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La Gauloise Brune - Brasserie Du Bocq

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BA SCORE
85
very good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq visit their website
Belgium

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 basica:
Photo of basica
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured in my old Chimay chalice, Nice thick frothy 1 inch head that does not take long to recede into a mild layer of clingy lacing
Aroma - Vinous dark fruits with the cap popped; heavy on the plums/rasins and when poured, strong dark fruity notes persists again the plums and rasins; slight bready touches
Taste - Slightly vinous, alcholic with the plums and raisins blending in really well. Spices stand out and tinggle the palates with a slightly sweet finish. A pleasant residual rasiny touch lingers on in the after taste leaving strong dark fruitiness on the nose.
Mouthfeel - Light on the body, high on the carbonation (prefer the other way round though)
Drinkability - 8.1% is not really high and for this one drinkability is ok; improved by the, softness, subtle sweetness and fair smoothness. Slightly lowered by the tingling carbonation.

I would reccomend this one for the lovers of strongly fruity BSDAs.

basica, Nov 15, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Marius, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of rastaman
2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a bit too much of a candy sugar/caramelised sugar flavour in the end, very sweet and it was kind of hard to enjoy in. i prefer soemthing a bit drier, this was too sticky and even cloyingly sweet.

rastaman, Sep 16, 2002
Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

mattfancett, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Ciocanelu, May 16, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
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.

CrazyDavros, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of crosbyms
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

crosbyms, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of proctah
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

proctah, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its desertion from the 330ml brown bottle resides in the glass a deep purple color with a mountainous light tan frothy head, after its demise a fine sheet of lace forms to obfuscate the glass. Nose id fruity, plum like, yeast also present, fresh and clean to the senses with the start sweet and nicely malt laden, the top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a brisk acidity with the hops pleasing in their spiciness, the aftertaste quite dry and the alcohol hid well.

Gusler, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of ThaCreep
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.

ThaCreep, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Globetrotter
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 33cl brown stubbie had a label featuring the same blonde girl in the winged hat that is on the others in the La Galoise series. Only difference is that the ribbon to the left of the sheath of wheat she holds is red. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 12/19/04.

Pours a cloudy burgundy hue under a one finger tan head with lots of biggish bubles. The head settles quickly and leaves no lace. The nose is very subdued, with just a touch of sweet Belgian yeast and some flowery hops. The mouth is very prickly, yet quite heavy. The taste is also subdued, with some plum and grape to start, followed by grain and yeast. The finish is actually fairly hoppy, leaving a good juxtaposition of fruit and flowery bitter. The bitter outlasts the fruit, leaving a good impression. Good, but not outstanding, I'm not exacty enthusiastic.

Globetrotter, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of TheSarge
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.

TheSarge, Jul 15, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of saltydog
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Reddish-brown, red highlights. Aroma: Musty-sweet aroma. Some oxidation. Flavor: Sweet, malty. Some caramel, some burnt sugar, some spices (perhaps coriander) noticable. Mouthfeel: light-bodied, strength not evident. Finish: Crisp, hoppy, spices (coriander?) noticeable, but subtle, just enough to dry the beer out, aiding drinkability.

saltydog, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of ohitsbrad
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

30 November 2005, Best Before Jan 07

Dark brown colour with a medium sized light brown head, no lacing. Aroma is of brown sugar and fruit (oranges?). Taste is of sweet fruits and fruit juice, tangy, spicy, bitter, peppery, and a little sickly sweet. Mouthfeel is a little powdery. Overall it was ok, but I didn't need another.

ohitsbrad, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of Florya
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Florya, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Scamboogery
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Scamboogery, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of leitmotif
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

leitmotif, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of atis
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tanned head which remains one finger thick for at least half a glass, also good and thick lacing.

The aroma is sweet malty with raspberry like hops. Taste is malty with brown/burnt sugar sweetness, maybe some caramel as well. Overall it is slightly too sweet for me. Good thing that alcohol is not evident at all. Mouth is more to the heavy side.

Very good beer.

atis, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of Everydayoff
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.

A:
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.

S:
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.

T:
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.

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

O:
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.

Everydayoff, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of jonb5
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.

jonb5, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of knot
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

knot, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
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.

laituegonflable, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Saind
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Saind, Jan 06, 2014
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La Gauloise Brune from Brasserie Du Bocq
85 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.