La Rullés Estivale (Bière De Gaume)
Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL

La Rullés Estivale (Bière De Gaume)La Rullés Estivale (Bière De Gaume)
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Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #37
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,686
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 12.08%
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
142
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Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL
 
Belgium
Avail:
Summer
Wants
  8
Gots
  15
SCORE
87
Very Good
La Rullés Estivale (Bière De Gaume)La Rullés Estivale (Bière De Gaume)
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Reviews by feloniousmonk:
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed golden coloration, slimmish white head.

Mellow citrus and spice in the nose...lemon, straw, and slight pepper. Smooth, yet spicy, and enticing.

Boards that palate politely, yet commands the scene assertively. Spreads pepper and citrus all about, but doesn't push too hard. Low alcohol helps this. This brew is referred to as a Tripel by the importer, yet it's mild, and lacks the sting some examples of that style give.

Medium-bodied, soft finish, ...I've said mild and mellow enough, so let's get the thesaurus. No, let's not. So, in summation: Fresh and hoppy, abundant fruit and spice, citrus zest and lush malt. Equals easily quaffed yumminess.

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Photo of Suds
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 75 cl bottle, this is a very pretty beer. A big, bulbous white head (firm and lasting) sits atop a slightly hazy pale golden liquid. Nice! The smell is better than average, but not outstanding...a bit of yeast and lots of doughy pale malt aromas. Floral hops flirt with the malt. A bit of vegetable, corn-like DMS is the only downside. The taste is solid, but a little underwhelming...soft, subtle, and a little sweet. There are some fruit flavors that come out in the taste that were not present in the aroma....pear and pineapple for sure...interesting. Finishes with a lasting bitterness. The mouthfeel is soft and very lightly textured. Easy to drink, but not exceptional.

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Photo of stcules
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, lightly hazy, with a beautiful white head.
Fresh smell, hoppy, with orange, grape-fruit. Really good. Camomile and white flowers. And a light almond hints.
Resolute taste, bitter, cpmplex. Herbal and fruity. Really good and inviting, with flowers again, even if less evident.
A good hoppy and bitter aftertaste, really long.
Good.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml crown capped green glass flask like dimple based bottle which 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 Rullés. In fact last year he gave a bottle of the La Maitresse, so there is some history developing it seems. Has a single main obverse and very colorful label which has a picture of the La Rullés Cheeky Chappy on it, this time he sat on a river bank fishing, with a bottle opener on the end of his line, enjoying a freshly rescued bottle it seems.
Listed at Alc. 5.2% vol., with a nicked label edge Best Before Date of April 08. Recommended to be served at between 8-10°C.

Appearance: Hazed golden body has lots of fused Peach and Apricot skins set deep into its mid rift. The head is quite large in my Maredsous goblet at first, but it soon settles down like a scolded child. The rocky surface of the off-white head slowly adds a feisty lacing that goes nowhere. Carbonation levels are solid and resilient; the overall appearance is very attractive though.

Nose: Perfume!!…..the first word that instantly springs to mind when inhaled deeply. Herbal traits provide a Lavender mélange with soft herbs in the background. Volatile compounds fill the upper quarter of the glass, but the biting grassy tones of American hops fight through and ultimately dominate.

Taste: Kicks in with a massive grapefruit hop kick that stuns at first, soft freshly cut grass, light yeast and a delicate lemon-grain middle. Finish is dry and astringently bitter with some low key herbs thrown in for fun along the way. Allegedly made with American Hops, Warrior and Amarillo, this could explain the orange in the back end that comes through after half of the bottle disappears. Further examination, reveals yet more complexity, the grapefruit acidity and sharpness gets bolder and starts to enforce thoughts that this is not your typical Belgian brew, it isn’t, dare I say that fruity sharp hops push it Westward.

Sharp fruity citric start that has a lot of bitter hops which always have a slick spicy backbone as well a strong perfumed floral demeanor. Deeper down a light tangerine character adds a fruity dimension to the back end. Lovely lingering tastes…..beautiful stuff.

Mouthfeel: Bounces on the tongue with a shocking spritzy effervescent explosion. The carbonation is medium in strength but high in caliber. The body exudes a confident striking pose that can distract from the gorgeously bitter hops, but somehow they work together to punch a nice one-two.

Drinkability: A little shocking at first, for a Belgian brew at least, but once the pervasive hops coat the palate this one soon wins me over and I cannot help but chug the last third of the bottle in earnest.

Overall: A very appealing offering; a Belgium Pale Ale which itself exhibits a lovely American hop trait to it, quite ironic that I picked it up in England whilst on vacation from the States and visiting Belgium. Yet another rare Rullés treat from my old mate Barry “The Mad Axeman” Smith, and he even hand delivered it, what a star!! The sharp hop character and defined citrus fruits make for a spritzy yet very refreshing Summer offering from Rullés.

Recommended.

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Photo of hoser
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of weeare138
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy, straw toned gold with a huge, fluffy white head that retains for several moments before fading into a clumpy cap and a thick collar and sticky lacing.
Smell is of floraly perfume with yeasty, light earthy hops, and heavy hitting citrus that I wasn't expecting.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some lemon zest and dried orange peel with some spices pulling through and a ton of bready yeast that seems to stick on the palate.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit overcarbonated, slightly astringent, semi-dry, and too hoppy and yeasty without much balance to me.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a large foamy off-white head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry Belgian malt with some dry hops taste is dominated by some dry malt base with some floral and grassy hops. Body is pretty full with some average carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting take on a very interesting beer (Orval) but I thought it was slightly too dry and missing some funk to be truly great.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an initially quite frothy, three-finger thick, pale off-white colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my tulip glass & even recedes with some structured peaking to it. As I pour the brew a touch of light struck hop scent reaches my nose, nothing too bad & hopefully it will dissipate. My hope is confirmed when I finally get to exploring the aroma of this brew; it has a solid grassiness to it (influenced by both hop and pale grains), a fruity citrus character (lychee, apricot, candied tangelo peel) and a nice pale grain driven character of biscuits, fresh crushed soda crackers and an appetizing bread-like aroma. This has a really nice appetizing aroma; I really like the mix of the bread-like malt aromatics (the dominant note perhaps), grassy hop / grain notes and the soft, yet persistent super hop fruit character.

Light feeling as it hits the tongue & it has a nice, prickly, slight foamy carbonation to it. Quite dry tasting, but just a touch of sweetness that seems to be accentuated by the fruity hop notes. A nice, substantial pale malt character builds in intensity as it moves towards a dry, biscuit-like / soda cracker grain character that lingers on in the finish. Oh yeah, it is pretty hoppy too. A persistent, mouth coating bitterness is noticeable from the get go & it lingers on into a long, biting finish. While quite dry, some of the fruit / citrus notes characteristic of the American hops definitely still come through; flavors of kumquats, aromatic, dried apricots, piquant Curacao orange zest and tangelo peel are all noticeable. There is also a grassy undercurrent that is accentuated by both the malt and hop usage. The yeast character supplies a light tartness, some esters / phenolics that definitely accentuates the grassy notes in the beer, a sort of cotton-mouth thing ; really this seems like a nice rustic Saison-type yeast here, though at times it can be hard to pick it out.

This beer is very drinkable, the 750ml bottle just seems to be disappearing. I could perhaps wish for a little more yeast complexity, but really the ample hop & great malt character wouldn't come through nearly as well.

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Photo of Crosling
2.96/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle. This years batch. Pale color with a small filmy foam. Aroma is really subtle, maybe some lemon and a bit of Belgian character, but its a stretch. Flavor opens up well, reveals some malt character, and a bit of hops. The second year I've had a bottle, and I don't understand the appeal. It's ok, but nothing special.

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Photo of John_M
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm usually not a big fan of these "made for the Summer" lighter ales, but this one was just excellent. Had this on tap at Max's last night.

The beer pours a a cloudy light straw color, which is not a color I usually associate with good beer. There is little head retention and lacing is pretty marginal as well. On the nose I'm surprised. I know this is a fairly light beer, but I get some burnt orange peel and citrus flavors, maybe even a hint of cola. Quite intriguing. On the palate this beer is remarkable. Despite its low abv. it has PLENTY of flavor with an impressive hop bite on the finish. The beer is very crisp and thirst quenching and is about as good a Belgium Summer session beer as I've ever tasted.

For what it is, quite impressive.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honey with a hint of orange marmalade. There aren't the usual number of Belgian ale bubbles, and the crown isn't as gargantuan as is typical, but the beer looks spectacular nevertheless. The cap is the color of melted marshmallows and is at least as sticky. The end result is that the glass is positively slathered with chunky lace. What a great way to lead things off. Edit: subsequent pours result in a masterpiece in a glass

The nose is an inspired mixture of tropical fruitiness (musky pineapple, tangy orange) and light, summertime spiciness. The former comes from Amarillo hops and the latter from an Orval yeast strain. I wonder whether those two ingredients have ever been combined before? The jump-out-of-the-glass power that I didn't get initially shows up as the beer warms and as the yeast from the bottom of the bottle is liberated.

I'm torn between enjoying the relatively subtle, finely complex nature of the flavor profile and wanting to jack things up to the taste bud saturation point. I hate to be thought uncivilized, but with more Amarillo hops, this stuff would be killer with a capital 'K'. Having said that, the stealth bitterness is becoming cumulative with each passing ounce.

Contrary to my fears, Estivale doesn't taste anything like Orval. There's an intriguing spiciness that is most reminiscent of tamed white pepper mixed with orange zest, but I don't detect even a trace of horse blanket. I guess the brewery uses several different yeast strains. Pineapple is less prominent on the palate; bitter orange and lemon are more so.

This is a near perfect summer beer for a whole host of reasons. It has a relatively light, yet tremendously satisfying flavor; it's snappily bitter without being abusive; and it has a crisp, quenching finish that prompts one to start thinking about the next mouthful almost before the last one is gone. The mouthfeel starts out light, becomes light-medium and gorgeously supple with warming, and is expertly bubbled.

Estivale (meaning 'summer') is very good beer. It would probably be just as good if one of the noble hops was used, but I like the decision to use Amarillo. Mostly because I'm a huge fan of Amarillo hops. Although it may not be the quintessential Belgian summertime ale, nothing else comes to mind that can give it a run for its money. What the hell... it *is* the quintessential Belgian summertime ale.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge bottle only, found at State Line Liquor. Pours a very light yellow with a good lasting head. Soft mouthfeel, a bit funky yeast comme une biere de garde, a bit musty yeast aroma. Very drinkable. Lower abv appreciated.A bit drying finish.A needed Session Belgian.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Billolick
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large green bottle, w/o freshness/bottling info. Pours cloudy light apricot, creamy. tiny bubble head, delicate and high quality in a scattered fine lacing kinda way. Floral, fresh and lightly spicy nose. Fine, fine brew, screams quality and craftsmanship. Notes of light pepper, more flowers, light honey, and becoming more and more clear the dry, spice of above moderate hopping. Love this stuff, would be great with BBQ or a summer lunch of salads, bread and cheese. Wish I could find this on a regular basis.

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Photo of bark
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is pale amber; the liquid clear. The beer is bottle conditioned. The beautiful high off-white compact head slowly sinks down to a finger-thick layer leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is a little earthy with quite a lot of clean bitter hops and mellow sweet flavour. The notes are overall smooth, generous and well balanced. Some fruity-estery hints.

The taste got lots of fruity flavours (green bananas, ripe bananas, plums, lemon peels) and some light phenolic notes of solvents and rubber. Raw earth flavours and yeast with some alcohol. The flavours are bitterer and dryer than expected. The aftertaste is balanced and dry with some fruits and a mild sweetness.

The carbonation is medium strong; the short lived bubbles are mild. The liquid is dry and a bit thick.

I would rather classify this one as a not-that-strong Saison. Highly drinkable with lots of character!

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy honey color capped by a finger or two of foam that leaves streaks of lace behind

Smell: Bready malt combined with a bit of funky yeast and citrusy hop elements

Taste: Opens with the bready malt flavors but those are quickly combined with fruit (pear, banana and apple) and a hint of sour funk; by mid-palate, a citrusy hop flavor with a kumquat edge emerges; the finish is rather dry with a bitter but funky finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A really interesting beer that combines a lot of divergent elements in a uniquely satisfying way - love the combination of the Orval yeast with the American hops

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Photo of drpimento
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm. Somewhat interesting beer. Poured with a nice off white head and a little lace. Color is a very slightly hazy straw gold. Aroma is perfumy, peach, apricot, spice, hop, and malt. Flavor's less interesting: it' ok, a little bittersweet, a little hop and malt, a little tartness midway and tart/sweet finish. Body is good and so is carbonation. Alcohol is great and so is the rest of this beer for session.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a tall chalice)

A- This beer pours a slight hazy golden apricot colored body with a sticky off-white head that sticks to the glass and pulls away creating a giant cloud of foam. There is a sea of tiny bubbles swirling around in the glass.

S- This beer has a perfumy slightly sweet yeasty note that has hints of a fall breeze, think dried leaves and earthy notes. There is a light dry rose hint with a dry lemony finish.

T- This beer has a dry light start with a soft fresh milled grain note to it and a faint brie rind aswell. The finish is a dry crisp slightly hop flavor with a touch of dry lemons.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol noted

D- This is a great summer sipper that really would be nice to take everywhere you go that involves outdoor activities. Although it doesn't have huge flavors it does have very lovely subtle flavors making you urn for another sip.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/16/07- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Forgot to look to see if any freshness info was listed. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance- Apricot-orange colored pour with a 3/4 inch rocky and very creamy white head. Decent patchwork left behind.

Smell- Bitter hops in the nose, a few spices with maybe a touch of white pepper as well.

Taste- Considerably hopped and pretty dry at the same time with a sharp peppery flavor. Has a grainy flavor to it as well. Not as much citrus fruit as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation level with a lasting bitterness.

Drinkability- Kind of filling, which I found odd for a low abv beer. Above average beer, but wouldn't go much above that. $9.99 for the bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pale, orange-heud body with a full, foamy white head.

Smell: Pilsner malts with a scent of wildflower honey, sliced peaches, and citrus. Slight note of fresh-ground pepper and bread.

Taste: Pilsner maltiness melds with a myriad of flavors, peach juice, lemon juce, spice, and honey. Never more than a mild sweetness. Floral, citrusy hop character with a growing grassiness and just enough bitterness to bring balance. Slightly musty yeast character. Crisp, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. A little under moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Immensely refreshing! A very well-made light Belgian ale with a delightful complexity. I made it through the 750ml bottle in record time.

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Photo of dgallina
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce green bottle without freshness dating.

Pours especially clear golden yellow. A large and thin soapy head quickly vanishes, leaving excellent lacing. Smells quite citrusy. Powdery lemon and lime peels over toasted grain husks and pepper spice. The flavor is much drier and more tart. Strong lime rinds at the fore, developing sour urea and barnyard notes in the center. Finishes with very dry toasted grains. Light and clean, slightly astringent mouthfeel. Very clean and refreshing overall.

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Photo of edbeered
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served ice cold in a goblet, this is a slightly cloudy straw colored brew. There is a slightly hoppy smell. The taste combines a tart fruitiness with a mild citrussy hoppiness. As the beer warms to 45-50 degrees, the flavors blend together nicely. For a Belgian ale, this is low in alcohol(5.2%), which(for me)only enhances its drinkability. It's nice to find a Belgian beer with a tasty hop presence. A good effort.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL green champagne bottle - unfiltered, unpasteurized and bottle-conditioned. It is bright golden and fairly clear, with high carbonation and a finger of bright white head that leaves lots of sticky lace. Bouquet is floral, with pine, citrus, honey, peaches and a vinous, earthy, musty note. Tastes very nice, with gentle malts, spicy yeast, a hint of sweetness and perfumy hops that yield a medium bitterness. Moderate body and carbonation, with a finish that gets drier and drier. A delicious and easy to drink pale ale that would make a wonderful session brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lighter Belgian ales don't have to pull the reins on taste, and this beer proves it. Chocked full of herbal, floral, and fruit-spice interplay shows the balance of eight percent stronger pale ales but in lighter and much more drinkable form.

The beer pours a pale golden color with moderate yeast haze with active carbonation to fuel and cottony, fluffy head of white. Sticky with lace, the beer impresses with all the aesthetic value asked of a Belgian pale ale.

Very herbal and floral with aromas of lemongrass, pine, spruce, and pungent leafy hops. Clover, rose, and chamomile play light on the nose with elements of spiced pears, apple peel, oranges, and lemon. Wheaty and lightly doughy- the yeast plays a large role in every attribute to come at the nose.

Flavors follow suit but with the yeasty brine of bread dough and lemonade leading the way. Balanced by earthen hops start lemony and grassy but end with a touch of chive and hay in bitterness. Otherwise the semi-sweet taste seems more because of the juicy character of fruity element- oranges, grapefruits, lemons, pears, and apples are all represented in moderate and stable fashion.

Creamy and light up front but semi-dry and warm in finish, the beer's texture is somewhat bready with light fruit acidity and hop bitterness that accents a drier feel to end the session with spice and fruit.

Estivale plays similarly to La Rulles more popular Trippel, but with less complexity and a simpler palate it's somewhat more drinkable.

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Photo of RixBeer
4.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a straw yellow with a 3/4" head. Nice lively carbonation rises as the head settles down a bit. Decent sticking.

Peach and some citrus with a peppery spice in the nose. Very distinct odor of earthiness.

Distinct flavor of straw and dry hop with sharp grainy spice with a mellow/subdued kick of orange rind in the after taste. Not as much fruit as I would have thought.

Very light in body, smooth and clean.

Very drinkable especially with a low ABV. This beer is refreshing and crisp.

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La Rullés Estivale (Bière De Gaume) from Brasserie Artisanale De Rulles SPRL
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 142 ratings