La Bavaisienne - Brasserie Theillier

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107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 31
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Theillier
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2002)
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Reviews by Sephiroth:
Photo of Sephiroth
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Undated 750ml bottle. Decent lacing, light and malty smelling. Some hop aroma as well.

This is the best Biere de Garde I have ever had. It is dry and malty, with the hops cleaning your palate and making you want another sip. Very little of the yeasty fruitiness that I do not like in other beers of this style. Smooth mouthfeel, with nothing cloying. Very drinkable, and I suspect this goes really well with food.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to tell ya I have really enjoyed the handful of French country ales I have had,I like the fact they are not dominanted by funk like alot of their northern neighbor's beers of the same ilk.Poured into an oversized wine glass a hazed brown mixed with a bit of deep orange a thick frothy slight off white head that left two rings as it settled into a creamy mass.A mix of leafy and spicey hop and buttery toffee with a hint of iron in the nose,the flavors just meld great together,they start out with a toffee and slight chocolate element then glides into a leafy slightly earthy finish.This beer is refined in my mind and oh so easy to drink,a real fine beer to sit and savor.I wish there were more biere de garde style beer to choose from here in the U.S.

Photo of shapudding
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hand carried back from the brewery by a good friend! Dated Feb 06, L 4 16.
Deep amber and clear with a thick eggshell colored creamy head. Ton of carbonation rising up to the heavy head that you can just peak through. Richly scented, caramel, malty, sweetly floral, buttery sugar, and warmly alcoholic. Tightly packed carbonation which makes the body feel more medium, feels just a bit too foamy for my tastes. Very dry, very crisp, darkened toast, bit vineous -chardonnay. Very enjoyable!

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle pours a clear amber body with lots of suspended "floaties". Small offwhite head fades into attractive sheet lacing on the goblet.

Aroma is herbal hops and caramel apples.

Effervescent carbonation enlivens a medium light body.

Taste opens with a pastoral herbal hops bitterness with a balancing caramel malt that is redolent of McIntosh apples. The sweet malt becomes overbearing as it warms and the apple notes fade away toward the finish.

Tasty and satisfying but wish the malt backbone had not become so pushy.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of OStrungT
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy brownish orange, with a light tan head. The thick, fluffy head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I smell coriander, ginger, and some cloves. It also has a citrus hop aroma. I can smell a slight orange peel aroma. It has a slightly sweet caramel malt aroma as well.

This beer tastes good. I taste the spices. Behind that, this beer has a pleasent citrus flavor. It is slightly sweet, with a biscuit flavor making a very subtle apperance.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a biscuit like aftertaste mixed with some spice. This beer is highlt carbonated, which goes well for the style.

I think this ber would probably make a nuce session beer. It tastes good, and is only slightly high in alcohol.

Overall: I liked this beer. If I come by it again, I will not hesitate to get a bottle or two.

Photo of Tuckersmth
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of cokes
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An autumnal, pumpkin-golden shade, hazed and riled with dispersed bubbles, sits below a grinning whipped cream steeple of nicotine-stained teeth.
Tickling perfumes of honey-nut cereal, bruised apples, discarded pears, cedar, wintergreen, balsawood, clove, and tarragon.
It issues into the mouth with a stanch fruitiness. But here's the enigma: the fruits here don't actually exist. Maybe it is only one fruit. Or maybe it is 100,000. But whatever, it's fucking not real, and you've never seen the likes of it. It's not the intersection of figs and dates and pears and applesauce and kiwis and plantains and papayas...but it is very close. But here, it is singular and not envelopingly sweet that that mixture would be. Let's call it Spacefruit, because I'm pretty sure shit like this must grow on Saturn, or in France or wherever. It recedes partially and allows a toasted grain breadiness, all glazed in honey, and adorned with nuts. It's like a bowl of Honey-Nut Cheerios with chunks of...um..spacefruit in it.
But that ain't it.
The later portion of the sips brings myriad dry wood hues, mostly of cedar and sandlewood, and stray beach-stranded dry driftwood. It also bounces around notions of clove, vanilla, coriander, pepper, limestone, chalk, and sweet basil, as it drfits towards the rosewater-spruce-lemongrass-tarragon-wintergreen hop exclamation.
Wrap this up in a pill of tightly wound carbonation and whipped milk textures, and its tactile sensuality is congruent with everything else present.
All this talk about space has me thinking....this is probably as complex and equally complicated to inter-planetary travel, but a whole lot more fun. If I ever had plan of becoming an astronaut...fuck it...I'll just stay home with another bottle of this.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light beer with a permanent big fluffy head. Spicy aroma and taste. Not all that drinkable, and thin-medium mouthfeel. Pepper, cloves, cardomaon, grassiness and hops there. Best of France, whatever that should mean. Still drinkable at end of hot summer day. Better with food.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

La Bavaisienne pours a fairly clear, amber-orange body beneath a rocky head of big-bubbled off-white froth that holds quite well and leaves patchy sheets (at the outset) and craggy streaks of lace about the glass.

The nose offers sweet and lightly tart fruit (tangerine, papaya); some sweet, grainy malt; a mild mustiness; and a delicate touch of spice.

In the mouth it bristles the tongue before warming to become somewhat airy and somewhat creamy (but not completely one or the other), with a medium-full body and lightly effervescent carbonation.

It's malty flavor delivers candied fruit (oranges, papaya, apple); brash, grassy, and subtly spicy hops; over a sweet, honeyish, grainy and hay-like bed of malt. A wide, dull bitterness backs it, and although it takes a moment for the sweetness of the malt to receed in the finish, the bitterness is immediately there and overwhelms it. Some delicate spice lingers in the aftertaste; but the alcohol never really shows itself in that way, so it must be from actual spice, or perhaps the hops.

It's not particularily complex, but what's there is very good. Of course, it's full, sticky malt does deter its drinkability a bit, leaving it more of a quiet, after dinner drink than a pub-time quaffer. Otherwise, it's a very nicely done, malty and strong Biere de Garde. As it's intended for storage, I'd suggest giving this one at least a few months in the cellar to bring it to top condition.

Photo of dgallina
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml dark green capped bottle without dating.

Pours lightly-clouded chestnut with streaming carbonation, very persistent thick creamy head and clinging lace. Smells peppery and nutty, with strong bitter orange and moist earth notes. The aroma is interesting but not immediately appetizing. The flavor, on the other hand, is completely unexpected and out of this world. Deeply toasted biscuit malts exhibit lovely nutty qualities. The medium-sweet malt becomes peppery and hoppy at the end, finishing with orange notes and yeasty earthiness. The taste is an appealing and unusual blend of British ESB and a more traditional biere de garde. Medium-thick body with big carbonation and balancing creaminess. Exceptionally drinkable and well-worth finding!

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on September 18, 2006. 750 mL. Faint champagne apple malts dance from the heavy carbonation of this beaut. Really not getting too much aroma though. Pour of beautiful fired amber, with a rocky ivory head. Flavor is a ridiculous amalgam of sweet full grain flavors, like I’ve rarely experienced. There’s a variety of farm-like sweet candy grains and full rounds of light fruits. The malts are especially syrupy feeling, but the beer is in no way cloying. Instead, a gentle swashing of freshly roasted grain husks and tawny edges of apple brandy. It’s damn delicious for sure. The yeast character seems subdued to a bready faint existence, despite the omnipresent appearance in the bottle. A smidge of hop dust in the backend draw balanced. I guess overall, I’m dissapointed by the lack of aroma, but extremely satisfied with the skillful and delicate malting of this beer. It reaches German standards and is a beer that really lets these malty nuances stand and shout for themselves. Smoother than hell, too. I could see how people might think this is bland, but they might not have refined palates.

Photo of Imbiber
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In bottle at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn.

Amber-brown in colour with a healthy head. Wonderful strong, earthy, peaty aroma. Pleasant malty flavour, a bit spicy, bordering on sweet but balanced out by other flavours; slightly buttery texture. Balanced, malty finish. Recommended.

Photo of Gmann
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml capped and foiled bottle. Pours a pretty honey brown color with a big foamy white head that clinged against the side of the glass. The aroma is of lemon and green apple skins, some farmhouse funk, mineral water and caramel. Nice earthy caramel malt flavor, some honey sweetness followed by a metallic note. Some light farmhouse flavors peak through and ends with a grassy hop bitterness. Moderate body with plenty of carbonation; sweet overall but finishes with bitter bite. A little sticky. This is a very good biere de garde. It just tastes like a craft beer. Nice art work on the bottle. Highly recommended

Photo of marcobrau
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hmm...judging by what the label says this should be re-classified as a biere de garde, so I'll review it as such. The label also descrbes La Bavaisienne as a malty, hoppy, amber ale -- and this is true -- but it's so much more. This beer pours with a fine bead of carbonation and lasting head of bright white foam. An aroma of new mown hay bursts forth, tinged with mineral-like notes. This mineral content is echoed on the palate. his medium-bodied ale has a soft mouthfeel despite it's high carbonation. I would go so far to describe the mouthfeel as being quite plush. This ale gets a bit snappy and crisp towards this finish with a late burst of lightly spicy hops amid honey-biscuit malt flavors. The finish is fairly dry for the style with a slight bit sweetness left on the tongue. An exceptional biere de garde, or strong pale ale, whichever you want to call it.

Photo of mscudder
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Under the plastic casing over the cap, I was expecting a cork, but there was only a rusty cap. There was visible carbonation as the cap came off with a hiss. Nice caramel color with a reddish amber tint. The foam was ridiculous, it threatened to foam over after every trickle from the bottle. Copious lacing that had 3-D contours inside the glass like sticky meringue. Retention is good, and the crazy lace remains for a long time.

Aroma of sweet apple and pear, some minor toasty caramel also. A little musty, due to the age i'd imagine, as the cap was rusty.

Pleasant flavor, toasty caramel malts and fruity from the biere de garde yeast. Soft and a little mellow from age, some typical oxidized Belgian character that keeps it from being great. Minor earthy hop flavor in the aftertaste lending some needed bitterness. The full body is supported by ample carbonation. It seems to have held up for awhile ok, but I can't say the aging has benefitted it.

Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Turdfurgeson: Poured a deep slightly hazy brown color ale with huge white foamy head with some good retention and some good lacing. Taste of deep malt with some balance sweetness and some spicy yeast. Body is full with some great carbonation and no alcohol could be detected. Lots of character with a nice creamy body. The balance in this beer is just incredible. I would love to try this again.

Photo of Rylorax
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of MJR
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber surrounded by copper edges. The body has excellent clarity, with lots of carbonation bubbles slowing rising to the surface. The tan head is thick, rich, and holds well, leaving a nice pattern of lace down the glass.

Smell: The aroma is quite rich with a heavy dose of smooth, rounded caramel balanced by faintly spicy hops. There's an earthy aspect to the smell that is a combination of freshly mown hay and those common Belgian descriptors like 'farmhouse' and 'horseblanket.' Fantastic aroma!

Taste: The flavor starts off incredibly rich and thick with lots of caramel. There's a touch of fruity sweetness, but it's held in check by a good amount of spicy hop bitterness. Around the halfway point, the earthy, musty character kicks in. In the finish, there's a hint of a phenolic flavor mixed in with the malty aftertaste. Oddly enough, a faint metallic note shows up in the last few inches of the bottle. Wonderful balance between the various flavors.

Mouthfeel: Round and full with a buttery mouthfeel of medium thickness. Somewhat dry towards the end. Amazing mouthfeel...

Drinkability: Top notch drinkability... The alcohol is a bit high, but is beautifully hidden. This is one beer I could enjoy in any season.

A 'beer to guard?' You're damn right! Back away from my bottle or else...

Photo of thekanna
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle.

A: Dark yellow bordering on slightly ruddy amber with a prodigious head and lots of effervescent bubbles.

S: Light citrus, tulip, and fruit notes, with hops definitely present.

T: Smoked, but not roasted, tart hops; fruitiness, wild yeast, and sweet malts.

M: Lots of tiny effervescent bubbles; very refined in its carbonation. This is where the brew really shows its character.

D: A nice, somewhat complex sipper.

Photo of metter98
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation with lots of yeast particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a two finger high off white head that died down yet for the most part consistently had a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface..
S: There are moderate aromas of apples, caramel, earthy yeast and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of initial malty sweetness and hints of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and an excellent representation of the style. I will definitely be trying this again because it tastes very good.

Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after divorcing the 750ml green bottle settles in the glass a bright clear amber color, the head is Bunyanesque in size, the texture semi-creamy, as it slowly erodes, and the lace forms a thick and sticky blanket to seal off the glass from view. Nose is somewhat sweet, a tad earthy and maybe a hint of over ripe apples to seal off the nose, start is lightly sweet with a nice malt presence, the top fair to middling in its feel. Finish is light to moderate in carbonation, with a spicy hop presence and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. As you pour each glass, the head pops right up to the top of the glass, a very interesting brew!

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La Bavaisienne from Brasserie Theillier
91 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.