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La Bavaisienne - Brasserie Theillier

La BavaisienneLa Bavaisienne

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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%


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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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I am very surprised to see this beer so highly rated, as my experience with this beer was not all that positive. I this beer had a handsome appearance but was otherwise pretty boring.

The beer was an attractive red color with cumulus cloud head composed of consistently-sized tiny bubbles. However, I detected no aroma at all. Flavor-wise, I got some malty sweetness balanced with more hops than I expected (the one real redeeming feature of this beer). Still, I ddin't feel there was much flavor here. Throw on a rather watery mouthfeel, and I am not much impressed.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 17:24:43 | More by BeerBelcher
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crossovert

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml green blue foiled bottle

It pours a copper honey color with a large foamy off-white head. There are plenty of yeasty floaties to be seen. The head stiks nicely and recedes to some decent lacing.

It is skunked unfortunately. Reminds me of a Euro Pale Lager in the smell, skunky with some caramel.

The flavor is better though it is still a bit skunked. It has a nice caramel toffee flavor mixed with some basic malts. It is a basic amber beer.

I have to try it fresher/non light struck next time, hard when they insist on the green bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 23:45:25 | More by crossovert
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks, Schmittymack (again). Poured a cloudy yellow/amber with a minimal amount of white foam. Aromas of brown spices, black pepper and Belgian yeast. On the palate, this one is somewhat spicy and light to medium bodied, with flavors of Belgian candi sugar, brown spices, pepper and yeast.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:12:50 | More by emmasdad
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nathi

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden with a slight reddish tint, average head..
Light refreshing and subttle fruity aroma, with pear and berry hints, but low. Main aroma character is a nice light caramel malt aroma...caramel candy like. Flavor is sweet and simple sugary malt with a light caramel character and a oaky earthyness. Alcohol is noteable and adds coplexity. A little on the seet side, could use more balance.

Of 5 Bier de Gardes tasted on the same night this was 3rd. Drinkable, but not very exciting.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2002 23:42:12 | More by nathi
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this with a several friends on a lazy Sunday afternooon and they were unimpressed. Personally I thought it was interesting but I can't say that I would buy it again or that it was particularly tasty but I may be ignorant to the style. It was dark amber and smelled grainy. Taste was grainy amber belgian and reminded me of caracole amber. Overall, not bad but not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 05:27:48 | More by ArrogantB
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours clear golden with a rather small white head that slowly sets into decent lacings.

S: Dry malt, apples and yeast. Some spices. A faint metallic smell. Grassy.

T: Very like the smell. The metallic vibe is a bit stronger but dark rye bread and roasted malts makes it “righter”. Fruity.

M: Aftertaste is short. Body is refreshing, but only mild while the carbonation is strong.

O: Not quite up with the greater ones. This is just slightly better than a standard Biere de Garde.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 12:09:15 | More by Sunnanek
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my second or third Biere de Garde. Still trying to understand the style.

750ml extra! from NewGeneric. Thanks! Poured into goblet.

A- A very nice creamy head settles to 1 finger. Large bubbles gather in a corner on a thick bed of impossibly small bubbles. Beer is light enough but a dull hazy brown. Looks to have amber highlights in the light.

S- Mild, a bit fruity... kind of subdued. Nothing much to note here.

T- A bit of a smoky, earthy malt character comes through, as a mild hop bitterness. Very earthy. Slight hint of molasses and caramel.

M- Buttery? Earthy. Decent carbonation. A bit strange melding of flavors on this one.

D- Moderate. Interesting. Easy enough to drink. Had me scratching my head, the caramel sweetness and the earthy malts are an interesting combo.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 00:54:14 | More by ShogoKawada
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottler served into a tulip glass

Pours a russet sort of brownish orange. There is LOTS of visible yeast sediment, even on the first pour out of the bottle. The head forms up at a nice finger and a half in size and stays pretty much around a single finger's width. The color of that foam is lightly tan, like the flesh of an almond. Sure wish that yeast wasn't so prevalent.

It smells a lot like an amber ale up front. Lots of lightly toasted grain; some honeysuckle. No funk to speak of, though there is a small presence of clay -- a little bit of soil, a little bit of mineral. Appleskin comes out as the beer opens up. Tight, compact aromas. Not complex but certainly style appropriate.

The taste starts out pretty sweet. Caramel and butterscotch candy. Some very light chocolate flavors; not at all too dissimilar from a brown ale. The beer is light on hops (though what is here is all earthy) and as such makes for a juicy taste rather than a drying taste. Some mineral qualities and a bit of apple. Again, style appropriate but not complex. A bit of, like, puke on the finish.

The beer feels too light, too weak in carbonation, to do proper service to the malty flavors it has. Light bodied is one thing, watery is quite another. All in all, though, pretty darn drinkable. This isn't taxing at all and it would be easy to pair this beer with a dish based around turkey.

I admit that I don't care for Biere de Garde nearly as much as I care for Saison. Biere de Garde always seems less complex, less "farmhouse ale" to me. It is like the farms of France all got together and decided, in the face of bewilderingly complex Belgian Saison, that they would all brew something a lot like Rare Vos. That said, I have had better biers de garde than La Bavaisienne. Chalk this one up as a disappointment, solid beer though it is.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 01:09:26 | More by Reaper16
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 03:22:45 | More by Sammy
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a clear amber color with moderate carbonation producing a fairly thick (2 inch) white bubbly head.
S: Definite funk. Very earthy and minerally nose. Hint of hops and even fainter hint of malt.
T: Interesting mix of farm funk, mineral (almost metallic), herbal grassy notes, and mild caramel malt. Not bad, but I wish it was a bit more organized/structured.
M: Medium body with some lighter effervescence. Oily feel.
D: Decent drinkability. I enjoyed this, but not sure I'd seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 03:54:33 | More by mwilbur
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Bloomingdale, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Tulip

Bottle opens with a gush, somewhat annoying.

La Bavaisienne is a pleasant beer in general, and biere de garde in style. This is a fairly straightforward beer in the Franco-Belgian, with a yeast strain that is slightly Belgian-like, producing an ale with mild sweetness from toasted and toffee-like malt choices along with a modest Belgian yeast and its byproduct profile, with enough European hops to add a balancing bitterness. I feel that this is a somewhat seasonal beer, one that would be best enjoyed either in early spring or later fall, as it would complement the "feel" of those two seasons best. Not necessarily one I'm going to revisit, but not unpleasant to have tried.

Pours a tall (>3cm) head of light beige-colored bubbles, medium to large in size, with average retention of slightly over one minute. The head looks something like yeast bubbling slowly in bread dough, pale and punctuated. Gradually, it fades to a thick ring around the glass and a modest island of foam atop the body. Lacing is excellent, leaving significant bands across the interior of the glass, which are dissolved with sipping and replaced by dots and lines. Body is a brownish amber color, with light bringing out lighter, toasted orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy (50% opaque) beer, though modest in speed and number. Some yeast and proteins are floating around as well.

Aroma of honey, light toasted and toffee-like malts, dried autumn leaves, slight Belgian-esque yeast, with a touch of something musty or basement-like. Since I don't know how old this is, I can't say if this has faded from age or is presented as intended. As it stands, I find it enjoyable, but less complex than Ommegang's Scythe & Sickle or JP's Oro de Calabaza.

Fairly straightforward, toasted and toffee-like malts with mild bittering hops, yeast, and savory dried herb-like or leaf flavors. Interesting, enjoyable, but not as complex or enjoyable as others I've had. Opens with toasted and toffee-like malts (slightly sweet), dried autumn leaves, mild yeast. Mid-palate is of toasted and toffee-like malts (again, slightly sweet), light bitterness from hops, some dried herbs, and mild yeast and leather-like flavors. Back of palate has flavors of slightly toasted and toffee-like malts with light European hop bitterness, yeast, and musty basement. Aftertaste is moderately bitter, with a smooth, toffee-like sweetness, toasted character, and slight leather.

Beer is of medium weight, with carbonation of medium-light intensity, creating a . Closes quite dry, with light stickiness lingering on the palate, which is pleasing with the bitterness in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 23:31:37 | More by falloutsnow
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No date that I could find.

A: Bottle explodes with foam immediately upon cracking the cap. Lost a good portion to the gushing. Pours a very dark red with lots of floaties. Enormous foamy tan head that refuses to die down. Bottle continues to foam out of the top for an easy 10 minutes. *sigh* Head finally fades away, leaving thick (like 1/4" thick solid walls) lacing. Great head retention too as you can imagine with a perpetual island of foam remaining behind.

S: Very malty with sweet grains and caramel. Bready.

T: Yup, malty from start to finish. Sweet grainy breadiness throughout. Caramel sweetness blends in. Some stale hops in the aftertaste, can't quite place them. Citrusy maybe with a hint of grass? Hint of honey in the aftertaste is a nice touch. Mildly spicy throughout.

M: High carbonation with a nice medium body. Smooth.

O: Pretty plain biere de garde. Nice sweet maltiness to it but that's about it. Fairly one note. Quite smooth, tasty and drinkable however. I tried to be fair on the ratings, I'm guessing this is old given the stale hops flavor and the huge amount of floaties. Shame on the brewer/distributor for not dating their bottles, however.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 04:06:04 | More by Dope
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton a month or two back. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a copper-amber color with a two-finger off-white head with some great lacing and a thin collar throughout. The nose carries a good dosing of bread crust and amber malt. Slight caramel and earth. Slight bit of pepper. Flavor is quite similar, but a bit more tame and more toward the malt. Could use a bit more yeast. Medium chewy body with good carbonation. Quite nice, and far preferable to the Blonde.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 01:30:12 | More by Thorpe429
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 22:50:49 | More by merlin48
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FreightTrain

California

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber with a big creamy head. Loads of lacing.

S- Very earthy and herbal with a touch of funk.

T- Malty upfront with a subtle but distinctive herbal hoppiness in the finish. Complex, slightly tart, tasty.

M- Full, quite thick for the style.

D- Fairly easy to drink but definitely richer than the average bier de garde. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 00:40:44 | More by FreightTrain
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2004 18:42:24 | More by Gusler
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ngandhi

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh, vegetal, and unusually true to its name as a "farmhouse" ale. Not as malty as some biere de gardes, but robust nonetheless with a warming alcohol pushing through, however controlled, into the finish. Soft bitter greens give way to a spicy fruitiness that eventually reveals itself as coriander. The coriander is subtle in this beer, lending no astringency on the palate or fuming spice on the nose. As some saisons like DuPont and Fantome taste perfect in the summer season for which they were intended, so does Bavaisienne for the early Midwestern fall.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 19:20:12 | More by ngandhi
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shleepy

California

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into chalice-style glass.

A: Hazy amber, with lots of and lots of floating sediment.

S: Sugary and lightly-fruity malt notes.

T: Very representative of the style. Hard candy / sugar flavor that lingers well into the aftertaste. Pleasant caramel maltiness. Mild balancing bitternes.

M: Feels very light and refreshing. Medium carbonation

O: Represents the biere de garde style very well.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 04:46:46 | More by shleepy
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silenius

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I heard about this beer in Phil Markowski's book Farmhouse Ales.

It intrigued me and when I saw it for sale I had to snatch it up. It had to sit for about a week as carrying it home stirred up all sorts of yeast from the bottom. For four days later I still say clouds lingerin in the neck of the bottle. Finally I get to try it.

It pours an amber copper with a nice fluffy yellow-tinged head that lightly laces the glass.

Smell is very light raw sugar and a hint of grassiness. Nothing astonishing, but pleasant.

Taste starts like overly sugared iced coffee and then shifts to a moderate bitterness coming through the sweet. It ends with a sweet sensation on the tip of my tongue. I think it is slightly out of balance on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy and lively without feeling overly carbonated and without any carbonation bite.

Drinkability suffers with it being a little out of whack with too much sweetness. This might pair well with something containing carmelized onions.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 02:20:19 | More by silenius
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dherling

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out an amber color, crystal clear, a big tan head that laces like crazy. The nose is nutty, musty, alcohol, horse-sweat, malts and a faint floral spiciness. The taste heavy caramel flavor crisp herbal notes, dill, coriander, pepper, hops, malt, earthy, and sour yeasty flavors. Has a medium carbonation, and long creamy finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 05:59:17 | More by dherling
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glowing dark orange with a tincture of scarlet. With a little more red, it would qualify as blood orange. Energetic streams of bubbles calm down within minutes, but not before they create a poofy head of pastel orange that has a sculpted, incredibly rocky look. Delicate shards and more meaty chunks of lace grace the glass in an appealing fashion. I liked the appearance after the first pour and I love it by the bottom of the bottle.

If I had to describe the nose in one word, that word would be 'rustic'. Biere de gardes should be rustic above all else, shouldn't they? Each inhale brings aromas that are earthy, musty, spicy and woody, with no hint of barnyard funk. I think I'm gonna like this one.

La Bavaisienne is one of the more approachable versions of this style that I've encountered. That means that it's a bit short on complexity, but is still delicious beer. Well-toasted bready malt (mineral-dusted caramel) is accented by mystery spices and herbs. I have no idea what was used since nothing stands out enough for me to make a reasonable guess. On the taste buds, woody is probably the most prominent of the characteristics listed above. Tea-like fits too.

There may have been more hoppiness immediately after bottling, but no longer. Enough has survived, however, to bring an inexorable tightening to the finish. I keep waiting for flavor fireworks that never explode. Don't get me wrong, I'll enjoy every ounce of this '750', but I probably won't buy it again.

The body/mouthfeel is the only (minor) damper on the good time vibe. I really don't mind the lightness. However, if a beer of this sort is going to be light, it should also have some amount of creamy expansiveness. Unfortunately, there isn't enough carbonation left, even by the midway point of the bottle, to achieve that end.

Brasserie Theillier is a small French brewery located a stone's throw from the Belgian border that produces only two ales as far as I know. Even though La Bavaisienne is a better beer than La Bavaisienne Blonde, it isn't world-class by any means. A more forceful personality would have made it more memorable. Maybe a little of that Belgian barnyard funk wouldn't have been such a bad idea after all.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 21:21:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mntlover

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber color lightly hazy nice light tan head that falls slowly.

Aroma is malty hints of caramel dried fruits plums and apricots and peaches with some light grassy hops.

Taste is lots of malt caramel, some toffee hints dried fruit moving to grassy hop finish. Some light spice and earthy yeast peaking thru some light lingering bitterness also. Good simple flavorable malty treat.

Mouthfeel is medium a good level of carbonation again medium.

Drinkability is good a nice malty treat with nice fruitiness and light hops and spice. A solid contender.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 22:49:30 | More by mntlover
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Sallerj

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer smells like boiling wort, and tastes a little like unfermenter wort. In spite of this, it's tasty. It has a nice, bitter hop and toasty malt aroma. It has a complex and nicely balanced set of flavors-- hoppier than other beiere de gardes I've had, but still primarily malty.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 08:15:42 | More by Sallerj
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York, NY

A: Pours a hazy orange to amber in color. The beer has a half finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer along with a thicker ring at the edges. Light amounts of lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer was quite a bit maltier than I expected with some hints of graininess. The beer had a light earthy aroma with spice notes from the yeast and some very light hints of apple.

T: For a beer with a malty aroma, this beer had very little sweetness but also very little bitterness. The flavors were nicely balanced. There is a malty body followed by some yeast spiciness and light notes of apple/pear.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: This beer would really pair well with just amount any meal. It is very tasty and well balanced yet still light... I could have drank this beer throughout the entire meal and been happy. Very inviting aroma.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 13:46:53 | More by dbrauneis
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ark57

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear, reddish amber and has a good sized head. The aroma is spicy and fruity with some floral notes. It has a good malt backbone and a lot of flavors. It is earthy with some orange and anise notes. It finishes somewhat dry and with a nice bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2004 17:20:06 | More by ark57
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La Bavaisienne from Brasserie Theillier
91 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.