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:
None provided.

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 59
Photo of TheSarge
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
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 lacqueredmouse
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark opaque red-brown, with a creamy thick head of yellow-white foam. Good lacing. Some floating sediment in the glass from an overenthusiastic pour. Looks pretty thick and pretty tasty.

Wonderful rich and sweet aromas on the nose. Deliciously complex, with dark cherry-chocolate, port and light oak. Even some lighter phenols and banana characters coming though. Very pleasant indeed, and bursting with complexity.

Taste is wonderfully refined, sweet, but dry with a light grain afterpalate, and lashings of roasted chocolate darkness. Some light phenolic bitterness on the very back. Light and creamy in the mouth - truly wonderful. It's not as full or complex as I expected from the nose, but it has excellent balance, and is magnificently drinkable.

A very enjoyable beer, with lots of wonderful characters that are held together in a wonderful structure. Extremely drinkable, and juicily delicious.

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Photo of zerk
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer in the famous 't Bruges Beertje in Brugge Belgium.

Pours a deep brown with a 1/4 inch tan head that leaves behind sheets of lace. Aroma and flavor are full of brown sugar, malt, dark fruits and musty yeast. The flavor is sweet but not cloying, hiding the ABV well. Has a medium to full body and medium to high carbonation. Very nicely done!

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Photo of Gusler
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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 OlaB
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown color with a medium top of creamy beige head that disolves in a rather fast pace.
The aroma is of malt,caramel, brown sugar with hint of dark fruits like prunes and raisins and some cinnamon.
The flavour is malty and bready at the start with a medium sweetness and hints of dark dried fruits and some spices, while the finish has a slight bitterness with some nice backnotes of roastiness and caramel and a solid lenght on the aftertaste.
Medium carbonation with a medium body and a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
I think this beer was very enjoyable and good tasting.

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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown with foamy beige head. Aroma and taste hint at prunes, raisins, molasses with a touch of hop bitterness. Little evidence of the alcohol, but it’s in there. 750ml bottle a nice way to wind down a tiresome day.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance : mahogany color, cloudy, with tan foamy head (abundant).
Smell : nose fairly intense, with malt-caramel liquorice aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malted, round in the mouth, presence of alcohol slightly spicy with subtle vinous notes.
Drinkability: a very good beer in the style Belgian strong dark ale.

Review translated from french 9-6-2008.

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Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper ruby red hue with a creamy tan three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is fruitcake,burnt toffee,figs,marzipan and caramel,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation with tastes of cherries,brown sugar,fruit pudding,raisins,a touch of chocolate and finished with a creamy wedding cake bittersweetness and overall i like it as despite its high ABV it is very sessionable and would buy again without doubt cheers.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Good but modest head of foam. Nice lacing. Very dark mahogany colour.

S - Chocolate, nuts and some woody/earthy aromas. There's a sweet sugary caramel that comes through as it warms. A hint of pepper and wheat as well.

T - This seems to me to be somewhere nearer to a dubbel that a brune. Malty-chocolate flavours abound with a slight coffee aftertaste.

M - Very smooth - the coffee aftertaste hits you very late and as such is a bit of a surprise.

D - I enjoyed this beer alot, quite easy to drink.

This is a beer with an identity crisis. As I outlined above this is more of a dubbel than a dark ale. It has elements of both - the dark colour and overall feel are more of the brune style but the taste and flavour are much more reminiscent of a dubbel. Either way it's good.

Notes - although the alcohol content is listed as 8.7% in the description of this beer, the bottle I have states 8.1%.
Also the best before date on this bottle is 19/8/09 - so this beer is virtually a year out of date. Strangely though this doesn't seem to have affected the beer at all.

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Photo of basica
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Everydayoff
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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 biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, this brewery back again for another tangle with the Alberta bottleshop market (sans the 'la', apparently).

This beer pours a clear, dark bronzed amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and fizzy tan head, which leaves some random broken webbed lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy and doughy caramel malt, muddled and bruised pome and stone fruity notes, some earthy Belgian yeastiness, faintly nutty cocoa powder, and a touch of metallic warming alcohol. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, a still rather active overripe apple, plum, and pear orchard fruitiness, further plain Low Countries yeasty esters, some mild red wine booziness, and a tame earthy spice quotient.

The carbonation is rather effusive in its near overwrought frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and more or less smooth, with a surprisingly easy-going yeasty character just making it so, a la yer favourite Star Trek captain. It finishes off-dry, in the manner of BSDAs from time immemorial.

Overall - yeah, this one ain't perfect, but it works just fine for me in the here in now, in the sense of being indistinguishable and unmemorable - neither in particularly bad ways. Easy enough to drink, and not too boozy, which makes this iteration of the yin to my DIPA yang a veritable going concern.

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Photo of jonb5
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, poured into Kasteel chalice.

A: Dark brown mahogany, thick looking, initial small tanned head disappeared quickly,kept some lacing.

S: Chocolate mouse, earthy.

T: Chocolate mouse, fudge, earthy, esters, candy sugar, raspberry, kept
the booze hidden until the very end.

M: Smooth, fairly heavy texture, carbonation didn’t dominate.

O: Tasted suspiciously like Waterloo 8 and other dark ales from Du Bocq. Pretty solid but nothing that will stick in the memory.

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Photo of FLima
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber reddish color with an impressive four finger thick beige head with good retention and leaving some laces.
Light aroma of dark fruits, initially hay and then lots of caramels. Hints of licorice.
Flavor full of spices with notes of dark fruits, raisins, booze, nutty malt, licorice, wood, pineapples and some vinous notes. Dry, bitter and condimented aftertaste.
Medium body with a good effervescent carbonation. Alcohol is felt but is harmonic with the beer.
I did like the fact that although is very malty is bitter than average Belgian beers. Pleasant and easy to drink.

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Photo of endovelico
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Duvel tulip. Best before date: 05/09/2011.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brown brew with reddish highlights and a tan one finger milky head that holds reasonably well. Decent lacing. light effervescence.

Smell: Pleasant, assertive aromas of yeast dough, toffee, nuts and chocolate and fusels on the front. Some hop herbalness and spiciness on the back. Balanced but the alcohol quickly takes over as the beer warms.

Taste: On a first sip the alcohol is evident but doesn't over heat the tongue. Some dried fruits, toffee, chocolate and yeast. Some peatiness. The alcohol does saturate the palate a bit and makes it hard for a long relaxed degustation.

Mouthfeel: A slight heat. Silky with low carbonation, finishes dry-ish. Lasting caramely sweetness. Medium full bodied.

Drinkability: I actually had this one before and i didn't think much of it, but this time around i enjoyed it a whole lot more - it might have something to do with the serving temperature. The alcohol does kinda blow your tongue after awhile - maybe it doesn't have the structure needed. There's no apparent flaws, and it's interesting even if it's not the most complex examplar. It's kinda of a more alcoholic, dryer Chimay with the yeast dough profile of a La Trappe.

Word to the wise, be careful with the serving temperatue because drinking it too hot or too warm will make a huge difference.

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Photo of saltydog
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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 Globetrotter
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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 atis
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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 laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark burnished brown, red up to the light, with enormous beige head, really rather large, but sinking gradually. Leaves a complex schematic of lace around the glass and there is a nice haze and bead, with floaties - or, more appropriately, sinkies.

Nose is very sweet and malty, but with a nice floral hop aroma to go along with it. A caramel and toffee sweetness for the most part, hints of an astringent citrus character and light medicinal phenols. Quite boozy actually, but very good.

Taste is extremely malty and quite boozy, quite a bit of a nutty edge and the balance for the malt - if it is balanced - comes from a tart, fruity edge rather than any floral or particularly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly foamy, pretty slick, certainly feels full but not sticky. Quite boozey on the back with mildly biting alcohol phenols. Overall feels slightly unbalanced, with the malt having free range to bombard the palate. Sour citric character is welcome, but then overrun by boozey finish. Good character, not great structure.

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Photo of benfons
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: red-brown colour small creamy head

S: sweet caramel, raspberry and a hint of malts

T: burned coffee up front, then a hint of grass (strangely enough, bit it's rather good), and then in the end the malts. less sweet then you would expect from the nose

M/D: for me it's a strange thing too say but it's overcarbonated. ABV is fine

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.31/5  rDev -12%
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 CrazyDavros
3.27/5  rDev -13%
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 ohitsbrad
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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 drmeto
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

-pours a hazy ruby with a medium,foamy,sand-coloured head
-high carbonation visible
-washing powder,cherries,raspberries,astringent
-follows the nose with slight caramel,slight bread and a syrupy sweetness
-medium carbonation
-medium body
Fairly fruity and soapy Belgian Brown Ale.
Not for me.

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Photo of rastaman
2.56/5  rDev -31.9%
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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