Cuvée Des Jonquilles | Brasserie Au Baron

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Au Baron

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 199
Photo of flyingpig
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of KooVee
3.28/5  rDev -20.4%
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

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.49/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Bobbo3000
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
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).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of Impetuous
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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 relative attraction also can be explained in that "The Brewmasters Table" (published 14 years ago) 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 malty foam to start and then stickin' lace, but finely so.
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.

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.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.59/5  rDev -37.1%
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."

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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)

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Photo of Chico1985
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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"

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Gus_13
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of farmhaus
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of REDAMI
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of Hex92
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Urbana Common Ground Co-op
Date: None on bottle (arrived at co-op 4/20/2013)
Glass: Tulip

Brouwerij Bailleux has an excellent saison with their bright, tropical and citrus-fruity with hints of Brettanomyces and Belgian yeast. Right on the western border of Belgium, the brewery pulls in Belgian traditions but maintains a fairly unique flavor profile in this delicious beer. Definitely something I can see myself drinking plenty of in spring, summer, and early fall if it were locally available, this one should be sought out and enjoyed by all.

Pours a 2cm tall head of fairly clean, white foam made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam slowly decline to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer. Lacing is quite good, foam clinging to the sides of the glass in numerous ways, most curiously in large arches. The body is a semi-hazy (40-50% opaque) light orange-yellow, light bringing out brighter, though paler, yellow shades. Carbonation is readily visible streaming from the center and along the sides of the glass, vigorous and numerous.

Aroma is yeast-driven, also with notes of dried lemon rind, sharp medicinal phenolics, and a bit of dried grass.

Bright, citrusy, spritzy, and a bit funky with Brettanomyces-like phenolics, this is an excellent, sunny Saison. Front of palate is of substantial yeast, medicinal and burnt-plastic-like phenolic compounds, with sweetness from pale malts and a light pineapple, lemon and orange ester fruitiness smoothing these heavier flavors nicely together. Mid-palate is of bright, citrus-like lemon and orange rind with diluted pineapple juice; coriander; Belgian yeast; sharp, medicinal and slightly burnt plastic resin phenolics, which somehow work in an appetizing way; and a notable amount of pale malt sweetness helping to blend all these disparate ingredients together into a delicious whole. Back of palate is rich with sharp, medicinal, and plastic-like phenolics; heavy yeast; dilute pineapple, lemon and orange rind esters. Aftertaste is of pale malt sweetness; dilute pineapple, lemon, and orange flavors; slight yeastiness and sharp phenolics.

Beer is medium-bodied with carbonation of high intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is fizzy and spritzy, appropriate for the bright flavors of the beer, but perhaps a bit too much so as well. Even with time, the fizziness does not fully fade. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness lingering on the palate and lips.

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Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Au Baron
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 199 ratings