Cuvée Des Jonquilles
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Farmhouse Ale - Bière de Garde
Ranked #7
Ranked #3,732
4.13 | pDev: 8.96%
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cereal notes with bready yeast and nice hay floral undertones. Taste is also a mix of cereal notes with light residual sugar notes and nice hay floral undertones with a bready yeast finish. Body is full for style with excellent carbonation. Solid example of the style with great drinkability.

Jan 20, 2020
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Hop Malt Market, Paris (€6.95):
Definitely a nice beer with a fresh & balanced body that was slightly peppery & had some nice malts & biscuit flavours making up the majority of the taste. It was easy going & similar to a tripel at times thanks to the banana flavours nearer the end, albeit with less alcohol showing but it certainly went down well.

Jan 22, 2019
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KooVee from Finland

3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

75cl bottle, bb 6m past.

Clear straw, spritzy carbonation but no lace.

Nose is pure floral honey. Tiresome over time.

Taste is more of the honey, maybe the jonquilles in the flower department. Bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, but the sweetness is overwhelming even in a sample this old. Some yeasty spiciness. Just too perfumey. And one-dimensional. Feel is too much like lemonade.

Overall this beer was a huge disappointment. I tasted the other bottle well over a year ago and it was similarly marred by too much honey and not much else. Biere de garde is not really a narrow style, so in that sense this is ok, but it really is unbearably sweet. Very hard to understand other reviews. This is nothing like a good saison as pe9 on BMW

Jan 06, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Redlight Redlight. Mostly clear golden. Big fluffy white head. Smells of doughy malts and grassy hops. Strong fruity yeast aroma. Tastes of sweet malts with an aggressive green grass flavor. Sweet and fruit yeast flavors behind it. Slight banana and some apple without the tartness. Soft carbonation. Dry finish. This is spectacular.

Sep 15, 2018
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JackRWatkins from Alabama

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: pours a muddy, honeyed orange with a soapy, thin, quickly redecing heading.
S: Sweet, malt forward, boozy, with some spicy pepper, notes
T: Sweet, malt forward with subtle apple, earthy and grainy, husk, light notes of lemon
M: dry, but with slightly sticky feel
O: I really like this, it's very fascinating, but I'm not sure exactly how to feel about it, although I definitely think it's more biere de garde than saison, worth your time, but I think you should have it more than once before coming to a concensus.

Mar 24, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Upon releasing the wire cage, the cork shot straight up and hit the ceiling I just managed to get the gushing bottle over the sink in time. Loss was not too bad, but not encouraging. Pours a medium golden amber with a half glass head that dissipates very slowly, leaving thick lacing. Aroma of grainy malt, farmhouse yeast, dry grass, summer herbs and hint of light stone fruit. Flavor starts with husky, grainy malt, apple and mild stone fruit, sage, coriander, a little lemon and then flows into a fine, mellow, more traditional malt forward finish, although with a light grainy character and a little hop bitterness. Hands down, the most integrated, mellow finish on a farmhouse style ale I've ever had. Medium bodied with light creaminess and sharp carbonation. The start was a classic biere de garde/farmhouse grainy profile, but the developing fuller, well integrated malt was "wow" inspiring. I was nervous after the gushy opening (Shelton stuff is notoriously old by the time it gets to Seattle), but there is not indication of age on this bottle. A great flavor progression and truly fine finish, this is everything I would hope for in this style. Good light spice, fruit, grain and yeast. This is great. Wish it weren't so eager to get out of the bottle.

Mar 12, 2018
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Bobbo3000 from New York

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It has an apricot color. The beer has a lot of yeast residue so it's quite cloudy.
Refreshing smell is very floral. It has a nice burst of flavors- slightly sweet malt, herbal, lightly funky like hay. Some nice light hops are in the background.
Highly recommended, would make a nice complement to a lot of lighter foods (lighter flavored fish or shellfish, sausages, pork chops).

Nov 03, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i really dig these guys, and have wanted to try this beer for quite some time now. i feel like its a classic of sorts, and i really enjoyed it. it seems a bit unrefined, really flakey sediment in suspension here, creamy and heady and light amber colored, but lots of yeasty bits it looks like, perhaps a product of its age, or maybe temperature fluctuations in transport, but it looks really messy, despite being pretty and lively. the yeast here is amazing, highly floral and fruity, not funky or spicy at all, yet still very rustic in its presentation. this is delicate beer despite its appearance, soft notes of orange blossom honey and vanilla in this, also slightly maltier than many saison types, and not quite as dry as a lot of them, but it seems to stretch out forever, slowly unfolding new layers from this yeast. i get some elderflower sort of bitterness in the end, a light jasmine thing, and an aged hop profile, almost like lambic in that herbal low alpha sense. great carbonation on top of a larger body, its quite hearty and almost rich, really nice beer with a lot going on, and sure to please any fan of the old world saisons. i wish more beer from these guys came around, i have liked all of them that i have had so far, but this might be their best in my experience! worth picking one up while there are on shelves here in colorado!

Jul 16, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A peachy apricot color with a dense head of 2 fingers.

Aromas of the freshest herbs, flowers, and garden work. Lavender. Lemon. Fresh mowed grass. It's like a summer's day in a green house. Absolutely impeccable.

Flavor is extremely crisp and clean. Very faint fruity notes just brushing the surface of a body of lavender, lemongrass, thyme, sage, coriander, and bubble gum.

Feel is just awesome as well. Crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry.

Overall, this beer is through the roof, good. Best saison ever, in my opinion. It smells and tastes like a beautiful spring/summer day and reminds me of mowing the lawn and hanging sheets out to dry. So relaxing. Psychological elements aside, this beer obviously stands on its own as a tasty and solid beer. Highly recommended.

Apr 09, 2017
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Impetuous from Montana

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straw coloured with no lacing or head.

Flavor is light. Hay and yeast and some light hop citrus. Delicate malt sweetness. Carbonation is delicate and wonderful.

A fantastic, wonderful, and amazing beer.

Apr 05, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my 20th Biere de Garde. I mention this because it surprises me to have Had so much of a somewhat obscure style. But, my attraction to the style is explained better in "The Brewmasters Table" (published 14 years ago) in the way it recently inspired me to pair beer and food. (I know, I am a late bloomer...and a Beginner.) But my take-away is that French and Wallonian ales go well with the garlicky foods. And that, generally, is what I cook.

Cuvee Des Jonquilles seems quintessential to understanding that part of France and Belgium. A modest restaurant with its own brewery on the side. Because their main business is a great regional cuisine, is it possible that a non-culinary brewer will pair food as well as Brasserie Au Baron?
The answer shows in Jonquilles. One has to know the kitchen well to make this good a brew for food.

This Cuvee' Looks great with all its big-bubbles foam followed by stickin' lace.
It Smells luscious, like spring after a lousy winter. (And the last winter was lousy; not cold, but politically.)
Jonquilles Tastes not like I imagine its namesake (daffodils), but fruity, zesty, and refreshes the palate for more food... and ale. It Feels like a semi-dry finish... but amazingly, very, very soft in the mouth.
Overall, this Cuvee has a great number of fans; formidable lovers of ale with food... I now understand why.

Listed on the 1001 Beers to Drink before You Die", it unquestionably deserves to be on that list. But this Cuvee' is a bit hard to find and I would not have enjoyed this one were it not for the Shelton Bros. Thanks, Bros.

4/25/17: I copped that last bottle at The Beer Temple and had it about two weeks later on a glorious spring day (don't forget, after a shitty winter.) To add even more pluses, I Had Jonquilles with my world-famous Ratatouille. A near-perfect pair ! I have to remember that particular rendition... and I must find Jonquilles again.

6/19/19 Found again and enjoyed again with pesto... although I moderated very slightly my OA Hugs.

Mar 10, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.59/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Chill haze amber with a large white head.

Just being honest, this smells like a Budweiser and tastes like caramelized malt; read: AAL.

Feel is crisp, zippy and "Lite."

Nov 08, 2016
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
Best Before: Nov-15-2016

Pours a hazy light-gold/butterscotchy color with two fingers of rocky eggshell head that drops to a fat film. Some lacing; OK retention. (4)

Spicy hops, clean malt sweetness, meaty yeast aroma, clover, white pepper. (3.75)

Sweet caramelized malt, doughy yeast and grass rising in a clean wave or malty sweetness, somewhat floral highlights. (3.75)

Poofy in the mouth with medium carbonation and body, not quite sticky. (4)

This is a nice drinking beer with lots of clean malt sweetness and light floral nectar spice.
Pours fairly nice. It looks a five at first, but eventually just has a skiff of head and little visible carbonation. The aroma and flavor are both suitably malty and delicious. The aroma comes through a tiny bit more caramelized than the flavor in my opinion. the flavor has a really clean, really sweet vein in the middle that holds the yeast and light hops together. Tasty beer; would try again if I came across it. (3.75)

Sep 01, 2016
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Chico1985 from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Have had this a few times now. Biere de garde seems somewhat like a catch-all style, but unlike most of the ones I've had this seems kinda like a straight-up saison. Great flavors of straw, floral, rustic wheat, and light fruit with touches of herbal hop, spice, and vanilla-ish sweetness. Nice dry+foamy mouthfeel with a decent body, some light alcohol warmth but pretty easy-drinking and delicate for 7%. Good complexity and nice strong flavors while remaining refreshing and drinkable.

Jul 10, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One year-old bottle.

L - Hazy yellow with a big white head

S - grain, clove, banana very estery

T - Follow the smell plus pepper

F - Soft and smooth

O - A good bière de garde, one of the best I've had. A great spring beer as its name suggest. 'Cuvée des Jonquilles" meaning "Daffodils Cuvée"

Apr 27, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Easy little nudge and a big pop off the cork for simple opening.

Dark lemon yellow body color, unfiltered and slightly muddy looking. A good middle column of carbonation meets to a barely one finger soapy head. Dissolves quite quickly and leaves a thin puck, but with a nice full collar. Looks a little dead but otherwise alright.

Mild sensing skunk, but not horribly. Still some very solid aromas are present. Floral notes and soft hay like quality. A bit of dry earth and funk matches in as well. A bit basic but also nice if sensing slightly compromised.

Palate is VERY unexpected. A shocking sense of honey sweetness and large amounts of prickly tongue carbonation. Huge mineral and champagne earth tones, with a very playful mouthfeel. Spritzy and lemonade mix of sweetness and earth mild funk aromas make for a great blast of flavor. Moderate sensing floral notes, but goes for sweetness more so highly accentuated with beeswax and honey rush minus the syrup.

This is a real neat de Garde brew, almost like an earthy saison fresh honey lemonade or something. It's what a radler wants to be when it grows up. A little sweeter than I wold prefer, but delicious still.

Apr 05, 2016
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Gus_13 from Mississippi

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow with orange tints in color. White head with great lacing and head retention. Great carbonation. Aroma is very clean with hints of malt and a bit of spice. Flavor is malty with hints of fruit but nothing over powering. Finishes crisp and clean. Super easy to drink. Very much a classic example of the style.

Mar 07, 2016
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, light orange body with two finger head and even little bits of yeast are floating around. Floral aroma with touches of sour funkiness and graininess. Light bodied beer that balances a fluffy and sweet yeast profile, a minor acidic sharpness that borders on barnyard funk at times and there is a bit of tropical fruit sweetness as well. Easy drinking sipping beer that finishes spicy and dry.

Dec 23, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A canonical example of the style. Copper hue, slight haze, foamy head that subsides to a ring. Smell of toasted whole grain bread, almost buttery bread (no - not diacetyl, just that sweet savoriness that overlays bread when it's toasted and buttered), a slight clove and fruity (apple / grape / pear) coming from esters. A slim alcohol bite evident at the end; not hot, but inviting ... like in warm spiced wines. Maybe a bit of citrus. Feel is medium bodied, compulsively drinkable. Makes me crave a cheese and charcuterie plate!

Sep 12, 2015
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I asked the good folks at La Cave a Bulles in Paris for some good biere de garde recommendations and this was one of a few they pulled for me. So pleased to see that it was the top rated French beer here on BA. Pours a straw color with fine white lace that clings to the glass. Nose is some light funk, lemon rind, and yeast. Taste is very subtle...bright, light fruit notes, lemon, and lemongrass with no sign of 7% alcohol at all. A lovely refreshing sip on a spring or summer day.

Jun 12, 2015
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beerdrifter from Germany

4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at La Capsule Cave à Bière in Nancy, France. Cloudy straw-orange pour with a quickly fading two finger foamy pure white head with minimal lacing and quite a few floaties. The nose is crisp and citrusy with nice floral notes along with hints of lemon zest, grass, grain, white pepper, and yeast. The taste is bright, herbal, and fruity with huge citrus notes along with hints of honey, lemongrass, straw, pear, white pepper, apple, and very subtle vanilla. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with medium carbonation, subtle sweetness, and a nice dry finish. Overall, this is a flavorful and refreshing beer that was a perfect choice after mowing the lawn. Well done!

May 27, 2015
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farmhaus from Arkansas

3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours clear with a very pale straw color.
Nose: Bright and floral with earthy/herbal overtones. Noticeable yeast presence with esters. Definite spice.
Taste: Very bright--keep coming back to a floral character crossed with an odd fruity note. Apricots?
Feel: Really pleasant mouthfeel--almost silky. Medium bodied. The finish seems a touch sweeter than a classic farmhouse.
Overall: A truly pleasant beer.

May 20, 2015
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babaracas from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque amber with two fingers thick dense white head, a few rings of lace on the glass. Smell: upfront it's grassy, spicy, with some mineral note; mildly grainy with grape and light stone fruit sweetness, sugar cookie. Taste: nectarine, slightly tart, lemon note, grassy, snappy grain, doughy and sweet backing. Light-medium and creamy for a split second, then some heftier carbonation kicks in, pulling it to medium-plus with a fluffy feel. Finishes dry and fairly hoppy. Delicious, crooshable.

Jun 13, 2014
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REDAMI from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 750ml bottle into Chimay goblet.

A - Straw gold pour, hazy with a fine white foam.

S - Lemon zest, brett, hayloft.

T - Floral citrus followed by a smooth, mild sweetness. A faint grassy flavor comes through from the hops.

M - Light with a fine carbonation, finishes dry, almost champagne-like.

A smooth refreshing beer. A unique version of the style bringing thoughts of springtime and the daffodils for which it's named.

Sep 15, 2013
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Hex92 from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rare beer club beer. This is another one of those beers that make me happy to be I the club. I never would have picked this up off the shelf in a store. This a a really nice beer. Doesn't smell like much, but it really comes through on flavor perfect summer beer. Crisp but flavorful.

Sep 06, 2013
Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Au Baron
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