Beaujardin Rougeberries - Brouwerij Huyghe
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Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
3.54/5 rDev -13.9%
Rougeberries- really? What the crap is a rougeberry? Knowing nothing about the berry medley mentioned, there's a dark and savory sense to the beer's aura that claims it as fruit, as nondescript as the fruit may seem.
BeauJardin Rougeberries pours with a rich mauve color, scattered with murken light to scatter the color of the ale with plum, chestnut and burgundy. Beautiful in its hazy color, a part-frothy, part-fizzy head ensues, lacing the glass mildly with pocketed lace.
It's fruit-filled aromas are highly boastful with all things blueberry, blackberry, currant, red grape, plum, raspberry, lime and apple. With little beer attributes, no obvious malt, hop or fermentation character is found. - too bad because its authentic fruit scent begs for complexity and balance. Yet as the ale warms, a soft waft of cedar and peppercorn tease the nose with earthen whimsy.
Its taste is joyful of those berry, cherry, orchard and citrus flavors- floating on an island of sugar cookie and pulled candy, relying on the sheer sweetness and pulp character of fruit to carry its juicy taste. Its seldom-seen herbal and leaf taste offers a slim balance to the beer's finish with a heavy reliant on the fruit.
Its body is rich, lush and playfully acidic as the fruit tones lift the malt with only moderate success. Its middle is lush with fruit juice and is patient because of the sheer seduction of fruit and tannin. Its aftertaste returns to cedar and pepper even as the warmth of alcohol offers a tepid dryness.
The simple part of the beer is that it is highly fruity, and its fruitiness proves highly seductive and irresistible. But with no real beer attributes, how much success can I place on this much fruit flavor. Sure, more tart "wild" character could dry the taste, as well could more bready malt taste to complement its sugary middle- the beer is close, but is a bit too fruity to give better acclaim.
03-27-2014 07:35:03 | More by BEERchitect
3.76/5 rDev -8.5%
From: France 44 dot com
Date: Cork reads 2012, label says best by 08.2014
Glass: New Belgium globe glass
A good fruit beer, the main criticism being that this is too herbal, sweet, and fruity, though this does add some interest and uniqueness to the beer. The berries are quite evident and strong, as are the potpourri elements, leading to a pleasant and easy-drinking beer for summer. At $9 per bottle, this is well within the range for further enjoyment if seen.
Pours a 2cm tall head of pink-colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles and appearing quite dense and frothy looking. Retention is below average, lasting only about thirty seconds before fading to a thin cap of lace atop the beer, which lasts for the duration of the drinking session. Lacing is excellent, a messy, patchy wash of pink foam coating the entire inside of the glass. Body is a dark brick red, with light revealing a fairly hazy (60-70% opaque) maroon-colored hue, carbonation not visible through this.
Aroma quite herbal, of sweet cherries, raspberries, and currants with potpourri ingredients: rose petals, orange peel, lavender, and dried mint.
Beer is very sweet, but with enough of the sugars fermented, and enough estery byproduct, to know that this is a beer. The label has pictures of cherries, blackberries, raspberries, and currants, the most prominent being the cherries and currants, raspberries not too far behind, and blackberries not very evident for me (I also get significant strawberry, though this isn't featured on the label). Front of palate features cherries, strawberries, and currants with dried mint, rose petals, and coriander. Mid-palate featuring continued cherries and currants, but with some raspberries, as well as dried orange peel, rose petals, and orange peel. Back of palate features strong potpourri with rose petals, orange peel, and dried sweet cherries and currants, a bit of slightly tart raspberry and blackberry notable as well. Aftertaste is a bit disappointing, with only faint hints of fruit coming through (cherries, currants, strawberries) and mostly a dull, quiet sweetness.
Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a lightly effervescent, slightly foamy mouthfeel that goes well with the highly fruity flavors of the beer. Closes with only marginal dryness, leaving considerable stickiness on the tongue and lips.
08-04-2013 07:22:31 | More by falloutsnow
Beaujardin Rougeberries from Brouwerij Huyghe
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