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

La Rullés Blonde (Bière De Gaume)La Rullés Blonde (Bière De Gaume)
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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #216
Ranked #29,186
3.8 | pDev: 11.05%
Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL
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La Rullés Blonde (Bière De Gaume)La Rullés Blonde (Bière De Gaume)
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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TheLongBeachBum from California

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 75cl green glass bottle, brass colored crown cap but no cork. A light tan-brown colored label has a picture of a Horse drawn Dray laden with wooden beer barrels located in front of the Brewery & Tasting Café, that is just across the road from the Brewery. The words “Bière de Gaume” are atop the label & “La Rulles Blonde”, below.

The small print describes the beer as “Bière Artisanale pur Malts”, 7% 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 at first, it had a beautiful shining clear golden body. Atop rested a good 3” deep white head formed of well-compacted, but uniformly sized, bubbles. The head laces the glass sides with plimsol “drink” lines after every mouthful.

Smell: Immediately as I poured the Blonde, a lovely earthy spicy aroma was evident, quite pungent at first. Light grains & malt are also evident in the nose that is far from shy. Unrefined country nose that does not offend, it merely supports its origins.

Taste: Bitter introduction laced with light malts & some grain. Very agricultural at first, but it soon refines in the middle to reveal a very well made Blonde beer. The initial mouthfeel reminded me a little of Duvel at first, not a bad sub-conscious trigger! Finish is bitter, spicy hops, & a mild biscuit grain.

Mouthfeel: Solid & defined. 7% ABV & the Carbonation help.

Drinkability: Well the 750ml did not last long; a few pours into my 16oz Glass (even with the expanded head) were enough to dispatch this beer.

Overall: A truly interesting newcomer to the beer scene in this area of Southern Belgium, indeed “Bière de Gaume: La Rulles Blonde” is named after the locale. Not a bad beer at all. An above average Blonde beer, that has plenty of rural character & rustic flavors that will charm you. Its agricultural background lends a definitive feel to its Artisanale roots. I would love to try this when aged for a short time, say 6-12 months, I feel that this bottle conditioned beer would probably improve & refine further given a reasonable chance.

Certainly No Dumb Blonde this one!

Well Worth seeking out.

Jun 03, 2003
More User Reviews:
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ThaCreep from Belgium

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dense foam and lace. Fresh aroma of citrus hops in the nose. It reminds both the Orval and Seasons Hennuyères. There are also floral aromas. Also very malty but with a strong hop bitterness that lasts dry mouth. Background of hazelnut. Well balanced, combines the flavors and easy on the palate.

Mar 14, 2011
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stcules from Italy

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange in color, slightly hazy. Beautiful head, white, creamy, compact.
At the nose flowers, camomile, white peach. Yeast. A very fresh smell, light and delicate.
At the taste apricot, pineapple, and a light citrussy. Again flowers, camomile, and a light honey note. Hay. Yeast.
Citric aftertaste, then peach again.
Very well balanced, and very drinkable.
Light in body, high drinkability, even with the 7 ABV.

Sep 14, 2006
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a slightly dirty yellow color ale with a big foamy white head with good lacing and retention. Aroma of spices and floral hops. Taste is semi-sweet malt with light spices and floral hops bouquet is really interesting. Finish is drier then expected with an above average body and no alcohol detected. Very fine example of a Belgian pale ale and way better then its brune counterpart.

Jul 10, 2006
WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Jul 04, 2013
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paterlodie from Belgium

3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date. Clowdy blond beer with a snowwhite head that lasts quiet ok. Nose is very spicy and pepperyand good maltyness. Further a fruity; apricot, paradijszaad and Reine Claude plum note and a clean stablesmell Taste has good matyness with wheat carracter, drybitter kininelike and a orangenote. Aftertaste has good bitterness and a litle roast touch. Mouthfeel is good, right carbonisation but maybey litle watery. Easy drinkable and enjoyable brew.

Aug 15, 2005
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Absumaster from Netherlands

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An orange beer with crude head. Clear.

Smell is amazing, lots of exotic fruits, mango, pineapple and some melon. The malt is biscuity and a little doughy.

Taste is different than the smell, there is the pineapple and mango, but also pear and lemon. Body is light and the beer is not overly sweet. Maybe the body is a bit too light. The malts are really biscuity. A low bitterness to round things of.

Dec 26, 2008
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -21.1%

Nov 25, 2011
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poppercherry from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was golden amber in color and provided thick head that diminished rather quickly leaving fair amounts of lacing..
The smell was light and fruity with a hint of malt. The taste was complex with a fair amount of hops. There was a strong fruity finish with hints of apricot and pepper. This beer had thin crisp body with a hint of alcohol. Malt was mild, but intensified in flavor upon the second pour of the pint.

Apr 10, 2006
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eric5bellies from Australia

2.59/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Drank from my Mane tulip

A - Pours a cloudy dull honey colour with a white head that dies quickly.

S - bits of yeast, lemon and bread with some sweetness.

T - Similar to smell but the yeast and malt is far more present.

M - Terrible. Too thin and not enough carbonation.

O - Spoiled by the mouthfeel. not recommended.

Dec 27, 2013
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Sep 04, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pastoral Belgian farmhouse brewing imagery depicted on the label.

This beer pours a cloudy, fine sediment-strewn, and tarnished golden amber hue, with three fingers of tightly puffy bone-white head, which leaves a consistent wall of pockmarked lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of grainy malt, tropical fruit, some more domestic peach and apricot notes, oil of attar, and soft leafy and earthy hops. The taste is more wheaty up front, the graininess taking a big step forward, with some edgy citrus peel, a subtle orchard fruitiness, peppery, clove-like spice essences, and a steady floral and leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is rather laid-back, and sedate, the body on the light side of medium weight, and a tad prickly, but not so much so as to deter the overall smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the wheaty graininess showing us some sugar amongst its more usual edgy character, and the spices slowly petering out.

An agreeable enough Belgian pale ale, the purported strength quite well-obfuscated amongst all that understated spice and fruit, I suppose. Anyways, easily drinkable, to which my mildly surprising empty bottle is testament. Now, off to see Maiden - as in, up the Irons!

Jul 28, 2012
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randylangford from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Apr 26, 2013
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Sep 19, 2014
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Mattias from Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 05, 2015
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mattfancett from England

3/5  rDev -21.1%

Aug 30, 2014
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hotsudge from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Nov 10, 2013
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before June 2015. Pours moderately hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, peach, apricot, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, floral, light honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, peach, bread, light honey, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, peach, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, floral, clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present on the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian blonde ale. All around good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Nov 21, 2013
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desint from Belgium

3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 23, 2015
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tom10101 from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Feb 25, 2014
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funkel81 from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Oct 01, 2014
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cbnz from Canada (BC)

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Sep 28, 2014
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bottlerocket24 from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +5.3%

Jul 21, 2012
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Hatshep18 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +31.6%

Dec 10, 2011
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samEBC from Belgium

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jan 31, 2016
La Rullés Blonde (Bière De Gaume) from Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 44 ratings