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Cuvée Des Jonquilles - Brasserie Bailleux

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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 30
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy light straw colored body and a white head.

The first aromas gave me visions of bad Heineken: totally skunked. Damn green bottles I thought, why do brewers still use these? But luckily the skunk subsided and I was able to really enjoy this beer. Noble hops to the rescue!

On the palate grassy hops, soft bready malt, lemon peel, earthy, musty yeast character and moderate hop bitterness produce a zesty, balanced and refreshing beer with a hint of tartness and just a hint of malty sweetness.

Crisp, medium, highly carbonated body.

A perfect example of what French Farmhouse ales have to offer. Not as malty as other Biere de Gardes, more like a Belgian Saison. Would pair well with a wide range of foods, we enjoyed ours with tamales.

Photo of kscaldef
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Photo of emmasdad
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of hmsbeagle75
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of muttyd
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured gently into a stemmed Hill Farmstead stemmed tulip glass. Hazy yellow body with a huge fluffy white head that coats the glass well. Bottle opened with a nice loud pop too.

Aroma is pretty typical of the style: earthy, funky, and slightly citrusy. Has a faint apple/pear-like presence as well. Becomes more musty as it warms up. Flavor follows with a sweet, malty, citrusy backbone with a sharp Belgian spiciness. Very well balanced. Bubbly on the tongue and finishes bone dry.

Great beer, glad I picked this one up.

Photo of Digimaika2
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden colour with thick head that immediately vanishes to a ring around the glass. Good retention down the glass.

S: Wonderful funky earthy (almost mushroom-like) and floral notes, fruits including pear and a bit of tangerine, yeast, honey, and a very slight nuttyness like chopped walnuts. Quite complex and quite pleasant.

T: Quite smoother and lighter than I was expecting with tastes similar to the above mentioned smell. An appealing bit of initial sourness to this that I couldn't detect on the nose. Lingering bitterness with a good crisp dry aftertaste.

M: Moderate amount of carbonation (might be a bit too much for some) with a thinner mouthfeel. Works well for this style.

D: Would love to drink acouple of these throughout the night. Quite easy to drink and satisfying for a farmhouse ale.

Photo of rfgetz
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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 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 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 grotonmarketguy
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -22.5%
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 Dope
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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 rdickey
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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 seeswo
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of larsenju
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Hazy golden body with a bubbly white head, dropped quickly with little lacing. The head retention could use some work.

S-Bready malts and a yeasty character dominate with a little lemon and some light pepper along with a dry and hidden mineral quality.

T-Lots of bread with some fruity esters and just a little spice. As the beer warmed I started to get some ripe pear and even just a hint of cherry. There is also a little floral character, especially on the finish.

M-Big spritzy carbonation, light body and finishing quite dry.

D-True to its purpose this is a very refreshing, albeit strong. I liked its simplicity, and some of the fruits really set this beer apart from others. Although the ABV is beyond what would be traditional, it is well masked and I didn't think it detracted from the overall experience. Worth trying, but I don't know if I will buy it again.

Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
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 petacutlasaurus
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Al at Connecticut Ave W&L for stocking. Brought one of these along with a Siberian Night over to a friend's one night. I was with mostly non-beer drinkers but, after describing to them the usual qualities of a Bier de Garde, got them all to try some. Lo and behold, this beer made some converts.

A very approachable beer - the Cuvee des Jonquilles is light in color and gravity with a sweet, floral aroma and a grainy, wheaty texture. One of the breadier bier de gardes I've yet had. A nice bottle to uncork at a celebration or, with a label like that, maybe the start of spring.

Photo of Dlish
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- good straw haze color that comes out, good amount of thin yeast, three-four fingers of foam.

S- Pretty estery, and of banana and clove, hint of fruit, like apple or strawberrys.

T- Increasingly mouth taste and texture. Very dry taste, good amount of red grape taste to it. Hint of apple, bit of coriander seed, just hints of orange rinds and boiled vegetables. Not only is it dry it also have a bit of sourness to the ending.

M- very fine bubbles, increasingly smooth tasting. It fits well for the fruitiness and makes it a great spring time beer.

D- Very smooth a dry, I'm not sure the bottle date, its been sitting in my brew shop for a what looks like a few months. I'm a little disappointing by the smell, the taste is good, but I wanted a bit more herb, then vegetable. The mouth-feel is what sets this one a apart from other beers for me.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of crusian
3.45/5  rDev -16.5%
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 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 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 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 malmquna
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Bailleux
92 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.