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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 04-16-2005)
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ferric oxide orange with a hint of cranberry and a suspension of fine yeast. Backlighting gives the beer a glowing ember sort of vibe. The amazing looking cap is... well... pretty amazing. The orange mousse-like foam is heavily creamy and tremendously sticky. It's currently in the process of creating a masterpiece in lace.

Despite the fact that the crown is now less than one finger, the nose is underpowered. General impressions will have to do. It smells like the beer will be sweet, medium-dark fruity and moderately spiced. Hopefully, it will open up as it warms (it does a little).

After the outstanding La Rulles Estivale (a Belgian pale ale), I expected this Belgian dark ale to bring it with more authority than it has in the first several ounces. It's definitely on the subtle side. At least now I have some idea why the nose is no barn-burner. This is one of those cases where it would be great if the flavor knob could be increased by a quarter-turn. Make that a half-turn.

There isn't an abundance of malt. Not bad for 5.0%, but the ABV is 7.3% according to my bottle. It's actually tastes more like a dark amber ale than a dark ale, if I can make that somewhat fine (and probably irrelevant) distinction. Hop bitterness parries every weak thrust that malt sweetness can muster. The finish is especially tight.

Like the aroma, the flavor defies pinpoint description. Let's go with steely caramel, less sweet dates, English Breakfast tea leaves, cloves and a twist of bitter orange peel. It's pretty good stuff, but more of everything would be great. This is a classic 3.5/4.0 beer with regard to flavor and drinkability. To be fair, each of those numbers almost makes it to the next highest, largely because it's improving as room temperature approaches.

The mouthfeel is neither big enough nor bubbled enough. It enters the mouth fairly low on the excitement meter and doesn't move the needle much as it goes. It's a mystery how the head can continue to look so fantastic on each subsequent pour.

Cuvee Meilleurs Voeux is loosely translated as 'Best Wishes for the New Year'. New Year's Eve deserves a beer that delivers a lot more excitement than this. Bottom line: looks like a dream, tastes like a (good) day at the office, and drinks like an evening at home. Or something like that.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

04/20/08- Had on tap at the Toronado during Belgian Beer month.

Presentation- Via the tap into a tulip-wine style glass.

Appearance- Off black in color, maybe a very deep reddish hue. 1/2 inch head, which settles at a nice rim. Leaves light patchwork.

Smell- Mildly smoky malt notes...burnt caramel and toffee. A bit of a sweet nose, but mostly malt.

Taste- Roasted chocolate-coffee malt ball flavor. Deep toffee flavoring as well. Sweetness comes in after the swallow. Maybe a touch of fruit flavor such as date or fig.

Mouthfeel- Mild carbonation, deep toffee malt aftertaste.

Drinkability- Overall a bit too deep and malted for me, but has it's nice point. Would recommend for malt lovers.

GClarkage, Apr 23, 2008
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.]

Metalmonk, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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%...

dsa7783, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

beerthulhu, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of HombreWing
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle...glass - over sized Duvel

Eyes: Redish brown ...poured bright ....lacey head that swamped glass sides.

Nose:Slight caramel...more anise ..subtle mint

Tongue: Spicy ...subtle licorice...finishes dry

Texture: low end medium bodied...although thin finish

Overall experience: To experience what Belgium has to offer if given the chance is a nice experience in and of its self. Quite enjoyable this one was.

HombreWing, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of Risser09
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Risser09, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of alysmith4
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap last night at a local pizza joint. It was a dark brown color, with little to no head. The smell was a bit sour.. like sour fruit and sugar. Taste was good.. like dried cherries, pears, and oranges, with some nutty after-notes. This style is not my favorite, but I found this beer to be highly drinkable, and one that I would try again.

alysmith4, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
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

sleazo, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazelnut color with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit and tart cherry. Flavors of sour cherry fruit, and juicy caramel malt. I couldn't tell if this was spoiled, or a Flemish brown type beer, because nobody at the bar new what it was, and had no info. The category it is assigned on BA doesn't shed much light either.

dedrinker, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

John_M, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark ruby brew (very dark). Small head and a small amount of lacing.

S - Mild soapy character, slight cherries, very mild aroma.

T - A bit of cherries and soap. Mild berries as well. Aftertaste is a faint lingering fruitiness. No bitterness. Very good.

M - Frothy, bordering on harsh, medium bodied, very refreshing.

D - Awesome. This is so easy to drink. Definitely worth a try.

mrasskicktastic, Feb 26, 2007
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.

gdogalishus, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of pons
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

pons, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Gavage, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

ggaughan, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of thetachibro
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at the Old Bay in New Brunswick, NJ. On the menu it says one of only two bars in the country that have this on tap but im not too sure how acurate that is but anyhow. Poured into an oversized wine glass a copper color with a minimal white head. The smell was somewhat fuity with some roasted malts. Taste is a little hoppy somewhat sweet as well. A little spicy but not much. Alcohol is somewhat present but doesn't take control. Drinkability is ok because the ABV isn't that high.

thetachibro, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

cubedbee, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

paterlodie, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 75cl green glass bottle, brass colored crown cap, but no cork. Has a Christmas version of the Palix painted “big eared cheeky chappy” that seems to adorn most of Brasseries Artisanale de Rulles Palix labels and beermats, in so much as he has a red and white Christmas Hat together with a rather perplexing sleeveless Santa outfit (WTF?). The words “Bière de Gaume” are atop the label & “La Rulles Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux”, below.

The small print describes the beer as “Bière Brune pur Malts”, 6.5% vol., & thoughtfully lists the beer (also in French) as Unfiltered, Unpasteurized & Refermented in the Bottle. It states that the recommended serving Temperature is 8-10°C (46-50°F) & Best Before Date is Jan. 2008.

This bottle was handed to me during my recent trip back home to England by my good friend Barry “The Mad Axeman” Smith, who is the Brewer for Tigertops Brewery and good friends with Grégory Verhelst, the Brewer at Rulles.

Appearance: An initial slow pour reveals a dark brown body that exhibits a body that exhibits a chestnut-cum-claret colored body which, when held to the light, also reveals a superb looking sparkling lucid body. A nice thick tan head forms into a deep fine sponge cushion that ‘spits’ and ‘spats’ as it quickly dissolves to a more palatable 1” thick cap, which in turn slowly collapses to a thin ½” broken covering during the drink. Fine bubbles aid a sprightly conditioning which leaves some lacing which sinks back to drink when the Glass is allowed to stand for time.

Smell: Dark Brune aromas, malty with some chewy caramel and dark chocolate covered toffee in the middle. Finishes firm yet heavy when initially chilled; transforms into a subtle cloying roasted aroma on the nose as it warms.

Taste: More malts in the entrance, hints of caramel, rolled dark chocolate covered Devon toffee, almost burnt cereal flashes the body, finishes with some chewy qualities that accentuate the caramel malts. Deceivingly simplistic at first, but rather appealing as it warms and coast the mouth after a few mouthfuls. After half a bottle, a more earthy, organic, natural dirt covered malt feel develops which mixes with a biscuit-cereal feel in the finish, the toffee fades and only remains in the finish as it reach 55°F+.

Mouthfeel: Hardly a Brune on steroids, in fact, at the same strength as the [standard] Brune I suspect it is just a tweaked recipe with additional varying types and quantities of malts – but it nevertheless works reasonably well. A much drier biscuit cereal feel though. The spritzy yet soft carbonation and the soft creamy smooth licks on the tongue all add to make for a decent body.

Drinkability: Not as quaffable as the standard Brune I found, the dry cereal feel eventually becomes a little too much, you want to quaff this to tackle the dry powdery crushed malt feel but it fails to quench – which detracts a little from the overall Drinkability. Still not a bad brew though, and I had no problems tackling the 750ml all on my own.

Overall: Definitely a Winter-Xmas Brune of sorts, but at 6.5% it is nothing overwhelming and makes for an easy-going Seasonal Session Brune of sorts. Retains the artisanale rural character & rustic character that is evident in both the Blonde and [standard] Brune. I only have the one bottle, but it would be interesting to see how this bottled-conditioned brew ages given the Best Before Date some 3 years hence.

TheLongBeachBum, Apr 16, 2005
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La Rullés Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux (Bière De Gaume) from Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL
86 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.