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Coup De Grisou - Brasseurs R.J.

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 87
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 19.07%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Brasseurs R.J. visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 09-27-2003

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Coup de grisou Review

The look of it: yellow orange. Lots of carbonation with half of the finger of head.

The smell it: Some orange and some citrus flavour to it with a bit of a sweet malt.

The taste of it: It's like the smell, some orange with some citrus of the after taste. Sweet malt to it on the after taste. Very sweet not aggressive at all. A bit on the watery taste for the after taste.

So overall would I recommend it? For sure. I really did enjoy that beer during this winter. I find it much better that the Cheval blanc. But the price is a bit high. If you find it on special, go for it. It will worth the price.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A very slight copper color topped with a finger an a half of very bubbly head. Carbonation was easily visible. As the pour progressed small bit of yeast sediment could be observed entering the bottle.

S: Coriander, slight citrus, a little bit of sweet malt.

T: Just like the taste. Coriander is present which is typical in a Belgian wheat. The belgian yeast character is good and provides a nice spiciness. There are some sweet malts but its more in the background of the spicy and yeasty flavors.

M: Good carbonation adds to the mouthfeel and makes the beer quite filling but at the same time nicely refreshing.

O: A fairly decent beer that I was content to drink. Nothing astounding but worth the money.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a cloudy, almost opaque orange-tan color with a frothy, low profile, white head. Aromas of pepper, basil, coriander, and some sweet, tart wine characteristics. Flavors of roasted wheat, citrus highlights, some berry sweetness, and a decent spice blending. Very balanced and mild overall. Interesting brew. The aftertaste is tangy and spicy, which becomes a bit muddled as you progress through the bottle. Quick, clean finish. Not bad.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to have tried this beer, but not a style I'd typically enjoy in the winter.

Murky golden straw colour with limited head and lacing. Mouthfeel and carbonation levels are pleasant, but nothing extraordinary.

Aroma is very wheat-forward, with hints of fruit. Flavour is more fruit focused, the wheat is evident but the fruit is the highlight. Not too sweet and a surprisingly multi-dimensional range of stone fruit and berries.

A pleasant surprise!

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Photo of tbeckett
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from a store outside Mont Tremblant a while ago.

A - Cloudy pour with a light copper or orange body. Strong carbonation with a three finger, very losse white head. Initial head looked like it would fade fast but it settled into a nice full finger retention. No lacing.

S - Strong citrus, yeast, light grains, light spice. Sort of a bubblegum element with citrus soap? Strong orange.

T - Light grain. Citrusy orange. A little yeast and sweet spice but that orange is really strong. It's almost like shock top which I just tried and tastes alot like orange soda. It opens up towards the end of the bottle with more spice, yeast, and grain, but still has that orange cola character. The progress it makes, makes up for a part of the earlier flaws.

M - Strong carbonation and a medium creamy body. Lingering sweet finish which isn't exactly pleasant.

O/D - Drinks like a wheat beer. The more I drank it became more like an orange soda. I couldn't see myself drinking too much of this. Overly sweet and not exactly beer-like, until it opens up to more spice. Still not great.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coup de Grisou….in a bottle from the Brewer’s mixed pack.

Appearance-into the glass a hazy mixed color of gold and orange, medium sized head of white at the end of it. The carbonation is aggressive but it does leave fairly quickly.

Smell-lots of aromas here, the usual fruit and spice followed by a smell that is similar to rye, of course the bottle advertises buckwheat so this could be it, a piney earthy smell this is. Aromatic.

Taste/Mouthfeel-layers of flavors, a beginning of the buckwheat hits but then layers of fruit, spice and sugar, more fruit on the way down. Medium mouthfeel, spicy note is the last touch of flavor as it finishes. The flavors largely work, the buckwheat isn’t perfect but it is something different and the complexities here are welcome.

Overall-well worth a try, a wheat style fruit beer with some good notes and different tastes. Not perfect and definitely may not be your thing but I found it interesting.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Received as an extra from Phyl21ca; thanks Phil!

a - Pours a hazy brown-orange color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Tiny bit of sediment evident.

s - Smells of yeast, wheat, coriander, spices, orange peels, and something odd I can't put my finger on. It seems a little like sour/bready malts. Not bad, but seems a little odd with the other scents.

t - Tastes of wheat, sour fruit, citrus, spices, grain, and bready malts. Again, something slightly sour and odd in the taste, but a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. The body is very smooth and creamy; feels great.

d - Overall this was a decent beer. The mouthfeel was great, but something seemed a little off/sour in the smell and taste. If it wasn't for that it would have been a good beer. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at Boris Bistro in downtown Montreal. Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

Pours up copper orange with a thin head. Smells of wheat and coriander and citrusy.

Tastes like a Belgian wheat. Lots of orange flavour, a bit of carbonation and herbal notes.

An interesting fruit beer, definitely a summer quencher but not something that I'd want yearround.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a hazy ale colour with a lot of sediments floating around. Head is white in colour and very fizzy and noisy! There is some minimal lacing occurring.

Smell - i can pick up orange peel, wheat, some vanilla as well.

Taste - very good tasting beer, light and even. i can pick up some orange right away, followed by some subtle wheat flavours. The vanilla comes in at the end.

Mouthfeel - added carbonation makes the beer a little more flavoured, however, the taste remains the same. found the slight "tang" went away during the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - fantastic beer, would stock and share with friend again!

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Photo of karait95
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: opaque orange color not to brilliant good big head that dissipates to fast.

S: wheat smell with some herbs inside somethin spicy but not identified is present also little sweetness can be smelt.

T: complex flavor full wheat but not sweet or citric most herbal. Little bitterness can be felt.

M: very refreshing beer but not too easy to drink, it is mostly neutral than bitter or sweet.

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Photo of ultrastiledivita
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle poured into a pint

A: Cloudy orange, a little bit of head that settles into suds, renubds me off fresh apple juice picked up at a farmers market...

S: definetly wheat, some coriander and citrusy tones are picked up as well

T: pretty weird actually (in a good way) starts off tasting like a wit yet kinda dissapates into a hoppy ending, definetly some spicy notes in it and some coriander undertones

M: very nice actually, good carbonation that kinda dissaperes very quickly to leave with a slightly bitter finish

D: decent, not really my style but if you're into these kinds of beers the taste and the abv % could make this a good beer to have alot of over the course of an evening

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - amber orange colour, small white fizzy/foamy head, lots of carbonation

Smell - wheat, citrus peel, coriander, hops, yeast

Taste & Mouth - lots of taste going on here, almost like a beer flavor explosion. Perhaps if an Indian pale ale met a wheat beer. Good carbonation, wheat up front, then hops, and a bitter finish

Drink - I'm really happy I tried this beer, not like any beers I've had before, worth a try!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

200th review!

Last of an RJ sample pack from Montreal.

Poured into a Leffe chalice. A light opaque orange brew, with a thin head that survives as a ring. Some flecks of lacing. I tried to keep the sediment out, but missed a bit, and I've got to say, the pieces are quite unattractive. Reminds me of that gross soda from the mid 90's with suspended jelly particles in it. Once they settled on the bottom, it wasn't too bad. Other than that, it looks like a Belgian pale to me.

Nose is spicy, with notes of yeast and tart citrus - lemon and orange, perhaps.

Taste is certainly spicy - cinnamon and coriander for the most part, perhaps a bit of clove. Yeast and a real 'country' flavor, which I'm guessing is the buckwheat. Citrus provides a mild presence in the back. Surprisingly dry. I suppose it tastes alright, but it just feels off balance to me. Never really got in to it.

Mouthfeel is slightly powdery, probably the sediment again. Mild carbonation, medium-thin body.

Not bad, but certainly not my favorite from RJ. There's just something about it that's not working for me.

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Someone gave me this as part of a Brasseurs R.J. sample pack. All 3 of the beers are well done. Some of them have some similarity to Unibroue. I would expect that they brew what sells.

A - Pours a lovely orange copper color. A pretty nice head to begin with receded to leave a nice lacing around the top of the glass.

S - A little organic. Not sure if it's the buckwheat. Having grown up in a farming town, the scent seems very familiar.

T - Tastes like a nice Belgian ale with a hint of spice. I would guess that the "Spicy Buckwheat" on the label would put some people off, but that really shouldn't be the case after tasting this beer.

D - Goes down really smooth. Maybe too smooth. It's only 5% ABV so it's not doing any damage.

M - A little thin in the body. Carbonation is good, just seems like it could use a little more uumph.

Overall a decent beer. Would drink again but there are definitely better examples in this style.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coup De Grisou poured a dark amber color, with a small head, and much sediment. The smell was offesniven and overall not very good. The taste however was a bit better, it was spicey and had many other flavors all mixed in. The beer wasnt very heavy, but I wouldnt want another after one. I thought this beer overall was okay, I just didnt have much of a taste for it.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle- Deep hazy orange/amber with a generous froth of white head. Nice lace too. The nose is all out spices, lots of corriander and cardamon?and floral with wheaty,fruity sweet malts, with a good dose of apricot. It's all pretty messy though. Taste is sweet apricot and wheaty, yeasty spices with corriander coming through in a big way. All about the corriander. Finish is creamy which WOULD leave this quite drinkable if not for the spices. This is too spicy and messy to be able to enjoy any more than 1 bottle.Dunkelweizen? Right.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle into Brassin d'Hiver tulip. The first time I had this (before really enjoying craft) I thought this beer was disgusting.
A- Marmalade color full of suspended particles. Thin, pretty head. The lacing is shaped like long goopy strands which is kind of halloweeny and suits the label well.
S- Apricot. Grain. Raspberry. Yeast. Burnt sugar. Humid basement.
T- Apricot. Grapefruit. Nectarine/peach. Marmalade! Wheat
M- I like the mouthfeel. Well carbonated. Light but you still feel like you're drinking beer. One thing I don't like is: there just seems to always be this watery undertone to R.J. brews.
D- High. No sure you'd want to have more than two or three though - peculiar taste.

Every time I have this beer I seem to enjoy it more. Something about it is very interesting. Feels like a quality product. Try it.

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Photo of TxTechBrewer
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours cloudy orange color. Very persistent off-white head.
Aroma: Citrus fruits like orange tangerine and spices like coriander w/ slight peppery notes. No off aromas and a hefe-type signature.
Flavor: Dominant citrus flavor with prominent orange peel. Dry finish with lingering citrus flavors.
Mouthfeel: Slight oiliness with good carbonation to support and dry fruity flavors. Bit of lingering acidity.
Overall Impression: Very interesting interpretation of a Belgian wit bier. Well balanced with nice fruit flavors and would be an excellent summer quencher. Good beer!

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Photo of eat
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loads of sediment apparent on the pour, suspended in small chunks throughout the beer. Dark orange-honey colour, very cloudy. A small head dissipates to a thin, bubbly layer. Not a bad looking beer besides all the sediment.

Strong smell of oranges, corriander, sweet, refreshing citrus.

Medium carbonation and body.

Taste of corriander, caramel, yeast and wheat. Smooth and nicely spiced.

The only downside is the label, which prevented me from buying it for the longest time. This is possibly the worst beer label I've ever seen! It doesn't make any sense...what's supposed to be happening to that guy? A bunch of boulders are flying at him and he looks like he's writhing in pain. Doesn't really make me want to drink beer. Any French speakers have any idea what a Coup de Grisou is? Maybe that explains it.

I could probably drink a few of these. Nice beer, in spite of the label.

EDIT: I figured out what the name is all about. Grisou translates to firedamp in English, which is a flammable gas found in coal mines. Sometimes it ignites and produces explosions, which is known as a 'coup de grisou' en francais. The picture on the label must be of such an explosion, the guy getting hit with flying debris. I still have no idea why someone would name a beer this, but at least it doesn't seem quite so random anymore. I guess it's supposed to represent an explosion of flavour.

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my Montreal beer bud Troy for getting me this one during a late night poutine run!

A-Cloudy orangish-yellow with a medium off-white head that left spotty lacing.

S-Somewhat sour (in a good way) citrus scent and floral aromas. A bit musty as well with some graininess too.

T-Good flavours of lemon,caramel malt and a bready maltness. All blend well and are light overall.

M-Medium-light body with good crispness and a nice smoothness.

D-A light session beer WITH flavour. If I could get this more often this could easily become one of my "go to" beers of choice! Nothing crazy here....just good with a twist.

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Photo of sstackho
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased from Metro Joanette in Montreal. Pours a cloudy light straw. Nice yeasty, peppery aroma. First taste is on the thin side. A bit of yeast, but not much in the way of spices or fullness. The flavour doesn't seem to be improving as it goes on. I've had this in the past, but not for a while. I had thought I remembered this beer being better than this, but perhaps I'm confusing it with a different beer. But you'd think I'd remember a buckwheat beer... I will try to resample when I get the chance.

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Photo of bobsy
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from JA Moisan in Quebec City. This is quite the wheat kick I'm on!

The beer pours a cloudy orange colour, with a medium white head, that quickly drops to a film and leaves a few lonely spots of lace behind. The smell is huge on spice, and coriander dominates against a sweet malt background. Its fairly straightforward, but also pleasing, and the spice seems well integrated.

Ah...this tastes good! Spices and wheat beers seem to mix very well. The coriander is prominent, but does not overpower the clean taste of the wheat, before making a comeback in a spicy sweet finish. All of this is cut by a light tanginess that prevents the beer from becoming too cloying. The body is kinda light, and the carbonation is medium, but that seems to fit this brew perfectly.

I could session this for sure, its nicely spiced, but doesn't punch you in the face with it like some offerings can. I'd definitely buy this again if I saw it.

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Photo of franksnbeans
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy orange with a little sediment. Frothy white head that dies pretty quick. Smells big on the coriander, a little spicy and slightly sweet malt note. Coriander is up front but not powerful in any way with a little sweet and spice in the finish. Light and crisp in the mouth with good carbonation. Very very drinkable/sessionable.

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Photo of shamus
4.89/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a luscious head with a hazy orange body. You can immediately smell the spiciness to come. There is a tangy citrus scent mixed with a woody smell. A rich flavour of coriander, citrus zest and yeasty goodness goes down smoothly and ends with a gentle fizz. this is probably my favourite Quebec micro-beer. it's great in summer as it is refreshing but equally good in cold weather as it has a warm spiciness. this is a weakly written review of an exceptional beer.

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Photo of medic25
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my buddies was good enough to bring this back from Canada for me. Served in a pint glass, this pours a hazy orange color with a good sized white head. Aroma is very pleasant, yeasty and fruity. The taste is also very impressive; the coriander is at the forefront without overpowering the drink. I'd have to describe it as something between a witbier and a Belgian pale ale. Extremely drinkable, plus at 5% it won't knock you on your behind. My only regret is that this isn't available in my neck of the woods.

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Coup De Grisou from Brasseurs R.J.
83 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.