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Cuvée Des Jonquilles | Brasserie Au Baron

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Cuvée Des JonquillesCuvée Des Jonquilles
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Au Baron
France | website

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Loki on 10-29-2003

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One year-old bottle.

L - Hazy yellow with a big white head

S - grain, clove, banana very estery

T - Follow the smell plus pepper

F - Soft and smooth

O - A good bière de garde, one of the best I've had. A great spring beer as its name suggest. 'Cuvée des Jonquilles" meaning "Daffodils Cuvée"

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Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Easy little nudge and a big pop off the cork for simple opening.

Dark lemon yellow body color, unfiltered and slightly muddy looking. A good middle column of carbonation meets to a barely one finger soapy head. Dissolves quite quickly and leaves a thin puck, but with a nice full collar. Looks a little dead but otherwise alright.

Mild sensing skunk, but not horribly. Still some very solid aromas are present. Floral notes and soft hay like quality. A bit of dry earth and funk matches in as well. A bit basic but also nice if sensing slightly compromised.

Palate is VERY unexpected. A shocking sense of honey sweetness and large amounts of prickly tongue carbonation. Huge mineral and champagne earth tones, with a very playful mouthfeel. Spritzy and lemonade mix of sweetness and earth mild funk aromas make for a great blast of flavor. Moderate sensing floral notes, but goes for sweetness more so highly accentuated with beeswax and honey rush minus the syrup.

This is a real neat de Garde brew, almost like an earthy saison fresh honey lemonade or something. It's what a radler wants to be when it grows up. A little sweeter than I wold prefer, but delicious still.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow with orange tints in color. White head with great lacing and head retention. Great carbonation. Aroma is very clean with hints of malt and a bit of spice. Flavor is malty with hints of fruit but nothing over powering. Finishes crisp and clean. Super easy to drink. Very much a classic example of the style.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, light orange body with two finger head and even little bits of yeast are floating around. Floral aroma with touches of sour funkiness and graininess. Light bodied beer that balances a fluffy and sweet yeast profile, a minor acidic sharpness that borders on barnyard funk at times and there is a bit of tropical fruit sweetness as well. Easy drinking sipping beer that finishes spicy and dry.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A canonical example of the style. Copper hue, slight haze, foamy head that subsides to a ring. Smell of toasted whole grain bread, almost buttery bread (no - not diacetyl, just that sweet savoriness that overlays bread when it's toasted and buttered), a slight clove and fruity (apple / grape / pear) coming from esters. A slim alcohol bite evident at the end; not hot, but inviting ... like in warm spiced wines. Maybe a bit of citrus. Feel is medium bodied, compulsively drinkable. Makes me crave a cheese and charcuterie plate!

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I asked the good folks at La Cave a Bulles in Paris for some good biere de garde recommendations and this was one of a few they pulled for me. So pleased to see that it was the top rated French beer here on BA. Pours a straw color with fine white lace that clings to the glass. Nose is some light funk, lemon rind, and yeast. Taste is very subtle...bright, light fruit notes, lemon, and lemongrass with no sign of 7% alcohol at all. A lovely refreshing sip on a spring or summer day.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at La Capsule Cave à Bière in Nancy, France. Cloudy straw-orange pour with a quickly fading two finger foamy pure white head with minimal lacing and quite a few floaties. The nose is crisp and citrusy with nice floral notes along with hints of lemon zest, grass, grain, white pepper, and yeast. The taste is bright, herbal, and fruity with huge citrus notes along with hints of honey, lemongrass, straw, pear, white pepper, apple, and very subtle vanilla. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with medium carbonation, subtle sweetness, and a nice dry finish. Overall, this is a flavorful and refreshing beer that was a perfect choice after mowing the lawn. Well done!

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Photo of farmhaus
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours clear with a very pale straw color.
Nose: Bright and floral with earthy/herbal overtones. Noticeable yeast presence with esters. Definite spice.
Taste: Very bright--keep coming back to a floral character crossed with an odd fruity note. Apricots?
Feel: Really pleasant mouthfeel--almost silky. Medium bodied. The finish seems a touch sweeter than a classic farmhouse.
Overall: A truly pleasant beer.

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Photo of babaracas
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque amber with two fingers thick dense white head, a few rings of lace on the glass. Smell: upfront it's grassy, spicy, with some mineral note; mildly grainy with grape and light stone fruit sweetness, sugar cookie. Taste: nectarine, slightly tart, lemon note, grassy, snappy grain, doughy and sweet backing. Light-medium and creamy for a split second, then some heftier carbonation kicks in, pulling it to medium-plus with a fluffy feel. Finishes dry and fairly hoppy. Delicious, crooshable.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Straw gold pour, hazy with a fine white foam.

S - Lemon zest, brett, hayloft.

T - Floral citrus followed by a smooth, mild sweetness. A faint grassy flavor comes through from the hops.

M - Light with a fine carbonation, finishes dry, almost champagne-like.

A smooth refreshing beer. A unique version of the style bringing thoughts of springtime and the daffodils for which it's named.

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Photo of Hex92
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rare beer club beer. This is another one of those beers that make me happy to be I the club. I never would have picked this up off the shelf in a store. This a a really nice beer. Doesn't smell like much, but it really comes through on flavor perfect summer beer. Crisp but flavorful.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Urbana Common Ground Co-op
Date: None on bottle (arrived at co-op 4/20/2013)
Glass: Tulip

Brouwerij Bailleux has an excellent saison with their bright, tropical and citrus-fruity with hints of Brettanomyces and Belgian yeast. Right on the western border of Belgium, the brewery pulls in Belgian traditions but maintains a fairly unique flavor profile in this delicious beer. Definitely something I can see myself drinking plenty of in spring, summer, and early fall if it were locally available, this one should be sought out and enjoyed by all.

Pours a 2cm tall head of fairly clean, white foam made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam slowly decline to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer. Lacing is quite good, foam clinging to the sides of the glass in numerous ways, most curiously in large arches. The body is a semi-hazy (40-50% opaque) light orange-yellow, light bringing out brighter, though paler, yellow shades. Carbonation is readily visible streaming from the center and along the sides of the glass, vigorous and numerous.

Aroma is yeast-driven, also with notes of dried lemon rind, sharp medicinal phenolics, and a bit of dried grass.

Bright, citrusy, spritzy, and a bit funky with Brettanomyces-like phenolics, this is an excellent, sunny Saison. Front of palate is of substantial yeast, medicinal and burnt-plastic-like phenolic compounds, with sweetness from pale malts and a light pineapple, lemon and orange ester fruitiness smoothing these heavier flavors nicely together. Mid-palate is of bright, citrus-like lemon and orange rind with diluted pineapple juice; coriander; Belgian yeast; sharp, medicinal and slightly burnt plastic resin phenolics, which somehow work in an appetizing way; and a notable amount of pale malt sweetness helping to blend all these disparate ingredients together into a delicious whole. Back of palate is rich with sharp, medicinal, and plastic-like phenolics; heavy yeast; dilute pineapple, lemon and orange rind esters. Aftertaste is of pale malt sweetness; dilute pineapple, lemon, and orange flavors; slight yeastiness and sharp phenolics.

Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation of high intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is fizzy and spritzy, appropriate for the bright flavors of the beer, but perhaps a bit too much so as well. Even with time, the fizziness does not fully fade. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.

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Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Good thing I had the bottle pointing away from me, as the cork suddenly blew out and bounced off the ceiling without being touched. Somebody is just one bad luck day from losing an eye on these damned Belgian corks. Really fruity aroma is outstanding, and inescapable on every sip.

I would call this more of a Saison with the rich and mellow taste. If it's not Brett, it sure tastes like it to me. Deeply funky. Less of the drying effect of most Belgian yeast. Pineapple and yeast flavors, with some spiciness.

A totally distinctive brew that should be tried just for the education. From the 750 ml Belgian-style bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego for 14 bucks.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: It's a gusher - not too bad, though. Unfortunately it does rouse the yeast, though. The beer pours a hazy golden color with flakes of yeast throughout. Active carbonation is evident with a three finger head that fairly quickly recedes to a thin film.

S: A sweet citrus aroma is quite strong in this beer. It's refreshing and quite nice. A bit musty with a nice amount of clove. An underlying floral nature is also present with a touch of earthiness.

T: Not nearly as bright as the aroma. Clove is much more apparent with some citrus and a touch of oxidation. Bready malts are quite strong. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Enjoyable.

M: Medium thickness with very strong carbonation.

O: A nice Biere de Garde. I wish the flavor was a bit brighter with as much complexity as the aroma.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle from Stein's, New Orleans. $13.

A: Light gold like a saison. Murky. Nice head and retention; incredible, thick lacing. Furious carbonation. Looks great.

S: Candi sugar and Belgian yeast, then increasingly floral as it opens up. Faint esters and ripe bananas. Maybe a kiss of lemon.

T: Damn good. Very saisonlike. Floral and light, husky and dry. Subdued and refined.

M: Creamy and very carbonated.

O: A beautifully elegant hot-weather beer. Easily the best non-Brett biere de garde I've had. My third bottle in a month and certainly won't be the last. Highly recommended.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : yellow golden color with a huge white foamy head (w lacing).
Smell : yeasty and fruity aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : fruity, malty and spicy flavors with a yeasty finish.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the French style "bière de garde".

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked bottle into Chimay chalice.
Loud cork pop...bubbles were racing for the neck.
Aroma of pear, light sweet malt, hay, white pepper.
Heavy carbonation robust mouthfeel.
Flavors of sweet malt, citrus zest, lemon grass, lemon zinger tea, amber honey. The big carbonation fills the mouth with sweetness and zest. I'll give it 5 minutes...
OK...head remains, carbonation is still active. Aromas include baked bread, flowery perfume, lavender, citrus. Flavors include field herbs, tea, honey, lemon zest. As a farmhouse ale I find this very tasty, refreshing and satisfying. I'm torn on how high to rate this as I find few flaws except perhaps a slight soapy water note, or some odd herbs, an a tiny mouth puckering dry-bitter finish. Full bodied with sweet amber malts, light herbs, honeydew melon juice, powdered sugar. It's complex and pleasant...reminds me a bit of the Achel yeast. The field workers of yore would have been fortunate to have such a brew.

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Photo of spoony
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A-The cork jumped out with very little effort, but no gushing, which was nice. Still, there was some serious carbonation that produced a solid three-finger off-white head. The brew was slightly cloudy with colors like straw and wheat.

S-This beer had a mild smell. I picked up some funk and a little citrus (lemon mostly). Also some grassy, earthy notes.

T-The taste is bigger than the smell. I again got funk and light citrus flavors with some grass and straw, but also honey and vanilla. There was a pleasant cereal grain and malt taste on the back end.

M-Nicely carbonated and lighter to medium bodied. Slightly sweeter finish, but not heavy or cloying.

O-A really solid, if unremarkable, beer. The smell and flavors do not hit you over the head, but I don't think that is what this beer was trying to do. High marks for a well-balanced mouthfeel, too.

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Photo of goatxpower
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Serves up a hazy straw color with a thick, frothy white head

S- Lemon, hay, "Belgian" aromas

T- it has an almost lemon bar like taste. There is a tartness that is paired with a creamy sweetness. There are some pear notes and some ambiguous spice notes. It is somehow complex, yet subtle at the same time. Bier de garde isn't usually my style, but this one is goood.

M- nice level of carbonation, slightly creamy body

O- this is a good beer. It would be great on a hot day (today is NOT a hot day). The tartness took me a minute to get accustomed to, but I was really digging it towards the end of the bottle. This was a tasty find.

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Photo of impending
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-

750ml into a tulip. Pours a nearly transparent pale yellow gold, minor white head, ok lacing.

Nice aroma of citrus and spice, sweet glazed touch of earth.

Flavor too is rich with citrus, surprisingly so, a wonderful tingly amount and not of the hop variety. Powdery yeast, dose of white pepper and a nice dry kick. No bitter, rapidly fading aftertaste, pairs well with rich food. Thin bodied lively mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of Etan
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased at Cave a Bulles.

A: Pours a straw-gold body with a bubbly white head.

S: Light sweet grain, pale malt, vaniila, yeast. Esters are subtly floral and sweet.

T: Honey, sugary pale malt, a bit of peppery bitterness, crisp and dry esters over pleasing grain.

M: Frothy, lively carbonation, light-bodied.

O: A very subtle, well-crafted, and easy-drinking French blonde.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy deep golden yellow with a thin tight small bubbled head. Nose is pretty nice, light barnyard yeast notes, lemony and airy with a faint spice to it. Taste is similar, a bit brighter with more barnyard, nice balance of yeast, more peppery mid to back palate, assertive carb, semi dry finish, light and refreshing, gets a touch sweet and syrupy towards the finish

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Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We had this during our time in France. Poured from the bottle into a champagne flute.

Appearance: pours a cloudy yellow with an amber hue. There is a finger of white head that fades to a ring around the glass.

Smell: light and sweet with herbal notes along with some banana and bubble gum. There is a slight tartness showing up.

Taste: Wheat malt shows up, but not very sweet. Fruity and floral. Banana, clove, and bubble gum. Herbal banana finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lively carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: carbonation lightens flavor. Easy to drink, no hint of abv.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, beer is yellow / amber and clear. A nice white head, small bubbles, minimal lacing, low carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is sweet, malty, pilsen, nice.

Beer is light in body sweet and a little floral, it is interesting. A simple but completely decent Biere de Garde. I really enjoyed it and I'd even have it again perhaps.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from West Lakeview. Served in a Moeder Lambic tulip.

Pours a clear dark straw color with a nice white head. Good retention and a nice collar after the cap finally fades away. Some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose carries a bit of light pilsner malt up front, followed by a touch of flowers and some perfume notes. Finally, there's just a bit of pepper and earth on the back end.

The flavor follows up on the nose quite well, with the addition of some slight hop character, not as much in the flavor as in a backing bitterness, which creates a semi-dry finish. The floral and perfume notes are more prominent in the flavor, especially as it warms up a bit.

Medium body with carbonation that is a touch on the low end, especially considering the pop of the cork when I opened this thing. The finish is quite nice and more than makes up for it. There's just a touch of residual sweetness through the finish.

Overall, this is quite delicate, but very nice. The floral character is really well done. This is something I look forward to having again.

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Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Au Baron
91 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.