La Bavaisienne | Brasserie Theillier

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Theillier
France

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-11-2002

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110
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81
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.74%
 
 
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Photo of dgallina
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml dark green capped bottle without dating.

Pours lightly-clouded chestnut with streaming carbonation, very persistent thick creamy head and clinging lace. Smells peppery and nutty, with strong bitter orange and moist earth notes. The aroma is interesting but not immediately appetizing. The flavor, on the other hand, is completely unexpected and out of this world. Deeply toasted biscuit malts exhibit lovely nutty qualities. The medium-sweet malt becomes peppery and hoppy at the end, finishing with orange notes and yeasty earthiness. The taste is an appealing and unusual blend of British ESB and a more traditional biere de garde. Medium-thick body with big carbonation and balancing creaminess. Exceptionally drinkable and well-worth finding!

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Photo of OStrungT
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy brownish orange, with a light tan head. The thick, fluffy head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a spicy aroma. I smell coriander, ginger, and some cloves. It also has a citrus hop aroma. I can smell a slight orange peel aroma. It has a slightly sweet caramel malt aroma as well.

This beer tastes good. I taste the spices. Behind that, this beer has a pleasent citrus flavor. It is slightly sweet, with a biscuit flavor making a very subtle apperance.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a biscuit like aftertaste mixed with some spice. This beer is highlt carbonated, which goes well for the style.

I think this ber would probably make a nuce session beer. It tastes good, and is only slightly high in alcohol.

Overall: I liked this beer. If I come by it again, I will not hesitate to get a bottle or two.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on September 18, 2006. 750 mL. Faint champagne apple malts dance from the heavy carbonation of this beaut. Really not getting too much aroma though. Pour of beautiful fired amber, with a rocky ivory head. Flavor is a ridiculous amalgam of sweet full grain flavors, like I’ve rarely experienced. There’s a variety of farm-like sweet candy grains and full rounds of light fruits. The malts are especially syrupy feeling, but the beer is in no way cloying. Instead, a gentle swashing of freshly roasted grain husks and tawny edges of apple brandy. It’s damn delicious for sure. The yeast character seems subdued to a bready faint existence, despite the omnipresent appearance in the bottle. A smidge of hop dust in the backend draw balanced. I guess overall, I’m dissapointed by the lack of aroma, but extremely satisfied with the skillful and delicate malting of this beer. It reaches German standards and is a beer that really lets these malty nuances stand and shout for themselves. Smoother than hell, too. I could see how people might think this is bland, but they might not have refined palates.

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Photo of dherling
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out an amber color, crystal clear, a big tan head that laces like crazy. The nose is nutty, musty, alcohol, horse-sweat, malts and a faint floral spiciness. The taste heavy caramel flavor crisp herbal notes, dill, coriander, pepper, hops, malt, earthy, and sour yeasty flavors. Has a medium carbonation, and long creamy finish.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BBE march 2007. Great and lasting white head and beautifull and clear amber brew. Nose is very cirtussy fruity and green with some ambermaltsweetness. Great fresh arome and can be wrong but is this american hops? Well they are there in taste also that's next to well bittered but also full matly aromatic, medium bodied, bit koreander like spicy and well backed by not overdone alcohollevel. Medium to high carbonisationlevel fitting the brew and overall smooth mouthfeel despite bitterness that's maybe quiet high for a biere de garde but is this one or more an IPA-clone. Still with good french twist and wish I took more then just this 1 750ml bottle. Great brew IMO.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber hue, opaque, with brobdignagian froth abounding in the glass (a Duvel tulip was the vessel I chose for this tasting), light cocoa-toned, leaving lace. An impressive appearance.

Aroma: peppers and dark fruit, cherries, apples, grape. A whiff of the yeast. Nice.

Taste: brisk carbonation at the fore, boards the palate with wild abandon. Sweet flavor at first, but dries soon, nicely balanced. Very even-handed, this. Nearly juicy, with the fruit, but, again, moderation is the call of the day here. Nothing too forward in any direction.

Medium bodied, with a dry fruity finish. A bit chalky at the back of the mouth, and increasingly bitter on the tongue, but just a bit, not too much.

This would be a great food beer, I think, a wonderful choice for dinner accompaniament, leaving dessert for the quads and dubbels and such.

So glad to have tried it, much thanks to Buckeyenation!

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber color lightly hazy nice light tan head that falls slowly.

Aroma is malty hints of caramel dried fruits plums and apricots and peaches with some light grassy hops.

Taste is lots of malt caramel, some toffee hints dried fruit moving to grassy hop finish. Some light spice and earthy yeast peaking thru some light lingering bitterness also. Good simple flavorable malty treat.

Mouthfeel is medium a good level of carbonation again medium.

Drinkability is good a nice malty treat with nice fruitiness and light hops and spice. A solid contender.

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Photo of Crosling
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful reddish orange in color with a small and mostly diminishing head of white cream. Aroma is mostly malt accented with hints of toffee, caramel and fruit along with a touch of hops (flowers). Initially on the front palate, the flavors are fairly mellow and tame, until the mid-palate explodes with fresh fruit and dripping honey and caramel. Layers of velvety flavors. A work of art as far as Biere De Gardes go.

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Photo of OldSock
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance and Presentation – 750 ml bottle from Luke’s with a blue foil wrap around the neck. The cap underneath the blue wrap is pretty rusty, that’s the first time have seen this on a fresh bottle. The beer seems to be no worse for the wear, 2 fingers of creamy off-white head last forever on top of the hazy red/brown/orange beer. There is some particulate matter, yeast I assume, but it isn’t too bothersome until I get close to the end of the bottle. Carbonation is rapid and lacing is substantial.

Smell – Mostly malt with earthy yeastiness. Alcohol is perceptible, but just barely.

Taste – Taste is surprisingly tame, had been expecting a really farmy flavor. Toasted bready malts provide the sweetness in this beer. There is also a good yeast flavor, slightly musty and earthy. It has a bit of hop spicyness, and only enough hop bitterness to almost balance out the malts. The alcohol, present in the nose, is absent from the flavor.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with strong carbonation. The particles are not noticeable in the mouth.

Drinkability and Notes – The flavors meld well, and aside from the floaties and rusty cap it was good beer experience. Drinkability was good, the flavor stayed interesting and enjoyable through the whole bottle. This was my first imported Bier de Garde, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out reddish brown with a dense, off-white head flecked with brown chunks. The aroma is caramel, honey, herbs, and just a little funkiness. The flavor is suprisingly malty. Complex malts, very herbal, and a gentle hop spiciness. Apples and figs. Finishes bitter. The mouthfeel is so full and creamy. Incredibly drinkable. This beer is a real pleasure to drink. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of gimmehead
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bright copper with a huge white head and tons of streaming bubbles and yeasty lurkers. Aroma is very spicy and grassy, new mown hay comes to mind, with a very grainy earthiness that balances the spicy hops very well. Tastes just like the nose, but with a more pronounced grainy malt character. Lots of noble hops. Very yeasty and bready, a hint of sweetness just before a dry finish. Medium body with tons of carbonation. This is one of the most drinkable and refreshing beers I've ever had. Well balanced and the 750mL bottle was just the right quantity.

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Photo of Sammy
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light beer with a permanent big fluffy head. Spicy aroma and taste. Not all that drinkable, and thin-medium mouthfeel. Pepper, cloves, cardomaon, grassiness and hops there. Best of France, whatever that should mean. Still drinkable at end of hot summer day. Better with food.

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

La Bavaisienne pours a fairly clear, amber-orange body beneath a rocky head of big-bubbled off-white froth that holds quite well and leaves patchy sheets (at the outset) and craggy streaks of lace about the glass.

The nose offers sweet and lightly tart fruit (tangerine, papaya); some sweet, grainy malt; a mild mustiness; and a delicate touch of spice.

In the mouth it bristles the tongue before warming to become somewhat airy and somewhat creamy (but not completely one or the other), with a medium-full body and lightly effervescent carbonation.

It's malty flavor delivers candied fruit (oranges, papaya, apple); brash, grassy, and subtly spicy hops; over a sweet, honeyish, grainy and hay-like bed of malt. A wide, dull bitterness backs it, and although it takes a moment for the sweetness of the malt to receed in the finish, the bitterness is immediately there and overwhelms it. Some delicate spice lingers in the aftertaste; but the alcohol never really shows itself in that way, so it must be from actual spice, or perhaps the hops.

It's not particularily complex, but what's there is very good. Of course, it's full, sticky malt does deter its drinkability a bit, leaving it more of a quiet, after dinner drink than a pub-time quaffer. Otherwise, it's a very nicely done, malty and strong Biere de Garde. As it's intended for storage, I'd suggest giving this one at least a few months in the cellar to bring it to top condition.

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Photo of cokes
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An autumnal, pumpkin-golden shade, hazed and riled with dispersed bubbles, sits below a grinning whipped cream steeple of nicotine-stained teeth.
Tickling perfumes of honey-nut cereal, bruised apples, discarded pears, cedar, wintergreen, balsawood, clove, and tarragon.
It issues into the mouth with a stanch fruitiness. But here's the enigma: the fruits here don't actually exist. Maybe it is only one fruit. Or maybe it is 100,000. But whatever, it's fucking not real, and you've never seen the likes of it. It's not the intersection of figs and dates and pears and applesauce and kiwis and plantains and papayas...but it is very close. But here, it is singular and not envelopingly sweet that that mixture would be. Let's call it Spacefruit, because I'm pretty sure shit like this must grow on Saturn, or in France or wherever. It recedes partially and allows a toasted grain breadiness, all glazed in honey, and adorned with nuts. It's like a bowl of Honey-Nut Cheerios with chunks of...um..spacefruit in it.
But that ain't it.
The later portion of the sips brings myriad dry wood hues, mostly of cedar and sandlewood, and stray beach-stranded dry driftwood. It also bounces around notions of clove, vanilla, coriander, pepper, limestone, chalk, and sweet basil, as it drfits towards the rosewater-spruce-lemongrass-tarragon-wintergreen hop exclamation.
Wrap this up in a pill of tightly wound carbonation and whipped milk textures, and its tactile sensuality is congruent with everything else present.
All this talk about space has me thinking....this is probably as complex and equally complicated to inter-planetary travel, but a whole lot more fun. If I ever had plan of becoming an astronaut...fuck it...I'll just stay home with another bottle of this.

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Photo of Skidz
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out gold tinted amber and sits coppered gold in the glass with a massive off-white head, sputtering to a thick coating of foam with lacings coating the glass. Blamo!

Smells of rich caramel, golden raisins and fresh apples. Notes of tropical fruit bounce around, pineapple and papayas. Toasty malt character, hitting on biscuits. Very flowery nose, solid all around.

Tastes mildly sweet up front with raisins and figs up front with a shot of caramel. Biscuity malts progress and move into some more interesting fruit flavors of mangoes, apple, nectarines and pineapple. Some spicy hop notes rise up with a little alcoholic warmth. Yeast comes in close the finish. Finish is mildly bitter, toasty malts stick around well after swallowing.

Creamy smooth with tact carbonation and a medium-full body. Wonderful feel, makes for easy handling.

This beer is all over the place and so completely well balanced. Dashing good looks, inviting nose, superb taste and a body that puts it all out. Can't really ask for more, well I could ask for more of this...but that's about it.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours our a cloudy amber with a moderate head of froth. Little bits of yeast float around inside. Hops, malts and esters combine in the aroma to remind me of caramalized oranges. Lot of hop bitterness and flavor up front, earthy, also very grapefruit-like. Orange-like esters add some more citrus flavor. Nicely offset by good, lightly toasted malt with just a touch of sweetness before a lingering dry finish. Lot of carbonation and a large, spritzy mouthfeel.

Truly, a stunningly good beer, one of the best beers I've had this year.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear medium amber golden with a frothy just off-white head that rose tall and fell very slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was lightly malty with a caramel malt presence and a earthy hop presence. The aroma was lightly fruity and lightly spicy with some slight belgian yeast character.

The flavor was a balanced combination of caramel maltiness in conjunction with moderate levels of hop bittering and hop flavor. The balance on first contact with the palate was malt, but that immediate changed to hops. The hops had a slight metallic edge that diminished as the beer stayed in contact with the palate and as time passed. The flavor was crisp and well executed with some peppery spice presence.

The finish was dry with lasting earthy hop bittering into the aftertaste and slight reminders of malty caramel. The body was medium and well done with a nice carbonation level. The beer contained no real alcohol presence.

750 ml green capped and foil sealed bottle. This is a Biere de Garde if it were a slight bit more malty, definitely not a Belgian Strong, more likely a Belgian Pale Ale, but the hop levels are not that intense. In any case a well crafted beer.

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Photo of HogHill
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this 750 from Colonial Spirits in Acton for just under six bucks. Nice green bottle with wine bottle wrapping over the large bottle cap.

Impressive 3 finger head of white froth, atop a copper body that has good clarity. Lots of lace on my glass as this one is consumed.

First sip brings on a sweet caramel flavor, with a small yeast presence. There's a high level of carbonation here and a medium bodied feel.

Overall I like this one a lot. It was the 2nd french beer I've tried (Jenlain biere de garde was the first) , and I will definitely pick up another 750 of this again.

Notes: This is one of the featured beers in Phil Markowski's (Southampton Publick House) Farmhouse Ales book. It's listed under the biere de garde half of the book, but even the Brasserie Thellier brewer doesn't really classify it as a biere de garde.

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Photo of shapudding
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hand carried back from the brewery by a good friend! Dated Feb 06, L 4 16.
Deep amber and clear with a thick eggshell colored creamy head. Ton of carbonation rising up to the heavy head that you can just peak through. Richly scented, caramel, malty, sweetly floral, buttery sugar, and warmly alcoholic. Tightly packed carbonation which makes the body feel more medium, feels just a bit too foamy for my tastes. Very dry, very crisp, darkened toast, bit vineous -chardonnay. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of Dantes
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 750ml (1 pint, 9.4 oz) foil-sealed, crowned, puntless, green bottle (I thought this beer came corked at one point?). Front label depicts what looks like a gamekeeper in the style of Hals. Descriptors include “French Farmhouse Ale,” “A beautifully balanced Bière de Garde from France’s oldest working brewery. Malty, hoppy, amber ale.” Rear label recapitulates the same basic information. Well THAT covers most of the bases. No date information and ABV noted as 7%.

Cost: $6.99 at Somerville Supersaver

Presentation: Bière de garde tulip glass at ~50º.

Appearance: Monumental ivory head that makes nitro-Guinness envious, threatens to burst out of the glass with even the most gentle pour. I’m sure I could rest a pound coin on it without its falling through! The color is a fairly standard amber and crystal clear. Fairly active carbonation presents in medium-gauge bubbles. Head is beyond sticky, leaving massive foam stillicides along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Absolutely classic musty, horse-sweat nose backed by formidable malts and a faint spiciness. Mildly floral. Little alcoholic hotness.

Taste: The first taste seems sweetly flabby with heavy caramel flavor, but this is instantly backed with some crisp herbal notes, although I don’t detect the “dill and cucumber” noted in the Times. I get more coriander, pepper, and possibly marjoram. The hops are secondary but nicely balanced against the malts. Filled out with nice earthy, yeasty flavors. Moderate to full, fairly dry finish, with a sourish fillip at the end. Quite complex and intriguing.

Mouthfeel: As usual for these fine, artisanally-produced, bottle-conditioned ales; the carbonation is fine, perfectly pitched, and creamy. Each swallow fills the mouth with a recapitulation of the enormous head. The alcohol adds a subtle, warming heft. Just about perfect.

Drinkability: A fine experience, although there are a few other similar beers I prefer. Still, it’s hard to fault this beer.

Backwash: A recent NY Times article inspired me to again sample through some of the bières de garde I hadn’t had in some time. Once I find my favorite beer in a category, I tend to stick with it, but the article and the disappearance of 3 Monts from NJ, provided a great opportunity to go asearching. This beer is one of the classics, with tremendous flavor and complexity. I consider this more a saison/bière de garde than a Belgian Strong Ale and put this near the top of that category, surpassed by 3 Monts, Southampton’s French Country, Heavyweight’s Bière d’Arte, and La Choulette. I intend to revisit many of these classics in the months to come. Definitely worth seeking out and still a great value. One of those beers that dares you to buy a cheap bottle of wine.

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Photo of silenius
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I heard about this beer in Phil Markowski's book Farmhouse Ales.

It intrigued me and when I saw it for sale I had to snatch it up. It had to sit for about a week as carrying it home stirred up all sorts of yeast from the bottom. For four days later I still say clouds lingerin in the neck of the bottle. Finally I get to try it.

It pours an amber copper with a nice fluffy yellow-tinged head that lightly laces the glass.

Smell is very light raw sugar and a hint of grassiness. Nothing astonishing, but pleasant.

Taste starts like overly sugared iced coffee and then shifts to a moderate bitterness coming through the sweet. It ends with a sweet sensation on the tip of my tongue. I think it is slightly out of balance on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is quite creamy and lively without feeling overly carbonated and without any carbonation bite.

Drinkability suffers with it being a little out of whack with too much sweetness. This might pair well with something containing carmelized onions.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml greenbottle, foil lined, capped. Described as "a beautifully balanced Biere de Garde from France's oldest working brewery. Malty, hoppy, amber ale"-7% ABV. Recommended by Nick at LiquorMax in Loveland, Co.

Pours out to a lightly hazy dark amber, forming a modest light biege head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is not as spritzy as I was expecting, which is nice...more of a medium to mild carbonation level. The aroma is superb...great farmhouse character...musty basement, barnyard, plenty of wet horse blanket, diabetic ketotic urine, mead, vanilla, dark clover honey and floral apple fields. Reminds me a bit of Abbaye des Rocs. The mouthfeel is very soft and smooth with a medium body. Very easy to drink, with a lightly dry finish. The taste really is an echo of the aroma. There is a touch of alcoholic esters perceptable in the middle The aftertaste is quite unique...airy and redolent with tobacco, leather, dates, and figs. Not very tart or acidic for the style. Bitterness is mild and very herbaceous. Besides a slight metallic quality and mild alcohol, there are no perceptabe off-flavors for the style.

A unique and charming Biere de Garde. Warming, soothing, and satisfying, this brings peace to any day. Rich without being presumptous, this is a very good brew and is highly recommended.

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Photo of aracauna
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The deep amber body is topped by a voluminous whipped custard head that clings to the glass for dear life. This is perhaps the maltiest of the style that I’ve had to date with rich caramel malts providing the base of the aroma and flavor. There’s a good bit of apple peel fruitiness and the flavor is a tad sweet. The only thing that bugs me about the beers is a slight harshness in the lingering bitterness of the finish. But the bitterness seems to fade as I drink it, so it could have been something to do with the temperature. Definitely gets better as it warms.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer shows a ligher shade of scarlet red. Clarity is good. Vigorous carbonation is noted. And a huge crop of off white head. Impressive looking. Nose is interesting. Some funky barnyard and horsey aromas, though not as strong as say Cantillon. Musty cellars. Yeast sediment. Earthy dirt tones. Herbal. Pretty good. While this beer has a definite dry quality to it, there's a ghostly sweet aspect that is very alluring. The beer is very earthy. It's all about the farmhouse qualities... the hay, the barn, the horse blanket. It's not real acidic or tart, but definitely yeasty and musty. Like a cellar. This is really enjoyable and disappearing way too fast.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper in appearance with a rocky off-white head. The aroma is malty, spicy, and peppery. The flavor is bready, and malty. It is also a bit sweet, and has a light fruitiness. The body is medium, and it is easy drinking. A very tasty brew, would have another.

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La Bavaisienne from Brasserie Theillier
4.09 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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