Belle Gueule Rousse | Brasseurs R.J.

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Belle Gueule RousseBelle Gueule Rousse

Brewed by:
Brasseurs R.J.
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 01-13-2003

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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this in the bottle in Montreal, and am enjoying one from my sixpack at the moment. I am guesing at the style: the brewery website calls it an amber lager, I looked over the BA beer styles and chose Vienna style lager based on the color of the beer and alcohol content, so I may be wrong.

This pours a beautiful amber color, although the head doesn't last, and no lace to speak of at all. Very, very fine bubbles cascade to the top of the glass. The smell is what I would expect of a European lager, but it's not overwhelming. I gave this beer 4.5 for taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability because it pairs wonderfully with food, and due to the alcohol content of only 5.2, is very drinkable. Not overly hoppy, but you do know you are drinking a lager. It was a very pleasant surprise. Not an overwhelming beer, but if you are looking for something smooth to drink and are looking for a somewhat different session beer, I would recommend this.

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Photo of Kloug
4.25/5  rDev +28%

Photo of Boo-urns
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Barraclou
4.07/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belle Gueule Rousse is a good choice, if you want a Quebec micro beer. Quite easy to find in store, its price is very average. I have immediately observed the fact is a high quality beer for something competing on the mass market. That's a real pleasure to smell that lager. It remembers me good memories. What I like less about Rousse is the not enough stronger mouthfeel. When cold, this beer really shows its personnality, but it seems to fade too quickly before I finish my bottle contents. It may compared to be a Canadian Sam Adams Boston Lager.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the Mundial de Biere in Montreal. On tap served in a tasting glass of 8oz.

Great clear garnet/brown color with a nice head that stays around and leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is nutty and sweet. Very appetizing.

The taste is nutty and malty sweet. Not heavy but not overly carbonated. A little too sweet though.

Overall, a nice session beer. I could drink quite a few of these during a hockey game.

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Photo of needMIbeer
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Shiloh
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew arrived as a very deep golden hue heading towards amber. The original crown was just short of two fingers which disapated to a thick frothy full island lace with a mountainous glass cling.
Carbonation was explosive downsizing to a light summer's rain heading north.
The taste was a combination of grain, malty flowers and mildly of nuts balanced with a mid hoppiness to counter but not lead.
Body was full and smooth going down....well done.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stolen from my sister-in-law's fridge, bottle's history unknown.

A nice, medium-sized, cream-colored, coarse head. Smooth waves of lacing droop down the glass but stop before reaching the surface of the deep copper beer. Lots of fast carbonation. The smell is malty and sweet. And there's a somewhat strange roasty smell that's not unpleasant. Malt, nuts, roasted grains in the front. Alcohol, caramel, a touch of chocolate and some strange sour fruit in the middle. Some decent bitter hoppiness in the finish. Nice nutty aftertaste.

I like this beer. It's a good, dry, nutty, fairly bitter amber lager.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.84/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before end of September 2006. So it is 23 days past date. Still tasted fine and I know this beer well so I feel no guilt using it for a review.

A- Red amber colour. Nice light beige head. Good bubbliness. An attractive beer.

S- Malt. Touch of hops. Touch of roastiness. Very ordinary.

T- Taste better than smell. Roastiness and caramell. Nice maltiness with just the right touch of hops. Lacking a little punch to be truly great. Needs to lose that slightly watery note in the middle and finish.

MF- Carbonation high but acceptable. Not too watery but could be fuller.

D- Very easy to drink. Good mealtime beer. A good everyday lager.

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Photo of sprimusp
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevofficiel
3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the most popular beer in Quebec as I see.
Second time that I try a Red Ale. After trying the Boreale my exception is a bit high and the Belle Gueule did pretty well, so well that I give the same mark 3,75.
Same, Nice smell of light caramel. The taste is roasted coffee.
Nice carbonation, and very smooth to drink.
So would I recommend it ? If you find it and its on special, yes why not, give it try. Its not that different from a Blonde beer as it taste. Some extra sweet flavour will come that u will enjoy it.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold to light amber with a nice full off-white head, good carbonation, and leaves lace rings. Light toasty malt aroma and flavor -- maybe a bit thin but soft enough. Light-medium (leans light) bodied and fairly smooth.

Probabaly a bit light all around for the style but not bad for a Canadian brew....

Per Label: "Lager" & "Munich malt"

Best Before: end of 03/04
Tasted: 07/31/04

(341 ml) (B. Scott)

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Photo of Otterburn
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice dark amber color ,full of light,clear filtered
no head,mediumm carbonation

smell like any rousse, bit malty,caramel,nutty

taste is not strong for the genre, malty,smoothe
not stong but interesting,fresh.

mouthfeel is a bit watery, small tasty after taste

Drinkability is good

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Chez Sophie in Sept Iles Quebec
Deep amber color small off white head persists. Bready sweet caramel little to no hops. Middle of the road amber ale.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured with a finger of head that did lace decently but didn't retain as well as I would have liked. The body is a light crimson top with an amber bottom and notes of brown.

Smell: Has a dry, almost rye bread note to it as dry yeast seems to drown out a bready caramel malt. A slight orange note of citrus hops comes through. Warming helps it out, but only marginally.

Taste: That dry yeast note permeates though the whole beer, but in a good way as it mostly sticks to the background and seems to help contrast the other flavours. Starts with a mild fruitiness, the barest hints of stawberry comes to mind at which point the caramel malt kicks into higher gear delivering a healthy does before a slight nuttiness followed soon by a dose of mild earth and citrus hops.

Mouthfeel: The beer transistioning is a bti of a rougher ride, but a pleasent one as the carbonation helps out the enitre beer. The aftertaste have a bit of a mineral tasting cling to it where the remaining yeast and malt don't quite do enough here, but it's slight.

Drinkability: The beer is light bodied and the carbonation settles down in the right ways. It's a bit of a rare item for me to see a beer that has a dry note to it and pull it off well, which this one does. Didn't take me long at all to get through the bottle.

Final Thoughts: This is my 5th beer from this brewery and I'm starting to notice a trend. It seems their more basic (and more commonly Macro offered) styles are done well and right, but when the get away from that and brew something a bit more esotetic, it doesn't work out so well. Thankfully, this is one of the more basic styles and I enjoyed it. It's not quite a summer drinker, but certainly great on the porch during the spring and fall. Worthy of a whirl.

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Photo of Cycle69
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of danadeny
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear orangish-light brown body and billowing head. smells a a bit hopy and bready. nice roased malt front, and enough hops to ballance everything, but not much else. mouth feel is watery and finishes clean and dry. drinkability is good, this would be a good choice for a summer session beer.

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Photo of Mattgruv
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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

Pours a clear red/brown, small off white head, no lacing. Smell is sweet, malty and floral. Taste is sweet and malty, some chocolate and grassy hops are present. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium carbonation and medium body. Good session beer and one to try when in Quebec.

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Photo of wizo
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of femond
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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

Photo of Niceroad77
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of rodenbach99
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bouteille brune de 341ml.

bière de belle couleur cuivrée, avec une mousse blanche disparce, nez très malté avec un peu de caramel, en bouche la bière offre une palette fraîche, du malt, un léger goût de caramel. elle se termine sur une finale équilibrée avec une belle amertume. bonne bière.

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