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RATINGS: 846   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Saison Rue is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned, Belgian/French-style farmhouse ale. 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. With age, this beer will dry out and will become more complex with rustic notes of leather and earth from the contribution of a wild yeast strain. Being a saison, Saison Rue is ambiguous unto itself as it is a different beer when fresh and when aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2010 Hazy-ish amber, huge fluffy head. Sweet bread and brett funk-musty aroma. Velvety feel, medium carbonation. Nice mix of flavors that blend together very well - almost indiscriminantly, simple and complex at the same time. The brett funk and the rye complement each other incredibly well. Very grassy and fruity - apple peel and orange- to start, then a tart note and a bite from the rye at the end. The 8.5% is barely evident. Very nice and smooth, very easy to drink. sweet enough to be tasty, bitter enough to just balance it. Incredibly well made and balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Pours amber with thick white head. Aroma of oranges and spice. Taste has minimal sourness. Has nice, creamy smth mouthfeel. Spices, yeast, and citrus ntes in the finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
finol (3121) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2009
Bottle. Pours hazy golden with a big firm head. Smooth mouthfeel and taste of oranges and spices. Not to complex, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Solid. This is the best sour beer Iíve had in quite awhile, and although the craft beer scene has been a bit of "Brettanomyces Gone Wild" over the past 18 months or so, I am still into it. And while this beer didnít really strike me as funkly, and wasnít a poster-child for Brett, it was sour and quite enjoyable. It poured a hazy copper color with lively carbonation and a thick head. Aroma was dried fruit, rye-ness, sweetness, and some light sourness. Something akin to lemonade was in there too. Flavor was more of the same, with some citrus-ness and sour (that lemonade thing again), balanced with some nice bread-iness imparted by the rye and malt. Mouthfeel was a little puckery, but was generally pretty refreshing given all the flavor packed in there. In OH at least, the price on this beer is steep and the hype is over-the-top. However, this beer is quite pleasant and while I wonít be kicking back a bottle of this weekly, I am glad I had it. Definitely recommended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hirigalzkar (2953) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2009 Bottle. Dark organge color, creamy and long lasting white head. Fruity and spicy aroma. Notes of citrus, orange, brett yeast, clove and some hops. Full flavored! Orange, "spicy banana", vanilla, Bitter hop/brett thing going on in the aftertaste. Complex and refreshing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2014 Hazy orange with good, foamy, fine bubble, off-white head, fine dense lacing / Delicate nose of orchard fruit, caramel, straw, brett / Light to medium body, acidic and lightly sour, trace of sweetness, solid balance with lightly bitter finish / Somewhat subdued flavors of turning citrus rind, pineapple, apple, caramel, rye spice / Well made, if a bit dull.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doboy (424) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Compliments of the World Renown Drbayern. Shared with his Hawaiian Sidekick Celticbrew, his driver Uncle Steve and his house boy Brian the Beer Pimp. A nice spicy aroma. Poured a dirty copper color. Light lace on edge that was really nice. THe taste was dry and spicy. Loved the spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andersand (529) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2009
Hazy light amber colour with a dense white head. Aroma is fruity and nutty with light brett. Flavour starts rather sweet and fruity with subtile brett and minerals, nutty, light bready. Ends on a slightly chemical bitter note. Medium on the palate with proper carbonation. Perhaps a tad too sweet for my taste with some sharp chemical notes here and there, still very drinkable though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Iím divided about this beer. On the one hand, I do like it, but on the other hand, it really does smell like a dirty menís room . . . some of the time. The rest of the time it smells a little funky, hoppy, nutty, sour. Sweet flavors (but not much actual sweetness) give way to a very bitter, dry end. A little funky, nutty, a little sour (but not too much - and more regular sour than funky sour). Itís hard to drink too much at once because of the almost astringent end.- it might be better with food. But the beer is complex and nice - just sometimes you gotta remember to not breathe in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3722) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2009
750 ml bottle from Bieropholie, shared with Billy, served cool in a tumbler. NO21/09.

App.: Hazy amber with a large off-white froth. Aroma: Light funk, nice bright fruitiness, some warm spices, rich brown sugar and lighter molasses, some yeast notes. Palate: Medium body, nearly flat. Flav.: Deliciously fruity, minty herbals, light licorice, some brown sugar, some light funk, warm spices; fairly sweet with a good deal of warming alcohol, light bitterness, nice fruity/malty finish.

Quite nice.

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