Kind of messy; unfocused. What happened to the nuts? The fruit is poorly handled. Bits of poorly executed dark fruit underwhelm.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Some creamy quality. Overcarbonated. A bit too thick. Unnecessarily heavy on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable but not unique or special. It's a decent brown ale and pushes limits, but the end result isn't great. I wouldn't get it again. Overpriced (in classic Bruery fashion).


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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 750 ml Burgundy-style brown pop top; nice, classy, simple label. No date, and I've had it for at least a year, but it says on the back that it cellars well for 2 years. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Dark walnut beer with bits of yeast in suspension and a light tan cap which soon fades to a thick film that shows fairly good retention.

Smell: Tons of dry chocolate up front, with some spicy, peppery notes as well. Some breadiness and dark, fruity alcohol as well, almost like a strong dark Belgian ale. Hint of roastiness, but nothing like a stout/porter. Intriguing and different.

Taste: Really surprising, not at all what I was expecting from the aromas. The first thing up front is smoky roastiness. A bit earthy, dry and roasty, but not as roasty as a stout or a porter; some dry breadiness (dark wheat bread?) as well. A hint of earthy, dusty, funky, generic dark fruit. There's something else in here that I recognize, but can't quite put my finger on. This is intriguing, complex, and unique. Do I like it? I can't quite decide.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied; doesn't feel like 8% abv...just a hint of the warmign as you're drinking it.

Overall: Unique and somewhat bizarre beer. There are very few beers that, after drinking them, I can't really decide how I feel about them. This is definitely one of those beers. The roasty notes are nice, the bready after-taste is pleasant, but there's just something that doesn't quite work for me. I'm wondering if it's something with the rye? It's kind of spicy and peppery, but kind of funky and fruity too. In the end, it's something I'm really glad I got to try, but I'd probably not buy it again.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Rugbrød from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 926 ratings