Bellerose - Brasserie des Sources

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88
very good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: charleseddy on 04-04-2012)
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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

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3.89/5  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

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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.

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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.

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Bellerose from Brasserie des Sources
88 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.