Le Contrabassiste | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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116 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): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by corby112 on 06-08-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
9.92%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving glass: Poured from tap into small goblet.

Appearance: Rich, hazy mahogany with off-white head.

Smell: Plum, toffee, slightly smoky.

Taste: Smoky, sweet caramel and toffee. Some dark fruit and cherry. With the yeast (while present) pushed mostly to the background, this seems more like a Scotch Ale.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, full body, smooth but just a touch cloying.

Drinkability: The strongest in alcohol and flavor of the three Biere de Gardes, but the slightly cloying body means that I prefer Le Pianiste. Still quite good.

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Photo of deebo
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap as part of Bells tap takeover at bulldog uptown in mold
A-served in tulip this one has just a hint of filmy tan head. Reddish brown and pretty clear
S-lightly smoked malt, hints of fruity yeast
T-the smoky quality of the malt is there but definitely not overpowering. Some black peppery spiciness, hints of yeast with a long tingly bitter finish
M-high carbonation, medium bodied, bitter with a lingering finish
O-a decent brew but a bit off in its combination of flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jordanmtate
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deakin
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KevinGordon
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Definitely reminiscent of a Farmhouse ale. Great smell. Not much head. Found it on tap at local restaurant. Sour and tart note in taste. Herbal and floral flavor and smell but I could not really identify them. Changed as it warmed and got a bit too sour for me but overall it was a nice pre-dinner offering. Maybe the best Farmhouse style I have liked, not generally a big fan of the style but I would try others based on this one.

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3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Le Contrabassiste from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.63 out of 5 based on 116 ratings.
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