Cuvée Des Jonquilles | Brasserie Au Baron

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Au Baron
France
brasserieaubaron.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Loki on 10-29-2003

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#3,045
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
186
pDev:
9%
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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of jvillefan
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +9.2%
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 +4.9%
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 shelby415
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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 sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | 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 jrsqc7
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +7.3%
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 StephenCollinsMarshall
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
2.59/5  rDev -37%
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 Stakebone
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big bubble head. Straw color. Aromas are earthy. Very easy lite flavors with hop bitterness. Mouth feel is nice with some sweetness.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
Best Before: Nov-15-2016


A:
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)

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

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

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

O:
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 Prost76
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chico1985
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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 gspeer711
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Hallu
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Allurex
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samEBC
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Au Baron
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 186 ratings