Brewed by Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rulles, Belgium


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RATINGS: 340   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (10927) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2009
cloudy brown, small yellow head. aroma of raisins, dark fruits, roasted malts. flavor of roasted malts, faint raisins, dark fruits. decent belgian brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (4794) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 29, 2009
(Bottle) Poured deep reddish brown and hazy with light brown and medium sized head. Aroma was malty and contained some chocolate notes, too. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Tasted of spices, hops, fruitiness, sweetness, malts and bitterness. Spicy and bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
back (1331) - Holstebro, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2009
aruma Malt, Hummel,rødbrun off hvid skum ,mellem levtid på skum cremet mellem bitter efter smag med lidt søde

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29849) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2009
Bottled. A deep red beer with a huge brown head. The aroma has notes of sweet fruit, malt, dusty hop, and a bit of oxidation due to the bottle being two years old, but still within the best before date. The flavor is sweet with notes of prunes, dark fruits, oxidation, malt, and some spices, leading to a dry finish. The body is light, but the alcohol leaves a slight burn on the tongue. Maybe better fresh?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (2649) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2009
Flaske: Brun rød øl med et stort flot skum. Meget afbalanceret juleøl, der er klart humledomineret. Fantastisk duft af krydderi, smagen er dejlig subdued med en lang humle bitterhed. Virkelig et lille mesterstykke, der klart putter Rulles på landkortet for mig. Især i betragtning af hvor god deres trippel er.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2009
This beer is a slowish gusher. A careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a two finger thick, pale amber / tan colored head. The beer is a dark red to amber color that shows a chunky (lots of floaties), red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells fruity with notes of a sweet varietal cherry, plum, fresh figs, a berry note as well as some Brandy like notes and something that definitely reminds me of a red-wine grape. There is a sweet spiciness in the nsoe as well with notes of tannic mahleb, a hint of sweet clove, some earthy / light musty notes plus there is lots of toasted malt charcer in the finish. This last contributes a nice bread crust character, some musty caramelized brown bread notes as well as something like biscuits with some berry jam. The aroma is pretty nice, it could perhaps use a touch more balance, but it is pretty complex and interesting.

The beer tastes pretty dry considering the rich fruity aroma; there is just enough sweetness here to make fruit flavors significant, even the dominant note in the flavor. This has an ample carbonation, but it is not too much; the prickly effervescence offsets the creamy texture quite nicely. Flavors of cherry, dark berries and a red-wine jam-berry note round out the fruit flavors in this beer. There is lots of malt / grain character here too though, especially in the finish; I get a distinct biscuit notes, a toasted lightly browned grain character and a touch of malt bitterness and astringency in the finish. This has a low hop presence all around as I only notice a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

While the carbonation adds a nice texture offset, the beer seems to not be able to stand up to the accompanying carbonic acid at times. This is a nice beer, even if all the flavors doen’t seem to come together perfectly all the time. This is quite complex all around, if perhaps a touch too. The nose works a bit better than the flavor and it is definitely a beer that gets one in the holiday frame of mind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - OCT 20, 2009
Urco che figata, alla spina al Pub del Duca, strepitosa birra di Natale della Rulles versa di colore scuro, rosso/maron intenso, senza apostrofi di alcun genere! Questa è una caratteristica positiva, in quanto se avesse versato con apostrofi non so come avrei potuto riportarlo qui dal momento che essi non sono in alcun modo consentiti. Come al solito nella gamma Rulles, una complessità notevole (di frutti di bosco e budino al crème caramel) si accompagna ad una pericolosa beverinità. Aspetta aspetta ma non sono sicuro sia questa che ho bevuto...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
malrubius (1858) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 29, 2009
On tap at Ebenezer’s. Dark reddish orange with head. Earthy spicy sweet candy yeasty sugar aroma. Caramel spicy red fruit candy sugar with clean spicy finish. Soft creamy palate. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Draft at Ebenezer’s. Pours a rich brown with a nice head. Nose of stone fruits, brown sugar, maybe molasses. Taste is very nice, bready and baked, cocoa and yeast to copliment the cherries and plums. Finishes very well. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Deep amber, slightly hazy, good head fades entirely but slowly. Fruity aroma with a bit of alcohol and vinous notes. Flavor is very fruity, cherries and apricots, with a yeasty finish. Touch of Roman Meal brown bread on the finish. Not bad, the fruit notes are enjoyable.

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