Death Valley | Brasseurs R.J.

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Brewed by:
Brasseurs R.J.
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jrenihan on 10-20-2012

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Photo of q33jeff
1.42/5  rDev -61.8%
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 TheDoctor
1.99/5  rDev -46.5%
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 Mack
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Whatup14
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok IPA but sugar takes too much place.

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Photo of Lelampp
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of djcreepshow
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of GingerFan
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opaque beer with little bits of sediment, nice golden color. Nothing too special about the smell. Taste is malty and a bit sweet. Overall favorite beer from R.J. so far.

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Photo of rugene
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nyrblue2
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PJT
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Krakpoff
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of evil_liver
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of wizo
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of byronic
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrenihan
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated BB 090714

Beer is golden/amber in colour, with an enormous white head. Excellent retention- head just never goes away. Lots of lacing.

Smell is quite hoppy, with grass, light fruits and pine resin all present. Caramel malt and yeast are there as well. The scents all sort of mush up together, a bit messy.

Taste has lots of light fruits and notable hop bitterness. Pine resin and grassy flavours. Hops provide a bit of a spicy flavour. Yeast and some caramel malt. Booze is more noticeable than I would expect for an 8% brew. Not bad, but booze is too prominent and yeast flavours could be nicer.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Oily. Feels a bit limp.

Overall, not bad but not a beer I would seek out again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml Bottle from Marche Omni QC for 5.39$+tax

Appearance - Hazy dark gold colour with a large size fizzy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, yeast, apples, clove

Taste & Mouth - There is a high amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, apples, and yeast. There is also some dry hoppy notes and a touch of bubblegum/banana. It ends with a fairly dry bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Pretty good.. essentially what I expected from this brewer. An above average beer, but not something I'd rush out and stock up on. There is a little bit of a aspirin/astringent flavour that kind of ruins it. Worth a shot if you see it on the shelves.

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Photo of Ryry10
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bf_89
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SSS
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Golden yellow with a pure white head
S- Hoppy, sweet smell
T- Unfortunately the alcohol taste is quite pronounced and overpowering
M- Nice carbonation
O- I wanted to like it more than I did, alcohol content too high, not enough flavor to back it up.

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Photo of Jaisell
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Simon212
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hotsudge
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Poljazz22
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden slightly opaque with a 2 in white head.Some lacing with a white ring after a few minutes.
Lots of hops and Belgian yeast.
Taste of floral and earthy hops with some malty sweetness.
Well balanced between the bitterness of the the hops and the malts. Some pepper some sweetness and some decent mouth feel.
I quite like this and it makes a change from your typical IPA.

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Photo of NeilW
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Death Valley from Brasseurs R.J.
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