Cuvée Des Jonquilles - Brasserie Bailleux
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4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
From: Urbana Common Ground Co-op
Date: None on bottle (arrived at co-op 4/20/2013)
Brouwerij Bailleux has an excellent saison with their bright, tropical and citrus-fruity with hints of Brettanomyces and Belgian yeast. Right on the western border of Belgium, the brewery pulls in Belgian traditions but maintains a fairly unique flavor profile in this delicious beer. Definitely something I can see myself drinking plenty of in spring, summer, and early fall if it were locally available, this one should be sought out and enjoyed by all.
Pours a 2cm tall head of fairly clean, white foam made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam slowly decline to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer. Lacing is quite good, foam clinging to the sides of the glass in numerous ways, most curiously in large arches. The body is a semi-hazy (40-50% opaque) light orange-yellow, light bringing out brighter, though paler, yellow shades. Carbonation is readily visible streaming from the center and along the sides of the glass, vigorous and numerous.
Aroma is yeast-driven, also with notes of dried lemon rind, sharp medicinal phenolics, and a bit of dried grass.
Bright, citrusy, spritzy, and a bit funky with Brettanomyces-like phenolics, this is an excellent, sunny Saison. Front of palate is of substantial yeast, medicinal and burnt-plastic-like phenolic compounds, with sweetness from pale malts and a light pineapple, lemon and orange ester fruitiness smoothing these heavier flavors nicely together. Mid-palate is of bright, citrus-like lemon and orange rind with diluted pineapple juice; coriander; Belgian yeast; sharp, medicinal and slightly burnt plastic resin phenolics, which somehow work in an appetizing way; and a notable amount of pale malt sweetness helping to blend all these disparate ingredients together into a delicious whole. Back of palate is rich with sharp, medicinal, and plastic-like phenolics; heavy yeast; dilute pineapple, lemon and orange rind esters. Aftertaste is of pale malt sweetness; dilute pineapple, lemon, and orange flavors; slight yeastiness and sharp phenolics.
Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation of high intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is fizzy and spritzy, appropriate for the bright flavors of the beer, but perhaps a bit too much so as well. Even with time, the fizziness does not fully fade. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.
07-03-2013 00:50:08 | More by falloutsnow
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
3.99/5 rDev -3.6%
750ml bottle into a snifter
A: It's a gusher - not too bad, though. Unfortunately it does rouse the yeast, though. The beer pours a hazy golden color with flakes of yeast throughout. Active carbonation is evident with a three finger head that fairly quickly recedes to a thin film.
S: A sweet citrus aroma is quite strong in this beer. It's refreshing and quite nice. A bit musty with a nice amount of clove. An underlying floral nature is also present with a touch of earthiness.
T: Not nearly as bright as the aroma. Clove is much more apparent with some citrus and a touch of oxidation. Bready malts are quite strong. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Enjoyable.
M: Medium thickness with very strong carbonation.
O: A nice Biere de Garde. I wish the flavor was a bit brighter with as much complexity as the aroma.
06-13-2013 01:01:29 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.26/5 rDev +2.9%
750ml bottle from Stein's, New Orleans. $13.
A: Light gold like a saison. Murky. Nice head and retention; incredible, thick lacing. Furious carbonation. Looks great.
S: Candi sugar and Belgian yeast, then increasingly floral as it opens up. Faint esters and ripe bananas. Maybe a kiss of lemon.
T: Damn good. Very saisonlike. Floral and light, husky and dry. Subdued and refined.
M: Creamy and very carbonated.
O: A beautifully elegant hot-weather beer. Easily the best non-Brett biere de garde I've had. My third bottle in a month and certainly won't be the last. Highly recommended.
05-20-2013 15:29:42 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
4.01/5 rDev -3.1%
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".
04-20-2013 05:46:05 | More by thierrynantes
4.6/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
02-14-2013 02:31:10 | More by DenverLogan
Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Bailleux
92 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.