Cuvée Des Jonquilles - Brasserie Bailleux
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4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
03-06-2012 00:21:12 | More by Thorpe429
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
4.25/5 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%
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.
04-05-2012 16:59:20 | More by drabmuh
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
3.84/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
06-17-2013 05:56:41 | More by mactrail
3.2/5 rDev -22.7%
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.
07-23-2011 20:15:24 | More by kojevergas
United Kingdom (England)
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
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...
06-26-2006 14:56:04 | More by wl0307
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
4.75/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
07-26-2008 00:58:39 | More by ccrida
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
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,
08-04-2011 14:07:18 | More by rfgetz
Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Bailleux
92 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.