La Rulles Triple – Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles, 8.4% ABV – 75cl., (Rulles, Belgium)
Visual: Pours golden marmalade orange with a smallish creamy head, a creamy thin layer of retention, lacing, lots of steady streams.
Nose: apricot honey malts. (lvl-5)-pungency.
Attack: creamy-crisp-fizzy mouthfeel
Mid-palate: incoming hops, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) honey, malts, apricot, toffee, light yeasty
Finish: soft/gentle bitter hops, coriander numbness, bitter alcohol, hopped finish.
Summary: Very drinkable at a great price. Great body, texture, flavours and structure.
La Rulles La Grande 10 (Millesieme 2012) – Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles, 10% ABV – 75cl., (Rulles, Belgium)
Visual: Pours almost clear golden marmalade orange with a sizable foamy head, good retention, sticky lacing, several moderate speed streams.
Nose: chamomile honeyed malts, with a bit of lemon; bright, sweet, and aromatic. (9/10-pungency)
Attack: foamy-creamy, sweet honey
Mid-palate: (8/10)-honeyed sweetness, (MAIN) honey, chamomile (floral/tea), citrus malts, lemon
Finish: malty exhale, light-med subtle soft hoppy bitterness, malty-sweet finish.
Summary: This is beer is super crisp and smooth straight out of the fridge and into a chilled glass at sub 10°C, and noticeably heavier/sweeter as it warms. A balanced and competent brew.
La Rulles Estivale – Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles, 5.2% ABV, 75cl, (Rulles, Belgium)
“Malts: Pilsner & pale malt Hops: Warrior and Amarillo (Yakima Valley, Washington State USA), Cascade Yeast: Top fermenting yeast from Orval Trappiste Brewery Very fresh and hoppy in the nose and on the palate – ideal “complex” summer refresher with an amazing array of fruity-citrusy notes IBU 35″
- Style: Belgian Ale
- Taste Profile: whipped cream smoothness -> orange bitter hops/sweet orange/grapefruit -> burpy/grapefruity hopped bitter finish.
- Where I got it : Firefly
- How much: $9 (after 10% off), September 2012
- Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
- Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes
Visual: heavy quality glass green bottle. Pours translucent sunburst orange with an awesome large ultra-foamy head, super long foamy retention, lots of champagne-like bubbly activity.
Nose: not much there on the nose when chilled, hints of floral hopped malts after 15 mins. (4/10 aromatic strength)
Attack: super whipped-cream silky mouthfeel, crispness
Mid-palate: (MAIN) orange hoppy bitterness, sweet(6/10) orange-apricot (HINT) yellow grapefruit
Finish: burpy, grapefruit hopped sour-bitter finish
Summary: This one is all about bitter hoppy citrus creamy smoothness. Executed to highest standards and extremely drinkable, though could use more complexity.