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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL
Belgium
larulles.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
145
Reviews:
78
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
10.39%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
12
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 78
Photo of Hopscat
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 BEERchitect
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

With the taste of Belgian Strong Dark Ale but with the body of Belgian Pale Ale, De Rulles holiday offering puts it in Dubbel territory, but wait... there's more...

The pour erupts with champagne-like turbulence. Once settled, a tightly woven cap of cream-colored foam caps the hazed rusty body beneath with long-lasting persistence and while slathering the glass with classic lacing patterns.

Sweetness, tartness, and earthen qualities register with its scent. Malt influences of caramel, nuts and an overall candied scent anchors the aromas while spicy peppercorn, grassy hops, orange peels and hay all have a say in its balanced scent. Mild rose wine and cider offers a tinge of acidity heading into taste.

Its medium-bold taste carry a taste of those stronger Belgian ales but with less intense taste. Though the candied and caramel flavors are apparent on the early palate, it doesn't necessarily have the sweetness that usually accompanies those tastes. Instead, its dry malt character is delightfully grainy and nutty. Other fruit-cake rounded flavors of dates, figs, light raisins, cherries and apples highlight its fruity yeast character- just ahead of the peppery spice, soft coriander, bitter orange peel and fennel before trailing into a grassy hop bite. Again, an air of cider and wine give a mild acidic taste that propels fruit flavor and complements its spice.

Its dry taste is only overdone by its dry texture. The beer's arid malt body thwarts its early sweetness and relies on its dry malt structures to carry its fruit and spice over the middle and into a whimsical finish that dissolves on the mouth like winey cotton candy. Its acidity, hops and marginal alcohol warmth further reinforce its dry finish.

With a lot of old-world, rustic charm- Le Rulles Cuvee has all the earthy spiciness that the style deserves. Along with its unapologetic carbonation, the ale simply springs to life and is ideally suited for many holiday desserts.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another La Rullés beer I picked up at the house of 1,000 beers for 5 bucks. Not bad considering its less than a year old (possibly)
A - Very lively carbonation giving me well over 1/4 inch of deep opaque head. Color is a rich amber brown, hazy but has mild bubbles.
S - Very balanced and mild. Dark fruits, chestnut, and a touch of sweet Belgium yeast. Has a touch of cherry as well (sour funk).
T - Very balanced as it warms I get a kiss of hops, but it's mostly raisin/ plum, with a bit of brown sugars. Yeasts are spot on not very dry but fruity. Exceptional.
M - For over 7% this Belgium Dark drinks light to medium, not very dry, so its very well crafted.

Overall I found it quite simple not getting much coriander, pepper spice, or sweet banana flavors but as I drink it grew on me like Chimay Blue, but much cheaper. Even though its over 6 months old now pick it its a perfect example of the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reddish-black with a finger of frothy khaki-ten head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Dark caramel malts, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander, pepper, other spices, raisins, plums, other dark fruits.

T - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisins, plums, and other dark fruits, Belgian yeast, clove, coriander, pepper, other spices, a touch of banana.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and spicy finish.

D - Great BDA. Good balance.

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Photo of randylangford
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of andrenaline
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mad props to joemcgrath27 for yet another stellar hook-up.

A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby red with a solid thumb of head, solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Classic dark Belgian with dark fruit notes, sweet yeast esthers, hints of figs and dried fruit, with a touch of cloves on the finish.

T - A surprising dark malt flavour comes through on the palette, hits of cocoa and leather alongside muddled dark fruits and hints of cloves. Dark cocoa an hints of espresso linger alongside some grassy hops and buttered bread.

M - Lighter bodied with loads of carbonation and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, less heavy on the fruity flavours and a solid dark malt profile. Easily sessioned and well worth seeking out. I'm grateful for the opportunity to take this brew for a spin.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

A: This poured a cloudy mahogany with fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy caramel and sour Belgian yeast, with some dark fruit and sourdough and candi sugar.
T: It tasted like toasted sourdough and earthy caramel, with some sour Belgian yeast and sweet candi sugar. It had a clean and sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was oily with smooth natural carbonation. Great body.
D: This was a nice BSDA, but nothing special. It would probably age really well, but it was also ok fresh. Decent.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased from Biéres & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : brown red color, with tan foramy head.
Smell : roasted malt and spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : roasted malty ans spices flavors, with solid bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style Strong dark ale.

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Photo of IHyphySF
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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

C+

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.
jd

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Photo of seand
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cloudy red with a fair amount of light tan hops. A solid blanket retains, leaving walls of lacing.

S: Lightly sweet and yeasty. Mild spices. Nothing overbearing, but overall it's a reasonably nice effect.

T: Thick but not overpowering sweetness, especially through the finish. There are very minor notes of spice. It's nice, if a bit one-dimensional.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, pretty nicely matched to the flavor profile.

Overall, good, but just good. Nothing outstanding or really new. It's well done though, and I'd have it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass, body is a semi-transparent dark brown. Big foamy head and good retention, with sticky lacing and a cap of foam to the last drop.

Nose is sweet with toffee. Lots of seasonally appropriate notes of cherries, cola, coffee, plums, cinnamon and clove spices.

Tastes pretty smooth with notes of charred malt, and all of the above flavors. Maybe a little roasted pepper too.

Ample round carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel and some spiciness on the tongue.

This is a very nice winter warmer. While it has a Belgian dark strong ale profile, it also has some dry stout qualities. Packs a lot of dark wintery and spicy flavor into a beer that is just 7.3% and is not too sweet. Gladly will I drink more of this.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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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