U Rousse | Unibroue

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75
okay
44 Ratings
THE BROS
55
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
30
Avg:
2.88
pDev:
17.36%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Jason
1.7/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Todd for the sample. 341 ml clear bottle with no freshness date.

Weak soap sud lace, it dissipates for the most part. The clear tawny color shows lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Little to the aroma, faint caramel malt and that is it.

Feigning a viscous crispness, odd dextrins and a lingering metallic taste from start to finish. Carbonic and harsh with the grain. This beer was hard to finish and if this beer is axed I will not miss it at all.

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Photo of Mack
2/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of mynie
2.09/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Part of Unibroue's budget "U" line, which I think is only available in Quebec. Anyhow, don't bother looking for it, because it's shit.

It's not bad in the sense that it's just not as good as the rest of Unibroue's beers, which are typically between very good and excellent. This is bad in an objective, context-free sense. As in, compared to every other beer, even other cheaper beers, this one is shit.

It's reddish. It smells like chemicals, like something was wrong with the yeast. It tastes like chemicals and farts. Again, most likely a yeast problem, but that kind of amateurism is shocking coming from such an august and established brewer.

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Photo of NV9
2.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up in a mix pack in Quebec because it was CHEAP and because of Unibroue's reputation.

Pours a dark red colour, half inch foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell dominated by caramel, but there is also some corn in there and a metallic smell buried as well.

Taste was bitter, some fruit taste and bready hops, left an unpleasant aftertaste and medium carbonation.

Overall, not a beer I'd go back to, in fact I prefer the Keith/Rickard's Reds to this beer.

The label looks cool though.

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Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of DrJay
2.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very clear golden bronze colour with some particulates in suspensioin inthe bottle. Appears highly carbonated and the coarse 2-finger head quickly drops to a thin lace. The aroma is mostly of cooked veggies/corn, but there is a malt sweetness (almost caramel) and lager hop character present. The flavour is initially sharp, due to high carbonation, but sweetness (both malt and DMS) and a weak hop bitterness quickly come forward. Hiding behind these flavours is a light hop spiciness. The finish is dry and slightly sour and bitter. Carbonation is very high and makes the texture feel rough. Light body.

Clear 341 mL bottle, no freshness date.

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Photo of biegaman
2.36/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

341ml industry bottle from Quebec.

U Rousse has an amber coloured body with chestnut and almond-skin highlighting. There's a little glow to it. Attractive. A bulk of beige tinted white head rises quickly from the pour but settles to a mere sheet, leaving drapes of lacing just above the outside trim.

The smell has the unfortunate odor of corn adjuncts buried deep alongside the notes of brown malts and light roast. It smells of a lager that has been ever slightly roasted. There is a metallic (copper- or steel-like) scent that I can't seem to ignore. Rather off-putting.

The mouthfeel I'm on the fence about. On the one hand it has a little more body and texture than the other "U" line of beers (typical industrial lagers) but, on the other hand, it quickly dries out and leaves the palate arid. Carbonation is artificial and soda like. The texture is cloying and drinks like a macro lager; syrupy adjuncts are cloying and present on every sip.

All this cheap, overly sweet corn adjunct taste really distracts from what could otherwise be a decent flavour profile. Notes of chocolate, roasted grain, and caramelized malts be tasted ever so slightly. Overall, however, this is more bloating than it is pleasurable.

U Rousse isn't revolting but it's nothing I'd ever recommend. It's weird to find such a poorly made offering from a brewery that was once known only for some of the world's greatest Belgian renditions and whose portfolio is otherwise world-class.

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Photo of crwills
2.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bleh. The only redeeming quality of this beer and its lighter cousin 'U' is the cool emblazoned Unibroue logo on the bottle. And this is completely undone by the clear bottle -- why would they do this?

Anyway... poured a standard 'beer colour' into a pint glass. Normal head, nothing fancy, but fine.

Smell -- yuck. Skunky, and even with the clear bottle, I don't think this beer had gone bad. Just an unpleasant smell. Getting past the skunk, a little bit of hops, hay, and sour apples. But still -- yuck.

Taste redeems the smell a little but. Citrus, apples, malt, hay, fairly sweet. The smell is actually misleading, as the taste is pretty average and not skunky at all. Just plug your nose if you have to drink it. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery, but not terrible. Lower carbonation than U, which is good.

Overall -- bleh. Yeah, you heard me, bleh. My lowest review so far.

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Photo of lesdemonsamaporte
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of oldp0rt
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Milady for lugging home a 12 pack of these from a grocery store in Gatineau, it was a long way on the train. This Unibroue product is dedicated to the gargoyles of Notre Dame de Paris, Old Montreal and Old Quebec and features a gargoyle on its label. I'm not sure how adept gargoyles are at making beer, or if they even appreciate one, so I'm curious to see how this measures.up.

Poured a russet hue, later resembled an ice tea colour. Modest head quickly flattened out with a good ring, active carbonation, some lacing. Aroma not very pronounced but feint hints of cranberry or dried fruit were detected. Taste is bitter, fruit zest but mild at that; effervescent mouthfeel with a touch of spritz and the odd flash of sour. Not a lot of body - a bit thin - finish was grainy with a malt aftertaste.

This beer, while certainly not offfensive, lacks a real well defined character; its a bit of this and a bit of that, and I think that's the problem with it. It's worth a try but doesn't go down as a particularly memorable beer in any event.

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Photo of sbricker
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not available in Alberta, thought I'd try it while I had a chance in la Belle Province...

This beer pours a clear golden copper hue, with a tiny bit of thin white head, that disappears in a flash, leaving no lace to speak of. It smells of lightly skunky roasted caramel malt. The taste light roasted malt, some acrid adjunct tinge, and herbal, skunky hops. The carbonation is quite high, the body light but a bit oily, and it finishes off-dry, with some strained veggie essence doing the dingleberry thing...

What we have here folks, is a more fizzy version of good ol' Rickard's Red. Why the good folks at Unibroue felt they needed to go down this road, can only be explained by marketing pie charts and the like. A pity.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As stated about the "U" pilsner, I have no idea why such a good brewery would put out anything in a clear glass with no date on it.

Looks like tea. Tea has no head. Smells like apple must and spiced pumpkin. Tastes like sweet hokey caramel without enough hops to pull it off. Kinda thin, weak, boring. ZZZzzz.

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Photo of bignick
2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is not a particularly good beer. I had it on tap at my hotel in Montreal. It poured sort of a copper color, with little head retention. The taste is not very strong. It is a littbe but sweet with a slight malty taste pushing through. It is not unlike Killian's or a beer like that, with little taste, but not an offensive taste either. It's best attribute is that is a thirst-quencher.

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Photo of Whatup14
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of thaichile
2.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep red with almost no head or carbonation. Nose is very fruity mixed with that beery scent. Flavor is sweetened fruit, very lightly hopped. Overall the this is pretty thin and watery. Overall, a disappointment from Unibroue. Thanks to dherling for the bottle.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.78/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep amber in colour, a little murky, thin crown, average carbonation, medium/full body and the aroma is first to the skunk and then of straw.
The taste is of the malts front to back, foremost of corn then a grainy mash mixture to end.
The sweetness stays with you far to long but I may be biased as I am (and always will be) a hop head.
Not up to the Unibroue name.

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Photo of seand
2.83/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish amber, with a bit of white head. Not much lacing or retention.

S: Caramel, slightly metallic.

T: Doesn't taste like much really, slightly bitter.

M: Light, fairly carbonated, somewhat dry.

D: Drinks easily enough, as you might expect of a beer with little flavor.

It's kind of like a higher end macro. Ok, disappointing given the brewery.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.86/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmalex for the opportunity to try something from a different market.

This one pours a brownish-amber and its head falls to a few bubbles in no time. The color has a suspicious fruity quality to it. (btw, this is exactly how my review for Miel began, which has me a bit suspicious).

The interwebs tell me “rousse” is French for “red” of “bitter.” It reminds a bit of something cheap and red like Killian’s. . There’s a dry, musky bread with a faint apple juice behind it. But overall, there’s a sour grain that suggests low quality.

This one too tastes of cheap, sour grains with a touch of toast. A dry ho nestles on this one too, but it only seems to amplify the pungent, sour grain. It reminds me of a smoker who tries chewing gum, which doesn’t hide the smell at all, but instead accents it.

Feels a little too thick and it coats my mouth a bit. Carbonation seems pleasant enough

Not impressed. I would avoid it. That is, unless, you’re looking to drink something on the cheap.

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Photo of Todd
2.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bad-ass custom 341ml clear bottle with twist-off cap -- the packaging is very attractive. Pours a clear, bright, light copper / amber brew with moderate carbonation that leads to a beige foam head, which eventually settles to a wisp with no retention -- near flat.

Slight sulfur, caramel malts, tea and gentle metallic in the nose.

A light bitterness begins the experience by splashing some citric, salty and bicarbonate notes about, it drops off into a grainy mouthfeel with a very bland adjunct-like character. Metallic notes. Hints of sweetness and a faint toasty flavor towards the finish, which consists of more semi-coarse grain, drying of the palate and an overall lackluster finale that coats the palate and outstays its welcome.

I expected so much more, but I can see the market that they are trying to appeal to. That said, I would have thought that Unibroue would not try to be a Sleemans and brew a world-class lager vs. a mediocre one. Still ... it's better than most basic lagers that are being made, fairly easy to drink and somewhat quenching.

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Photo of SebD
2.92/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice red/brown amber colour. It has a nice white head but dies down quite fast.

Smell: The aromas give you hints of caramel malts and a some fruity notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a caramel taste to it with a bit of apples. Finishes with hops and a certain bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It's a medium carbonated beer that ends with more of a bitter/dry taste.

Drinkability: It's a lighter tasting lager with not much flavours present. Good for a summer beer.

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Photo of ADR
2.93/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strange appearance overall, kind of a chill hazed iced tea color. Very nice head, 1/2 an inch on a medium hard pour. Good lace. Like U, a nutty aroma, slightly more pronounced and walnut-like with toasted oat tones. The flavor is very similar to U as well, malt-accented with slightly more caramel and butteriness than straight brown sugar. Hopping is minimal, white pepper in nuances. Since this beer is largely a repeat of U in many respects, it doesn't really rate as high in my book. Both are easy drinkers. Thanks to PatandDavid for this beer.

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Photo of DaveR514
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Socialiste
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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U Rousse from Unibroue
2.88 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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