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La Bavaisienne | Brasserie Theillier

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La BavaisienneLa Bavaisienne

Brewed by:
Brasserie Theillier

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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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 109
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty, clear, copper color. It is well carbonated and supports a prodigious tan head. The aroma is sharp and spicy with some herbal notes as well as some malty ones too. The aroma is a good marriage between malt, hops, and yeast aromatics. My first impression of the taste is that this definitely hits the spot. It is light and flavorful, perfect for a hot summer evening. This has some nice sharp spicy notes that hit the front of my tongue; these are a nice balance to the malty sweetness that is also found in this beer. The malty sweetness has a depth of flavor, which really contributes to the overall character of this beer. I get flavor notes that are spicy, herbal, sweet and a certain caramel maltiness. While I would be hesitant to call this a stellar beer, the integrated flavors really meld very well together. This is certainly a well crafted beer, and one which I highly recommend.

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

Fresh, vegetal, and unusually true to its name as a "farmhouse" ale. Not as malty as some biere de gardes, but robust nonetheless with a warming alcohol pushing through, however controlled, into the finish. Soft bitter greens give way to a spicy fruitiness that eventually reveals itself as coriander. The coriander is subtle in this beer, lending no astringency on the palate or fuming spice on the nose. As some saisons like DuPont and Fantome taste perfect in the summer season for which they were intended, so does Bavaisienne for the early Midwestern fall.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of marc77
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Clear deep bronze hue. Towering, animated, dogged, ivory white head supported by capacious bubble threads. Steadfast, frothy lace. Gorgeous. Wafts of lightly tart starfruit and underripe red apple prevalent in aroma. Subdued light toffee and sugar cookie hints. Trace orange mint and moist hay hints. Well rounded aromawise. In flavor, incipient is a combination of orange flesh and sweet biscuit. Dries promptly, with hop bitterness, black pepper hints and woody hop hints ensuing. Stately lime and kiwi hints. Persistent light caramel malt backbone. Fruitiness oddly diminishes as it breathes, with mild horsey, earthy tones replacing esters. Moderate in body, with ample dextrinous girth. Finishes both savory and dry, with airy sourdough hints. Delicious. So soft, yet so satiating. Superbly crafted and superlatively drinkable.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after divorcing the 750ml green bottle settles in the glass a bright clear amber color, the head is Bunyanesque in size, the texture semi-creamy, as it slowly erodes, and the lace forms a thick and sticky blanket to seal off the glass from view. Nose is somewhat sweet, a tad earthy and maybe a hint of over ripe apples to seal off the nose, start is lightly sweet with a nice malt presence, the top fair to middling in its feel. Finish is light to moderate in carbonation, with a spicy hop presence and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. As you pour each glass, the head pops right up to the top of the glass, a very interesting brew!

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer for the first time at Colonial Spirits in Acton. Cool green 750 that is capped but not corked. Label says, "from France's oldest working brewery". Pours out and orange-brown color with a nice white fluffy head. The smell is grassy and malty. Very effervesant. Taste is similar and extremely smooth. Malty and sweet in the beginning then crisp and hoppy in the end. Very well balanced. A unique style that I am growing to love. If France has more beers like this, we could mend fences even faster:)

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Photo of ark57
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear, reddish amber and has a good sized head. The aroma is spicy and fruity with some floral notes. It has a good malt backbone and a lot of flavors. It is earthy with some orange and anise notes. It finishes somewhat dry and with a nice bitterness.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In bottle at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn.

Amber-brown in colour with a healthy head. Wonderful strong, earthy, peaty aroma. Pleasant malty flavour, a bit spicy, bordering on sweet but balanced out by other flavours; slightly buttery texture. Balanced, malty finish. Recommended.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great find! Kristal clear amber color with a soft white, thick pillow of foam that leaves scattered splotches and retains well. Aromas are peppery, assertively hoppy, mildly honeyed, and are balanced by rich, toasty malted notes. The mouthfeel is full, crisp, very smooth, and just buzzes with hop bitter. This is rather like the Saison Dupont in style though it has more of a piney hop character and perhaps a deeper malt component. The balance here is astounding.The long hoppy finish lingers and is enveloped by just the right amount of malt sweetness. This is a hard to put down, really well made beer. Thanks again to Ron at Shelton Bros. for another stellar sample! Are these Bros. not putting together one of the most exciting portfolios on the market or what?!

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Photo of jcalabre
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a slightly hazy pale amber color with a long lasting frothy head. It has lots of carbonation, but uncharacteristically, add to the drinking experience, rather than distracting from it. It has a slightly thick feel on the tongue with a subtle sweetness. The aroma has a touch of apple in it. In my opinion, this beer has a lot of small & subtle tastes & smells that add up to a very nice beer.

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Photo of MJR
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber surrounded by copper edges. The body has excellent clarity, with lots of carbonation bubbles slowing rising to the surface. The tan head is thick, rich, and holds well, leaving a nice pattern of lace down the glass.

Smell: The aroma is quite rich with a heavy dose of smooth, rounded caramel balanced by faintly spicy hops. There's an earthy aspect to the smell that is a combination of freshly mown hay and those common Belgian descriptors like 'farmhouse' and 'horseblanket.' Fantastic aroma!

Taste: The flavor starts off incredibly rich and thick with lots of caramel. There's a touch of fruity sweetness, but it's held in check by a good amount of spicy hop bitterness. Around the halfway point, the earthy, musty character kicks in. In the finish, there's a hint of a phenolic flavor mixed in with the malty aftertaste. Oddly enough, a faint metallic note shows up in the last few inches of the bottle. Wonderful balance between the various flavors.

Mouthfeel: Round and full with a buttery mouthfeel of medium thickness. Somewhat dry towards the end. Amazing mouthfeel...

Drinkability: Top notch drinkability... The alcohol is a bit high, but is beautifully hidden. This is one beer I could enjoy in any season.

A 'beer to guard?' You're damn right! Back away from my bottle or else...

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Photo of nathi
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden with a slight reddish tint, average head..
Light refreshing and subttle fruity aroma, with pear and berry hints, but low. Main aroma character is a nice light caramel malt aroma...caramel candy like. Flavor is sweet and simple sugary malt with a light caramel character and a oaky earthyness. Alcohol is noteable and adds coplexity. A little on the seet side, could use more balance.

Of 5 Bier de Gardes tasted on the same night this was 3rd. Drinkable, but not very exciting.

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La Bavaisienne from Brasserie Theillier
4.09 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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