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Cuvée Des Jonquilles | Brasserie Au Baron

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Au Baron
France | website

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

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Reviews:
64
Ratings:
169
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
14.11%
 
 
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 169
Photo of augustgarage
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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 emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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:
http://allaboutbeer.com/learn-beer/styles/styles-features/2010/03/bieres-de-garde-frances-road-less-traveled/

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 malmquna
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bubbly head that quickly disappears to leave nothing but effervescence. Color is a foggy golden butterscotch.

Smells of grass, citrus, and yeast. Very true to the saison style, the yeast aroma appears in the mouth along with a sourness that remains through the finish. There is a slight estery fruit aroma and flavor, but very subtle and very well balanced with the lightly roasted barley malt and wheat. The wheat also adds to an overall solid mouthfeel. This beer is smooth throughout with an increasingly sour finish.

All in all, a very well done beer in the classic French saison style. This was described by Simon at Cave à Bulles as typical of Northern French beer. If you see one, it is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of ccrida
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dusty old champagne bottle with the very beefy cage barely restraining a highly primed cork that looks like it has been try to bust out for quite some time, I'd not be surprised to know this is 4+ years old, especially based on other old Belgian gems I've found at the store that were dated and similar appearance. I really like the label, rustic and inviting.
Opening over my sink with my large Gulden Draak tulip at the ready, after pulling it from the cellar and serving at around 50F, I expected some fireworks, but wow! While only 2~4 oz gushed out, the cork exploded with a ferocious pop and such velocity I double check the plaster on my ceiling to make sure it didn't do any damage. The head is contained with the first full glass, but is large, fluffy white affair, leaving heavy chunks of foam. The brew is a cloudy burnt gold, and overall the appearance is classic saison.

Smell is fantastic, very sweet but soft, candied tropical fruits and wildflowers, spritzy and full, with some caramel malt and sour wheat coming out as it warms.

Taste is not as sweet, with a tempered dryness, sour, pithy citrus with enough tartness that I have to wonder if there are not some bugs at play? If so, they're faint even after what I presume is a long time bottle conditioning. Incredibly refreshing and tasty, this is a perfect example of the style, maltier yet crisp, tart but smooth.

Mouthfeel is spritzy but slick as well, with a light body and crisp finish, perfect for the hot summer evening.

Drinkability is very high, although I have a sense of preciousness about this bottle, compounded by how satisfying it tastes, that leaves me milking ever last drop. This beer is a true masterpiece.

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

App: Golden straw color pours from the 750 ml bottle. Big foaming white head settles to a lasting head, low lacing and fairly clear for being unfiltered.

Aroma: Smells more like a saison than a biere de garde. Spicy, slightly sweet, some earthy funk and peppery notes. Pretty crisp and clean. Good, but not to style.

Taste: Fairly flat but more flavor than their saison with more sweetness and spicier with dryness and some mild hoppiness in the middle and finish.

Mouth: Light to medium bodied with slightly more carbonation than the saison. Dry but still sticky in places.

Drink: Yeah, pretty nice.

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Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 paterlodie
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BBE 2008. Just opening the cage of this 750 was enough to get a big explosion and spot on sealling where cork hit. Some gushing following but luckily( after opening some other french brew yesterday I learned not to trust french ones) only misssed first foam and rest saved in glas. Gave a wonderfull nice lasting white head and very pale golden beer that's hazy. Nose is very bretty, dry grass, pepperspice and phenolic but overall smooth that I find strange for a bett beer. Taste is very wheaty, brett, spiced, not noticable 7% and well balanced all together. Maybe carbon dioxide level bit high for a save opening of the bottle but fitting the taste well and just a fine brew to drink on a quiet evening.

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Photo of dgallina
4.07/5  rDev -1%
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 horndecker
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml green bottle caged and corked.

Pale straw, green at the edges, beautiful volcanic head which flashes away after a bit, leaving just a little lace. It looks crisp and fresh like granny smith apples. Smells of tangerine, grassy hops, lemon and melon. The taste springs spicy, peppery from a mild hoppy start to a smooth balanced malt flavor. Long herbal finish, a bit dry, very tasty, very refreshing. A very nice, lighter (not lighter in alcohol) biere de garde.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Once the bail was removed the corked blew immediately out of the bottle and hit the ceiling. The beer poured into the chalice very lightly hazy pale golden with a white, frothy and moussy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy and lightly spicy with a bit of Farmhouse thrown in for good measure. The majority of the floral aroma centered on a strong earthy presence and a light spice. Some light malt character was notable.

The flavor was lighter than expected and quite interesting. A very light floral character was present with a nice light peppery spice which was not overpowering to the floral nature of the beer. The flavor contained a more subtle and refined earthy presence than was noted in the aroma.

The finish was dry, but not overly so, with a lasting impression of low peppery spice well into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation led to a very nicely creamy mouthfeel. A slight warming from the alcohol was notable after consumption. A unique and nice Saison that was surprizingly easy to consume.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle, no freshness dating on label.

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Photo of wl0307
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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 meathookjones
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked. Cloudy golden yellow with small white head that quickly drops back into the body. Scant strings of lace. Big funky farmy notes with a mix of sweet fruits come on string in the aroma. Nice spiciness and a slight hoppiness. Flavor starts with more fruit and farmy funk goodness. Some earthy and floral hops add a touch of bitterness. Touch of spiciness round is out before the fruity finish. Crisp, clean and well carbonated I found this quite refreshing. Great drinkability as I would have had another right after if it was available.

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Photo of Loki
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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.
http://www.frenchbeer.info/France/Brewery/Bailleux.html

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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