Le Batteur | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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72 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:
72
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
10.16%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Photo of escapegoat
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, a very refreshing beer and one that I wish was more widely available. I'd definitely keep this on tap in the kegerator for the first half of football season if it was commercially available.

A - Golden, honey colored with white head
T - Bready with slight lemon sweetness
M - Refreshing and light

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Photo of Desimoaj
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm drinking mine on tap at the Pig & Fiddle on 14 Sept. 2016. It arrives hazy gold under a thin white foamy film. It has a citrus and light bread crumb nose with spice and traces of over ripe fruit to banana in the background. A pleasant lemony tartness runs through the palate with a mildly tart start followed by some yeasty fruit notes and then a return to more tart notes. The malt smooths out some of the rough edges of the tartness. The tartness is medium while the malt is medium to medium light. The body is medium light and the carbonation is above average. This is a very refreshing and agreeable summer beer.I rate it 85.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of MaxPowers
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dsaylor
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jampics2
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Night Town during Cleveland Beer Week. The entire Bell's Jazz Series was featured for the first time ever in Ohio.

The beer is certainly the lightest of the bunch. The color is reminiscent of straw with some orange and gold notes mixed in sparingly. The beer has a bit of haze but isn't as cloudy as most French farmhouse ales. There's a nice white head that quickly recedes and doesn't leave a ton of lace, but Le Batteur is still a nice looking beer overall.

The smell is slight tartness with some bready malt and some citrus notes. On closer examination, there is certainly some lemon zest and touch of orange peel. The malt is sweet and reminiscent of freshly baked bread crust and crackers. A touch of herbs show up as well, mostly clove and a touch of pepper. The yeast is a bit "old" with some slight musty and sour touches from the wheat but not a lactic acid sharpness. The smell overall is basic and refreshing, but not too expressive. There are little to no hops.

The hops do add a touch of earthiness and grass to the flavor, but they're certainly not in the driver's seat. The malt tends to dominate with some cracker and a touch of sweetness. The yeast adds some complexity and some esters that give some lemon zing and a bit of orange citrus notes. The beer is certainly tart but not sour or wild at all. A touch of herbal notes are present as well, with some pepper and clove. The beer is certainly light for a Bière de Garde and has more in common with a lighter Belgian style like a witbier. The taste is pleasant and has some refreshing qualities, it's quite appealing for the Belgian beer lover.

The beer finishes dry with some lingering tartness. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is rather lively and makes this more smooth than creamy. There is a touch of stickiness but then the lemon zest lingers and makes this not too sugary. The beer is very drinkable and refreshing. I'd love to have this on a summer day, but even in October it's like a bit of sunshine in a glass. This is worth seeking out if you're into the lighter Belgians, but the rather straightforward yeast leaves me wanting more esters and complexity.

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Photo of deebo
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap as part of Bells tap takeover at Bulldog uptown
A-served in a tulip this beer is hazy, color is an orangish golden with a thin white film skimming the top
S-clean malt, some lemony citrus zest
T-clean barley malt. Plenty of lemon like yeast esters with a very crisp quick finish
M-highly carbonated which is desired with the characteristics of this brew. More body than I would expect given the clean malt character
O-I like this one, clean and crisp with a little body and flavor that goes down easy

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3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Le Batteur from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.64 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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