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Le Batteur - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Le Batteur
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.61%


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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escapegoat

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, a very refreshing beer and one that I wish was more widely available. I'd definitely keep this on tap in the kegerator for the first half of football season if it was commercially available.

A - Golden, honey colored with white head
T - Bready with slight lemon sweetness
M - Refreshing and light

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 22:38:17 | More by escapegoat
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jampics2

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

The beer is certainly the lightest of the bunch. The color is reminiscent of straw with some orange and gold notes mixed in sparingly. The beer has a bit of haze but isn't as cloudy as most French farmhouse ales. There's a nice white head that quickly recedes and doesn't leave a ton of lace, but Le Batteur is still a nice looking beer overall.

The smell is slight tartness with some bready malt and some citrus notes. On closer examination, there is certainly some lemon zest and touch of orange peel. The malt is sweet and reminiscent of freshly baked bread crust and crackers. A touch of herbs show up as well, mostly clove and a touch of pepper. The yeast is a bit "old" with some slight musty and sour touches from the wheat but not a lactic acid sharpness. The smell overall is basic and refreshing, but not too expressive. There are little to no hops.

The hops do add a touch of earthiness and grass to the flavor, but they're certainly not in the driver's seat. The malt tends to dominate with some cracker and a touch of sweetness. The yeast adds some complexity and some esters that give some lemon zing and a bit of orange citrus notes. The beer is certainly tart but not sour or wild at all. A touch of herbal notes are present as well, with some pepper and clove. The beer is certainly light for a Bière de Garde and has more in common with a lighter Belgian style like a witbier. The taste is pleasant and has some refreshing qualities, it's quite appealing for the Belgian beer lover.

The beer finishes dry with some lingering tartness. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is rather lively and makes this more smooth than creamy. There is a touch of stickiness but then the lemon zest lingers and makes this not too sugary. The beer is very drinkable and refreshing. I'd love to have this on a summer day, but even in October it's like a bit of sunshine in a glass. This is worth seeking out if you're into the lighter Belgians, but the rather straightforward yeast leaves me wanting more esters and complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2010 21:16:25 | More by jampics2
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deebo

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap as part of Bells tap takeover at Bulldog uptown
A-served in a tulip this beer is hazy, color is an orangish golden with a thin white film skimming the top
S-clean malt, some lemony citrus zest
T-clean barley malt. Plenty of lemon like yeast esters with a very crisp quick finish
M-highly carbonated which is desired with the characteristics of this brew. More body than I would expect given the clean malt character
O-I like this one, clean and crisp with a little body and flavor that goes down easy

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 22:45:42 | More by deebo
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bulldog-Uptown in Minneapolis.

Easy drinking, nice de garde, but not memorable.

A – Pours a cloudy golden straw, minimal head, zero lacing.

S - Some lemon, crackers, mild funk, the aroma was generally lacking though.

T - Some bitterness in the middle.

MF - Medium light body, dry finish, some sharpness in the finish, good carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2013 19:16:55 | More by Sludgeman
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tpd975

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the "Jazz" series. The Drummer French Blonde Biere de Garde.

A: Pours a pale yellow with a bit of haze. Nice tall white head, lite retention with no lace.

S: Aromas of light citrus, more lemon than orange. Hints of crackers and a bit of sourness.

T: Clean and dry. Nice crisp citrus with hints of crackry malts. Light herbal grassy notes as well.

M: On the lighter side, crisp, fairly dry in the finish.

D: Good, solid offering. Liked the amber better, sorry I missed th brune.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 21:04:43 | More by tpd975
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TheBear11D

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz on draft at Bell's on 7-8-11

Pours a nice light yellow which is cloudy with a decent white head that lasted a good bit and leaves mild lacing.

Has a decent aroma of citrus, lemon and bread. The citus hops are mild.

Lemon citrus hops lead the way in the flavor profile with bread and a hint of sweetness from the malt.

Fairly light body, somewhat sharp but clean.

Overall this is a pretty enjoyable beer, but Bell's carries high expectations and this is not quite amazing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 04:40:02 | More by TheBear11D
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Of the three beers that comprise the "Jazz" serries, it's this one that comes the closest to capturing taste and texture of French farmhoue ales. But even with it's grounding in pilsner malt and woodish accents, it preferrs a simplified palate compared to more authentic versions.

The beer opens with a glowing gold color that diffuses light through an even yeasty haze. Capped by a stark wihite cotton-textured foam, the ale retains the session and laces the glass spottedly with a quiet confidence.

Pilsner-like aromas fill the nose but bring with it the fruity lemon and apple accents that Belgian saisons enjoy. But without the spices, the biere de garde relies on corkish wood notes to achieve balance and complexity.

More of the same manifests in taste as the full pilsner flavor commands the flavor profile. Bready and somewhat grainy, the beer seems to borrow a moderate wheaty taste to give a fuller taste. Pleasantly acidic and with a kiss of hay, both the hops and yeast work to impart intrigue and refreshment.

Fuller in body than either German lagers or saisons, the beer's added heft is rich, creamy, and bready throughout- only waivering a bit through the middle palate in order to allow the mild sulfury acidity, tame hop bitterness, and alcohol warmth to assiste the the balance to finish.

Even with the notes of wood, acid, wheat, and hops, the beer is still rather tame and simplified when compared to the more rustic, earthen, and often well cellered versions of norther France of sourthern Belgium.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2012 02:32:01 | More by BEERchitect
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oline73

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at churchkey in dc.

Pours a cloudy golden color with an amber hue. There isn't much head at all. I'm getting Belgian spice in the nose along with a mild citrus note. The flavor is light and full of yeast spice. This is an extremely dry beer. Just a bit herbal. The finis is bone dry.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 22:20:17 | More by oline73
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metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of malts are present in the nose along with hints of adjuncts.
T: The taste has flavors of sweet malts and corn adjuncts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation
O: I wouldn't really consider this to be a true biere de garde as it doesn't have any flavors of earthy yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2013 14:14:41 | More by metter98
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Number one (of three) in the French Jazz series - The Blonde

Serving glass: Poured from tap into small chalice.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow with thin white head.

Smell: Strong yeast with nice bread and peppery notes.

Taste: Very bready and yeasty, somewhat sweet. Pepper and citrus come through toward the end.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium sugary body, but slightly drying at the end.

Drinkability: The most thirst quenching of the three Jazz beers, but the least interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 14:25:16 | More by bsp77
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Autumn Brew Review. Pours a straw yellow golden color with a white head. The aroma is that of biscuity, wheaty, and malty. Honestly, it might just be me but it smells like a strong pilsner. Medium/light mouthfeel. Sweet malt upfront taste with a lingering bitterness from the hops. Some toffee type taste as well. Overall, not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 12:17:52 | More by kbutler1
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at World of Beer - Naperville.

It's been an awfully long time since I've had a new Bell's beer, so I was pretty jazzed (get it?) to find this during my random trip to Naperville. It pours a clear golden-straw topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises barley, light flowers, a hint of earthy yeast, and sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, though the yeast is a bit more expressive now, providing an extra bit of earthy spiciness (or spicy earthiness...it's pretty tough to tell the two apart), and there's a stronger contingent of grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid brew, though not the most representative of the biere de garde style. That said, I'd easily drink another of these if offered. Consider this the tourist's version of the drink, the more easy-going "light" version. Something like that...

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2013 17:19:24 | More by TMoney2591
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pdoran10

Minnesota

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at happy gnome.

presented to me in a snifter with two fingers of white head that leave decent lacing. color is hazy golden yellow. nice looking beer.

smell is musty belgian yeast that features pepper and humid old basement smells. not super strong smells, but very distinct.

yeast is the star in the taste. spicy peppercorn, bread, hint of belgian funk, not much else going on in the taste. hops not really detected. not a fan of yeasty breadiness as a standalone in the beer, unless the yeast flavors are better.

mouthfeel is chewey but dry with moderate to high carbonation really well made in the mouthfeel.

too much bready yeast going on here for me to want more than one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 05:07:51 | More by pdoran10
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Cambridge in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a slightly hazy, very pale golden yellow color with a half finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly bland aroma with bready yeast, light fruit and faint floral hops.   There's a touch of grassy hops along with some apple, pear, bread and biscuit.

Fuller bodied than expected and a lot more interesting than the nose suggests.  Subtle crisp hop bite up front with some grassy saaz flavor along with some hay, subtle earthy resins and pine needle.  This is followed by bready yeast and sweet light fruit notes, notably apple and pear.  Not terribly complex but well balanced, crisp, refreshing and decently drinkable.  Not as good as some of the better French/Belgian examples of the style, but this is pretty nice interpretation with an American hop twist.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 17:35:12 | More by corby112
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jazz Series #1

Pours a white head. Color is a light straw yellow. Very hazy.

Aroma: Yeast, some lemon zest, grassy hops, coriander. It is kind of sweet in the fruit profile. Very basic. Not much here.

Taste: Grassy hops, yeasty, lemon zest, coriander, cloves, bready malts with a hint of caramel. Not much here.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and crisp. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean, but dry.

Overall, a very simple beer. Very basic. Nothing to special, but it was cool to try it. It is somewhat drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 22:58:43 | More by mothman
Le Batteur from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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