Rugbrød | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Halcyondays on 10-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
923
Reviews:
354
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.6%
 
 
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37
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108
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Photo of mothman
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of an off white head and some pretty good lace rings as it finishes. Nose brings some spicy rye, caramel, bread, and a bit of yeast.

The taste consists of really nice bread and rye with some spice characteristics. A good dose of nice yeast flavor and some light caramel. Mouthfeel is really nice with a medium body and great carbonation levels. Drinks quite well and is quite tasty.

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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 NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery RUGBRøD; tasted 21 January 2011.

No freshness date can be found on the bottle, but my sample was long-standing, and chilled below 40˚F for several months.

"Unfiltered, Bottle-Conditioned"

A rough pour brought up a massive head of yellowed tan atop a hazy colored copper body. It looked a little bit like a cola, and to be honest, it smelled a bit the same as well. Held to the ear, the receding head audibly 'crinkled' like rice crispies in milk! The head retention was good, but the lacing was far more limited. What I eventually ended up with was a solid collar of creamy yellowed tan around the perimiter, and minor spotting dripping from along the sides of the glass.

I picked up a bit of spice in the nose, but I couldn't place it. I thought slightly of mint, and slightly of cinnamon, but not particularly of rye. However, I was greatly reminded of a beer that I'd brewed previously at the Manayunk Brewing Company with rye (both flaked and whole) - it brought me right back - so, maybe I was picking up rye! I think the dark caramel malt, yeasty fruitiness, and hops skew it a bit, and therefore you don't get it just as "rye"..

The flavor was sharp, fruity, and a touch spicy, with obvious notes of dark sugar. It remained more straightforwardly caramelish though, and didn't stray beyond darkened sugar into 'burnt' sugar. I'm not sure about the hops, but I do get a touch of mint in the finish. And, of course there's a spiciness to it, but I don't know how much of that may be rye, or how much may be hops. It's well-balanced, focusing caramelish malt, dark fruitiness, and spice in an equal triangle that's not unlike a holiday cake of some sort. (Hmmm... Nice. Perhaps this would make a great Thanksgiving or Xmas dinner beer to share with uncle Chet who thinks that Sam Adam's Old Fezziwig is the end of the line). A gentle bitterness supports it (not much is needed because of the spicy edge); and at 8% alc./vol. it's surprisingly soft and smooth across the palate. From start to finish it's very direct and one-sided, but it's still fairly complex despite its focus. The rye adds a level of polish to what might otherwise simply be a dark amber ale. And it's surprisingly drinkable once it warms a bit and the gently tart edge wanes.

So what to say about drinkability? I have to state that in my experience rye is a very "love it or hate it" grain within brewing; and perhaps in baking as well. It makes itself known, and if you're not particularly inclined to the flavor and aroma of it you might find it 'cagey' or 'fence-like', and hard to get at; meaning it distracts you from what's really inside. It's strong enough to redirect your attention and taste buds so that you don't see it for what it really is. And OK, I get that. I enjoyed it greatly, but I don't think most imbibers will find it quite as charming, thus a 4.0 for scoring. Still, I would say that it's certainly worth trying for nothing more than to get a better sense of what rye can do in a beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark rye malts, caramel, some dark fruit, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a very hearty roasted rye malt character. Then some sweetness comes in from flavors of dark fruit, caramel and a little spice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sweet.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's something a little different and is a good beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for this type of beer.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured a dark brown mahogany color with a thick off white head. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a lot of Belgian yeasty flavors with some spices and rye. Taste has a lot of re present but the sweet caramely malt also comes through. Some spiciness and Belgian yeast also comes through. The rye flavor is very appealing.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Drinkability is good, but as expected it's not something I would drink all night. A bottle shared with a few friends was a very good purchase.

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

Appearance: Issues forth an obscured, medium brown body with a tall, expansive, airy, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet, spicy nose smelling of toasted bread (crunchy crusts and all), caramel, brown sugar, and a bit of cocoa, with a spicy component of rye boosted by the Belgian yeast and a lightly tart fruitiness.

Taste: Baked dark bread with some notable toasty tones to it and brushed with a layer of sweet dark caramel sauce, cocoa powder, and dark brown sugar. Rather light touch of roast. Taste of tart, juicy hard-pitted fruits along with raisins. Zesty zip of rye grain throughout. Earthy, additionally spicy yeast character. Drying, fruity, lightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: In the vicinity of medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: A pleasant, flavorful, engaging beer that drinks with ease. Go on, give it a try!

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Picked this up in NC last summer...

Opens with a touch of gushing, pours a ruddy brown/chestnut with a finger of tan head. Gushing continues albeit slowly as this warms, me thinks I should've drank this a month or so ago.. Average head retention or lacing. As advertised floaties show up at the bottom the bottle `

S: Some toasty malt, figs & vanilla once warm

T: Brown bread, some rye crispness & caramel, dryness as well up front. Some oaky & rye whisky notes as this warms, plus & boozey warmth, pears, plus caramel. Finishes crisp with figgyness, slight whisky notes & a touch of pecan

MF: Carbonation is a bit too stiff, medium bodied, some stickeyness & alright balance. Starts to thin out a bit once warm, the carbonation finally settles down a bit

Drinks easy, enough, not a great take on the style, but I would pick it up again...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky dark caramel brown with blurry apricot edges and a massive crown of ecru colored foam born of borderline hyperactive carbonation. The foam tries to be rocky, fails in the attempt, and is starting to leave less of itself on the glass than was expected.

A slow foam ooze out the top of the bottle is not a good sign, especially from a brewery that has had carbonation issues for pretty much their entire existence. It seems like something that should be fixable, but that's just me.

Rugbrod is a type of sourdough-like Danish rye bread that inspired the creation of this ale. Kudos to the brewers because Rugbrod Julebryg-Style Dark Rye Ale smells brown malty, toasted bready, earthy, and a little tangy. Whether all that translates to the palate remains to be seen.

It does. This offering is reminiscent of an especially spicy-earthy BSDA. In other words, one that uses a signficant percentage of rye malt. The expected sourdough-like tang is appreciated, but it isn't as aggressive as the nose suggested it would be.

Specific flavors include brown bread and rye toast, hints of cocoa, fig jam, cidery apples and dustings of ground clove and black pepper. This is enjoyable beer in the end. Great job of burying the booze too. A gently warming sensation on tongue and in belly is the only evidence of its presence.

The mouthfeel isn't as bad as feared. Yeah, it's a little light and a little buzzy, but it could have been much worse. By this brewery's usual standards, it's a huge success story.

Rugbrod is a beer that BSDA lovers should enjoy. It's packed with all sorts of interesting flavors and presents them in a reasonably tidy package. With a little more attention to detail, this could be one of The Bruery's best beers.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vfgccp
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Massive head settled into a dense cream ~3 fingers high in a pint glass, leaving a nice lace along the way. Medium grade maple syrup in color.

S - Bright acidic booze overwhelms otherwise pleasant flavors of pink peppercorn and spicy tarragon.

T - Soft, rolling, pumpernickel-like breadyness. Oak, almonds, caramel, and heavy cream. It's a bigger profile than I was expecting, and it took a few sips to get used to, but it really grew on me by the end.

M - Think and creamy. The mouthfeel pulls the profile out and really gives you a chance to anchor yourself around each of the flavors. It's fairly heavy lifting for your palate - not a beer to session to.

O - Intensely heavy mouthfeel. Round and well balanced flavor.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quite heavy pour with tons of lacing coming down the sides of the glass throughout the session, really quite nicely done.

aroma is dark fruits and malts up front with a nice kick of rye as it warms and shows its true colors. grassy and herbal and earthy with lots of things going on here. perhaps a touch of heather or something else going on in here as well. smooth and very full bodied flavors are all over this with hints of caramel, soothing earthy hops and a light dryness

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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 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 orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

Finally revisiting this beer after well over a year. Just couldn't remember it very well... It pours a clear amber-garnet topped by a finger-and-a-half of light cream-tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, pumpernickel, fig, brown sugar, graham crackers, light mandarin orange, and a bit of light lemon zest that jumps up front but fades into the darkness of nothingness fairly quickly. The taste holds notes of fig, mandarin orange syrup, toasted rye bread, brown sugar, light molasses, light chocolate powder, light red apple skin, that same light lemon zest from the smell, and banana. The body is a straight medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a feel that really wants to be chewy (but just doesn't quite make it). Overall, a pretty nice rye beer, an interesting and different take on the style than I'm used to. Not bad at all.

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