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Cuvée Des Jonquilles - Brasserie Au Baron

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 156
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 44
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Loki on 10-29-2003

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Photo of GRG1313
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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:

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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 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 kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

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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 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 wl0307
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the foreign beer bar, Ealing Beerfest. May 06. Coming in a 750ml green bottle, corked and caged, BB end of 2008. Served lightly chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: perhaps because it's been left in the fridge for a while and undergone my flatmates' careless slamming of the fridge door, the yeast-sediments were hyper enough when I planned to open the bottle... BANG!! the beer erupted and ejected the cork as soon as I loosened the cage, catching me off guard and causing a mini-flood all over the desk... Fortunately I saved two-thirds of the beer, which ended up in my glass a very cloudy, orangey golden hue, with but a thin white foamy cap and bloo...dy lively carbonation.
S: floating malts and sharply flowery yeasts abound, plus coriander+vanilla like spiciness, while the perfumy fruity (like sweeted lemon-peels) and slightly candy-sugary malty note claim the overtone. Nice, fruity, assertively yeasty, yet much milder than a Biere de Garde for its lack of astringent edges.
T: bready, wheat-ish, lightly-grainy maltiness upfront, buttressed by perfumy, sour-sweet fruity yeastiness (dryish, sweet lemon-zest, dried grass, and a vertically drying effect from yeasts and hops--a bit like Goldings)... more elegant and creamy coriander-like spicy taste hides in the back, leaving a citrus-zest, tangy finishing touch in the end... The overall performance reminds me a lot of a spicy Belgian Pale Ale even, and the lack of a more earthy yeasty edge on the palate also makes it apart from a normal Biere de Garde...
M&D: softly-carbonated on the mouthfeel, quite different from the hyper and fizzy look~~ Medium-bodied, with a healthy and dryish finishing touch to balance the fore-taste, but it is still a touch too sweet for the style (as I know it, at least). That said, I have to admit this is one of the most enjoyable and approachable Biere de Garde I've tried--it could've been more pleasant actually, if only it hadn't burst into the sky by accident...

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Photo of kscaldef
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this on the porch in the late afternoon of what might be our last proper summer day, and it was just the thing. Fluffy white head leaving loose lacing. Aromas of hay, lavender, and lemon zest. Nice malt-driven body, but with a light touch. Complex but not heavy handed, and with an easy drinking nature relative to it's alcohol content

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
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,

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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 Dope
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
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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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 seeswo
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw pour with a champagne like head. The nose is lemon, bread, yeast and a little bit of spice, like pepper. The taste is very refreshing - lemony, spicy, bready, a bit of fruit (pear). The flavors meld nicely and then dry off of the palette in the finish. No hint of 7% ABV at all. Goes down light and easy with a big spritz of carbonation and a light body. This is a really enjoyable beer. Would make a perfect 6-pack, lawnmower beer if that were possible.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange gold with a foamy white head, some lace.

Good fruit nectar and musty grain and husk aromas.

Liked this one alot. Not overly bitter or harsh. Husk and musty yeast softened by some peach nectar and light fruit. Not sweet, but not overly bitter. Great balance and depth. Finish is clean and lightly bitter. Very good.

Medium body with good carbonation.

Very easy to drink, with just the right bite when needed. I'm getting another.

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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 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 augustgarage
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Au Baron
91 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.