La Gauloise Ambrée
Brasserie Du Bocq

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From:
Brasserie Du Bocq
 
Belgium
Style:
Pale Ale - Belgian
Ranked #107
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #24,913
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 10.47%
Ratings:
47
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 24, 2021
Added:
Apr 22, 2004
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  7
SCORE
83
Good
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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Rich dark amber, very eager to form head (take it slowly or you might need to put the bottle and wait mid-pour). 5cm lumpy solid looking pale cream head. When that eases back I'll finish pouring the bottle! ps note there is sediment in the bottle but luckily little entered the final pour. The beer forms mega lacing on the way down.
S- Malty, hints of toastiness + piquancy.
T- Tasty stuff, quite a bold taste for a 5.5% beer that isn't dominated by hops or a heavy-roast. That^ piquancy is now revealed as mild spice notes, and into an estery + hoppy dry finish.
F- It's meaty/rich enough for a 5.5% that it's enough to qualify as a suitable winter beer for me.
O- I think one is greater than the sum of it's parts. It's interesting, gutsy for a 5.5%, versatile/year-around and zero to wish were not there or a bit different. I'd happily drink it again (esp. in Belgium at local prices!).
330ml bottle £2.55 BB: 20/02/22 Bought from BeautifulBeers/BurySt.Edmunds as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Feb 05, 2021
Photo of JamFuel
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JamFuel from Sweden

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.

Oct 15, 2019
 
3.52 by aztraz from Sweden on Sep 30, 2019
 
3.36 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Sep 12, 2019
Photo of emincems
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by emincems from Turkey

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.

Jul 20, 2018
 
3.55 by Ukrfan from Ukraine on Jun 27, 2018
 
3.75 by paulish from New York on Jul 19, 2017
Photo of The_Bujon
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by The_Bujon from Ireland

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.

Mar 04, 2017
 
3.92 by Dzu from Russian Federation on Dec 12, 2016
 
3.83 by Antyk from Belgium on Oct 15, 2016
 
4.03 by bmaggot from Lithuania on Sep 28, 2016
Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
by Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

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

Sep 07, 2016
 
4.24 by beerinabottle from Ireland on Jul 22, 2016
 
3.96 by Richie71 from Ireland on Jul 12, 2016
 
3.46 by desint from Belgium on Jul 02, 2016
 
2.9 by hdtrice from England on May 12, 2016
 
4 by Robertas from Lithuania on Feb 07, 2016
 
3.4 by Rivoire from France on Oct 25, 2015
Photo of Zet
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by Zet from Netherlands

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.

Aug 23, 2015
 
3.9 by UniversitateaDeBere from Romania on Apr 09, 2015
 
3.6 by kamilgracki from Switzerland on Apr 08, 2015
Photo of duffbeerchamp
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by duffbeerchamp

Good beer.Very balanced.fresh. slightly hoppy in a good sense.best served cold.

Jan 18, 2015
 
3.75 by frontalot from Washington on Oct 21, 2014
 
3.5 by mattfancett from England on Aug 30, 2014
 
3.5 by CigarInspector from Belgium on Aug 20, 2014
 
3.5 by Latarnik from New Jersey on Jul 06, 2014
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3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by arthurspoor from Belgium

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!

Jun 14, 2014
 
3.5 by BJSmit from Netherlands on Mar 02, 2014
 
3.5 by MaevaS from France on Jan 20, 2014
 
3.75 by dcmchew from Romania on Nov 02, 2013
Photo of FLima
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by FLima from Brazil

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.

Oct 27, 2013
 
5 by Petertauro from Spain on May 18, 2013
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3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jazzyjeff13 from England

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.

Nov 21, 2012
 
3 by Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire on Nov 18, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by BlackHaddock from England

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.

Sep 06, 2011
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3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by wl0307 from England

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.

Jul 15, 2011
Photo of benfons
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5
by benfons from Belgium

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

Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Sigmund
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

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.

Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Squelch
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by Squelch from Texas

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.

Feb 06, 2011
La Gauloise Ambrée from Brasserie Du Bocq
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 47 ratings