La Rullés Brune (Bière De Gaume)
Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL

La Rullés Brune (Bière De Gaume)La Rullés Brune (Bière De Gaume)
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Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #48
Ranked #32,823
3.74 | pDev: 10.43%
Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL
La Rullés Brune (Bière De Gaume)La Rullés Brune (Bière De Gaume)
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a chalice. The appearance was a hazy semi-dark red/brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some speckled spider web lacing sticking all over. The smell had a really nice sweet to spicy blend of dark fruits (raisins, plums, and black cherries). Also, I get some light apricots, apples, and peaches. Spices to include cinnamon, allspice and clove to take me further down this road of bliss. The taste was an intricately sweet and spicy enthrallment of a blend of the previously mentioned flavors. Light coffee bean and chocolate eventually arrive after a decent warming. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body and was mainly a sipper. Though not too high in ABV, it just seemed like there’s too much going on to indulge in deep drinking. Overall, perfect night cap as a Belgian Dark ale.

Jun 25, 2017
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craftbeersweden from Sweden

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Released October 7, 2016 at Systembolaget, Sweden.

Hazy reddish brown beer with a huge, four finger high, beige head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.
750 ml bottle from Systembolaget in Sweden.

Nose: Orange, caramel malt, syrup, apple, pear, chocolate, plum and raisin.
Taste: Caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, dried fruit and herbs.
Mouth: Medium body. High carbonation. Smooth. Light dry ending.

Oct 22, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of La Rullés Brune (Bière De Gaume) a few weeks ago for $10.99 at Oppermanns Cork N Ale. I was looking for a new Belgian beer to try and this one caught my eye and I thought I would give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a green 750ml bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and i think it's just a little eye catching. It poured a nice cola brown color that took on a just some slight ruby hues around the edges when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some rings of patchy and spotty lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a nice light roasted, caramel, sweet malt and light toffee like aromas. Up next comes some yeast which imparts a somewhat lighter peppery aroma that's followed by the fruits which impart some nice dark fruit, apple and raisin like aroma with the raisins sticking out the most making for a light sherry like aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, but I wish it was just a little more complex.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the fruits being the first to show up this time and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time it's the apple that sticks out the most with the other fruits showing up in the background. Up next comes that same spicy yeast aspect that I got in the aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the caramel and light roasted malts sticking out the most. On the finish there's a lighter amount of bitterness with just a slight bit of tartness with malty and fruity aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but I thought it was a little bland and I wish the taste was more like the aroma.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, a little crisp, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel, but it got to be just a little watery.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was just slightly above average for a Belgian Dark Ale, it was pretty smooth, but in the end I thought it was just a little bland and I wish the taste was as bright as the aroma. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, fairly clean, a little crisp, not filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, one glass is a good amount for me, I could drink the whole bottle, but I think after one glass I would start to get bored with it. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both good and they were the highlights of this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste and mouthfeel, they weren't bad, but they could both use just a little work. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but i wouldn't turn down a glass and i can't say I would recommend this as a great example of the style. All in all I was a little indifferent about this beer, I didn't hate it,but I didn't love it either, and I wish it was just a little more complex and interesting. This beer made an Ok first impression for this Brewery and I would be interested in trying more of their beers. I didn't mind this beer, but I think it needs a little work, better luck next time guys.

Nov 09, 2014
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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a dark amber to brown color forming a medium and bubbled beige head. Good retention with a thin layer that remains forever on the top. Lots of thin molasses formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet caramel malts and dark chocolate. Strong brown sugar and caramel malts. Light notes of dark fruits. Yeasts are very bready and earthy. Belgian style

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Lots of dark chocolate and chocolate malts. In overall, a dry and crispy taste followed by a mild hops bitterness. Light notes of dark fruits and wood. Roasted, very bready and biscuity. Some ashy notes. Quite earthy yeasts profile

M: Medium to heavy body. Medium carbonation. Malty and chocolate aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Nice Belgian Dark Ale

Dec 25, 2013
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before June 2015. Pours very hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, toast, caramel, pear, apple, raisin, brown bread, pepper, clove, brown sugar, toffee, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, toast, pear, apple, raisin, clove, pepper, brown bread, floral, brown sugar, toffee, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, toast, brown bread, clove, pepper, pear, apple, raisin, floral, brown sugar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with an awesome malt/spicy flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian brown ale. All around great balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Sep 07, 2013
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Rutager from Canada

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you alpineclimber!

Appearance. Pours a deep red-brown with two fingers of cream coloured head that leaves some decent lace.

Smell. Sweet caramel malts, some melon, raisins and a little bit of red berries.

Taste. Sweet caramel malts, some dark fruits and nuts, and a little spicy yeast.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body, a little thin and watery. Medium carbonation. Just a little alcohol warmth.

Overall. I have to admit, this isn't among my favorite styles, but a drinkable beer to say the least.

Oct 26, 2012
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biboergosum from Canada

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Called somewhat confusingly a 'Stout de Gaume' on my version.

This beer pours a murky, dark red-tinted golden brown hue, with two chubby fingers of foamy and burbling beige head, which leaves a few examples of manta ray maw lace around the glass as it evenly recedes.

It smells of lightly roasted caramel malt, earthy black fruit, a slight licorice tint, some dusty and leafy hops, and the tiniest bit of booze warming. The taste is biscuity caramel malt, a strong oily nuttiness, some soft ashy wood notes, a bit of baker's chocolate, a twinge of earthy yeast, and some mild leafy hops.

The carbonation is average, no fuss or muss there, the body a decent medium weight, with just a slight metallic edge detracting from the overall smoothness. It finishes with the malt on the wane, though still nutty, fruity, and caramelized enough, with the offset of mild alcohol and musty old basement hops gaining a bit of ground.

If the category of "Belgian Brown Ale" existed, this would be a cinch for inclusion, even if the Belgian part is fleeting at best. A nice toasty, nutty, and fruity brown ale, one that could teach the lads in Newcastle (or even Brooklyn, for the matter) a thing or two.

Jul 11, 2012
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ThaCreep from Belgium

4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burgundy. Full of fruit flavors (plums, grapes as well as citrus in Rulles Blonde). Mouth malted barley and yeast, which adds the syrupy side. In addition to the dryness of the hops, there is a fruity interesting (probably due to the Amarillo hops) that is accompanying a persistent finish that offers a strong drought.

Mar 14, 2011
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rodenbach99 from Canada

3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 750ml crown top bottle. Very dark ale with a beige head, with a good head retention. Smell of chocolate malt. This beer has a taste of chocolate malt, some hard too find spices. This beer is like lace in the mouth, very tasty but easy drinking ale.

Dec 05, 2010
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Sammy from Canada

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Festival Bières et Saveurs 209. Pours brown with nice off-white head and gives off a malty aroma. Above-average mouthfeel from caramel. Malty taste and balanced, with a little chocolate, a little nuttiness and spice that is perhaps a dash of cinamon.

Sep 07, 2009
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Suds from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a wonderful chestnut color with a thick, tightly packed tan head. The aroma is of chocolate, medium-roast malts, and a little dark fruit. Mmm...nice. The taste is semi-sweet, with a bit of yeast and pepper. Not much of a hop character at all, this beer is centered on the roasted flavors. Medium in body, and very smooth. It's a very drinkable brew.

Apr 18, 2009
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Absumaster from Netherlands

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown beer with an off-white creamy head that recedes into a 1/4 inch of foam.

Smell is a little roasty with sweet melon and rhubarb.

The beer tastes so light in a good way. The beer is light malty, larded by candisugar. Notes of dark fruit like dates and melon. This beer is very drinkable.

Dec 30, 2008
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Lubière: Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium dark foamy head with great retention. Aroma of light caramel malt with very subtle Belgian yeast. Taste is smoother then expected with semi-sweet caramel malt, light Belgian yeast and some very low hops presence. Body is a bit thin and alcohol doesn’t really show. Not bad but a bit too bland in my opinion.

Jun 23, 2006
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paterlodie from Belgium

3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness date. Yellowish head and a brown beercolor. Nose is lots of caramel, sweet malty, wortlike and litle roast. Taste is sweetish, slightly burnt, caramellic and light bitter. Overal giving me a insipid taste. Low carbonisation and this sweetish and dull taste makes mouthfeel just avarage as the rest of the brew is. Drinkability is ok cause there is no off taste but uninspiring IMO.

Sep 28, 2005
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stcules from Italy

3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown colour. Brown head, high and compact, long standing.
At the nose is malty, caramel, lightly roasted, with liquorice. A little sweet, some candy sugar. Then some asparagus, and artichoke. Grassy hop.
The taste is light caramel, full.
Average body, short lasting aftertaste (liquorice and caramel).
Easy drinkable. Well balanced.
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Mar 13, 2004
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 75cl green glass bottle, brass colored crown cap but no cork. A modern day version of the label on the Blonde, the Brune has a dark-brown colored label which now has a motorized Brewery Dray Wagon, laden with wooden beer crates full of bottled beer, located in front of the Brewery & Tasting Café (which is just across the road from the Brewery). The words “Bière de Gaume” are atop the label & “La Rulles Brune”, below.

The small print describes the beer as “Bière Artisanale pur Malts”, 6.5% vol., & thoughtfully lists the beer (also in French) as Unfiltered, Unpasteurized & Refermented in the Bottle. It states that the recommended serving Temperature is 8-10°C (46-50°F) & Best Before Date is Jan. 2006.

This ‘fresh’ bottle was purchased during a visit to the Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles, on Monday 21st April, 2003.

Appearance: Poured carefully, it has a beautiful exceptionally clear chestnut body, slight cloudiness towards the end. High inherent carbonation contributes to multiple long-lasting CO2 streamers. A very smooth, creamy looking, 2” deep tan colored head looks gorgeous, lasts a lifetime, and laces the glass well. Absolutely superb appearance.

Smell: The Brune has a similar earthy aroma as the Blonde, a result of its Artisanale background. The Brune has a great dark maltiness that is really inviting, and lends a light roast aspect to the nose.

Taste: Malty introduction with some faint chocolate hints. Strong agricultural earthy malts make way for a smooth roast malt in the middle. This in turn has a bitterness that develops in the last quarter. Some grain and biscuit are also in the lingering malt-bitterness at the end. Wow, a really nice Brune.

Mouthfeel: Robust tastes, good inherent carbonation, and a creamy, smooth, silky head give this beer a really great mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, as with the Blonde, the 750ml did not last very long at all. Mmmmm, quaffable.

Overall: Another great & very interesting newcomer to the beer scene in this area of Southern Belgium, indeed “Bière de Gaume: La Rulles Brune” is named after the locale. Like the Blonde, the Brune has plenty of rural character & rustic flavors that will charm you. Its agricultural background lends a definitive feel to its Artisanale roots. I feel also that this bottle-conditioned beer would probably improve & refine further given a reasonable chance.

Well Worth Finding – One of the Better 'New' Belgium Brunes.

Jun 04, 2003
La Rullés Brune (Bière De Gaume) from Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 43 ratings