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U Rousse - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
71
okay

43 Ratings
THE BROS
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awful

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2003)
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3.85/5  rDev +32.8%

Unibroue "Rousse"
341 ml brown glass bottle
$2.09 @ Intermarche, 850 rue St-Jean, Quebec, Qc

Notes: Crystal clear, very deep amber/light brown in color. Short, tight, bright white head. Retention and lacing are average. Aroma of moderate dark caramel with a hint of toastiness. Grainy. Demi-sweet. Clean fermentation. Background fruitiness of dry (not tart) apple. Flavor is much fuller, and sweeter than the nose suggests, but still in balance. Grassy and gently spicy hops balance it nicely. It finishes drying with some residual malt and hop flavors. Kind of like a junior Vienna style lager. Approachable for sure, accessible to the masses, and remarkably easy to drink - if that was the business plan, it's hard to beat! Even the most experienced beer drinker should be able to find enjoyment in the depth of malt flavor. Pleasant, very well brewed from quality ingredients, and with enough character to keep it interesting beyond one. Worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Oct 03, 2014
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2/5  rDev -31%

Mack, Aug 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

Socialiste, May 17, 2014
Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Noelito76, Nov 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

ZachT, Oct 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev +3.4%

DaveR514, May 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

mynie, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.36/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 341ml bottle.

A: Dark copper red color. Head died down at about the speed of any macro beer and left no real lacing.

S: A little bit of caramel malts. There's an off kind of "funk" in the smell as well.

T: Very slight caramel malts. The taste is pretty watery though to be honest. Hops are not evident and the beer takes on a pretty sweet flavor.

M: Very thin body but finishes crisp enough I suppose. Dry finish which I do like in a session beer.

O: A pretty bland beer but better than most of your average macros. Can't even begin to hold a candle to some of Unibroues other beers but its acceptable. It would be a great beer for a session drinker but not something I'd like to sit down and enjoy one or two of. Better than most Macros but that's really not saying much.

Haydn-Juby, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

oldp0rt, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.85/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmalex for the opportunity to try something from a different market.

This one pours a brownish-amber and its head falls to a few bubbles in no time. The color has a suspicious fruity quality to it. (btw, this is exactly how my review for Miel began, which has me a bit suspicious).

The interwebs tell me “rousse” is French for “red” of “bitter.” It reminds a bit of something cheap and red like Killian’s. . There’s a dry, musky bread with a faint apple juice behind it. But overall, there’s a sour grain that suggests low quality.

This one too tastes of cheap, sour grains with a touch of toast. A dry ho nestles on this one too, but it only seems to amplify the pungent, sour grain. It reminds me of a smoker who tries chewing gum, which doesn’t hide the smell at all, but instead accents it.

Feels a little too thick and it coats my mouth a bit. Carbonation seems pleasant enough

Not impressed. I would avoid it. That is, unless, you’re looking to drink something on the cheap.

DarkerTheBetter, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of NV9
2.18/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up in a mix pack in Quebec because it was CHEAP and because of Unibroue's reputation.

Pours a dark red colour, half inch foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell dominated by caramel, but there is also some corn in there and a metallic smell buried as well.

Taste was bitter, some fruit taste and bready hops, left an unpleasant aftertaste and medium carbonation.

Overall, not a beer I'd go back to, in fact I prefer the Keith/Rickard's Reds to this beer.

The label looks cool though.

NV9, Jun 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

djcreepshow, May 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +37.9%

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, May 13, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

sbricker, Mar 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev +3.4%

randylangford, Mar 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev +3.4%

NightINgale, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of SebD
2.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice red/brown amber colour. It has a nice white head but dies down quite fast.

Smell: The aromas give you hints of caramel malts and a some fruity notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a caramel taste to it with a bit of apples. Finishes with hops and a certain bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It's a medium carbonated beer that ends with more of a bitter/dry taste.

Drinkability: It's a lighter tasting lager with not much flavours present. Good for a summer beer.

SebD, Jan 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from my mixpack along with honey and blond U

Color is rousse, wich mean reddish brown amber or something

Smell is a bit of caramel,bread

Taste a bit like the smell, a bit stonger, something not quite right I found.

Mouthfeel is ok

Drinkability. is alright, a bit more tasty than the other U family, but not me favorite, theres a small odd strange, like corporate

still not bad, for a party if you think you,ll drink a couple, good quality for the price.
about a dollor a bottle!

Otterburn, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of seand
2.83/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish amber, with a bit of white head. Not much lacing or retention.

S: Caramel, slightly metallic.

T: Doesn't taste like much really, slightly bitter.

M: Light, fairly carbonated, somewhat dry.

D: Drinks easily enough, as you might expect of a beer with little flavor.

It's kind of like a higher end macro. Ok, disappointing given the brewery.

seand, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not available in Alberta, thought I'd try it while I had a chance in la Belle Province...

This beer pours a clear golden copper hue, with a tiny bit of thin white head, that disappears in a flash, leaving no lace to speak of. It smells of lightly skunky roasted caramel malt. The taste light roasted malt, some acrid adjunct tinge, and herbal, skunky hops. The carbonation is quite high, the body light but a bit oily, and it finishes off-dry, with some strained veggie essence doing the dingleberry thing...

What we have here folks, is a more fizzy version of good ol' Rickard's Red. Why the good folks at Unibroue felt they needed to go down this road, can only be explained by marketing pie charts and the like. A pity.

biboergosum, Aug 08, 2009
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3.28/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My father-in-law picked up a six pack of this brew on a recent trip Quebec. I read the reviews of this beer and I am surprised it got such low marks. It's certainly not the best ale I have ever tasted, but In this reviewer's opinion it is in the "C" range. Like other reviewers, I did not like the screwcap. As for the taste, I won't waste your time with a begnign list of responses from the palate. I conclude by stating the follwing: "If given the choice between a Bud or U Rousse...I'll go for the U Rousse.

Dangerous, Sep 07, 2008
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2.38/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

341ml industry bottle from Quebec.

U Rousse has an amber coloured body with chestnut and almond-skin highlighting. There's a little glow to it. Attractive. A bulk of beige tinted white head rises quickly from the pour but settles to a mere sheet, leaving drapes of lacing just above the outside trim.

The smell has the unfortunate odor of corn adjuncts buried deep alongside the notes of brown malts and light roast. It smells of a lager that has been ever slightly roasted. There is a metallic (copper- or steel-like) scent that I can't seem to ignore. Rather off-putting.

The mouthfeel I'm on the fence about. On the one hand it has a little more body and texture than the other "U" line of beers (typical industrial lagers) but, on the other hand, it quickly dries out and leaves the palate arid. Carbonation is artificial and soda like. The texture is cloying and drinks like a macro lager; syrupy adjuncts are cloying and present on every sip.

All this cheap, overly sweet corn adjunct taste really distracts from what could otherwise be a decent flavour profile. Notes of chocolate, roasted grain, and caramelized malts be tasted ever so slightly. Overall, however, this is more bloating than it is pleasurable.

U Rousse isn't revolting but it's nothing I'd ever recommend. It's weird to find such a poorly made offering from a brewery that was once known only for some of the world's greatest Belgian renditions and whose portfolio is otherwise world-class.

biegaman, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Milady for lugging home a 12 pack of these from a grocery store in Gatineau, it was a long way on the train. This Unibroue product is dedicated to the gargoyles of Notre Dame de Paris, Old Montreal and Old Quebec and features a gargoyle on its label. I'm not sure how adept gargoyles are at making beer, or if they even appreciate one, so I'm curious to see how this measures.up.

Poured a russet hue, later resembled an ice tea colour. Modest head quickly flattened out with a good ring, active carbonation, some lacing. Aroma not very pronounced but feint hints of cranberry or dried fruit were detected. Taste is bitter, fruit zest but mild at that; effervescent mouthfeel with a touch of spritz and the odd flash of sour. Not a lot of body - a bit thin - finish was grainy with a malt aftertaste.

This beer, while certainly not offfensive, lacks a real well defined character; its a bit of this and a bit of that, and I think that's the problem with it. It's worth a try but doesn't go down as a particularly memorable beer in any event.

ThatWineGuy, Sep 30, 2007
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U Rousse from Unibroue
71 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.