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La Gauloise Fruits Rouges

Brewed by Brasserie Du Bocq
Style: Fruit Beer
Purnode-Yvoir, Belgium
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Flavored beer infused with natural red berry flavours, sugars and sweeteners.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
artemb (254) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - OCT 23, 2015
Artificial berry aroma, sour-sweet taste with light alcohol notes. Artificial and unpleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Alengrin (3684) - BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2015 Expansion of the Gauloise range intended to benefit from the popularity of strong, sweet, red fruit ales in French-speaking Belgium and northern France nowadays. Expectations are low, even more so because I do not have very fond memories of the other Gauloises, being mediocre at best. This one has a thickly cobweb-lacing, pure pale lilac, dense and creamy head and deep, clear, bright fuchsia red colour with vivid fizz. Non-beery aroma of the not-exaggeratedly-sweet strawberry ice cream I remember from when I was a kid (the colour of the head looks exactly the same too), bubblegum, sweet cherry candy, liquorice lace, hints of cake dough, red cough syrup and banana liqueur; only when warming up to room temperature, does a vague impression of caramelly malt sweetishness appear. Very sweet taste, sugary, bubblegum, red candy, cloying, but fortunately there is not too much lemonade-like ascorbic acid this time to make things worse than they are; carbonation is fairly soft, resulting in a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel, full, with still a shadow of bready malts underneath, screaming for help as they are buried alive under candyish fruit sweetness but managing to stick up their heads a bit in the end; finish respects this bready malt sweetishness and even allows a trace of earthy hop bitterishness to peep through, but needless to say, the fruit candy sweetness wins in the end; it does, however, refrain from attacking the throat with sugary stickiness, which is a good thing for this particular style, in my view. A dash of warming, ’anonymous’ alcohol is a welcome feature here, as it provides a kind of drought against the sugar sweetness. The end result, after swallowing, is a beer which smells horribly like sweet candy and nothing like beer at all, starts off like sweet candy, but then (unsuccessfully) tries to become increasingly ’beery’ as the liquid proceeds its way through the mouth, leaving an impression of a strong and caramelly Belgian blonde with a lot of alcohol, but of course the candy sweetness persists till the bitter (or rather: lollipop sweet) end, where, I would like to add with emphasis, an unpleasantly wry ’chemicality’ also shows up - like the kind of medicine of which the horribly bitter ’real’ taste is masked with tons of sugar; I am unpleasantly reminded of the cough syrup I had earlier this week. In short: another overly sweet, sugary red fruit ale. I respect the fact that even this kind of ’deviations’ from the "core of beer" have a certain audience and I should look at this in its specific context, but I will always fail to understand why this enjoys so much popularity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (4503) - Reval, ESTONIA - AUG 17, 2015
330ml bottle. Clear red color. Medium size, thick white head, stays. Sweet, raspberry, cherry, alcohol, plum stones in aroma. Sweet, strawberry jam, tons of sugars, plum pulp in taete. Plum flesh in aftertaste ohh and more sugar. So sweet. Too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FatPhil (11835) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 14, 2015
330ml bottle - thank Marduk!
Red, slightly pink brief head. On pouring, I get apple juice, in the glass it’s just like kasteel rouge, including the artificial sweetener. Tons of cherry, but some raspberry too. Reminds me of the cheap berry fruit juice we used to drink. Taste is initially a bit shocking, cherry, raspberry, red berries, and lots of additional sweetness, but also a sharpness too. Mellows more as you drink it more. In fact it gets yummier and yummier. Full palate, sweet and smooth. Finish sweet and cherry-ey. I end up craving for more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (2531) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Bottle sarkynorthner3kyorkshiredaytasting. Red good white head. Aroma is cherry nice. Taste is sweet cherrys other red berrys nice tart mouthwatering finish some alcohol warmth. Ok body. V good smell and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SarkyNorthener (3346) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Sarkynorthener 3k Yorkshire day tasting. Bottle thanks to s_hartshorne, cheers Shane. Reddish pink beer with medium pinkish head. Aroma of light cherry drops. Taste is light cherry, a touch of tartness, some sweet sugars and strawberry jam. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (5220) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2015
Sarkynortherner 3K Yorkshire Day tasting; clear dark peach pour with a bubbly light pink head, aroma has sweet jam, taste has sweet cherries, a hint of raspberry, some citrus action, ok imperial fruit beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hens (730) - Tallinn, Estonia, ESTONIA - JUL 20, 2015
0.33L bottle. Cherry, cherry, cherry aroma. Dark pink-reddish color with medium size pink head, stays. I think it is natural cherry, raspberry flavour. Somewhere is overcooked sugar, but little. Enjoyable berry taste finish. Fresh and quality beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ruigo (1815) - PORTUGAL - JUN 30, 2015
33cl bottle. Clear red colour with a nice pinkish head. Cherries and other red fruits syrup in the aroma. Average carbonation and medium to light body. Taste is sweet with some bitterness towards the finish. Overall, drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
martjoobolut (1924) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 24, 2015
0,33L bottle (shared by suurjuust, thanks!). Pours red with pinkish head. The head stays. Aroma is very sweet, cherries, caramel. Flavor follows the nose. Alcohol is noticeable. Overall: ok.

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