The Bruery
Saison Rue (Review)

The Bruery is located in Orange County, California

The Bruery - Saison Rue

The Bruery – Saison Rue

[quote]Unfiltered and 100% bottle conditioned, 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. It will become more complex with age.[/quote]


Saison Rue accompanied me to a friends house where we would be doing a lot of drinking and a lot of cooking. Naturally, I took over the whole bottle as my own and enjoyed every drop of it. The Bruery has yet to disappoint me which is always a good thing.

The Stats:

  • Alcohol by Volume: 8.5%
  • IBU: 30
  • SRM: 9
  • Release: Year Round
  • L.A. International Beer Comptetion 2008: Gold Medal French and Belgian Style Saison
  • Beer Advocate Magazine 2008: “A” Rating
  • 98 Rating
The Pour:

Big, creamy fluffy head that fades At a Medium Pace. Leaves some nice lacing and some hazy, golden wheat sediment.

The smell:

The nose starts off with Belgian malts and golden sweet malts. A nice hint of citrus and saison spice. Light wheat, a little bread and toasty malt. Tart brett funkness, lemon/tangerine sweetness and floral notes. Sweeter smelling than your average saison. Funky. I liked it.

The Taste:

Again, a little funky which I enjoy. The taste is very sweet with big flavors of malt, lemon and tart apple up front. Very yeasty bread with lots of clove spice and rye. There is some earthiness from the brett and a little pepper towards the end. Finishes tart and clean with a touch of spice.

The Mouthfeel:

Medium bodied with lots of carbonation and a slightly dry finish. A really easy 8.5% to drink.

The Verdict:

I am a big fan of The Bruery but, I don’t really get much of a chance to try their beer, mostly because they are usually in the $15 range and that is a hard buy. I really enjoyed this brew, I think it would be perfect for sitting outside during the summer and just hanging out. I picked this one up for $9 or $10 which isn’t terrible. If you can swing it, I say go for it and enjoy.


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