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La Gauloise Brune - Brasserie Du Bocq

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-16-2002)
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Reviews by Everydayoff:
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a chalice by freshness date.

The color is dark brown with a ruby red tinge, rich tan velvety head compiles of vast small bubbles not so tight but delicate and soft. The retention is very good then recedes into tan silky everlasting layer covering the surface and leaves lacing patches all around its downwards path, carbonation seems to be high as notice from its dusky body.

Hit the nose with caramelized malt along with fruity esters reminiscent of plums and raisins, dwell the phenolic spice remind me of clove and hint of coriander. There is also slight roasted note and hint of creamy chocolate which delicately lodge in its tiers of aroma.

Estery upfront by a kick of raisins and other dark berries, reinforce by phenolic spiciness along with some sweetness from alcohol and caramel malt licking through palate. Hop bitterness is there but just subtle yet underlying, the kernel of bitterness is derived from roasted malt character in order to bring balance with the other portions.

Medium-bodied with fine amount of carbonation to yield smooth palate, finish is dry.

Well sipping beer, alcohol is well concealed during drink but it is still there lurking and will be bold when finished. Perhaps because I quaffed fast, anyway it is definitely worth.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 15:46:16 | More by Everydayoff
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United Kingdom (England)

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel chalice. A: Dark
brown mahogany, thick looking, initial small
tanned head disappeared quickly, kept some
lacing. S: Chocolate mouse, earthy. T: Chocolate
mouse, fudge, earthy, esters, candy sugar, raspberry, kept
the booze hidden until the very end. M: Smooth,
fairly heavy texture, carbonation didn’t dominate.
O: Tasted suspiciously like Waterloo 8 and other
dark ales from Du Bocq. Pretty solid but nothing
that will stick in the memory.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 20:01:33 | More by jonb5
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-01-2014 00:03:03 | More by leitmotif
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-06-2014 12:08:59 | More by Saind
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-02-2013 14:47:44 | More by dcmchew
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3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber reddish color with an impressive four finger thick beige head with good retention and leaving some laces.
Light aroma of dark fruits, initially hay and then lots of caramels. Hints of licorice.
Flavor full of spices with notes of dark fruits, raisins, booze, nutty malt, licorice, wood, pineapples and some vinous notes. Dry, bitter and condimented aftertaste.
Medium body with a good effervescent carbonation. Alcohol is felt but is harmonic with the beer.
I did like the fact that although is very malty is bitter than average Belgian beers. Pleasant and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 14:27:25 | More by FLima
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

10-11-2013 17:36:03 | More by proctah
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

08-23-2013 08:38:43 | More by SGToliver

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-13-2013 01:35:12 | More by WOLFGANG
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5/5  rDev +33%

05-18-2013 11:35:24 | More by Petertauro
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-16-2013 20:54:54 | More by Ciocanelu
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

04-13-2013 16:26:03 | More by Florya
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-07-2013 19:19:52 | More by GRUUMSH
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

12-16-2012 23:21:56 | More by Scamboogery
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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper ruby red hue with a creamy tan three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is fruitcake,burnt toffee,figs,marzipan and caramel,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation with tastes of cherries,brown sugar,fruit pudding,raisins,a touch of chocolate and finished with a creamy wedding cake bittersweetness and overall i like it as despite its high ABV it is very sessionable and would buy again without doubt cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 08:52:55 | More by ADZA
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-23-2012 18:39:15 | More by Marius
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-26-2012 07:23:44 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: red-brown colour small creamy head

S: sweet caramel, raspberry and a hint of malts

T: burned coffee up front, then a hint of grass (strangely enough, bit it's rather good), and then in the end the malts. less sweet then you would expect from the nose

M/D: for me it's a strange thing too say but it's overcarbonated. ABV is fine

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 22:41:41 | More by benfons
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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Good but modest head of foam. Nice lacing. Very dark mahogany colour.

S - Chocolate, nuts and some woody/earthy aromas. There's a sweet sugary caramel that comes through as it warms. A hint of pepper and wheat as well.

T - This seems to me to be somewhere nearer to a dubbel that a brune. Malty-chocolate flavours abound with a slight coffee aftertaste.

M - Very smooth - the coffee aftertaste hits you very late and as such is a bit of a surprise.

D - I enjoyed this beer alot, quite easy to drink.

This is a beer with an identity crisis. As I outlined above this is more of a dubbel than a dark ale. It has elements of both - the dark colour and overall feel are more of the brune style but the taste and flavour are much more reminiscent of a dubbel. Either way it's good.

Notes - although the alcohol content is listed as 8.7% in the description of this beer, the bottle I have states 8.1%.
Also the best before date on this bottle is 19/8/09 - so this beer is virtually a year out of date. Strangely though this doesn't seem to have affected the beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 11:20:43 | More by xylophonica
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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Duvel tulip. Best before date: 05/09/2011.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown brew with reddish highlights and a tan one finger milky head that holds reasonably well. Decent lacing. light effervescence.

Smell: Pleasant, assertive aromas of yeast dough, toffee, nuts and chocolate and fusels on the front. Some hop herbalness and spiciness on the back. Balanced but the alcohol quickly takes over as the beer warms.

Taste: On a first sip the alcohol is evident but doesn't over heat the tongue. Some dried fruits, toffee, chocolate and yeast. Some peatiness. The alcohol does saturate the palate a bit and makes it hard for a long relaxed degustation.

Mouthfeel: A slight heat. Silky with low carbonation, finishes dry-ish. Lasting caramely sweetness. Medium full bodied.

Drinkability: I actually had this one before and i didn't think much of it, but this time around i enjoyed it a whole lot more - it might have something to do with the serving temperature. The alcohol does kinda blow your tongue after awhile - maybe it doesn't have the structure needed. There's no apparent flaws, and it's interesting even if it's not the most complex examplar. It's kinda of a more alcoholic, dryer Chimay with the yeast dough profile of a La Trappe.

Word to the wise, be careful with the serving temperatue because drinking it too hot or too warm will make a huge difference.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 14:42:52 | More by endovelico
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3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper-brown with a large fading head.
Nose shows loads of treacle fudge and brown sugar with cloves showing in the background. Some soft perfumy alcohol shows.
Similarly sweet malty flavours but there's also a harsh chalky and alcoholic note that detracts from the experience.
Carbonation is ridiculously high.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 10:08:38 | More by CrazyDavros
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3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The nose is low despite the special malts recalling slightly coffee. The beer has a soft body, slightly winey and both spicy and powerful. There are also some shades of alcohol. The aftertaste is bitter. As the Gauloise Ambrée, this beer is quite pungent and is its main asset, but outside of this feature, you must admit that there is really no other interesting flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 13:38:04 | More by ThaCreep
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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark burnished brown, red up to the light, with enormous beige head, really rather large, but sinking gradually. Leaves a complex schematic of lace around the glass and there is a nice haze and bead, with floaties - or, more appropriately, sinkies.

Nose is very sweet and malty, but with a nice floral hop aroma to go along with it. A caramel and toffee sweetness for the most part, hints of an astringent citrus character and light medicinal phenols. Quite boozy actually, but very good.

Taste is extremely malty and quite boozy, quite a bit of a nutty edge and the balance for the malt - if it is balanced - comes from a tart, fruity edge rather than any floral or particularly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly foamy, pretty slick, certainly feels full but not sticky. Quite boozey on the back with mildly biting alcohol phenols. Overall feels slightly unbalanced, with the malt having free range to bombard the palate. Sour citric character is welcome, but then overrun by boozey finish. Good character, not great structure.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 00:40:28 | More by laituegonflable
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4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark opaque red-brown, with a creamy thick head of yellow-white foam. Good lacing. Some floating sediment in the glass from an overenthusiastic pour. Looks pretty thick and pretty tasty.

Wonderful rich and sweet aromas on the nose. Deliciously complex, with dark cherry-chocolate, port and light oak. Even some lighter phenols and banana characters coming though. Very pleasant indeed, and bursting with complexity.

Taste is wonderfully refined, sweet, but dry with a light grain afterpalate, and lashings of roasted chocolate darkness. Some light phenolic bitterness on the very back. Light and creamy in the mouth - truly wonderful. It's not as full or complex as I expected from the nose, but it has excellent balance, and is magnificently drinkable.

A very enjoyable beer, with lots of wonderful characters that are held together in a wonderful structure. Extremely drinkable, and juicily delicious.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 06:02:58 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Produces four fingers thick of light brown/tan rocky head. The body is clear, dark and ruby red in color. Great lacing.

Aroma is dark over ripe fruits and a bit of sassafras.

Taste is sweet, sassafras, and slightly an herbal/cola mix.

MF is prickly and coarse. Sharp crispness and the alcohol is masked good.

Very pleased with this brew. Drinkable beyond expected due to the well masked alcohol presence. Sweet enough to appeal to the non beer drinker and complex to appeal to the beer savant.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 15:41:59 | More by TheSarge
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La Gauloise Brune from Brasserie Du Bocq
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