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

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

Brewed by:
Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 04-16-2005

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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with everlasting one-finger tan head (or so it seemed). A hearty aroma as I pick up caramel and sugary sweetness, touches of spice and yeast and I swear I'm getting a hint of citric notes like orange peel. Fuller body than expected, a good chewiness along w/ the smoothness, and I get a balance of dry and sweet malts with minor hopiness and traces of dark fruit. Finishes crips with a touch of sweetness. A great ale to relax with.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of drpimento
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer and recommended by the bartender. Poured with a light tan, foamy, frothy head that lasted a while and good lacing. Color was a hazy, almost cloudy brown with red highlights. Aroma was perfumey, malt, roast, caramel, yeast, a little dark ripe fruit. Flavor was very similar to nose, plus some toffee and just enough tang. Body was good and carbonation fine. Finished with average length, smooth, and drinkable. Nice.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured into a tulip glass, a dark coppery brown, hazy and almost muddy, with a foamy beige head that receded to a ringlet, leaving a bit of soapy lace on the glass. Subdued aroma, sweet malts, honey, grassy hops, and some dried fruits. Taste was very nice: toasted malts, honey and caramel, prunes, dried cherries, and mild, grassy hops and hay. Medium body, kind of bitter, but in a good way, and nicely drinkable overall.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St. Bernardus glass.

A: Cloudy dark brown body with a slight off white head, which fades quickly.

S: Tremendously fruity, filled with yeast derived goodness. Slightly boozy, with a dark caramel malt sweetness in the nose.

T: Delicious and maybe overly sweet up front, but surprisingly a delayed bitterness helps clean up the sweetness. A dark malt flavor on the finish puts this one just over the top.

M: Mouthfeel is very thick, but somehow not cloying.

O: Overall a very good Belgian dark. Not the best I've had overall, but the addition of some dark malt gives it a more unique flavor.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.59/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

More undated notes from a snowy afternoon at Local 44.

It had a finger of frothy deep-tan head with good retention upon presentation. Color was a slightly hazy reddish-amber. Nose was very fruity, like dried dark fruits - cherry, plum, raspberry and raisins.

Spanky's cheat sheet mentioned dates, but I did not get that. I was, however, put in mind of my favorite "The Far Side" panel of all time - a streeetwalking carrot stands below a streetlight holding out a piece of fruit as a stick of celery wearing sailor's dress blues walks past. The caption? "Hey, Celery, how 'bout a date?" Har!

Back to the beer. Once I had some in my mouth, I was struck by its appropriateness for the time. It was a bit thin, approaching medium mouthfeel, but it was like biting into a fruitcake. Zounds! Super smooth and eminently drinkable, neither of which is helpful in a 7.3% beer. Finish was fruity, slightly dry, definitely warming. Winner!

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%

A - Murky brown,pretty turbid. Steady rise of carbonation, with a thin head. Bits of sediment floating, and settling.

S - Caramel, bannana, fall spices, dark sugar, booze and fruit.

T - Huge sweet caramel up front. So smooth and viscous, tons of mellowed sugary goodness. Sweet and smooth like nougat or pillowy truffle filling. A soft dryness like that of an aged wine, with the same silky grapeskin effect. A touch of hop bitterness to balance, with some malty essence.

M - Incredibly mellowed and smooth. The alcohol is soft and the carbonation is low. This beer is suave.

O - Awesome BDA, ranks up there, more on the mellow side, but complex and synergistic.

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Photo of liamt07
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sammy, 750ml into some tulips. Best before February 2012 notched on the label.

Pours a mahogany, with some lighter copper and chestnut highlights with a big fluffy, cream coloured head that towers more than 3 fingers high. Nose is all malt, gentle spicing. Very soft and inviting, minimal as I'm struggling to describe it, but really entices me to pull it to my mouth. Unfortunately, the taste is step down from the nose. Some yeast, a gentle sugary malt, some alcohol and light spicing. Really nice feel however as I've found most Belgians to be. Carbonation is moderate and there's some lingering Belgian yeast. Real pleasant.

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Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amazing aroma, spicy, a biere de garde. Good drinkability and lots of spices, a little sour in the finish. Getting corriander, ginger,bit of pickle juice, grains of paradise, pepper, nutmeg, hay.Private buying club.Fun stuff, big head that stayed at three-quarters of an inch.

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Photo of Chyren
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light candi sugar with some light dry fruits notes with some light pepper notes. Taste is an interesting mix between some strong caramelized malt with some notes of dry fruit and some peppery yeast notes. Body is full but could have been even fuller with good carbonation notes with no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and enjoyable though a bigger body would have been even better.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark brown with a bit of haze and a reddish hue in the right light. A thick off-white head to go with it all.

S: A typical BSDA aroma here, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel provide a good sugary base. Plenty of dark fruits to go along with it such as cherries, plums, and raisins.

T: More of the same on the palate. Brown sugar, toffee, and sweet molasses (which seemed a bit odd) and the plums and raisins are quite strong as well. A touch of some dark specialty malts too (Special B?).

M: The body is medium with a medium level of carbonation as well.

D: After my previous experiences with this brewery, I wasn't in a huge rush to try this one. I was pleasantly surprised by it, however, and it turned out to be a good drinking experience.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Monk's in a tulip glass. My 1st from this brewery.

A- Shades of Auburn brown with some cloudiness to it, perhaps the yeast. Dark in color with a slightly lighter shade of brown in the massive creamy foam head, nice stickage.

S- Voeux is deeply malt driven with caramel and toffee. Sprinkle of chocolate. It is competing with the yeast though which is more spicy and not wild, A Orval yeast strain if I recall correctly. Holiday spices and some dark fruit. Apples.

T- The yeast is really dominating the taste with some faint bread and a spicy backlash. With that the malt kicks in with caramel/toffee/nuutmeg and the like. Faint chocolate, cinnamon, some vanilla. Dark fruit, plums, faint alcohol kick and spices galore. Alot here.

M- This goes down fairly easy enough but the yeast and bread aspect could get to you after a while, I tasted far after i finished my glass. Other than that this is a medium bodied beer with a nice carb from the tap. More fruits and malt build would of boosted the score, but this is not a strong.

D- I finished my glass in no time. Easy drinking and at 7.3 I considered another, but I was already under the spell of the yeast, it stayed with me. This is a good Belgian Dark that is on the spicy side, but a bit unbalanced. Good for a gander.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle. Would assume to be pretty fresh. 7.3 percent abv.

Pours a rich red-mahogany, ruby highlights. Nice head thick head, very good lacing.

Aroma is of dark, sweet malt, with some alcohol and a fruity, vinous character as well.

Flavor is nice, well-balanced. Pretty malty, but not really heavy or overly sweet. Residual rindy bitterness. I'm detecting a subtle smokiness that I really dig. There's a bit of Belgian tartness and vinous flavors as well. If anything was lacking, it was the mouthfeel, which seems to desire more fullness.

A damn drinkable Belgian dark beer, even at over 7 percent abv. Not too rich, but satisfying.

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Photo of mynie
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been sitting in the fridge for a while and I was a little worried it might be stale. Seems fine, though.

4.0. Dark plum resting in the middleground between red and brown, very hazy. Nice littlee head.

4.5 Smells fruity and spritely. Light chocolate, prunes, raisins, mealy red apples, tangy bread dough, and a little bit of yeast zip.

4.0 Doesn't cohere quite as well as the aroma had led me to expect. Starts with bready, lightly sweet malt, moves into a mixture of sweet and dry fruits, ends with a sweet and sour zippiness that's pretty impressive since this isn't that strong a beer.

This is kind of like half a dubbel. Remarkably flavorful and drinkable but it doesn't kick your ass the way most Belgians do. I'd love to find it on draft.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark crimson/amber, beige head on top, lasting long.

Sweet,n, spicy aromatics, fruity malt comes through, apples and cherries, very ripe and pungent. Juicy, lively, lovely.

Tastin'...Big, fruity malt greets the tongue, with a side order of spice.Cooked apples, burnt cherries, cinnamon & ginger...mmm.
Medium body, easy drinker.

Nice stuff, I like this.

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Photo of TheMistler
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft, this poured a ruby-tinted brown with a creamy, just-off-white head that displayed okay, spotty lacing. Head settled to a fairly thick, creamy cap.

Restrained aroma. Sweet malt, but not without some spice. Raisins. Caramel and maple. Becomes sharper to the nose as it warms.

Taste is also malty, but again features some nice spice and noticeable hoppiness. Dark bread, some caramel. Herbal notes. A slightly spicy dusting of what seems like yeast, though I wonder if it is. Hops may have played a role in the palate, especially the spiciness, before the end, but they come into their own now, with nicely noticeable but slight bittering. Finishes somewhat watery, but still with some hints of bitterness and dark fruit.

Rather lively, prickly carbonation. Not entirely what I'd associate with the style, but it does lend this winter beer a nice refreshing quality.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 stcules
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful dark mahogany color, with ruby edges. Beige foam, compact, a good amount.
In the smell, on a lightly roasted malty base, some light spices, more present in the taste.
The taste, with spices and liquorice, is malty and sweet, but not too much. Very winter beer.
Some vanilla and cinnamon, red fruti, and herbal notes.
Average to high in body, spicy aftertaste, with a hop grassy bitterness in the background.
Dominqted by the spiciness. Probably even some sweet orange peel, and vanilla. And again liquorice.
Very good Christmas beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 davidw987
2.57/5  rDev -32.5%
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 SShelly
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, muddy, medium brown with a fluffy white head, lots of retention, and lots of lace.

Dark malt aromas dominate with hints of belgian spice and yeast, small amount of chocolate? in the aroma as well.

Flavor is a mix of moderate maltiness and a pleasant light bitterness, with a very mellow malty finish, overall I think the flavor could have been MUCH bigger.

Given to me by a friend, probably never search it out on my own but tasty enough if you are after something belgian.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewing the 2007 offering in late 2008.

Served at 41 in a Unibroue pear glass.

Sweet, not-so-Belgian aroma. Nice reddish brown color with a clean white head that sticks through most of the beer.

Flavor is what I describe as soft Belgian with very light caramel and chocolate. Not what I describe as a spiced beer (similar to what many US breweries are doing with holiday beers).

Very nice - like all Rulles beers.

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La Rullés Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux (Bière De Gaume) from Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL
Beer rating: 67.1% out of 100 with 146 ratings
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