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La Rullés Estivale (Bière De Gaume) - Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL

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87
very good

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 03-19-2006)
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Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 79 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by thierrynantes:
Photo of thierrynantes
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chpoes, and tasted in 2014 (w australian friends).

Appearance : orange color, with white foamy head.
Smell : yeasty and spices aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : dry hoppy flavors, with notes of spices and citrus
Drinkability : a good beer in the French style "Bière de Garde".

thierrynantes, Feb 07, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pepperland Cafe. A nice yellow color with a thick white head and ample lacing. Subtle aroma, sweet and grassy. Sweet malt taste, a little bit of yeast, and a nice spicy hops finish. A very light and refreshing beer. It went well with my pork entree.

lordofthewiens, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large green bottle, w/o freshness/bottling info. Pours cloudy light apricot, creamy. tiny bubble head, delicate and high quality in a scattered fine lacing kinda way. Floral, fresh and lightly spicy nose. Fine, fine brew, screams quality and craftsmanship. Notes of light pepper, more flowers, light honey, and becoming more and more clear the dry, spice of above moderate hopping. Love this stuff, would be great with BBQ or a summer lunch of salads, bread and cheese. Wish I could find this on a regular basis.

Billolick, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of jaminjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jaminjohnson, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle Poured into a Piraat tulip.

Pours a hazy cloudy wheaty golden color with a thin white head. Nose is a sweet wheaty malt color.

Taste is really dry, and sweet, it's got a nice light hoppiness it's very light and drinkable. Overall quite solid.

kingcrowing, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of dc55110
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this on one of my many trips to far flung liquor stores. Bottle was on clearance, no marked vintage, but stored in a door cooler. Took a chance as the store seemed to at one time had some one knowledgeable in European beers.
Poured from a 750ml to a tulip.

As it was only capped I a was little scared there would be nothing carbonation-wise left inside. Much to my delight a nice pop was emitted upon removal of the cap. Pours in to my glass a nice light golden color, with a pillowy, finger to finger and a half of head. The head dissipates fairly quickly to leave a nice lacing around the whole glass.

While I'm sure when this was fresh the aromas would be full of hops, but I'm guessing this is at least three years old if not older. I get nice yeasty, bready, malt greeting as I stick my nose into my glass. There is a little bit of hops hiding in there.

The taste is very much in touch with the nose. Sweet malts and bready yeast with a slight nod to hop bitterness. Almost like a Saison crossed with a slightly hoppy Barleywine, lightly earthy and floral with sweet malty backbone.

Good amount of carbonation, clean and crisp finish.

Not the beer it was intended to be fresh, but has developed quite nicely over the years in the bottle. I would definitely pick this one up again, given the chance.

dc55110, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a tall chalice)

A- This beer pours a slight hazy golden apricot colored body with a sticky off-white head that sticks to the glass and pulls away creating a giant cloud of foam. There is a sea of tiny bubbles swirling around in the glass.

S- This beer has a perfumy slightly sweet yeasty note that has hints of a fall breeze, think dried leaves and earthy notes. There is a light dry rose hint with a dry lemony finish.

T- This beer has a dry light start with a soft fresh milled grain note to it and a faint brie rind aswell. The finish is a dry crisp slightly hop flavor with a touch of dry lemons.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol noted

D- This is a great summer sipper that really would be nice to take everywhere you go that involves outdoor activities. Although it doesn't have huge flavors it does have very lovely subtle flavors making you urn for another sip.

rhoadsrage, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, a thoughtful wedding gift, I must say.

This beer pours a hazy medium frozen golden hue, with two fingers of tight foamy white head, which leaves a solid paint job of high-flying lace around the glass as it agreeably abates.

It smells of pale grainy malt, softly sweet Belgian sugar, prickly black pepper, some herbal, pine tip green notes, a bit of lemon polish, and forthcoming leafy hops. The taste is bready, somewhat doughy malt, more aged lemon, some middling earthy yeast, and surprisingly sassy leafy, fruity hops.

The bubbles are a tad prickly at first, but play out in a more genial manner, the body rendering on the lee side of medium weight, with an overall pliable smoothness. It finishes a bit grainy, a bit yeasty, a bit hoppy, of the noble sort, and just a bit boozy.

Well, all things included, all things exposed, I suppose - which in this case leads to a simple, enjoyable Belgian ale, the particulars already well laid out, no more, no less. Ok, a wee bit more, I suppose, as the hops seem kind of more New World-esque than expected, which just adds to the general dissonance of this affair. Whatevs, this is tasty, and that's the true indicator of reason here.

biboergosum, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Griffith, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow color sports a super-creamy head of typically tiny Belgian bubbles. A total wall of lace almost makes it looks like the glass has been painted with watery white paint.

Aroma is one of those that doesn't hit you hard, but works its own magic in its subtlety. Sweet straw/grass and refined honey in front, plus flower/herbal hints, gentle hops, and that wonderful yeast (also mild). Almost like a pils made with Belgian yeast, if you can dig that.

Flavors are also very subdued, but all quite enjoyable. Similar taste impressions as the aroma, with some lemon too. Hops and yeast conspire to provide a dirty edge to what is otherwise a clean, lightly sweet, flowery flavor. Lightly bitter in the finish, with that typically Belgian yeast pungency lurking around.

Mouthfeel is super-soft, making for a very light, delicate texture that goes well with the flavors/aromas.

Ultra-drinkable. Flavor won't blow you away but it is an excellent summer sipper that possesses it's own simple magic. La Rulles' best is still their transcendental tripel, but Estivale shouldn't be passed by.

Metalmonk, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of mattfancett
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

mattfancett, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge bottle only, found at State Line Liquor. Pours a very light yellow with a good lasting head. Soft mouthfeel, a bit funky yeast comme une biere de garde, a bit musty yeast aroma. Very drinkable. Lower abv appreciated.A bit drying finish.A needed Session Belgian.

Sammy, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of augustgarage
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a generic tulip.

Pale citrine, nearly clear liquid with a thin paste of lacing. Average retention.

Light candi sugar, sourdough, orange, and flowers. Restrained yet complex aromatics.

Lightly hoppy palate entry with pronounced minerality throughout. Soft yeast notes and a touch of spice and banana leads into the dry refined finish. Simple, quiet, but interesting...

Well carbonated but rather thin overall.

Nearly sessionable, though it reminds me more of a domestic version of the style, rather than a proper Belgian ale - rather surprising and a poor value.

augustgarage, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of zaphodchak
2.6/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fluffy white head; about a finger and change, with nice lace. Pale hazy blonde body.

Whiff of skunkage on the nose, curse these green bottles. Get past that, and there's some yeast and spice.

Some of the skunk migrates into the taste, but there's also spice and yeast, and some appley character. Kinda okay. Faint trace of coriander, and other spice.

Kinda coarse and a bit sudsy.

Decent, but kinda skunked.

zaphodchak, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 75cl bottle from the Hopduvel beer warehouse in Ghent. This went down with Witkap Stimulo and Zinnebir as one of my favorite Belgian pale ales I tried while in Belgium. It poured a cloudy amber with a huge head. The beer starts the aroma and flavor with smooth (not sharp like in most American pale ales) citrus fruit and a hint of berries. The malt comes in shortly after with sweet doughy bread and then a bitter finish. What a tasty treat.

tempest, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of emilylee
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

emilylee, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Corkpuller
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Corkpuller, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

aztraz, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of dgallina
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce green bottle without freshness dating.

Pours especially clear golden yellow. A large and thin soapy head quickly vanishes, leaving excellent lacing. Smells quite citrusy. Powdery lemon and lime peels over toasted grain husks and pepper spice. The flavor is much drier and more tart. Strong lime rinds at the fore, developing sour urea and barnyard notes in the center. Finishes with very dry toasted grains. Light and clean, slightly astringent mouthfeel. Very clean and refreshing overall.

dgallina, Nov 01, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

zonker17, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cloudy, golden-orange with some light peppery floaties.

S: a floral/grassy hopping with a tart fruitiness and sour oranges.

T: sour fruitiness (pineapples), a tart citric bitterness and some sour oranges. There was a nice spiciness with some dry grapefruit lingering in the background. A nice yeasty sourness is detected with a slight grassiness in the finish.

M: thin, smooth, but yielded a nice big flavor and sourness.

D: A great drinking Belgian with a strong American hop influence makes this a fine drink worthy of recommendation.

beerthulhu, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a large foamy off-white head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry Belgian malt with some dry hops taste is dominated by some dry malt base with some floral and grassy hops. Body is pretty full with some average carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting take on a very interesting beer (Orval) but I thought it was slightly too dry and missing some funk to be truly great.

Phyl21ca, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of edbeered
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served ice cold in a goblet, this is a slightly cloudy straw colored brew. There is a slightly hoppy smell. The taste combines a tart fruitiness with a mild citrussy hoppiness. As the beer warms to 45-50 degrees, the flavors blend together nicely. For a Belgian ale, this is low in alcohol(5.2%), which(for me)only enhances its drinkability. It's nice to find a Belgian beer with a tasty hop presence. A good effort.

edbeered, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up a long ways back. I had kept it in the fridge and just never got around to trying it. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/29/2009..

The pour was fantastic, rich and hazy golden yellow with a huge billowing head of white foam on top. Really nicely done here with a light bit of spent yeast on the bottom of the glass. Light aroma of hops, banana and peach smell coming off of it as well. As it warms there is a definite light grassy profile to it, albeit it a touch light. Zesty little zing of lemon and citrus upfront, but it fades quickly as it is replaced by light grain, peaches and grass. Light in body and highly carbonated, it went down smooth and easy and made a great little Belgian for a hot day.

Overall very solid, not the best in the style i have had but I cant really complain. Very solid and would not be opposed to it again.

mikesgroove, May 30, 2009
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La Rullés Estivale (Bière De Gaume) from Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL
87 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.