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U Rousse - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
70
okay

42 Ratings
THE BROS
55
awful

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 17.01%
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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Reviews by thaichile:
Photo of thaichile
2.73/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep red with almost no head or carbonation. Nose is very fruity mixed with that beery scent. Flavor is sweetened fruit, very lightly hopped. Overall the this is pretty thin and watery. Overall, a disappointment from Unibroue. Thanks to dherling for the bottle.

thaichile, May 04, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
2.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Todd, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of Jason
1.68/5  rDev -41.7%
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.

Jason, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of ADR
2.9/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strange appearance overall, kind of a chill hazed iced tea color. Very nice head, 1/2 an inch on a medium hard pour. Good lace. Like U, a nutty aroma, slightly more pronounced and walnut-like with toasted oat tones. The flavor is very similar to U as well, malt-accented with slightly more caramel and butteriness than straight brown sugar. Hopping is minimal, white pepper in nuances. Since this beer is largely a repeat of U in many respects, it doesn't really rate as high in my book. Both are easy drinkers. Thanks to PatandDavid for this beer.

ADR, May 12, 2004
Photo of djcreepshow
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%

djcreepshow, May 22, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
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
Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

more balanced and better hops than U at a small price premium that is well worth it. Slightly more pleasing color than U but in same bottle. Lowest on Unibroue's quality scale is still better than any national brand. However distracts from their upper scale Belgium focus notables.

Sammy, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle – Poured a light amber colored beer with a nice standard head with standard retention. Aroma is sweet with some nice malt easily detectable. Taste is very sweet, light and quite refreshing. This is not your usual Belgian Ale from Unibroue but more of a summer beer to drink on the patio.

Phyl21ca, Mar 01, 2004
Photo of bignick
2.73/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is not a particularly good beer. I had it on tap at my hotel in Montreal. It poured sort of a copper color, with little head retention. The taste is not very strong. It is a littbe but sweet with a slight malty taste pushing through. It is not unlike Killian's or a beer like that, with little taste, but not an offensive taste either. It's best attribute is that is a thirst-quencher.

bignick, Sep 10, 2004
Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Noelito76, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of DaveR514
3/5  rDev +4.2%

DaveR514, May 30, 2013
Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.85/5  rDev -1%
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 Shiloh
2.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep amber in colour, a little murky, thin crown, average carbonation, medium/full body and the aroma is first to the skunk and then of straw.
The taste is of the malts front to back, foremost of corn then a grainy mash mixture to end.
The sweetness stays with you far to long but I may be biased as I am (and always will be) a hop head.
Not up to the Unibroue name.

Shiloh, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of SebD
2.93/5  rDev +1.7%
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
Photo of Whatup14
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of oqnid
3.7/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's the perfect exemple of producing a brew to take over a certain % of the already saturated Lager/Pilsner style market.
Clear bottle (à la Sleeman), easy drinking...again and again and again. To be brief (and to the point), this is a quantity beer, although taken by itself, it is a very appreciable beer, light, very refreshing, no bitterness, no aftertaste, a hint of sweet caramel malts...but this beer doesn't just stand alone...it is conceived by Unibroue! Well knowned for their "not at all regular" ales. They simply don't need to enter the "Main stream" zone to prove their already solid brewing expertise!
As a beer, it's good (as rated)...as an Unibroue protégé, why?

P.S. the draught version adds more body and a richer appearance to it.

oqnid, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of oldp0rt
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

oldp0rt, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of crwills
2.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bleh. The only redeeming quality of this beer and its lighter cousin 'U' is the cool emblazoned Unibroue logo on the bottle. And this is completely undone by the clear bottle -- why would they do this?

Anyway... poured a standard 'beer colour' into a pint glass. Normal head, nothing fancy, but fine.

Smell -- yuck. Skunky, and even with the clear bottle, I don't think this beer had gone bad. Just an unpleasant smell. Getting past the skunk, a little bit of hops, hay, and sour apples. But still -- yuck.

Taste redeems the smell a little but. Citrus, apples, malt, hay, fairly sweet. The smell is actually misleading, as the taste is pretty average and not skunky at all. Just plug your nose if you have to drink it. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery, but not terrible. Lower carbonation than U, which is good.

Overall -- bleh. Yeah, you heard me, bleh. My lowest review so far.

crwills, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of Viggo
3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear reddish brown, small white head forms, goes pretty quick. Smell is chocolate, sweet malt, honey, smells like a lager. Sweet honey, some crystal malt, a grassy skunkiness. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, high aggressive carbonation, another strange Unibroue, don't know why they still make the U line.

Viggo, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of Mack
2/5  rDev -30.6%

Mack, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Socialiste
3.75/5  rDev +30.2%

Socialiste, May 17, 2014
Photo of waughbrew
2.63/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As stated about the "U" pilsner, I have no idea why such a good brewery would put out anything in a clear glass with no date on it.

Looks like tea. Tea has no head. Smells like apple must and spiced pumpkin. Tastes like sweet hokey caramel without enough hops to pull it off. Kinda thin, weak, boring. ZZZzzz.

waughbrew, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of pootz
3.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This must be the big brother of "U". poured a copper-amber in my pilsner flute. Lighter carbonation...small bubbles..natural. Small off white head goes to a ring quickly. Nose is substantially caramel malts and fresh saaz hops. Mouth feel is silky, toasty caramel malts balance well with the saaz flavor. Moderate finish with slight toasted grain decernment....a pretty good rendition of a pilsner style with some nice twists...caramel toasty malts give better flavor...more wet finish...infused saaz hops give flavor and bouquet without bittering...a nice departure from the norm in the pilsner style and years ahead of the mega pils.

This is a well made uncomplex all malt dunkel lager NOT some complex Unibroue belgian clone. If you come at this beer from any other frame of reference, you devalue your objectivity....and miss out on enjoying a lot of small batch micro lagers for what they are..

pootz, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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
70 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.