Saison Rue
Bruery Terreux

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #166
Ranked #3,139
4.13 | pDev: 10.17%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
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Notes: Saison Rue is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned, Belgian/French-style farmhouse ale. This is a beer of subtlety and complexity, with malted rye, spicy, fruity yeast notes, biscuit-like malt backbone and a slight citrus hop character. With age, this beer will dry out and will become more complex with rustic notes of leather and earth from the contribution of a wild yeast strain. Being a saison, Saison Rue is ambiguous unto itself as it is a different beer when fresh and when aged.
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htomsirveaux from Texas

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 version. Tried 10 Jul 2021.
Poured in the 2015 Black Crack snifter.

Small beige head lingers a bit. Well carbonated. Slightly hazy goldenrod in color. Aroma is nice, floral, some rye spiciness, touch of citrus, earthy. Lots of rye, barnyard, citrus honey sweetness. Medium body. Tastes a bit less than 8.5%. Quite yeasty and rye spiciness throughout.

Much better than the 2016 last week.

Jul 11, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rerate, 750 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 9.5%. Slightly hazy deep golden colour, large white head. Pleasant aroma of farmhouse kitchen and oaked apple cider, a hint of white wine vinegar. Medium sour flavour, oaky with lemon and apple cider vinegar, a hint of rye bread in the background. Dry finish.

Original rating: 750 ml bottle at Øl & Mat-festivalen, Oslo. ABV is 8.5%. The beer starts pouring out of the bottle by itself. Cloudy amber colour, moderate white head. Nice aroma of Belgian ale yeast, fruity and spicy notes. Fruity, spicy and yeasty flavour, quite nice. Very moderate hops.

May 13, 2021
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mothman from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2015 bottle. Hazy orange hued golden color. White head.

Lots of rye spice and a sweeter note. Almost tastes like bubblegum. Clove and coriander. Lots of spices. Kind of dry, kind of earthy/grassy. It’s an okay saison.

Apr 17, 2021
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Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 bottle enjoyed 7-15-2020. Pours with decent head, brett funk in nose, rye malt flavors dominant, with very dry finish, flavor improves substantially as it warms up. Seems to be a bit past its prime at 5 years, but still aged well and is a very good beer.

Jul 15, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage; drank 4/21/14 @ the Yarchives.

Dandelion murkiness.

Off-white head; frothy lace.

Banana & black pepper nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Smooth banana flavor with a hint of black pepper.

Almost no heat; a pleasant, dangerously sessionable beer.

Sep 08, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 vintage.
From Donald
Poured into Ommegang Snifter

The cap yields a gushing bomber that took 25 minutes to settle down. I lost half the bottle in the process.

Pours a dark honey color with a cap of 3 fingers, receding to a creamy ring.

Aromas of ginger, honey, and coriander with slight unripe pear.

Flavors of clove, banana, honey, coriander, lavender, pear, apple, and cinnamon.

Feel is crisp yet very creamy, has slight alcohol warmth, and a spicy dryness.

Overall a decent beer, wish mine wasn't such a mess.

Jun 25, 2019
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 vintage. 750 ml bottle poured into a chalice

Look - hazy golden body with white head

Smell- apple, pear, ginger, coriander, Brett funk

Taste - pear, apple, ginger, coriander, rye spice, Brett funk

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, full carbonation, citrus upfront from the apple/pear, Brett funk to follow and a spicy kick from the rye on the back end.

Overall - this is a good beer, unique in the sense that I’ve never had a saison with rye added. That spicy rye kick adds a new dimension to the drinking experience of this beer. Worth a try.

Price Point - $6.99/750 ml bottle

Jun 15, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750 ml bottle dated 8/19/15. Pours slightly hazy gold with a big white head that settles quickly. Aroma is yeast, black pepper, apple. Taste is dry, a little tart, rye, stone fruit. Nice fine carbonation. Bitter finish.

Oct 14, 2018
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with huge head and initially a strong funky barnyard aroma. But that settled out rather quickly and a more pale malt with a bit of non-sweet fruit and slight tart fruit. Not sparkly or bright, more flat. This may be a 2016 bottling which could impact this.
Huge head at first but settled well. Foamy quality Somewhat cloudy gold.
Full pale malt character with a mix of tart fruit and mild spiciness. Richer and fuller than most of this style. Alcohol is subdued but slightly apparent. Slightly herbal and earthy hops. Some bitterness on the finish and then some drying (which grows as it warms). A bit of barnyard.
Moderate or bigger. Soft. Carbonation adds some fullness.
I Iike this more as it warms. Becomes more interesting and complex.
Thanks John!

Jul 07, 2018
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CPADRE from Texas

1.89/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Decent aroma but it’s 20 minutes in and still foaming. Thin mouthfeel that’s true to form but much more bitter than sour. I think they should pull these. There are definite signs of infection. I thought it was just one bottle but it’s two for two

May 22, 2018
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erk0607 from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 5/12/15, poured 3/18/18.

Look: Ever so slightly hazy golden body, with dirty white lacing and a nice, fluffy head that lasts
Smell: Grapes, strawberries, apple, yeast, funk, straw
Taste: Berries, pear, apple, grain, mild alcohol, peppery
Feel: Very, very dry finish. Light body. Smooth carbonation. Goes down easy and leaves just a slight funky aftertaste.
Overall: Great saison, would get another one if I wanted the style

Mar 19, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, golden pour, bubbly, and a light tan head. Beautiful beer. Brett is prominent on the nose, and there’s a significant earthy component as well as some spicy rye.

The taste has the funky Brett taste notes for the style, but this is from 2015, so it isn’t biting. There are fruity notes, too, and some spicy rye as well as earthy notes.

The finish is very dry, making it very drinkable, especially for a beer of this gravity (8.5% ABV). Just a pleasure to drink.

Jan 04, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque pale amber producing a huge, to the point of being difficult to pour, billowy, clumpy, finely bubbled shaving cream, lasting, white head that leaves dense, chunky, sticky coating of lace. Too cloudy to observe the amount of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Aroma is pungent, earthy & phenolic (Band-aide) Belgian yeast funk, bread crust, dough, tart citrus (lemon /lime?), hints apple & pear, peppery rye spice, cloves & thin banana. I'm not sure I pick up on any hops. Taste is Brett mustiness, Band-aide phenolic with biscuit, dough, earth, fruity pear, peach & a hint of candy apple, carbonation heavy peppery bite, rye spice with the rye becoming more prominent in the slightly sour, earthy, peach, grapefruit finish. The aftertaste is earthy, phenolic & fruity with a light but lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, crisp but slick & a little oily, lively in the mouth, peppery, prickly, slightly astringent in the finish & lightly dry.

Dec 07, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$ 13.77 (including tax)/750 mL capped bottle ($ 0.522/oz) at Riverside Liquors, Grand Rapids, MI.
Bottle dated 08/19/15 (2015 vintage). On shelf in store, stored at 42 degrees at home, served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Fruit and yeast, smells very fresh. This weakens over time but still smells about the same.
Head – Small (Maximum 1.5 cm, slow decanting pour) off white, fizzy, short retention, diminishing to a two to three mm ring fed by effervescence and a thin partial layer fed by effervescence from the center of the glass.
Lacing – None.
Body – Medium orange, cloudy and opaque, effervescent. Most of the haze clears as the glass warms.
Flavor – Apple and rye. Just a hint of yeastiness – the first pour was to decant. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – Light, watery, fizzy.

Impression: A pleasing take on a style that’s not my favorite. The flavors are light and go well with the nose, almost like an apple juice spritzer. The carbonation borders on aggressive, forcing one to take small sips rather than gulps. For me, the price point is appropriate considering the quality.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 3.75, Overall 4.

Oct 17, 2017
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a nice golden orange topped by a dense three finger white head which retains very well and leaves excellent lacing
S: Smells of orchard fruits and honey sweetness with a little spice and a hint of doughy malt
T: Taste is orchard fruits with some pear and apple flavor, a nice spice hit from the yeast along with that honey sweetness. Malt is hidden but is slightly doughy on the palate and there's just a slight hint of funk. Swallow is more orchard fruits and spice with some lingering honey sweetness and spice.
M: This beer is medium in body with effervescent yet soft carbonation from the bottle conditioning. The low residual sugars give this beer a very nice dry finish.
O: Overall this is a fantastic beer. I've been holding onto this one for awhile now and the flavors are very bright and well integrated. The sweet fruits and spice play very well together and contribute to the great amount of complexity that this beer is displaying. I need to try one fresh.

Oct 11, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.12/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

She pours a somewhat hazy orange/brown and leaves the same colored body with a one finger white fomy head that quickly dies and barely leaves any lacing. The smell has a rustic yet kinda earthy sort of apple/pear kinda coming through in a wine-like sort of way. The taste has some semi-sweet qualities yet has a slight degree of bitterness (that same wine-like sort of taste). It has a wine-like aftertaste, and tries to have a bitter dry finish but actually there isn’t much there. On the palate, she sits pretty light, has a nice sessionable quality to it but has a carbonated feel like wine. Overall, it's similar to a wine-like beer which I'm not exactly into.

Jun 24, 2017
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

25.4 oz [750 ml] - brown bottle - bottled on 5/9/2014

Saison Rue filled my tulip glass with a cloudy orange gold color. The white foamy and firm head was 2+fingers. The head held well leaving behind thick [almost walls] of foamy lacing. The aroma contains some light tart fruit, spice and yeast. The taste begins with a light sweetness from caramel malt, some light fruit and spices. Then the sour flavors of yeast and a little citrus hop character is noted. The finish was dry and left a light tart aftertaste. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an active carbonation and medium body.

Saison is tasty/flavorful, and complex. Not too sour or filling. Goes well with shrimp.

Apr 18, 2017
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DaverCS from Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from a Total Wine in Las Vegas back in 2015 on a family vacation. I then aged this beer in the fridge for another 2 years. Bring on the Brett!

Bottled on December 9 of 2013; consumed on 3/25/17.

Poured into a Barrrelwork’s branded Teku glass. Slightly darker in color than straw with 1 finger of fluffy white head. I was a bit surprised, the carbonation level was not explosive. The carbonation level is a little less than that of a Duvel.

Aroma is most notably of sweet malt, caramel, and rye. Some pear and apple juice and Belgian spice is noted. For 4 years of aging, the Brett character is surprisingly still muted. Some bright citrus notes are available as well.

Taste is much thicker and sweeter than I was expecting. I was expecting Saison Brett with some rye character, but this has a surprising malt backbone. It is definitely drier than most traditional saisons, but sweeter than most brett beers. A phenomenal introduction into brett, but I could see it aging even further. The rye is present, but there is also an enticing white wine character. Some more Belgian spice, pear juice, and citrus.

Overall, this is a good beer. The rye adds an interesting American twist. I feel that the Brett doesn’t provide enough of a kick unfortunately, even after 4 years of aging. Perhaps, next time I will leave it at room temp or give it another year. I feel the beer would be optimal if it were a little less sweet and had a bit more of a brett bite. Currently, it is not bad, but the rye and sweetness does overshadow some of the inherent spicy qualities classic to a saison. I see this pairing well with many foods, but a pastrami sandwich with a kosher dill pickle would work perfectly. It gets a 90/100.

Mar 26, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bruery Terreux -- Saison Rue
25.4 oz. bomber poured into tulip
(2015 vintage on label)

L: golden with amber highlights, 50/50 misty/clear that looks like it will clear up; pushes up thick, tall head (1.5 inches) of offwhite/beige foam that lingers for over 5 minutes, looks like a chunk of meringue; tight column of bubbles rise up very center of glass and leaves a super thick collar and almost full skin ... looks like it's in a scored glass with a CO2 nucleation point but it's not ... not a ton of sticking and the lacing doesn't stick and stay in place, but the collar rides up the glass and stays connected high above the level of the liquid -- hard to describe and not traditional sticking/lacing but very cool

S: dusty and sweet ... yeasty dusty aroma with some earthy lemon peel mixing with super sweet apricot, peach, dried apricot

T: very yeasty and dusty but with a lot of that same sweet apricot flavor in the nose, perhaps balancing more on the yeasty/dusty side ... a bit of barn must but I'd almost call it a "clean" yeast flavor, if such a thing exists, not overly funky or musty; earthy aftertaste builds up a bit but it's not medicinal or taxing on the palate, tastes more like yummy fuggle/Old World hops

F: fantastic and very Belgian, loads of carbonation and decent weight, and because you have to drink through a thick collar and skin, it has an ale softness

O: my first Bruery brew and it's been worth the wait ... over a year old, this beer is full of standard American-made farmhouse flavor with a huge malt sweetness to balance the tarter/earthier flavors; I'd love to taste this fresh out of the vat for comparison's sake, but I can't imagine it being much better ... a very sweet, easy to drink "big" sour that's more earthy than tart/sour

Dec 12, 2016
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4thpalehorsemanale from Washington

4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage, Bought thinking it was this years, so I cannot compare it to the freshness.
Smell: most potent thing right off the Head! great spices in the Aroma.
Taste: just as the aroma depicts, perfect spice and rye comes in with a perfect rye clean finish!
Feel: light in the mouth as it is on the eyes, smooth clean start to finish! Coats the mouth beautifully!
Overall: For a Golden Belgian style Farmhouse, This is pretty amazing for me!
The rye is what sticks out to me in this beer, amazing flavor! Well worth the purchase for me considering it was the cheap side of the Bruery, I would call this a must buy for the first time, and definitely a beer to share with others who enjoy the golden, farmhouse or belgian beers!! Cheers!

Dec 07, 2016
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charlzm from California

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on November 24th, 2016 from a bottle labeled 5/12/2015. Stored at 50 degrees F, served in a hoity-toity Teku glass.

Beer pours a brilliant clear golden honey hue, topped with a bright white and very creamy head. Nominal sticky sheeting. Lots of enthusiastic champagne-like carbonation all the way through from start to end.

Aroma is earthy with a little funk. Soft pepper and floral yeast notes.

Flavor has a touch of white grape, banana and bubble gum. A bit juicy and with hints of dusty barnyard and wet hay. More fruity than anything else.

Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated. Ever so slightly creamy thanks to the long-lasting head.

Overall, a very nice saison. I would not go out of my way to buy it again, however. Price is the primary limiter here as I feel there are better beers in this style for less money.

Nov 25, 2016
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puck1225 from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Light yellow, thick foamy head nice lacing. Very fragrant, floral and sweet. The taste is lemony and spicy. Pepper, orange and nutmeg. Very nice!

Nov 06, 2016
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weareallfalafel from Virginia

5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely phenomenal saison! Enjoyed in a tulip glass. Poured from a 750ml bottle with no bottled on date, but I'm guessing based on how long this bottle sat it's just around a year old, give or take a couple months. Pours a hazy deep gold that radiates a little when held up to the light. The head is initially about 1- 1.5 inches, but falls slowly to a thin cap atop the beer while lingering a bit more on the edges and the sides of the glass. Smell is of Belgian yeast, rye bread, grassy hops, and a decent amount of funky Brett. The Brett character has increased with a little bit of age, and it adds a layer of funky complexity. The Brett and hops linger on the palate after swallowing, and they harmonize with the rustic grain and grassy character like a damn symphony throughout the beer. Balanced, but not restrained. Feel is soft and pillowy, medium in body, and helps to carry the flavor and aroma on the palate. Overall, I feel that I can't give this enough praise. It will always be one of the best saisons ive had, if not the very best. It's complex, yet very approachable to those inexperienced with rustic Brettanomyces brewed ales. The harmony of all the flavors and individual characteristics is unparalleled in American-made saisons. In my book, this is perfect. Almost brings a tear to my eye.

Oct 04, 2016
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangey straw color with well over a finger of head. The nose has spicy notes but it's not a rye spiciness. There is really no rye essence in the flavor either. However, there is a nice citrus fruitiness and a snappy pepper quality. The finish is dry and champagne-like.

Sep 04, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Semi-hazy orange gold in color with a very thick and creamy off white head and sprightly carbonation.

S - Very dry aroma with some funk, light crisp biscuity malt.

T - Dry biscuit malt, lightly spicy, pear skin, green apples, white grape skin, crisp and dry fruity finish with just the right amount of bitterness.

M - Extremely dry, big medium to light heavy body (much thicker than a typical Saison), coagulates the saliva on top of the tongue while the sides are bone dry. Creamy on the finish.

O - In this bottle: some traditional character, some American bastardization ... but very enjoyable.

Aug 23, 2016
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