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Le Pianiste - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Le Pianiste
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 8.99%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +3%

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

nmann08, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

BEERchitect, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

spycow, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

Rifugium, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -18.3%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Draft at The Cambridge in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark golden amber/copper color with a half finger white head that quickly settles into a very thin ring.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with peppery spice, grassy hops, faint farmhouse funk and sweet malt.  Some pepper and resinous hops along with a very subtle barnyard farmhouse character.  This is followed by sweet malt flavors of red fruits, caramel and toffee.  The nose is blander than expected and feels more like a biere de garde than a dark saison/farmhouse.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with peppery spice and an earthy presence that lingers over the floral notes, hop bitterness, light fruit and malt backbone into a slightly dry finish.  Subtle musty/funky farmhouse character along with pepper and clove.  Light malt notes of bread and biscuit followed by sweeter dark fruit notes, notably red apple and dark berries.  Complex, full bodied, well balanced and easy to drink.

corby112, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

orangesol, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of mothman
2.9/5  rDev -21%

Jazz Series #2

Pours an off white head. Color is a hazed bright golden orange.

Aroma: Bready malts with some orange peel. Fairly malty with a light touch of earthy hops. Fairly muted nose. Has an off flavor I can't pick up.

Taste: Very bready and biscuity. Orange peel, coriander, and spice here. Really not a whole lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and creamy. Medium bodied. Kind of chewy. Dry as well. Medium carbonation.

Overall, I just wasn't too impressed with this one. Just not much going on here. Still happy to have tried it. I didn't want too much of this beer.

mothman, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Gonzoillini, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Zaphog, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

on-tap, Maduro - Madison

from notes

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

overall: ok

dirtylou, Aug 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

Axnjxn, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +9%

KevinGordon, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +18%

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.

tpd975, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

cpetrone84, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +9%

tommy5, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ADTaber, May 13, 2013
Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -18.3%

KevMo84, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of brez8791
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

brez8791, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of wedge
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%

@ 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.

wedge, Nov 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

hollywood_15063, Apr 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mrebeka, Oct 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

buschbeer, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of jampics2
3.78/5  rDev +3%

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.

jampics2, Oct 25, 2010
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Le Pianiste from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.