U Rousse | Unibroue

U RousseU Rousse
BA SCORE
6.8%
Liked This Beer
2.89 w/ 44 ratings
U RousseU Rousse
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
Ranking:
#42,726
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
44
Liked:
3
Avg:
2.89/5
pDev:
17.3%
Alströms:
2.28
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 30
Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

more balanced and better hops than U at a small price premium that is well worth it. Slightly more pleasing color than U but in same bottle. Lowest on Unibroue's quality scale is still better than any national brand. However distracts from their upper scale Belgium focus notables.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
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 Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle – Poured a light amber colored beer with a nice standard head with standard retention. Aroma is sweet with some nice malt easily detectable. Taste is very sweet, light and quite refreshing. This is not your usual Belgian Ale from Unibroue but more of a summer beer to drink on the patio.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +33.2%

Unibroue "Rousse"
341 ml brown glass bottle
$2.09 @ Intermarche, 850 rue St-Jean, Quebec, Qc

Notes: Crystal clear, very deep amber/light brown in color. Short, tight, bright white head. Retention and lacing are average. Aroma of moderate dark caramel with a hint of toastiness. Grainy. Demi-sweet. Clean fermentation. Background fruitiness of dry (not tart) apple. Flavor is much fuller, and sweeter than the nose suggests, but still in balance. Grassy and gently spicy hops balance it nicely. It finishes drying with some residual malt and hop flavors. Kind of like a junior Vienna style lager. Approachable for sure, accessible to the masses, and remarkably easy to drink - if that was the business plan, it's hard to beat! Even the most experienced beer drinker should be able to find enjoyment in the depth of malt flavor. Pleasant, very well brewed from quality ingredients, and with enough character to keep it interesting beyond one. Worth trying.

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Photo of Jason
1.7/5  rDev -41.2%
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 biegaman
2.36/5  rDev -18.3%
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 DrJay
2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
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 Viggo
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear reddish brown, small white head forms, goes pretty quick. Smell is chocolate, sweet malt, honey, smells like a lager. Sweet honey, some crystal malt, a grassy skunkiness. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, high aggressive carbonation, another strange Unibroue, don't know why they still make the U line.

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Photo of mynie
2.09/5  rDev -27.7%
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 Whatup14
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Oncle Antoines, perhaps the coolest bar in Quebec City, QC. The bar is located in an old 18th century brick cellar dungean and is basically hidden on a little side street in the Le Petit Champlain district of QC. It is a very un-touristy place with plenty of french locals hanging out to have a great brew from Unibroue or one of their other featured breweries. This beer was presented in a nice Unibroue glass. It was a very attractive dark red colour with a small white head. The aromas were heavily malty, a bit hoppy, and very nice. The taste was more of the same. Very clean, refined, refreshing and easy-drinking. Even Unibroues 'dumbed-down beers for the masses' are exceptional products which is saying a lot. The mouthfeel was perfect and the drinkability was great as well.
A great rousse beer on tap if there ever was one!
Cheers!
-F

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Photo of ZachT
3.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Todd
2.87/5  rDev -0.7%
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 oldp0rt
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of ADR
2.93/5  rDev +1.4%
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 Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Electros
3.35/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SebD
2.92/5  rDev +1%
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 Socialiste
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of randylangford
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of pootz
3.42/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This must be the big brother of "U". poured a copper-amber in my pilsner flute. Lighter carbonation...small bubbles..natural. Small off white head goes to a ring quickly. Nose is substantially caramel malts and fresh saaz hops. Mouth feel is silky, toasty caramel malts balance well with the saaz flavor. Moderate finish with slight toasted grain decernment....a pretty good rendition of a pilsner style with some nice twists...caramel toasty malts give better flavor...more wet finish...infused saaz hops give flavor and bouquet without bittering...a nice departure from the norm in the pilsner style and years ahead of the mega pils.

This is a well made uncomplex all malt dunkel lager NOT some complex Unibroue belgian clone. If you come at this beer from any other frame of reference, you devalue your objectivity....and miss out on enjoying a lot of small batch micro lagers for what they are..

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Photo of Mack
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of UnionMade
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle brought back to me from Montreal by my excellent upstairs neighbors Sabrina and Joel.
The beer pours a medium amber color, perfectly clear, but really nothing out of the ordinary. A modest head forms on the pour, settling out quickly into a patchy mist, and disappearing completely about 1/3 of the way through.
The aroma is more or less hops. A bit of pils malt, grass, soapy and a bit skunky, I have no idea why they'd put this in a clear bottle. The canadian six pack carriers seem to cover the beer entirely, but beware if you get a loose bottle from a cooler.
The flavor opens with a mild dunkel/amber lager taste. Mainly pils malt, cracker-like, with a touch of caramel sweetness. Very clean. A bit of grassy flavors into the middle, carrying dorectly into a moderately hopped finish. Floral and soapy bitterness, with a mild, unappetizing skunky flavor. The finish is rather dry, leaving off with a dull crackery malt flavor, tinted with floral hops. Lightish body, with a crispy dry mouthfeel. Crackling carbonation. Somewhat thin and papery feeling.
Lose the clear bottle, and this could be a great everyday beer. Mild enough to have more than a couple, with enough flavor to keep me satisfied. Aside from the skunkiness, it was nice. Simple and easy going.

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Photo of NightINgale
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.86/5  rDev -1%
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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U Rousse from Unibroue
Beer rating: 6.8% out of 100 with 44 ratings
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