La Rulles Cuvee Meilleurs Voeux

Reviewed by on December 2, 2013 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasserie Artisianale De Rulles SPRL

  • Origin: Belgium

  • Rated On: N/A

  • Best Before: 02/2014

  • ABV: 7.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and room temperature

  • Style: Belgian Dark Ale

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

As far as I can tell this is a holiday beer since the character on the bottle is wearing the uniform of one of Santa’s Elves; he’s also giving my logo a bit of an eye, so I’m not sure what to think. In spite of this I still drank the beer.

It’s classified as a Belgian Dark Ale; beers of this variety are usually more balanced than their brethren with a variety of possibilities of characteristics including floral, malty or hoppy flavors with finishes from dry to sweet and malty. How does this compare?

This beer is deep brown in color, cloudy and sports a thick tan head that lingers for a while. On the nose it’s primarily malty in its profile, with sweet malts backed by toasty and caramel notes. The nose is actually quite subtle and leaves the taster curious about the actual flavors of the beer.

On tasting this beer one discovers that it’s surprisingly balanced with some mild initial bitterness quickly offset by some dark, roast malts. There are some small hints of raisin in the background, and finishes very subtle with some slight herbal notes. On observation, it would seem this should be a powerful beer, but it’s subtle and balanced. The finish and mouthfeel is a bit rich and creamy, but there’s just enough carbonation to hold it together.

This is one of those unusual beers that doesn’t show any excessively powerful characteristics to define it, but its overall balance makes it quite tasty. Historically this beer may have a bigger profile of dark fruits such as raisin, fig and plum, but this vintage is exceptionally balanced, and tasty as a result.

Greg Zeschuk

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