GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(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.
Atheist_Peace (972) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 22, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
341ml bottle. Pours an impressive mahogany/red with tan head that dissipates quickly. Oddly...chemical on the nose with a graininess. Very strange. Perhaps it’s the buckwheat. I don’t think I’ve ever smelled such a thing before. A little better on the palate but tastes like a watered down blend of coke and whisky. There’s a hint of roast in there. Strange, but easily the best of the gluten free beers I’ve tried.
Metalchopz (2371) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Came in a mix 12-pack with 4 bottles of Messagère of each kind. Found at the Métro store in Aylmer. Pours a clean copper colour with a small off-white head that disappears quickly and does not leave much lace. Buckwheat nose with other different beer aromas from the rice and millet. The taste starts off sweet, like almost caramel malt, but then goes into this really weird "I don’t know what" to finish slightly dry. Seems like a mix of outdated caramel and apple juice together - where the sweetness is not there and just the rest. Good for people with gluten allergies, but made to be drunk from the bottle.
TheJestersBeer (2123) - SWEDEN - FEB 29, 2012
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Reddish amber, white head.
Strange, funky aromas, caramel, sulphur.
Off-dry, light bodied, low bitterness, balanced CO2.
Acidic taste, cardboard, caramel.
reebtogi (4310) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
341ml bottle pours amber in color with a moderate white head that settles rapidly to leave no lacing on the glass. Aroma is light caramel and not much else. Taste is light caramel malt with an undesirable hop bitterness and just something which I cannot place is off on this one. Nothing really special here, just not my cup of tea.
GarnotingPete (777) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2011
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Belle bière acajou, parfaitement limpide, coiffée d’un fin col blanc laissant une légère dentelle au verre. Des arômes extrêmement légers de caramel et de pomme verte. Légèrement acide. Mince, légère, pauvre... Laisse en bouche beaucoup d’acidité... Comment une bièrre aussi "jolie" peut-elle être aussi peu goûteuse et sans parfum???
sseb69 (1546) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille 341 ml. 5%. Couleur ambrée rousse, mousse fugasse. Arôme très faible. Goût avec un peu de caramel, faible, aqueuse. Finale sans vrai amertume.
Boutip (4828) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color ale with a small foamy head with light retention and lacing. Aroma of light cereal notes with unrefined grain. Taste is not the greatest with unrefined grain and light cereal notes with residual sugar notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Only to be consumed by those allergic to gluten.
probstblueribbon (3011) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
341 ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha, served cool in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear deep copper with a small tan head.
Aroma: Some decent malt aromas – light brown sugar and caramel, a touch of vague fruitiness; alcohol, a bit of apple or pear juice?, slightly peppery like a rye beer, not awful.
Palate: Medium-ish body, fairly lively effervescence.
Flav.: Watery, vague fruitiness and slight rye pepperiness, a strange...vegetal/floral note?, old apple juice, not particularly good; dry with some odd astringency and a watery, peppery, vaguely fruity finish.
Another miss for gluten-intolerants and Celiacs. Sorry, folks.
DuffMan (6980) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2010
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle. Pours a crystal clear iced-tea amber with an effervescent fizzy head that vanishes in less than a minute. Lots of carbo bubbles in the glass, such that it looks like soda pop. I agree with presario on the aroma-- strongly metallic, with an odd compost-sweet smell underlying. This is the worst smelling beer I’ve had in a while. I’ll even take Alley Kat’s garlic-infused lager aroma over this. Flavours are all wrong too. A nightmare hodge-podge of rotten veggies, sweet-and-sour caramel, and metal. Watery mouthfeel. Finish is slightly tart. worse than the blonde gluten-free brew offered by the same brewery. Horrendous. If there were no beer but this beer, then I would drink water.