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Coup De GrisouCoup De Grisou

Brewed by:
Brasseurs R.J.
Quebec, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SixpointJMH on 09-27-2003

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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 93
Photo of shamus
4.89/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a luscious head with a hazy orange body. You can immediately smell the spiciness to come. There is a tangy citrus scent mixed with a woody smell. A rich flavour of coriander, citrus zest and yeasty goodness goes down smoothly and ends with a gentle fizz. this is probably my favourite Quebec micro-beer. it's great in summer as it is refreshing but equally good in cold weather as it has a warm spiciness. this is a weakly written review of an exceptional beer.

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Photo of medic25
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my buddies was good enough to bring this back from Canada for me. Served in a pint glass, this pours a hazy orange color with a good sized white head. Aroma is very pleasant, yeasty and fruity. The taste is also very impressive; the coriander is at the forefront without overpowering the drink. I'd have to describe it as something between a witbier and a Belgian pale ale. Extremely drinkable, plus at 5% it won't knock you on your behind. My only regret is that this isn't available in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Lewnanny
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another super nice beer. The color is a powerfull and attractive nice orange. The smell is like other White Belgian I had. I love that smell. This buckwheat beer, will become easily one of the beer I buy often.... if I can find it.... near my hometown.

The taste is very nice and distinctive. These beer are among my favorite one.

The 341 ml bottle with a ABV of 5.0% came from a 12 pack Degustation box, from the brewer RJ of Montréal.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orangish beer that is very cloudy with a two finger thick lassing that dissapear to leave a foamy sticky foam to the glass.

Smell is very fruity, coriander and some other spices come into play. Her taste is quite smooth, the spices hit you first followed by a shy caramel malt note and ends with some shy hops bitterness. The yeast is also present, some cereals flavours come in too with an aftertaste of water that actually comes and ruins this beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A coworker of mine brought me back a bottle of this from her trip home to Quebec recently, what a great surprise. Came in a 660 ml brown bottle. The label is a bit macabre, there is a man leaning backwards clutching his head in his hands like he is in torment (bad hangover?--it's only 5% buddy), while a boulder falls from the sky behind him. It's a great looking ale though, nice coppery/amber body, lots of suspended yeast particles, huge creamy off-white head that lingers a very long time. Wonderful nose to it, intense coriander, sweet banana, clove, quite grassy as well. Flavour is rich and citrusy sweet, there's a lemony bite in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel at first, but it goes oily on the finish. A very pleasing ale, I couldn't drink a lot of these in one sitting, but I'm sure going to enjoy finishing this particular glass.

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my Montreal beer bud Troy for getting me this one during a late night poutine run!

A-Cloudy orangish-yellow with a medium off-white head that left spotty lacing.

S-Somewhat sour (in a good way) citrus scent and floral aromas. A bit musty as well with some graininess too.

T-Good flavours of lemon,caramel malt and a bready maltness. All blend well and are light overall.

M-Medium-light body with good crispness and a nice smoothness.

D-A light session beer WITH flavour. If I could get this more often this could easily become one of my "go to" beers of choice! Nothing crazy here....just good with a twist.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Light, very cloudy orange in color with a decent head that went down cleanly.

Smell – Similar to a Belgian Pale, this nose is sweet with a nice yeast backbone. The fruits are summery light. The winners here though are the spices. They are just beautifully done. I’m not sure what all they are, but I could smell this ale all day long.

Taste – The flavors here are light yet very distinctive. The juicy apricot is mixed with juicy tangerine and juicy peach, if you get my drift. The backbone is a subtle yeast, and I never would have noticed the faint buckwheat if I hadn’t known to look for it. The spices are wonderful at the tongue as well.

Mouthfeel – This one has a light, summertime mouthfeel with some nice carbonation and a pronounced spiciness at the finish.

Drinkability – This is a terrific seasonal from Quebec.

Comments – Big thanks to Rastacouere for putting together this monster trade (which I’ve been sampling for a month now) and for including this fine and very unique offering from Brasseur RJ.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a hazy ale colour with a lot of sediments floating around. Head is white in colour and very fizzy and noisy! There is some minimal lacing occurring.

Smell - i can pick up orange peel, wheat, some vanilla as well.

Taste - very good tasting beer, light and even. i can pick up some orange right away, followed by some subtle wheat flavours. The vanilla comes in at the end.

Mouthfeel - added carbonation makes the beer a little more flavoured, however, the taste remains the same. found the slight "tang" went away during the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - fantastic beer, would stock and share with friend again!

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Photo of HardTarget
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Great art. I checked what the name means, it seems to refer to a mine explosion, which would explain the expression on the guy. Label notes coriander and buckwheat and yeast in the bottle (which was left behind on the pour). Brown twisty bottle.

Aroma: Smokey? Coriander Rules! I’m a fool for it though. Some other light spices, vanilla, nutmeg, orange peel. All in all, enchanting.

Appearance: Oddly, viewed from the side it showed significant hazy, but it was clear when viewed from the top. Holds a collar of white foam, but little to no lace.

Flavor: Cola flavors from the coriander, lemon, orange, wheat, but mostly coriander, and lots of it. Again, I love the stuff.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy carbonation, light body.

Overall Impression: Did I mention I love coriander? This gets high marks from me just based on that. It could use some more base to hold and support the spices though.

Hand carried back from Montreal.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with generous head that goes away too quickly. Aroma is quite complex with definitely some buckwheat and a few spices (probably some coriander mix with something else) completed with Cheval Blanc usual yeast. Taste is quite complex with the roasted buckwheat hitting you right at the beginning and then coriander mixing quite nicely with the yeast. I waited a while until I could pick-up a fresh sample before rating this since I’ve noticed that it doesn’t aged very well.

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Photo of Barraclou
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A cloudy orange brew with lots of carbonation.

Smell: A sweet and spicy aroma of buckwheat. It is very sexy to smell.

Taste: Usually, I don't like much wheat beers, but its spicy aspect makes me liking this one. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: One of the most interesting mouthfeel I ever had.

Drinkability: It makes a really good job in the traditional world of beer brewing.

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Photo of eat
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loads of sediment apparent on the pour, suspended in small chunks throughout the beer. Dark orange-honey colour, very cloudy. A small head dissipates to a thin, bubbly layer. Not a bad looking beer besides all the sediment.

Strong smell of oranges, corriander, sweet, refreshing citrus.

Medium carbonation and body.

Taste of corriander, caramel, yeast and wheat. Smooth and nicely spiced.

The only downside is the label, which prevented me from buying it for the longest time. This is possibly the worst beer label I've ever seen! It doesn't make any sense...what's supposed to be happening to that guy? A bunch of boulders are flying at him and he looks like he's writhing in pain. Doesn't really make me want to drink beer. Any French speakers have any idea what a Coup de Grisou is? Maybe that explains it.

I could probably drink a few of these. Nice beer, in spite of the label.

EDIT: I figured out what the name is all about. Grisou translates to firedamp in English, which is a flammable gas found in coal mines. Sometimes it ignites and produces explosions, which is known as a 'coup de grisou' en francais. The picture on the label must be of such an explosion, the guy getting hit with flying debris. I still have no idea why someone would name a beer this, but at least it doesn't seem quite so random anymore. I guess it's supposed to represent an explosion of flavour.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coup de Grisou….in a bottle from the Brewer’s mixed pack.

Appearance-into the glass a hazy mixed color of gold and orange, medium sized head of white at the end of it. The carbonation is aggressive but it does leave fairly quickly.

Smell-lots of aromas here, the usual fruit and spice followed by a smell that is similar to rye, of course the bottle advertises buckwheat so this could be it, a piney earthy smell this is. Aromatic.

Taste/Mouthfeel-layers of flavors, a beginning of the buckwheat hits but then layers of fruit, spice and sugar, more fruit on the way down. Medium mouthfeel, spicy note is the last touch of flavor as it finishes. The flavors largely work, the buckwheat isn’t perfect but it is something different and the complexities here are welcome.

Overall-well worth a try, a wheat style fruit beer with some good notes and different tastes. Not perfect and definitely may not be your thing but I found it interesting.

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Photo of bobsy
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from JA Moisan in Quebec City. This is quite the wheat kick I'm on!

The beer pours a cloudy orange colour, with a medium white head, that quickly drops to a film and leaves a few lonely spots of lace behind. The smell is huge on spice, and coriander dominates against a sweet malt background. Its fairly straightforward, but also pleasing, and the spice seems well integrated.

Ah...this tastes good! Spices and wheat beers seem to mix very well. The coriander is prominent, but does not overpower the clean taste of the wheat, before making a comeback in a spicy sweet finish. All of this is cut by a light tanginess that prevents the beer from becoming too cloying. The body is kinda light, and the carbonation is medium, but that seems to fit this brew perfectly.

I could session this for sure, its nicely spiced, but doesn't punch you in the face with it like some offerings can. I'd definitely buy this again if I saw it.

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Photo of TxTechBrewer
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours cloudy orange color. Very persistent off-white head.
Aroma: Citrus fruits like orange tangerine and spices like coriander w/ slight peppery notes. No off aromas and a hefe-type signature.
Flavor: Dominant citrus flavor with prominent orange peel. Dry finish with lingering citrus flavors.
Mouthfeel: Slight oiliness with good carbonation to support and dry fruity flavors. Bit of lingering acidity.
Overall Impression: Very interesting interpretation of a Belgian wit bier. Well balanced with nice fruit flavors and would be an excellent summer quencher. Good beer!

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Photo of DrJay
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, light orange beer topped by a thin, off-white head. Spicy aroma with plenty of grainy malt and a hint of pepper and grassiness. These characters carry over into the flavour, but the finish is a bit spicier (coriander perhaps) and lasts for quite a while. The buckwheat definitely makes its presence known. A bit slick with moderate carbonation. Interesting profile, quite tasty. One that I'd like to encounter on tap.

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Photo of franksnbeans
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy orange with a little sediment. Frothy white head that dies pretty quick. Smells big on the coriander, a little spicy and slightly sweet malt note. Coriander is up front but not powerful in any way with a little sweet and spice in the finish. Light and crisp in the mouth with good carbonation. Very very drinkable/sessionable.

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Photo of pootz
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml twist crown bottle. A hard pour puts a cloudly orange-gold ale with a small but puffy cap in your wit glass. Natural abundant small-bubbled effervesense is lively in the glass. Aroma is a whallop of spicey corriander of dry buckwheat malts and a slight mustyness...attention grabbing aroma! front side has an hearty body and smooth mouth feel ...dominated by spice tones coming from the buckwheat husk, yeast and corriander....middle is malty-dry with some earthyness... finish is long with the spice nature returning and pummeling the tongue until the rye-like after tastes kick in...what a ride..great variation on a traditional style...me like varra mucha!

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Photo of Lagaffe74
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Number in my series of beers brought from Quebec by a friend of mine. It poured a reddish copperlike color. It had a spicy, citrusy nose that was very nice. On the palate, it started off with a little sweetness but ended with a dry finish accompanied with hints of mandarin flavors. Very nice. Give it a try if you come across it!

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Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer upon its debarking the 12-ounce brown bottle pours a well 'Chill Hazed' orange-amber color, the head munificent, creamy white in color, it disintegrates into velvet like sheets that cling to the glass. 'Ah That Smell', earthy grains, citrus, hints of bubble gum, ripe fruit, malt, need I say more. Front is lightly sweet, the top skinny, the finish forcefully acidic, the hops apropos to this style, the aftertaste droughty and long lasting, quite drinkable, not great but certainly a nice change of pace for me.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sabrina and Joel for the bottle!
The beer pours a cloudy peach, thick chunks of yeast dumping out of the bottle and setting up shop in the bottom of the glass. The head is initially thick, dropping quickly into an even, white coating. Random spots of lace. Good cloudiness, but the grayish chunks of yeast covering the bottom of the glass gross me out a little.
The aroma is sort of witbier-ish. Heavy on the coriander, with a soft maltiness. Some sourish wheat notes. Mild lemon and pear fruitiness, with some earthy tones.
The flavor starts out with a dry, brittle wheat flavor, coriander kicking in early. Lemon and doughy notes through the middle, with a spiced wheat sourness in the finish. Doughy yeast. A powdery, chalky mouthfeel with rather charged carbonation. Lightish medium bodied.
More or less in the vein of a wit. I'm not really sure what the buckwheat adds, but it feels a little wilder than your average witbier. Some added graininess and spice. All in all, a nice brew with a unique flair.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle into Brassin d'Hiver tulip. The first time I had this (before really enjoying craft) I thought this beer was disgusting.
A- Marmalade color full of suspended particles. Thin, pretty head. The lacing is shaped like long goopy strands which is kind of halloweeny and suits the label well.
S- Apricot. Grain. Raspberry. Yeast. Burnt sugar. Humid basement.
T- Apricot. Grapefruit. Nectarine/peach. Marmalade! Wheat
M- I like the mouthfeel. Well carbonated. Light but you still feel like you're drinking beer. One thing I don't like is: there just seems to always be this watery undertone to R.J. brews.
D- High. No sure you'd want to have more than two or three though - peculiar taste.

Every time I have this beer I seem to enjoy it more. Something about it is very interesting. Feels like a quality product. Try it.

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Photo of scottum
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy dirst blond amber with a white head. Fruity flavors are very much a part of this brew. The buckwheat stands out the most. There is solid balance and a good mouthfeel. The brew has a bit of a sweet finish, but not overbaringly sweet. Certainly a solid offering from RJ.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Coup de grisou Review

The look of it: yellow orange. Lots of carbonation with half of the finger of head.

The smell it: Some orange and some citrus flavour to it with a bit of a sweet malt.

The taste of it: It's like the smell, some orange with some citrus of the after taste. Sweet malt to it on the after taste. Very sweet not aggressive at all. A bit on the watery taste for the after taste.

So overall would I recommend it? For sure. I really did enjoy that beer during this winter. I find it much better that the Cheval blanc. But the price is a bit high. If you find it on special, go for it. It will worth the price.

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Photo of biegaman
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coup De Grisou literally translates as "gas blast" but, fortunately, prying off the cap didn't result in any lost digits or, for that matter, anything more dramatic than a muted 'hiss'. In fact, there's virtually no pressure in this beer; both bubbles and foam fall out almost immediately. The liquid has a summer sunset sort of hazy, suffocating golden complexion.

The aroma, on the other hand, is a little more explosive. That's maybe a generous term and certainly exaggerates the savory/spicy contribution of the coriander and the subtly sweet candied orange rind flavour. Nonetheless, I really like it. There's even an underlying hibiscus-like floral note that adds a potpourri-like element to it.

But something's a little off on the palate. I can't say for certain but, hazarding a guess, logically assume it's the use of buckwheat responsible for that slightly different taste. It's not as sweet or cereal-like as a conventional barley- or wheat-based beer. It lacks the typical maltiness and tastes far more like a seed than grain...

And that makes perfect sense given the buckwheat likely was not malted and technically is a seed, not a cereal grain. I've used green buckwheat groats in my homemade granola and switched to kasha (nuttier, toasted groats) to avoid that grassy, goat-y, hemp-like flavor that is presently becoming more and more noticeable with warmth.

And yet I don't mind it here. That earthiness is a really nice pairing with the more zestful coriander and fruity, farmhouse-y qualities of the yeast. Compared to (relatively few) experiences with spelt, amaranth and sorghum (to say nothing of rice or corn!) buckwheat may be my alternative grain of choice. Coup De Grisou is really interesting and unexpectedly good.

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