La Rullés Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux (Bière De Gaume) | Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL

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La Rullés Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux (Bière De Gaume)La Rullés Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux (Bière De Gaume)

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Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 145
Photo of davidw987
2.57/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was my second beer of the night at The Trappist in Oakland. It was the only dissapointing beer of the night. In fact, I didn't even finish it with so many other great beers to try.

The appearance was encouraging - a rich dark brown with a pale tan head. The head held up for about three or four minutes.

The aroma was virtually non-existant. The taste was very chalky and doughy, little of the more exciting flavors I expect of a Belgian ale.

The beer was smooth and moderately full bodied, but it didn't make up for the lack of flavor.

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Photo of tomordonez
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is less “craft” and more upscale than the normal La Rulles. It has less chunks of raisins. It’s more filtered. The aroma is less strong. The flavor is less strong. The raisin aroma is diminished. It has a floral aroma. More alcohol. A big head becomes a thinner but not flat. Medium to high carbonation. Bitter. I prefer the normal La Rulles.

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Photo of impending
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3


750ml into a tulip. Pours an opaque deep walnut, minor coffee colored head receded rapidly, minor lacing.

Aroma is of lightly charred malts, unsweetened rum cake ingredients sans the rum.

Watered down raisins and plums. Flavor has a nice subtle molasses note plus a hint of char, more would be nice. Thin bodied, feels lowly carbed. Far from bad but nothing stands out, lacks personality.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Deep mahogany bodied ale with a big frothing tan khaki head forming thick rising above the rim of the glass. Aroma has tart fruit with big funky yeast notes, hints of citrus and Christmas spices. Santa is on the label looking pretty deviant without a beard, maybe it's one of the brewers at La Rulles. A deep fruit note pretty non descriptive flavor, big malts, mild spicy yeast notes leaves a dry semi sweet finish. Dark leather notes, medicinal cherry, earthy sprigs from pine trees or oak birch accents, what a beer. The type of Belgian ale only a mother could love big overpowering and a bit of a bully this has no finesse compared to some of my favorite ales out there. Overall I'm waiting to try something excellent in comparison, to this dumbed down and non accentuated notes that I've come to know and adore.

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Photo of corby112
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a very dark ruby red/ chestnut brown wth large foamy white head. Aroma of clove, alcohol, cinnamon and spiciness. Taste very similar to aroma dominated by cloves, pepper and other spices. Also, hints of fruit and alcohol.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazelnut color with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit and tart cherry. Flavors of sour cherry fruit, and juicy caramel malt. I couldn't tell if this was spoiled, or a Flemish brown type beer, because nobody at the bar new what it was, and had no info. The category it is assigned on BA doesn't shed much light either.

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Photo of gdogalishus
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deepr red/brown color from the tap into a goblet style glass. The head was very very light, but I noticed that most of the beers poured at this particular event were like this and made me suspect it was some type of glass cleaner that was destroying the head and not the beer. The aroma was a very gentile caramel with an unidentifiable fruit hinden behind. The flavor was malty at first, but changed as it warmed into an ale fruitiness. Light mouthfeel and good flavor left me satisfied that this was a good choice to try something new.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8750 ml bottle - this one says 7.3% abv - poured into tulip glass:

Pours rustic brown with a tan to light-brown head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Strands of lacing stick.

The smell is grassy with some herbal notes, a bit musty, with honey and a hint of dark prune-ish fruitiness.

The taste is of honey and caramel - sweet, though maltiness a bit thin. A bitterish herbal/grassy touch and a bit of alcohol (though not raw or strong) show through. Late dried prunes show - more in the finish to aftertaste. Finishes sweetish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin and swishy, though it picks up a bit as it progresses through the sipping.

Not as rich or complex as I would think it would/could/should be. Still it's a nice sipper - winter-ish, I suppose. Not particularly special, but certainly not bad and certainly worth trying.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber color with hints of light visible around the edges. There is a two finger slightly beige head which leaves decent lace. The aroma is of bubblegum, banana, and some dark fruits. The taste follows suit the beginning has a dark fruit flavor profile, this gives way to banana's along with nutmeg and cinnomon. The backend brings a big bubblegum flavor. The mouthfeel is moderatley carbonated and a little creamy. Overall it was a slightly above average beer. Everything was good but not great.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap last night at a local pizza joint. It was a dark brown color, with little to no head. The smell was a bit sour.. like sour fruit and sugar. Taste was good.. like dried cherries, pears, and oranges, with some nutty after-notes. This style is not my favorite, but I found this beer to be highly drinkable, and one that I would try again.

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Photo of EMV
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Champs in State College, PA. poured into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a semi-opaque mahogany color. Thick creamy off-white head and nice lacing.

S: Dark fruits and brown sugar... candied apples.

T/F: Malty up front but overall lacking on the flavor profile for a Belgian Strong. Mild dark fruits and sugars... caramel and spice. Medium carbonation and fairly smooth.

O: Disappointing for a Belgian Dark Ale... I expected more flavor and this one was just lacking. Not a bad beer by any stretch but not one that I would seek out again. There are much better Belgian strong's available.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

04/20/08- Had on tap at the Toronado during Belgian Beer month.

Presentation- Via the tap into a tulip-wine style glass.

Appearance- Off black in color, maybe a very deep reddish hue. 1/2 inch head, which settles at a nice rim. Leaves light patchwork.

Smell- Mildly smoky malt notes...burnt caramel and toffee. A bit of a sweet nose, but mostly malt.

Taste- Roasted chocolate-coffee malt ball flavor. Deep toffee flavoring as well. Sweetness comes in after the swallow. Maybe a touch of fruit flavor such as date or fig.

Mouthfeel- Mild carbonation, deep toffee malt aftertaste.

Drinkability- Overall a bit too deep and malted for me, but has it's nice point. Would recommend for malt lovers.

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Photo of pixieskid
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Piked this up while in Belgium last year, didn't pay attention to the bottle date as it was November or so: turns out this thing was brewed in 09 and past off as if it were fresh (sitting next to the other xmas beers). Keep you're eyes peeled in Brussels people, the bottleshops in the city center seem to pray on the tourists (price gouging, etc.)

Pours a deep brown with a tint of red, 2 finger creamy head that lingers for quite some time.

Nose: toffee, some allspice, a bit of cocoa.

Taste: bittersweet chocolate upfront, balanced bitterness throughout, lingering cocoa notes with a touch of spices.

Mouthfeel: extra creamy with a frothy carbonation.

Overall: turned out to be pretty damn enjoyable, curious to try it fresh at some point.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. After dinner & reviewing book. 8 months after BBF date. Very good taste on the first glass, like the best quads although less aroma. However, in the second one (or when it warms), it loses a bit of taste.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ferric oxide orange with a hint of cranberry and a suspension of fine yeast. Backlighting gives the beer a glowing ember sort of vibe. The amazing looking cap is... well... pretty amazing. The orange mousse-like foam is heavily creamy and tremendously sticky. It's currently in the process of creating a masterpiece in lace.

Despite the fact that the crown is now less than one finger, the nose is underpowered. General impressions will have to do. It smells like the beer will be sweet, medium-dark fruity and moderately spiced. Hopefully, it will open up as it warms (it does a little).

After the outstanding La Rulles Estivale (a Belgian pale ale), I expected this Belgian dark ale to bring it with more authority than it has in the first several ounces. It's definitely on the subtle side. At least now I have some idea why the nose is no barn-burner. This is one of those cases where it would be great if the flavor knob could be increased by a quarter-turn. Make that a half-turn.

There isn't an abundance of malt. Not bad for 5.0%, but the ABV is 7.3% according to my bottle. It's actually tastes more like a dark amber ale than a dark ale, if I can make that somewhat fine (and probably irrelevant) distinction. Hop bitterness parries every weak thrust that malt sweetness can muster. The finish is especially tight.

Like the aroma, the flavor defies pinpoint description. Let's go with steely caramel, less sweet dates, English Breakfast tea leaves, cloves and a twist of bitter orange peel. It's pretty good stuff, but more of everything would be great. This is a classic 3.5/4.0 beer with regard to flavor and drinkability. To be fair, each of those numbers almost makes it to the next highest, largely because it's improving as room temperature approaches.

The mouthfeel is neither big enough nor bubbled enough. It enters the mouth fairly low on the excitement meter and doesn't move the needle much as it goes. It's a mystery how the head can continue to look so fantastic on each subsequent pour.

Cuvee Meilleurs Voeux is loosely translated as 'Best Wishes for the New Year'. New Year's Eve deserves a beer that delivers a lot more excitement than this. Bottom line: looks like a dream, tastes like a (good) day at the office, and drinks like an evening at home. Or something like that.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, toast, dark fruit, and some spice aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and char-like flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some nice aromas but the flavors are a bit burnt tasting.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter, the beer was a dark brown color with a thick tan head that persisted well. Not much aroma, a bit of spice. More came through in the taste, like cocoa with some cinnamon sprinkled on it. The spice lingered on, and almost became unpleasant. This was an OK beer, but I don't think I'll be seeking it out.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with brownish highlights that had a thin frothy head and left a little acing sticking to the glass. The nose was moslty grainy and sweet from the malts with faint honey dark fruit notes. The taste was also sweet from the malts but with honey dark fruit accents and a touch of belgian yeast notes. The brew was medium to full in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, malty, and silky finish. The brew was moslty just sweet but drank good. Not a beer I could have lots of.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from notes
A - Swampy purple with light at the bottom, 2 fingers of head, half finger retention
S - Plumb and pear, light clove and spice, mild caramel
T - Big minerally note, leafiness and slightly grainy, strangely the belgian phenol flavours are outnumbered
M - creamy carbonation with a smooth feel, alcohol is well integrated here with not real bite
O - generally a pleasant enough Belgian Dark, however the label and timing left me hoping it would have more of an winter/xmas quality to it which it fails to deliver on, but still well worth a try

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This 0.75 Cork and caged bottle was taken at the lovely D’elices Et Caprices in Brussels.

Murky brown body with an off-white crown of huge proportions, which left good solid lacing.

Mix bag in the nose, raisins, plums, dark berries, hoppy citrus hints, yeast and some caramel maltiness.

The taste was also of mixed flavours, mostly following the smells mentioned above: however you can add some mini hop bitterness along with ground coffee and flakes of dark chocolate, strange how the coffee and chocolate didn’t feature in the aroma.

This was the third beer we tasted here, it wasn’t the strongest, but it certainly had the most flavour and body depth, we definitely reviewed in the right order. Pleasant and easy to sip, a Christmas brew without to many wintery ways to it, nothing really special though.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured at Rustico's in a sampler glass. Pours a dark reddish amber along with an average tan head that left nice lacing throughout. The aroma was moderate to heavy caramel and dark candy sugar; moderate to heavy yeast, with some slight Christmas-like spices in the yeast at the end; grape, apple, cherry, brown sugar, lots of slightly sour fruit; and slight alcohol heat. The initial flavor was moderately to rather sweet, slightly acidic and ever so slightly bitter; while the finish was somewhat to moderately sweet, slightly bitter and slightly sour. There was caramel, brown sugar, dark candy sugar, dusty yeast, slightly sour fruit that grows in intensity as it warms, cherry, apple, grape, hints of cocoa, and a little spicy yeast at the end. The light to medium body was sort of creamy, but sticky on the lips and then a little dry with fizzy carbonation and a slightly astringent and a lightly dry finish. Overall an interesting beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Vinous, lightly acetic aroma, with dark candi sugar sweetness. Esters of banana and pear add complexity.

Flavor is very malty initially, lightly sweet, with a deeply toasted, finish and moderate bitterness and spice in the aftertaste. Notes of pear, banana, and tart cherry surface late.

Would prefer a bit more tartness or sweetness...or both. A bit weak in flavor.

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Photo of Chyren
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a tan 1 finger head than diminishes quickly with nice lacing to a little layer of foam. Color is very dark brown with some hints of sandiness to it. Smells of light roast, burnt sugar, malt, and yeast. The taste is a bit sharp, a decent bitterness, caramel, roast, and a mild booziness that escapes towards the end. Feels very nice and foamy when sipping and is a pleasure to drink, overall.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark ruby brew (very dark). Small head and a small amount of lacing.

S - Mild soapy character, slight cherries, very mild aroma.

T - A bit of cherries and soap. Mild berries as well. Aftertaste is a faint lingering fruitiness. No bitterness. Very good.

M - Frothy, bordering on harsh, medium bodied, very refreshing.

D - Awesome. This is so easy to drink. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 75cl green glass bottle, brass colored crown cap, but no cork. Has a Christmas version of the Palix painted “big eared cheeky chappy” that seems to adorn most of Brasseries Artisanale de Rulles Palix labels and beermats, in so much as he has a red and white Christmas Hat together with a rather perplexing sleeveless Santa outfit (WTF?). The words “Bière de Gaume” are atop the label & “La Rulles Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux”, below.

The small print describes the beer as “Bière Brune 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. 2008.

This bottle was handed to me during my recent trip back home to England by my good friend Barry “The Mad Axeman” Smith, who is the Brewer for Tigertops Brewery and good friends with Grégory Verhelst, the Brewer at Rulles.

Appearance: An initial slow pour reveals a dark brown body that exhibits a body that exhibits a chestnut-cum-claret colored body which, when held to the light, also reveals a superb looking sparkling lucid body. A nice thick tan head forms into a deep fine sponge cushion that ‘spits’ and ‘spats’ as it quickly dissolves to a more palatable 1” thick cap, which in turn slowly collapses to a thin ½” broken covering during the drink. Fine bubbles aid a sprightly conditioning which leaves some lacing which sinks back to drink when the Glass is allowed to stand for time.

Smell: Dark Brune aromas, malty with some chewy caramel and dark chocolate covered toffee in the middle. Finishes firm yet heavy when initially chilled; transforms into a subtle cloying roasted aroma on the nose as it warms.

Taste: More malts in the entrance, hints of caramel, rolled dark chocolate covered Devon toffee, almost burnt cereal flashes the body, finishes with some chewy qualities that accentuate the caramel malts. Deceivingly simplistic at first, but rather appealing as it warms and coast the mouth after a few mouthfuls. After half a bottle, a more earthy, organic, natural dirt covered malt feel develops which mixes with a biscuit-cereal feel in the finish, the toffee fades and only remains in the finish as it reach 55°F+.

Mouthfeel: Hardly a Brune on steroids, in fact, at the same strength as the [standard] Brune I suspect it is just a tweaked recipe with additional varying types and quantities of malts – but it nevertheless works reasonably well. A much drier biscuit cereal feel though. The spritzy yet soft carbonation and the soft creamy smooth licks on the tongue all add to make for a decent body.

Drinkability: Not as quaffable as the standard Brune I found, the dry cereal feel eventually becomes a little too much, you want to quaff this to tackle the dry powdery crushed malt feel but it fails to quench – which detracts a little from the overall Drinkability. Still not a bad brew though, and I had no problems tackling the 750ml all on my own.

Overall: Definitely a Winter-Xmas Brune of sorts, but at 6.5% it is nothing overwhelming and makes for an easy-going Seasonal Session Brune of sorts. Retains the artisanale rural character & rustic character that is evident in both the Blonde and [standard] Brune. I only have the one bottle, but it would be interesting to see how this bottled-conditioned brew ages given the Best Before Date some 3 years hence.

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