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La Bavaisienne - Brasserie Theillier

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

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 mwilbur
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of FreightTrain
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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 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 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 Atron67
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured an extremely high carbonated foggy amber with a heavy lacing and huge head that took forever to fall down, pretty good but because of the high carbonation it was almost frustrating to reach the actual beer i wanted to drink

S- strong spicy malty scents with a nice slightly sweet wheatiness. toasted scents predominate.

T- toasted maltiness provides the initial flavor, then it opens up into a more wheaty smooth amber flavor that is quite tastey. the toasted flavor and the wheatiness work really well together.

M- pretty light body solid, high carbonation.

D- solid beer

Photo of NoLiberty
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer as part of the Tria Cafe's fermentation school course "The Dude on the Farm" with Scott Morrison as guest instructor.

App: Beautiful buttery colored head. Frothy, chunky, thick and three fingers high. Beer is light golden honey colored with slight chunks of sedimentation floating by.

Aroma: Nice strong notes of pilsner malt and cereals. Honey undertones and slightly sweet all around.

Taste: Malty sweet and well balanced. Good mellow hopping. Clean, some slight honey and really no spice at all. Well attenuated.

Mouth: Clean, smooth, light and "wet".
Drink: Very drinkable and refreshing. Could definitely enjoy a few more glasses of these.

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 sleazo
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a medium amber, slightly hazy with a bubbly head that looks like beads of caviar. The eggshell hued head clings to the beer and sheets of lacing cling to the sides of my tulip.

S-very yeasty, slightly notes of toasted malt, funk and a medicinal hop scent. The must seeps out through the air.

T-Toasted malt, more of that yeast funk dominate the first sip. A very strong medicinal character is noted on the follow through. This is on the sweeter side but not sweet per se. This is actually quite complex and there are adjectives out there that just are not coming to mind. There is a bitterness lying just in the background, almost beyond the taste but you do notice it. As it warms a bit of fruit comes out, a slightly tart tropical taste.

m-medium bodied with a light stinging carbonation.

D-definitely an interesting brew. There is a certain aged quality to it that I am enjoying and the complexities are keeping my minnd occupied. This reminds me of a dak basement, in a good way.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.65/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

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 buliwuf
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - green 750ml bottle with art of man sowing seed, capped not corked

Appearance - light brown color with a large frothy white head, and much carbonation

Nose - slightly spicy, but toasty and earthly as well.

Mouthfeel -creamy and smooth, yet well carbonated and not thick.

Taste - toasty, biscuity, slightly earthy and yeasty, with an undercurrent of prickly orange-like spice. Smooth and grainy with a subtle caramel flavor throughout, especially as it warms. Finishes mildly dry, with touches of alcohol.

Overall - excellent example, though too expensive to be a session.

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

750 mL. bottle for $10 from Holiday Ale in Escondido, CA. Attractive blue wrapped cap.

Major frothy pour that erupts into the glass with a huge khaki dense cap over a cloudy hazy brewed tea russet hues.

Nose is a light vanilla and gentle spice wafer ginger snap. Lightly pecan nutty.

First swigs: Cream soda touches, lightly bready, toasted toffee and a bit of cocoa. Complex flavor with a sweet buttery caramel apple finish. Fair amount of biterness brings this one to a dry finish.

Feel is medium bodied with a rich creaminess and a quick dry finish. A bit of lingering caramel. Frothy foamer.

Last swigs: Solid style of bière de Garde. Touch of honey and dry. Enjoyable, but maybe not quite worth a $10 investment.

bière is good. Happy bière-ing.

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.

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 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 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 dherling
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of paterlodie
4.85/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BBE march 2007. Great and lasting white head and beautifull and clear amber brew. Nose is very cirtussy fruity and green with some ambermaltsweetness. Great fresh arome and can be wrong but is this american hops? Well they are there in taste also that's next to well bittered but also full matly aromatic, medium bodied, bit koreander like spicy and well backed by not overdone alcohollevel. Medium to high carbonisationlevel fitting the brew and overall smooth mouthfeel despite bitterness that's maybe quiet high for a biere de garde but is this one or more an IPA-clone. Still with good french twist and wish I took more then just this 1 750ml bottle. Great brew IMO.

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 mntlover
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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

Beautiful reddish orange in color with a small and mostly diminishing head of white cream. Aroma is mostly malt accented with hints of toffee, caramel and fruit along with a touch of hops (flowers). Initially on the front palate, the flavors are fairly mellow and tame, until the mid-palate explodes with fresh fruit and dripping honey and caramel. Layers of velvety flavors. A work of art as far as Biere De Gardes go.

Photo of OldSock
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance and Presentation – 750 ml bottle from Luke’s with a blue foil wrap around the neck. The cap underneath the blue wrap is pretty rusty, that’s the first time have seen this on a fresh bottle. The beer seems to be no worse for the wear, 2 fingers of creamy off-white head last forever on top of the hazy red/brown/orange beer. There is some particulate matter, yeast I assume, but it isn’t too bothersome until I get close to the end of the bottle. Carbonation is rapid and lacing is substantial.

Smell – Mostly malt with earthy yeastiness. Alcohol is perceptible, but just barely.

Taste – Taste is surprisingly tame, had been expecting a really farmy flavor. Toasted bready malts provide the sweetness in this beer. There is also a good yeast flavor, slightly musty and earthy. It has a bit of hop spicyness, and only enough hop bitterness to almost balance out the malts. The alcohol, present in the nose, is absent from the flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with strong carbonation. The particles are not noticeable in the mouth.

Drinkability and Notes – The flavors meld well, and aside from the floaties and rusty cap it was good beer experience. Drinkability was good, the flavor stayed interesting and enjoyable through the whole bottle. This was my first imported Bier de Garde, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Definitely recommended.

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