Rousse Bitter | La Barberie

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Rousse BitterRousse Bitter

Brewed by:
La Barberie
Quebec, Canada

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2003

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 33
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thick hazy brown color with storming activity. Creamy beige 1 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of cookies, molasses, toffee, lemon, peppercorn, dark malts, herbal spices. Highly sweet, yet it ends with nice zesty sharpness. Creamy medium body with crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, lingering grassy leafy notes, roasted malts, and a pleasant toffee feel. Good freshness, but probably a little too spicy. Tasty flavors that are well balanced and satisfying. Overall good quality craft.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Jul-29-2014

Pours a brilliant, slightly hazy copper with a big three fingers of solid cream and lots of yeast flecks, head slowly settles to a decent little cap. Good retention; sticky lacing. (4)

Caramel and pepper. Caramel, bruised herbs, black pepper, some leather. (3.5)

Herbal bitterness. Caramel and bread take a backseat to hard water and medicinal/herbaceous hop flavors. (3.5)

Smooth-drinking with a medium body and a slow finish wears a bit after a while. (3.25)

This is a fairly good beer but it could definitely be better, in my opinion.
Pours really nice. Both the aroma and flavor are about what you'd expect from an English bitter. The aroma is rather muted, though, and the hop flavors become a little one-dimensionally overpowering by the end of the glass. Not bad. Would be curious to have it fresher. That is to say, fresh.
Might have again in the right circumstances; there are better options, though maybe not for a bitter. There doesn't seem to be much English influence in Quebec. (3.5)

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with one finger of off white foam on a clear, reddish brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Some toffee and a spicy hop aroma.

T - Toasty malt up front with a bit of herbal hop character. More malt and a bit of caramel in the middle. Finishes with dry, toasty malt character and strong, soapy bitterness.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - A nice interpretation of an English bitter. The bitterness is a bit harsh for my taste and the malt could be more round, but it is well done overall.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours and amber colour with a nice three finger, rocky, white head. Lot's of carbonation. Cloudy. Leaves really neat lacing all around the glass.

S - Mild but I get some bready notes from malts. Complimented by some nice hop characteristics and a touch of yeast.

T - Mild. A touch of that breadiness is pushed out of the way by that piney hop profile that lingers for a little bit with some bitterness. Good but definately nothing too complext and not a whole lot to write home about.

M - Light body with good carbonation. Like a bitter should be.

D - I wouldn't want too many of these. The flavour is a bit of a letdown. Sessionable and probably good for watching the game, but not something I'm gonna seek out or look back on too soon.

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Photo of bobsy
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Red pour with a finger of tan head that laced well as it dropped to a persistent film. For those people not conversant in French, 'rousse' implies a red hue, and there's no doubt that it delivers on this. Decent nose has some great balance too it, with citrus hops going up against biscuit malts and a little bit of altbier character.

Each taste reveals a herbal bitterness with echoes of berry and citrus. Toasty, biscuity malt provides some body and also tones of cocoa and earth. Some mineral in their too. High hopping for an English bitter, and more in line with a new world take. Really not too bad were it not for the body, which is a little thin and watery for the style. Carbonation is moderate.

I had a sample of this beer a couple days ago, stopped the bottle and finished the rest last night. I was shocked that the beer tasted exactly the same as the original tasting and had only lost a very small amount of carbonation. Wine stoppers look like the way to go!

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Photo of pootz
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Copper-with orange highlights, lightly hazed smallish cap with fair retention and good lace.

Nose is citrus-yeasty with grassy notes. Moderate mouth feel and body, toasty-grainy malty up front with some nice fruits and hop bittering kicking in to balance, drying resinous bittering in the finish. Well made session ale but nothing overly striking about it.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I know they have good beers but it seems something is always a little off. Let's see.

A- A still red amber topped with a thick, whipped, light beige head. Clumps as it recedes as does the abundant, almost perfect actually, lacing. I'm getting nice rings graduating each sip I take.

S- Mostly hops here. Rocket candy or sweet-tarts, pixie sticks and chewable vitamin C tablets Strong citrus. Lime and mandarin but really little to no grapefruit. Quite a bit of yeast. Let it warm a bit and get candied apple malt profile. You also lose a good deal of the fruity hop explosion.

T- Whoa. Got a little surprised here. The smell leads you on with so much fruity sweetness, I wasn't expecting such a heavy, bitter chocolate hop taste. Damp defrosting forest floor. Metallic and watery. Just got something that describes this pretty well I think: a black currant tea that's been steeping for a while. It's possible to focus and find some of the citrus but the taste is extremely different from the smell. Tons of flavor in this one but I still think it tastes like water

M- Thin and highly carbonated. Dry finish. Not a particularly enjoyable mouthfeel to me.

D- Very light body but highly carbonated. You can drink it quick but then feel bloated. It does offer a lot of taste so you constantly want another sip to taste more. I don't want a second bottle and I'm pretty sure I won't buy this again.

Tons of flavor in this one but I still think it tastes and feels like water. Great job showcasing the hops but I think it's the lack of body that ruins this for me.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub in St. Roch.

This beer appears a clear dark red amber hue, with a bit of off-white head, which leaves minor lace as it settles. It smells of bready grain, and bitter, noble hops. The taste is biscuity malt, and soft pine hops. The carbonation is quite tame, the body decently round and full, and it finishes with a soft hoppy burp. A nice pint on a lively warm Monday evening patio.

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Photo of Ralphus
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My 2nd beer from La Barberie in as many days. Thanks to Zorprime for sending it my way.

In the looks deptarment this one is a reddish muddy brown. Nice color but the head quickly falls flat.

The smell is of strawberries, earthiness and some bread.

Taste is bittering but not floral and only a hint of sweetness from the malts is visable. Unfortunately not much balance.

The high carbonation on this one leads to a fairly prickly mouthfeel. Drinkability, at least for me, is below average.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, immovable foam crowns an almost clear red liquid. Nose is hoppy with tangerines in the forefront with hints of pine and grapefruit. My French isn't so good, but the bottle says something about "une explosion houblonnee", which can't be a bad thing. Malty body despite the big hopping, with light toasted grain. Fruitiness is fairly low, or outmuscled by the citric hops. Body is a bit on the light side and I can't say there's a ton of complexity in this, but at 4.5 abv I think that's pretty forgivable. Good, straightforward, balanced, drinkable, lighter darker ale.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.58/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- This is dark ambre, almost copper looking beer.
S- I smell lots of hops with some spices.
T- Simply awesome taste. Very bitter and with more takes, I taste some notes of suger/caramel...
M- I feel the effervescence of this beer, crispy. Good mouthfeel.
D- I would take this, everyday!

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Photo of Quej
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark clear ruby red with visible carbonation and lots of thick white head.
S - Raw smell of strong fresh hops, making it almost plantlike. Very floral. Smells of raw unsmoked weed and hemp.
T - Tastes heavily of hops, plants and flowers. Has some nice malt tastes of roasted barley and clovey dark red fruits and berries. Very hoppy dry finish lingers long. The thickness and earthiness give it a leafy taste with is nicely balanced with the sweetness of the malts.
M - Very nice mouthfeel, but a little syrupy and throat clogging.
D - Pretty drinkable beer, the hops make it quite thirst-quenching and refreshing.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first cask beer! Sampled at Le Saint-Bock, on to the beer:

This bitter is dark orange in color, topped by a nice white head. Retention is good. Sweet sticky aroma arises, akin to caramel. The taste is slightly fruity, but it's more of a straight-forward bitterness. Diacteyl makes an apearance before being pushed down. The finish is long and bitter. Pretty good overall. I think it would have been less bitter if it weren't cask conditioned.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bouteille brune de 500ml. embouteillée en sept 2007

bière de belle couleur cuivrée-rouge, très claire. mousse dense et durable, nez houblonné frais et fruité, bouche agréable, amère, très amère en finale du probablement au houblonnage à froid. bonne bitter.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle sent to me by Papat444 for CanBif, thanks!

Appearance: Pours a light brownish orange colour with a ridiculously huge head. Lots of lacing, retention is good. Giant head leaves massive bubbles as it resides.

Aroma: Hop forward with a very very sweet malty nose. Spicy and floral hops with a loads of caramel and roasted malts. A bit herbal as well.

Taste: Extremely hoppy. Loads of pine and spice with a rush of grapefruit bitterness. This is full throttle bitter. Not much from the malt side in flavour other than some faint roasted malts. Strong bitterness leads to a medicinal quality in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and too carbonated for my liking. It explodes into bubbles in your mouth, tarnishing the drink.

Final Statement: This is something like an American bitter, full throttle hop content makes a traditional english bitter seem like a childs drink. More like an IPA in my mind, marked by over carbonation, making it sub par.

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Photo of crwills
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 500mL bottle of this at Marche Jovi in Gatineau. Pretty decent English-style bitter. Great reddish colour really makes this one stand out. Solid half-finger white head. Not a lot of aroma, and what's there is a bit 'beery'. Flavour is pretty straightforward (malty, bit of toffee, some cracker), but with a hop bite to it you don't usually get in this style; makes it a little more interesting. Nearly undetectable aftertaste.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Bottled on January 2007.

A- Excessive head (foam stands up like beaten egg whites) with an off-white caramel head. Beer a red with amber highlights. Very bubbly.

S- Fruity. Some caramel. Hops.

T- Nice balance of malty caramel and bitter hops, but leaning towards the hoppier side. Funny burnt roast touch. A touch of yeast flavour added with the last bit from the bottle (ale on lees). Not bad overall.

MF- Light but not watery. Too much carbonation and you can actually feel the hops.

D- Sessionable low abv beer with strong flavour. This is worthy of regular purchase/use as an everyday beer. Not for those who like things bland.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an reddish amber color with a small head, like a good English beer. Also little carbonation visible.

Smell was hoppy which was really spicy and herbal. Also some malts detectable, which gave some roasted smells.

Taste was bitter and hoppy, spicy and herbal at the same time. Malts were evident too. Good balance between bitter and malt, but more leaning towards bitter. A nicely drinkable beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a foamy head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops is clearly detectable. Taste is also quite bitter with some subtle sweet malt in the background. Hops are a bit too metallic for my taste and would have preferred a more citrus presence. Not bad overall but not a beer that will standout either.

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Photo of Barraclou
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: After going to the grocery store, I dropped by the convenience store to buy some beer. That corner store got lots of very unknown micros like this one. I wasn't to let it go. So, I bought that 500ml brown bottle, 4.5% ABV.

Appearance: Rusty red. That ale is red and cloudy ("red ale on lees" says the label). When I poured it, I saw no foam head at all, but lots of carbonation bubbles.

Smell: The smell is very floral and fruity. Naturally, floral hops are very present, but I detected a good part of malts too.

Taste: I like its bitterness. At first, I was a little weak, but it gets better and better at each time I take a gulp. The aftertaste is really bitter.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is too sparky. I felt too many bubbles (carbonation and alcohol presence) on my tongue for english bitter style and it disturbs me from the taste.

Drinkability: It is good to have it in the local market, because we don't see lots of bitter beers around here (in Quebec). Unfortunetely, this brew can be improved much more.

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Photo of Goldorak
2.97/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Posted on the board at Vices & Versa as "Hyper Bitter". Not sure if this is a tweaked version of the bitter or a whole new Beer.

Appearance: Opaque and somewhat brown, but turned a vibrant red when exposed to the sunlight from the terrasse at V&V. The lacing was pretty weak.

Smell: Some hops, of the spicy variety, almost peppery.

Taste: Some tangyness and the hops grip your tongue nicely, but that's about it. Something is definately missing, looks like the malt took the day off on this one, the mouthfeel falls flat on it's face.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

That sample was bottled in Nov 2003, and im reviewing it in February 2005.

The appearance of my first class of this beer was a bright red beer, a limpid body, very thin. second glass when the lee, when in effect, I got a different beer, an orange beer, a thick body. A big hoppist smell comes from that beer, a shy smell of caramel is also present, bitterness is also present.

Taste, bitter, you feel the hops, very citrous, some shy malt and caramel flavours comes out too.

Not bad.

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Photo of hbis2gut
3.12/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was hard to classify. It was titled a Red Bitter. The appearance was a cloudy, dark red that bordered on brown. I thought there was more astringency and husk from the malt than bitterness from hops. The nose also had more malt than hop but with a pleasant cinnamon background that kept it interesting. The lack of carbonation and head kept me from fully enjoying this. A good amount of quality malt was unbalanced by the lack of hop prescence.
I may be off on this one, but it gave me the distinct impression that it was still a young beer that hadn't had time to develop or blend before hitting the tap.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rust brown red with a very voluminous, bubble pocked head. Great lacing. Smells deceptively malty in the glass. Lots of raisin and fig. Taste is a giant wave of bitter. Slight caramel/vanilla malt taste followed by a bum rush of bittering hops. You almost feel like your tounge is shrinking from fluids being extracted from it. It's that bitter. Moderately strong body. It lives up to the style but it's not my thing.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap, malty and hoppy nose, rather well blended. A good herbal bitter with cloves? and roasted bicuits. The finish is long, accompanied by a definition of english hop bitterness. Better than the bottle as usual with La Barberie, but definitely nothing to throw me off my bench. A bit too carbonated to my liking too.

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Rousse Bitter from La Barberie
3.57 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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