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

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 129
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 04-16-2005

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Photo of woodychandler
4.59/5  rDev +18%
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! (933 characters)

Photo of sleazo
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap Blind Tiger VSK event

A_pours a chestnut hue with a beige two finger head which is creamy and rich

S_delicate apples pears and peaches. Really smells like fresh fruit

T_wow. A perfect blend of sweet sour and bitter. The sweet fruit flavours of the pear and peach hit first followed by a sour apple acidity. The underlying bitterness balances both very well. Hints of white grape juice

M_slightly viscous yet with a great carbonation.

D_another over the top beer at the VSK (485 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.] (1,611 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer and recommended by the bartender. Poured with a light tan, foamy, frothy head that lasted a while and good lacing. Color was a hazy, almost cloudy brown with red highlights. Aroma was perfumey, malt, roast, caramel, yeast, a little dark ripe fruit. Flavor was very similar to nose, plus some toffee and just enough tang. Body was good and carbonation fine. Finished with average length, smooth, and drinkable. Nice. (430 characters)

Photo of pons
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this at Mug's Ale House in Brooklyn, NY. Served in a snifter.

The look is just very fine, but lack of perfection may be due to the poor lighting in the corner of the crowded bar where I sat. The smell is sweet which entices you to taste the beer. No problems here.

After a couple of sips it is clear that this is a heavy, yet drinkable beer; malty belgian ale, yet somewhat smooth considering the type of beer it is. The beer finished strong, with a clean, yet strong, taste on the palette. an excellent all 'round belgian dark ale.

If you see it, ask to try it. You may wind up getting a full glass shortly thereafter. (637 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been sitting in the fridge for a while and I was a little worried it might be stale. Seems fine, though.

4.0. Dark plum resting in the middleground between red and brown, very hazy. Nice littlee head.

4.5 Smells fruity and spritely. Light chocolate, prunes, raisins, mealy red apples, tangy bread dough, and a little bit of yeast zip.

4.0 Doesn't cohere quite as well as the aroma had led me to expect. Starts with bready, lightly sweet malt, moves into a mixture of sweet and dry fruits, ends with a sweet and sour zippiness that's pretty impressive since this isn't that strong a beer.

This is kind of like half a dubbel. Remarkably flavorful and drinkable but it doesn't kick your ass the way most Belgians do. I'd love to find it on draft. (748 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.34/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus glass.

A: Cloudy dark brown body with a slight off white head, which fades quickly.

S: Tremendously fruity, filled with yeast derived goodness. Slightly boozy, with a dark caramel malt sweetness in the nose.

T: Delicious and maybe overly sweet up front, but surprisingly a delayed bitterness helps clean up the sweetness. A dark malt flavor on the finish puts this one just over the top.

M: Mouthfeel is very thick, but somehow not cloying.

O: Overall a very good Belgian dark. Not the best I've had overall, but the addition of some dark malt gives it a more unique flavor. (629 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB sept 08; alcohol listed as 7.3. Nice head that lasts very well and beautifull darkbrown/ almost black beercollor without any haze also. Nose is green spicy and roasted, nicely caramellic and very tempting. Freshness goes on in the taste that's heavy and sweet with good bitter and roasty ending. Well balanced but mainly roastyness and bitterness with good malty sweetness. Not much carbonisation fits the brew and IMO a good extra stout. Very well drinkable and certainly wort seeking for if you like it bitter sweet and burnt. (531 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a short off-white head over a deep amber to brown body. Touch of lacing.

Aromas contain lots of rich, whole wheat bread crust, followed by fruity esters (plum) and a touch of spices.

Juicy, fruity qualities - red grape skins. Caramel sweetness. Nice roasted malt base. Touch of bitter English-style hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is really nice for the style. Starts off with plenty of carbonation fizz, but settles nicely to a smooth, and rich mouthfeel.

Considering that this is categorized as a BDA, instead of BSDA, this one gets high marks. Easy drinking, full of flavor, somewhat complex, and perfect for the Holidays. (and a festive label, too!) (667 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewing the 2007 offering in late 2008.

Served at 41 in a Unibroue pear glass.

Sweet, not-so-Belgian aroma. Nice reddish brown color with a clean white head that sticks through most of the beer.

Flavor is what I describe as soft Belgian with very light caramel and chocolate. Not what I describe as a spiced beer (similar to what many US breweries are doing with holiday beers).

Very nice - like all Rulles beers. (423 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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%... (838 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 5/12/12

A very dark brown with a massive dense dark tan head that sits around for ages and leaves a few pencil thin rings

S the nose is impressive, reminds me of farmhouse yeast with some bubblegum, spice and faint banana, there's some brewers candy and spicy earthy hops with some faint coco and dark fruit, plenty happening in this department

T more coco but still not much, the yeast fades a little and some faint citrus I didn't smell, some plum and just a little hazelnut

M very creamy and a smooth beverage, very long nutty, earthy finish and no booze at all, perhaps one of the creamiest brews I've had the bubbles are working well

O solid stuff start to finish, complex and very easy to drink and great for a chilly evening. Smells and feels awesome and no room for complaints elsewhere

I'd drink this again and its reasonably at around 12$ it might happen sooner then later. Alberta shelves are getting jam packed with gems both hidden and sought after, keep'em coming (1,018 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite an unexpected pleasure to see this on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a brownish, hazy root beer color with good head retention and lacing. The beer almost looks viscous and truly looks as if it will be quite rich. On the nose this beer smells incredible. There is a huge aroma of sweet malt, with wonderful milk chocolate and cherry components. The beer smells positively luscious.

On the palate... sigh. Stupid Belgiums and their love of sour beer. This beer is wonderful on its own and the sour component, while adding complexity, does not add to the enjoyment. Granted, the beer is very, very complex, tasting like a rich quad mixed with a lambic. There is chocolate and banana flavor, but the sour cuts right through the sweetness and richness. The beer is medium bodied with a good mouthfeel. Abv. is very well disguised and the beer finishes with flavors of chocolate, orange citrus and honey.

This is a very good beer, but I really wish the brewery would have left out the gueze or lambic, or whatever he/she added. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Risser09
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a taster

Appearance: Caramel brown color with an ivory head. It's 1 inch high with tons of sticky lace.

Smell: Sharp acidic aroma. Fresh fruit and black pepper. Tart and nice.

Taste: Creamy sweetness, Belgian yeast, clove, a little bit of banana. Followed by other flavors of dark fruits, figs and plum.

Mouthfeel: Kinda thin bodied but quite creamy, with an alcoholic finish.h.

Drinkability: A great Belgian beer. Lots of burn on this one, maybe it was young. I thin kat 6 months this one would be near perfect. (537 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. Would assume to be pretty fresh. 7.3 percent abv.

Pours a rich red-mahogany, ruby highlights. Nice head thick head, very good lacing.

Aroma is of dark, sweet malt, with some alcohol and a fruity, vinous character as well.

Flavor is nice, well-balanced. Pretty malty, but not really heavy or overly sweet. Residual rindy bitterness. I'm detecting a subtle smokiness that I really dig. There's a bit of Belgian tartness and vinous flavors as well. If anything was lacking, it was the mouthfeel, which seems to desire more fullness.

A damn drinkable Belgian dark beer, even at over 7 percent abv. Not too rich, but satisfying. (643 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%

A - Murky brown,pretty turbid. Steady rise of carbonation, with a thin head. Bits of sediment floating, and settling.

S - Caramel, bannana, fall spices, dark sugar, booze and fruit.

T - Huge sweet caramel up front. So smooth and viscous, tons of mellowed sugary goodness. Sweet and smooth like nougat or pillowy truffle filling. A soft dryness like that of an aged wine, with the same silky grapeskin effect. A touch of hop bitterness to balance, with some malty essence.

M - Incredibly mellowed and smooth. The alcohol is soft and the carbonation is low. This beer is suave.

O - Awesome BDA, ranks up there, more on the mellow side, but complex and synergistic. (666 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear brown in color with a short 1" light tan head that falls to a thick surface foam that lasts. Spotty lacing develops.

Aroma: disappointing light, as only some sweet malt is barely detectable.

Taste: nice malty base with some prune, caramel, and honey creating a nice sweetness. Very mild bitterness and alcohol is not noticable at all.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start and finish, and the sweetness lingers very briefly on the tongue.

Drinkability: easy drinking for the style, as lower alcohol levels and nice sweetness are easy on the tastebuds. Seek this out. (590 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (385 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, body is a semi-transparent dark brown. Big foamy head and good retention, with sticky lacing and a cap of foam to the last drop.

Nose is sweet with toffee. Lots of seasonally appropriate notes of cherries, cola, coffee, plums, cinnamon and clove spices.

Tastes pretty smooth with notes of charred malt, and all of the above flavors. Maybe a little roasted pepper too.

Ample round carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel and some spiciness on the tongue.

This is a very nice winter warmer. While it has a Belgian dark strong ale profile, it also has some dry stout qualities. Packs a lot of dark wintery and spicy flavor into a beer that is just 7.3% and is not too sweet. Gladly will I drink more of this. (736 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany, big hearty fluffy light beige head that lingers for a lot.
Sweet caramel, apple, overripe apricot, some warmth, light licorice and anise, light raisin, malt sweetness.
Nice sweet fruity taste with quite some alcohol in the start. Lots of red apple, some apricot, light raisin, plum, faint berries, some crisp orange peel and even a hint of pineapple. Lots of festive spices, especially a lot of licorice, but also clove and ginger. Sweet caramelised malts, bit of biscuit, plus a bit of extra candi sugar. Finishes a bit bitter, actually, with some nice spicy hop.
Aftertaste has orchard fruit, Christmas spices, sweet malt and some hop. Medium body and carbonation, not sticky, but quite crisp and refreshing.
Delivers a sweet maltiness that fits with the cold season, nice and spicy, festive. Really nice, but a bit of intensity would've helped. (862 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mad props to joemcgrath27 for yet another stellar hook-up.

A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby red with a solid thumb of head, solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Classic dark Belgian with dark fruit notes, sweet yeast esthers, hints of figs and dried fruit, with a touch of cloves on the finish.

T - A surprising dark malt flavour comes through on the palette, hits of cocoa and leather alongside muddled dark fruits and hints of cloves. Dark cocoa an hints of espresso linger alongside some grassy hops and buttered bread.

M - Lighter bodied with loads of carbonation and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, less heavy on the fruity flavours and a solid dark malt profile. Easily sessioned and well worth seeking out. I'm grateful for the opportunity to take this brew for a spin. (819 characters)

Photo of TheMistler
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft, this poured a ruby-tinted brown with a creamy, just-off-white head that displayed okay, spotty lacing. Head settled to a fairly thick, creamy cap.

Restrained aroma. Sweet malt, but not without some spice. Raisins. Caramel and maple. Becomes sharper to the nose as it warms.

Taste is also malty, but again features some nice spice and noticeable hoppiness. Dark bread, some caramel. Herbal notes. A slightly spicy dusting of what seems like yeast, though I wonder if it is. Hops may have played a role in the palate, especially the spiciness, before the end, but they come into their own now, with nicely noticeable but slight bittering. Finishes somewhat watery, but still with some hints of bitterness and dark fruit.

Rather lively, prickly carbonation. Not entirely what I'd associate with the style, but it does lend this winter beer a nice refreshing quality. (880 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a big bottle (unspecified anywhere on the bottle about how many ML, oh well, not my fault) at a local bottle shop in Juneau, AK (Breeze In, Valley location).
Anyways, figured it was Christmas Eve, why not, right.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a good finger's and a half worth of foamy off white lacing after the head died off.
The smell had a decent baked chocolate to light ginger spice to it.
The taste was semi-sweet with a light spice (ginger - maybe). There's a sweet wet chocolate aftertaste leading to a sweet chocolate finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. Carbonation is super smooth, holy moley, this one is super smooth.
Overall, holy crap, this is so smooth. I dig it as a Belgian Dark Ale, it works and I'd have it again. (870 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,306 characters)

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