Glutenberg Rousse

Reviewed by on March 28, 2014 in Gluten-Free Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasseurs Sans Gluten

  • Origin: Montréal, QC, CA

  • Rated On: March 27, 2014

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: American Amber Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Brasseurs Sans Gluten is a microbrewery, based in Montréal, whose co-founder’s gluten intolerance sparked the idea to produce gluten-free beers, only a few short years ago.  They make a small range of different styles – the Rousse is a red ale, made with buckwheat, millet, and quinoa for grain substitutes, and some molasses and chestnuts just for fun.

This 341ml bottle pours a clear, dark copper amber colour, with a scant half-finger of thin foamy off-white head, which disappears momentarily, leaving a low berm of lace around the glass.

It smells of zingy caramel malt, kind of ashy, a bit of dry chocolate, some subtle nuttiness, and earthy, musty hops. The taste is grainy, somewhat biscuity malt, more oily nutty notes, a mild brown sugar sweetness, and leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is on the low, but still supportive, side, the body a decent medium weight, a bit pithy, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt holding steady, with a slightly sour grainy essence, and some lingering herbal leaf hops.

Huh. Handed to me without any other identifying info, I would have treated this as just another red ale (with strong brown ale aspirations). And, accordingly, as I wrote this, I found myself not trying to find justification or ‘real-beer’ analogies. While this brewer’s blonde and the pale ale hit close to home, this is a full-on roundtripper – and a little better than average example of the style as a whole, at that.

Brady White

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