Cuvée Des Jonquilles | Brasserie Au Baron

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Au Baron
France
brasserieaubaron.com

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Loki on 10-29-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
180
Reviews:
69
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
9.02%
 
 
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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of sweemzander
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
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 -1.2%
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 +7.6%
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.) 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 no non-culinary brewer can pair food as well as Brasserie Au Baron?
If the answer is yes, then it shows in Jonquilles.

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, no 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 -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
2.59/5  rDev -36.8%
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 +3.7%
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 -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
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 -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chico1985
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of samEBC
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gus_13
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ian_B
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 jeff1973
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Au Baron
4.1 out of 5 based on 180 ratings.
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