La Bavaisienne Blonde Ale
Brasserie Theillier

La Bavaisienne Blonde AleLa Bavaisienne Blonde Ale
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Belgian Blonde Ale
3.83 | pDev: 13.05%
Brasserie Theillier
Retired (no longer brewed)
La Bavaisienne Blonde AleLa Bavaisienne Blonde Ale
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 26
Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Oct'13. From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This one was way above expectations. Slow going as it's very thick/heavy on the tongue. Flavorful, to say the least. Bottle is 25.4 oz & that's plenty for 2. My only issue is it is not as refreshing as I expected. I know blonde ales are a bit on the 'heavy' side, but this is almost chewable.

07/18/13 In bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A rather confusing brew but the standout trait was as a sour. Yeasty but otherwise fairly nondescript. The bottle may have been past it's prime, so I'll reserve final say.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a slightly hazy light copper color with quite a few floaters moved around by the effervescence of the carbonation. A finger of dense white head foams with great retention and lacing.

S: Lots of citrus starts out, though not sour at all - really it reminds me of a candied lemon. Quite phenolic, I get clove and orange peel. Fairly musty as well.

T: Similar to the aroma, but sweeter. Strong clove, orange peel, and candied lemon peel along with a toffee sweetness in the background.

M: On the thick side with moderate carbonation.

O: A nice sweetness mixes with spices well in this beer. I'm not overly familiar with the style (Biere de Garde, as the bottle says), but this is nice.

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Photo of superspak
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Gusher upon opening, not surprised. Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a dense cap that lingers. Some very nice thick soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pear, grape, apple, lemon, herbal, floral, grass, earth, bread, honey, caramel, and light funk. Pretty nice and well balanced aromas with good strength and complexity. Taste of grape, pear, caramel, honey, apple, lemon, earth, floral, herbal, grass, bread, and light pepper. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, herbal, floral, earth, grass, bread, pepper, and honey on the finish for a good bit. Well balanced flavor profile with good complexity. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy and very slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good Biere De Garde. Some nice flavor complexity and balance; and quite smooth to drink.

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Photo of pixieskid
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how it got labeled a "Belgian Pale" it clearly says Biere de Garde on the label (the french label at least).

A buddy of mine, who hooked me up with a bottle, described it as "French Country-side in a bottle", can't argue with that!

Despite the tons of floaties in the bottle, none of them were visible in the glass. Poured a beautiful light orange hue with a billowing 3 finger head.

Aroma; yup french countryside; floral and grassy with a hint of citrus.
Taste; matched the nose great with notes of floral hops, lemongrass, a touch of earthiness from the yeast, and finishing with a light, clean bitterness.
Mouthfeel; would benefit greatly if it were a bit more crisp.

Overall; this thing is killer , just wish they would print a better label for sale in France so that we could sell it at La Cave a Bulles.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at Belmont Party Supply in Dayton a month or two back. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours alight copper color with a very thin white head and a bit of lacing. Thin collar throughout. The nose caries plenty of bread and a bit of caramel. Light earth. Flavor is similar. Really tame, even for a biere de garde. Light-medium body and slightly chewy. Average carbonation. Decent enough, but not a game changer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MMmmmm mm! Fab beer, tho not quite as good as the amber. Poured with a nice off white foamy frothy head and good lace. Color is a hazy amber with some dark sediment bits settling out. Aroma is delightful fresh cut grass and clover, spice, malt, yeast, a little fresh leather, hint of apples. Flavor's the same with malt emphasis. Great body and carbonation. Super easy drinking, almost hard not to chug. Except for a bit of a greasy end.

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Photo of csais75
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Golden honey color. Biscuity and spicy aroma Taste is bready, fruity and spicy with a delicate bitterness at the end. It is not smooth. There's a certain rustic rudeness. It is like a trip in the country, with herbal and floral notes. its main quality : grant this hardness with a more refreshing side. Can be consumed in summer thanks to its refreshing power or winter if you want to focus on its rich flavors

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle, purchased directly from the case to avoid light exposure and skunking. no date found. tasted in mid-may 2009. poured into tulip.

bottle was another moderate gusher, but it was anticipated, so i didn't lose much.

golden honey color. clear. big, off-white, 4-finger head, fades gradually to constant thin wispy layer. amazing lacing, almost curtain-like in many places.

aroma: biscuity, bready malts, hints of caramel and fruity esters of apple, pear, white grape, flowers, touch of farmhouse mustiness, balanced by grassy hay and herbal noble hop notes. faintly sweet spice and gentle phenols in back, with more very fragrant noble hops too.

taste: almost pilsner-like, malty, bready, with noble hops, but then distinguished by esters and farmhouse character, with spicy and herbal phenols. moderate, grassy bitterness.

light to medium body, smooth w faintest touch of astringency in the finish. tingly, moderate carbonation can give fluffy and creamy character.

interesting why the score is so low. part of the reason might be the green bottle. i've tasted skunked samples of this beer before. also, classification as a belgian pale might throw people off as well. it's kind of an amalgam of belgian pale, pilsner, saison and biere de garde.

a bit pricey though...

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Photo of ccrida
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Undated 750 ml bottle with a little dust around the collar and lots of loose sediment at the bottom, picked up a couple months ago and cellared since. Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, La Bavaisienne Blonde is bronze with a disgusting amount of suspended particles under a very large white head, which is slow and rocky to settle, leaving big hunks of foam. If it wasn't for all the suspended particles, I'd give it a 4.5.

Smell is caramel and spicy, earthy hops, with a fair bit of mustiness and those classic French orange esters, not as strong as Jenlain, et. al, but I have to assume it's from the same orgins...Overall, it reminds me of hiking on a rainy spring day, perhaps taking shelter in a damp limestone cave. I'm surprised how hoppy this is, clearly dry hopped, probably with plugs that broke apart and weren't filtered before bottling! I should say that while there were some darks flecks in the head that look like hop particles, most of the floaties look liked coagulated protiens and yeast...

Taste is similar to the nose, but most dominantly hoppy, spicy with a firm bitterness that is balanced by the caramel malt and citrus esters, with noticeable but clean alcohol as well. Like the aroma, it's bold, assertive, and well done, with a fairly clean, fruity and bitter dry aftertaste. I love the fact that some of these farmhouse ales are hoppier then a lot of the so called Belgian IPAs! But make no mistake, this is a very well balanced and tasty saison.

Mouthfeel is medium and slick, with a crisp dry finish. The chunks are harder to detect then they look, but anytime I feel the slightest speck, it reminds me how gross they are visibly...and the fact is, you can feel them. Letting the first glass sit for awhile, as I served this at fridge temp anyways, they never really fell out of suspension.

Drinkability is reduced by the floaties, period. Forget about the nice taste is or that they're hard to feel, they look nasty and turn one off from the whole idea of evening drinking this beer. Like Abbey Des Rocs, I'm sure people have poured a glass and dumped the bottle without even trying a sip. And while that would be a big mistake, the fact is, the brewery should seek to avoid this situation! As enjoyable as it was, I don't see myself buying another one of these to enjoy around the house, there are plenty of tasty saisons without the chunks...

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Photo of albern
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer that is growing on me bit by bit. The appearance is an orange amber color, mostly pale, with lots of yeasty bits floating about. There is a soapy white head, tons of lacing, and retention is excellent. The smell is cardoman, clove, allspice, maybe a whiff of flowery ester. This is a very well carbonated beer with a ton of yeasty backbone. The taste is indicative of the aroma, same spices come through, perhaps a little more cinnimon, more big malty tastes somewhat reminiscent of a marzan, and lots of yeast. Did I mention the yeast? The beer is good, not great, the ABV I would have guessed to be a bit stronger, in that there are some alcohol notes coming through in the finish, absent the throaty harshness. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with chunks suspended in the liquid; sturdy head retains and laces well

Smell: Tobacco, floral elements and yeasty

Taste: Opens with a biscuity flavor that moves in a yeasty, earthy direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the noble hop bill comes into play, providing a floral and grassy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Fairly complex for the style but not something I would want to drink very often

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-yellow body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: The aroma is a mixture of candied lemons, fresh-picked flowers, as well as dust-strewn peaches and pears.

Taste: Sweet, light maltiness imparts a sugar cookie flavor. Lightly acidic. Hint of yeast. A floral hoppiness, along with the taste of lemons and a medium bitterness help to shoo away some of the sugar for a bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: It's good (certainly better than I was expecting).

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A soft easy-drinking blond. It so goes down easy. Not overly sweet. Nice head and pleasant aroma. Pure blond colour.
A harder-to-get French beer. Really a blond and not a biere de garde as reported elsewhere. Yes, the French can make other styles. Great for late summer, early fall before the heavy beers.

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Photo of rallison
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from O'Brien's.

Pours a clear copper amber color with a 1 finger fluffy white head that settles to just a little lacing (subsequent pours have a ridiculous amount of sediment - protein, yeast, etc).

Smells nice - Belgian yeast, earthy notes. Refreshing.

Taste is very yeasty. Refreshing flavors here - nice touches of sweetness balanced by the sharp, earthy yeasty flavors. Some spicing here too. Overall, easy to drink - and quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is just right - the perfect level of carbonation to keep it just light enough.

Drinkability is very good - extremely refreshing, but with just enough body and flavor.

Overall, recommended. Maybe not worth the cost and effort involved in finding it, but a very nice beer nonetheless.

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Photo of weeare138
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to egajdzis for sharing this...
Appears a hazy, medium toned gold with a small off-white head that slowly fades out. Scattered lace is left around the glass.
Smell is earthy, notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla cream, yeast, and mild funk.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with standouts of caramel, cream, and mild spice.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, on the sweeter side, and balanced.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.39/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two-finger rocky cream head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color with a ton of suspended yeast. Skunky nose. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is grapefruit and yeast, occasional sweetness, drying metallic finish. I should have known - its French and in a green bottle. Not worth $10.00 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A thick layer of creamy white mousse atop a copper orange brew that seemed to have way too much little yeast follicles, it almost looked like Metamucil.

Smell: Mandarin oranges, peaches and lychee, with a fresh, pepermint finish.

Taste: Soft carbonation for a brew that looked so lively, the yeast is clearly in charge, quite spicy and doughy, with a honey sweet body to give it plenty of definition. Enjoyable!

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Photo of edbeered
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours from the bottle into a goblet as a hazy yellow-orange color, with a white head about 1/2 inch thick. The smell is subtle, with hints of malt and cinnamon. The taste is amazing and subtle. There is the aforementioned malt and spice(perhaps cinnamon) flavors, along with a fruity taste reminiscent of apple and pear, The flavors blend effortlessly into a smooth whole. This is as fine a tasting French farmhouse ale as I have tried. It's a terrific beer-if you can find it, get some. You won't regret it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, sunshiny ochre with fewer bubbles than expected given the massive size of the cap after a gentle pour. The putty colored crown has the classic, airy stickiness of a true Belgian ale. Even though this beer is brewed in France, the brewery is a mere stone's throw from the border. Abstract squiggles of lace grace the glass, but could be more abundant.

The nose is golden fruity with a modest amount of yeastiness and a tickle of warm spice. I smell cardamom as well as clove. It's too simple though, even for this somewhat simple style (compared to the BSPA style). I'm reminded of another BPA from a 750 ml bottle that I drank within the past several months, but I can't pull up the name.

The flavor takes after the nose in all respects. The essential elements are ripe apples and pears lightly sprinkled with spices. Apparently, pilsener malt was chosen to lighten the beer and has succeeded in doing so. Belgian pale ales aren't about the malt, though, at least not as far as I'm concerned.

As with most beer from this region, a terrific, complex yeast strain is needed (at a minimum). La Bavaisienne Blonde isn't great beer because it doesn't have that crucial ingredient. More hops would have been beneficial as well, but then I can't expect every brewery in Belgium and France to have jumped on that bandwagon already. Nor will most of them. This one needs something to kick it into another gear.

The mouthfeel is medium in a general sense. In order for it to have earned the next highest score, I would have needed to feel either more viscosity (not optimal) or more airy, ethereal lightness (optimal). I was worried about the lack of bubbles immediately after the pour and it looks like I had good reason to be.

La Bavaisienne Blonde Ale is little better than average when judged against the best Belgian pale ales in the world. I have a bottle of the biere de garde in my cellar. Here's hoping that it lives up to its reputation, because this Brasserie Theillier offering won't be getting a second chance.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt 9fl oz green bottle. The bottle's label has a quick blurb about how this is made by the oldest working brewery in France. Poured into a tall pils glass it forms a huge frothy white head that leaves ring and coat lacing. Golden body, slightly hazed, a few yeast remnants and medium carbonation.

Light and refreshing was my first thought. Not a ton of depth here but it does what it sets out to do. This brew leans heavily on the grain bill. Hops are herbal and there is a spiced finish that gives it some much needed flavor and zipped up mouthfeel. Wether it has saaz hops or not that is the flavor and drying as well. Downsides in my eyes: A bit steely and metallic at times and there is a wet cardboard musk to the malt bill. Not much of a distraction though in the end.

Notes: It didn't have that sugared frutiness that I love in a belgian pale ale. This was more towards the spiced, herbal hop Mcgillicutty. Decent, but for the price the French can keep this.

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La Bavaisienne Blonde Ale from Brasserie Theillier
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 26 ratings