Friday, 18 November 2011

Lake of Bays Brewing Company-Rousse

Baysville, Ontario's Lake of Bays Brewing Company makes a pretty decent impersonation of a Quebecois rousse.  Served in 341mL bottles and containing 5% alcohol, this tasty red ale pours a surprisingly dark ruby colour.  It is clear, only mildly carbonated and is topped by a thinnish crown of white head.  It leaves behind thin curtains of lace that don't stick around too long.

The brew is blessed with a rich, well-balanced aroma of brown sugar and hops.  The flavour is nice and round.  It begins sweet and malty, with toasty caramel notes and it finishes bitterly, with a hint of molasses.  The mouthfeel is fairly dry and medium thickness. 

Lake of Bays' Rousse is a pretty solid little brew.  It's tasty and attractive.  It doesn't have a big enough flavour to warrant an elite 9, but it's not too far away.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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