Glutenberg Bière Rousse (Red Ale) | Brasseurs Sans Gluten

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Glutenberg Bière Rousse (Red Ale)Glutenberg Bière Rousse (Red Ale)

Brewed by:
Brasseurs Sans Gluten
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by biboergosum on 07-05-2012

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have been meaning to get at my remaining gluten-free beers for some time and with today being another installment of New Beer Sunday, I am making mine New Gluten-Free Beer Sunday. I picked up a mixed 4-pack of Glutenberg CANs in support of The CANQuest (tm) during my most recent New England foray and I am curious to give them a whirl.

From the CAN: "100% Gluten Free - 100% Great Beer"; "World Beer Cup Gold Award 2012 Winner Gluten-Free Beer Category"; "Ingredients: Water, Buckwheat, Millet, Molasses, Chestnut, CANdy Syrup, Quinoa, Hops, Yeast."

I feel as though I am really drinking healthy with these beers! Good thing, since once more, the tab & tongue seemed to fight me on the Crack! I debated on CANducting an inverted Glug, but given that it was a 16-fl. oz. CAN, I decided that discretion was the better part of valor. Even so, a routine Glug saw a LOT of foaming coming up in the glass, eventually forming two fingers of dense, foamy, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. I get why they were referring to it as "Red", but it was a sort of chestnut-reddish color, relegating into the "Brown" range of the SRM spectrum. Nose actually smelled very nice & would have said "malty" except that I would be roundly laughed at. Really, though, it was very evocative of a standard Amber/Red Ale. Mouthfeel was medium, fuller than other G-F beers that I have reviewed. The taste had a light sharpness, undoubtedly of the treacle, I mean, molasses. Even then, it was offset by a sugary nuttiness that really helped to cut some of that harshness which seems to be a hallmark of G-F beers. This was a really brilliant commingling of seemingly disparate ingredients. I have to admit some trepidation when I CANscribed them, but it is working for me. Finish was semi-sweet and not much removed from a lot of Amber/Red Ales that I have reviewed in the past. Admittedly, I am not the intended audience for this sort of beer, but I figure that I like it, then the celiac set will really dig it. I am a neo-hippie in that I will try anything once, man. This one is recommended by The CANQuest (tm)!

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mademers
2.79/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tdm168
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of fortyfield
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of John_Squires
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TMoney2591
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Served from the can in a Trooper shaker pint glass.

Part three of my four-part excursion into gluten-free madness heads into red ale territory. This stuff pours a copper topped by a couple fingers of ecru foam. The nose comprises menthol, arugula, dry caramel, and a touch of what may or may not be kiwi peel. The taste holds notes of green tea, light tobacco, and thoroughly watered-down caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly waxy feel. Overall, another miss from the GF camp. Only the IPA remains...

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Photo of Madschwaper
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattSlem
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a clear brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and small lacing. Aroma of light grainy malt base with dry caramel notes. Taste is also a mix of dry caramel malt with some grainy notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Standard red ale with limited hops and more grainy malt base than usual due to use of alternate grains.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

5% ABV. 473ml silver aluminum can. Served cold into a stangenglas at low altitude in NYC.

Reviewed live as a red ale per the label.

"Glutenberg Red Ale."

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2 fingers wide. White colour. Fluffy, fairly soft, decently creamy, and moderately thick. Retention is good - about 4 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Dark amber colour. Deep hues. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a pretty good looking amber, with nice carbonation. I'm looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Amber malts, some breadiness, mild floral hop character, and cream. It's a bit insipid, but fits style conventions.

Aromatic intensity is below average. Not a real evocative aroma overall.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Amber malts provide the base...and that's about all there is flavour-wise. A hint of bread char, some modest sweetness...there's just not much going on here at all, and it's painfully shallow. I look for chestnut, and I guess I find it when prompted.

Quinoa? Please.

Candy syrup? I guess.

The ingredients list on the can seems more like a marketing ploy than a genuine reflection of how this was brewed; maybe they used millet quinoa and buckwheat, but it was likely in such small amounts it had no effect on flavour.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, and slightly overcarbonated. Suits the taste okay, but doesn't elevate the beer.

OVERALL: Those who actually have celiac disease diagnosis as a result of getting a biopsy (not those who merely feel bad after eating a bagel) would do well to pick this up for rotation in their fridge. But the gluten free diet fad crowd should stop aching for attention from their neapolitan friends and just drink the real beer they can actually phsyiologically handle. Drinkable and enjoyable, but not a beer I'd have again.


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Photo of BeccaH
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sweet & highly carbonated like a soda but with an off-putting bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of AlaskaAg
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The flavor is too busy and the finish is too biting.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.63/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

While this is a gluten free beer...which is better than most. It was still not the real thing.

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Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear dark garnet red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving long wisps of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose along with notes of cola.
T: The taste follows the smell and has bits of sweetness from the candy syrup and molasses.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a pretty good taste for something that is gluten-free.

Serving type: can

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edugasmtl
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DaveR514
3/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of CraftyChuck
5/5  rDev +44.5%

Photo of Pete27lax
5/5  rDev +44.5%

Photo of Socialiste
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of TimHitchings
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Zekenyce
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Lemke10
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

16oz can labeled at Glutenberg Red Ale in the U.S. Pours a dark amber color with a frothy beige head. The aroma is malty with a slight smoke scent. The flavor is weak with grains and burnt taste of millet. Takes some getting used to as I am not big on the taste of millet.

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