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Brewed by Brasseurs RJ
Style: Belgian Ale
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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This "typical" beer has an aroma of wheat, caramel malt and yeast, which give it its legendary spicy taste. Bottle refermentation imparts a yeast enriched flavor.

Formerly known as Cheval Blanc Rousse, now only as Spéciale Rousse.


1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Glouglouburp (5992) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
The style: Styleless industrial Golden Ale with a fruity twist
The conclusion: Feels synthetic. As bad as it is boring.
The how: This rating is for a fresh new bottle with new re-branded Cap Espoir label. Had it many times in the past as a RJ Special Rousse and it wasn’t so bad but I never took notes.
The look: Cloudy dark orange body with a short-lived off-white head.
The stuff: Aroma has some fruity yeast a sulphuric smell surrounding notes of peach, citrus and light bubblegum. Taste has lots of minerals with an light undesired acidity, something bordering oxidation (although the bottle was fresh), wheat, some coriander and crushed aspirins. Leaves an overall artificial/industrial impression. Listed here on ratebeer as a Belgian Ale. Whatever. Seems to go by the name Cap Espoir now. Worst attempt at re-branding a lame product with a cool new name since GM came-out with the Saturn line of cars.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pootzboy (1586) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2007
Cap Espoir - bottle. Beer on lees Decanted a hazey amber-brown...smallish cap.. Aroma: spicy, toasty malts and musty honey tones..very decent. Peppery mouth feel from the carbonation...front is sweetish and musty with nutty-bready tones from yeast and toasted unmalted grains...later spices add complexity ( corriander?)...finish is dry and a spicy-malt after taste. Much lighter and drinkable than the heavy Unibroue ales this is a session unfiltered ale....very decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2007
Cap Espoir - 12oz bottle. Pours a hazy, dull light brown. Aroma has some nice yeast to it, but it’s not overly strong. Flavour also has the nice yeastiness to it, although the overall impact is too light and fades too quickly. It’s a bit of a shame as this beer has a nice flavour, it’s just that there’s not enough to it. I think I will let this one warm up a bit more before I finish it.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2007
Pours hazy cloudy yellow with a foamy head. Nice retention and lace. Strange aroma of yeast and lacto b. Spices and hops with doughy bready aromas. Lemons and other assorted fruits. Tastes too funky and very strange. Lemons and wild yeast with hops bitterness. The yeasty funk is misplaced.Gritty full body in the finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (9871) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2007
A hazy amber ale with orange hues and a thick big bubbled white head. A lightly spiced aroma, of sweet malt, light fruity esters, and light sulfury notes. In mouth, a rather bland reflection of its past self, Cap Espoir, in my view, is a bland rip off of Unibroue (note the label) with a sligtly sweet malt, light coriander and a rather thin body. On repassera....

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unibrouefan (200) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2007
Je quote présentement la Cap Espoir (j’ai été redirigé vers la RJ Spéciale Rousse). Uhmmm, quel délice. Texture similaire à ce que Unibroue nous as habitué. Les Brasseurs RJ est devenu à travers le temps l’un des brasseurs les plus inovateurs et les plus solide du Québec. On dénote dans cette bière des saveurs de caramel, un légée goût fruité et une toute petite touche épicée.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2007
Bouteille. De couleur ambrée rouge et voilée. Nez de levures fruitées (tangerine et agrumes, notes de pêches), épicées (clou de girofle, notes de coriandre et de poivre) et aux notes boisées, malté de caramel doux (notes de sucre bonbon) et de blé ainsi que des notes de houblon floral et des traces de fumée. Moyenne-mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-bas et une texture légèrement crémeuse (faibles notes aqueuses). Goût de levure fruitées (tangerine, agrumes, notes de pêches et de pommes), d’épices (clou de girofle, léger de coriandre, notes de poivre) et avec des notes boisées lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi d’un goût malté de caramel doux sucré et légèrement fumé (faibles notes de sucre bonbon) accompagné d’un léger goût de blé asséchant et des notes de pain puis en finale l’on retrouve une légère amertume de houblon floral et de levures épicées (poivre). Post-goût moyen et moyennement sec, légèrement amer de levures épicées (poivre) et de houblon floral avec un goût fruité (zest d’agrumes) et de faibles notes épicées (clou de girofle).

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2007
Spéciale rousse. Robe ambrée très claire surmontée d’une mousse beige épaisse qui s’estompe. Arômes de malt et de caramel. Saveurs de malt caramélisé. Houblon de soutien.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rederic (2908) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2007
Sampled under the name Cap Espoir, cloudy amber hue, with an off-white head, yeasty, fruity nose, with a malty, wheaty accent, with a coriander spiciness, a juicy orange and tangerine fruitiness, a faint floral hop note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate, with a zesty, yeasty, wheaty, fruity character, of orange citrusy, nice spicy coriander accent, with a malty caramel flavor, leadiing towards a fruity, malty and hop bittering finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 30, 2007
Dark orange poor with a thin beige head. Aromas of apples, toffee, allspice, sweet bread, with a hint of pink lemonade and avocado. Lighter bodied than anticipated and missing a little carbonation. Very spicy flavors with caramel. Nice bitter mouthfeel with a good dry finish.


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