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Cuvée Des Jonquilles - Brasserie Bailleux

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 31
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Bailleux
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Loki on 10-29-2003

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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 55
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Photo of goatxpower
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

The cork was intensely dented from the cage however the opening of the beer yielded only a good-sized pop and no beer was lost. Pours a hazy yellow-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately dry pale malts with good amounts of floral and earthy hop aromas. Also present are small amounts of medium fruit aromas - mostly pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy and somewhat leafy hop aromas. Midway through the sip slight amounts of musty flavors make an appearance before being overtaken by solid amounts of medium fruits. The fruit flavors carry through to a crisp and moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was one of the more complex biere de garde's that I remember having. A refreshing beer that's worth a shot if you see it around.

Photo of augustgarage
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green glass caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Sunny, hazy (heh), ECE/SAE amber body with two fingers of gorgeous seashell stiff peak uniform foam. Very rich sticky frosting-like lacing; perpetual retention.

Canned pears, white tea, white peach, and a hint of wildflowers and noble hops in the nose. Low fruity yeast notes add a touch of rustic complexity.

The winter fruit comes alive on the palate, coupled with lightly bready malt and alfalfa-like flavors from hops (which contribute a very low bitterness). Faintly tart lactic wheat notes help balance out the cold sweetness of pear, leading into a mildly drying finish with a vague aftertaste of almond-milk and clover honey. Clean and gently toasty overall.

Effervescent, pillowy, medium-light bodied, and refreshing.

The best example I've yet encountered of the "blond" variant of the style. Smooth, traditional, simple, and perfectly crafted.

Photo of dgallina
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle without freshness date.

The beer literally explodes out of the bottle as soon as the cork is nudged. Settles into the tulip very pale and slightly cloudy yellow; a thin sheen of meringue-like head and good lace. Peppery and tartly lemony aroma, with coarse grain, yeast, and hop background. Airy thin body with crazily vivacious carbonation. Powdery sweet & tart lime and lemon flavors. A grainy and slightly musty yeast center dries to a well-hopped finish. A bit thin in flavor compared to others, but quite refreshing overall.

Photo of GRG1313
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle exploded with a huge pop and shot the cork but did not gush.

Pours a light apricot skin with no head. Medium esters in the nose that are pleasant and complex.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy and very much like a nice champagne. Feels rich and smooth and "expensive." Light/medium bodied but very inviting.

Flavors are layered, complex and pleasant. Very inviting light stone fruit tones with pear, citrus and a light green/grassy undertone. All in all a nice layered flavor profile that very pleasant and a bit unique.

The finish is lightly bitter green spice and herbs.

This is a really nice drink and would be nice with most food profiles, while pleasant and most drinkable on its own.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After recalling seeing this on shelves 5 years ago, and missing the chance to try it, seeing it reappear again at long last piqued my interest.

Hazy gold, almost a copper tea-like shade. In the light it's pastel orange. Delicate foam, not a ton, but adequate. Larger bubbles form at the edges, with a wispy skim across the top.

Husky grain, herbal tea, fruity yeast aroma: pears, apple, wet hay.

A pleasant apple tartness, much like Fantome, segues into light pale malt sweetness, finishing dry with the impression of hay/straw. Lightly sweet and fruity, pear and apple again, slightly bitter apple seed. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. Dry finish, very classic in every sense. Maybe not funky like Fantome, but there's an undeniable kinship/lineage here that relates them.

Good article on the origins of the style here:
http://allaboutbeer.com/learn-beer/styles/styles-features/2010/03/bieres-de-garde-frances-road-less-traveled/

Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Knightly Spirits Orlando.

The body is lemon yellow and very active with carbonation bubbles. The head is two fingers thick and ridiculously bubbly/frothy making it look like white sea foam. A second top off produced a much creamier and more well formed head so the first pour could have been agitation.

The aroma is floral, grainy, slightly sharp a little dusty which tickles the nose and some mild sweetness that seems sugary, but could be malt.

Soft vanilla and old lemon in the fore with sweet grains and malt. Tongue tickling and herbal bitter through the middle. The finish is malt, lemongrass and a hint of bannana-like German Hefe flavor. Pretty interesting beer. A touch sweet, but still very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation and some yeast particles floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties.
S: There are earthy aromas in the nose along with notes of bready and grainy malts.
T: Like the smell, there are flavors of bready and grainy malts in the taste along with notes of yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. It’s an interesting take on the style.

Photo of mwilbur
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Bottle opens with an assertive "pop"...hinting at the carbonation within.
A: Pours a greenish lemon yellow with loads of carbonation producing a monster 4+ inch bubbly white head.
S: Green apple, funk, soft citrus, grass, and some spicy yeast.
T: White pepper, musty earthiness, mild citrus note, soft melon, green apple, wheat and other grass notes. Complex and delicate.
M: A pleasant effervescence from the high carbonation. Light body. Delicately sweet with a hint of tartness. Mildly dry finish.
D: An interesting take on style...a blonde biere de garde. A pleasant and refreshing brew, but not outstanding.

Had again on 9/26/13 with the same results as above (perhaps the only difference was the less assertive "pop" this time 'round).

Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with an airy white head. Head falls rather quickly to a very minimal one. Thinnest of lace.

Aroma is of grains yet rather clean. Bit of skunkiness in the smell as well.

Nice farmhouse taste that is rather clean. Mild malt and even milder hops. Pleasantly tart. Very refreshing.

Thin to medium bodied in the mouth. Bit sharp with plenty of carbonation.

Easy to drink and quenches the thirst. Nice brew.

Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Etan
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of rdickey
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold into my tulip. I had stored it on its side, so the pour disturbed a fair amount of yeast sediment. A fluffy while head dissipates pretty quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Fresh cut grass and lemon citrus take the lead, sprinkled with a small amount of black pepper. More than anything, it simply smells fresh, like a field after a summer rain.

Taste: The grassy flavors are joined by the fruit, which asserts itself more as pears and apples than the citrus in the nose. The pepper and mild spices from the Belgian yeast also figure more prominently. I can’t identify the hops that are lurking in the background and balancing things out, but it finishes somewhat dry and somewhat earthy.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, and very light in the mouth.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable; perfect for a hot summer day. Obviously one needs to keep an eye on the ABV, but with a little self-restraint this could be a great beer for a hot afternoon in the backyard.

Photo of meathookjones
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked. Cloudy golden yellow with small white head that quickly drops back into the body. Scant strings of lace. Big funky farmy notes with a mix of sweet fruits come on string in the aroma. Nice spiciness and a slight hoppiness. Flavor starts with more fruit and farmy funk goodness. Some earthy and floral hops add a touch of bitterness. Touch of spiciness round is out before the fruity finish. Crisp, clean and well carbonated I found this quite refreshing. Great drinkability as I would have had another right after if it was available.

Photo of Loki
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750mL corked, capped, and caged bottle with a Best Before date of 9/2003. Sampled on 10/16/03.

Poured a hazy, orangish yellow with a big white bubbly head. Translucent enough to allow for the passage of light, but you can't see any distinguishable objects through this murky beer.

Aromas of yeast, malt, white pepper, flowers, and hops. I thought I detected a scent of wild flowers that I was unfamiliar with in a beer. Not a hop scent that I am familiar with, but pleasant.

The taste followed the same course of yeast, malt, white pepper, and almost wild hops and spices. Medium body with a bubbly mouth feel from a good dose of carbonation. Very good beer.

My wife did not like hers as much, and I noticed that she had recieved the bulk of the sediment. It did through the flavor off a bit.

While searching for more info about the brewery I found these notes from the website The Beers of France.
http://www.frenchbeer.info/France/Brewery/Bailleux.html

Comments - First brewed 1990. Inspired by the number of daffodils in the village. Jonquille is French for daffodil.

(Their) Tasting Notes - Great interest is maintained through many layers of taste with a superb balance. It gets more bitter with age. JW: Considerably better without any sediment in glass.

Photo of rfgetz
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upon removing the wire bail, the cap had a millimeter deep impression, fortunately the cork was removed with no effort and before anyone got hurt. Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a three finger plume of soapy white head (expected a lot more), good retention. Scent was fantastic, combining light watery fruits, flowers, tangy grain, bready yeasts, peppery spice and and wonderful earthy funk with light notes of barnyard. The taste presented all components of scent and was much smoother then the scent dictated, but still tremendous. Lightly dry and bubbly on the tongue. One of the more lighter and delicate beers in the style i have sampled, but full of complexity and character,

Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a nice blond barnyard color. hazy hay hues and beaming yellow.

S- old man armpit. Bitter and funky. Tart farmyard.

T - yeasty but not too funky. Surprisingly sweet and floral hens the daffodils on the bottle I take it. Kinda biscuity on the finish.

M - pretty low in carbonation. Kinda like a mix between a limbic and a champagne. Yeasty and active.

O - pretty nice. Not something I'm gonna buy for just myself again. A little too sweet to drink the whole bottle alone.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of crusian
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from awesome girlfriend from beertopia in Omaha.
The pour is amazing... pours a nice murky yellow, and the head ia simply amazing. I have never quite seen anything like this... the pour fills 3/4 of the glass, with about a finger of head. And then it begins to grow, like the compressed sponge toy for kids. It slowly grows out of the glass, and I mean slowly...and by the time it stops, it is about 3 inches out the top... incredible.
Funky lemon on the nose.
Taste has some peach, lemon, some apple and a bit of funk and a dry crisp finish.

Photo of REDAMI
4.75/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of horndecker
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml green bottle caged and corked.

Pale straw, green at the edges, beautiful volcanic head which flashes away after a bit, leaving just a little lace. It looks crisp and fresh like granny smith apples. Smells of tangerine, grassy hops, lemon and melon. The taste springs spicy, peppery from a mild hoppy start to a smooth balanced malt flavor. Long herbal finish, a bit dry, very tasty, very refreshing. A very nice, lighter (not lighter in alcohol) biere de garde.

Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

75cl green glass (damnit!) bottle with cork top served into a Westvleteren goblet in Belfort, France, where it was also acquired. Reviewed live.

A: 1.5 finger head of decent cream, okay thickness, and good retention. Cloudy lemon-yellow colour.

Sm: Lemon, barley, and slight cream. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lemon citrus ester hops. Some welcome light cream comes through, particularly on the climax. A light barley body. Quite refreshing albeit simple. Well built and balanced for what it's trying to do. Typical for the style.

Mf: Coarsely sharp and wet, with enough smoothness to remain refreshing. Quite nice, and complementary of the flavours in the body.

Dr: It's very drinkable, relatively high ABV, decently priced, and of enjoyable quality. It's not special, but it's worth a go. Give her a spin, lads.

Photo of paterlodie
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BBE 2008. Just opening the cage of this 750 was enough to get a big explosion and spot on sealling where cork hit. Some gushing following but luckily( after opening some other french brew yesterday I learned not to trust french ones) only misssed first foam and rest saved in glas. Gave a wonderfull nice lasting white head and very pale golden beer that's hazy. Nose is very bretty, dry grass, pepperspice and phenolic but overall smooth that I find strange for a bett beer. Taste is very wheaty, brett, spiced, not noticable 7% and well balanced all together. Maybe carbon dioxide level bit high for a save opening of the bottle but fitting the taste well and just a fine brew to drink on a quiet evening.

Photo of mactrail
3.84/5  rDev -7%
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 Bottleworks in San Diego for 14 bucks.

Photo of emmasdad
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ken for sharing this one at a recent tasting. Poured a hazy yellow with a lingering ring of white foam. Aromas of bread, lemons, yeast and flowers. On the palate, this one was light bodied, tart and prickly, with flavors of straw, vanilla, yeast, lemons and light floral notes with a smooth dry citrus finish.

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Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Bailleux
92 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.