Belle Gueule Rousse | Brasseurs R.J.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,151
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
56
pDev:
16.27%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.97/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber style beer with a good head. Lack of spice or aftertaste. A bit too bland for my liking... This is an everyday beer but in no way is it a session beer. It seems like the Belle-Gueule have lost some ground in the past few year or maybe it is my beer taste that have evolved.

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Photo of mendvicdog
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a clear copper with a fair size foamy off-white head. There is lots of carbonation and there is a medium amount of lacing left on the glass. Doesn't really look all that 'red' for a red beer.

Smell - has a dry smell, slight hops and bread notes

Taste & Mouth - Low to average amount of carbonation in the mouth. Starts off somewhat dry and then finishes with a brown sugar like sweetness. It actually has a nice balance of taste.. perhaps a little too watery though.

Drink - probably my favorite of the Belle Guelle family. But even with that being said, there are much better beers out there.

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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 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 Whatup14
2.25/5  rDev -32.2%

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 StormAles
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Had this on tap at the Irish Embassy in Montreal. This was labeled as their house amber, but the bartender told me it was the Belle Gueule. Pours a bright red colour with very thin off-white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly with little lacing. Smells incredibly malty and sweet, caramel and quite nutty. Sweet flavour, almost no bitterness. Carbonation is quite high, I'd prefer a bit smoother. A nice enough amber.

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Photo of Kendo
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is chestnut-amber with a small off-white head that settles quickly.

S: Sweet, caramel malt. Corn syrup? A touch of husky grain.

T: Caramel malt and toffee, with a bit of wet cardboard and minerally hop bitterness that tries to offset the malt but fails. Lingering sweetness on the aftertaste.

M: Light-to-medium in heft, feels a bit thin/watery at times. Carbonation is active and fizzy, but gentle and thus not offensive.

O: OK. Nothing special.

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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 Noelito76
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of oldp0rt
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of TerryW
2.38/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a very subdued, bland beer.

Pours clear amber with a moderate head that settles to a partial film. Sweet caramel malts, some hops. Thin mouthfeel with a slightly unpleasant metallic finish. Overall, simply an average beer at best, but with a brittle edge that makes it less than drinkable.

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Photo of Socialiste
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Mack
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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

Photo of videofrog
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of CurtisD
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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 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 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 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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