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


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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Malts: Pilsner & pale malt Hops: Warrior and Amarillo (Yakima Valley, Washington State USA), Cascade Yeast: Top fermenting yeast from Orval Trappiste Brewery Very fresh and hoppy in the nose and on the palate - ideal "complex" summer refresher with an amazing array of fruity-citrusy notes IBU 35

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Pours with an initially quite frothy, three-finger thick, pale off-white colored head that leaves some nice lacing on the sides of my tulip glass & even recedes with some structured peaking to it. As I pour the brew a touch of light struck hop scent reaches my nose, nothing too bad & hopefully it will dissipate. My hope is confirmed when I finally get to exploring the aroma of this brew; it has a solid grassiness to it (influenced by both hop and pale grains), a fruity citrus character (lychee, apricot, candied tangelo peel) and a nice pale grain driven character of biscuits, fresh crushed soda crackers and an appetizing bread-like aroma. This has a really nice appetizing aroma; I really like the mix of the bread-like malt aromatics (the dominant note perhaps), grassy hop / grain notes and the soft, yet persistent super hop fruit character.

Light feeling as it hits the tongue & it has a nice, prickly, slight foamy carbonation to it. Quite dry tasting, but just a touch of sweetness that seems to be accentuated by the fruity hop notes. A nice, substantial pale malt character builds in intensity as it moves towards a dry, biscuit-like / soda cracker grain character that lingers on in the finish. Oh yeah, it is pretty hoppy too. A persistent, mouth coating bitterness is noticeable from the get go & it lingers on into a long, biting finish. While quite dry, some of the fruit / citrus notes characteristic of the American hops definitely still come through; flavors of kumquats, aromatic, dried apricots, piquant Curacao orange zest and tangelo peel are all noticeable. There is also a grassy undercurrent that is accentuated by both the malt and hop usage. The yeast character supplies a light tartness, some esters / phenolics that definitely accentuates the grassy notes in the beer, a sort of cotton-mouth thing ; really this seems like a nice rustic Saison-type yeast here, though at times it can be hard to pick it out.

This beer is very drinkable, the 750ml bottle just seems to be disappearing. I could perhaps wish for a little more yeast complexity, but really the ample hop & great malt character wouldn’t come through nearly as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Old rating off a pile of forgotten notes. Pours hazy gold with a thin white head. Light body, moderate carbonation. Taste is predominated by malt and hops. Crisp finish with an astringent aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Hazy orange, moderate head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is fruity, from both hops and yeast. Citrusy, lemony, some spicing. Medium to light body, fairly refreshing. Looked better on paper though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2007
Bottle: Poured a hazy beige color ale with a large foamy off-white head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry Belgian malt with some dry hops taste is dominated by some dry malt base with some floral and grassy hops. Body is pretty full with some average carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting take on a very interesting beer (Orval) but I thought it was slightly too dry and missing some funk to be truly great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwser (119) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2007
Couleur pain, avec un voile moyen et un mince col qui persiste tou comme l’effervescence. Parfum houblonné, floral et d’herbe coupée. Rappel beaucoup une bonne IPA, au nez comme au goût. Assez sucrée, avec une amertume musclée. Bouche ronde et crémeuse. C’est une excellente bière.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GRM (3084) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2007
Sample, at the Mondial de la bière, savoured June 2 2006; eye: straw, hazy, suspended matter, nice compact white head; nose: apple, citrus, yeast, fresh; mouth: sour, a little harsh, pepper from the alcohol, long finale where the pepper dominates, medium body, good carbonation FRANÇAIS Échantillon, bue au Mondial de la bière, savourée le 2 juin 2006; oeil : paille, voilée, petites particules en suspension, belle mousse blanche compacte; nez : pomme, citron, levure, fraîche; bouche : surette, petite aigreur, poivre d’alcool, longue finale où le poivre d’alcool domine, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - NOV 4, 2007
Keg. Fantastic golden with little white head. Obviously citric, due to Yakima’s hops, grapefruity, balanced with a light bready note. Peculiar yeasty and bit spicy. Definitely one of the most refreshing beers i’ve ever had. Balancing is a goal achieved by this brilliant brewery indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Bottle from State Line. Turbid dull gold pour with 2-finger off-white head. Citric aroma, with bready pale malt, spicy florals, and some cobwebby yeast. Tasted bready pale malty, with yeast notes, and some spicy florals. Stayed rather dry, but the flavors never seemed to get exciting and the whole beer seemed somewhat blase, even while playing Hit Me With Your Best Shot on Guitar Hero 3.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10073) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Bottle purchased at Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours hazy orange with a small, frothy, white head, diminishing with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw), average hops (flowers, grass), average yeast (barnyard, earth) with notes of green apples. Light bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation, and a metallic finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1224) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2007
750ml bottle. Served in my NB snifter. Really complex aromas of light earthines and barnyard, citrus and floral. Hazy gold color with visible sediment. Taste is sweet malt, black pepper, citrus & spice. Very gentle taste, despite the complex flavors. Nice mouthfeel. Very refreshing.

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