Saison Rue
Bruery Terreux

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #150
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,692
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 10.17%
Reviews:
583
Ratings:
1,841
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Bruery Terreux
 
California, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
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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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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
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

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Photo of iguanodon
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
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!

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Photo of CPADRE
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

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Photo of erk0607
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

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Photo of ovaltine
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of bushbeer75
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.

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Photo of DaverCS
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.

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Photo of Premo88
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

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Photo of 4thpalehorsemanale
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!

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Photo of charlzm
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.

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Photo of puck1225
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!

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Photo of weareallfalafel
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.

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Photo of 57md
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
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.

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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up 2016, 2014, 2015 vintages of this beast for what I like to call a Saisonathon. Brett ages fantastically, a little more tart and white wine-y with age. Awesome funky, spicey brett flavours flavours. Pears, plums, apple skin and a sweet a beautiful biscuit maltiness.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was very solid, but surprised me. I expected it to be a lot more tart, but rather it was just really hoppy and drank a lot more like an American IPA.

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Photo of MFMB
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed it but thought I'd enjoy it more when I purchased it at the bottle shop. Pours a deep orange to Amber with a foamy off white head. The nose is of malt, rye bread, dried fruit and spice. Taste of slight fruityness, malts and rye, as it warms the fruit becomes more of a dried fruit taste rather than crisp fruits upon first pour. A bit of pepper and spices on the back end. Finishes very dry, which I like. A good saison but I was expecting this one to knock my socks off and it didn't. Still 3.91 is great I was just thinking I'd be giving this a 4.25 or up.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This saison pours a dark golden, opaque color, with a huge foamy white head. The smell is actually fairly muted, but it is slightly fruity maybe lemon. It’s a medium bodied beer, maybe a little heavier than the average saison, but not that strong of a malt flavor. It has faint flavors of fruit including lemon, orange, and plum in the initial taste. In the finish the spices take over though with fairly strong flavors of coriander and peppery rye. It also has a slightly acidic, sour flavor from the Brettanomyces, which I am not a huge fan of. The finish is fairly dry and bitter. I’ve seen this before with saisons. Apparently, they can have a fairly wide range of hop character. I prefer the more subtly hopped saison though. Not too bad of a saison, but again I would tone down the hops and it’s a little heavy bodied for saison to me. I like my saisons to evoke the feeling of sitting in a barn next to a wheat field on a warm summer night with a light breeze gently cooling me down. This doesn’t do that. It’s rated very well, but I don’t totally get it.

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Saison Rue from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1841 ratings