La Bavaisienne - Brasserie Theillier

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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.74%
Wants: 33
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Theillier
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2002

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Photo of emmasdad
3.08/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of axeman9182
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
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 crossovert
2.74/5  rDev -33%
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.

Photo of thekanna
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
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 Reaper16
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Sallerj
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.39/5  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.

Photo of jrallen34
4.37/5  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.

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 Gmann
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
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
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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
3.87/5  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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
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
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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.

La Bavaisienne from Brasserie Theillier
91 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.