Coup De Grisou | Brasseurs R.J.

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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

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Added by SixpointJMH on 09-27-2003

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Photo of mrmanning
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle- Deep hazy orange/amber with a generous froth of white head. Nice lace too. The nose is all out spices, lots of corriander and cardamon?and floral with wheaty,fruity sweet malts, with a good dose of apricot. It's all pretty messy though. Taste is sweet apricot and wheaty, yeasty spices with corriander coming through in a big way. All about the corriander. Finish is creamy which WOULD leave this quite drinkable if not for the spices. This is too spicy and messy to be able to enjoy any more than 1 bottle.Dunkelweizen? Right.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Brought this one home from a recent trip to Montreal along with several others that I haven't seen in the States. It poured a cloudy golden orange hue with a thin white head. The aroma was fruity, spicy and mildly yeasty. The mouthfeel was like that of a weizen... highly carbonated with lots of tiny bubbles.

The taste, however, didn't match up to the nice aroma and mouthfeel. There were spicy, yeasty, peppery flavors with a slightly bitter finish. But the flavor was so short-lived in my mouth that it was hard to pick up all the flavor. There was no rich middle to this beer, and the finish faded quickly. Overall, it had the potential to have the spicy complexity of a Saison, but the flavor just didn't last long enough to truly enjoy it.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coup De Grisou poured a dark amber color, with a small head, and much sediment. The smell was offesniven and overall not very good. The taste however was a bit better, it was spicey and had many other flavors all mixed in. The beer wasnt very heavy, but I wouldnt want another after one. I thought this beer overall was okay, I just didnt have much of a taste for it.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Received as an extra from Phyl21ca; thanks Phil!

a - Pours a hazy brown-orange color with two inches of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Tiny bit of sediment evident.

s - Smells of yeast, wheat, coriander, spices, orange peels, and something odd I can't put my finger on. It seems a little like sour/bready malts. Not bad, but seems a little odd with the other scents.

t - Tastes of wheat, sour fruit, citrus, spices, grain, and bready malts. Again, something slightly sour and odd in the taste, but a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. The body is very smooth and creamy; feels great.

d - Overall this was a decent beer. The mouthfeel was great, but something seemed a little off/sour in the smell and taste. If it wasn't for that it would have been a good beer. Probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at Boris Bistro in downtown Montreal. Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.

Pours up copper orange with a thin head. Smells of wheat and coriander and citrusy.

Tastes like a Belgian wheat. Lots of orange flavour, a bit of carbonation and herbal notes.

An interesting fruit beer, definitely a summer quencher but not something that I'd want yearround.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from a store outside Mont Tremblant a while ago.

A - Cloudy pour with a light copper or orange body. Strong carbonation with a three finger, very losse white head. Initial head looked like it would fade fast but it settled into a nice full finger retention. No lacing.

S - Strong citrus, yeast, light grains, light spice. Sort of a bubblegum element with citrus soap? Strong orange.

T - Light grain. Citrusy orange. A little yeast and sweet spice but that orange is really strong. It's almost like shock top which I just tried and tastes alot like orange soda. It opens up towards the end of the bottle with more spice, yeast, and grain, but still has that orange cola character. The progress it makes, makes up for a part of the earlier flaws.

M - Strong carbonation and a medium creamy body. Lingering sweet finish which isn't exactly pleasant.

O/D - Drinks like a wheat beer. The more I drank it became more like an orange soda. I couldn't see myself drinking too much of this. Overly sweet and not exactly beer-like, until it opens up to more spice. Still not great.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy orange with lots of suspended chunks. Not a particularly appetizing look.

S - Spicy, citrus, cloves. I'd call this a wit-like style rather than fruit/vegetable.

T - Spicy (curry?). mild hop bitterness and some lemony notes. Yeast presence is there as well (as expected from the chunkies).

M - Slightly dry, light in both mouthfeel and carbonation.

D - Not my favorite. Drinkable, yes. A nice hot-weather session beer maybe, but not particularly flavourful.

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Photo of sstackho
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased from Metro Joanette in Montreal. Pours a cloudy light straw. Nice yeasty, peppery aroma. First taste is on the thin side. A bit of yeast, but not much in the way of spices or fullness. The flavour doesn't seem to be improving as it goes on. I've had this in the past, but not for a while. I had thought I remembered this beer being better than this, but perhaps I'm confusing it with a different beer. But you'd think I'd remember a buckwheat beer... I will try to resample when I get the chance.

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Photo of karait95
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: opaque orange color not to brilliant good big head that dissipates to fast.

S: wheat smell with some herbs inside somethin spicy but not identified is present also little sweetness can be smelt.

T: complex flavor full wheat but not sweet or citric most herbal. Little bitterness can be felt.

M: very refreshing beer but not too easy to drink, it is mostly neutral than bitter or sweet.

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Photo of markgugs
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz. bottle into tulip pint glass, courtesy of my buddy unitmonster in Montreal

A: Pours a VERY cloudy, murky orange, tons of yeast in this beer, looks very much like a hefeweizen. Nice-sized 2-finger off-white head, disappears rather quickly and doesn't leave too much lacing.

S: Bottle claims a "huge buckwheat aroma," though I don't really detect it; more of an extremely lemony citrus scent, a very rose-like floral smell, and coupled with some earthy yeast aromas.

T/M: Some very nice flavors in this beer, I initially thought "pleasant." The lemon citrus flavors are not as pronounced as the aroma would have you believe, and there is far more of a slight butterscotch malted flavor to balance it fairly well. Nice, creamy smooth mouthfeel too.

D: This would be an easy beer to session with, it's not offensive or robust, and it is well-made. Just not terribly exciting, but a good beer overall.

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Photo of ultrastiledivita
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle poured into a pint

A: Cloudy orange, a little bit of head that settles into suds, renubds me off fresh apple juice picked up at a farmers market...

S: definetly wheat, some coriander and citrusy tones are picked up as well

T: pretty weird actually (in a good way) starts off tasting like a wit yet kinda dissapates into a hoppy ending, definetly some spicy notes in it and some coriander undertones

M: very nice actually, good carbonation that kinda dissaperes very quickly to leave with a slightly bitter finish

D: decent, not really my style but if you're into these kinds of beers the taste and the abv % could make this a good beer to have alot of over the course of an evening

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

200th review!

Last of an RJ sample pack from Montreal.

Poured into a Leffe chalice. A light opaque orange brew, with a thin head that survives as a ring. Some flecks of lacing. I tried to keep the sediment out, but missed a bit, and I've got to say, the pieces are quite unattractive. Reminds me of that gross soda from the mid 90's with suspended jelly particles in it. Once they settled on the bottom, it wasn't too bad. Other than that, it looks like a Belgian pale to me.

Nose is spicy, with notes of yeast and tart citrus - lemon and orange, perhaps.

Taste is certainly spicy - cinnamon and coriander for the most part, perhaps a bit of clove. Yeast and a real 'country' flavor, which I'm guessing is the buckwheat. Citrus provides a mild presence in the back. Surprisingly dry. I suppose it tastes alright, but it just feels off balance to me. Never really got in to it.

Mouthfeel is slightly powdery, probably the sediment again. Mild carbonation, medium-thin body.

Not bad, but certainly not my favorite from RJ. There's just something about it that's not working for me.

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A full shot of decent yeast, lace in a light coloured haze. Refreshing though drying. Light mouthfeel. Above average carbonation. Taste that buckwheat.
Easy drink, no complaints. Average beer. Malt, slightly sweet countered by corriander, pepper and fresh ginger-like bite.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Excessive yeast sediment. Head weak. Has a nice orange amber colour.

S- Weak. Yeast, a bit of spicy fruit.

T- Yeast, bottle conditioned flavour up front. Buckwheat present but not enough. A bit of spice, but again lacking. Some sweet/alcohol flavour.

MF- Nice feel to it. easy on the mouth but has some substance to it.

D- Easy to drink. The only limitation is looking at the big clumps of yeast floating in there.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - amber orange colour, small white fizzy/foamy head, lots of carbonation

Smell - wheat, citrus peel, coriander, hops, yeast

Taste & Mouth - lots of taste going on here, almost like a beer flavor explosion. Perhaps if an Indian pale ale met a wheat beer. Good carbonation, wheat up front, then hops, and a bitter finish

Drink - I'm really happy I tried this beer, not like any beers I've had before, worth a try!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a cloudy, almost opaque orange-tan color with a frothy, low profile, white head. Aromas of pepper, basil, coriander, and some sweet, tart wine characteristics. Flavors of roasted wheat, citrus highlights, some berry sweetness, and a decent spice blending. Very balanced and mild overall. Interesting brew. The aftertaste is tangy and spicy, which becomes a bit muddled as you progress through the bottle. Quick, clean finish. Not bad.

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Photo of kenito799
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into hotel tumblers.

Quebec City beer tour continues...

Interesting, spiced buckwheat beer. This medium amber brew poured clody adn then accidentally dumped huge chunks of yeast into the glass. Mild head formation without lacing. These didn't taste bad, but there certainly were a lot of them. Smell is vaguely wheaty underneath some Belgian yeast-type bubblegum fruity notes and some spice.

Taste was pronounced coriander, with a dry malty wheat taste, interesting combination of some fruity notes and the bitter dryness from the wheat. Finish was fairly dry. An interesting beer, not bad at all.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to have tried this beer, but not a style I'd typically enjoy in the winter.

Murky golden straw colour with limited head and lacing. Mouthfeel and carbonation levels are pleasant, but nothing extraordinary.

Aroma is very wheat-forward, with hints of fruit. Flavour is more fruit focused, the wheat is evident but the fruit is the highlight. Not too sweet and a surprisingly multi-dimensional range of stone fruit and berries.

A pleasant surprise!

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Someone gave me this as part of a Brasseurs R.J. sample pack. All 3 of the beers are well done. Some of them have some similarity to Unibroue. I would expect that they brew what sells.

A - Pours a lovely orange copper color. A pretty nice head to begin with receded to leave a nice lacing around the top of the glass.

S - A little organic. Not sure if it's the buckwheat. Having grown up in a farming town, the scent seems very familiar.

T - Tastes like a nice Belgian ale with a hint of spice. I would guess that the "Spicy Buckwheat" on the label would put some people off, but that really shouldn't be the case after tasting this beer.

D - Goes down really smooth. Maybe too smooth. It's only 5% ABV so it's not doing any damage.

M - A little thin in the body. Carbonation is good, just seems like it could use a little more uumph.

Overall a decent beer. Would drink again but there are definitely better examples in this style.

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Photo of crwills
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a strange beer! I don't think I've ever had anything like this before... the buckwheat lends a unique, sour-yeast flavour to the beer that is interesting and actually quite tasty, although I don't know if I'd want more than one (bomber!) of this.

Poured into a standard pint glass, extremely sedimenty/cloudy pale gold. Brown yeast bits cluster at the bottom, and this beer never clears up. Nice, fluffy pale head too.

Not a whole lot of aroma to this one; bit of yeast or bread, bit of spicy wheat, bit of sour fruit. Taste is--as I said--unique. Like a strangely spiced wheat beer with some wild yeast in it or something. Excellent, oily-smooth mouthfeel and a relatively clean aftertaste that doesn't retain the sourness or spice.

Definitely worth a try at least once, but not a session beer.

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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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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A very slight copper color topped with a finger an a half of very bubbly head. Carbonation was easily visible. As the pour progressed small bit of yeast sediment could be observed entering the bottle.

S: Coriander, slight citrus, a little bit of sweet malt.

T: Just like the taste. Coriander is present which is typical in a Belgian wheat. The belgian yeast character is good and provides a nice spiciness. There are some sweet malts but its more in the background of the spicy and yeasty flavors.

M: Good carbonation adds to the mouthfeel and makes the beer quite filling but at the same time nicely refreshing.

O: A fairly decent beer that I was content to drink. Nothing astounding but worth the money.

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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 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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