U Rousse - Unibroue

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BA SCORE
71
okay

43 Ratings
THE BROS
55
awful

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2003

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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 29
Photo of Todd
2.87/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of PatandDavid
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average. I used my Bitburger glass with this one, pour looked like a twice dunked tea bag. Head was all in my face to start, but has wimped out and left a little bit floating on top. Aroma...trying to figure it out...smells like dried sweet malt with some ball bearings thrown in. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly under-carbonated (for my tastes), so there's some syrupy quality present. Taste is also a bit flat, with some bitterness covering up that sweet malt again. I did have some initial metallic notes with those first sips as well. I like lagers in general, but this one made me think: Unibroue, don't bother.

Photo of Jason
1.7/5  rDev -41.6%
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.

Photo of ADR
2.93/5  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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of kbub6f
3.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought at Marché du Boisé (boul. des Forges, T-R), 6/11/03, stored cool dark, 2600 miles in my trunk.

The head is medium-sized, slightly cream-colored, coarse and noisy. The beer is a straight, clear amber. Nose is schpoonque and peanuts. There's a tart, citrus zing in the front and a tangy middle. There's some maltiness in there, but not much. When cold, the finish is metallic and a little astringent. As it warms, there's some ok bitterness and nuttiness.

Overall, this is a pretty boring attempt at an amber lager. Unibroue should stick to Belgians.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Oncle Antoines, perhaps the coolest bar in Quebec City, QC. The bar is located in an old 18th century brick cellar dungean and is basically hidden on a little side street in the Le Petit Champlain district of QC. It is a very un-touristy place with plenty of french locals hanging out to have a great brew from Unibroue or one of their other featured breweries. This beer was presented in a nice Unibroue glass. It was a very attractive dark red colour with a small white head. The aromas were heavily malty, a bit hoppy, and very nice. The taste was more of the same. Very clean, refined, refreshing and easy-drinking. Even Unibroues 'dumbed-down beers for the masses' are exceptional products which is saying a lot. The mouthfeel was perfect and the drinkability was great as well.
A great rousse beer on tap if there ever was one!
Cheers!
-F

Photo of oqnid
3.67/5  rDev +26.1%
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.

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U Rousse from Unibroue
71 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.