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 mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 01/20/12 notes. Have actually never had this one before...used to see bottles all the time and then they stopped showing up at my stores, so was glad to finally try it at Hopleaf in Chicago. 8 oz. pour. Review #2,400.

a - Pours a murky, mahogany brown color with a reddish tint to it, one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cherries, dark fruits, rye, fruity malts, toasted malts, biscuit, bread, wheat, spices. Nice cherry to it, and the rye comes through a decent amount. Pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of cherries, raisins, dark fruity malts, bready malts, rye, some toasted malts, and some spice and pepper. More dark fruits here and less rye, but I like it just as much as the nose.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Slightly too carbonated, otherwise easy to drink overall.

o - Overall a really nice rye beer. Lots of cherries and rye in the nose, and more raisins and dark fruits in the taste. Easy to drink, something I would definitely revisit in the future.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

another adventurous beer from the bruery. the pour on this one is mahogany, richly cherry in color, somewhere between a red ale and a brown ale, with a few thin inches of white fluff thats fades fast. the aroma of his beer is highly unique, combining red malts, a boatload of rye, peppery yeast, and a decent level of residual sugar, although i didnt find this to taste nearly as sweet as i thought it would. to me the rye was dominant, but it was dry in feel in the middle of a runny textured brew that shouldnt have finished that way. still, i liked the way this featured rye, compared to so many rye india pale ales and rye porters out there. the malt bill allowed the rye to stand out, and the alcohol level is perfect. i wished for more body or more carbonation or both, but i enjoyed the compelxity of this and think it might do well with some age on it. not my favorite bruery offering, but again something original and high quality.

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Photo of alexipa
2.67/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Dark brown with a red hue and a nice thick white head. The appearance had me excited to try this. The scent is sour, smells infected. Uh oh. First taste... Yep, this is infected. Nice and malty, almost no rye taste at all, and very tart. Dark fruit flavor. The carbonation is spot on with a great medium creamy body. Overall, a pretty bad beer that was probably infected but they decided to bottle and sell anyway.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-rye, molasses, hints of chocolate and spices, earthy

T-rye, chocolate, spices, hint of sweetness, earthy and yeasty, beautifully balanced

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a nicely balanced beer, unique flavors and they work really well here

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Photo of Belgianbeerbunny
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured like a Coca-Cola. 1/2-inch head initially, which quickly dissipated.

S - Yeast and coffee cake.

T - caramel and toasted bread. Reminded me of a sticky bun.

M - Full-bodied.

O - Very interesting. I didn't know what to expect from rye ale, but I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of malloyca
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy, cola-brown color with minimal head and lacing. Aromas of stewed dark fruits and cherry, together with cinnamon, root beer, baking spices, caramel and bitter chocolate. On the palate, the initial flavor is burnt and toasted malt, followed by hints of chocolate and caramel. Medium to light in body, with good carbonation.

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Photo of 55bob
2.37/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a rich brown.

Small slightly lacy head.It did not last very long.

Smells like a brown ale home brew. Lots of yeast. both in smell and tast.

Tastes like a brown ale but a bit sour / tart. Mouthfeel was medium to thin.

Overall I was disappointed with this $10 beer.

I've made better homebrew on my first attempt.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Gourmet Haus Stadt.

A: A nice finger of head tips a ruddy-nice ruby-gorgeous beer. You can see through the glass darkly.

S: Fruity and smooth-bland. Hint of brown sugar.

T/M: More tart-sweet (apricot) than the rye spiciness I expected. Roasted malt? That's odd. Full, well-carbonated and pleasant. Aftertaste is dryish and only ever so lightly bitter.

O: Good beer, but not that interesting...? Sweetish, smoothish, and plain. Still, I enjoy it and would reccommend it.

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Photo of Boto
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: This pours like a bad homebrew: The entire glass is foam. It took 15 minutes of pouring and settling to finally get a decent amount of beer in the glass. Once it finally settled out it is a reddish-brown color. There was obviously a HUGE tan head on mine that wouldn’t go down at all. Surprisingly there is very little lacing. The aroma is nice: bready and yeasty. There are notes of spices and rye. The taste is also good. Bit of rye bread, some spices, faint fruits. Some caramel. Nice balance. Overall, pretty good. I just wish it hadn’t foamed up like it did and spilled all over the counter.

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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 mscudder
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint.

A - Dark brown with a fair sized tan head. Poor retention and little lacing.

S - Light warmth from booze, alongside caramel and brown sugar.

T - Starts like warmth bread and recedes into a wealth of complex rye-finsued sweetness. Juicy fruits near the end, mostly grape. Gets drier as the beer progresses.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation.

O - Interesting beer that resembles a complex wine to me.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice two finger head on an aggressive pour. Head is off-white and laden with foam... Brew is near blood red.

Tons of rye in the nose. Earthy. Bitter. Banana. Bread-y.

Bitter. Dry. High carbonation. Heat-y. Solid. Yeasty. Bread-y. Slight spree (tart) flavors, but not overly sugar-y. A bit of funk from the barn on the nose.

Exactly what I was looking for when I grabbed this brew... it's recommended and should be sought after.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No head to speak of on a murky and muddy brown body without any lacing really. Aroma of raisin, milk chocolate, rye bread, molasses, hint of sour cherry. Flavor is similar but less sweet than the aroma would suggest with chocolate covered banana, fig, raisin, rye breads, hint of syrup and brown sugar. Medium body that costs the palate. Moderate carbonation. This one is excellent. Complex with nice flavors I just wish the flavors were a bit stronger but most rye beers the base beer is understated usually so I guess this is on par.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy, murky brown body with little transparency. Virtually no head to speak of with just a thin ring of off-white bubbles around the edges of the glass.

S- Breads, caramel malt, some earthy notes, spice.

T- Very malty, rye comes through a lot. Tastes like liquid bread. Rye, pumpernickel, a definite spice note, but not sure what it is. Very flavorful and earthy.

M- Full-bodied, low carbonation. A very thick beer.

O- Rye comes through, but not sure of the beer overall. Not very complex, but interesting in its own way.

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

Split a 750ml poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a murky dark brown with a touch if red around the top when held to the light, quarter finger of slightly toasty looking head.... Resides To a film. Some light spots of lacing .

S: spicy rye, a bit of toasted grain, caramel, and a light fruity Belgian yeastyness giving a light apple/pear note, hint of chocolate as well.

T: much like the aroma, I get alot of character from the rye along with a good dose of caramel and breadyness. Hint of chocolate along with some dark fruit, particuarly rasin. Again I get that touch of Belgian yeast.... Nice balance of flavors here.

M: on the heavy side of medium, big lush mouthfeel, medium slightly creamy carbonation.... This brew is a touch on the sweet side.

O: great blend of flavors here, the rye works very well with the darkfruit and arcanely malt back bone, a nice brew, deffiantly worth a try.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, rye, and caramel. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

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Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swampy brown body with a dense cap of khaki head that laces perfectly.

Fat caramel aromas play with boat loads of rye dosage... faint licorice, toasted grains, pecan pie, no discernible booze presence.

It's all about the thick malts... warm caramel qualities, fresh tobacco, spicy rye, overripe dark fruits, metallic flavors, a touch of inviting oxidation, very intriguing stuff.

Like nothing else I've had - if you're on the fence, give it a go!

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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 LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark copper brown, light tan dissipating head and lacing. Aggressive large bubble carbonation. Aroma of roasted malt, rye. Dark fruits and peppery rye. Raisins, a bit of toffee and rye bitterness in middle. Bitter end, which stands alone at the finish. Medium body. The finish and heavy carbonation detract from a moderately flavorful beer that would have worked better for me with a better balance of rye bitterness and malt. Worth the try, but probably not a repeat.

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

Bottle at least a year old.

A: Dark brown pour with a ridiculously huge and fluffy light brown head. 90% of the glass is foam. Have to make several careful pours to fill the tulip halfway. Finally fades leaving swaths of fluffy lacing on the glass.

S: Rye and brown sugar with some caramel. A little toasted malt and nuttiness with a hint of raisin.

T: Loads of rye and caramel up front. Nutty and toasty (almost burnt) bread in the middle. Finishes on a rye and toffee note.

M: Carbonation is a bit too high but otherwise medium bodied and smooth.

O: An enjoyable rye beer, some are very mild on the rye but this one isn't. Tastes like liquid toasted rye bread really.

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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 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 KajII
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a murky walnut brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown creamy head that was mostly lasting, reducing to a small creamy cap which allowed for some excellent streaky lacing.

The aroma was quite complex of a dark bread malt, a very mild resin hop and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of molasses, rye, ginger, dark fruit (raisins and prunes), a mild nuttiness and a hint of alcohol.

The taste was “sweet and chewy” with a hint of molasses and a mild spiciness from the onset with the finish having a touch of rye, a mild dose of dark fruit and a slight alcohol presence. The flavor stuck around for an average duration with a nice sweet rye taste left behind along with a slight alcohol warming sensation.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and a bit syrupy yet still quite creamy in texture with a good strong carbonation.

Overall this was a very unique tasting brew, one that was sweet, bold, and malty, which made this an extremely enjoyable drinking experience...

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super cloudy brown-red with a finger of frothy brownish head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some good lacing.

S - Aroma is full of rye spiciness and some dark fruit sweetness. There is also some biscuit, caramelized sugar, residual sugar, and a hint booze.

T - Starts off with some dark fruit flavor with some raisin and plum sweetness alongside some biscuit malt. Through the middle some caramelized sugars come through alongside some stronger dark fruit flavor and some earthy and spicy rye flavor. The finish is a mix of rich caramel malt, rye, residual sugar, and dark fruit sweetness that all linger together.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, spicy, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. The combination of strong rye notes with the dark fruit and rich caramelized notes are excellent together. The body is big enough to hold all of the flavor and the overall beer is nicely balanced.

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