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La Bavaisienne - Brasserie Theillier

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

107 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 31
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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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into chalice-style glass.

A: Hazy amber, with lots of and lots of floating sediment.

S: Sugary and lightly-fruity malt notes.

T: Very representative of the style. Hard candy / sugar flavor that lingers well into the aftertaste. Pleasant caramel maltiness. Mild balancing bitternes.

M: Feels very light and refreshing. Medium carbonation

O: Represents the biere de garde style very well.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of Dope
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a clear copper color with a finger of dense white head.

S: Caramel mixes with dark fruit, but in a way that the beer seems to remain dry. Cloves help balance the beer and add some complexity. A light fruitiness helps add a brightness to the beer.

T: A strong breadiness is the strongest flavor of the beer with an underlying dark fruit aspect and clove. The flavors seemlessly mix together to create a very tasty beer. I taste a few other subtle spices, including nutmeg and cinnamon.

M: Medium to thick mouthfeel with strong carbonation.

O: This is an extremely satisfying beer. It provides a great bready quality that mixes with a mild caramel sweetness and a phenolic clove and nutmeg character.

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3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy pale straw colored beer, a white small head, little lacing, small curtains.

Smells of spices, sweet fermented fruits, leather, quite lovely.

Staring with sweet bread, cinnamon roll, cardamom and cumin, apple marmalade, pear peel.

Little carbonation, soft and sticky, a minimal dry finish.

To be enjoyed with a ripe cheese.

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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.

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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.

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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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 scents. 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.

La Bavaisienne from Brasserie Theillier
91 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.