Rye-on-Rye | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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

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Ratings: 1,795 |  Reviews: 439
Photo of bigpoppa67
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of scream
3.39/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Maybe it's just me, but I just don't get it. Others here talk about 44 IBU's my btl says 33. Listed at 12% but it is not feeling that way, not getting much body either. Smell/aroma is a tad on the sweet side but not much. I expected a more powerful beer. Maybe another night it will work better for me.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drtth
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The lightly hazed dark reddish copper colored beer pours out into a snifter glass with a 1/2" very light tan head that soon recedes to a small ring around the glass and some scattered spots of thin foam on the surface. Sipping creates some scattered patches and legs of lacing. By the end of the beer there’s basically no foam remaining at all.

The aromas include the rye whiskey from the barrels. There's also some dark rye bread character that carries with it some spicy character that includes some anise and vanilla.

As expected from the nose, the flavors include some noticeable rye whiskey behind the initial malt sweetness. There's also some bready character that carries with it those light subtle flavors that include the anise, the vanilla and just a hint of wood. The alcohol is fairly well concealed but seems be showing just a bit in the sweetness and rye bread flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite smooth with the very light but persistent carbonation. The complex finish begins with the fading sweetness that allows other flavors to move forward and change places with each other. About midway through the finish the alcohol emerges and then recedes again. Finally there is a dry bitterness that emerges towards the slightly dry ending but it is also blended nicely with a touch of rye and vanilla which linger for quite a while in the back of the palate..

I quite enjoyed this beer, found it very drinkable (slowly) and I'd be happy to have it again. For me it will be a nice occasional change of pace and something that will go very well on a winter evening with a good book, an open fire and, possibly, some Stilton cheese (but I have yet to try that pairing).

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Photo of glf60
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

By far, the most complete and excellent ale I've had in this style. The following 3 Ss tell you why.
1) Strength makes it exceptional. But, masking the booze so well makes it great.
2) The Surprise of 47 IBU actually tasting of far fewer bitter hops strikes me as masterful.
3) Spicing additionally added by the rye malt seems mellowed by its time in the barrel.

Would I have this again? Fortunately, someone gave me a three-pack from this series. There is more enjoyment to come... and to be shared as is practical given the heft of this ale.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ABV, 2018 release.

A mildly hazy deep mahogany red with a dense, light brown head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a blend of toasted rye, mildly caramelized with brown sugar, toast. Spicy, mildly earthy. Some booze, heat. The palate is a nice blend of sweetness, heat and spice. Opening sweeter with burnt sugar, honey, caramel before a boozy and vanilla mid palate takes over. Spicy on the finish with a touch of cocoa. Nice.

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Photo of Boto
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle: This one pours a murky, dark caramel color. There was just a wisp of an off white head and no lacing. Nice nose. Lots of malts, some rye and vanilla, faint oak. Some dark fruits also. The taste is very good. Some malt sweetness, dark fruits, rye, vanilla. A keeper.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a rye beer. Medium Amber with small carbonation bubbles and some minor sediment.

Smell is confusing. It smells more like a Quad or Belgian strong ale. Dark fruit, plums, etc. There is some whiskey smell, but is very muted.

I’m not getting that rye spiciness in the taste. For me, it’s just whiskey, but not in a great way. I enjoy it, but I really wanted to love this beer and I just don’t.

Feel is a little thin, but I like the dry, biting finish.

I love rye beers and barrel aged beers, so I was hoping for so much more. Still a solid beer that I’ll have no problem working through the 4 pack.

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Photo of Donco
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Giggy
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjpolzin
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Avatar113
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
2.77/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Rye is this beer so bad? If I wasn't against drain pours I would totally pour this one down the drain. Perhaps I'm drinking it too soon with a month from being bottled. Maybe it improves with age but fresh right now it is horrible. Not the worst beer I've had but definitely close. The smell is intriguing with its bourbon aromas but taste is stale whiskey with some rotting dark fruit. Thank God it's 12% so I can forget how bad it is. Really don't understand the highest rating on this one.

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Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tbulling
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single-serve bottle.

Pours a hazy and deep-copper with a fine foamy two-finger head that has pretty good staying power considering the ABV.

No rye on the rye, especially on the nose. Rye, oak, licorice/anise/fennel, vanilla, and fusel alcohol all show up. The barrel-aging is there but not overpowering.

The brew is sweet (honey, not candi) and boozy-forward on the first few sips, at lower temp, but not cloying. Vanilla, licorice/fennel and dark fruit manifest as the brew warms, as does the barrel character, and the brew dries out. And then--citrus notes join the party. Unlike many barrel-aged offerings, this one adds the oaky goodness with some nuance.

As for the mouthfeel, it's a Boulevard brew, so of course, it's perfectly carbonated and crisp.

Barrel-aged offerings often scare me off simply by being barrel-aged. This one is yummy.

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Photo of krl2112
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mdaniel723
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.99/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of garymuchow
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Bro. Sat on this for a few years. I am ready for it now, I guess. Says Best by 07-2017. Missed it by that much.
Probably due to the aging the aroma is a bit soft. There is a sweetness underlying the bourbon, vanilla and wood. A bit of graininess that leans towards rye but is a little more neutral. Certainly pick up alcohol.
Still full head and a cloudy dark amber with brown, orange and reds.
Fullness in flavor, body and dryness. My does this dry out. Flavor captures much of aroma but with much greater intensity. Immediate shot of warmth in the gut. Bit of sweetness with a touch of fruit, but a much greater sense of spiciness. Bourbon both blends and somehow dominates. Wood is there too, but I'm not picking up an vanilla.
Good fullness to mouthfeel and still ample soft carbonation to round it all off nicely.
Pleasing big full enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Keepnitrl
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2013 aged in Templeton Rye barrels; spicy sweetness giving way to notes of carmalized wood and the citrusy hop tang

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Photo of Bajdog
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwilcox767
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Had this on 2017-08-15 from a 2014 dated bottle.
A - Hazy brownish-orange with a head that fades quickly.
S - Rye, oak, alcohol, slight fennel.
T - Fennel and rye. Toasted oak. Honey and earthy and herbal spice. Aging must have been some kind of magic.
M - Medium body with good carbonation. Smooth.
O - I had no idea what I had in my cellar with this brew and never expected such a fantastic flavor profile. Fennel and rye are up front, but it is so pleasant it's hard to really describe. All I know is that I want more of this.

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Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 1,795 ratings