Au Baron / Jester King Noblesse Oblige | Brasserie Au Baron

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Au Baron / Jester King Noblesse ObligeAu Baron / Jester King Noblesse Oblige

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Brasserie Au Baron

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Myotus on 02-03-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of desint
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craftaholic
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

So light and crisp, aromas of pepper and white grapes. Spring time, subtle straw notes. Like a delicate fair-haired maiden among the tulips. Gentle and fragile.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Only my second from Au Baron, but the label seems to have the same artist as the Jonquilles label (a fabulous ale.)
I got both at Beer Temple and they had several, so maybe this still is brewed (and BA should change its note.)

In brief, it lacks the typical yeasty yeast... but is made interesting by the spices.
More specifically, it is a good clean Looker. I need a good yeast to get excited about the Smells... (I'm not excited.)
Tastes are malty sweet (but unstated honey) and in the middle gives way to dry and a bit spicy. Nicely soft in the mouth.

Bottom-line: Not a great beer, but it goes great with food; bubbles cutting the fat and spices making the food better. And to me, that is what biere de gardes are supposed to do.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JackRWatkins
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a well-attenuated, light golden-yellow (with very slight amber hues), with a very light, frothy, thee finger head.
S: Has that wonderful, hop decayed dankness that comes from the green bottle, as well as a nice spiciness and some citrus and pepper, with a very slight malt sweetness. Some wonderful graininess comes through as well.
T: Wonderfully spicy and astringent, with a soft but noticeable malt sweetness and understated touches of honey. A prominent grainy note abounds as well.
M: dry as hell and medium bodied.
O: I love this beer, I've never had a brasserie au baron beer before, and full disclosure that's why I bought this beer and I was not disappointed. Loved it, peppery, dry, bitter, complex but refined and quite grainy

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Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liamt07
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of samEBC
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of captaincoffee
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was pretty excited to get this in the verdict. Pours an orangish-straw with an initially large, but coarse (soda pop) head that dissipates very quickly with no lace or even a ring. Nose is light acidity, a bit of brett, and some straw...subdued. Taste is a touch of that acidity and straw, a bit of citrus, and very clean, but not much else. Maybe a bit of black pepper and...if I'm really looking for it...some honey. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall, not any off notes, but nothing to sing about either.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of REDAMI
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into Orval Chalice

L-Pale champagne coloring, fizzy pour, no head retention.

S-Brett, wet straw, tart yeasty hit on the nose.

T-Floral honey notes, clover, honeysuckle, dry grass, light yeast. Exceedingly light.

F-Dry with stinging carbonation.

Pleasant, sophisticated, but very light on the tongue. Very much a spring-like beer. Does not taste like it smells and make sure to swirl the bottle to get the yeast residue.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42o into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – almost champagne but with a little must; cork has a healthy pop but no foaming
Head large (Maximum five cm, careful pour), white, fizzy/frothy, rapidly diminishing to a three mm ring and thin layer
Lacing - none
Body very light yellow, stream looks nearly clear, effervescent, sediment in bottom of bottle
Flavor – vinous, with no trace of honey other than a little sweetness; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – light, watery, lively carbonation

A very pleasant biere de garde, despite the addition of honey. If this were not a limited release, I would purchase more.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spoony
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle (no date) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated April 24, 2016.

A-The beer is very light yellow in color and clear on the pour without shaking any yeast into the mix. A short, white head fades immediately and leaves no lacing. I can see a bubble or two in the beer, but carbonation isn't strong. Would have scored higher but for the lack of foam.

S-The aroma is plain at first, but as my nose adjusts and the beer warms I pick up straw, pepper, and dried grass-like hops. For a beer brewed with honey, the smell is pretty dry and crackery or biscuity.

T-The taste is similar to smell. Dried grass and straw, nice hints of lemon and lime, and a little pepper on the finish. Honey is very, very light; I don't know that I would have noticed it if I had not read it on the bottle.

M-The body is very light, even for the style, with a high amount of carbonation. It drinks easily.

O-Each time I shift from my drinking higher ABV beers to beers like this at 5% ABV and below, I have to adjust. At first sip, I thought this was over carbonated and underwhelming. But as I continued to sip, the bubbles died down a bit and the beer opened up to a nice quaffable biere de table. It doesn't hang with a Casey Saison, which is more tart and complex, or my favorite biere de table, Avril, which has a better yeast profile, but it does alright.

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Photo of FBarber
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have to agree with the other reviewers who said this was a unique beer.

You've heard of the champagne of beers? we this beer actually looks like a cloudy champagne. Just a gorgeous hazy pale straw color, vigorously bubbling from the carbonation.

Smell is of hay/straw, wheat, some very mild citrus and apple undertones and then you get the slight funk smell from the yeast. Man this one smelled good.

Taste followed the nose with a crisp mild citrus wheat flavor quickly countered by the peppery yeast. Slight funk on the finish that just adds a real depth to the flavors which are remarkably simple. There is a very simple rustic flavor to the beer that is very nice and keeps this very drinkable.

Feel is remarkable for the vigorous carbonation. Its like drinking champagne, and yet, the carbonation works so so well with this beer. It wouldn't be as good without it.

Overall a remarkable beer. Im not as sure how good of an example of a French Bierre de Garde it is, but on its own merits, its very good. If I had easy access to this, I'd keep a case around just as a table beer. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pretty much like nothing else i have ever had. i dug this so hard, and am appreciative of the collaboration between two highly inventive and artisan operations. the beer is very curious, delicate and simple, the definition of table beer, but with some cool layers to it. the appearance is odd, one of the lightest colored beers i have ever seen. lighter even than a bud light or something, its so pale and sunny and clear, radiant and youthful it looks, gorgeous stained glass vibe under two inches of airy and expansive white head. simply lovely in the glass. some haze toward the bottom of the bottle. it smells cool too, skunky as can be in the bottle, but that dissipates as soon as its poured for the most part. belgian type yeast, subtle but herbal and spicy, with a delicate but interesting grain base and some nice grassy hops to it. there is some funk, but it doesnt smell or taste like brett to me. one of the first jester king green bottles ive seen. i remember reading an article with the brewer there that said he liked the oxidation in some belgian saisons and stuff and wanted to replicate it. odd but unique, and i think whatever he was going for there has been achieved with this one. i get something bitter and floral, like dandelion or something, maybe from the honey, very cool with this distinct yeast and hop flavor. carbonation is volcanic, and its as dry as can be. i love how gentle it all is, and how low alcohol it is. i always wish beer like this was really cheap, it is cost prohibitive, but i want to drink it by the gallon. very cool collaborative effort, and worth the price. i liked this better than others it seems, but ive never had anything else like it...

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Photo of Myotus
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured gently at 45°F from a 750ml green bottle (no date) into a tulip. Consumed on 19Mar16.
LOOK: Two fingers worth of rocky and porous white foam is formed after pouring. The foam head dissipates into a half fingers worth within 20 seconds. Light, pale yellow in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. There is a plethora of both small and medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is subtle in quantity and very thick.
SMELL: Mild aromas of wheat, hay, earthy yeast, earthy hops, and sour green apple are supported by subtle peach, white grape, pear, cloves, and honey flavors. There are also (unfortunately) hints of skunk.
TASTE: Mild hay, wheat, wood, and earthy yeast flavors first enter onto the palate. Subtle peach, pear, white grape, earthy hop, and honey flavors immediately follow and bring a sweet balance to the brew. Subtle clove and banana flavors finish off the flavors as all previous ones maintain. The hints of skunk that were in the smell were thankfully not in the taste.
FEEL: Somewhere between medium-bodied and light-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finishes with a mild, but pleasant dryness.
NOTE: A very mild Bière de Garde, which is something that I have not experienced with this style before. The usual toasty flavors weren't there, but to paraphrase Markowski in his book, "Farmhouse Ales," it's impossible to squeeze the style characteristics of Bière de Gardes into a neat definition. I wish I had another bottle so that I could see how time would affect this.

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Photo of babaracas
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with big but fizzy white head, settles to a thin ring, big blobs of lace slide down the glass but don't stick. Smell: lightly... grainy, spicy, peppery, white grape, unripe plum... a bit like a diluted tripel. Taste: grain twang, a bit of sugary white grape, unripe pear, lots of honey flavor, mildly spicy and peppery with a little lemon in the finish. Light body, aggressive carbonation but fluffy feel, finishing dry. This is tasty and extremely refreshing. Au Baron's saison de garde approach, at table strength, plus honey.

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Photo of SABERG
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into the modified tulip glass.
A - The slightest yellow hue, lemon tea comes to mind. Clarity is impressive, solid carbonation feeds a quickly vanishing cap.
S - Skunked bottle, first wisps are the byproduct of the green glass. With time light grains, spelt, ash. and
a kiss of barnyard roll forward.
T - A touch of honey, on English cracker. The graininess and white pepper are quite nice.
M - Delicate on the palate, carbonation is aggressive, wonderfully dry finish.
O - A bit monochromatic, the feel is light and effervescent, there is a pinch of honey, the yeast profile is reserved and well executed.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty solid. Nothing too special but I was just expecting a well rounded beer. No complaints. A little hefe on the aftertaste. Glad I got to try but I probably won't pick this up again.

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Au Baron / Jester King Noblesse Oblige from Brasserie Au Baron
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 29 ratings