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Le Contrabassiste - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Le Contrabassiste
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BA SCORE
83
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66 Ratings
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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: corby112 on 06-08-2010)
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chrisbokmuller

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-09-2013 00:28:19 | More by chrisbokmuller
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

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

Serving glass: Poured from tap into small goblet.

Appearance: Rich, hazy mahogany with off-white head.

Smell: Plum, toffee, slightly smoky.

Taste: Smoky, sweet caramel and toffee. Some dark fruit and cherry. With the yeast (while present) pushed mostly to the background, this seems more like a Scotch Ale.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, full body, smooth but just a touch cloying.

Drinkability: The strongest in alcohol and flavor of the three Biere de Gardes, but the slightly cloying body means that I prefer Le Pianiste. Still quite good.

10-01-2010 14:44:11 | More by bsp77
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deebo

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

Had on tap as part of Bells tap takeover at bulldog uptown in mold
A-served in tulip this one has just a hint of filmy tan head. Reddish brown and pretty clear
S-lightly smoked malt, hints of fruity yeast
T-the smoky quality of the malt is there but definitely not overpowering. Some black peppery spiciness, hints of yeast with a long tingly bitter finish
M-high carbonation, medium bodied, bitter with a lingering finish
O-a decent brew but a bit off in its combination of flavor and mouthfeel.

09-16-2012 21:50:24 | More by deebo
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-26-2014 17:42:22 | More by JIMTRK16
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-09-2013 19:17:27 | More by Gonzoillini
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beergorrilla

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-11-2013 23:44:42 | More by beergorrilla
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-30-2013 00:15:25 | More by Moses_Malone
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-22-2013 03:11:08 | More by KevinGordon
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dsaylor

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-14-2011 04:07:36 | More by dsaylor
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-29-2013 12:39:50 | More by tommy5
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-13-2013 18:29:32 | More by vrbulldog22
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-29-2012 17:21:39 | More by buschbeer
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stortore

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-14-2013 23:42:41 | More by stortore
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zoso1967

Michigan

5/5  rDev +35.9%

11-26-2011 00:37:34 | More by zoso1967
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-11-2013 15:58:15 | More by Zaphog
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

Quite a rare find at my local Beermuda. Was able to get a full pint of this for 5 bucks.

A - Pours a deep amber hue brown, very clear in color, with a 1/2 inch of mocha head.
S - Mostly smells of clean fruity Belgium malts, has smoked malts and a bit of chocolate malts as well. In a way it kind of smells like a Doppelbock very Toasty.
T - My notes describe a very clean Doppelbock taste, mostly caramel sweetness, some fruity notes and smoked malts a plenty of toasted malts.
M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy. Clean and easy to go down.

Overall it seems pretty on par with the description of the style maybe could have used some sour lemon that's always good. It drank well enough was a great beer overall.

12-27-2013 07:27:20 | More by DrDemento456
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jarrgal

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-10-2013 12:01:12 | More by jarrgal
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

Pours the color of an old penny, thin cap of off-white head. Scent is sweet brown sugar, melted carmel with touches of burnt grain and burnt popcorn, slight earthy and clay notes. Taste is not much better then scent, tastes almost like a musty Cosecrator - sweet carmel and toffee, roasted nuts. Medium bodied, highly carbonated, cloying at times. Not the best offering from these guys but unique for its style.

06-08-2010 14:16:00 | More by rfgetz
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

On tap at Bell's last weekend.

Pours a mostly-clear brown-amber color with a short white head. Some spotty lacing as it goes down. The nose is pretty tame, bringing just a bit of malt and bread crust. The flavor is more complex and fits the style quite well, bringing some nice earthy elements and a slight fruity touch. Bread is the main characteristic. Some sweetness. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A good example of a style I'm not particularly fond of.

06-28-2011 21:59:03 | More by Thorpe429
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-17-2012 19:38:34 | More by SportsandJorts
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speedvagen

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-18-2013 10:31:22 | More by speedvagen
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BeerNW

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

09-10-2013 18:01:30 | More by BeerNW
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Morakaton

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-19-2013 05:13:55 | More by Morakaton
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sideshowe

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-17-2011 13:55:50 | More by sideshowe
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-16-2013 18:14:42 | More by nmann08
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Le Contrabassiste from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.