Le Pianiste | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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3.73 w/ 90 ratings

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by tpd975 on 04-11-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 90 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of RockAZ
4.61/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tap and Bottle Tucson pulled this keg out of their cellar, 3 years old plus, and was hellafine. Read the old reviews during the tasting(s), and all I can say is that it has mellowed well. The dry pepper aftertaste is still there, more sour fruit than the old reviews stated. This batch was rare then, impossibly rare now. Really enjoyed this, for posterity the average score needs to draw upwards.

Pepper, apple and maybe a tiny bit cherry notes in the taste. More like cherry in the nose, but the odd yeast notes mentioned in old reviews, in my opinion, are gone. Some said the malt was too present in the taste, (earthiness one described it which is what I got out of it), others had different opinions, but the farmyard aroma is still there but now very subtle compared to the dry pepper I got from it today. Sharp acidity balanced well with the dryness. Pepper/Sour, some might call it spiciness, but to me a delicious fight on my taste buds, this beer snapped! The reviewers that had this and dismissed its sweetness would now love it cause that's all gone now.

Enjoyed with an awesome wood fired pizza featuring prosciutto. This is a complex beer, for me the tart dry finish that held good carbonation all the way to the bottom of the glass(es) made this a very pleasurable beer. This was a rare treat in sours for me today, one of the best in a long line of these related styles.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the "Jazz" series. The Pianist French Amber Biere de Garde.

A: Pours a nice amber hue with a nice tan head. Good retention and some lacing.

S: Aromas of nice sweet caramel malt, yeast, and a touch of citrus.

T: I enjoy this one more than the blond. Wish I had a chance to see the brune come on. Lots of rich sweet caramel malt. Very light yeasty undertones. Mild sweet fruits, with hints of citrus and bread dough.

M: Medium in body, smooth, creamy, damn good.

D: Awesome. I really liked this beer. Was a real pleasant surprise to see it on the menu.

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4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Number two (of three) in the French Jazz series - The Amber

Serving glass: Poured from tap into small goblet.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with very thin head.

Smell: Not much at first (slightly malty and sweet) but opens up as it warms with a focus on caramel and a nice earthiness.

Taste: Just seems to be light caramel malts at first taste, but then becomes very nutty, fruity, and earthy. This one really improves as it rests in the glass.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, smooth, somewhat full body.

Drinkability: This seems to be the more traditional Biere de Garde of the three, and I think it is the best. Great sipping beer, and at 5.8%, you can just keep sipping.

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4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Growler Grlz. I don't pick sours as my first choice, but from Bell's I was happy to try it. After I did, I was glad I did.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Le Pianiste from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 63.3% out of 100 with 90 ratings
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