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La Rullés Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux (Bière De Gaume) - Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL

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La Rullés Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux (Bière De Gaume)La Rullés Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux (Bière De Gaume)

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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 04-16-2005

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Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 74
Reviews by biboergosum:
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Same elven, shifty-eyed, besotted Belgian dude on the label, this time decked out as a beardless Santa, proffering us the best of wishes via this particular incarnation.

This beer pours a hazy, dark reddish-amber hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, slightly puffy pale beige head, which leaves a wall of rarely-broken fuzzy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of lightly bready pale malt, a well-restrained earthy yeastiness, some ethereal banana notes, a bit of muddled black fruit, some clove, ginger, and cinnamon spices, and a dank, musty hoppiness. The taste is sharp, somewhat acidic dark fruit, nutty bready malt, softly lilting bitter cocoa, mildly zingy yeast, and some citrusy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is a tad frizzante, a testament to the ongoing frothy pours, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes fairly off-dry, the bready malt, temperate fruit, and lingering yeast doing well to work together.

A decent winter indulgence, the savoury spices on the down-low, alongside a nicely multi-toned maltiness, and some equally tame alcohol warming. All in all, the preceding was a mawkish way of describing a simply well-integrated, tasty accompaniment to the various sugary offerings so prevalent at this time of year.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a chalice a deep burgundy brwon with a sticky tannish colored head head atop,a great pour.Aromas of spent grain and yeasty spice with a light alcohol note.Flavors are yeaty up front with some cork-like notes,some phenol spice comes into play thru to the finish.Not bad and not overly heavy,the yeast plays a big role here.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter, the beer was a dark brown color with a thick tan head that persisted well. Not much aroma, a bit of spice. More came through in the taste, like cocoa with some cinnamon sprinkled on it. The spice lingered on, and almost became unpleasant. This was an OK beer, but I don't think I'll be seeking it out.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Deep mahogany bodied ale with a big frothing tan khaki head forming thick rising above the rim of the glass. Aroma has tart fruit with big funky yeast notes, hints of citrus and Christmas spices. Santa is on the label looking pretty deviant without a beard, maybe it's one of the brewers at La Rulles. A deep fruit note pretty non descriptive flavor, big malts, mild spicy yeast notes leaves a dry semi sweet finish. Dark leather notes, medicinal cherry, earthy sprigs from pine trees or oak birch accents, what a beer. The type of Belgian ale only a mother could love big overpowering and a bit of a bully this has no finesse compared to some of my favorite ales out there. Overall I'm waiting to try something excellent in comparison, to this dumbed down and non accentuated notes that I've come to know and adore.

Photo of ggaughan
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On taps at the back bar at Monk's tonight.

The beer was served into a tulip glass and come out with a nice deep brown body with a little tan head trailing it. The beer has a nice roasted malt aroma to it with a touch of maybe caramel as well. The taste has a nice balance of the bitter hop taste which I love and a little sweetness that backs up the hops. There is a bit of carbonation but not overdone. I enjoyed letting the beer sit a bit and warm up in my glass. A nice treat on a cold night.

Photo of davidw987
2.57/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was my second beer of the night at The Trappist in Oakland. It was the only dissapointing beer of the night. In fact, I didn't even finish it with so many other great beers to try.

The appearance was encouraging - a rich dark brown with a pale tan head. The head held up for about three or four minutes.

The aroma was virtually non-existant. The taste was very chalky and doughy, little of the more exciting flavors I expect of a Belgian ale.

The beer was smooth and moderately full bodied, but it didn't make up for the lack of flavor.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Lotsa action happening in the Unibroue tulip glass...all kinds of carbonation dancing around, some sediment (despite gentle handling), a frothy thick head, and a gorgeous ruddy brown/rust color. All kinds of lace-stick too.

Sublime yeastiness hits the nose first and foremost, followed by soapy dark fruits, light leather/saddle-blanket (not on a Fantome or Jolly Pumpkin scale), maybe a little banana tucked further back. That Orval yeast cannot be concealed, it's wonderful.

With the very first sip my tongue was scurrying trying to identify all the different impressions. Caramel and toffee are both up front, followed by flashes of pumpernickel and rye, and cola on the back end. Fresh-cut grass/hay, then a brighter hint of grapefruit or orange rind, reminding you that hops are playing a role too. Grapefruit element sticks around long into the finish. Everything is given a polite tweak by farmhouse-y yeast vibes. It's got a straightforward homebrew-type rawness/pureness, lending itself well to the deep flavor profile.

Mouthfeel? Well-carbonated, not distractingly so. Fairly airy yet substantial. Does what it's supposed to do.

A very complex beer without being big, extreme or having any kind of novelty value. An extremely well-made beer. Shouldn't be surprised, considering they brew one of the world's finest tripels. It's got a ton of flavor, not too out of control, alcohol-wise, it drinks so easily and gives so much satisfaction...I have to rate the Drinkability 5-outta-5 perfect.

[For the record, my bottle says 7.3%, so I guess it's been ratcheted up a bit since first introduction.]

Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amazing aroma, spicy, a biere de garde. Good drinkability and lots of spices, a little sour in the finish. Getting corriander, ginger,bit of pickle juice, grains of paradise, pepper, nutmeg, hay.Private buying club.Fun stuff, big head that stayed at three-quarters of an inch.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes
A - Swampy purple with light at the bottom, 2 fingers of head, half finger retention
S - Plumb and pear, light clove and spice, mild caramel
T - Big minerally note, leafiness and slightly grainy, strangely the belgian phenol flavours are outnumbered
M - creamy carbonation with a smooth feel, alcohol is well integrated here with not real bite
O - generally a pleasant enough Belgian Dark, however the label and timing left me hoping it would have more of an winter/xmas quality to it which it fails to deliver on, but still well worth a try

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark cranberry with a creamy, dirty white head that was mostly lasting leaving a nice thin film lacing behind.

S: On the nose was some fresh fruit (apples, cranberries) and a light honey presence.

T: The initial flavor was really malty and sweet with lots of sweet caramelized malt and sugary fruit (apples). The beer finished with a slight tart and sourness from the yeast with a dry fruitiness leaving a malty sweet residue lacing on the tongue. There is also a touch of woody apple cider alcohol that was detected. The beer has a very creamy and malty texture with a nice supplement of warm festive spicing.

M: The mouthful was creamy with warm malt with light tart cherry notes upon warming.

D: Overall a very sweet, malty xmas beer with a very smooth alcohol warming and fruitiness with warm spiciness that made for an enjoyable drink.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light candi sugar with some light dry fruits notes with some light pepper notes. Taste is an interesting mix between some strong caramelized malt with some notes of dry fruit and some peppery yeast notes. Body is full but could have been even fuller with good carbonation notes with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and enjoyable though a bigger body would have been even better.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown amber, heavy medium tan head and massive lacing. Aroma of dark and sweet malt, dark fruits, somewhat subdued. Flavor follows with sweet malt, dark and light fruit, Belgian spicing, brown sugar. A bit of dryness in the finish, but overall sweet. Moderate body and moderately complex. A pleasant, but not outstanding dark Belgian.

Photo of gdogalishus
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deepr red/brown color from the tap into a goblet style glass. The head was very very light, but I noticed that most of the beers poured at this particular event were like this and made me suspect it was some type of glass cleaner that was destroying the head and not the beer. The aroma was a very gentile caramel with an unidentifiable fruit hinden behind. The flavor was malty at first, but changed as it warmed into an ale fruitiness. Light mouthfeel and good flavor left me satisfied that this was a good choice to try something new.

Photo of cubedbee
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Grand Cru in Baltimore, poured into a Chimay goblet. This is a deep burgany brown which takes on some purplish hues when held up to the light, solid beige cap of head, some delicate lacing. Nose is a slight roasted malt with a caramel note and some slight apple fruitiness. Taste is a nice smooth malt, some mild chocolate and caramel notes, a touch of spices and a decently bitter finish. Very nice delicate flavors in this one, as it warms some light fruitiness starts to come through. Medium bodied with a very fine creamy carbonation, this is a very pleasant sipping beer. This is a very nice little offering, good complexity for such a light beer, very tasty and fun to drink.

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a mini snifter.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient sheet of lacing.

S- Dark fruit notes including black cherry, currant and blackberry. Faint spice.

T- Very balanced flavor of toasty malt, slightly sweet dark fruit and more mild spice. Hint of oxidation.

M- Slightly dry and a bit tangy. Medium-high carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Pretty good but not anything super special. Easy to drink for the ABV and has all the right flavors to satisfy your BSDA craving.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This 0.75 Cork and caged bottle was taken at the lovely D’elices Et Caprices in Brussels.

Murky brown body with an off-white crown of huge proportions, which left good solid lacing.

Mix bag in the nose, raisins, plums, dark berries, hoppy citrus hints, yeast and some caramel maltiness.

The taste was also of mixed flavours, mostly following the smells mentioned above: however you can add some mini hop bitterness along with ground coffee and flakes of dark chocolate, strange how the coffee and chocolate didn’t feature in the aroma.

This was the third beer we tasted here, it wasn’t the strongest, but it certainly had the most flavour and body depth, we definitely reviewed in the right order. Pleasant and easy to sip, a Christmas brew without to many wintery ways to it, nothing really special though.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another La Rullés beer I picked up at the house of 1,000 beers for 5 bucks. Not bad considering its less than a year old (possibly)
A - Very lively carbonation giving me well over 1/4 inch of deep opaque head. Color is a rich amber brown, hazy but has mild bubbles.
S - Very balanced and mild. Dark fruits, chestnut, and a touch of sweet Belgium yeast. Has a touch of cherry as well (sour funk).
T - Very balanced as it warms I get a kiss of hops, but it's mostly raisin/ plum, with a bit of brown sugars. Yeasts are spot on not very dry but fruity. Exceptional.
M - For over 7% this Belgium Dark drinks light to medium, not very dry, so its very well crafted.

Overall I found it quite simple not getting much coriander, pepper spice, or sweet banana flavors but as I drink it grew on me like Chimay Blue, but much cheaper. Even though its over 6 months old now pick it its a perfect example of the style.

Photo of liamt07
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sammy, 750ml into some tulips. Best before February 2012 notched on the label.

Pours a mahogany, with some lighter copper and chestnut highlights with a big fluffy, cream coloured head that towers more than 3 fingers high. Nose is all malt, gentle spicing. Very soft and inviting, minimal as I'm struggling to describe it, but really entices me to pull it to my mouth. Unfortunately, the taste is step down from the nose. Some yeast, a gentle sugary malt, some alcohol and light spicing. Really nice feel however as I've found most Belgians to be. Carbonation is moderate and there's some lingering Belgian yeast. Real pleasant.

Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML green bottle purchased from Oak Tree in South Plainfield... first beer I've sampled from this brewery - this one being their Winter time / Christmas rendition... Pours a deep, dark, brown, purple color with a minimal head that soon dissipated... smell included notes of caramel, root beer, belgian sugars, and vanilla... taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a very lucid and crisp flavor which included notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, candied sugars, vanilla, licorice, and slight alcohol... very good, distinct taste which was full of quality and went down very easily... nice mouthfeel with an equally good level of drinkability... I really liked this one and will be eager to try another sample from this Belgian brewery...
As a side note, the bottle specifically denotes an alcohol percentage of 7.3%, and not 6.5%...

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8750 ml bottle - this one says 7.3% abv - poured into tulip glass:

Pours rustic brown with a tan to light-brown head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Strands of lacing stick.

The smell is grassy with some herbal notes, a bit musty, with honey and a hint of dark prune-ish fruitiness.

The taste is of honey and caramel - sweet, though maltiness a bit thin. A bitterish herbal/grassy touch and a bit of alcohol (though not raw or strong) show through. Late dried prunes show - more in the finish to aftertaste. Finishes sweetish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and swishy, though it picks up a bit as it progresses through the sipping.

Not as rich or complex as I would think it would/could/should be. Still it's a nice sipper - winter-ish, I suppose. Not particularly special, but certainly not bad and certainly worth trying.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico. Served in what would best be descried as a stange.

Pours a moderate amber-brown color with a moderate light tan head and good lacing. The nose had some dark fruit and malts plus some grapes and a light bit of spice. Flavor was dark fruits and semi-sweet malt. Medium body with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Good brew.

Photo of woodychandler
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

More undated notes from a snowy afternoon at Local 44.

It had a finger of frothy deep-tan head with good retention upon presentation. Color was a slightly hazy reddish-amber. Nose was very fruity, like dried dark fruits - cherry, plum, raspberry and raisins.

Spanky's cheat sheet mentioned dates, but I did not get that. I was, however, put in mind of my favorite "The Far Side" panel of all time - a streeetwalking carrot stands below a streetlight holding out a piece of fruit as a stick of celery wearing sailor's dress blues walks past. The caption? "Hey, Celery, how 'bout a date?" Har!

Back to the beer. Once I had some in my mouth, I was struck by its appropriateness for the time. It was a bit thin, approaching medium mouthfeel, but it was like biting into a fruitcake. Zounds! Super smooth and eminently drinkable, neither of which is helpful in a 7.3% beer. Finish was fruity, slightly dry, definitely warming. Winner!

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured into a tulip glass, a dark coppery brown, hazy and almost muddy, with a foamy beige head that receded to a ringlet, leaving a bit of soapy lace on the glass. Subdued aroma, sweet malts, honey, grassy hops, and some dried fruits. Taste was very nice: toasted malts, honey and caramel, prunes, dried cherries, and mild, grassy hops and hay. Medium body, kind of bitter, but in a good way, and nicely drinkable overall.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, cinnamon, mild peppermint, almost candy cane like. In the taste, spicy, minty, and candy cane sweetness, all inside of a nice dark ale. A spice like bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spice of cinnamon in the aftertaste. Like a cinnamon candy cane in a nice very fine Belgian dark ale.

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Large beige head that settles in a lumpy way. Ruby-amber color and predictably cloudy. Good ring lace.

Semi-sweet with the smell of milk chocolate and darker (deeply toasted, but not burnt) malts. Some alcohol and yeast in the background.

A dark malt start with a rich toasty flavor. The swallow has a mild bitterness with a berry-like touch. Thin bodied which is enhanced by the notable alcohol presence. Low carbonation.

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La Rullés Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux (Bière De Gaume) from Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL
86 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.