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Coup De Grisou - Brasseurs R.J.

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 86
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by tdawgydog:
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. (938 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. I’m 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 hadn’t 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 I’ve been sampling for a month now) and for including this fine and very unique offering from Brasseur RJ. (1,050 characters)

Photo of talbotjf99
2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of Swedes21
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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! (661 characters)

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of intoxabroad
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (274 characters)

Photo of kenito799
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (626 characters)

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (830 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of eat
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (1,391 characters)

Photo of Mattgruv
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of rugene
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 I’ve noticed that it doesn’t aged very well. (514 characters)

Photo of psmithmkt
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of franksnbeans
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (841 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (521 characters)

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (454 characters)

Photo of DaveR514
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of TxTechBrewer
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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! (583 characters)

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Coup De Grisou from Brasseurs R.J.
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