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RATINGS: 830   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2009
Pours golden with brown hues and a thick white head. The nose reminds me of a big bowl of Christmas mints, potpourri, and an herb garden. Tastes about the same, but softer. Still very bold though. I don’t enjoy the flavor as much as the aroma. Full body with a lingering finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beernbourbon (1481) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Pour is cloudy orange with maybe a light hint of red and a medium white head. Aroma is funky, acidic, grassy, and lightly spicy. Flavor is peppery from the rye, ever so lightly funky, earthy, grassy, and light apple with a somewhat harsh yorkshire tea-like finish. Interesting, but not my favorite.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours a slighlty hazed orange brown with a sudsy slightly off-white airy frothy bubbly head brett helped head. Aroma of sweet juicy candied pineapple, strong brett notes, touch of meaty salami, light sour cream butter milk. Flavor follows, super juicy, very boozy but it works somehow, a bit tangy metallic but that also works somehow, lots of pineapple, guava, interestingly complex but seemingly clean, some yeastiness lingers underneath along with fresh French vanilla bean ice cream. Medium.light bodied, ever so slightly creamy, bright feeling ,boozy but nice, crisp popping carbonation. Love it, reminds me a bit of Hitachino’s Celebration.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2011 750 ml bottle from a trade with boutip. pours hazy light amber with a dense white head. aroma of pils malt, hops and brett. flavour of pils malt, rye spiciness, brett, perfect hopping. great saison, second best ive ever had.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Subtle for the style. Flavor is grassy, a little floral, a little tart with a bit of spice. Smooth palate, easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle from the Binny’s Beverage Depot in Orland Park, Illinois: This poured a hazy golden amber body with a tall off-white head that leaft some slippery lace in gulp-gapped rings. The aroma had a grassy bitterness, floral scents, a light malty sweetness, some citrus rind, and the slightest touch of funkiness. Very soft mouthfeel. The flavor had the addition of some peppery spiciness, a floral/citric bitterness, and a bit of fuzz. From all of the local hoopla about this beer, I expected something more complex. As it is, it’s a refreshingly tasty, fairly straightforward brew that I wish would cost less.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Ok, first off I’m not a huge fan of the style. I really do like their interpretation of it, though. Bottle pours somewhat cloudy golden color with thick white head that lasts during the drink. Aroma is spice and brett. Grass and biscuit seemed mixed in as well. Stingy mouthfeel from the carbonation. Flavor is smooth. Grass, white pepper, biscuit, mixed in with some barnyard and hay. All in a smooth way. This is a really good beer! Finishes dry and leaves me wanting another bottle. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Pours a hazy golden color with a thinwhite head. Aroma was spicy a little grassyand some biscuit. Flavor was similar. Very spicy with a nicesmall bt of funk. Very nice easy drinker.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1743) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2009
750 mL bottle purchased at Total Wine in Chesapeake. Dark orange pour with a huge foamy white head. Bready aromas with a noticeable lemony tartness. Floral hop bitterness and bretty sourness are the most obvious flavors. Certainly tastes like a saison and the brettanomyces really cuts down on the sometimes offensive horseblanket/barnyard characteristics of a typical saison. One of the best saisons with brett I have tried. A very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14940) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle at Sune’s. Cloudy amber - white head. Rye, ryebread, sweetness, fruity, sticky body, licorice, bretty notes, anis, piney.


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