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 augustgarage
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Liquid is a sort of dark sienna with faint cordovan and ruby around the edges - color is subtle and difficult to evaluate in this dim setting. A thick creamy finger of desert sand foam persists and clings to the sides leaving behind a sticky, thin, even layer of lacing. Very thin legs are suspended just above the foam. Excellent head retention overall.

The aroma is simple but intriguing - a really unique mix of rye and Belgian yeast - sort of a malty sourdough starter fed with rye flour. Tangy, and almost salty in a way.

The palate entry is tart and bready with hints of sesame and buttermilk. Faint pepper and pumpernickel in the finish, along with some bitterness. Rye is a little rough as it isn't balanced by any sweetness.

Smooth, medium bodied, and well carbonated.

Best served with food (a strong cheese pairing at the least) as otherwise it becomes something of a trial to finish.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A capped 750ml bottle. Thanks to mymrnngjckt for sharing. Uncapped and poured into my snifter glass. This rye ale appears a hazed medium chestnut color with about a finger of light tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of caramel sweetness, spicy rye malt(mild) and yeast, toasted bread grains, sweet and a bit fruity. Medium in both body and carbonation levels with a spicy, slightly slick and sweet finish. pretty decent overall. Thanks again Kevin.

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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 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 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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Photo of popery
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Spicy and fruity, Rugbrod has a big malty presence. The flavors are richer than the abv would indicate, which is always good. The yeast notes are a lot more Belgian than I was expecting. It reminds me of a smallish quad. Interesting sour finish to a mouthful of dark stone fruits and spicy malt. The beer is a bit too carbonated for me, but it looks very nice and the carbonation fades with time.

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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 Goldfish19
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

~ Purchased this 750 ml bottle from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. This beer pours a dark brown with an off-white head. A pleasant aroma of spicy rye hits you like there is no tomorrow. It's followed up by hints of chocolate, dark fruit, and brown sugar. The taste is similar to its smell, but I also get a nice roasty, smokey flavor that lingers around for a while. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the finish is spicy.

Overall, this is truly an intriguing brew. If you can find it, buy it. Good stuff! ~

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1/12/2010. Bottle. Pours a deep brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, sweet roasted malt, chestnuts. Flavor of the same roasted nuts, roasted malt, a light grainy presence, and a touch of smoke. I think the draught version was better than the bottled version -- I got more complexities from it. Still, a great beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours into my glass a deep dark brown with garnet highlight and a huge four finger head of creamy, bubbling light tan foam that's slow to recede. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas start with crisp toasted grains alongside a distinct estery banana and clove. Lots of spicy accents wafting up to greet me. Lots of yeast along with dark bread.

First sip brings crisp, toasted malt with a solid roast as well. Dark rye bread springs to mind as it washes across the palate with a spicy twang. Yeast esters envelop the tongue leaving trails of clove, banana and earthy flavors. Finishes with a touch of caramel sweetness and lingering spicy rye grain. Tasty and better as it warms!

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a bit of a grittiness to it as well. Fast moving carbonation with tiny bubbles is a little much for me and I'd enjoy it toned down a bit. Overall, a flavorful rye ale but it didn't really move me and the over carbonation makes it hard to drink.

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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 Axic10
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with absolutely no visability. Nice full bodied head that is retained through out the course of the beer.

Smell: Rye, toffee, slight malt and booze.

Taste: Rye, smokey and caramel malt. Got better as it warmed up.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and know you're drinking a beer with this one.

Drinkability: Took a little while for this to truly blossom (i.e. warm up), but once it did, it was a solid beer. Good offering from The Bruery.

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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 KeefD
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber color, bordering on brown, large tan head and light lacing. Aroma is boozy at first, but as it warms up, chocolate and roasty notes start to come out in small amounts with spicy rye and a lemony hop aroma making up the bulk of the nose. Taste is literally like liquid bread. I guess I always thought of Doppelbocks as being "liquid bread" but this takes the cake, so to speak. Huge rye doughy-ness, bready, malty, hints of chocolate and coffee, along with some light fruit, probably from the yeast that was dumped into my glass. Very interesting. Like a light layer of chocolate and caramel slathered on a piece of rye bread. Semi-sweet. My only complaint is the carbonation. Had to swirl the hell out of this thing to get the overactive carbonation to subside. Really had to much stinging carbonation going on at first, but became nicer as it warmed. Good beer, very unique indeed. Don't think I could polish off a whole bottle of it, but was glad to share it with friends!

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Photo of everetends
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this is the first thing I have tried from The Bruery. Picked this one up from Hop City in Atlanta, GA for around 8.99 or 9.99. I was stoked to see it was a rye beer and thought I would jump into this one. Served up in a tulip.

A: Whoa, be gentle on the pour because this will build a head long after you expect it to stop. Its not a gusher or a foamer, it just builds a beautiful head. My initial careless pour yielded about four fingers of light tan colored head. The body is a pretty dark colored brown, a very dark cola color. Can't really see through the body except for at the bottom of the tulip. It lightens just a bit there and gives a hint to a bit of carbonation movement going on here. All hints to what is moving and shaking in the body, quickly disappears in the darkness. The head has some great retention, and the four fingers falls to a finger that lasts the extent of the glass. Very fluffy in texture. Most of the lace slides back into the body but some spotty lacing sticks around. Very god looking brew.

S: Malts are kicking around in here and quite nicely. Very bready in malt that blends well with all this rye. Some chocolatey and caramel presence sweetens up the savory quite nicely and brings out a wonderful aroma. There is a bit of an almost mineral/medicinal aroma bouncing around in here, it is different but not off putting. I am getting just a bit of fruit rounding things off with some pear and just a touch of cherry (very minute).

T: This tastes like a very nice dessert bread. The rye really plays well with the bready malts and mixes fantastically with a nice chocolate flavor. It just meshes well once the beer warms and really comes together. It is incredibly strong when the beer is too cold, but warm it is very nice. The medicinal quality makes more sense as it comes out more of a spice quality. Touches of pepper, nutmeg and clove. The fruit is yet again a touch of pear but absolutely some dark cherries work in. Very nice indeed.

M: A good, heavy sided medium in body. Carbonation is a bit high for my liking and think that had a lot to do with some of the strange aromas coming out. Maybe just a little too aggressive with the carbonation. Still this is smooth and has a good weight to it. Velvety at times. ABV is just a slight warming on the throat, nice and subtle. Aftertaste is a nice amount of dark chocolate lingering.

D: This truly is a great introduction to The Bruery. I made the mistake of serving this too cold, but once it reached proper temperature everything fell wonderfully into place. A pretty subtle rye beer that has some big flavors and aromas at times. Just beautifully crafted and pretty easy drinking for the ABV. I will sip it though as needs be. Fantastic brew.

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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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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought this at the Hulmeville inn. Poured into my Lindeman's stange. Pours a cloudy brown with a very unique fizzy light brown heading. Bubbles and lacing were all over the place.

Smell is all rye. Some slight spicy notes kick in to finish it off.

Taste wasn't what I was expecting but in a good way. Very doughy malts with a serious amount of rye mixed. Very tasty. Spicy - gritty kind of finish to this beer. Slight smokiness as well.

Mouth is medium to full bodied a very gritty feel in the mouth doesn't finish clean at all.

Drink is ok. Not a session brew but a very interesting choice of beer.

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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 yourefragile
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

So far I've been unimpressed by the Bruery beers I've tried, but I generally like Rye beers, which baseless illformed opinion will win out??? The beer pours a nice looking rubyish mahogany, relatively clear and a thick, dense light tan head with plenty of lacing and ok retention. So far so good. Aroma is certainly rye forward, with associated spiciness and mild caramel and malt sweetness. However, the sweet and spicy don't blend well and the dry bready rye aroma dominates. As this beer hits the front and back of the palate, its like drinking two different beers. In the front it's sweeter and malty, some Belgian yeast, in general rather pleasant. As it moves further back the tongue and finishes it has a potent, strong dry bready rye and spice character that isn't very well balanced with the sweet. Well, looks like my general apathy of the Bruery's beers has summoned the strength to defeat my affinity for rye beers, as this comes off as a challenging to drink, unbalanced notion of a good idea.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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 bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a mahogany brown color with about an inch and a half tan head. Head retention is excellent, but there isn't much lacing at all. Aroma is caramel malt, nuts, rye, and a bit of chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, with the addition of some dark fruit and smoke. Also, the rye flavor comes out more in the taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating, and has good but soft carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very easy and enjoyable to drink. I like this beer, but at $11 a bomber it's not something I'd buy very often.

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

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 2" tan head over the cloudy burgundy brew. Head fades ever so slowly, with heavy thick lace. Aroma is chocolatey rye with maybe some smoke. Taste pretty much mirrors the nose. Combination of flavors makes me think of a brew made over an open fire. Mouthfeel is hearty yet smooth, and drinkability is very nice. Interesting and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a becker.

A: Medium dark brown, pours into a giant frothy head. Settles very slowly. Looks a lot like an ice cream float.

S: Nuts, malt, rye, and molasses. A little Italian spice.

T: Bitter, bittersweet chocolate malt, a hint of nutty sweetness.

M: Heavy, palette coating body, full, hearty flavor.

D: A sipper.

Great atmosphere. Appearance is pretty impressive. Full, balanced pleasing nose. Flavor has some complexity, and great combination of tones, great balance. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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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 Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color with a dense light tan head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of a nice musty brown ale, chestnuts, honey and a light sour spice from the rye. The flavor starts off with a nutty malt profile, light tobacco, which is followed by some lemon tartness and a light rye spice. This seems to be more of a big brown ale than rye. The rye doesn't stand out enough. I think I'd prefer the brew not to have that lemon twang. A solid moderate feel with fizzy carbonation; big and malty but twangy on the finish. This is a very good beer but I could do without the lemon twang.

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