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Beers that offer the same depth and layered complexity of Saison Rue.

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by flayedandskinned, Feb 13, 2013.

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  1. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Jan 1, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    I just had my first Saison Rue (also my first Bruery beer) and was absolutely blown away at the adventure that beer brought to my palate. Tons and tons of diverse flavors. What other beers can you guys recommend me that offer the same level of layered complexity?
  2. danieelol

    danieelol Jun 15, 2010 Australia

    Yer, that is easily one of the best Saisons I have had

    To answer your question, I would say:

    Saison Dupont
    Orval or its contemporary update Rayon Vert
    Le Freak?
  3. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Jan 1, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Sadly, I've yet to try Saison Dupont. Orval is one of my favs, but its not nearly as complex as Saison Rue. Rayon Vert is interesting, but just too citrusy for that style, I just want some dusty must in Rayon Vert. Le Freak, Im not big on.
  4. Danny1217

    Danny1217 Jul 15, 2011 Florida
    Beer Trader

    If you have an older bottle of Orval it is definitely as complex as Saison Rue
  5. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Jan 1, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    The oldest ive had was 1.5 years or so. Really good just isnt nearly as nuanced as the Saison Rue I had.
  6. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    If you can get your hands on any Stillwater, he makes some pretty awesome saisons. Cellar Door being a favorite
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  7. Dtapeski

    Dtapeski Oct 26, 2012 Colorado

    Funkwerks Tropic King is pretty fantastic IMO.
    Sorry to throw one out there not available outside of CO (maybe online it is).
  8. kdb150

    kdb150 Mar 8, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Avec Les Bons Voeux should provide the depth of flavor you are looking for, especially with a bit of age on it.
  9. Goosey

    Goosey Jan 18, 2012 Missouri

    I also love Saison Rue, but I'm not sure that a comparison to Orval would be fair (but if we are comparing, Orval has to be the winner IMO). Stillwater has some great Saison's if you can get ahold of them where you are as mentioned above, and I am suprised no one has thrown out the origional Fantome Saison. I've yet to have a better Saison. Also, Saison Brett by Boulvevard is a good example of an American brewery's take on the style. There are plenty of comparable brews out there, but no two beers are the same.
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  10. digita7693

    digita7693 Jan 19, 2010 Germany
    Beer Trader

    finally some logic in this thread, the Bruery teat sucking was becoming a bit vexing:)
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  11. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    How do you live in SF and this was your first Bruery beer?
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  12. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Jan 1, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    Too busy spending money Russian River.
  13. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Jan 1, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    By the way, it doesn't have to be a saison, guys.I'm just looking for a beer of any style that offers the same level of layered complexity.
  14. tjensen3618

    tjensen3618 Mar 23, 2008 California

    St. Bernardus abt. 12, or any of the traditional Belgian Quads/Strong Dark Ales.
  15. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Apr 8, 2008 Washington

    Saison Brett is an American saison that is extremely complex. I even like it more than Rue.
  16. TongoRad

    TongoRad Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    If it doesn't have to be a saison, have you tried something like Bitter Monk by Anchorage? It's a Belgian IPA with brett, very complex and delicious (and that's coming from someone who isn't too crazy about the style to begin with), and should still be available.
  17. flayedandskinned

    flayedandskinned Jan 1, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    No, not yet, but its been on my hit list fot quite some time.
  18. IamMe90

    IamMe90 Sep 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    IMO Expedition Stout is brimming with complexity (and Founders RIS too) compared to your run of the mill RIS's. Allagash Interlude is pretty crazy, and I think NG Enigma has a lot going on too.
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