” We are … A boutique craft brewery located in Orange County, California specializing in experimental and barrel aged beer. Our name is a fusion of ‘brewery’ with our family name, Rue. Our calling is to create beers with character and depth using the simplest and purest of means. We do not filter or pasteurize our beers. Most of our bottled beers gain carbonation through bottle conditioning, allowing carbonation to naturally occur through a secondary bottle fermentation. We strive to use unconventional ingredients, and we will proudly state what we put in our beers. We enjoy serving you, your friends and your family.”
AUTUMN MAPLE: 90 Points
This Belgian Brown Ale is released seasonally in Autumn in 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Brewed with 17 lbs. of yams per barrel (in other words, a lot of yams!), this autumn seasonal is a different take on the “pumpkin” beer style. Brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup, and fermented with our traditional Belgian yeast strain, this bold and spicy beer is perfect on a cold autumn evening.”
My Description: I like the idea of using yams instead of pumpkins for an Autumn beer as long as it works. I think The Bruery did a great job with their Autumn recipe as this beer is highly enjoyable. It begins with a large, tan colored head with a good retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is malty and yeasty with notes of plums, maple syrup, cinnamon, and allspice. Autumn Maple is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a very dry finish. Complex and deep, the flavor profile satisfies with notes of bananas, cinnamon, brown sugar, maple syrup, and a subtle yam notes that sit atop a malt backbone. The aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing great balance and the alcohol is somewhat hidden. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with deep fried turkey, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie.
ABV: 10% Color: Brownish/Red Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 3/10
MISCHIEF: 93 Points
This Belgian Strong Pale Ale is available year-round in 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Mischief is a hoppy Belgian-style golden strong ale. This wickedly good golden ale is fiendishly dry-hopped with American hops to add a layer of complexity and mystery to its fruity, dry Belgian-style character. Citrus and resin diabolically combine with ripe melon, pear and slight peppery spice in a precariously effervescent mixture. Enjoy it, but you’ll want to keep an eye out.”
My Description: The description lead me to believe that this would be a very hoppy and bitter beer, but it isn’t like an IPA. There is just enough bitterness in this beer for it to be noticeable without getting in the way of the other flavor notes. Plus, the dry hopping adds a nice layer to the aroma. It pours a massive, white colored head with an amazing retention level that stays fluffy the whole way leaving behind an abundant amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with notes of cloves, floral hops, citrus zest, and light fruit yeast esters. Mischief is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is slightly complex with citrus notes taking center stage along with hints of other fruits. There are also notes of herbal hops, cloves and other spices, and a hint of tart. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and lingers for a bit with a tickle in the throat. The alcohol is nicely hidden but there is a gentle warmth that develops as you drink the beer. I really enjoyed the flavors in this beer, they were clean and refreshing. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled snapper, coconut shrimp, or a spicy veggie stir fry.
ABV: 8.5% Color: Golden/Dark Yellow Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10
SAISON RUE: 98 Points
This Belgian Style Farmhouse Ale is released year-round in 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s 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.”
My Description: The Bruery has created a delicious and satisfying Farmhouse Ale; the flavors are on point, the quality is great, and the beer is attenuated nicely. It pours a large, white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a wall of lacing, very nice. The aroma is extremely inviting with typical farmhouse notes of hay, lemon, apples, bananas, yeast spices, and a touch of sour. Saison Rue is roughly medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is just as complex as the aroma, if not more. A clean pale malt backbone holds up delicious notes of lemon, grass, light fruits, and some earthiness. The spices in this beer blend beautifully; yeast notes of clove and pepper are matched by the rye malt creating a plethora of spice notes without overpowering each other. The alcohol is almost completely hidden and the tart notes really add a refreshing quality. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with roasted garlic chicken, endive salad, or grilled salmon.
ABV: 8.5% Color: Deep Gold Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2/10
TRADE WINDS: 94 Points
This Belgian style Triple is released in the Summer seasons in 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening.”
My Description: A highly enjoyable and refreshing beer, Trade Winds showcases how some flavors from the far East combine with Belgian yeast to produce a great ale. It pours a large, off-white colored head that is very fluffy with a great retention level and it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is complex and inviting with notes of light fruits, pear juice, citrus, and a touch of grass. This Triple is medium bodied with a high carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is somewhat sweet with a honey-like presence and light fruit notes, such as green apples and apricots. A touch of spice and some floral notes add character and the aftertaste is minimally bitter and very smooth. The alcohol is nicely hidden and only detected minimally as the beer warms. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with curry seasoned chicken, Thai noodles, or veggie stir fry.
ABV: 8.1% Color: Burnt Orange Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2/10
SMOKING WOOD (2014): 100 Points
This Imperial Rye Belgian Ale is released variously in 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Brewed with beachwood and cherrywood smoked malt, and aged in rye whiskey barrels, Smoking Wood is a delicious demonstration of what wood has to offer when it comes to beer. This imperial smoked porter is brewed with a hefty amount of rye malt, contributing to a full body and light spiciness. Toasty oak, caramel and vanilla flavors balance the smokiness, contributing to an intense yet refined flavor profile.”
My Description: What an amazing beer! Every aspect pleases the senses and not one flavor overpowers another. It begins with a good sized, light beige colored head that fades quick to a film that lingers a bit leaving behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is a collage of warming notes: gentle rye spice, bourbon, and deep layers of malt that smell of caramel. The scent of this beer excites you and is very inviting. Smoking Wood is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. This ale is very smooth and slightly creamy making for a great sipper. As expected the flavor profile is complex and deep. A strong malt backbone holds up notes of roasted malt, licorice, toffee, molasses, and cherrywood. Smoky undertones and a warming alcohol note creep in from time to time. As the beer warms, more flavors become apparent and just add to the enjoyment. It is best served around 60°F and pairs nicely with strong cheeses, roasted duck, or a maduro cigar.
ABV: 13% Color: Black Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10
WHITE OAK: 95 Points
This Belgian Strong/Wheat Wine is available in limited quantities and various times in 750 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “White Oak is a blended beer– 50% wheatwine aged in Bourbon barrels (we call it “White Oak Sap”), and 50% Mischief (our Golden Strong Ale). Vivid caramel, coconut and vanilla flavors blanketed in a crisp yet robust wheat ale, White Oak is an exercise of balance”
My Description: This beer has a lot going on and it all works harmoniously together. From the strong body, to the carbonation level, and the flavor profile everything blends nicely to create a pleasurable experience. It begins with a large and fluffy, off-white colored head with an excellent retention level and it leaves behind a wall of lacing; the head is really nice. The aroma smells fantastic with notes of vanilla, coconut, pineapple, bananas, and bourbon undertones. White Oak is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. A complex flavor profile delivers complementary notes of fruits and bourbon undertones. Upfront, there are notes of vanilla and tropical fruits along with hints of caramel and yeast spices. The alcohol is beautifully hidden, especially for how high it is and the aftertaste is crisp and minimally bitter. This beer is not too sweet, it is nicely balanced and delicious. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with sautéed shrimp, grilled asparagus, or rum cake.
ABV: 11.5% Color: Hazy Gold Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 2/10