Herald Street Brew Works- Rye to the Bone Rye Saison


Herald Street Brew Works- Rye to the Bone Rye Saison Review

Herald Street Brew Works, Victoria’s newest brewery, quietly opened in December of 2020. It is the work of The Drake Eatery owners, Mike and Lee Spence, and Steel and Oak’s Jorden Foss and Jamie Barbutt. The idea, similar to The Drake, is to never have core beers but rather base recipes that can be continually experimented with. Creating those recipes and helming the new equipment build by Specific Mechanical is Jean Benoit, who also goes by J.B. He has extensive brewing experience out east but most recently from the Ontario brewery Beyond the Pale Brewing.

If you can safely get down to Herald Street while it’s still on tap, I recommend the Rye Saison. Rye to the Bone is golden orange with a small white head that lingers. It is well carbonated. The nose has the anticipated spicy saison yeast character, on the mild side, but also some big peach fruit, floral and peppery notes from the rye. This beer is medium-bodied and very dry. The mouthfeel has a crispy spritz-like quality, somewhat reminiscent of champagne. The peach, floral, and pepperiness continue into the taste where the dryness is accentuated by a mild bitterness. There is good acidity. The saison spiciness magnifies the rye pepperiness wonderfully. The juicy peach note and saision yeastiness continue into the finish which is long and dry.

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About This Beverage

  • Colour: golden/orange
  • Head Size & Retention: Normal head + retention
  • Carbonation: Well Carbonated
  • Clarity: Cloudy
  • Balance: Balanced Malt/Hop
  • Drinkability: Definitely Drinkable
  • Enjoyment: I would recommend this beer to a friend
  • Malt Characteristics: Light, Juicy Malt
  • Hop Characteristics: Fruity, Citrusy
  • Other Flavours/Aroma: Pepper/Spice
  • Palate: Crisp/Dry/Clean


A distinctively different interpretation from our other Saison, this beer presents with more of the classic Belgian style aromas of banana and bubblegum. The rye plays with the peppery esters of the Saison yeast and adds a bit of spice.

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