Belle Gueule Pilsner | Brasseurs R.J.

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Belle Gueule PilsnerBelle Gueule Pilsner

Brewed by:
Brasseurs R.J.
Quebec, Canada

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SixpointJMH on 12-01-2003

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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of vtjim
4.92/5  rDev +51.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served by the pint from tap at Nyks in Montreal. (Good food there, too!)

Possibly the best Pilsner beer I've had outside of the Czech Republic. I've tried many so-called Pilsners brewed in North America, and they just don't do the style justice.

The Belle Gueule poured a golden color with a nice head that lingered appropriately and left a nice lace on the glass.

Tastewise, the beer had an authentic body, matched perfectly with Saaz hops. Neither the body nor the hops were overdone. I was left wondering where this beer has been all my life.

Very drinkable!

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pure white head with good retention and good legs. Color is very pale. Nice spicy and herbal hops on the nose. Hops dominate the flavor - nice and tangy against the light malt backbone.

This is a great pilsner. I always bring some back when I go to Quebec, but need to remember to drink it quickly as it does not keep well. When fresh (especially when the weather is hot), it is hard to find a better thirst quencher. A well made lighter beer to balance the hop bombs, imperials, and other current trends.

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Photo of Boo-urns
4.15/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kloug
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of toddsschneider
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed by McAuslan Breweries craft beer division of the Brasseurs RJ parent.
Light straw coloured, crystal clear.
Hops are not very prevalent to me except in the (as the company labels it) 'surprising' aftertaste; moderate bitterness.
Noticeable floral aroma.
Smooth, crisp, pure malty palate.
The quality grows as the glass diminishes.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great four-finger head which leaves very good head on the glass. The liquor is clear and dark gold in color.

The nose features a raw grain (unmalted) smell. There is appropriate light hop in the background.

I'd describe this beer as accurate in flavor to the style. Nice blend of malt and hop with neither overwhelming the other. The body is also accurate for the style which is to say that it is moderate to low against most micros.

I received this beer in Montreal...I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys pilsners and find themself in Quebec.

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Photo of hunterjames
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shiloh
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pilsner is just average in both outward categories, but is very good where it matters.
A hazy golden yellow offering with a small crown and adequate carbonation.
The nose is barely noticable, maybe a very low presence of yeast.
The flavour is very good and well defined. Well balanced to begin with a grainy maltiness mixed with a floral like bitterness ending slightly to the hops.
I believe to be an exellent session brew.

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Photo of rarbring
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden brew, a white high head, medium lacing.

Smell of pears, some lemon and fresh grass.

Tasting of white bread, some lime, and a grassy bitterness.

Medium carbonation, a fresh coarseness, a medium body and a dry finish.

A clean and nice pilsener.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw-yellow color with a full pillowy white head and decent carbonation. Light almost cooked-corn type aroma with the faintest hint of hops. Tastes much like it smells with considerable Blond Ale character. Light-Medium bodied (leans Medium) and smooth with Ale qualities.

Not very Czech-like as label states ... more of a Blond Ale (although it's not an ale) or a standard Pilsner.

Best Before: end of 03/04
Tasted: 05/12/04

(341 ml) (B. Scott)

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Photo of mynie
3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It'd be silly to do so in a formal sense, but so far as my reviews are concerned, I've started to regard Quebecois adjunct lagers as their own, distinct sub-category of style. And, to me, they are the best tasting of subset of adjuncts, even if they don't quite reach the heights of Schlitz and Grain Belt.

This does not seem to be a Czech pilsener in the slightest--the hops aren't Saaz, and there's plainly some adjunct in the grainbill.

It pours medium dark with a white, retentive head. Smells earthy, grainy, and herbal: cereal, corn, hay, and bit of a Ricola. Tastes like it smells--a very nice melange, assertive but quaffable, firm but not too sweet. The finish contains some mild, pleasant esters as well as a surprising rush of hop dryness.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before end of September 2006. 25 days past date. Don't know if it would have been better fresher, but it certainly hadn't gone bad and I feel I have had enough of these in the past to be able to tell.

A- Pours a nice white head over a clear golden colour. Good bubbliness. Head sticks to the glass.

S- Smells like beer. Hops pleasant and a bit of fruitiness as it warms. Too weak though.

T- Hops profile is pleasant. malt is weak. Slightly yeasty flavour. Not bad in the easy to drink / refreshing beer category. Too mild for great makrs and is hampered by a lingering aftertaste that isn't quite pleasant.

MF- Light but not really watery. Above average for light, thirst quenching beer.

D- Very easy, refreshing, hot day on the beach type of beer. Goes down like water but still tastes like decent beer.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one on the mixpack,with the blond,rousse,lager d'hiver. 15$ for 15 bottles

First: no head from this one in my pint. The color is blond,golden, very clear.Low carbonation

Smell: shy malted smell

Taste: shy taste as well, fresh, dry, lighlty malty,not bad,

mouthfeel is alright

This brew is very drinkable, because it doesnt taste very strong. quite dry.

good beer to have with food,sushi or something

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belle Gueule PilsnEr
The Look of it is really light. Yellow golden color.
The smell of it: Typical as a Pilsner.
The taste of it: Very different than those Labbatt Bleue. Definitely taste like a Pilsner.
So overall wouldI recommend it ? For sure. You wanna drink a Pilsner, drink that not that Labbat Bleue.

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Photo of StormAles
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Dewso
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Alexc11
3.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light gold color. Decent lace. Floral/citrus smell. Mlld bitterness, crisp, good tasting Pilsner.

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Photo of Organdrew
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 ml glass bottle poured into flute-style glass at around 5 degrees Celsius.

Look: Clear golden, slight orange, small head with little retention. Almost no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very subdues, light scent of specific hops and malts. Smells like a lightweight drink.

Taste: Very light, some mild hop and malt. That common "pilsner" taste is evident and comes on near the middle of the drink. Finishes very slightly dry with subtley mild, but noticeable, hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Tastes like a lager beer, moderate carbonation, nothing too observable.

Overall: Very easy-drinking. It's a light-tasting beer with some pilsner qualities. Not bad in any way, but not special in any way. Still kind of has that cheap beer taste but not awfully horrible like some others. A nice refreshing drink in the summer or if you're in the mood for a crisp and easy-drinking beer. I would drink again, but wouldn't go out of my way to get one.

The label classifies it as a "blonde lager brewed in the pilsner style". I'd say that's not far off the mark. It's light like a lager, with some pilsner notes.

I've tried Rousse, Original, houblonée, and pilsner from Belle Gueule, and it's probably my favorite so far.

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Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a soft creamy malts with a slight hop spice.

The taste was a bit muddles with an overly soft malt. Some hop spice came through, but most was dampened by the creamy, full malt.

The mouthfeel was overly creamy for the style.

Overall a tasty beer, but not the best example of the style.

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Photo of Cycle69
3.44/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MasterOfArgos39
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of danadeny
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear straw colored body with a decent head. a mild pils hop smell, a little corn husk. the flavor has good ballance, meaning the hops are on the conservative side but distinctivly pilsner. this is a good transition beer for someone to get into a pils, and work their way up to an urquel or stella. it is very thirst quenching though, with a good mouthfeel and a high drinkability.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.39/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber with date code.
Crystal clear light gold with a creamy white head that stays for a while and laces well. Smells sweet and spicy. Honey, hay, and scallions. Taste is not bad, it is just very similar to air. Very pleasant air, but air nonetheless. I want flavor in my beer. Great balance and just fluffy enough, this feels exceptionally smooth on the tongue. Easily drinkable, just needs some flavor. I would drink this again, but probably forget it just as quickly as I am forgetting this one.

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Photo of JOhn_Molson
3.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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