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La Bavaisienne - Brasserie Theillier

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La BavaisienneLa Bavaisienne

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

105 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 33
Gots: 4 | 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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Photo of BeerBelcher
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.

BeerBelcher, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of HevvyMetalHippie
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

HevvyMetalHippie, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of crossovert
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.

crossovert, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of nh2032
3/5  rDev -26.8%

nh2032, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of emmasdad
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.

emmasdad, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of nathi
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.

nathi, Nov 09, 2002
Photo of bb8189
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

bb8189, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of coedwards
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

coedwards, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
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.

ArrogantB, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
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.

Evil_Pidde, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of ShogoKawada
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.

ShogoKawada, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Reaper16
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.

Reaper16, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

tom10101, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of mwilbur
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.

mwilbur, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of falloutsnow
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.

falloutsnow, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Dope
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.

Dope, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Janeinma, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Tuckersmth
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Tuckersmth, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of pintpeddler
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

pintpeddler, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of merlin48
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.

merlin48, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of FreightTrain
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.

FreightTrain, Feb 07, 2009
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La Bavaisienne from Brasserie Theillier
91 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.