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Cuvée Des Jonquilles - Brasserie Bailleux

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BA SCORE
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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 26
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Bailleux
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Loki on 10-29-2003)
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Soxfanmcgee

Indiana

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-23-2013 06:36:17 | More by Soxfanmcgee
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ejl4

Vermont

5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-12-2011 03:16:24 | More by ejl4
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July2Nov

Hawaii

5/5  rDev +20.5%

07-02-2013 05:40:44 | More by July2Nov
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-25-2011 22:22:02 | More by Rochefort10nh
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malmquna

France

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bubbly head that quickly disappears to leave nothing but effervescence. Color is a foggy golden butterscotch.

Smells of grass, citrus, and yeast. Very true to the saison style, the yeast aroma appears in the mouth along with a sourness that remains through the finish. There is a slight estery fruit aroma and flavor, but very subtle and very well balanced with the lightly roasted barley malt and wheat. The wheat also adds to an overall solid mouthfeel. This beer is smooth throughout with an increasingly sour finish.

All in all, a very well done beer in the classic French saison style. This was described by Simon at Cave à Bulles as typical of Northern French beer. If you see one, it is certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 18:34:31 | More by malmquna
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Timmy13T

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

06-23-2013 14:01:59 | More by Timmy13T
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REDAMI

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 20:00:34 | More by REDAMI
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nas5755

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

04-14-2014 02:59:05 | More by nas5755
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ccrida

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dusty old champagne bottle with the very beefy cage barely restraining a highly primed cork that looks like it has been try to bust out for quite some time, I'd not be surprised to know this is 4+ years old, especially based on other old Belgian gems I've found at the store that were dated and similar appearance. I really like the label, rustic and inviting.
Opening over my sink with my large Gulden Draak tulip at the ready, after pulling it from the cellar and serving at around 50F, I expected some fireworks, but wow! While only 2~4 oz gushed out, the cork exploded with a ferocious pop and such velocity I double check the plaster on my ceiling to make sure it didn't do any damage. The head is contained with the first full glass, but is large, fluffy white affair, leaving heavy chunks of foam. The brew is a cloudy burnt gold, and overall the appearance is classic saison.

Smell is fantastic, very sweet but soft, candied tropical fruits and wildflowers, spritzy and full, with some caramel malt and sour wheat coming out as it warms.

Taste is not as sweet, with a tempered dryness, sour, pithy citrus with enough tartness that I have to wonder if there are not some bugs at play? If so, they're faint even after what I presume is a long time bottle conditioning. Incredibly refreshing and tasty, this is a perfect example of the style, maltier yet crisp, tart but smooth.

Mouthfeel is spritzy but slick as well, with a light body and crisp finish, perfect for the hot summer evening.

Drinkability is very high, although I have a sense of preciousness about this bottle, compounded by how satisfying it tastes, that leaves me milking ever last drop. This beer is a true masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 00:58:39 | More by ccrida
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

05-22-2014 18:51:59 | More by afsdan
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 02:31:10 | More by DenverLogan
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden straw color. Big, bubbly perfectly white head. Not much lacing or retention retention.

S: Sublime. Very lemony, mixing with the bread aroma from the malt. There is some pear too I believe along with some yeast. Very refreshing. The kind of beer you pick up just to sniff. Not overly complex, just really nice.

T: Hard to live up to the smell but it comes close. Very nice. Pears, apples and lemons with bread in the middle. Aftertaste is quick and a little dry. Very clean, smooth taste. No indication of alcohol despite the 7% ABV.

M: Good carbonation, pretty light with a very clean feel.

O: Overall this is really quite nice. Not super complex, not super strong. Just nice, clean and refreshing. The fruit flavors meld together wonderfully and it's a pleasure to smell and taste. This is the first time I've tried this style and I like it. It's kinda like a bigger saison I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 03:36:12 | More by Dope
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grotonmarketguy

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is great. A Biere de Garde. Similar to Saison in style this one is 7% abv which gives it a nice body and a slightly darker color than most Saisons. Very refreshing, clean, and interesting. Lots of grain husks and grassiness with fruity yeast aroma: pears, apple, wet hay. A faint malty sweetness is balanced out with a crisp finish with lots of impressions of freshly bailed hay. Mmmm. Springtime in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 18:03:39 | More by grotonmarketguy
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hmsbeagle75

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer through Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club. Poured into a red wine glass with a nice even white head. I could have stuck my nose in it all night - lemons and pear. Was a perfect summer beer for dinner on the porch. Served with Gazpacho and grilled pears with balsamic vinegar.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 19:20:54 | More by hmsbeagle75
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-09-2012 20:27:56 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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augustgarage

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 22:09:25 | More by augustgarage
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jmtpi

France

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-01-2013 00:07:19 | More by jmtpi
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KingdomBobcat

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-19-2014 21:44:40 | More by KingdomBobcat
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mattisloco

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

08-04-2013 16:33:51 | More by mattisloco
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videofrog

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

09-11-2013 19:17:14 | More by videofrog
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Juice-O

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

09-04-2013 00:53:22 | More by Juice-O
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 17:02:59 | More by meathookjones
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Once the bail was removed the corked blew immediately out of the bottle and hit the ceiling. The beer poured into the chalice very lightly hazy pale golden with a white, frothy and moussy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy and lightly spicy with a bit of Farmhouse thrown in for good measure. The majority of the floral aroma centered on a strong earthy presence and a light spice. Some light malt character was notable.

The flavor was lighter than expected and quite interesting. A very light floral character was present with a nice light peppery spice which was not overpowering to the floral nature of the beer. The flavor contained a more subtle and refined earthy presence than was noted in the aroma.

The finish was dry, but not overly so, with a lasting impression of low peppery spice well into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation led to a very nicely creamy mouthfeel. A slight warming from the alcohol was notable after consumption. A unique and nice Saison that was surprizingly easy to consume.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle, no freshness dating on label.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 22:32:52 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Loki

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 12:54:08 | More by Loki
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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,

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 14:07:18 | More by rfgetz
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Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Bailleux
92 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.