La Gauloise Ambrée
Brasserie Du Bocq

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Belgian Pale Ale
Ranked #306
Ranked #38,547
3.62 | pDev: 10.5%
Brasserie Du Bocq
La Gauloise AmbréeLa Gauloise Ambrée
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Photo of JamFuel
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with massive, thick, frothy head. It is Belgian, after all.

Smell is yeasty with some spice along with greean apples and brown sugar. Some floral notes jump around in the background as well.

Taste is floral and yeasty with notes of green apples, cloves and some peppery and spicy notes. Soft bitterness and very mild and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium, heavily carbonated.

Overall, a nice, refreshing Belgian, not very complex, but good.

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Photo of emincems
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It pours slightly hazy amber with big sized average lasting off-white head. Foam leaves enough laces for a Belgian. Smells mostly caramel, but earthy yeasty notes and slight hoppy fruitiness are in the mix. Taste is slightly sweet; biscuity malts and candy sugars are apparent. Yeasty peppery spiciness and low-moderate bitterness in the background. Dry finish. Low bodied and effervescent. Easy to drink.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one from the brasserie du Bocq brewery.
An unusual one this, no scent to speak of really, but taste and feel are pretty good. Definitely best served on the chilled side, and the foamy head sticks well. You can easily see yourself powering back a few of these without realising it, a very quaffable brew it is.

Certainly not one of the best, but it beats drinking mass produced lager, and similarly priced!

....update on this one.

Body is very hazy and full with a lovely copper colour, taste is slightly on the bitter side but smooth enough. Aftertaste is similarly bitter, but not harsh by any stretch.

I actually think some will adore this beer, certainly worth making your own mind up.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
2.94/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review: 330 ml stubby bottle of La Gauloise Ambrée: ABV: 5.5%

A World Cup of beer silver award winner, coming in a cool looking 330ml bottle and bought in Lidl. Sure why not!

The oldest brand produced by the brewery, and its most successful beer, named after many Roman (Gaul) sites discovered in the area.

On pour, a dark orange looking colour appears, with a large foamy beige head that sticks around for ever, resulting in some decent lacing.

A bit of fizz

Nice reddish hues makes the beer look the part.

A nice beery smell on the nose , smelling citrus and fruity hops and a lot of malts, all well balanced. Nothing too complicated but was nice all the same

The taste was savoury, varied flavours, fruity, caramel, well balanced but very light and easy on the palate.

Smooth enough to drink, not bad, but there was a discount lack of strong flavours in this beer. I did pick up some, they are there but not enough to get the taste-buds going. A little disappointing in that regard. Light and easy to drink, not particularly hoppy or bitter or sweet.

Overall, I like this beer, its decent to drink, and goes down very smooth, but it would be nice to have a stronger edge to it with more discernible tastes. Ok, but not the best I have ever had

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Photo of Zet
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice orange amber colour with a good head of foam that holds well and leaves a thin layer on the surface afterwards. Nice smell of cloves, malt, caramel and yeast. The cloves, malt and yeast continue in the mouth and gets some subtle sourness added in the back of the throat. Aftertaste is pleasantly bitter and spicy. Mouth feel is a bit watery though. Worth a try: something different than a lot of the Duvel-wannabes in this particular category.

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Photo of arthurspoor
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing that I noticed on the bottle is the below avarage alcohol percentage. Usually I drink Belgian ale's that are stronger. However close to lager in that matter the taste is quite different.

I liked it. It had some nice dark ale characterestics with fresher notes as well. Good carbonation. A very mild but still interesting taste. Well ballanced.

I did not write this review on the day I drank it, so I didn't descripe everything in detail. Maybe I will do so later.

Nice one to try out!

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Photo of FLima
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber copper color with a full four finger frothy off-white head with great retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma of banana-peaches, mint and caramels.
Flavor of licorice, slightly toasted malts, floral and earthy hops, molasses, cloves, bubblegum, mint tea, apple juice and berries. Dry and spiced aftertaste with an elegant bitterness. The type that makes you beg for another sip.
Medium body with effervescent carbonation.
Pleasant brew, superbly balanced beer and not tiresome as some Belgians are.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. Picked up ages ago from Lidl (4-pack) and stored in my garage.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A clear marmalade-amber colour with plentiful carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam with good retention; it lasts for ages before settling as a thick surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity yeast esters with notes of banana, candy sugar, faint spice/herbs and stewed hops. A hint of solventy booze in the background. Pleasant and uncomplicated.

Tastes of mild caramel malt with a fruity yeast character and a dry finish. Notes of banana, candy sugar, subtle clove, faint coriander, earthy yeast, herbs and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with a warming whiff of alcohol at the back of the throat. Perhaps a hint of cardboard/sherry. A dry quality upon swallowing, accompanied by a very mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good carbonation and nice body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of earthy, fruity yeast esters and stewed leaves.

Not bad; a decent Belgian ale that drinks like a slightly darker blonde. A pleasing fruity yeast character that doesn't challenge your palate, making this an easy-drinking brew. Won't blow your socks off, but perfectly quaffable at the price I paid. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown dumpy 33cl bottle, best before 3 Sept 2012, poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip a year earlier.

No sediment left the bottle, so my beer was a clear amber colour with a large dose of head, white and clean looking: the head gave some good lacing as the beer level sank.

Toffee molasses in the aroma.

Thin in body depth, but not weak in flavour: malts dominate, however a tart bitterness is just below the surface and this didn't sit well with me at all.

This is another Bocq beer that fails to float my boat.

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Photo of wl0307
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 330ml short brown bottle, BB 30/11/2012, served lightly-chilled in Hapkin’s tulip-shaped short-stemmed sniffer.

A: pours a lightly hazy, dark copper colour with beautiful reddish hues, coming with a thin beige froth settling slowly to a sheet to last on top of moderate level of carbonation.
S: the nose is full of aromatic amber malts, lightly burned sugar, sweet herbs like coriander seeds, orange-zest like fruitiness, berry syrup, underlined by a deeper layer of yeastiness that sends much Yakult-like sour-sweetness around.
T: an effervescent swallow of semi-spicy & bitter-sweet malts is followed by a lightly chewy and herbal-ish mid-taste with black tea-ish undertones. Lingering are mild fruit esters, old citrus zests and aromatic sugar, with but a token presence of hop bitterness scattered in the end.
M&D: despite the effervescent palate initially, the beer drinks rather smooth and a healthy body is demonstrated throughout the drink. Overall I find this ale a rather quaffable example, and the lack of undesired sweet edge definitely makes it more appealing to an English Bitter lover like me. An understated and likable ale all in all.

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Photo of benfons
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy amber colour, nice creamy head

S: loads of malts, some caramel and hops

T: also the malts and caramel with a sweet acidity too it

M: undercarbonated, creamy but it wouldn't hurt it if it was a bit creamier

O: ok beer, but not great. I can't really figure out why it got an award

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Photo of Sigmund
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330 ml stubby bottle, as Bocq Gauloise Ambrée, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 5.5%. Deep golden to amber colour, huge lasting head, slightly off-white. Pleasant and well balanced aroma of malts, brown kandi sugar and fruity hops, also distinct spicy notes. The mouthfeel is maybe a bit thin, and the beer is not very sweet. The flavour has some notes of brown malts and toffee, and the hops in the finish are very moderate. Easy drinking and undemanding.

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Photo of Squelch
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appearance: Slightly brown and hazy, thin to non-existent head.

Smell: Nothing, I mean nothing in the nose for this beer.

Taste: Bland upfront. The only reason you would know it was a belgian is because of the finish, which is ever so slightly estery.

Mouthfeel: Watered down. Slightly smoky and puckering. medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This is not a beer I would buy again. Good for quaffing, but not the best i've had from Belgium.

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Photo of bellebouche
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Never come across this beer before. Bought the Ambree in 33cl bottle over a brune and blonde variety.

Tasted 14/4/10 from a 33cl bottle. 5.5% ABV.

A. Light golden hue, not as dark as I was expecting. Poured a small fine head that shrank back to nothing. Some slight rings of carbonation constantly rising.

S. Stunning fresh hop wafts. lightly spiced, slight syrip aroma. Grassy. light

T. Delightful, dry, thirst quencher, smooth

M. Light, frothy - no substance or apparent alacohol flavours.

D. Huge surprise, very pleased with this beer. Wish I'd bought more.

On promo via discount supermarket LIDL, was €3/litre. Complete giveaway at this price. Will return to buy more.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of hops in the nose. The beer is soft and reserve some smoky notes. It also has a good bitter, pungent enough even if just this spicy, in addition to being ubiquitous, is not really convincing. The taste of hops is it enough grass in the mouth and gives strength to the body and finish. A lack of diversity in flavor, except the spicy character, but nevertheless a refreshing beer.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear, copper beer with a lacing head.

Smell of candisugar and caramel malts. Some yeast notes that remind me of stock.

Taste is lightly fruity with some sharp bitterness. The beer is definatelly Belgian with some higher alcohols. Maybe some coriander. A pretty bland beer.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2001.

Appearance : amber color, with a dense white foam head.
Smell : malt and hops, highlighted by notes of smoked and caramel aroama.
Taste and mouthfeel : lightly roasted flavors of malt, with a little dry bitterness.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian amber ale.

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Photo of rec
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amazing, thick, foamy head with brilliant retention, and below lay the hazelnut coloured body. The smell is a little lacking, with malt, nuts and yeast most obvious.

The taste is equally lack-lustre, and while not bad, lacks complexity and tastes quite watery. Flat would describe the mouthfeel and aftertaste; lacking appropriate carbonation and with a tinge of metalic sourness on the otherwise dry and mild finish.

It's not terrible, easily better than almost all local brews (Australia), but there are so many better Belgian import options - I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super amber beer with a clear amber body that shows a superb head, magnificient. Smell very fresh, when I poured the beer a snice smell of honey and hops came to tease my sense. Some shy notes of malt are also present but the clean smell of hops takes over.

Well, now that the problem, not really great, not really balanced and the hops takes over, also some notes of acidity comes and play with my nerves. An aftertaste of sourness is present, not great.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle looks just like the picture. The ribbon to the left of the wheat is blue for this version. It is gold for the "blonde" and red for the "brune." I think the brewery missed a great marketing ploy by keeping the girl's hair blonde. She should be a blonde for the blonde, a red head for the ambree and a brunette for the brune. Oh well. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 10/14/04, I opened it on 4/22/04.

Good looking cloudy copper pour with lots of little particles that leave vapor trails through the liquid. The head starts a good three fingers thick and the consistency of whipped cream. This settles to about 1/2 finger, then stays and stays. Nice lace completes the picture. The nose is full of raspberry and other sweet fruits in addition to sweet Belgian yeast. The mouth is well carbonated and medium bodied. There's a definite sweetness to the taste, but the predominant impression is barley, perhaps perfumed barley. There's not much in the way of hops, just an ever so slight dryness at the back of the throat. The aftertaste is primarily yeasty. This is an acceptable Belgian ale, but not what makes that country's beers so great.

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La Gauloise Ambrée from Brasserie Du Bocq
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 45 ratings