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: 143
Photo of TheMistler
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -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 stcules
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -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 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 SShelly
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +9.9%
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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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 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 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 Metalmonk
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Lotsa action happening in the Unibroue tulip glass...all kinds of carbonation dancing around, some sediment (despite gentle handling), a frothy thick head, and a gorgeous ruddy brown/rust color. All kinds of lace-stick too.

Sublime yeastiness hits the nose first and foremost, followed by soapy dark fruits, light leather/saddle-blanket (not on a Fantome or Jolly Pumpkin scale), maybe a little banana tucked further back. That Orval yeast cannot be concealed, it's wonderful.

With the very first sip my tongue was scurrying trying to identify all the different impressions. Caramel and toffee are both up front, followed by flashes of pumpernickel and rye, and cola on the back end. Fresh-cut grass/hay, then a brighter hint of grapefruit or orange rind, reminding you that hops are playing a role too. Grapefruit element sticks around long into the finish. Everything is given a polite tweak by farmhouse-y yeast vibes. It's got a straightforward homebrew-type rawness/pureness, lending itself well to the deep flavor profile.

Mouthfeel? Well-carbonated, not distractingly so. Fairly airy yet substantial. Does what it's supposed to do.

A very complex beer without being big, extreme or having any kind of novelty value. An extremely well-made beer. Shouldn't be surprised, considering they brew one of the world's finest tripels. It's got a ton of flavor, not too out of control, alcohol-wise, it drinks so easily and gives so much satisfaction...I have to rate the Drinkability 5-outta-5 perfect.

[For the record, my bottle says 7.3%, so I guess it's been ratcheted up a bit since first introduction.]

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Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML green bottle purchased from Oak Tree in South Plainfield... first beer I've sampled from this brewery - this one being their Winter time / Christmas rendition... Pours a deep, dark, brown, purple color with a minimal head that soon dissipated... smell included notes of caramel, root beer, belgian sugars, and vanilla... taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a very lucid and crisp flavor which included notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, candied sugars, vanilla, licorice, and slight alcohol... very good, distinct taste which was full of quality and went down very easily... nice mouthfeel with an equally good level of drinkability... I really liked this one and will be eager to try another sample from this Belgian brewery...
As a side note, the bottle specifically denotes an alcohol percentage of 7.3%, and not 6.5%...

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark cranberry with a creamy, dirty white head that was mostly lasting leaving a nice thin film lacing behind.

S: On the nose was some fresh fruit (apples, cranberries) and a light honey presence.

T: The initial flavor was really malty and sweet with lots of sweet caramelized malt and sugary fruit (apples). The beer finished with a slight tart and sourness from the yeast with a dry fruitiness leaving a malty sweet residue lacing on the tongue. There is also a touch of woody apple cider alcohol that was detected. The beer has a very creamy and malty texture with a nice supplement of warm festive spicing.

M: The mouthful was creamy with warm malt with light tart cherry notes upon warming.

D: Overall a very sweet, malty xmas beer with a very smooth alcohol warming and fruitiness with warm spiciness that made for an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of HombreWing
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml - over sized Duvel

Eyes: Redish brown ...poured bright ....lacey head that swamped glass sides.

Nose:Slight caramel...more anise ..subtle mint

Tongue: Spicy ...subtle licorice...finishes dry

Texture: low end medium bodied...although thin finish

Overall experience: To experience what Belgium has to offer if given the chance is a nice experience in and of its self. Quite enjoyable this one was.

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Photo of Risser09
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a taster

Appearance: Caramel brown color with an ivory head. It's 1 inch high with tons of sticky lace.

Smell: Sharp acidic aroma. Fresh fruit and black pepper. Tart and nice.

Taste: Creamy sweetness, Belgian yeast, clove, a little bit of banana. Followed by other flavors of dark fruits, figs and plum.

Mouthfeel: Kinda thin bodied but quite creamy, with an alcoholic finish.h.

Drinkability: A great Belgian beer. Lots of burn on this one, maybe it was young. I thin kat 6 months this one would be near perfect.

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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 sleazo
4.52/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap Blind Tiger VSK event

A_pours a chestnut hue with a beige two finger head which is creamy and rich

S_delicate apples pears and peaches. Really smells like fresh fruit

T_wow. A perfect blend of sweet sour and bitter. The sweet fruit flavours of the pear and peach hit first followed by a sour apple acidity. The underlying bitterness balances both very well. Hints of white grape juice

M_slightly viscous yet with a great carbonation.

D_another over the top beer at the VSK

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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 John_M
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite an unexpected pleasure to see this on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a brownish, hazy root beer color with good head retention and lacing. The beer almost looks viscous and truly looks as if it will be quite rich. On the nose this beer smells incredible. There is a huge aroma of sweet malt, with wonderful milk chocolate and cherry components. The beer smells positively luscious.

On the palate... sigh. Stupid Belgiums and their love of sour beer. This beer is wonderful on its own and the sour component, while adding complexity, does not add to the enjoyment. Granted, the beer is very, very complex, tasting like a rich quad mixed with a lambic. There is chocolate and banana flavor, but the sour cuts right through the sweetness and richness. The beer is medium bodied with a good mouthfeel. Abv. is very well disguised and the beer finishes with flavors of chocolate, orange citrus and honey.

This is a very good beer, but I really wish the brewery would have left out the gueze or lambic, or whatever he/she added.

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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 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 pons
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this at Mug's Ale House in Brooklyn, NY. Served in a snifter.

The look is just very fine, but lack of perfection may be due to the poor lighting in the corner of the crowded bar where I sat. The smell is sweet which entices you to taste the beer. No problems here.

After a couple of sips it is clear that this is a heavy, yet drinkable beer; malty belgian ale, yet somewhat smooth considering the type of beer it is. The beer finished strong, with a clean, yet strong, taste on the palette. an excellent all 'round belgian dark ale.

If you see it, ask to try it. You may wind up getting a full glass shortly thereafter.

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Photo of Gavage
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear brown in color with a short 1" light tan head that falls to a thick surface foam that lasts. Spotty lacing develops.

Aroma: disappointing light, as only some sweet malt is barely detectable.

Taste: nice malty base with some prune, caramel, and honey creating a nice sweetness. Very mild bitterness and alcohol is not noticable at all.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start and finish, and the sweetness lingers very briefly on the tongue.

Drinkability: easy drinking for the style, as lower alcohol levels and nice sweetness are easy on the tastebuds. Seek this out.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On taps at the back bar at Monk's tonight.

The beer was served into a tulip glass and come out with a nice deep brown body with a little tan head trailing it. The beer has a nice roasted malt aroma to it with a touch of maybe caramel as well. The taste has a nice balance of the bitter hop taste which I love and a little sweetness that backs up the hops. There is a bit of carbonation but not overdone. I enjoyed letting the beer sit a bit and warm up in my glass. A nice treat on a cold night.

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Photo of thetachibro
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at the Old Bay in New Brunswick, NJ. On the menu it says one of only two bars in the country that have this on tap but im not too sure how acurate that is but anyhow. Poured into an oversized wine glass a copper color with a minimal white head. The smell was somewhat fuity with some roasted malts. Taste is a little hoppy somewhat sweet as well. A little spicy but not much. Alcohol is somewhat present but doesn't take control. Drinkability is ok because the ABV isn't that high.

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