The Bruery Saison Rue

My lovely wife thoughtfully bought me a bottle of The Bruery’s Saison Rue for Valentine’s Day, along with a Beer Club membership to Grateful Red. Grateful Red is a beer and wine store on Wilson Blvd, in Arlington, VA. It is small, but they do get some harder to find beers here. I recommend it as worthy of at least a visit. The Saison Rue I cannot say enough about. I literally loved this beer. It is a Saison made with rye and with Brettanomyces yeast. Before I tried it, I expected to get a pop from both. A spicy jolt from the rye and a sour jolt from the Brett. However, this beer was so well balanced, I got neither. Instead, it is a very smooth saison with subtle spicy overtones from the rye and a hint of pineapple and fruity esters from the yeast. The head pours thick and foamy and lasts a while. It pours a nice hazy, dark golden color. The aromas of banana, citrus, honey, a little grassy hops and just a hint of the rye shine through. A five out of five proper pints if there ever was one.

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