Cuvée Des Jonquilles | Brasserie Au Baron

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Brasserie Au Baron

Style: French 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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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 75
Reviews by Loki:
Photo of Loki
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750mL corked, capped, and caged bottle with a Best Before date of 9/2003. Sampled on 10/16/03.

Poured a hazy, orangish yellow with a big white bubbly head. Translucent enough to allow for the passage of light, but you can't see any distinguishable objects through this murky beer.

Aromas of yeast, malt, white pepper, flowers, and hops. I thought I detected a scent of wild flowers that I was unfamiliar with in a beer. Not a hop scent that I am familiar with, but pleasant.

The taste followed the same course of yeast, malt, white pepper, and almost wild hops and spices. Medium body with a bubbly mouth feel from a good dose of carbonation. Very good beer.

My wife did not like hers as much, and I noticed that she had recieved the bulk of the sediment. It did through the flavor off a bit.

While searching for more info about the brewery I found these notes from the website The Beers of France.

Comments - First brewed 1990. Inspired by the number of daffodils in the village. Jonquille is French for daffodil.

(Their) Tasting Notes - Great interest is maintained through many layers of taste with a superb balance. It gets more bitter with age. JW: Considerably better without any sediment in glass.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of wl0307
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the foreign beer bar, Ealing Beerfest. May 06. Coming in a 750ml green bottle, corked and caged, BB end of 2008. Served lightly chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: perhaps because it's been left in the fridge for a while and undergone my flatmates' careless slamming of the fridge door, the yeast-sediments were hyper enough when I planned to open the bottle... BANG!! the beer erupted and ejected the cork as soon as I loosened the cage, catching me off guard and causing a mini-flood all over the desk... Fortunately I saved two-thirds of the beer, which ended up in my glass a very cloudy, orangey golden hue, with but a thin white foamy cap and bloo...dy lively carbonation.
S: floating malts and sharply flowery yeasts abound, plus coriander+vanilla like spiciness, while the perfumy fruity (like sweeted lemon-peels) and slightly candy-sugary malty note claim the overtone. Nice, fruity, assertively yeasty, yet much milder than a Biere de Garde for its lack of astringent edges.
T: bready, wheat-ish, lightly-grainy maltiness upfront, buttressed by perfumy, sour-sweet fruity yeastiness (dryish, sweet lemon-zest, dried grass, and a vertically drying effect from yeasts and hops--a bit like Goldings)... more elegant and creamy coriander-like spicy taste hides in the back, leaving a citrus-zest, tangy finishing touch in the end... The overall performance reminds me a lot of a spicy Belgian Pale Ale even, and the lack of a more earthy yeasty edge on the palate also makes it apart from a normal Biere de Garde...
M&D: softly-carbonated on the mouthfeel, quite different from the hyper and fizzy look~~ Medium-bodied, with a healthy and dryish finishing touch to balance the fore-taste, but it is still a touch too sweet for the style (as I know it, at least). That said, I have to admit this is one of the most enjoyable and approachable Biere de Garde I've tried--it could've been more pleasant actually, if only it hadn't burst into the sky by accident...

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Photo of braugon
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of goatxpower
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Serves up a hazy straw color with a thick, frothy white head

S- Lemon, hay, "Belgian" aromas

T- it has an almost lemon bar like taste. There is a tartness that is paired with a creamy sweetness. There are some pear notes and some ambiguous spice notes. It is somehow complex, yet subtle at the same time. Bier de garde isn't usually my style, but this one is goood.

M- nice level of carbonation, slightly creamy body

O- this is a good beer. It would be great on a hot day (today is NOT a hot day). The tartness took me a minute to get accustomed to, but I was really digging it towards the end of the bottle. This was a tasty find.

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle in Athens, GA.

The cork was intensely dented from the cage however the opening of the beer yielded only a good-sized pop and no beer was lost. Pours a hazy yellow-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately dry pale malts with good amounts of floral and earthy hop aromas. Also present are small amounts of medium fruit aromas - mostly pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy and somewhat leafy hop aromas. Midway through the sip slight amounts of musty flavors make an appearance before being overtaken by solid amounts of medium fruits. The fruit flavors carry through to a crisp and moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was one of the more complex biere de garde's that I remember having. A refreshing beer that's worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Soxfanmcgee
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of augustgarage
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green glass caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Sunny, hazy (heh), ECE/SAE amber body with two fingers of gorgeous seashell stiff peak uniform foam. Very rich sticky frosting-like lacing; perpetual retention.

Canned pears, white tea, white peach, and a hint of wildflowers and noble hops in the nose. Low fruity yeast notes add a touch of rustic complexity.

The winter fruit comes alive on the palate, coupled with lightly bready malt and alfalfa-like flavors from hops (which contribute a very low bitterness). Faintly tart lactic wheat notes help balance out the cold sweetness of pear, leading into a mildly drying finish with a vague aftertaste of almond-milk and clover honey. Clean and gently toasty overall.

Effervescent, pillowy, medium-light bodied, and refreshing.

The best example I've yet encountered of the "blond" variant of the style. Smooth, traditional, simple, and perfectly crafted.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -9%

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 dgallina
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml green bottle without freshness date.

The beer literally explodes out of the bottle as soon as the cork is nudged. Settles into the tulip very pale and slightly cloudy yellow; a thin sheen of meringue-like head and good lace. Peppery and tartly lemony aroma, with coarse grain, yeast, and hop background. Airy thin body with crazily vivacious carbonation. Powdery sweet & tart lime and lemon flavors. A grainy and slightly musty yeast center dries to a well-hopped finish. A bit thin in flavor compared to others, but quite refreshing overall.

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Photo of Stakebone
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Hallu
3.52/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle exploded with a huge pop and shot the cork but did not gush.

Pours a light apricot skin with no head. Medium esters in the nose that are pleasant and complex.

Mouthfeel is light and fizzy and very much like a nice champagne. Feels rich and smooth and "expensive." Light/medium bodied but very inviting.

Flavors are layered, complex and pleasant. Very inviting light stone fruit tones with pear, citrus and a light green/grassy undertone. All in all a nice layered flavor profile that very pleasant and a bit unique.

The finish is lightly bitter green spice and herbs.

This is a really nice drink and would be nice with most food profiles, while pleasant and most drinkable on its own.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After recalling seeing this on shelves 5 years ago, and missing the chance to try it, seeing it reappear again at long last piqued my interest.

Hazy gold, almost a copper tea-like shade. In the light it's pastel orange. Delicate foam, not a ton, but adequate. Larger bubbles form at the edges, with a wispy skim across the top.

Husky grain, herbal tea, fruity yeast aroma: pears, apple, wet hay.

A pleasant apple tartness, much like Fantome, segues into light pale malt sweetness, finishing dry with the impression of hay/straw. Lightly sweet and fruity, pear and apple again, slightly bitter apple seed. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. Dry finish, very classic in every sense. Maybe not funky like Fantome, but there's an undeniable kinship/lineage here that relates them.

Good article on the origins of the style here:

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Knightly Spirits Orlando.

The body is lemon yellow and very active with carbonation bubbles. The head is two fingers thick and ridiculously bubbly/frothy making it look like white sea foam. A second top off produced a much creamier and more well formed head so the first pour could have been agitation.

The aroma is floral, grainy, slightly sharp a little dusty which tickles the nose and some mild sweetness that seems sugary, but could be malt.

Soft vanilla and old lemon in the fore with sweet grains and malt. Tongue tickling and herbal bitter through the middle. The finish is malt, lemongrass and a hint of bannana-like German Hefe flavor. Pretty interesting beer. A touch sweet, but still very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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Cuvée Des Jonquilles from Brasserie Au Baron
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 193 ratings