Le Pianiste - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.08/5 rDev +10.9%
Number two (of three) in the French Jazz series - The Amber
Serving glass: Poured from tap into small goblet.
Appearance: Cloudy orange with very thin head.
Smell: Not much at first (slightly malty and sweet) but opens up as it warms with a focus on caramel and a nice earthiness.
Taste: Just seems to be light caramel malts at first taste, but then becomes very nutty, fruity, and earthy. This one really improves as it rests in the glass.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, smooth, somewhat full body.
Drinkability: This seems to be the more traditional Biere de Garde of the three, and I think it is the best. Great sipping beer, and at 5.8%, you can just keep sipping.
10-01-2010 14:40:23 | More by bsp77
3.5/5 rDev -4.9%
on-tap, Maduro - Madison
appearance: served in a shaker pint, dark copper body, off-white head, decent lace
smell: autumnal, bready, malty, moderate sweetness
taste: There were a handful of biere de gardes floating around the bells taplist that night - none very impressive unfortunately. Earthy and dry, toasted malt, grainy sweetness. Not sure what Bells is really going for with this line, but its kind of a bore.
mouthfeel: medium, sweet, dry and earthy
08-16-2011 23:21:09 | More by dirtylou
3.59/5 rDev -2.4%
@ Beer Study
Foggy autumnal orange color with nearly no head. Aromas of sweet caramel, yeast, apple, and some mild spicy and leafy notes. Flavor is more appealing and harmonious...biscuit malt sweetness, light spice, pale fruitiness, nuts, and some toasty bread in the aftertaste. Medium bodied and dryish. Pretty tasty overall.
11-22-2013 15:10:27 | More by wedge
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
On tap at the Eccentric Cafe - August 2010. Reviewed from notes.
Pours an orange copper color with an off white head and a decent amount of lacing. Nose brings some caramel malt, a bit of earthiness, and some minor floral characteristics. Taste is about the same, with the caramel taking on some dry undertones and mixing well with the fresh, earthy characteristics of the beer. Light body with good carbonation, this was one of the first few biere de gardes that I've actually enjoyed and detected multiple flavors from, which I hope is more a reflection on my failure to find good ones as opposed to there not being any available in the States.
10-13-2010 10:39:13 | More by Thorpe429
3.54/5 rDev -3.8%
Appearance: deep orange with a brownish hint. A finger or so of a tannish head that fades slowly and leaves a lacing. Pretty much opaque.
Smell: very strong pilsner malt. Belgian yeast and some fruitiness.
Taste: opens with strong pilsner malts. Fairly sweet. Belgian yeast and some fruitiness.
Some earthy hops too
Mouthfeel: medium body. A little dry.
Overall: probably the middle of the series. A decent biere de garde but nothing too great.
06-06-2014 23:14:24 | More by SportsandJorts
3.4/5 rDev -7.6%
First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA
A: Golden, mostly clear, nice white head with some lacing.
S: Light malts, citrusy hops, a bit floral.
T: Light, fruity, floral and grassy.
M: Light-medium body, crisp.
D: Nice and drinkable, complex and light.
12-11-2010 18:49:12 | More by Rifugium
3.4/5 rDev -7.6%
Similar to Le Batteur, this piano-inspired beer takes the bready and fruity flavors into a darker and spicier territory.
Pouring a deep amber, mohogany layered hue, the beer casts deep highlights of chestnut and dark gold through a mild haze. It's just off white head sheets the glass like creme to coffee. With smooth retention and light lace, this biere de garde looks unlike any of the style that I've seen yet.
Sweeter notes of caramel and bread crust rise first as the nose approaches the tulip. But a backnote of light pepper, toast, and nuts round the malt and yeast character into a bruin-ish nose.
Flavors ride a constent line with aromas: medium caramel is met with dry toast and bread crust taste. Lightly melanoidin-rich, the beer has a savory and nearly meatish taste. Pecans and peppercorn are lasting flavors as the beer fades into dry toastiness to finish.
Medium bodied to start, the caramel taste brings with it mild residual malt weight that slows down drinkability somewhat. Creamy rather than dry effervesence keeps the beer feeling richer and more velvety for an extended aftertaste of toast and pepper.
If I were trying this beer blindly, I would have pegged it for an American-brewed Belgian-style bruin/brune, and not of biere de garde. It's extra weight, creaminess, and simplified taste coupled with the darker taste keeps the beer living in obscurity.
10-20-2012 02:49:47 | More by BEERchitect
Le Pianiste from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.