Today I kept things on the west coast and checked out Saison Rue from The Bruery to represent California in my 50 beer challenge. Time is closing in and I need to make up a few days I missed in my challenge so hopefully I’ll be able to start reviewing a few beers a day. In the mean time, Saison Rue deserves a day all to itself.
While The Bruery is still a fairly young brewery, they are brewing some pretty unique beers so I was definitely excited to get my hands on some Saison Rue. The bottle I got is fresh so this review might be different had I let it age some more as the flavor would have taken on a different characteristic. Maybe some day I’ll do a side by side tasting with one that’s been aged awhile.
Anyways, on to the review.
Saison Rue poured a hazy golden brown color that almost had the look of an Arnold Palmer (the drink, not the golfer) with a huge slightly off white head that stuck around awhile. There was quite a bit of visible carbonation and the lacing was almost as beautiful as any I’ve seen.
If heaven has a smell, I sure hope it’s similar to Saison Rue. I’m not usually a fan of green apple, but there is just enough in the aroma to make me happy. There is also some slight citrus, Belgian yeast, spices, and freshly baked bread which come together to make a smell so beautiful that it almost brings tears to my eyes.
The first thing I noticed when tasting this guy was that it was a lot drier than I was expecting, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The apple aroma in the nose was almost unnoticeable in the flavor. There is a pretty strong biscuity malt and rye backbone with a nice citrusy sweetness that balances out the spiciness and the yeast flavor. It took a few drinks to really appreciate the complexity of the flavor, but halfway through the glass I was definitely sold.
Overall this is a great beer that I think even non beer drinkers might enjoy (especially those champagne fans out there). It’s got a fairly light body with quite a bit of carbonation that works really really well. Maybe it’s the 8.5% alcohol content, but this beer definitely puts a smile on my face.
CraftBeer.com created a short video on The Bruery last year that I thought was pretty interesting that I figured I’d include which is worth a watch.
My The Bruery Saison Rue Review: A-
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