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La Bavaisienne - Brasserie Theillier

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BA SCORE
91
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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 32
Gots: 5 | 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 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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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 olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -26.7%

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 BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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 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 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 feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber hue, opaque, with brobdignagian froth abounding in the glass (a Duvel tulip was the vessel I chose for this tasting), light cocoa-toned, leaving lace. An impressive appearance.

Aroma: peppers and dark fruit, cherries, apples, grape. A whiff of the yeast. Nice.

Taste: brisk carbonation at the fore, boards the palate with wild abandon. Sweet flavor at first, but dries soon, nicely balanced. Very even-handed, this. Nearly juicy, with the fruit, but, again, moderation is the call of the day here. Nothing too forward in any direction.

Medium bodied, with a dry fruity finish. A bit chalky at the back of the mouth, and increasingly bitter on the tongue, but just a bit, not too much.

This would be a great food beer, I think, a wonderful choice for dinner accompaniament, leaving dessert for the quads and dubbels and such.

So glad to have tried it, much thanks to Buckeyenation!

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty, clear, copper color. It is well carbonated and supports a prodigious tan head. The aroma is sharp and spicy with some herbal notes as well as some malty ones too. The aroma is a good marriage between malt, hops, and yeast aromatics. My first impression of the taste is that this definitely hits the spot. It is light and flavorful, perfect for a hot summer evening. This has some nice sharp spicy notes that hit the front of my tongue; these are a nice balance to the malty sweetness that is also found in this beer. The malty sweetness has a depth of flavor, which really contributes to the overall character of this beer. I get flavor notes that are spicy, herbal, sweet and a certain caramel maltiness. While I would be hesitant to call this a stellar beer, the integrated flavors really meld very well together. This is certainly a well crafted beer, and one which I highly recommend.

Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Seriously massive never ending gusher here upon opening. Pours extremely cloudy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off-white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, pear, apple, grape, honey, floral, herbal, clove, pepper, bread, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt with fruity/spicy ester notes. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, grape, honey, bread, floral, herbal, clove, pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, honey, bread, floral, herbal, clove, pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy ester flavors with moderate hop earthiness; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Biere de Garde style! All around great balance and complexity of malt with fruity/spicy esters and hop flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Bighuge
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer shows a ligher shade of scarlet red. Clarity is good. Vigorous carbonation is noted. And a huge crop of off white head. Impressive looking. Nose is interesting. Some funky barnyard and horsey aromas, though not as strong as say Cantillon. Musty cellars. Yeast sediment. Earthy dirt tones. Herbal. Pretty good. While this beer has a definite dry quality to it, there's a ghostly sweet aspect that is very alluring. The beer is very earthy. It's all about the farmhouse qualities... the hay, the barn, the horse blanket. It's not real acidic or tart, but definitely yeasty and musty. Like a cellar. This is really enjoyable and disappearing way too fast.

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!

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Made sure I picked the bottle with the nicest looking label.

Great, happy looking off-white head greets the eye. Lasts to a nice film of foam atop a very dark, rusty amber. You can only see the bubbling at the bottom of the glass or on the edges of the beer. Very hazey. This beer looks awesome. Very inviting toasted melba toast malts mixed with some soft rosemary and thyme. Maybe some caramel notes in the nose as well. The taste starts with mild toasted barely and a grain palate. This slowly develops to a much sweeter malt bill. Caramel and some honey do the waltz with mildy herbal hops. Tastes like a European field in Spring at about 7 a.m. Leaves a toasted caramel aftertaste in the mouth. Great yeast profile gives notes of fresh fruit still on the vine.

Photo of jrallen34
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 750 ml bottle into a generic chalice.

The beer is light murky gold with a nice white head.

The aroma is sweet hops.

The taste is very nice, its like drinking a champagne beer, lots of sweetness and carbonation.

Ok feel, great drinkability.

Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, La Bavaisienne is a dark rusty amber with a super large, very dense and large lasting, amber tinged off-white head that is very rocky to settle, leaving heavy, foamy lace. As it settles, it forms the denses dollop of foam in the middle, sticking up like an island, very impressive. At first, I thought it was a little dark, but that head is so impressive, I have to give it a 5!

Smell is strong, very sweet and fruity, loads of caramel, a touch metallic. Pretty good, a little overwhelming at first, but it really softened nicely as it warmed and had time to breath.

Taste is heavy on the malt, again loads of caramel, with a very spicy backbone and bitter, hoppy finish. Much better balance and overall taste the the nose, which had me fearing a cloying sugar bomb. In truth, the robust hopping leaves it on the other end of the spectrum, with the malt barely standing up to the spice, nice.

Mouthfeel is slick, on the lighter, almost watery side (think cask ale), which for such a malty beer, is impressive.

Drinkability is good, this is one brawny bière de garde, full flavored but damn smooth, it's going down way too fast! That massive head is really genius, as I'd otherwise have gulped this bottled down in like 20 mins! Perfect pairing with this thick, spicy chili, although after that was gone, the robustness of the flavor slowed me down some. Still, what a table bière - this would be perfect for a holiday meal, with turkey or other game birds.

Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This has been and continues to be one of my all time favs. Pours with nice foamy frothy light tan head that mostly settles down and not much lace (this time). Color is a very slightly hazy medium amber. Aroma is yeast malt a little hop spice. Flavor's like aroma and I pick up a short sour tang in the front. And then again just a bit at the end. Body is excellent with carbonation that perfectly compliments the rest of the beer. Satisfying yet very easy drinking. Session.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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.

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La Bavaisienne from Brasserie Theillier
91 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.