Le Pianiste | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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89 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:
89
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
8.87%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Understated spice, decently drinkable beer, on tap at Griffon two. Some sourness which was interesting, and surprising, but not giving BFM a run for the money.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of dmorgan310
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe - August 2010. Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orange copper color with an off white head and a decent amount of lacing. Nose brings some caramel malt, a bit of earthiness, and some minor floral characteristics. Taste is about the same, with the caramel taking on some dry undertones and mixing well with the fresh, earthy characteristics of the beer. Light body with good carbonation, this was one of the first few biere de gardes that I've actually enjoyed and detected multiple flavors from, which I hope is more a reflection on my failure to find good ones as opposed to there not being any available in the States.

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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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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 XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of orangesol
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of corby112
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Cambridge in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark golden amber/copper color with a half finger white head that quickly settles into a very thin ring.  Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with peppery spice, grassy hops, faint farmhouse funk and sweet malt.  Some pepper and resinous hops along with a very subtle barnyard farmhouse character.  This is followed by sweet malt flavors of red fruits, caramel and toffee.  The nose is blander than expected and feels more like a biere de garde than a dark saison/farmhouse.

On the fuller end of medium bodied with peppery spice and an earthy presence that lingers over the floral notes, hop bitterness, light fruit and malt backbone into a slightly dry finish.  Subtle musty/funky farmhouse character along with pepper and clove.  Light malt notes of bread and biscuit followed by sweeter dark fruit notes, notably red apple and dark berries.  Complex, full bodied, well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Short Review. This a good Biere De Garde, it's very true to style and to me it has just the right amount of sourness for the style. I like it and I would for sure get it again. it would be nice if bells bottled this one.

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Photo of dirtylou
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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Photo of hollywood_15063
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

tap blue dust. Pour is golden amber with a frothy off white head. Nose has a nice grain up front, lightly toasted bread with good malt depth. golden fruits bright behind, nice apricot and lemon notes. Taste has more grain, light spice to it, bread lingers a touch on the lemon and golden fruits and raisins. Body is light, airy, well carbonated, crisp and dry.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Le Pianiste from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.72 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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