Cuvée Des Jonquilles - Brasserie Bailleux
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Reviews by goatxpower:
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
10-12-2012 02:47:53 | More by goatxpower
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4/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
09-10-2010 00:08:41 | More by glid02
4.5/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
03-05-2011 22:09:25 | More by augustgarage
4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
10-08-2006 02:37:34 | More by dgallina
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
10-16-2011 20:14:04 | More by GRG1313
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
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:
02-20-2011 21:22:17 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
12-18-2006 17:17:11 | More by Jredner
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
07-31-2011 16:55:51 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev -2.7%
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).
07-13-2011 04:50:51 | More by mwilbur
4/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
07-28-2011 15:26:13 | More by dstc
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
05-05-2012 20:59:49 | More by oline73
4.2/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
09-28-2012 19:04:47 | More by Etan
Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Bailleux
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