Uncle Fudd Rye Lager | Moonlight Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Moonlight Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Spiced lager.

Added by abfraser on 02-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by abfraser:
Photo of abfraser
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not going to give a detailed review this time around because I don't have notes written down.

This was one of the more unusual beers I've had in awhile. It was listed at Monk's Kettle in SF as a "Norwegian Farmhouse." Not really sure what that means, but it definitely had a farmhouse-style nose: some funky earthiness and spices. But then the weird part? The taste/finish was classic Moonlight--very strong malt backbone with a sort of bready aftertaste. This is the same finish as I've had many times on a Moonlight beer. Those that are familiar will know what I'm talking about. Very refreshing. So, this beer in someways was two in one. The nose gave way to something completely different. Overall, this was good stuff and worth a shot if it somehow makes it to you.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Flavor - served in a half-pint pokal.

A mysterious ale, brewed without hops but with the addition of Thuja, a type of cedar.

The pour is a cloudy amber-tinged golden-yellow, quite a bit lighter than previous batches appear (in photos I've seen). Two slender fingers of whipped-cream ivory form a ethereal cap. Thin but sticky lacing, good retention.

Slightly grainy aromatics with a tough of herbs and flowers. Freshly mown hay, and lightly toasted scones round out the nose.

Vanilla, chamomile, yeast, and juniper berries all come to mind on the palate. Faintly tangy and earthy finish, though free of bitterness: lemon zest, and a hint of wood. The wood comes through not in the sense of barrel notes (e.g. oak), but almost like the flavor of wood-working (before reading what the brewmaster utilized in this concoction, I initially guessed cedar, but then started wondering if was something more unusual, like aspen!?).

Well carbonated, light-bodied, spritzy yet round. Not tannic despite the wood. Very refreshing but maybe a touch watery.

This beer really defies easy categorization, and it has almost as much in common with a sahti as it does a saison and comes across almost as a strange hybrid of the two.

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Photo of illidurit
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at 515 in Santa Cruz. Pours a light amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is buttery with some caramel, bread, and a light fruitiness. Flavor is similar, with a light diacetyl butterscotch note that washes into a musty, spicy, fruity finish. Some mild citrus and earthiness but this is an overall sweet beer. No idea why this would be called a saison. Palate is medium and a little sticky. Drinkable through the first pint, not sure if I'd want another. Can't really justify giving this a higher rating even though I want to like it. Just doesn't measure up to Moonlight's standard.

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Photo of ccrida
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shaker at Toranado. Uncle Fudd Rye is a still murky burnt gold a with small white collar, leaving no lace.

Smell is buttery diacetyl. On the nose, light caramel, but really just butterscotch.

Taste is smoother, not as dirty, some rye spice, definitely not a saison, there's some fruitiness, a little dry mineral bite, but really diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is still, medium light, a dry crispness (the best hint of the saison roots I assume this shares with regular Uncle Fudd).

Drinkability is ok, not a terrible beer, but a little homebrewish in execution.

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Photo of mjl21
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Wine Exchange of Sonoma. Poured into a pint glass. Was told this this beer is called Uncle Fudd Rye and uses red cedar tips instead of hops.

A-Pours a super hazy brown that leaves a small white head and ring.

S-Cedar forest smell, earthiness, fresh baked bread.

T-Tastes a lot like it smells. Cedar is very much upfront. Rye taste is definitely noticeable. The cedar tips do a good job of leaving some lingering bitterness.

M-Medium bodied with light carbonation.

D-Goes down fairly smooth, but I found after consuming 2/3 of the glass the cedar flavor was begininning to get to me.

This is an interesting beer that shows how innovative Brian Hunt is as a brewer. Glad to try it but would go with a different Monnlight offering in the future.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, excited for another Moonlight brew, especially as idiosyncratic as this beer claims to be,

A: Pours amber with a light white head, fair lace and retention.

S: To be honest this smells a bit like mildew, like a towel that's been left in a wet bathroom for a week. Funky with a lot lemon. Intriguing though as it gets really rustic, let's see where this goes.

T: Huge amount of cedar/wood and soil flavours, honestly I've really only gotten this flavour before out of Loire Cab Franc wines. Old World, rustic flavours. Definite fermented orange marmalade, lemon and grass in there too.

M: Soft carbonation, thin for me at times, medium-bodied.

D: As Johnny Carson would say, weird wild stuff. A palate challenger and definitely worth a buy if you see it.

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Photo of Offa
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not sure that this really is, or is supposed to be a true "saison" style as it seems to be one of Moonlight's experimental beers that is all its ownbeing brewed with rye and cedar branches, no hops. I noticed two entries here for "Uncle Fudd," one adding "Rye" and the other not but I think that they are the same beer. It's my understanding that there is just the one version with rye and chose this one under which to put my review. I had it on tap at Flavor in Santa Rosa, one of my usual spots to go for Moonlight beers.

It is an interesting beer to say the least and voerall successful. It's a bit unique but also tasty and smooth.

Faintly brownish amber, it has a smallish off-white head shrinking to a thin foamy top that lasts but leaves no real lace.

The aroma is interesting, sweet woody, doughy, a bit fruity and flowery in a vague way that is both a little odd yet pleasant. It smells like something that I can't pin down, a bit like a really fruity tripel mixed with Steel Reserve - odd since it's supposedly only about 5.5% ABV - but that isn't quite right.

The taste is similar but better, odd but enjoyable. It has a full body, smooth feel, low carbonation, pretty rich taste if rather vague. It's a bit sweet with almost no bitterness at all, with musty fruitiness, a light smokiness, hint of woody earth, and defintie toasted grain, especially in the finish. It has a hint of a as though it's higher in alcohol than it is, but not in a rough, boozy manner. The taste and character hold up well through the whole drink, alone or with food. This is one of the more unusual beers that I've had that is successful and is one of the best of Moonlight's more experimental beers.

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Uncle Fudd Rye Lager from Moonlight Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7 ratings