Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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4.23 w/ 1,721 ratings

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Why Rye? This assertively flavorful grain is more often associated with whiskey than with ales. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of bourbon and scotch. But when we procured some seasoned barrels from our friends at Templeton Rye, we asked ourselves, “Why not?” Why not brew a rich, tawny rye ale, then mellow it in the warmth of charred oak rye whiskey casks? Two kinds of malted rye provide spicy sweetness, giving way to notes of caramelized wood and the citrusy tang of Perle, Magnum, and Saphir hops before easing into a dry, lingering finish.

47 IBU

Added by wagenvolks on 02-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,721 |  Reviews: 411
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2.5/5  rDev -40.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky, ruddy red-amber. Very sudsy, but little head visible. Carbonation continues to bubble as the glass warms. Odd and unusual.

Nose is unique -- I get wet wood, some fruitiness, butter, and toffee. Not that it's bad, just an unusual combination, again.

Flavor is fruits/berries and some toffee -- sweet and somehow wine-like. I don't detect much of the rye whiskey barrel, though, as this one just seems more of a fruit-oriented champagne style. It's quite easy to drink, and especially with the very deceptive 13% ABV.

Overall, certainly a memorable and genre-busting brew.

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3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden caramel with a huge thick, frothy cream colored head with nice lacing. Aroma offers a nice dose of sweet whiskey, sweet bread, a tease of some fruit, rye (which comes out after it warms some) and a little vanilla. Flavor is whiskey dominant and shows itself throughout the entire sip, it pairs with some bread and caramel,, some rye comes out as it warms offering some spiciness, and vanilla. Alcohol is present but works with the beer. A fuller, creamy mouthfeel. Not too much activity. Overall, highly enjoyable. I am quite hit and miss with Boulevard's oferrings but this one is a definitely a winner. A little more straightforward and less complex than I expected it to be going in, but quite enjoyable, nonentheless, and that is ultimately what matters.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into two snifters. 2012 vintage. Thanks a lot for these two bottles and the great extra, Woodsyy! Great trade.

A - pours nice and light brown and settles deep in the glass. Huge foam from the forced pour; it's obviously pretty highly carbonated. Almost completely opaque, very good looking.

S - yum, a lot like the best whiskey barrel aged beers out there. Big hits of wood and booze from the smell and a lot of the sweetness one would find in things like Backwoods Bastard and Sucaba. Points off though for way too much alcohol on the nose. The other bottle I have has 1% ABV more than this one (at 11%), so we'll see how it drinks in comparison.

T - a little empty in comparison to the smell. Some of the sweet whiskey flavors come out at first, but it recedes into a bland, soda-watery taste. I expect that's from the aging. Not terribly complex, but certainly not bad.

M - too carbonated, but the alcohol loses its intensity off the nose. A little thin, but, again, I expect that's from the aging.

O - good beer, I wish it was more readily available. I look forward to drink it fresh.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Auburn and mostly clear, large head that slowly went to a one finger head and lasted from there, lacing good.

Aroma is nice, spicy rye, caramel, wood, vanilla, whiskey, caramelized sugar, lots of spiciness, dark fruits, in some ways almost smells like a quadrupel.

Taste is very complex and will take a while to quantify. That's ok, because at 12% ABV, this bottle will take me a while to drink! The barrel aging is immediately apparent. Plenty of oak, whiskey, and vanilla come through right away. There's again a fruity presence, much like a quadrupel's fruitiness. Candi and brown sugar are ever-present. The spiciness from the rye adds tons of delicious complexity.

Actually this beer is reminding me of Boulevard's Bourbon Barrel Quad quite a lot. It's not the same, but there's clearly some overlap! The body is lighter on this beer, it's about medium,. but smooth as can be and creamy in texture. Each sip leaves your tongue coated with a lightly vanilla like resinous coating. Very enjoyable!

Tremendous, as always. Great job Boulevard!

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of imbibehour
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass. Vintage 2013, Best before Jan 11 2014.

A very nice fluffy and tan head, grows three fingers, with a little bit of retention and togetherness. Lots of thin rising carbonation tan in color going up the sides of the glass, through a fairly opaque reddish amber brown body. The carbonation just creeps in slow motion.

Nose is full of rich caramel and thick vanilla. Nice mellow woody oak too, it smells like a sundae. Creamy, thick, dense. Is this dessert coming?

A real nice creamy palate, fills with what is nicely hinted on the nose. Lots of vanilla richness and milky cream. Sweet caramel on the finish, with a hint of bittering hop even. Dry and punchy, with hints of fruit as it warms up on the hop angle of peach and oranges. Spicy malt with an equally playful carbonation that cuts. Palate really jumps around a lot on this one, but it's very fun. More warmth even brings out some banana like esters.

Really fun and great beer from these guys, this one might be my favorite I've had from them so far.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.56/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is definitely a niche market beer. It came highly recommended by the shop owner and I was attracted by the high ABV and the whiskey barrel aging process. Obviously, it is not chugging beer. It is brewed to enjoy slowly in an easy chair along with good company and stimulating conversation. I have to say though, that I didn't enjoy it as I though I would. I can't blame the beer... it was exactly as advertised. But as it turned out, I just didn't like the blended tastes. In the future, when I want rye whiskey I will drink rye whiskey and when I crave a brew, I will have a beer. With that said, its a distinctive and unique tasting beer that is worth a try by true beer aficionados.

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3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle, batch 2013/1, best before 11/2014, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear amber red color, topped with a finger of creamy khaki head, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Delicious, sweet aroma of whiskey, oak, vanilla, and caramel.

T- Has a touch of bourbon but also a lot of leathery, spicy malt. Leans more toward bready, fruity flavors and away from the richer, sweeter characteristics of the aroma.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, finishes dry with spice and some booze heat.

O- A solid beer overall, has a really nice aroma but is a bit less rich and delicious in the flavor, consider skipping this.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92.7% out of 100 with 1,721 ratings
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