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Rousse Bitter - La Barberie

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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2003)
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Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a foamy head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is clearly detectable. Taste is also quite bitter with some subtle sweet malt in the background. Hops are a bit too metallic for my taste and would have preferred a more citrus presence. Not bad overall but not a beer that will standout either.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 20:05:40 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub in St. Roch.

This beer appears a clear dark red amber hue, with a bit of off-white head, which leaves minor lace as it settles. It smells of bready grain, and bitter, noble hops. The taste is biscuity malt, and soft pine hops. The carbonation is quite tame, the body decently round and full, and it finishes with a soft hoppy burp. A nice pint on a lively warm Monday evening patio.

Serving type: cask

08-11-2009 04:39:47 | More by biboergosum
Photo of nickfl


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with one finger of off white foam on a clear, reddish brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Some toffee and a spicy hop aroma.

T - Toasty malt up front with a bit of herbal hop character. More malt and a bit of caramel in the middle. Finishes with dry, toasty malt character and strong, soapy bitterness.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - A nice interpretation of an English bitter. The bitterness is a bit harsh for my taste and the malt could be more round, but it is well done overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2011 22:29:34 | More by nickfl
Photo of DoubleJ


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first cask beer! Sampled at Le Saint-Bock, on to the beer:

This bitter is dark orange in color, topped by a nice white head. Retention is good. Sweet sticky aroma arises, akin to caramel. The taste is slightly fruity, but it's more of a straight-forward bitterness. Diacteyl makes an apearance before being pushed down. The finish is long and bitter. Pretty good overall. I think it would have been less bitter if it weren't cask conditioned.

Serving type: cask

12-26-2007 18:05:14 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of francisweizen


4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark red colour with a lovely beige head of foam. The aromas are sweet and malty, and dry and hoppy as well. This bitter is balacned very, very well. The taste is awesomely malty up front with a distinctive hop flavor in the middle and an awesome, dry hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is very, very good. I wonder if this brew is as good in the bottle?

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2004 22:57:08 | More by francisweizen
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours and amber colour with a nice three finger, rocky, white head. Lot's of carbonation. Cloudy. Leaves really neat lacing all around the glass.

S - Mild but I get some bready notes from malts. Complimented by some nice hop characteristics and a touch of yeast.

T - Mild. A touch of that breadiness is pushed out of the way by that piney hop profile that lingers for a little bit with some bitterness. Good but definately nothing too complext and not a whole lot to write home about.

M - Light body with good carbonation. Like a bitter should be.

D - I wouldn't want too many of these. The flavour is a bit of a letdown. Sessionable and probably good for watching the game, but not something I'm gonna seek out or look back on too soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 01:18:36 | More by tbeckett
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Red pour with a finger of tan head that laced well as it dropped to a persistent film. For those people not conversant in French, 'rousse' implies a red hue, and there's no doubt that it delivers on this. Decent nose has some great balance too it, with citrus hops going up against biscuit malts and a little bit of altbier character.

Each taste reveals a herbal bitterness with echoes of berry and citrus. Toasty, biscuity malt provides some body and also tones of cocoa and earth. Some mineral in their too. High hopping for an English bitter, and more in line with a new world take. Really not too bad were it not for the body, which is a little thin and watery for the style. Carbonation is moderate.

I had a sample of this beer a couple days ago, stopped the bottle and finished the rest last night. I was shocked that the beer tasted exactly the same as the original tasting and had only lost a very small amount of carbonation. Wine stoppers look like the way to go!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 19:57:48 | More by bobsy
Photo of Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +25%

09-13-2012 01:22:19 | More by Molson2000
Photo of Absumaster


3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an reddish amber color with a small head, like a good English beer. Also little carbonation visible.

Smell was hoppy which was really spicy and herbal. Also some malts detectable, which gave some roasted smells.

Taste was bitter and hoppy, spicy and herbal at the same time. Malts were evident too. Good balance between bitter and malt, but more leaning towards bitter. A nicely drinkable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2006 10:51:06 | More by Absumaster
Photo of cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.7%

11-06-2012 19:00:14 | More by cfalovo97
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Copper-with orange highlights, lightly hazed smallish cap with fair retention and good lace.

Nose is citrus-yeasty with grassy notes. Moderate mouth feel and body, toasty-grainy malty up front with some nice fruits and hop bittering kicking in to balance, drying resinous bittering in the finish. Well made session ale but nothing overly striking about it.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:39:53 | More by pootz
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, immovable foam crowns an almost clear red liquid. Nose is hoppy with tangerines in the forefront with hints of pine and grapefruit. My French isn't so good, but the bottle says something about "une explosion houblonnee", which can't be a bad thing. Malty body despite the big hopping, with light toasted grain. Fruitiness is fairly low, or outmuscled by the citric hops. Body is a bit on the light side and I can't say there's a ton of complexity in this, but at 4.5 abv I think that's pretty forgivable. Good, straightforward, balanced, drinkable, lighter darker ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 00:38:57 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap, malty and hoppy nose, rather well blended. A good herbal bitter with cloves? and roasted bicuits. The finish is long, accompanied by a definition of english hop bitterness. Better than the bottle as usual with La Barberie, but definitely nothing to throw me off my bench. A bit too carbonated to my liking too.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2004 15:28:38 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- This is dark ambre, almost copper looking beer.
S- I smell lots of hops with some spices.
T- Simply awesome taste. Very bitter and with more takes, I taste some notes of suger/caramel...
M- I feel the effervescence of this beer, crispy. Good mouthfeel.
D- I would take this, everyday!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 00:49:49 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

11-29-2012 00:58:59 | More by KalanM
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 500mL bottle of this at Marche Jovi in Gatineau. Pretty decent English-style bitter. Great reddish colour really makes this one stand out. Solid half-finger white head. Not a lot of aroma, and what's there is a bit 'beery'. Flavour is pretty straightforward (malty, bit of toffee, some cracker), but with a hop bite to it you don't usually get in this style; makes it a little more interesting. Nearly undetectable aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 00:54:17 | More by crwills
Photo of Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Posted on the board at Vices & Versa as "Hyper Bitter". Not sure if this is a tweaked version of the bitter or a whole new Beer.

Appearance: Opaque and somewhat brown, but turned a vibrant red when exposed to the sunlight from the terrasse at V&V. The lacing was pretty weak.

Smell: Some hops, of the spicy variety, almost peppery.

Taste: Some tangyness and the hops grip your tongue nicely, but that's about it. Something is definately missing, looks like the malt took the day off on this one, the mouthfeel falls flat on it's face.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2005 13:53:03 | More by Goldorak
Photo of Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I know they have good beers but it seems something is always a little off. Let's see.

A- A still red amber topped with a thick, whipped, light beige head. Clumps as it recedes as does the abundant, almost perfect actually, lacing. I'm getting nice rings graduating each sip I take.

S- Mostly hops here. Rocket candy or sweet-tarts, pixie sticks and chewable vitamin C tablets Strong citrus. Lime and mandarin but really little to no grapefruit. Quite a bit of yeast. Let it warm a bit and get candied apple malt profile. You also lose a good deal of the fruity hop explosion.

T- Whoa. Got a little surprised here. The smell leads you on with so much fruity sweetness, I wasn't expecting such a heavy, bitter chocolate hop taste. Damp defrosting forest floor. Metallic and watery. Just got something that describes this pretty well I think: a black currant tea that's been steeping for a while. It's possible to focus and find some of the citrus but the taste is extremely different from the smell. Tons of flavor in this one but I still think it tastes like water

M- Thin and highly carbonated. Dry finish. Not a particularly enjoyable mouthfeel to me.

D- Very light body but highly carbonated. You can drink it quick but then feel bloated. It does offer a lot of taste so you constantly want another sip to taste more. I don't want a second bottle and I'm pretty sure I won't buy this again.

Tons of flavor in this one but I still think it tastes and feels like water. Great job showcasing the hops but I think it's the lack of body that ruins this for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 18:25:41 | More by Yoonisaykul
Photo of rodenbach99

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bouteille brune de 500ml. embouteillée en sept 2007

bière de belle couleur cuivrée-rouge, très claire. mousse dense et durable, nez houblonné frais et fruité, bouche agréable, amère, très amère en finale du probablement au houblonnage à froid. bonne bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 01:08:59 | More by rodenbach99
Photo of yankeeheel


3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rust brown red with a very voluminous, bubble pocked head. Great lacing. Smells deceptively malty in the glass. Lots of raisin and fig. Taste is a giant wave of bitter. Slight caramel/vanilla malt taste followed by a bum rush of bittering hops. You almost feel like your tounge is shrinking from fluids being extracted from it. It's that bitter. Moderately strong body. It lives up to the style but it's not my thing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2004 00:02:03 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of 3Vandoo

Quebec (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

That sample was bottled in Nov 2003, and im reviewing it in February 2005.

The appearance of my first class of this beer was a bright red beer, a limpid body, very thin. second glass when the lee, when in effect, I got a different beer, an orange beer, a thick body. A big hoppist smell comes from that beer, a shy smell of caramel is also present, bitterness is also present.

Taste, bitter, you feel the hops, very citrous, some shy malt and caramel flavours comes out too.

Not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2005 03:07:52 | More by 3Vandoo
Photo of JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Bottled on January 2007.

A- Excessive head (foam stands up like beaten egg whites) with an off-white caramel head. Beer a red with amber highlights. Very bubbly.

S- Fruity. Some caramel. Hops.

T- Nice balance of malty caramel and bitter hops, but leaning towards the hoppier side. Funny burnt roast touch. A touch of yeast flavour added with the last bit from the bottle (ale on lees). Not bad overall.

MF- Light but not watery. Too much carbonation and you can actually feel the hops.

D- Sessionable low abv beer with strong flavour. This is worthy of regular purchase/use as an everyday beer. Not for those who like things bland.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 16:45:00 | More by JOaikido
Photo of Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My 2nd beer from La Barberie in as many days. Thanks to Zorprime for sending it my way.

In the looks deptarment this one is a reddish muddy brown. Nice color but the head quickly falls flat.

The smell is of strawberries, earthiness and some bread.

Taste is bittering but not floral and only a hint of sweetness from the malts is visable. Unfortunately not much balance.

The high carbonation on this one leads to a fairly prickly mouthfeel. Drinkability, at least for me, is below average.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 02:36:34 | More by Ralphus
Photo of MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle sent to me by Papat444 for CanBif, thanks!

Appearance: Pours a light brownish orange colour with a ridiculously huge head. Lots of lacing, retention is good. Giant head leaves massive bubbles as it resides.

Aroma: Hop forward with a very very sweet malty nose. Spicy and floral hops with a loads of caramel and roasted malts. A bit herbal as well.

Taste: Extremely hoppy. Loads of pine and spice with a rush of grapefruit bitterness. This is full throttle bitter. Not much from the malt side in flavour other than some faint roasted malts. Strong bitterness leads to a medicinal quality in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and too carbonated for my liking. It explodes into bubbles in your mouth, tarnishing the drink.

Final Statement: This is something like an American bitter, full throttle hop content makes a traditional english bitter seem like a childs drink. More like an IPA in my mind, marked by over carbonation, making it sub par.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 03:24:59 | More by MMansfield
Photo of Quej

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark clear ruby red with visible carbonation and lots of thick white head.
S - Raw smell of strong fresh hops, making it almost plantlike. Very floral. Smells of raw unsmoked weed and hemp.
T - Tastes heavily of hops, plants and flowers. Has some nice malt tastes of roasted barley and clovey dark red fruits and berries. Very hoppy dry finish lingers long. The thickness and earthiness give it a leafy taste with is nicely balanced with the sweetness of the malts.
M - Very nice mouthfeel, but a little syrupy and throat clogging.
D - Pretty drinkable beer, the hops make it quite thirst-quenching and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 18:12:57 | More by Quej
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Rousse Bitter from La Barberie
82 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.