Brasserie de Rulles is the southern-most brewery in Belgium, located in the town of Rulles in the Gaume region where the southern part of Belgium runs beside Luxembourg. The two hour drive from Brussels takes in some of the most scenic parts of Belgium, through the beautiful hilly Ardennes region.
The drive is worth the effort when you arrive at the historic farmhouse location, which seems perfectly suited to this rustic farmhouse brewery.
For many years, the Rulles beers were only available in 750ml bottles. But late last year, they first made available some of their beers in 330ml bottles, so I’ve been looking forward to including some Rulles beers in our packs.
The first beer is the Epeautre, a rustic blond ale brewed with barley malt and completely organic spelt from nearby farms. Pouring a nearly clear golden colour, the first thing I noticed was how very saisony the nose was. Grainy malt, some spicing and a good dose of farmhouse funk.
It was also more saison in the taste than I’d remembered. A really light, crisp biscuity malt body carries a good level of hop bitterness. It is earthy, bitter, spicy and dry. A perfect afternoon thirst quencher, with more than enough flavour to happily reach for a second straight away. Even better than I’d remembered it.