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Coup De Grisou | Brasseurs R.J.

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98 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasseurs R.J.
Quebec, Canada
brasseursrj.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by SixpointJMH on 09-27-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#33,383
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
98
pDev:
13.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdfb79
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
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 GarthDanielson
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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 spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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 biegaman
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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 bylerteck
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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 Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DrJay
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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 markgugs
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Gusler
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
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 papat444
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flashback #302

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Photo of Whatup14
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of RoyalT
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
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 ElGallo
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vette2006c5r
2.95/5  rDev -19%
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 Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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 StormAles
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bobsy
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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 oldp0rt
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Noelito76
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IronDjinn
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Coup De Grisou from Brasseurs R.J.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 98 ratings
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