La Bavaisienne | Brasserie Theillier

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Theillier
France

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
111
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

it makes me really sad to see this brewery listed as closed, especially after drinking a well aged vintage bottle of this special biere de garde, its fantastic beer, maybe a bit past its best moment, but still drinking amazingly well, at least several years in the bottle. a dusty old import i found on a bottom shelf in new orleans i believe, folks never buy these for some reason, but i was stoked to find it, having not known much about it beforehand. its a deep copper colored brew with a tall tan head on it and just a little bit of sediment towards the bottom of the bottle. immediately interesting on the yeast side, dried red apple, a little tang and oxidation, french saison vinous esters, spicy and autumnal, even earthy like rich wet soil. there is some sweetness still from the malt, a kilned nuttiness and a long boiled concentrated toffee character, amber-esque, but with a distinctive rustic farmy rawness about it, well refined as it is. peppery on the yeast as it warms, part belgian part saisony, some funk but not yeast derived to me, subtle almonds and honey at the close, and more dank earthiness, harvesty and special to me, but i love old beers like this! gorgeous richness of texture here too, its almost creamy, denser like a barleywine or something, and i can even taste and feel a little of its alcohol at this modest strength. so much character here, even after all this time, i hope its not true that this brewery is no more, i couldnt imagine not drinking this one again. really the epitome of the style as far as i am concerned. unforgettable bottle of beer!

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Photo of shelby415
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PT 9.4 FL OZ bottle
Served in an oversized wine glass

This beer pours a real deep, deep amber color with rust colored highlights. It is topped several inches of effervescent foam that is tan in color and leaves little lacing.

The smell has fig and date notes along with a bread or cookie aroma.

The taste follows the smell. I get fig and date flavors with a dry, crisp finish.

Thin and highly carbonated leaving a clean palate after each sip.

This is a tasty, light, easy drinking beer. I figured it seemed appropriate to pluck it from the cellar on Bastille Day.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.8/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of shleepy
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into chalice-style glass.

A: Hazy amber, with lots of and lots of floating sediment.

S: Sugary and lightly-fruity malt notes.

T: Very representative of the style. Hard candy / sugar flavor that lingers well into the aftertaste. Pleasant caramel maltiness. Mild balancing bitternes.

M: Feels very light and refreshing. Medium carbonation

O: Represents the biere de garde style very well.

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Photo of bb8189
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Dope
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No date that I could find.

A: Bottle explodes with foam immediately upon cracking the cap. Lost a good portion to the gushing. Pours a very dark red with lots of floaties. Enormous foamy tan head that refuses to die down. Bottle continues to foam out of the top for an easy 10 minutes. *sigh* Head finally fades away, leaving thick (like 1/4" thick solid walls) lacing. Great head retention too as you can imagine with a perpetual island of foam remaining behind.

S: Very malty with sweet grains and caramel. Bready.

T: Yup, malty from start to finish. Sweet grainy breadiness throughout. Caramel sweetness blends in. Some stale hops in the aftertaste, can't quite place them. Citrusy maybe with a hint of grass? Hint of honey in the aftertaste is a nice touch. Mildly spicy throughout.

M: High carbonation with a nice medium body. Smooth.

O: Pretty plain biere de garde. Nice sweet maltiness to it but that's about it. Fairly one note. Quite smooth, tasty and drinkable however. I tried to be fair on the ratings, I'm guessing this is old given the stale hops flavor and the huge amount of floaties. Shame on the brewer/distributor for not dating their bottles, however.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Seriously massive never ending gusher here upon opening. Pours extremely cloudy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off-white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, pear, apple, grape, honey, floral, herbal, clove, pepper, bread, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt with fruity/spicy ester notes. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, grape, honey, bread, floral, herbal, clove, pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, honey, bread, floral, herbal, clove, pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy ester flavors with moderate hop earthiness; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Biere de Garde style! All around great balance and complexity of malt with fruity/spicy esters and hop flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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La Bavaisienne from Brasserie Theillier
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 111 ratings