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La Gauloise Brune | Brasserie Du Bocq

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La Gauloise BruneLa Gauloise Brune

Brewed by:
Brasserie Du Bocq

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 09-16-2002

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 51
Reviews by Everydayoff:
Photo of Everydayoff
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a chalice by freshness date.

The color is dark brown with a ruby red tinge, rich tan velvety head compiles of vast small bubbles not so tight but delicate and soft. The retention is very good then recedes into tan silky everlasting layer covering the surface and leaves lacing patches all around its downwards path, carbonation seems to be high as notice from its dusky body.

Hit the nose with caramelized malt along with fruity esters reminiscent of plums and raisins, dwell the phenolic spice remind me of clove and hint of coriander. There is also slight roasted note and hint of creamy chocolate which delicately lodge in its tiers of aroma.

Estery upfront by a kick of raisins and other dark berries, reinforce by phenolic spiciness along with some sweetness from alcohol and caramel malt licking through palate. Hop bitterness is there but just subtle yet underlying, the kernel of bitterness is derived from roasted malt character in order to bring balance with the other portions.

Medium-bodied with fine amount of carbonation to yield smooth palate, finish is dry.

Well sipping beer, alcohol is well concealed during drink but it is still there lurking and will be bold when finished. Perhaps because I quaffed fast, anyway it is definitely worth.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of rastaman
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a bit too much of a candy sugar/caramelised sugar flavour in the end, very sweet and it was kind of hard to enjoy in. i prefer soemthing a bit drier, this was too sticky and even cloyingly sweet.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Antyk
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of basica
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured in my old Chimay chalice, Nice thick frothy 1 inch head that does not take long to recede into a mild layer of clingy lacing
Aroma - Vinous dark fruits with the cap popped; heavy on the plums/rasins and when poured, strong dark fruity notes persists again the plums and rasins; slight bready touches
Taste - Slightly vinous, alcholic with the plums and raisins blending in really well. Spices stand out and tinggle the palates with a slightly sweet finish. A pleasant residual rasiny touch lingers on in the after taste leaving strong dark fruitiness on the nose.
Mouthfeel - Light on the body, high on the carbonation (prefer the other way round though)
Drinkability - 8.1% is not really high and for this one drinkability is ok; improved by the, softness, subtle sweetness and fair smoothness. Slightly lowered by the tingling carbonation.

I would reccomend this one for the lovers of strongly fruity BSDAs.

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Photo of frontalot
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper-brown with a large fading head.
Nose shows loads of treacle fudge and brown sugar with cloves showing in the background. Some soft perfumy alcohol shows.
Similarly sweet malty flavours but there's also a harsh chalky and alcoholic note that detracts from the experience.
Carbonation is ridiculously high.

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Photo of crosbyms
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of proctah
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gusler
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its desertion from the 330ml brown bottle resides in the glass a deep purple color with a mountainous light tan frothy head, after its demise a fine sheet of lace forms to obfuscate the glass. Nose id fruity, plum like, yeast also present, fresh and clean to the senses with the start sweet and nicely malt laden, the top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a brisk acidity with the hops pleasing in their spiciness, the aftertaste quite dry and the alcohol hid well.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The nose is low despite the special malts recalling slightly coffee. The beer has a soft body, slightly winey and both spicy and powerful. There are also some shades of alcohol. The aftertaste is bitter. As the Gauloise Ambrée, this beer is quite pungent and is its main asset, but outside of this feature, you must admit that there is really no other interesting flavors.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My 33cl brown stubbie had a label featuring the same blonde girl in the winged hat that is on the others in the La Galoise series. Only difference is that the ribbon to the left of the sheath of wheat she holds is red. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 12/19/04.

Pours a cloudy burgundy hue under a one finger tan head with lots of biggish bubles. The head settles quickly and leaves no lace. The nose is very subdued, with just a touch of sweet Belgian yeast and some flowery hops. The mouth is very prickly, yet quite heavy. The taste is also subdued, with some plum and grape to start, followed by grain and yeast. The finish is actually fairly hoppy, leaving a good juxtaposition of fruit and flowery bitter. The bitter outlasts the fruit, leaving a good impression. Good, but not outstanding, I'm not exacty enthusiastic.

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Photo of Rivoire
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheSarge
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Produces four fingers thick of light brown/tan rocky head. The body is clear, dark and ruby red in color. Great lacing.

Aroma is dark over ripe fruits and a bit of sassafras.

Taste is sweet, sassafras, and slightly an herbal/cola mix.

MF is prickly and coarse. Sharp crispness and the alcohol is masked good.

Very pleased with this brew. Drinkable beyond expected due to the well masked alcohol presence. Sweet enough to appeal to the non beer drinker and complex to appeal to the beer savant.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of saltydog
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Reddish-brown, red highlights. Aroma: Musty-sweet aroma. Some oxidation. Flavor: Sweet, malty. Some caramel, some burnt sugar, some spices (perhaps coriander) noticable. Mouthfeel: light-bodied, strength not evident. Finish: Crisp, hoppy, spices (coriander?) noticeable, but subtle, just enough to dry the beer out, aiding drinkability.

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Photo of ohitsbrad
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

30 November 2005, Best Before Jan 07

Dark brown colour with a medium sized light brown head, no lacing. Aroma is of brown sugar and fruit (oranges?). Taste is of sweet fruits and fruit juice, tangy, spicy, bitter, peppery, and a little sickly sweet. Mouthfeel is a little powdery. Overall it was ok, but I didn't need another.

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Photo of Savaseri
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Florya
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Scamboogery
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of leitmotif
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of atis
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tanned head which remains one finger thick for at least half a glass, also good and thick lacing.

The aroma is sweet malty with raspberry like hops. Taste is malty with brown/burnt sugar sweetness, maybe some caramel as well. Overall it is slightly too sweet for me. Good thing that alcohol is not evident at all. Mouth is more to the heavy side.

Very good beer.

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Photo of der_meister
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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