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Le Pianiste - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Le Pianiste
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BA SCORE
83
good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 04-11-2010)
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4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the "Jazz" series. The Pianist French Amber Biere de Garde.

A: Pours a nice amber hue with a nice tan head. Good retention and some lacing.

S: Aromas of nice sweet caramel malt, yeast, and a touch of citrus.

T: I enjoy this one more than the blond. Wish I had a chance to see the brune come on. Lots of rich sweet caramel malt. Very light yeasty undertones. Mild sweet fruits, with hints of citrus and bread dough.

M: Medium in body, smooth, creamy, damn good.

D: Awesome. I really liked this beer. Was a real pleasant surprise to see it on the menu.

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4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Café.

A: amber brown in color with a thick white head. Good lace and retention.

S: light fruity malts and a tiny bit of funk.

T: plenty of bready fruity malt and sweet biscuity malts. Almost floral. Proper beer for the weather which is sunny and beautiful and warm while sitting in their gorgeous beer garden.

M: smooth and refreshing. A bit of funk to make this true to style.

O: great beer that I probably wouldn't have tried if I looked at the BA score first.

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3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

tap blue dust. Pour is golden amber with a frothy off white head. Nose has a nice grain up front, lightly toasted bread with good malt depth. golden fruits bright behind, nice apricot and lemon notes. Taste has more grain, light spice to it, bread lingers a touch on the lemon and golden fruits and raisins. Body is light, airy, well carbonated, crisp and dry.

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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5.8%

hazy (from wheat, i assume) and featuring a nice orange color. good froth too. heady

the aroma is quite yeasty: spicy and sweet and fruity. floral hops

wheaty flavor with restrained sweetness. no fruit, really but as yeasty tasting as it is smelling. a little caramel and honey, surprisingly. the hop element is considerable: a nicely balanced bitterness and good noble flavor

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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Night Town during Cleveland Beer Week. The entire Bell's Jazz Series was featured for the first time ever in Ohio.

Le Pianiste is right in the middle of the series in terms of color. The beer is a cloudy, dirty copper color with hints of amber, all capped off with an off-white head that sticks around much better than its blond brother. Some decent lace is produced. This beer won't make anyone run out and start a beer blog, but it's really appealing and makes me want to come closer and get a nose-full.

The smell is really sweet. There's a baked bread crust quality and a touch of honey and a slight toasted presence. The sugars from the malt somehow really jump out of the glass, and there's little in the way of yeast or hops to balance the maltiness. The yeast does add an earthy touch and even a slight tartness with mild esters coming to the forefront. A touch of sweet dark fruit (candied raisins) closes out a rather pleasant but uncomplicated bouquet.

The taste is also very, very sweet. A traditional Bière de Garde should be lightly sweet and a touch toasty, but I wonder if this is a bit under-attenuated as it really is lip-smacking with its sugary notes. Some slight biscuit flavors and mild toast make the malt a touch more complicated than a bowl of Sugar Smacks, but the yeast has done very little to break up the almost cloying taste. Some noble hops are noted, adding just a touch of earth and bitterness to the flavor. The yeast gives slight notes of dark fruit and perhaps even some earthy nuttiness. A touch of honey rounds out a pleasant taste and leaves me pleased but wondering if my blood sugar has spiked.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with some stickiness. The low to medium carbonation makes this creamy and enjoyable, adding some substance to the mix and avoiding some coating sensations. There is, surprise, some lingering sweetness in the finish - almost a candy-like sacchariferous quality. The beer is drinkable and would probably go really well with dessert. But it really stands out in the series as having the least amount of traditional flavors. If there was some more noble hop presence, or even some dank basement notes, this would be on the right track. As it is, this is not a beer I'll be revisiting again unless I have some bitter Belgian chocolate on hand. Skip the piano and head to the double bass.

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Le Pianiste from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.