The Bruery Saison Rue
What the brewers say
Saison Rue is an unfiltered, bottle conditioned, Belgian/French-style farmhouse ale. This is a beer 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 become more complex with rustic notes of leather and earth from the contribution of a wild yeast strain.
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Very rich and fruity—dark fruits, cherry, plums, and raisins. Tangy lactic notes. Sweet citrus and malt character with earthy and floral components.”
Flavor: “Intense sweet honey and dark fruit character with light hop bitterness. Malty sweet and slightly lacto-acidic. Effervescent finish with lingering sweetness—a tad too sweet for the style at this point, but it should dry out over time.”
Overall: “A nice beer but not as much wild yeast character as expected—little to no funky or sour flavors. Complexity may develop over time. Nice example of a straight Belgian beer, but not quite a saison. No obvious Brett character.”