Brewed by Brasseurs RJ
Style: Belgian Ale
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

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kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2008
(341 ml bottle as Cap Espoir) amber, slightly hazy, with off white head. Aroma of yeast. Flavor is yeast, caramel malts, slightly sweet.

JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2008
660mL bottle, with a label that is about 20x cooler than the one pictured, of some voyageurs rowing through some rough waters. Damn, this one was good. Pours a really nice amber colour with a large tan head. What seems like a simple Belgian Wit is so much more. Right from the aroma I could tell it was going to be a good one. All the good aspects of a Wit with some delicious other malty aspects thrown in. Spicy, corriander and clove, with some roasty caramalt, given great body and feel from the yeast. Everything leads into this amazing herbal earthy finish of ground spices and a hint of bittering hops. Estery too. I loved this stuff, and could drink it all the time if it were only available in Ontario!

puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - APR 29, 2008
Bottle as Cap Espoir. Full, potatoey, yeasty aroma, mushrooms. Decent body, unfiltered, filling, but flavor is very bland. Mostly just old, stale hops, some metal.

kev26 (23) - CANADA - APR 20, 2008
C’est une bière avec un dépôt. une bière plutot bonne, meme si elle a un gout assez fort

Brouwser (119) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 27, 2008
Bière cuivrée et ambrée voilée, sans col et avec peu d’effervescence. Le portrait de famille des bières des brasseurs RJ. Le parfum est dominé par les herbes : coriandre, basilic, poivre, avec un arrière plan d’agrumes et caramel. Le goût n’est pas à la hauteur du parfum, mais va dans le même sens. Bière surtout sucrée avec des notes de levures. Le palais est très mince, plutôt aqueux. Comme j’ai déjà dis pour une bière de RJ, une teneur plus forte en alcool aurait donné une profondeur souhaitable.

DuffMan (10664) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2007
Just as cloudy opaque as its sixpack-mate Ambree, but a darker amber. The aroma is all wheaty wit and spice. The palate is much the same, with quite a sweet spicey finish, maybe a touch of orange peel. Again, finely carbonated and very refreshing just as I found the Ambree. Very nice.

TaktikMTL (7967) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2007
Bouteille de 341 ml dégustée chez La Banquise (Montréal, QC). Arôme: Légère odeur de caramel fruité avec une pointe d’épices. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée orangée voilée avec une forte densité de bulle. Saveur: Goût de caramel fruité avec une pointe d’épices et d’agrumes. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût fruité. (Rating #1375)

nuplastikk (6452) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Cap Espoir 12oz bottle. Crisp unfiltered amber ale. Lots of spice and citrus notes. Wonderfully complex and drinkable. The yeast gives it a nice creamy effect. Delicious.

Glouglouburp (6103) - 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.

pootzboy (1802) - Kitchener, 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.

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