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Bellerose - Brasserie des Sources

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BA SCORE
87
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Brasserie des Sources visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: charleseddy on 04-04-2012

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Ratings: 102 | Reviews: 25
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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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #69 (October 2012):

Three hops from three different continents, this hopped up version leans towards the “IPA” … the brewers intention. So much going on with this brew, a lot to take in as it clearly is a Biere de Garde. Yet another shining star to be noticed by beer geeks and a quick snapshot of what France has to offer within the realm of better beer.

STYLE: Bière de Garde
ABV: 6.5%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Crystal clear, pale golden hue, tight lacing

SMELL: Herbal, earthy, bitter, lemongrass, nutty, parsley, orange pith, faint honey

TASTE: Super smooth, medium bodied, slightly bitter, fresh grass, herbal, mild twang, mineral, green figs, dragon fruit, green peppercorn, crackers, faint lemon, grainy dry finish

Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of August 2013. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. A silver-medal winner in a Parisian competition; the label describes it as a blonde beer brewed with three hop varieties. The French have decided to embrace modern brewing styles....

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A hazy golden-amber hue with good carbonation and tons of flocculent sediment floating around (possibly coagulated protein). Produces a large head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly subsides to a thick surface layer. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of light malt, grass/hay, spice, a touch of coriander, mild citrus and faint tropical fruits. A warming whiff of booze lurks in the background.

Tastes of light malt with a yeasty character and a dry finish. Notes of fruity yeast esters, peppery spice, coriander, earthiness, grass/hay, faint citrus and stewed hops. Well-attenuated, with a hint of solventy booze in the background. The aroma hops don't come through so much in the flavour. A subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, accompanied by tingly carbonation and a slight spiciness. Dry, with a lovely creamy body. Somewhat astringent, followed by an aftertaste of fruity yeast, earthiness and stewed hops.

Very nice - tasty and balanced. It looks good, with a predominantly yeasty aroma/flavour illuminated by subtle aromatic hop notes. The body is great; it glides over the palate like silk. The influence of Belgium and the US are discernible, with a yeast profile that reminds me of a Belgian blonde and hopping that recalls an American pale ale. A solid effort that goes down almost too easily; worthy of your time if you come across it.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light golden yellow in color and gas a faint amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fruity esters are present in the nose—apples stand out in particular—along with faint bits of bready malts and yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of apple flavors along with pilsener-like bready malts and faint amounts of spicy yeast.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight hints of dryness are perceptible.
O: This beer is a lot fruitier compared to other beers in the style and doesn't have any of the earthiness one would normally expect. It is easy to drink because any traces of alcohol are very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of mwilbur
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow with moderate carbonation producing a 1/2 inch white head. Excellent retention. Hint of lacing.
S: Honey, herbal notes, sweet melon, minerally mustiness, and a pleasant subdued floral note. Quite nice.
T: Tart fruit and a dry mineral note up front. Then comes a pleasant and fairly delicate melange of herbs (very similar to a chamomile tea) and floral (lavender) notes. A distinct note of lychee. Finishes like a dry sparkling white wine.
M: Light body. Some carbonated effervescence. Lightly sweet with a slightly oily feel. Pleasantly dry finish (more wine-like, not a hoppy bitter dryness).
D: An eminently drinkable brew. Very nice for style. Delicate, complex, and intriguing. Refreshing and wonderfully sessionable.

Photo of eric5bellies
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.

Photo of rdickey
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear amber/gold into a tulip. A brilliant white two-finger head lingers and leaves nice lacing as it slowly collapses.

S: The nose is nicely balanced. I get citrus hops, herbs, some grassiness and bready yeast.

T: The taste pretty much echoes what was previewed by the nose. As it warms, the herbal notes move more to the fore and are joined by floral and fruity elements that I had not noticed before. A very well put-together beer.

M: Bellerose is very crisp, light and almost airy in the mouth. It finishes very dry.

D: Very high. This is a pretty complex beer, which is pretty easy to overlook because it is so well constructed. Despite the complexity, and because of the construction, it is highly, highly drinkable.

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.75/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Herbal, slightly funky - somehow the different flavours don't mesh and it's ultimately unappealing.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some light amounts of lemon and straw yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/lemon, yeast, herbal, and some light fruits (apple).

T: Upfront there is a light amount of bready malts that is followed by a light amount of light fruit (apple, lychee, and pear) sweetness. There is a moderate amount of yeast and herbal notes - maybe lavender, black pepper, and grass/hay.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with some light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This was a pleasant surprise (found it at the convenient store next to the BYOB restaurant I was having dinner at and bought it on a whim) and had some decent hints of saison as well. Easy to drink and paired well with the spicy pepperoni pizza I was enjoying.

Photo of bmwats
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of justintcoons
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Appearance
Golden straw with 2 fingers of fluffy, white head that leaves behind some excellent lacing. Good clarity with lively carbonation.

Nose
Golden apple, nectarine, hay, pilsner malt and lemongrass.

Taste
Pilsner malts, golden apple and hints of peach. Notes of potpourri, dried hay and lemongrass.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, clean and drying.

Overall
Interesting and quite quaffable.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bellerose

Pours a light gold. Aroma of musty yeast and sweet grains. In the taste, quite Sweet, like refined sugar. Not very bitter. Metallic. Herbal Saaz type hops. Only faint bitterness. Alcohol is mild. Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Overall, this is an average, everyday table beer. The strength was there, but the flavors could have been more pronounced, this was quite light.

Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a clear body but for a few floaties. Effervescence is strong and the head is two thick fingers of frothy, pillowy ivory foam. Quite good.

Smell: sweet malt with a robust, aged quality. Not super complex, and not really strong enough to be called a funk, but merely a light farmhouse sensibility which I find dreadfully sophisticated.

Taste: lightly malty with a moderately complex phenolic character, slightly reminiscent of cloves and band-aids. It's nice and restrained, though, which I really like. This beer is classy without being challenging; an approachable entry into the style. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a well-integrated effervescence which explodes into a satisying, and surprisingly persistent, creaminess. Très bien!

Overall: as I said, perhaps not the most complex bière de garde, but one which has a subtle sophistication that really rubs me the right way. Wonderful stuff.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Palest bronze with a lumpy white carpet of foam that rings and speckles immediately.
Big yeasty nose with some lemon peel and herb underneath.
Baguette crust, green apple skin, and flowers, an ester hit, maybe a bit of lychee like the label says, then Noble spice hops with a hint of tangerine peel.
Leafy herbal end and long yeasty linger. Light to medium, lively, creamy, some cling.

Nice to see France getting in on the American-influenced beers (along with Britain and Belgium) - this is pitched as an IPA/biere de garde hybrid. Three hops in here (from 3 continents, apparently), and I'm guessing there's both traditional and US in there, along with NZ tropical fruit. Adds up to a multi-layered hop kick which, together with a very soft body, makes this very easy to drink and a great dinner table beer.

Photo of Dope
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear golden amber. Enormous frothy and fizzy white head. Fades very slowly with excellent head retention. Huge island of foam persists. Big fluffs of lacing everywhere on the glass.

S: A very crisp and refreshing aroma. Lots of light citrus with lemon and oranges. Light grassy notes and some yeasty bread and black pepper. All light and crisp. Very saison-esque.

T: Lots of sweet citrus up front. Lemons yes, but primarily oranges. Kinda orange marmalade-ish. Has some melon in there too, cantaloupe? Has a bit of a tropical fruit taste in fact too, too light to really identify but it's nice. Some bread in the middle. Spicy in the finish and into the aftertaste, primarily black pepper I'd say.

M: Very smooth and medium bodied. Higher carbonation gives it a fluffier mouthfeel too.

O: Very nice biere de garde. Very saison-esque but it's lighter and crisper than most with a nice hop presence (but it's no west-coast IPA of course). I guess I would describe it as a mild ipa and a saison hybrid. Tasty.

Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

an 11.2 oz from half time enjoyed chilled slightly in a can shaped glass.

The color is deep golden with light hazed with thick white cap with average sized bead and spots of lace cling. The smell is fruity with some light apple-like aromas with mild spice esters from the yeast. The feel is good, moderately carbonated with slightly warming alcohol and spiced texture with mild sweetness and semi-dry finish.

The flavor is somewhat herbal from the hops with a light fruit tinge from the yeast which has a subtle apple/pear like flavor with mild sweetness from the malt and a slightly honey like tinge with subtle grainy quality. Overall this is a tasty bier with some nice yeast components in the flavor with mild maltiness and fruitiness making for an interesting belgian ale. I would recommend this if you enjoy the style.

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, pale straw color, generating a substantive foamy head of bone white. After 5 minutes or so, this mostly recedes, leaving thick gobs of lacing uniformly from its original height on down.

As soon as I smell it, I wish I were enjoying this in summer. It's yeasty and bready, with notes of pears, apples, and lemon oil. And dandelions. On the tongue, it is all of this and more. It is tart without being sour, quenchingly bitter, and maybe even tannic.

It's light and bright, and slightly sweet. Carbonation is soft. This is easy to drink, and would seemingly pair with almost any food. It's a nice beer.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of beerbuddy11735
4.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My drinking beer buddy on his recent trip to France and Belgium brought back some local bottled beers for me to try. Bellerose was one he found in France. Who knew the French make some pretty great beers besides wine. This Belgian IPA pours like a typical IPA with some medium carbonation. Smell was right on with American craft IPA with hints of hops and taste was hoppy but not overwhelming so probably IBU in middle of the pack. Overall this IPA is one I like but my local beer store does not carry it.

Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Honey tangerine color. Lacing as the two-inch head deflates. Great big bubbles compose the foam. A structure that is failing, but looks good as it putters away.

Smacking nose of Belgian pale yeasty smatterings, Bretty yeast nose, and citrusy BIPA-style hops. Lots of funkiness with notes of lemon rind and straw. A little raw mushroom. Fantastic, so far.

Funky pale. The hops are barely there beneath this yeasty muck. The hops bring the refreshment, but also cross-up the intention, somewhat. Some compost-like funkiness, mushroom, tart lemon, hay, and spicy Bretty. Not as dry as most, has a citric sweetness. Notes of lychee are here, too. Almost, honeydew.

Good mouthfeel. Lively and a little spicy. Slight throat burn from hidden tartness. The body doesn't push too hard.

This is pretty good! I like this representation. Not terribly crisp, nor very fruity. Lots of esters that mix with the hops to create complex flavors that border on tropical. I'd go at it again, for sure.

Photo of wl0307
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of Adrien
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bellerose is a tasteful beer with fine aroma of litchis and citrus fruit that give to the beer a very refreshing after taste. By poring the beer into a glass, I was able to appreciate it’s nice bright colour; typical for this IPA style of beer.
What I also like with this beer is the bottle and the label itself. It gives a very French and glamorous touch to the beer with a retro and vintage look!
To sum up my "Bellerose experience", I would say it is the perfect beer to share with some friends around couple of nice French cheese!

Photo of Guerra
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bellerose is a very  interesting beer.
Firstly for his taste. It is very original, tasty and spicy with a kind of fruity taste.
Secondly for his design and concept. Bellerose means 'Beatiful rose' in french. On the bottle and all the packaging, we can see a pin-up. She gives to that  beer a funny and glamorous touch.
I recommend that french beer 'Bellerose' for all the beer lovers who want to discover and appreciate new flavor and taste! Enjoy.

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Bellerose from Brasserie des Sources
87 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.