Le Pianiste | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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84
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90 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
90
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
8.87%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Photo of mothman
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Jazz Series #2

Pours an off white head. Color is a hazed bright golden orange.

Aroma: Bready malts with some orange peel. Fairly malty with a light touch of earthy hops. Fairly muted nose. Has an off flavor I can't pick up.

Taste: Very bready and biscuity. Orange peel, coriander, and spice here. Really not a whole lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and creamy. Medium bodied. Kind of chewy. Dry as well. Medium carbonation.

Overall, I just wasn't too impressed with this one. Just not much going on here. Still happy to have tried it. I didn't want too much of this beer.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at City Tap House, Philly, PA

A: Golden, mostly clear, nice white head with some lacing.

S: Light malts, citrusy hops, a bit floral.

T: Light, fruity, floral and grassy.

M: Light-medium body, crisp.

D: Nice and drinkable, complex and light.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Similar to Le Batteur, this piano-inspired beer takes the bready and fruity flavors into a darker and spicier territory.

Pouring a deep amber, mohogany layered hue, the beer casts deep highlights of chestnut and dark gold through a mild haze. It's just off white head sheets the glass like creme to coffee. With smooth retention and light lace, this biere de garde looks unlike any of the style that I've seen yet.

Sweeter notes of caramel and bread crust rise first as the nose approaches the tulip. But a backnote of light pepper, toast, and nuts round the malt and yeast character into a bruin-ish nose.

Flavors ride a constent line with aromas: medium caramel is met with dry toast and bread crust taste. Lightly melanoidin-rich, the beer has a savory and nearly meatish taste. Pecans and peppercorn are lasting flavors as the beer fades into dry toastiness to finish.

Medium bodied to start, the caramel taste brings with it mild residual malt weight that slows down drinkability somewhat. Creamy rather than dry effervesence keeps the beer feeling richer and more velvety for an extended aftertaste of toast and pepper.

If I were trying this beer blindly, I would have pegged it for an American-brewed Belgian-style bruin/brune, and not of biere de garde. It's extra weight, creaminess, and simplified taste coupled with the darker taste keeps the beer living in obscurity.

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3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bell's August 9th

Pours a deep tangerine orange with a soft white foamy head that leaves moderate lacing.

Has a mild nose. Fresh bread and a light malt that cannot be distinguished.

Has a pretty decent balance with nothing that is overpowering and takes over the beer. Dark chocolate is present with bread as well.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Overall this beer is decent but not wonderful.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap, Maduro - Madison

from notes

appearance: served in a shaker pint, dark copper body, off-white head, decent lace

smell: autumnal, bready, malty, moderate sweetness

taste: There were a handful of biere de gardes floating around the bells taplist that night - none very impressive unfortunately. Earthy and dry, toasted malt, grainy sweetness. Not sure what Bells is really going for with this line, but its kind of a bore.

mouthfeel: medium, sweet, dry and earthy

overall: ok

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Le Pianiste from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.72 out of 5 based on 90 ratings.
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