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Le Batteur - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Le Batteur
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | 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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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-16-2013 18:15:24 | More by nmann08
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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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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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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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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
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

09-03-2012 16:23:22 | More by Zaphog
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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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Holland

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

12-02-2013 00:56:29 | More by Holland
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-10-2014 19:34:00 | More by Griffith
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.2%

09-15-2013 06:29:17 | More by smartassboiler
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-29-2013 03:30:55 | More by tommy5
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-13-2013 23:12:57 | More by ADTaber
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

10-30-2013 21:58:40 | More by Bierguy5
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

10-29-2012 17:21:24 | More by buschbeer
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

01-19-2014 19:46:42 | More by Stinger80OH
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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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smithj4

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-29-2013 22:45:17 | More by smithj4
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Zach136

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-02-2013 01:13:23 | More by Zach136
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-20-2014 04:34:41 | More by beergorrilla
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-14-2011 06:51:27 | More by tbeq00
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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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Keith_R

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

02-02-2013 01:14:19 | More by Keith_R
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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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Le Batteur from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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