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U Rousse - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
71
okay

41 Ratings
THE BROS
55
awful

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 16.21%
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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Todd

Colorado

2.88/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bad-ass custom 341ml clear bottle with twist-off cap -- the packaging is very attractive. Pours a clear, bright, light copper / amber brew with moderate carbonation that leads to a beige foam head, which eventually settles to a wisp with no retention -- near flat.

Slight sulfur, caramel malts, tea and gentle metallic in the nose.

A light bitterness begins the experience by splashing some citric, salty and bicarbonate notes about, it drops off into a grainy mouthfeel with a very bland adjunct-like character. Metallic notes. Hints of sweetness and a faint toasty flavor towards the finish, which consists of more semi-coarse grain, drying of the palate and an overall lackluster finale that coats the palate and outstays its welcome.

I expected so much more, but I can see the market that they are trying to appeal to. That said, I would have thought that Unibroue would not try to be a Sleemans and brew a world-class lager vs. a mediocre one. Still ... it's better than most basic lagers that are being made, fairly easy to drink and somewhat quenching.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2004 19:04:11 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

1.68/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Todd for the sample. 341 ml clear bottle with no freshness date.

Weak soap sud lace, it dissipates for the most part. The clear tawny color shows lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Little to the aroma, faint caramel malt and that is it.

Feigning a viscous crispness, odd dextrins and a lingering metallic taste from start to finish. Carbonic and harsh with the grain. This beer was hard to finish and if this beer is axed I will not miss it at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 23:50:33 | More by Jason
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Quebec (Canada)

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Quebec (Canada)

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Quebec (Canada)

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Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

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Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:29:02 | More by Haydn-Juby
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

10-28-2012 07:43:08 | More by oldp0rt
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 23:36:10 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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NV9

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 00:38:57 | More by NV9
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

05-22-2012 03:01:55 | More by djcreepshow
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4/5  rDev +37.9%

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sbricker

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

03-22-2012 04:33:49 | More by sbricker
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +3.4%

03-21-2012 02:50:23 | More by randylangford
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

3/5  rDev +3.4%

02-20-2012 01:23:35 | More by NightINgale
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 04:54:52 | More by SebD
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Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 06:08:30 | More by Otterburn
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seand

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 01:39:08 | More by seand
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

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Dangerous

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 22:54:09 | More by Dangerous
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 00:07:26 | More by biegaman
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 06:55:42 | More by ThatWineGuy
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U Rousse from Unibroue
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