Coup De Grisou - Brasseurs R.J.
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4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
Appearance Light, very cloudy orange in color with a decent head that went down cleanly.
Smell Similar to a Belgian Pale, this nose is sweet with a nice yeast backbone. The fruits are summery light. The winners here though are the spices. They are just beautifully done. Im not sure what all they are, but I could smell this ale all day long.
Taste The flavors here are light yet very distinctive. The juicy apricot is mixed with juicy tangerine and juicy peach, if you get my drift. The backbone is a subtle yeast, and I never would have noticed the faint buckwheat if I hadnt known to look for it. The spices are wonderful at the tongue as well.
Mouthfeel This one has a light, summertime mouthfeel with some nice carbonation and a pronounced spiciness at the finish.
Drinkability This is a terrific seasonal from Quebec.
Comments Big thanks to Rastacouere for putting together this monster trade (which Ive been sampling for a month now) and for including this fine and very unique offering from Brasseur RJ.
06-03-2004 00:40:30 | More by RoyalT
3.43/5 rDev -6%
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.
06-04-2010 03:51:46 | More by JohnnyBarman
4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
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!
01-29-2011 02:03:07 | More by Swedes21
3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
A full shot of decent yeast, lace in a light coloured haze. Refreshing though drying. Light mouthfeel. Above average carbonation. Taste that buckwheat.
Easy drink, no complaints. Average beer. Malt, slightly sweet countered by corriander, pepper and fresh ginger-like bite.
11-10-2004 03:24:36 | More by Sammy
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
750ml bottle poured into hotel tumblers.
Quebec City beer tour continues...
Interesting, spiced buckwheat beer. This medium amber brew poured clody adn then accidentally dumped huge chunks of yeast into the glass. Mild head formation without lacing. These didn't taste bad, but there certainly were a lot of them. Smell is vaguely wheaty underneath some Belgian yeast-type bubblegum fruity notes and some spice.
Taste was pronounced coriander, with a dry malty wheat taste, interesting combination of some fruity notes and the bitter dryness from the wheat. Finish was fairly dry. An interesting beer, not bad at all.
06-24-2007 13:22:15 | More by kenito799
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
01-19-2010 04:17:54 | More by Yoonisaykul
3.98/5 rDev +9%
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.
05-27-2009 08:52:38 | More by eat
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with generous head that goes away too quickly. Aroma is quite complex with definitely some buckwheat and a few spices (probably some coriander mix with something else) completed with Cheval Blanc usual yeast. Taste is quite complex with the roasted buckwheat hitting you right at the beginning and then coriander mixing quite nicely with the yeast. I waited a while until I could pick-up a fresh sample before rating this since Ive noticed that it doesnt aged very well.
11-22-2004 16:46:41 | More by Phyl21ca
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
12-03-2007 07:35:59 | More by franksnbeans
4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
A coworker of mine brought me back a bottle of this from her trip home to Quebec recently, what a great surprise. Came in a 660 ml brown bottle. The label is a bit macabre, there is a man leaning backwards clutching his head in his hands like he is in torment (bad hangover?--it's only 5% buddy), while a boulder falls from the sky behind him. It's a great looking ale though, nice coppery/amber body, lots of suspended yeast particles, huge creamy off-white head that lingers a very long time. Wonderful nose to it, intense coriander, sweet banana, clove, quite grassy as well. Flavour is rich and citrusy sweet, there's a lemony bite in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel at first, but it goes oily on the finish. A very pleasing ale, I couldn't drink a lot of these in one sitting, but I'm sure going to enjoy finishing this particular glass.
09-27-2003 22:30:57 | More by IronDjinn
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
The beer upon its debarking the 12-ounce brown bottle pours a well 'Chill Hazed' orange-amber color, the head munificent, creamy white in color, it disintegrates into velvet like sheets that cling to the glass. 'Ah That Smell', earthy grains, citrus, hints of bubble gum, ripe fruit, malt, need I say more. Front is lightly sweet, the top skinny, the finish forcefully acidic, the hops apropos to this style, the aftertaste droughty and long lasting, quite drinkable, not great but certainly a nice change of pace for me.
08-01-2004 21:02:22 | More by Gusler
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
Orangish beer that is very cloudy with a two finger thick lassing that dissapear to leave a foamy sticky foam to the glass.
Smell is very fruity, coriander and some other spices come into play. Her taste is quite smooth, the spices hit you first followed by a shy caramel malt note and ends with some shy hops bitterness. The yeast is also present, some cereals flavours come in too with an aftertaste of water that actually comes and ruins this beer.
08-19-2005 02:00:49 | More by 3Vandoo
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
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!
01-18-2010 23:50:10 | More by TxTechBrewer
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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!
08-02-2010 00:18:20 | More by spinrsx
2.68/5 rDev -26.6%
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.
03-02-2010 13:53:55 | More by mrmanning
3.98/5 rDev +9%
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.
07-10-2011 19:52:43 | More by TheDeuce
3.43/5 rDev -6%
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
09-25-2010 02:44:31 | More by ultrastiledivita
Coup De Grisou from Brasseurs R.J.
83 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.