Le Batteur | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

72 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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3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft at The Cambridge in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a slightly hazy, very pale golden yellow color with a half finger white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly bland aroma with bready yeast, light fruit and faint floral hops.   There's a touch of grassy hops along with some apple, pear, bread and biscuit.

Fuller bodied than expected and a lot more interesting than the nose suggests.  Subtle crisp hop bite up front with some grassy saaz flavor along with some hay, subtle earthy resins and pine needle.  This is followed by bready yeast and sweet light fruit notes, notably apple and pear.  Not terribly complex but well balanced, crisp, refreshing and decently drinkable.  Not as good as some of the better French/Belgian examples of the style, but this is pretty nice interpretation with an American hop twist.

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3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jazz Series #1

Pours a white head. Color is a light straw yellow. Very hazy.

Aroma: Yeast, some lemon zest, grassy hops, coriander. It is kind of sweet in the fruit profile. Very basic. Not much here.

Taste: Grassy hops, yeasty, lemon zest, coriander, cloves, bready malts with a hint of caramel. Not much here.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and crisp. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean, but dry.

Overall, a very simple beer. Very basic. Nothing to special, but it was cool to try it. It is somewhat drinkable.

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3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at happy gnome.

presented to me in a snifter with two fingers of white head that leave decent lacing. color is hazy golden yellow. nice looking beer.

smell is musty belgian yeast that features pepper and humid old basement smells. not super strong smells, but very distinct.

yeast is the star in the taste. spicy peppercorn, bread, hint of belgian funk, not much else going on in the taste. hops not really detected. not a fan of yeasty breadiness as a standalone in the beer, unless the yeast flavors are better.

mouthfeel is chewey but dry with moderate to high carbonation really well made in the mouthfeel.

too much bready yeast going on here for me to want more than one.

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3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at World of Beer - Naperville.

It's been an awfully long time since I've had a new Bell's beer, so I was pretty jazzed (get it?) to find this during my random trip to Naperville. It pours a clear golden-straw topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises barley, light flowers, a hint of earthy yeast, and sweet flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, though the yeast is a bit more expressive now, providing an extra bit of earthy spiciness (or spicy earthiness...it's pretty tough to tell the two apart), and there's a stronger contingent of grass. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid brew, though not the most representative of the biere de garde style. That said, I'd easily drink another of these if offered. Consider this the tourist's version of the drink, the more easy-going "light" version. Something like that...

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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Autumn Brew Review. Pours a straw yellow golden color with a white head. The aroma is that of biscuity, wheaty, and malty. Honestly, it might just be me but it smells like a strong pilsner. Medium/light mouthfeel. Sweet malt upfront taste with a lingering bitterness from the hops. Some toffee type taste as well. Overall, not bad.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Number one (of three) in the French Jazz series - The Blonde

Serving glass: Poured from tap into small chalice.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow with thin white head.

Smell: Strong yeast with nice bread and peppery notes.

Taste: Very bready and yeasty, somewhat sweet. Pepper and citrus come through toward the end.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium sugary body, but slightly drying at the end.

Drinkability: The most thirst quenching of the three Jazz beers, but the least interesting.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a pint glass from draft at the Vine on September 10, 2016.

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Le Batteur from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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