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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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74 Reviews
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Reviews: 74
Hads: 132
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 132
Photo of dcmchew
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vinous, lightly acetic aroma, with dark candi sugar sweetness. Esters of banana and pear add complexity.

Flavor is very malty initially, lightly sweet, with a deeply toasted, finish and moderate bitterness and spice in the aftertaste. Notes of pear, banana, and tart cherry surface late.

Would prefer a bit more tartness or sweetness...or both. A bit weak in flavor.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of tomordonez
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is less “craft” and more upscale than the normal La Rulles. It has less chunks of raisins. It’s more filtered. The aroma is less strong. The flavor is less strong. The raisin aroma is diminished. It has a floral aroma. More alcohol. A big head becomes a thinner but not flat. Medium to high carbonation. Bitter. I prefer the normal La Rulles.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

With the taste of Belgian Strong Dark Ale but with the body of Belgian Pale Ale, De Rulles holiday offering puts it in Dubbel territory, but wait... there's more...

The pour erupts with champagne-like turbulence. Once settled, a tightly woven cap of cream-colored foam caps the hazed rusty body beneath with long-lasting persistence and while slathering the glass with classic lacing patterns.

Sweetness, tartness, and earthen qualities register with its scent. Malt influences of caramel, nuts and an overall candied scent anchors the aromas while spicy peppercorn, grassy hops, orange peels and hay all have a say in its balanced scent. Mild rose wine and cider offers a tinge of acidity heading into taste.

Its medium-bold taste carry a taste of those stronger Belgian ales but with less intense taste. Though the candied and caramel flavors are apparent on the early palate, it doesn't necessarily have the sweetness that usually accompanies those tastes. Instead, its dry malt character is delightfully grainy and nutty. Other fruit-cake rounded flavors of dates, figs, light raisins, cherries and apples highlight its fruity yeast character- just ahead of the peppery spice, soft coriander, bitter orange peel and fennel before trailing into a grassy hop bite. Again, an air of cider and wine give a mild acidic taste that propels fruit flavor and complements its spice.

Its dry taste is only overdone by its dry texture. The beer's arid malt body thwarts its early sweetness and relies on its dry malt structures to carry its fruit and spice over the middle and into a whimsical finish that dissolves on the mouth like winey cotton candy. Its acidity, hops and marginal alcohol warmth further reinforce its dry finish.

With a lot of old-world, rustic charm- Le Rulles Cuvee has all the earthy spiciness that the style deserves. Along with its unapologetic carbonation, the ale simply springs to life and is ideally suited for many holiday desserts.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reddish-black with a finger of frothy khaki-ten head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Dark caramel malts, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander, pepper, other spices, raisins, plums, other dark fruits.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisins, plums, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander, pepper, other spices, a touch of banana.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and spicy finish.

D - Great BDA. Good balance.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toast, dark fruit, and some spice aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and char-like flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice aromas but the flavors are a bit burnt tasting.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of Pencible
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy mahogany with fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy caramel and sour Belgian yeast, with some dark fruit and sourdough and candi sugar.
T: It tasted like toasted sourdough and earthy caramel, with some sour Belgian yeast and sweet candi sugar. It had a clean and sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was oily with smooth natural carbonation. Great body.
D: This was a nice BSDA, but nothing special. It would probably age really well, but it was also ok fresh. Decent.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased from Biéres & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : brown red color, with tan foramy head.
Smell : roasted malt and spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted malty ans spices flavors, with solid bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style Strong dark ale.

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Photo of impending
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3


750ml into a tulip. Pours an opaque deep walnut, minor coffee colored head receded rapidly, minor lacing.

Aroma is of lightly charred malts, unsweetened rum cake ingredients sans the rum.

Watered down raisins and plums. Flavor has a nice subtle molasses note plus a hint of char, more would be nice. Thin bodied, feels lowly carbed. Far from bad but nothing stands out, lacks personality.

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Photo of seand
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cloudy red with a fair amount of light tan hops. A solid blanket retains, leaving walls of lacing.

S: Lightly sweet and yeasty. Mild spices. Nothing overbearing, but overall it's a reasonably nice effect.

T: Thick but not overpowering sweetness, especially through the finish. There are very minor notes of spice. It's nice, if a bit one-dimensional.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, pretty nicely matched to the flavor profile.

Overall, good, but just good. Nothing outstanding or really new. It's well done though, and I'd have it again.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber color with hints of light visible around the edges. There is a two finger slightly beige head which leaves decent lace. The aroma is of bubblegum, banana, and some dark fruits. The taste follows suit the beginning has a dark fruit flavor profile, this gives way to banana's along with nutmeg and cinnomon. The backend brings a big bubblegum flavor. The mouthfeel is moderatley carbonated and a little creamy. Overall it was a slightly above average beer. Everything was good but not great.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Piked this up while in Belgium last year, didn't pay attention to the bottle date as it was November or so: turns out this thing was brewed in 09 and past off as if it were fresh (sitting next to the other xmas beers). Keep you're eyes peeled in Brussels people, the bottleshops in the city center seem to pray on the tourists (price gouging, etc.)

Pours a deep brown with a tint of red, 2 finger creamy head that lingers for quite some time.

Nose: toffee, some allspice, a bit of cocoa.

Taste: bittersweet chocolate upfront, balanced bitterness throughout, lingering cocoa notes with a touch of spices.

Mouthfeel: extra creamy with a frothy carbonation.

Overall: turned out to be pretty damn enjoyable, curious to try it fresh at some point.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Rustico's in a sampler glass. Pours a dark reddish amber along with an average tan head that left nice lacing throughout. The aroma was moderate to heavy caramel and dark candy sugar; moderate to heavy yeast, with some slight Christmas-like spices in the yeast at the end; grape, apple, cherry, brown sugar, lots of slightly sour fruit; and slight alcohol heat. The initial flavor was moderately to rather sweet, slightly acidic and ever so slightly bitter; while the finish was somewhat to moderately sweet, slightly bitter and slightly sour. There was caramel, brown sugar, dark candy sugar, dusty yeast, slightly sour fruit that grows in intensity as it warms, cherry, apple, grape, hints of cocoa, and a little spicy yeast at the end. The light to medium body was sort of creamy, but sticky on the lips and then a little dry with fizzy carbonation and a slightly astringent and a lightly dry finish. Overall an interesting beer.

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