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Sleeman Red Ale - Rousse - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman Red Ale - RousseSleeman Red Ale - Rousse

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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 25%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Crafted from page 50 of the Sleeman family recipe book, this dark ale reappeared in 1993. With its rich sugary malt flavours – from a mix of Pale, Carastan and Black malts – and aromatic hops, it's a red ale that shares characteristics with traditional pale ale as well as brown ale.

(Beer added by: Barraclou on 03-23-2005)
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Alberta (Canada)

3.14/5  rDev +9%

1L howler from Sherbrooke, an apparent coup, since this is only available in Quebec, according to some sort of outdated distribution tripe.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, barely foamy, and veritably bubbly pale beige head, which leaves some decent exploded webbed lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready caramel malt, metallic cinnamon-seeded brown sugar, weak bruised apple fruity notes, and soft leafy, weedy, and earthy hops. The taste is more of the same '50 year-old template' - gritty, pale grain-inflected caramel malt, y'know, the bread, the wet crackers, the wan nuttiness - neutered orchard fruit, a bit of wayward yeastiness, and plain as the day is long earthy, weedy, and dead leafy hops. The extra 10 percent (sounds big, doesn't it?) is conspicuous by its subtle presence.

The bubbles are fairly innocuous, manifesting in a mere trilling frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and smooth, sure, but in a boardroom banality kind of way. It finishes deep into the off-dry realm, the metallic-tinged caramel malt lingering like it rules the roost (which it pretty much does), the bland fruitiness perhaps giving it a run for its...ah, fuck it, that's really about all there is going on here.

Nothing particularly off about this offering (except for the fact that I had to start things from the negative, but what the hell), but doesn't this macro-adjacent brewery produce enough amber-esque ales to, well, tighten up their cross-border listings as such? Whatever, this is merely an ode to my former Honey Brown Lager swilling days - sometimes one must be reminded of the baby steps of the past that brought them to their current station.

07-20-2014 05:56:10 | More by biboergosum
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

Poured a medium amber hue with a three finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light caramel and a light adjunct corn.

The taste consisted of a slightly sweet and nutty malt with a light smokiness and grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a pretty decent and quaffable red ale.

08-15-2009 02:30:48 | More by plaid75
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3.58/5  rDev +24.3%

This red ale pours a dark, warm, almost opaque mahogany with a decent head. Aroma is malty with hints of spice and yeast. Flavor is well-rounded, mainly malty with some hops and touches of spice and smoke. Mouthfeel is nice and edgy so it goes down rough.

07-20-2008 01:36:53 | More by Cyberkedi
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Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -6.9%

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - light brown/red colour with an average size foamy/fizzy off white head. There appears to be an average amount of carbonation, and a slim amount of lacing. The head was gone quickly.

Smell - There is a slightly metallic smell and some sweet brown sugar and malts. There are also notes of a peppery spice mix.

Taste & Mouth - Right off the bat the beer tastes metallic. There is a decent amount of carbonation but the beer comes across as slightly watery. It also has an odd sweet and sour balance that just doesn't work for me. The beer finishes on a dry note with some slight hops and doesn't leaving you wanting more.

Drink - To me this beer is a miss and shouldn't be available to the public. It has a strange taste that isn't appealing.

08-25-2010 01:12:49 | More by spinrsx
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Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

03-15-2012 14:23:21 | More by oldp0rt
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

11-20-2013 18:22:08 | More by TerryW
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British Columbia (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

10-10-2013 03:50:03 | More by ZachT
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New York

1.15/5  rDev -60.1%

Sleeman Red Ale….. on tap at the hotel bar at the Mont-Royal Omni in Montreal.

Appearance-poured into a tall 20oz glass, faint red color with a small one inch head that leaves fast.

Smell-light hits of caramel and malt, other murkier flavors, somewhat of a burnt characteristic as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel-one of the rare times this has happened but I almost gagged. Scorched hop bitterness and a sour off flavor dominate the beer, the carbonation adds a soda-esque complexion and I’m left stunned and perplexed. Caramel flavors are also stale and off. Medium mouthfeel, finishes with a last rancid parting gift for me. What in the world happened here? No discernable hops to speak of, this one is ugly.

Overall-I asked the bartender if this was how it was supposed to taste, and just to be sure had another one at a later point somewhere else. This is the worst red ale I’ve ever had, and that’s my favorite style. An ugly and abysmal failure, I suggest you run for the hills.

06-19-2011 21:16:00 | More by TheDeuce
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +38.9%

12-05-2013 00:42:31 | More by boszormeny
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Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Picked this up on a beer run to Quebec on Christmas Day... they're much more civilized over there.

Pours a dark red with orange highlights. Thickish head that settles fairly quickly. No lacings. Nice colour though.

Faintly sweet on the nose, caramel with some very subtle dark fruit.

Mostly caramel malt... actually all caramel malt. An archetypal Canadian macro-red ale.

Pleasantly surprised. Never been a big Sleeman fan, but this delivers in the malt category.

12-30-2009 17:29:11 | More by CanuckRover
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Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

05-13-2014 20:32:33 | More by Socialiste
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Quebec (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -10.4%

From notes.

Reviewed over three pints at mesa 14 on Bishop.

A- My friend had an okay thin layer of head, but my glass only had a patch and a thin ring. No lacing at all and it wasn't the glass since none of my servings had any lace and my two other friends drinking silver creek had some.

S- Sweet cantaloupe which I really enjoy. Roasted malt with a slight honey.

T- Similar to smell. Kind of rancid hops bring a stale bitterness that I'm not very fond of. Alcohol doesn't seem to fit in well. Carbonation tastes artificial. All in all, like a bad tasting weak Belgian strong ale.

M- Medium to high carbonation. Nothing much here, not bad, not good.

D- I'll drink it. I don't want to drink it though. Only reason I had it is because there was nothing really better on-tap: Sleeman light, silver creek and Sapporo.

Beer gets a lot better when it warms up.

03-20-2010 02:45:50 | More by Yoonisaykul
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Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

05-19-2013 18:28:40 | More by rale
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev +4.2%

08-21-2014 19:36:34 | More by skriv
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Quebec (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +2.4%

341 ml clear bottle.

A- Nice light beige head that goes down fast, lasts a while as a ring of bubbles that sticks to the glass and eventually completely dissappears. Deep copper colour. A very few bubbles rising in the beer.

S- Mild. Faint grassy hops. Sweet malt with some corn/vegetable notes that remind me of some cheap blond ales. Faint fruit and alcohol aromas appear as the beer warms.

T- Hint of caramel. Well balanced bitterness with some roasted flavours. Would be better if the flavours were stronger. Hints of apple in finish. OK, but far too weak.

MF- Watery and too light bodied for a red ale. Still, fuller than a blond macro ale. Leaves a slightly pasty/dry feel behind.

D- Flavour OK but too weak with slight off notes, though better than smell. Mouthfeel lacking. Overall, I didn't have trouble getting it down, but its ot really worth going back for more.

07-09-2007 01:56:05 | More by JOaikido
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4.25/5  rDev +47.6%

07-03-2014 18:07:53 | More by reizorc
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

04-23-2013 20:09:30 | More by timiskin
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Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +19.1%

Presentation: The usual 341ml Sleeman clear bottle (copper label), 5.5%ABV

Appearance: Dark amber / red color. Not very much foam on top.

Smell: Quite weak. Some trace of floral hops with a little malt smell.

Taste: The taste itself is too watery or weak to describe it honestly, but the aftertaste is definetely roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Very fun. Very creamy. Much more than the usual brews I reviewed.

Drinkabilty: It was an interesting review. Some aspects are quite weak, but it also got very good qualities. The ale is like a kind of strong stout. Not exactly a typical red ale, but its uniqueness gives it more personnality.

Edit: The taste seem unstable from a bottle to another one. The first bottle contents tasted really weak, but the others ones of this six pack had more aroma. I can't explain it, but I updated my "taste" score.

03-23-2005 03:58:59 | More by Barraclou
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4/5  rDev +38.9%

07-11-2013 01:10:54 | More by arnulfooxblood
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Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -30.6%

06-07-2013 01:59:26 | More by Odri
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Quebec (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

08-01-2013 14:17:01 | More by kabritz
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev +4.2%

10-15-2013 04:45:16 | More by AnHeroicHippo
Sleeman Red Ale - Rousse from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.