Le Contrabassiste | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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:
117
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
9.92%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this beer is awesome, havent had very much wild ale stuff from bells, so a real treat to get to try this one. there is a listing for a brett edition of this, but i think its a double listing as this is very obviously a wild ale. hazy amber in color, cherry colored really, looks fruited its so red, and the head is tan and bubbly and holds well. it smells fantastic, tangy woody weirdness, not quite sour enough to be a flemish type, not readily recognizable as similar to anything else i have had. i get dried fruit notes out of the malt, and a very complex mix of yeasty bacterial cultures from saison elements to funky brett to lemony lacto. summery and light despite its color and depth. the best feature here is the unique fermentation palate, taking wild ale to a place it rarely goes, and i love it. there is a hint of vinegar on the back end, really tangy and dry, and carbonated brilliantly. definitely spent time on wood, or at least some of it did, not sure of this is a blend or what. very expressive and unique beer, nice to get to see this side of bells, i was not even really aware of any wild ale they made, so this is a nice change of pace. do they package this one? if so, i would be interesting in trading for some!

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Photo of jampics2
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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 color is a dark copper and amber with hints of caramel, almost reminiscent of the color of the finish on the wood a double bass would be traditionally stained to. How appropriate! The beer has a beautiful off-white head, let's call it the cap on the bassist's head. And it doesn't fly off during the solo - instead, it has great retention and some wonderful clinging lace. Probably the most appealing were it not for the somewhat filtered, clear appearance this has, especially when compared to the other two in the series.

The smell is primarily malty, with a touch of toast and even some roast. There's also a subtle touch of smoke, but not enough to add but a touch of depth. It doesn't carry over to the taste, so fear not if you're not into smoky beers. The caramel and toffee from the malt are joined by a few distinct yeasty esters, which add a caramel-covered prune and raisin note to the mix. The nose could be more expressive, but it has nice depth and the slight chocolate roast is a welcome addition. More notable noble hops and yeast esters would move this a few rungs up the ladder.

Wow, what a great malt complexity going on here. The low end is in effect, hitting the bridge between caramel and a great chocolate roast while plucking some silky toffee strings. Just a hint of smoke adds depth without any notable real distractions. The hops are there but quickly fleet as the roast takes over. There are some yeasty esters giving some nice dark fruit - black cherries and raisins. Almost like a French brown ale if there ever could be such a thing. Sacrebleu! Perhaps a roasty Scottish ale would make a better comparison? Je sacre par Dieu, Américaine.

The mouthfeel is crisp with perhaps just a bit too much carbonation. The body is significant enough to handle it though, and any less carbonation would probably make the medium body seem a bit on the heavy side. The beer finishes with some lingering sweetness, but it doesn't come close to the toothsome tastes of the Pianiste. I liked this beer more than the other two in the series as I felt the malt bill was more in line with the better examples of Bière de Garde I've been fortunate enough to try. This is worth seeking out, but maybe I'm partial as I've always been enamored with its namesake. I just wanted to play an instrument I could carry home on the bus without having to sit up front next to the tuba kid.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Quite a rare find at my local Beermuda. Was able to get a full pint of this for 5 bucks.

A - Pours a deep amber hue brown, very clear in color, with a 1/2 inch of mocha head.
S - Mostly smells of clean fruity Belgium malts, has smoked malts and a bit of chocolate malts as well. In a way it kind of smells like a Doppelbock very Toasty.
T - My notes describe a very clean Doppelbock taste, mostly caramel sweetness, some fruity notes and smoked malts a plenty of toasted malts.
M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy. Clean and easy to go down.

Overall it seems pretty on par with the description of the style maybe could have used some sour lemon that's always good. It drank well enough was a great beer overall.

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

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Le Contrabassiste from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.63 out of 5 based on 117 ratings.
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