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RATINGS: 859   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. This one fuckin gushed on me; so to stave off any potential losses, I had to pour some into a pint glass, as well. A: Pours a hazy golden color with plenty of sediment floating about. The head is very frothy, and due to me having little choice regarding an aggressive pour, ends up towering at four fingers high, with a corresponding offwhite shade. The head seemingly retains forever, leaving behind an incredible amount of lacing in my tulip. Frustrations of being unable to drink this immediately aside, this one is extremely beautiful. S: And the aroma is quite intriguing, also. It starts off with a grassy note, before transitioning to crisp apple/pear/grape esters. I also notice touches of rye malt, helping to accentuate the spice qualities more strongly. I dont notice a massive amount of brett funk, but its there. Horse blanket, bro. T: What I notice most strongly on the opening is a combination of spicing and rye malt. The two combine to offer notes of cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, peppermint, and black pepper - dare I compare the flavor profile to a saison crossbred with a winter warmer? The finish is where the brett funk starts to come into play. Initially only offering a bland grassy tone, it grows and accumulates on the palate, developing strong rustic qualities. General fruity esters lurk around the body nondescriptly; I wish they were more vivid here in lieu of all the funkiness. This is my biggest problem - the funk comes off too strongly at times, creating a slight imbalance. I enjoy the complexity, though. M: This one is a bit heavy. It doesnt necessarily make the beer hard work, just not quite as quaffable as it could have been. Id call it quaffable, though, because its pleasantly dry without any annoying booziness. I cant really judge carbonation too much - when you have to wait 10 minutes to take a damn sip, I doubt there would be much of it left. O: I know I had a lot to nitpick here, but this is a genuinely well crafted saison thats quite unique. It just doesnt really hit all my preferences in a saison (I prefer a simpler, hoppier interpretation like Tank 7). But if you like funk, this is a must-try.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beer_queue (90) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2017
2013 vintage. Aromas are ripe fruits & mild spice. Rich rye bread malts with soft pepper/coriander and light fruit notes on the palate; a lot of earthy yeast notes coming due to the age. Not as funky as Id expect from the added brett. At 9.5% ABV, its an imperial Saison with huge flavors and no strong alcohol bite. Three years on this bottle did wonders. Incredibly drinkable and delicious on its own but is begging to be enjoyed with food.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (4229) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 26, 2016
bottle @ Liquor Barn / Danville KY --- Aroma of malt with light sour in the background. Foggy medium amber with a bunch of rising bubbles, creamy beige head that stays put at 1/2", sprays of lace. Taste is caramel malt with a light edge of sour. Medium carbonation, well-hidden alcohol, and a return to caramel at the sour end. Way lighter than 8.5% would imply, but balanced and well-conceived.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manomarnypopis (57) - POLAND - NOV 23, 2016
Żłte mętne biała klasyczna drobna piana Lekkie brety, kwasnosc, lekka dzikość, fajny saison, świeżość ziolowosc, lekkie cytrusy Klasyczny dobry saison, ziolowosc cytrusy, lekka kwasnosc, przyjemne

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (6819) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2017
Bottled, 25 cl sample. Hazy orange color, medium frothy head. Aroma of flowery hops, sweet candy but not the Bretty bubblegum i hoped for, bit sweet caramel. Soft flowery bitterness, bit dry, sweet candy. Ok, but expected a bit more from the wild yeast. It seemed more of a belgian strong ale now.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1525) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2016
October 19th, 2014 - The Bruerys Saison is a darker beer, or at least, is served in darker environs, cloaked in shadows and served in a faded wood table. But even here the grain color is visible. The aroma doesnt care what the lighting is, delivering its custard, vanilla, tangerine and jasmine mixture with a calm and enticing composure. The mouthfeel is foamy and light, but clears to reveal a long and dry aftertaste. Spicy edges of coriander outline core flavors of wheat and banana, giving this saison some flavorful heft, and moving it away from the dry side of the saison spectrum.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mesjasz (1233) - Lodz, POLAND - NOV 21, 2016
Sampel w Chmielarni na Marszałkowskiej. Pszenica, lekko banan i przyprawy, ziemia. Dosyć klasyczne ale niczym nie zachwyca.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jerohen (2215) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2017
Big bottle shared by caesar. Orange colored, small but lasting head. Distinct nose, grainy, Belgian beer spices, farmhouse like. Bitter and spicy flavor, caramel malts, interesting developing and lasting finish. Good, interesting, but not truly spectacular.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drpimento (3280) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Pretty good stuff. To me it seems like a and Amber sour saison. Aroma is fruit minerals caramel and hint tart. Flavor is similar to nose, has good balance between sweet and tart, very smooth and drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (12932) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2017
75 cl. bottle. Hazy yellow colour with a white head. Aroma and flavour of yeast, spice, fruit, rye, citrus and tartness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (1363) - ESTONIA - DEC 5, 2016
Pours golden, bit of white foam. Aroma of candy sugar, Belgian yeast, caramel, spices. Tastes candy sugar caramel, not much bitterness but still has that Belgian yeast character. Dried fruits, fig and prunes. For this look, taste is quite different - which is kind of cool. Rye spice, fruits coming out in the finish. This kind of beer could actually lure me into liking those Belgian styles. more than I like them now. Drinking this as a good trippel, not really as a saison though,


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