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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 like varra mucha!

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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 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 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 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 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 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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