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Bellerose - Brasserie des Sources

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BA SCORE
87
very good

80 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 80
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie des Sources visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: charleseddy on 04-04-2012)
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SteveB24

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

06-22-2014 05:09:20 | More by SteveB24
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doktorhops

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a Silly Saison in Belgium to a Blonde Bellerose in France - this time a suspect I may have a good beer in my glass as the French have really brought a smile to my face for the first time, well ever! More and more I've gone from decent French beer to even better French beer and with fingers crossed (and with the Jenlain Ambrée to beat) I carefully de-cap the bottle.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice that was washed thoroughly from the Silly Saison.

A: Presents with that odd clear golden body with weird bits of sediment floating around [this beer was bought cheap past its expiry date however I have always contended that "Beers do not expire!" so I bought it anyway which may have been a teensy mistake]. The head was white but it disappeared rapidly leaving almost nothing.

S: Despite that peculiar sediment this beer smells good, damn good; with notes of champagne, apple and pear esters, musty yeast, spicy phenols and hints of fresh hops - like a fine woman after a day of drinking at the racetrack... I realise and accept the bizarreness of that analogy.

T: The flavour is like being flung out of a trébuchet with notes of the above (just to recap: champagne, apple/pear esters, musty yeast and spicy phenols) with a floral hop flourish, and what appears to be lavender - yep that's right: lavender (or rose, which would make sense given the name). It's a bold and in your face drop with a measure of "Go on give this a go!" which I was totally unprepared for.

M: Medium bodied with a light but dense carbonation.

D: It is a weird ale. Too weird perhaps? Less potpourri with spice and more hops/malt maybe? I don't know what to think right now, this beer is definitely unique and sometimes unique sucks but in this case unique is making me scratch my brow taking sip after sip to decipher all that's going on inside my mouth. I may begin to loath this brew but right now I am still sipping, still pondering, and still wondering if those strange clear floaty things in the glass have skunked this ale or if this is how Brasserie des Sources intended it to taste - I may never know.

Food match: I give up on this one... cheese platter? Brasserie food? My tongue is far too confused for my brain to make the call.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2014 14:41:22 | More by doktorhops
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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.9%

06-01-2014 13:51:40 | More by mquinn919
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-30-2014 15:47:29 | More by Latarnik
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Aggro

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-18-2014 09:08:59 | More by Aggro
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

05-01-2014 00:29:20 | More by kkmiller76
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-26-2014 21:45:12 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

To me this is a perfect day for a French country ale,a beautiful spring day.Pours into an oversized wine glass a clear light golden with a half finger white head leaves a sheet of lace as it settles into a frothy mass.Musty notes in the nose along with bready malts,faint leafy hops are detected as well.A little sharp and prickly in the mouth from a good amount of carbonation.Dry on the palate with real crisp breadiness, herbal sharp hops in the finish,the dryness makes it very drinkable.A quaffing country beer that is uber food friendly,a good choice to start the beer drinking day.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 20:12:57 | More by oberon
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pknyc

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

04-13-2014 21:40:04 | More by pknyc
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Vanz

Australia

3/5  rDev -23.3%

04-05-2014 11:41:54 | More by Vanz
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

03-12-2014 17:15:48 | More by RBorsato
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-11-2014 22:05:02 | More by kaelingirl
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clarknova

Germany

4/5  rDev +2.3%

03-07-2014 15:00:20 | More by clarknova
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thierrynantes

France

3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (75 cl.) purchased from Super Market, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : golden color, with white foamy head.
Smell : fruity and yeasty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : fruity and yeasty flavors with light bitter finish.
Overall : a medium beer in the style Golden Ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 18:03:02 | More by thierrynantes
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a teku.

A: Golden hue. Continually rising effervescence. Pours a 2 finger, tight, bubbly white hood. Settles to a thin layer of foam. A slight bit of spider web lacing.

S: Yeast, coriander, and clove.

T: Tastes like it smells... yeast a little lemon pith and some coriander and peppercorn.

M: Light and a little bitter sweet. Pepper remains in the aftertaste.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice effervescence and head, a little spider web lacing. Nose is yeasty and spicy. Yeast, citrus pith, and spice. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 01:36:35 | More by bmwats
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

01-27-2014 13:48:16 | More by InspectorBob
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braedon_peluso

New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

01-07-2014 04:50:20 | More by braedon_peluso
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Mane Liquor tulip.

A - Pours a clear honey colour, with a two fingered head that reduces quickly, but does lace.

S - Plenty of yeast (Belgian) plenty of citrus and a little funk

T - HAs a bit of funk up front, and the hop is submerged and not present enough. The yeast too dominant. Bits of citrus and grain also present.

M - Medium body and mouthfeel.

O - Not a bad BdG but Tres Monts is a far better example.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 08:35:03 | More by eric5bellies
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aengleman

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-07-2013 23:04:22 | More by aengleman
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large white head.
Nose shows doughy Belgian yeast, spicy phenols and orange peel.
Pretty similar flavours, more orange peel, spicy phenols, light malt and cinnamon. A little heavy on the spices but still nice.
Good moderately high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 00:09:22 | More by CrazyDavros
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-19-2013 20:06:12 | More by schopenhauerale
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RobertJBeer

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

11-06-2013 17:20:27 | More by RobertJBeer
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fionn13

Ireland

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

09-27-2013 21:38:00 | More by fionn13
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Bieniek30

New York

4/5  rDev +2.3%

09-15-2013 21:26:06 | More by Bieniek30
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Coming in a 330ml slim brown bottle, BB 31/08/2014, served lightly chilled in a long-stemmed wine goblet.

A: pours a translucent dim golden colour, coming with a thin sheet of off-white foam to last and constant but moderate streams of carbonation.
S: I thought I’d be forgiven for mistaking this beer as a pasteurised malty and fruit estery brew by some larger breweries in the UK, if I was sniffing it blind-folded? Upfront comes a dense wave of thick sweetness (as of melted crystal-sugar and also boiled dark sugar cane juice) from pale malts, underlined by cooked-fruit-like esters and… sweet ginger essence(?); a swirl would bring up the more diverse aroma elements as in sweet citrus, sickly perfumy green apples, sweetened pineapples, coriander seeds, etc. Overly sweet and very unbalanced.
T: the foretaste is sour-sweet fruit estery, aromatically and sweet spicy, and very messy in terms of the overall flavour elements; the main theme has a lot of fruit esters to showcase, but quite thin-bodied at the same time with a dose of sweetness too much to float on top of an equally weak platform, while the alc. is all so easy to notice on the palate. As the beer breathes over time, the herbal/spicy esters come forward to complement the main malt and estery body, rendering an aftertaste which is tad drier and slightly chewy due to the zesty hoppiness emerging belatedly, but the lingering unwanted sweet touch is still too much to my liking…
M&O: moderately effervescent, medium-minus bodied, the flavour profile is intended to be complex but the result is a messy beer where the esters rein freely, hops fail to compete despite so much effort invested (3 hop varieties?) and the attenuation level could’ve been tuned higher to render a better drinkability. I really find very little to like about this beer, so will not try it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 11:02:44 | More by wl0307
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Bellerose from Brasserie des Sources
87 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.