Le Batteur | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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3.62 w/ 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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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bulldog-Uptown in Minneapolis.

Easy drinking, nice de garde, but not memorable.

A – Pours a cloudy golden straw, minimal head, zero lacing.

S - Some lemon, crackers, mild funk, the aroma was generally lacking though.

T - Some bitterness in the middle.

MF - Medium light body, dry finish, some sharpness in the finish, good carbonation.

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down and left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas of malts are present in the nose along with hints of adjuncts.
T: The taste has flavors of sweet malts and corn adjuncts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation
O: I wouldn't really consider this to be a true biere de garde as it doesn't have any flavors of earthy yeast.

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Served in a snifter at churchkey in dc.

Pours a cloudy golden color with an amber hue. There isn't much head at all. I'm getting Belgian spice in the nose along with a mild citrus note. The flavor is light and full of yeast spice. This is an extremely dry beer. Just a bit herbal. The finis is bone dry.

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Le Batteur from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 47.2% out of 100 with 72 ratings
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