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La Bavaisienne | Brasserie Theillier

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Brasserie Theillier

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2002

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Photo of Imbiber
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In bottle at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn.

Amber-brown in colour with a healthy head. Wonderful strong, earthy, peaty aroma. Pleasant malty flavour, a bit spicy, bordering on sweet but balanced out by other flavours; slightly buttery texture. Balanced, malty finish. Recommended.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great find! Kristal clear amber color with a soft white, thick pillow of foam that leaves scattered splotches and retains well. Aromas are peppery, assertively hoppy, mildly honeyed, and are balanced by rich, toasty malted notes. The mouthfeel is full, crisp, very smooth, and just buzzes with hop bitter. This is rather like the Saison Dupont in style though it has more of a piney hop character and perhaps a deeper malt component. The balance here is astounding.The long hoppy finish lingers and is enveloped by just the right amount of malt sweetness. This is a hard to put down, really well made beer. Thanks again to Ron at Shelton Bros. for another stellar sample! Are these Bros. not putting together one of the most exciting portfolios on the market or what?!

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Photo of jcalabre
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with a long lasting frothy head. It has lots of carbonation, but uncharacteristically, add to the drinking experience, rather than distracting from it. It has a slightly thick feel on the tongue with a subtle sweetness. The aroma has a touch of apple in it. In my opinion, this beer has a lot of small & subtle tastes & smells that add up to a very nice beer.

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Photo of MJR
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber surrounded by copper edges. The body has excellent clarity, with lots of carbonation bubbles slowing rising to the surface. The tan head is thick, rich, and holds well, leaving a nice pattern of lace down the glass.

Smell: The aroma is quite rich with a heavy dose of smooth, rounded caramel balanced by faintly spicy hops. There's an earthy aspect to the smell that is a combination of freshly mown hay and those common Belgian descriptors like 'farmhouse' and 'horseblanket.' Fantastic aroma!

Taste: The flavor starts off incredibly rich and thick with lots of caramel. There's a touch of fruity sweetness, but it's held in check by a good amount of spicy hop bitterness. Around the halfway point, the earthy, musty character kicks in. In the finish, there's a hint of a phenolic flavor mixed in with the malty aftertaste. Oddly enough, a faint metallic note shows up in the last few inches of the bottle. Wonderful balance between the various flavors.

Mouthfeel: Round and full with a buttery mouthfeel of medium thickness. Somewhat dry towards the end. Amazing mouthfeel...

Drinkability: Top notch drinkability... The alcohol is a bit high, but is beautifully hidden. This is one beer I could enjoy in any season.

A 'beer to guard?' You're damn right! Back away from my bottle or else...

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Photo of nathi
3.15/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

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La Bavaisienne from Brasserie Theillier
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