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La Bavaisienne - Brasserie Theillier

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

103 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 30
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Theillier
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2002)
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Dantes

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 750ml (1 pint, 9.4 oz) foil-sealed, crowned, puntless, green bottle (I thought this beer came corked at one point?). Front label depicts what looks like a gamekeeper in the style of Hals. Descriptors include “French Farmhouse Ale,” “A beautifully balanced Bière de Garde from France’s oldest working brewery. Malty, hoppy, amber ale.” Rear label recapitulates the same basic information. Well THAT covers most of the bases. No date information and ABV noted as 7%.

Cost: $6.99 at Somerville Supersaver

Presentation: Bière de garde tulip glass at ~50º.

Appearance: Monumental ivory head that makes nitro-Guinness envious, threatens to burst out of the glass with even the most gentle pour. I’m sure I could rest a pound coin on it without its falling through! The color is a fairly standard amber and crystal clear. Fairly active carbonation presents in medium-gauge bubbles. Head is beyond sticky, leaving massive foam stillicides along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Absolutely classic musty, horse-sweat nose backed by formidable malts and a faint spiciness. Mildly floral. Little alcoholic hotness.

Taste: The first taste seems sweetly flabby with heavy caramel flavor, but this is instantly backed with some crisp herbal notes, although I don’t detect the “dill and cucumber” noted in the Times. I get more coriander, pepper, and possibly marjoram. The hops are secondary but nicely balanced against the malts. Filled out with nice earthy, yeasty flavors. Moderate to full, fairly dry finish, with a sourish fillip at the end. Quite complex and intriguing.

Mouthfeel: As usual for these fine, artisanally-produced, bottle-conditioned ales; the carbonation is fine, perfectly pitched, and creamy. Each swallow fills the mouth with a recapitulation of the enormous head. The alcohol adds a subtle, warming heft. Just about perfect.

Drinkability: A fine experience, although there are a few other similar beers I prefer. Still, it’s hard to fault this beer.

Backwash: A recent NY Times article inspired me to again sample through some of the bières de garde I hadn’t had in some time. Once I find my favorite beer in a category, I tend to stick with it, but the article and the disappearance of 3 Monts from NJ, provided a great opportunity to go asearching. This beer is one of the classics, with tremendous flavor and complexity. I consider this more a saison/bière de garde than a Belgian Strong Ale and put this near the top of that category, surpassed by 3 Monts, Southampton’s French Country, Heavyweight’s Bière d’Arte, and La Choulette. I intend to revisit many of these classics in the months to come. Definitely worth seeking out and still a great value. One of those beers that dares you to buy a cheap bottle of wine.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 19:52:14 | More by Dantes
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La Bavaisienne from Brasserie Theillier
91 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.