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La Bavaisienne - Brasserie Theillier

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BA SCORE
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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 29
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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theminutemen

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

03-02-2012 21:20:23 | More by theminutemen
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Stoffel

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

01-01-2012 16:10:43 | More by Stoffel
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LostHighway

Maine

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-28-2011 13:29:39 | More by LostHighway
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22%

11-25-2011 22:18:37 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Phocion

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared between my girlfriend and I on October 9th, 2011. Notes from my phone.

750ml bottle poured into a pair of Darkness tulips. Dark copper body underneath a thick, frothy white head. Very thick, sticky lacing and an extremely retentive head.

Aroma was caramel malts and brown sugar. Dark fruits were evident (figs, plums, etc) and mild alcoholic esters. Lightly toasted and just a bit spicy.

Flavor was light alcohol and very malt-forward. Toasted and lightly caramelized brown sugar, but not cloyingly sweet in the least. Just a hint of spicy hoppiness. Slightly woody.

Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Velvety, silky smoothness.

Overall, this is a great beer of a less-than-popular style in the U.S.. A malt-bomb, but not a sickly sweet one. Very drinkable, although the alcohol was a little strong for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 20:50:30 | More by Phocion
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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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LSUPT

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-17-2011 07:48:00 | More by LSUPT
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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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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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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month club offerings from July. This one was poured into my Duvel tulip.

La Bavaisienne pours somewhere between a light brown and a dark orange, and it's completely hazy. There's a solid three fingers plus of bone white head that slowly creeps down the glass, leaving plenty of footprints behind. The nose is redolent of apples and herbs and caramel. It smells like some kind of apple cider that was sweetened up a bit with caramel syrup. The flavor sees the caramel notes take a bit of a backseat to apples and general fruity notes on the sweet side. The earthy/herbal notes are also a bit more prominent. The beer tastes like walking through an apple orchard on a farm. The body is beguilingly light for how prominent the malty/sweet flavors are in this beer. The carbonation is just about perfectly dialed in, enough to cut through the sweet flavors of the beer and place some emphasis on the herbal notes, but still doesn't distract from the rest of the beer. La Bavaisienne is a great example of a style I don't drink all that often, and it's a beer I'll look to come back to in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 03:13:44 | More by axeman9182
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metter98

New York

4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 01:53:55 | More by metter98
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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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thekanna

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 03:05:51 | More by thekanna
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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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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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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 01:42:38 | More by drpimento
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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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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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jrallen34

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 20:43:00 | More by jrallen34
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emerge077

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 02:19:00 | More by emerge077
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Gmann

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 20:45:45 | More by Gmann
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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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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml green glass bottle, pulled straight from the case to avoid skunking. no date found. poured into tulip. tasted in mid-april 2009.

big gusher!

clear, "rustic" orangey amber with brown hues. large light tan head, recedes to thin, wispy layer. very nice lacing.

aroma: light toasted malts and caramel, with apple, then grass and hay. spice and very gentle phenols bring up the rear.

taste: caramel and apple quickly met by grassy, herbal hop and mild to moderate bitterness, combined with spice and moderate phenols. nice balance of sweet maltiness w/o becoming cloying.

medium body, a bit of astringency, but creamy, esp with the gentle yet foamy carbonation.

nice. have this with your typical western holiday fare: turkey and stuffing. especially if your stuffing is well-seasoned, and particularly if it uses sage.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 07:17:50 | More by tai4ji2x
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rye726

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a woody brown with a silky tan head. The nose features an earthy bouquet of bready malts, honey, ripe fruits and peppery yeasts. The taste is also on the sweet side, but well balanced. No real funk or sour presence to speak of. Not super complex, but a tasty ale indeed. The medium body is well carbonated but perhaps a bit thin. Nice classic example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 03:11:36 | More by rye726
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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
La Bavaisienne from Brasserie Theillier
91 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.