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


on tap


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 2.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Gluten free, rice and buckwheat beer.

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Marheb (5991) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Goût de cidre très prononcé, pas de corps, pas de collet, pas de charme....désolant.

HeistAlmighty (1156) - 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.

Spab (4002) - 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.

GregClow (3402) - 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.

Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 22, 2012
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 (3472) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2012
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 (2430) - SWEDEN - FEB 29, 2012
341ml bottle. Reddish amber, white head. Strange, funky aromas, caramel, sulphur. Off-dry, light bodied, low bitterness, balanced CO2. Acidic taste, cardboard, caramel. (2012-02-29)

reebtogi (6341) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2012
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
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 (1932) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2011
Bouteille 341 ml. 5%. Couleur ambrée rousse, mousse fugasse. Arôme très faible. Goût avec un peu de caramel, faible, aqueuse. Finale sans vrai amertume.

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