Tonnellerie Rue | Bruery Terreux

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Tonnellerie RueTonnellerie Rue

Brewed by:
Bruery Terreux
California, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our tonnellerie series is the perfect showcase of what we mean when we say that we make "wildly traditional bière". Here we have taken our classic Saison Rue recipe, rich with rye malt, and allowed it to ferment spontaneously within extra large oak barrels that previously contained similarly wild beers. After enough time and plenty of wishful thinking, this brand new, earthy, complex, farmhouse ale developed into what was bottled up to enjoy. We find the rustic charm of fermenting a beer in this traditional method is mimicked in the flavor.

Added by rudzud on 08-03-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by cvm4:
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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 vintage

First of all, we have a gusher!

L - Pours an opaque/cloudy peach colored body with a frothy two finger eggshell head. Great retention to the head.

S - Notes of pear, lemon zest, bready yeast and earthy profile.

T - Somewhat tart green apple and white pepper to start off with then developing into a citrus and earthy blend. Clean finish. Not too funky or filled with all sorts of spices.

F - Light bodied and high carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Well done. Really a simple beer, but it doesn't bore me and instead keeps me wanting more.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 750ml (25.4-oz.) bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss 26th anniversary tulip glass
From: Beer Advocate’s heresy22
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received Aug. 30, 2015
Consumed: Oct 28, 2015
Misc.: Bottled on July 8, 2015; Reviewed as a Saison, not an American Wild Ale (went with The Bruery’s website)

Thanks Chris!

Big time gusher, but I heard that was coming so I was well prepared and salvaged what I could with the foam. Poured a golden, hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of fizzy, foamy, white head, which settled nicely on the top. Light, thin bubble streams on the sides of the glass. Good looking uneven, spiderweb, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Great retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled tart, lemon zest, light woody notes, brett, citrus, some kind of unknown cheese and bready yeast. Good for a sour Saison. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste was a lot different than I thought it would have been. Funky might be the best term. Got woody, oaky notes, brett, sour fruit, earthy rye, dark green apple and bitter dry pear. (Taste - 3.50)

Light body. Creamy texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, woody finish. (Feel - 3.25)

I was probably a tad harsh on this one overall. Luckily I’ll have this whole bottle to change my mind. This must get better with age. (Overall - 3.50)

3.70 | 83 | B

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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aquazr1
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served in a tulip. Gushed when opened. Poured a hazy orange color with a huge white head. Lots of residual lacing. Taste leans towards a farmhouse ale that has some funk. There is a little sweetness from the malts.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color with a hazy complexion. There's a quarter inch of tightly packed off white foam on top. I smell tart Brettanomyces with notes of pear, green apple and buttery oak. I taste green apple and pear with notes of earthy, peppery rye and Belgian saison yeast. I'm getting some serious oak after the fade. The mouth is very dry and moderately carbonated, very similar to a chardonnay.

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3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, nice to see more of this (physically warranted) Bruery offshoot's products making their way to our northern climes. 'Tonnellerie' sounds so much more exotic than 'Cooperage' or 'Barrel-Aged', eh?

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, chunky, rocky, and mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some complex snow rime lace around the glass as things very slowly square themselves.

It smells of gritty, grainy pale and wheat malt, a hint of rye whisky and musky white wine booziness, musty hay, phenolic yeast, overripe lemon rind, Italian sheep cheese, and some meek earthy, leafy, and grassy hop bitters. The taste is subtly tart lemon and lime citrus, still grainy pale and lesser spicy rye malt, a tame funky woodiness, free-agent zippy dry white wine, and more earthy, weedy, and wet hay-like hoppiness.

The carbonation is obviously a bit over the top in terms of its bottle-opening frivolity, and its subsequently mouth-expanding fizzy and frothy nature, the body a solid middleweight, and not particularly smooth, but hardly edging in the other direction, FWIW. It finishes off-dry, the fruitiness, sans most of the funk and rye grain astringencies, pleasantly playing us out.

I gotta say, I was really bracing myself for this one, given the sour barrel and rye main players, but it turns out that everything has mellowed the fuck out in its old(er) age, and some of the fruitiness from whatever 'tonneau' they employed here debuts like a southern belle. Anyways, the most sassy thing here is the carbonation, so hipster sour-heads, be warned.

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3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bruery Terreux "Tonnellerie Rue"
750 ml brown glass bottle, simply capped, "2015"
$5.99 @ DeCicco & Sons, Brewster, NY

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a somewhat hazy golden body beneath a three-finger thick cap of white foam that's steadily reduced into a much creamier cap; and after being topped back up it's held quite nicely. I hope the lacing is just as good because given that this is a bit of a sour beer, more of a tart beer I'd guess, head retention and lacing aren't usually that good. The aroma screams of Brettanomyces which I love. It's earthy, leathery, oaky, gently mineralish, a little straw-like, fruity with bruised or rotting apples, pear, and maybe even a dried out halved-lemon. On to the flavor... It's tart as expected but mildly so, and the malt is lightly sweetish so it's nicely balanced. It's really nicely balanced in fact, with a bit of bitterness and grassiness coming out in the dry finish followed by some of that apple and pear-like fruitiness and a hint of spiciness. Very nice. The Brettanomyces character isn't as strong as the aroma might suggests it might be, which is OK although I prefer it stronger, and the balance between fruitiness and graininess is quite nice. It's very rounded and polished, but I guess that three years of aging might do that. Well, maybe just 2 years +, I'm not sure when this was released. So what have I missed, oh yes, mouthfeel. It's pretty effervescent at this point. I'm not sure if it started that way but it is now, and very fine-bubbled with a seemingly natural carbonation. The body is medium-light, or maybe even light-medium, but the gently effervescent carbonation makes it feel airy and smooth, perhaps a bit fuller than it actually is. It's quite nice with a gentle caress at first, and then a smooth and airy finish. So, overall, this is an excellent saison done in authentic fashion although with a stronger alcohol content than you'd historically find. I find it fascinating although as it's got depth but at the same time it's kind of light and easy to drink. It could be a quaffer or it could be a sipper, your choice. I unfortunately never tried this beer fresh so I can't compare it to what I've got in front of me but I'd say it's in excellent condition. Will it improve with more aging, probably not, I think it's at it's sweet point, but you never know. I think it could handle another year or two, maybe three, but I'd suggest drinking it now.
Review# 6,226

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4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


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4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: murky peach-orange. Huge billowy white head with messy lacing that sticks around.
smell: Citrusy, sweet, and sour.
taste: Quite dry. Citrus but more like lemon peel. Definite spice in the finish.

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Tonnellerie Rue from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 146 ratings