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

750ml bottle. Same elven, shifty-eyed, besotted Belgian dude on the label, this time decked out as a beardless Santa, proffering us the best of wishes via this particular incarnation.

This beer pours a hazy, dark reddish-amber hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, slightly puffy pale beige head, which leaves a wall of rarely-broken fuzzy lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of lightly bready pale malt, a well-restrained earthy yeastiness, some ethereal banana notes, a bit of muddled black fruit, some clove, ginger, and cinnamon spices, and a dank, musty hoppiness. The taste is sharp, somewhat acidic dark fruit, nutty bready malt, softly lilting bitter cocoa, mildly zingy yeast, and some citrusy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is a tad frizzante, a testament to the ongoing frothy pours, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes fairly off-dry, the bready malt, temperate fruit, and lingering yeast doing well to work together.

A decent winter indulgence, the savoury spices on the down-low, alongside a nicely multi-toned maltiness, and some equally tame alcohol warming. All in all, the preceding was a mawkish way of describing a simply well-integrated, tasty accompaniment to the various sugary offerings so prevalent at this time of year.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 5/12/12

A very dark brown with a massive dense dark tan head that sits around for ages and leaves a few pencil thin rings

S the nose is impressive, reminds me of farmhouse yeast with some bubblegum, spice and faint banana, there's some brewers candy and spicy earthy hops with some faint coco and dark fruit, plenty happening in this department

T more coco but still not much, the yeast fades a little and some faint citrus I didn't smell, some plum and just a little hazelnut

M very creamy and a smooth beverage, very long nutty, earthy finish and no booze at all, perhaps one of the creamiest brews I've had the bubbles are working well

O solid stuff start to finish, complex and very easy to drink and great for a chilly evening. Smells and feels awesome and no room for complaints elsewhere

I'd drink this again and its reasonably at around 12$ it might happen sooner then later. Alberta shelves are getting jam packed with gems both hidden and sought after, keep'em coming

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 6/2011 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown amber, heavy medium tan head and massive lacing. Aroma of dark and sweet malt, dark fruits, somewhat subdued. Flavor follows with sweet malt, dark and light fruit, Belgian spicing, brown sugar. A bit of dryness in the finish, but overall sweet. Moderate body and moderately complex. A pleasant, but not outstanding dark Belgian.

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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 Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

La Rullés Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux (Bière De Gaume)

Pours a clear dark brown color. Aromas of candi sugar, spices, strong malt and mild cocoa. In the taste, a nice roasted malt note, with light cinnamon like spice. The roasted malt caught me a bit off guard, but works well here. Notes of caramelized sugar and dark breads. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, with ample carbonation. Overall, a nice Belgian Dark ale, dig the roasted malt in a Belgian.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico. Served in what would best be descried as a stange.

Pours a moderate amber-brown color with a moderate light tan head and good lacing. The nose had some dark fruit and malts plus some grapes and a light bit of spice. Flavor was dark fruits and semi-sweet malt. Medium body with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Good brew.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, cinnamon, mild peppermint, almost candy cane like. In the taste, spicy, minty, and candy cane sweetness, all inside of a nice dark ale. A spice like bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry spice of cinnamon in the aftertaste. Like a cinnamon candy cane in a nice very fine Belgian dark ale.

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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 BeerImmediately
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a short off-white head over a deep amber to brown body. Touch of lacing.

Aromas contain lots of rich, whole wheat bread crust, followed by fruity esters (plum) and a touch of spices.

Juicy, fruity qualities - red grape skins. Caramel sweetness. Nice roasted malt base. Touch of bitter English-style hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is really nice for the style. Starts off with plenty of carbonation fizz, but settles nicely to a smooth, and rich mouthfeel.

Considering that this is categorized as a BDA, instead of BSDA, this one gets high marks. Easy drinking, full of flavor, somewhat complex, and perfect for the Holidays. (and a festive label, too!)

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 drpimento
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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 +12.7%
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 +19.2%
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 +7%

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 +1.8%
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 +4.9%
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 -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 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 -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 womencantsail
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +2.6%
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 +7.8%
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 +13.5%
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 +2.6%
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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La Rullés Cuvée Meilleurs Voeux (Bière De Gaume) from Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL
3.85 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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