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

Appears a deep mahogany hue with a khaki tan head forms thin speckled lacing around the sides of my glass. Body is semi clouded hard to see light through the glass. Aromatics come correct with slight chocolate cocoa powder note with a spicy rye edge, a touch of caramel and herbal hops in the background. Liquid rye bread not nearly as far as a Kvass but it's in the same ballpark. Flavor is just a nice wave of creamy chocolate chip cookie dough with slight bitter dark toffee/caramel notes. A big slew of malty tone with some spicy herbal and spicy rye edges coming through, a beer I could get down with occasionally but I desire more hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied even soft carbonation rolls along smooth enough, no complaints here for sure. Drinkability overall is a nice dessert or appertif brew, that will allow nice bread, chocolate, and spicy rye edges flourish. It didn't over power my palate in anyway, a solid offering I'd like to see more Danish rye brews around.

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours auburn with a sizeable off-white to tan head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is robust - caramel, toffee, sourdough and minty rye.

The taste is sweet and sour - caramel/toffee with sour and bread. Minty, dry finish.

Full-bodied. Prickly carbonation, yet remains thick-ish.

Very drinkable with a malty smoothness. Alcohol covered exceptionally well. Sweet and sour with a minty touch. A very interesting, enjoyable brew!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Bruery Rugbrod
JuleBrygrg-style Dark Rye Ale

Beautiful auburn color, lighter at foot, with a prodigious light cocoa head. Creamy, and long-lasting.

Aroma: warm and malty, spicy, earthy...

Taste: more warm, more malt, more earth...dark fruit, a bit of the fig, dates, but more bready than anything else. Caramel-y, sweet meets spice. Gets bigger and richer as we go. Plump figgy flavor, with dark, spicy bready malt, Tasty, warm, and wonderful.

Medium bodied, fully flavored, and very drinkable. This is yum. Mmmm, mmm.
Me likey.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is a dark brown, amber tinted coloring, with a foamy light, bubbly, tall, off white head that quickly settles into a low profile surface coating. Aromas of nutty sweetness, rye spice, a toasted grain backbone, and some richly sweet caramel and toffee notes. Flavors are tangy sweet and roasted forward, with a solid blend of caramel and toffee. Spicy green characteristics in the background, with a subtle sour twist to the cloyingly sweet, sugary pallet. Hints of earthy tones and smoke throughout. Slick, robust bodied, with a slightly sour and heavily rich and sweet caramel aftertaste. The finish has a decent, cloying, richly sweet, smooth linger. Pretty unique and interesting beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bangers & Lace. Served in a wezien-style taster glass.

A - Finger of white foam settles to a thick collar, partial cap, and nice lacework. Orange-brown body with light transparency to it.

S - Rye malt, milled grains, biscuits, milk chocolate, nuts, and honey.

T - Taste is also quite nice, with a mix of rye malt, milk chocolate, caramel, and some fruity, estery yeast. It's a touch too sweet to drink in large quantities but the alcohol is very well-hidden.

M - Smooth and creamy texture, medium-full body, with lower carbonation levels. No alcohol warmth present.

D - This is pretty easy to drink, although I suspect the sweetness would become fatiguing after 750ml. I liked this better than I remembered and may have to revisit this in a larger glass in the near future.

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Photo of Duff27
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown, nearly black. One inch head that leaves some lacing.

S- Smells of rye bread.

T- Rye, rye, rye. Maybe the best of example of straight RYE I've had thusfar on my beer journey. Faint whiskey notes.

M- Very smooth and creamy. Slight carbonation sting on the tail end.

D/O- I like this beer a lot, although I don't know how many pints I'd have in one setting. Glad to have had this first full (not a sample at a brewfest) bottle from the Bruery.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love rye beers and I was really looking forward to this and I was really let down. There wasn't much rye flavor in it at all. I'm debating whether or not I should go buy a bottle of it to see if its different.

Served on draft at a local beer bar. Beer is brown and really hazy. Forms a thin broken head with low carbonation and almost no lacing. Looks fine, not sure what I expected but this is approximately it.

Aroma is a mixture of sweet and roast. Was not expecting the roast at all. I can't pick up any rye character at all.

Beer is smooth and finishes completely. There is a nice sweetness up front but then the beer falls flat. There is almost nothing after that. No rye flavor, a slight roast but I don't even care about that. Its a little too thin for my tastes and this beer is really boring me.

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

Appearance: pours a hazy dark amber color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: caramel, some earthy tones, and a bit of a bread tone also.

Taste: caramel, rye, yeast, a hint of sour dark plums, and a touch of spiciness late. Alcohol is barely noticeable here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of dryness late. Aftertaste is long.

Drinkability: nice slow sipping beer. After finishing the bottle I could have had another glass. Nice beer.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a dark chocolate in color with ruby highlights that had a thin head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was filled with toasty character alongside toffee, faint coffee, but did have rye notes, and bready spice caramel notes. The taste should that it had chocolate flavors with bready, spice, toffee, slight coffee, toasty malts, and rye notes to round out this well balanced tasty brew. The beer was medium to full in body with fair amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet but bready, toasty, spice, and silky finish. It was a very drinkable beer and has been very tasty out of the bottle and on tap; very solid rye style beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Revisit: 25 Nov 15
750ml Bottle/Capped
Unfiltered Bottled Conditioned
Bottled On: 08/06/13

Been A Long Time Coming!

Aged over 2 years

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, with some very nice carbonation, with a very nice two-finger thick creamy off-white head, which leaves some very nice thick sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a very nice yeast note, nice touch of dark fruit. The taste is malty, yeasty, slightly sweet, with some nice dark fruit notes. Medium body, with a very nice bitter finish from the rye. Overall, a very tasty brew, glad to see The Bruery around here.

Thanks goes out to spycow for this beer.


Poured into a chalice a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some raisins, figs, and plums, with some spice, and caramel. The taste is malty, slighlty sweet, spicy, dry, with some dark fruit notes, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew.

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

This is a solid beer from the Bruery. Pours a dark ruby color, that somewhat glows. Small head on it, clean lacing.

Belgian yeasty aroma, sweet caramel malt and spice. the rye really comes out, almost seems hot.

Yup, rye is dominant in the flavor. Spicy and bready with the yeast brining in florals. Sweet candied caramel and sharp apple.

The carbonation really blends well with the rye spice. Cleansing the palate to allow the malt to provide a soft finish. Clean and crisp in the end. Nice.

Not perfect, I think the yeast is a bit much and while it does blend well with the rye, it seems the rye is held back.

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

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very spicy rye component with some caramel malt sweetness to add some balance. The taste is decent. It has a solid malt bill which consists of caramel malts and rye. It's spicy as hell with a nice Belgian yeast character. It goes down easy with a dry, roasted, bitter feel. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good rye beer. It's not hidden at all. It's rye right in your face.

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

On-tap at The Bruery, on to the beer:

Deep leather brown color. Bread crust, nuts, and a pinch of fruity yeast in the nose. It a brown ale. Nutty, bread crust...the yeast adds a layer of dark fruits to the profile. At first, the beer numbs part of the palate, but that feeling eventually goes away (it's not like it was supercarbonated). Medium bodied. Pleasant long lingering aftertatste of nuts.

I can give this "rye brown ale" my seal of approval. Another Bruery recommendaton.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this beer.

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is chocolate with some rye. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, rye, smoke and some dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The rye doesn't stand out as much as I thought it would, but it is still present and overall, the beer is very nice.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The brew is a dark brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of rye whiskey and a bit of peat, The taste is sugary, peaty, reminds me of a scotch ale. Caramelized sugar is evident. Mostly sweet, yet balanced and perfectly tasty. No hint of alcohol content. Full bodied, well carbonated and crisp. Overall, this is a really unique tasting and satisfying rye beer,

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid beer that really does like rye bread (well, maybe more like pumpernickel). Pours a bit thick and slightly cloudy, but with a nice head. A touch of sour graininess in the nose, but otherwise dusty grain and some dry malt- a bit like Wasa crackers. The taste lacks the grainy sourness, but has even more of the crackery rye maltiness, with just a touch of sweetness on the end and a bit of the bitter chocolate note sometimes found with rye. Smooth and well rounded, and quite easy to drink. Nice.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
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 tobelerone
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer and found it to be an excellent companion to this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. It looks great – a burnished, cloudy, dark apricot color with a tremendous fluffy head that sinks ever so slowly. Exceptionally sticky and creamy lace.

Aroma is full of spicy rye, dark fruits, and traces of sour and metallic notes. Richly malty.

This is a complex tasting beer, with layers of toasty malt, plums, raisins, rye, and a hint of booze. Reminds me a bit of a fruitcake flavor. The spicy rye and relatively high ABV balance the sweetness well. Delicious and interesting!

Slight warming finish from the alcohol; medium-full body, carbonation on the higher side.

A well-made, different, and tasty beer I’ll definitely buy again.

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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 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 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 Halcyondays
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask at The Bruery, Review 2.0, entering this back in after the crash,

A: Pours brown with a nice creamy, frothy white head.

S: Notes of strong dark bread, rye, cinnamon.

T: Flavour is very similar to the smell, heavy on the brown bread, spicy rye, some molasses and winter type spices.

M: Pretty smooth, medium-bodied, lighter than I expected for 8%, possibly due to the cask.

D: A nice solid effort from Pat and Co., this may be their new year-round. I expected a little bigger attack from the flavours with this much malt and at 8%, nevertheless, a quite enjoyable new brew.

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