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Cuvée Des Jonquilles - Brasserie Bailleux

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 29
Gots: 13 | 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 metter98
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

metter98, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

dstc, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of grotonmarketguy
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

grotonmarketguy, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

kojevergas, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Dope
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Dope, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of mwilbur
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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).

mwilbur, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of rdickey
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

rdickey, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

seeswo, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of larsenju
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

larsenju, May 18, 2011
Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

alenonbeeradv, May 08, 2011
Photo of petacutlasaurus
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

petacutlasaurus, May 02, 2011
Photo of Dlish
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Dlish, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.33/5  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.

OtherShoe2, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of crusian
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

crusian, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

augustgarage, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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/

emerge077, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

glid02, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of malmquna
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

malmquna, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

ccrida, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of NoLiberty
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Golden straw color pours from the 750 ml bottle. Big foaming white head settles to a lasting head, low lacing and fairly clear for being unfiltered.

Aroma: Smells more like a saison than a biere de garde. Spicy, slightly sweet, some earthy funk and peppery notes. Pretty crisp and clean. Good, but not to style.

Taste: Fairly flat but more flavor than their saison with more sweetness and spicier with dryness and some mild hoppiness in the middle and finish.

Mouth: Light to medium bodied with slightly more carbonation than the saison. Dry but still sticky in places.

Drink: Yeah, pretty nice.

NoLiberty, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Jredner, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of paterlodie
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

paterlodie, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of dgallina
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

dgallina, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of horndecker
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml green bottle caged and corked.

Pale straw, green at the edges, beautiful volcanic head which flashes away after a bit, leaving just a little lace. It looks crisp and fresh like granny smith apples. Smells of tangerine, grassy hops, lemon and melon. The taste springs spicy, peppery from a mild hoppy start to a smooth balanced malt flavor. Long herbal finish, a bit dry, very tasty, very refreshing. A very nice, lighter (not lighter in alcohol) biere de garde.

horndecker, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

GCBrewingCo, Jul 07, 2006
Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Bailleux
92 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.