La Rullés Triple (Bière De Gaume) | Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL

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La Rullés Triple (Bière De Gaume)La Rullés Triple (Bière De Gaume)

Brewed by:
Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by marburg on 11-11-2004

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Photo of warmstorage
1.98/5  rDev -51%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Delirium in Brussels, 3,50 euro for 25cl, poured into logo glass, which was even cylinder at the bottom, and bowled out at the top: almost like a wit glass.

A: a hazy yellow-beige, rock and roll head with lots of lacing, almost creamy head left on sides of glass. The haze is a little deep, but the head is something to behold.

S: Intense phenols, pretty much overwhelming. Slight solvent.

T: More intense phenols, now with some earthy spiciness to them, but still strong plastic. Fruity tangy sweet esters. Plastic, plastic, plastic!

M: Tingly carbonation, lots of salivary gland stimulation, acidic.

We had this on the recommendation of the two grizzly guys sitting next to us who insisted that it was probably the best beer in the bar (Delirium Cafe in Brussels, mind you) and the best beer on tap, hands down. We basically finished it to be amicable. Pretty ugly stuff, really, and one of the less pleasant beers we had on the trip.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.48/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a La Rulles glass at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Reviewed from notes taken June 2010. Cost was 3.50 euro.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream and thickness, but mere average retention. Colour is a hazy dark yellow/light gold.

Sm: Cream, full barley, and maybe a very slight hint of butterscotch. A mild strength aroma.

T: Moderate fully expressed barley comprises the foundation, with badly handled stale cream on the climax. Malty but uninteresting. Hopping isn't notable or particularly well manifested here. Pretty simple for a tripel, and not very well balanced. Badly built. It's alright, but there's just nothing of interest to it. Not unique or special within the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet with some misplaced coarseness about the climax that doesn't suit the flavour or focus of the beer really at all.

Dr: Very highly priced by local standards. Drinks decently, and of decent quality, but not worth trying unless you're obsessed with beers in the style. Very disappointing, especially given its current ratings.


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Photo of jrallen34
2.85/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from the tap into a chalice in Brussels at Delirium Cafe.

This beer is a golden yellow with a white head, doesn't look much different than your run of the mill lager. It has poor lacing.

It smeels sweet with a hint of citrus.

It tastes very sweet, but sweet in a good way that I like. This is just a very weird combination for me. I like my sweet lambics, but not when I'm not expecting it.

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Photo of clvand0
2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap over the weekend. Pours a cloudy orange color with a fluffy head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma has some spices, some fruit, and some dirty hops. The dirty hops take front stage. I believe someone at the table likened the aroma to a fish tank that needed cleaned. The flavor has a bready character and a lingering flavor from the hops used, which I didn't care for. Slight spiciness and malt character. Didn't like this one much. Doesn't seem to be much of a tripel.

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Photo of ADR
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy peach color, very fine-bubbled and attractive head rises to almost an inch on a medium hard pour. Laces very thickly, in big sheets at first. Sweet aroma, slightly dusty, golden delicious apple that's gone too mealy. Very subtle carbonation, mouthfeel about medium. Strange flavor, papery and sweet, a strong and weird emphasis on cardammon, a bit of apple but also salt water taffy. Slight hops mid mouth, unproofed yeast sludginess and a slight off aftertaste. I don't like this one much in or out of style. Not a big sense of alcohol, seems decently hidden.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.24/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy light amber with a medium head and thick clouds of lacing.

S - Sweet light malt with a hint of of caramel. Some grapefruit and grassy hops. Not very good. Actually smells like it will taste cloying.

T - A sweet light malt with grassy and grapefruit hops, honey. Aftertase is slightly bitter with a lingering grassy flavor and honey.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, pretty refreshing.

D - Okay. It is a bit too sweet. A drier tripel would be preferred. I doubt I will have this again, but I might if it were offered.

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Photo of dgallina
3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml green bottle without apparent freshness data.

Pours cloudy gold with lots of suspended sediment. An inch of white head dissipates to a sheen but leaves good lacing. The smell is mostly toasted grain with mild lime fruit undertones. Flavor is very similar. Lots of toasted malt with a touch of powdery lime, spicy yeast, and pepper. Some fruity alcohol warming over time. Body is medium light and slippery, with some unpleasant grit from the suspended yeast. Rather average.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Ebenezer's Pub, Lovell, ME

Not the best tripel I've had. Easy to drink, but a little bit lacking in flavor, I thought.

Poured a hazy golden with a finger of white head and moderate carbonation. Bready, grassy aroma, with some light fruits present. A bit musty and very light fruitiness on the tongue. Thinly bready, with hop bitterness just barely detectable. Light-medium mouthfeel, and somewhat drinkable, though as I said, a little lax in the flavor department.

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Photo of truthbrew
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at 50F on 12-25-04. A semi-happy (not hoppy) bottle that foamed up a bit upon opening and continued it's desire towards the bottle opening throughout the evening. A spicy, sweet triple with moderate carbonation. Excellent peppery taste paired with other spices on a semi-sweet finish. A very nice, solid offering that I would enjoy again if tempted. While my review won't show 4+ points, it is very good but not pushing the realm of world class.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An orange, murky beer with a creamy head that settles into a small head.

Smell is malty with ditinct wort-like notes and a doughy and sweet malty biscuity twist. Some notes of spices, mainly coriander.

Taste is sweet and malty, again with the wort and doughy flavors. A spiciness that has coriander and lavender and some lemon zest. Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky and actually pretty full. Hops are somewhere hidden and have a light lemon soda twist. I had expected more of this beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in the brewer’s glassware at Maduro in Madison, WI.

Cloudy beige lemon with loads of thick cellular cream. Fantastik retention.

Aromas of fruit, I mean big, sweet, ripe fruit. Mangos, ripe pears, passion fruit, star fruit and other high in fructose sweet fruits. Yeasty.

Almost creamy up front, flavors are mainly powdery yeasts, a bit of lemon, and dry malts. I feel really let down. The flavors really don’t match up with the aromas at all in this one. I find the taste kind of dull. A sweetness perpetuates throughout but the fruit is absent. The finish is powdery and dry to the point of being flat. This dryness works well as a palate cleanser making this beer a wonderful choice for an aperitif. Still, I find that it is not for me. Too sweet and a bit too bland.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crowned and undated 750 purchased at Bello Vino and poured into a chalice.

Beers like this are why I always open a 750 over a towel if not in a sink...GUSHER! While it didn't explode like some of the Duvel 750s I have opened, this one produced a steady froth for a while. Once it had settled I poured it into a Val-Dieu chalice.

Tall head of vanilla over a dark hazy amber. Seems a bit dark for style and there are quite a bit of floaters despite having sat for a week. Prolly from the gush. Not much retention as the head fell to a layer of foam after a few minute. Some wispy lace left behind.

The nose is very yeasty with fruity notes of apples, some melons and white grape juice. Sugars and chalk in the background. Interesting.

The taste also has a lot of fruit. More sweet than tart. The apple/melon/white grape combo is there, but it seems to lack the balancing tart flavors I've come to associate with the style. A hint of peppery alcohol in the finish.

Moderate mouth that seems to lack good carbonation. Lost when it was frothing after opening?

Overall, I lost interest in this beer after a few sips. Too sweet for style, appearance is off and gushing bottles are a pain in the ass.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out-of-focus apricot with Golden Delicious apple edges. The alabaster colored cap is loose and bubbly rather than firm and creamy. It settles down in fine fashion, though, and looks much better as it begin to melt. A thick collar of BB-shot lace helps the appearance.

The aroma is more earthy and musty than it should be for the style. The beer smells more like a saison or a biere de garde than a tripel. Spice esters are more prominent than fruity ones. Better than decent, but not a standout by any means.

That last sentence is an accurate assessment of the flavor as well. If blinded, I would've said saison/farmhouse ale. There's too much bitterness, too much phenolic spiciness and not enough sweetness. This isn't a bad Belgian ale, it just doesn't hang together very well.

A relative shortage of malt is responsible for the scales tipping in favor of bitterness. It also leads to a crisp, drying finish. Flavors include musky apricot skins, a tannic woodiness, loads of ground clove and a pinch of white pepper. In the end, Triple has a certain rough, rustic charm, although it's more interesting than delicious.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium, doesn't have enough malt sugars to stay engaged and doesn't help itself it terms of carbonation (too passive). While it matches the beer's personality pretty well, it doesn't have enough expansiveness to deserve the next highest score.

This is my third beer from Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles. Estivale was extraordinary and Cuvee Meilleurs Voeux was pretty good, but not a standout. Triple is much closer to the latter than the former. Since there are much better, much more widely available Belgian tripels out there, I can't bring myself to recommend this one. Two thumbs... sideways.

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Photo of cbl2
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$7.99 750 mL 8.40% No best by date.


Pours a hazy straw in color with a thin head of white wisp on top. Ample carbonation streams up the sides of my chalice.


Rich sweet honey intermingled with a heady yeast aroma that entirely mask the 8.4% ABV. This is lush, and yearns to be sipped.


Somewhat sharp on the tongue with little of the honey promised in the nose. A hint of yeast dances on the tongue, but the main flavors are those of a slightly off grapey quality.

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Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a perfect head that splotches lacing all over the chalice

Smell: Medicinal aroma of funky, rotting, light fruit

Taste: Starts with a vaguely sweet, honey element that is quickly overtaken by bitter yeasty flavors; the finish is dry, woody and medicinal

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with fizzy carbonation

Drinkability: This just doesn't fit my expectation of a tripel; I didn't care for the bitter medicinal aromatics or taste

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Photo of Jredner
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slighty spicy..very grassy aroma. Has hints of lemon zest. Cloudy yellow/gold color with a lovely white head that is exceptionally creamy looking like a lemon meringue. Fore is yeasty, creamy and malty. Tastes a bit like a white cake with heavy cream added and a tad of vanilla extract. But sadly other than a vaguley banana tinged note there isn’t very much int he way of other flavors and it just comes off as a a really good, but highly one dimensional offering.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the High Street Grille in Mt. Holly, NJ; served in a Chimay goblet

Appeared a dulled orange with tons of visible carbonation rushing to the surface to meet the one finger, fluffy white cap. The head was rather loose and flaky and settled to form a thin collar. Scattered lacing.

Aroma is earthy and musty, with loads of phenolic spice.

More of the same here. Earthy, spicy tones with just a faint granny smith apple and dried apricot flavor. Hops lend a strong bitterness and the finish is crisp and dry.

A thin medium body that never really asserts itself. Too prickly and astringent.

While masking the high abv very well, this beer is light, crisp and refreshing. Good drinkability.

Not a bad representation, but I would have to think of this more as a Biere de Garde than a tripel.

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Photo of DPFRD
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Westmalle Goblet. From 750 bottle
A- Golden, cloudy and a decent foamy head.

S- Smells good and right on with the style... Yeasty grass notes, some biscuit and sweet fruity esters.

T- Let me put it this way if pound a mouthful, it taste spot on for a tripel, but if you drink it normally it is, well, thin... It has the makings of a good tripel, good yeast notes, fruity banana notes, with some hop presence and a bit of bitterness, but it is just dispersed. Kind of a let down.

M- medium thin to thin body, ok carbonation.

O- Disappointed but not let hanging. Could be so much of a better beer and it's so on track it's even more of a shame. I'll revisit in a year and check the next gen, but not a purchase I would suggest currently.

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Photo of lawrence76
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer twice, both times on draft (once in Belgium and once in Brookline MA) - Interesting glass designed for this beer, sort of tall and slender, almost like a small hefe glass.

The beer has a nice orange/gold colour, and a decent head with some staying power.

Aroma is tricky...some vanilla notes, but also some sort of herbal traces come up as well, perhaps from the hops.

and It is a hoppy beer...nice bittering and some late aroma addiditions come through as well. Body is a but thin, almost crisp tasting like a lager. The hop bitterness adds to this percieved crispness (more so than other triples that I've enjoyed.) Same vanilla, almost orange like flavours are apparent again.

Overall, a very good beer but I almost like a bit more body in my triples...this could almost be classified as a blonde ale, which I usually find to be more dry

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Photo of ski271
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Zeno's, State College, PA. Orangish-yellow with a medium-sized white head with good retention. Good lacing. The smell is of excellent Belgian yeast aromas. Fruits and spices. Pear and vanilla. Lightly herbal and slightly medicinal. The taste is much stronger than the smell would suggest. Much of the same wonderful aromas and flavors but with a stronger alcohol presence and more medicinal qualities on the finish. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy, turning dry, and lighter than expected for a triple. It has a lot of endearing qualities, and is worth a try, but it's nothing worth seeking out.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml green bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Appearance is wonderful. BOISTEROUS white head foams up and slowly dies down to a finger-thick layer in the glass. Near-100% coverage of the glass with sticky lace. Aromas have some characteristic tripel notes: sweet sugar, "yeasties", perhaps a whiff of pepper. Also some wet grass. Flavor not as bold as expected. Very subdued. Sweetness rises up front, middle dries out a little with a yeast-caked earthen flavor, and ends with a spicy/peppery dryness. Much more bitter/hoppy than expected, but I thought this was a nice twist on the style. Fizzy-thin mouthfeel that tickles the nostrils as you consume it. Very light for a big 8.4% (8.4%....are you KIDDING ME?!) Belgian tripel. A "light" beer to start an evening of NCAA hoops. Unexpected but well-received.

Cheers to AKSmokedPorter for hooking me up with this one.

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Photo of adamette
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. metal capped green bottle that I bought for $7.99 at Rozi's Wine House in Lakewood, Ohio several months ago. No observed "best by" date. I tasted and reviewed this beer in the past but had an interest in getting this bottle and "re-reviewing" it now.

A Before even opening the bottle I observed the significant sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Poured into my Silver rimmed Westvleteren goblet the body is a golden yellow again with the significant sediment floating about and a nice off white creamy head. Beer from the bottom of the bottle was significantly more opaque and the sediment claimed a much higher percentage of the body, about 20 per cent would be my estimation. 4.5

S Sweet malt, Belgian yeasts but not as fragrant as I recall. Smell is just o.k. for the style. 3.0

T Sweet malt and that great Belgian yeast taste burst out in the first 1/3 of the taste then the malt sticks around for the remainder of the taste, lingering a while into a steadily declining aftertaste. This strikes me as a very classic tripel, a beer that other tripels can be compared with. That being said, it is not, to me, a significantly interesting taste. It delivers on all the style guidelines without insipring me too much. Beer poured from the bottom of the bottle again took on a different characteristic, a much stronger taste with apparently higher ABV and more intense yeast and malt flavors. 4.0

M Creamy smooth head greets you first followed by a slight sting of alcohol and then a bit of syrupy stickiness and finally some grainy, yeast brashness. This beer's mouthfeel I find very interesting indeed. 4.5

D Fair to good. This is a good tasting beer with an interesting feel but at 8.4% ABV I would have done better to share this large bottle with someone else. 3.5

Notes: A pleasure to taste and re-review this old favorite at a price that I think is very good indeed. It amazes me how much my own tastes, and tasting abilities, change with time and experience.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at McMenamin's in Philly.
Poured into a chalice and poured a very hazy apricot color with a white thick bubbley heading that turns to a thin lace around the edging of the glass.

Smell has a citrusy-yeasty combination that smells terrific. Kind of like smelling orange juice at first and then the yeast takes over.

Taste is the same as the nose and then a whole bunch more. Same citrus blast of lemmony zest with a nice yeast profile. Corriander comes into place with a peppery dry fruitiness.

Mouth is excellent great retention alot going on on the palate very fruity and with a slight sting of citrus.Full bodied and slick.

Drink is a little heavy for a decent session but a very approachable drink to have a couple.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry. Thanks Harry! This triple poured a darker than expected, hazed yellow/orange, with a fizzy but long lived cap, showing some nice lace. Powerful nose was of yeast and fresh citrus, fresh hops, spices, a bit of alcohol, pear, with an interesting woody/earthy sort of dankness. Tasted sweet, but loaded with heavy fresh hopping. Pear, orange, apricot met fresh leafy greens and a bit of burning alcohol. Quite floral and spicy, with a certain woody element. Quite dangerous, even with a obvious presence of alcohol, this was easy to drink. A gem. Thanks Harry!

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

75 cl bottle. Pours a hazed golden orange color with a thick white head. A La rulles glass is almost pilsner-like, so it maintains its head and laces very well. Husky, grainy aromas mixed with Saaz hops and a light fruitiness with peppery alcohol notes. Pale malts and candi sugars make up most of the taste; a light pear/tropical fruitiness in the middle and a mild hop astringency in the finish. Alcohol is on the threshold if detection. A little thin, but tasty; one might regard its taste as "delicate". Easy drinkin'.

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