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Les Bières de la Nouvelle-France La Messagère Rousse

Brewed by Les Bières de la Nouvelle-France
Style: Specialty Grain
Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 2.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.14   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Gluten free, rice and buckwheat beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
lesifflebiere (1188) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
Bière rouge comme un jus de fruits, moyennement pétillant, petite couronne de mousse, le tout est mince et limpide. Arômes olfactifs faibles, un peu métallisés et organiques, franchement pas très ragoûtant de prime abord. Goût de pommes vertes, et peut-être au lointain de sucre d’orge, avec une aquosité importante. Manque de corps pour une red ale, et finit vite par lasser. Tout ne sonne pas faux, mais elle n’est pas très agréable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
AlainG (1127) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
Elle est rousse. Une mousse éphémère se résorbe très vite en pratiquement plus rien et ce qui reste, laisse des traces au verre. Un nez futile, où on arrive à sentir un sirop quelconque qui peut s’apparenter à certain bourbon bon marché, donc, du maïs avec des vapeurs d’alcool. Un goût qui se situe entre le sucré et l’amer, quelque peu acidulé et le Jim Beam (blanc) dilué n’est pas très loin. Ce produit est quelque chose de vague. (880-041113)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
czar (4110) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
pours clear light brown-reddish without a head. odd smokiness (?), faint toasted cereals and fruitiness, almost acrid, bit of garbage, coconut, minerals, metal, grass, herbs, spices. moderate carbonation, light body - watery, dry smoky-herbal-spicy very short finish. horrid. DP.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JasperMH (2) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013 does not count
From the bottle in to a glass. Not a lot of head, which then dissipates quickly. However, has a beautiful copper colour. Subtle malt on the nose. Goes down something like a sour dry raspberry cider. The dry sour lingers. So if you are looking for a dry cider, this is it. We may need a different site for rating gluten free beers - they should be in their own category. An interesting beer that is outside the box.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
simonblaine (270) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 9, 2013
Very expensive, $18 cad for 6 beer. Pours red, aroma of malt. Taste is somewhat sweet and malty. Not a fave, value for money is low. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SimonLambert (1) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2013 does not count
Goût exceptionnelle pour une bière sans gluten! Je ne suis pas amateur de bière sans gluten à l’habitude mais là, je suis renversé. Amertume excellente, une bière avec du corps et une mousse avec beaucoup de tenue. Dans mon top 10 !

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Marheb (1948) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 19, 2012
Goût de cidre très prononcé, pas de corps, pas de collet, pas de charme....désolant.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
HeistAlmighty (1111) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 19, 2012
341ml bottle. Looked ok, red/brown colour, clear, head seemed a little off, like it was the head of a root beer or something. Odd aroma, at least it wasn’t strong. Taste was more sour than malt. Consistency is not beer-like. Overall, not beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Spab (2261) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 17, 2012
341 ml bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits (Halifax). Pours a clear chestnut colour with light tan head that quickly disappears to nothing. Aroma and taste are bizarre - comes across as a slightly fruity version of a mixed drink, maybe a rye and cherry coke. Honestly, if I’d had this blind I think I would have said it wasn’t beer. It’s not necessarily disgusting once you’re not expecting something recognizable as beer, but it is about as odd as it gets.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GregClow (2848) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
(Originally written for Spring 2009 issue of TAPS Magazine.) Given the increasing number of gluten-free food products available for those who suffer from celiac disease, it’s a bit surprising that Nouvelle-France is the only brewery in Canada brewing gluten-free beer, using rice and buckwheat instead of barley malt. Their first, the original La Messagère, is an extremely light golden ale with little aroma or flavour, so I was hoping for more from their new Rousse. It certainly looks better than its sibling, with a nice bright copper colour and a thin cap of white foam. With the aroma, however, things start to go downhill: a faint whiff of caramel is overpowered by surprisingly prominent alcohol notes and a slightly medicinal edge. The flavour is similarly medicinal and herbal, vaguely reminiscent of Brio soda, with a quick and sharp hit of tart citrus combined with cherry cough syrup in the finish. It’s laudable for the brewery to be catering to a portion of the population who wouldn’t be able to drink beer otherwise, but personally, this beverage just reminds me that there’s a good reason why most beer is made with barley.

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