Death Valley | Brasseurs R.J.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jrenihan on 10-20-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
66
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
12.98%
 
 
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Photo of NeilW
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a pretty decent beer and fairly typical of a lot of the Quebec Belgian style beers. I poured the first glass from the bottle after it had been stored on it's side - this caused a lot of the sediment to end up in the pour. The second glass was poured after the bottle had been stored for about half an hour upright in the fridge - and most of the sediment stayed in the bottom of the bottle.

The first pour, not surprisingly had a more yeasty taste - not overpowering nor unpleasent but it did change the character of the beer. The beer pours a somewhat cloudy copper colour. The nose has aromas of bread, some citrus, and malt. Despite its name it is not overly agressive in flavour. It has a decent amount of hops, and a sweet long finish. The carbonation is excellent with a nice mouthfeel. This is not an overy heavy beer, despite its higher alcohol content. The carbonation leaves the beer crisp and easy drinking.

Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.42/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

**
Circa 2000
Bottle to pint glass.

Hazy yellow with an enormous amount of sediment.
Crazy pasty with belgian wang in the taste.

Not very enjoyable at all.

**

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Photo of PJT
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jotora
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nyrblue2
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hotsudge
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boo-urns
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hunterjames
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Socialiste
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheDoctor
1.99/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Serving: Bottle


Pours a coppery brown with a persistent khaki head that is pretty substantial, lots of scummy lace. The aroma is of a rusty puddle with some leaves in it. Flavor kicks it up a notch with a bizarre bready-sweet 'pop' that descends into dirty, woody hops with lots of spices, soap and an old rag thrown in for good measure. The flavor melds with the mouthfeel as it becomes increasingly astringent to the point of being unpleasant. There is active carbonation and it is medium bodied, but the main thing you feel is a bitter, acrid hum in your mouth that sticks around a while.

I would absolutely not have this again. It was flat out terrible. Ordinarily with a beer this bad I wouldn't even review it because it would be infected. This was not infected, it was just a mess of big flavors and feeling in a whirlpool of bitterness. No off flavors and I drank it with a friend who actually seemed to really like it.

All I can guess is that it was incredibly old (bought from a grocery store that doesn't care about beers and is a good spot to get "pre-aged" Sophie and Unibroue). HOWEVER, the best before date is in 2018! Seriously, Brasseurs RJ?!?

Different strokes for different folks, I guess.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Death Valley is too daunting a name for such a pleasant looking ale - surely this glowing, clear-ish liquid is nothing to fear!? Appropriate for its name, however, the beer's colour is indeed reminiscent of the scorched earth and sun-baked sand of the dessert. And its head is, ahem, a "low point of elevation".

For a beer that exclaims "hop lovers rejoice!" the aroma has a lot of biscuity malt - and an underwhelming amount of hops. They call this a "triple hop" beer, presumably because it uses three varietals (Bravo, Saaz and Amarillo) and not because it has three times more hoppiness. It doesn't.

Certainly not in the bouquet; the taste delivers a little more. Orange blossoms and lemon/lime bar mix play more prominently on the palate, though we're still in the shallow end as for as depth of hop flavour. Given the varietals listed it's a surprise there's not more grassy florals or tropical fruit notes.

Or perhaps not given the presence of malt and yeast. For a Belgian style beer with an American twist this has an awful lot of British character: dough, bread, and biscuits from the grain as well as marmalade- and apricot jelly-like esters from the yeast. It's alright, but not exactly what I was expecting.

That pretty much sums it up: Death Valley has a pleasing profile - one with both candied citrus rinds as well as sweetish, doughy malt - but it's not necessarily what I'd reach for when hankering for a Belgian IPA (or any kind of IPA for that matter). As is typical for an R.J. offering, this is pretty mediocre beer.

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Photo of Simon212
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of groleau
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color with storming glass clinging activity. Frothy beige 3 finger head, lasting 10-15 minutes, creaming strong lacing. Flavors of lemony citrus and orange, roasted sweet grains, clove, coriander, caramel, yeast, floral and herbal spices. Nice bread feel with a high degree of sweetness, while very sharp and zesty. Smooth light body with champagne like carbonation. Strong finish of moderate length, ending with a crispy citrus feel, grassy noble spices, and faint banana yeast. Overall this is a very good quality craft. Tasty fruity flavors, pleasant malty feel and fresh grass. Well balanced and intensified, very fresh. A little strong on the spices, but calms down as it warms up.

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Photo of theDuck
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cycle69
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Supergenou
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of yancot
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CurtisD
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevofficiel
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Death Valley from les brasseur RJ. Got it on a 6 mix packs.

So the look of it: Orange with about 2 fingers of head.

The smell of it: Citrus, orange a touch of hops but very light.

The taste of it: Fruity with some citrus, orange. A touch of hops on the aftertaste but very light for an IPA. The mouthfeel is just a bit too much Alcohol burn to it. You feel it when it goes down. Nothing to offensive but just wanted to mention it.

So overall would I recommend it? For sure, this is a nice Belgian IPA. Les brasseurs RJ does make good Belgian Beer and this one is worth picking it up.

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Photo of talbotjf99
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Death Valley from Brasseurs R.J.
3.62 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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