Brewed by Brasseurs RJ
Style: Specialty Grain
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler


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Coup de Grisou was introduced on the market in October 1996. It is a copper-coloured Ale-type beer, containing 5% alcohol, refermented in bottle. With a potent, explosive taste, this beer has a powerful aroma of buckwheat and coriander giving it an unbelievable density. Bottle refermentation imparts a yeast-enriched flavour. Serve between 6° and 8° C, preferably in a hybrid glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BLAP (73) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2011
Nice red-brown color. Strong buckwheat aroma. In some bottles the yeast is too present. A good beer overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn (983) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2011
Bottle shared by my cousin, Toffsbury. Pours cloudy yellow. Aroma is full of spices. Same with the taste - very spicy. A really nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
toffsbury (114) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2011
Cloudy light brown pour. Incredibly spicy smell... Nice and malty and smooth and floral. It taste like a mouthful of lilies. Really delicious... It is like drinking an extract of stargazer lily. If you take a big mouthful of this, you will feel the spiciness in you chest. Delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Drake (7954) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Bottled shared by Kinz at the 15th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 7/16/11. Pours a hazy orange color with a medium sized creamy offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Huge spice notes in the aroma. The taste is strong clove, strong coriander and citrus. Medium bodied. Way too overspiced. I think someone said this was like sucking on potpourri. I’d agree with that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (1950) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 24, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2011 Bottle in Montreal. Rich and flavourful. Not overpowering. Reddish colour, wheaty aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Kinz (3189) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Richmond Gathering. Light amber, good head. Strong nose of clove and coriander. Flavor is a spice bomb of potpourri. This is like sucking on Christmas. Spice utterly overwhelms all, we have no idea if the buckwheat is adding anything here or not. Just too much spice, too bad. Sort of coats the tongue with it. I can actually see how some people could really like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (3454) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Peppermint and clove, medium strength. Cloudy amber medium head. Coriander, a little clove.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Butters (3686) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Clear golden pour with decent ring of white head. Clove abounds. Coriander and. Drinking potpourri. Bitter finish. meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (3812) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2011
pours a hazy dark golden, orange tint, with a frothy white head, some retention and lacing. grainy and spicy - pepper, cloves. toasted malts, light biscuity, orange-citrus, yeasty. medium body, average belgium carbonation. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1087) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2011
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

Appearance: Bright yellow/orange, extremely hazy with huge yeast and/or wheat chunks visible. Massive carbonation. Forms a large, white, frothy head. Not much retention or lacing, though.

Aroma: Very much in line with a traditional hefeweizen, even though it’s not. Lemon peel, zest, other citrus aromas and spices.

Taste: I’ve never had a wheat beer made with wild yeast before, but that’s probably the best way to describe "Coup de Grisou". It’s pretty typical wheat beer flavor with the earthy wheat, raw citrus pith and mild coriander spice. However, the big difference comes in the finish with a somewhat strong, tart, sour flavor. Almost as if the beer were a hefeweizen/lemonade blend (there are beers with lemonade and lager blended). The aftertaste returns to the initial taste of wheat and spice, with a pleasant orange flavor as well. The sour and tart qualities diminish, but still remain noticeable throughout.

Mouthfeel: thin with a slightly sharp edge to it from the mysterious sour quality.

Drinkability: A great beer to drink on a hot day as the wheat beer and lemonade-like flavors make it quite refreshing. Thin body and mild palate make it highly chuggable, although the sour edge might take a few swigs to get accustomed to. At 5% ABV it’s the kind of beer you could drink in large quantities, although I think the palate might get cloying after two servings.

Overall, a very interesting beer to drink due to its unique flavors. A fun and easy beer to drink given its refreshing character as well.

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