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Bells Le Contrebassiste

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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
As the final & boldest in the series, Le Contrebassiste blends roasted & lightly smoked malts and is fermented with a special French ale yeast which lends its own distinctive aromatic notes. The beer’s namesake, The Double Bass is reflected in the deep, rich flavors that resonate in this unique offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (5616) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2015
On tap at Bells on 8/7/15. Pours clear red with a thin off-white head. Malty nose with some butter and fruity sourness. Malt and butter flavor giving way to sour fruit before a creamy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (19518) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2015
Draft @ CBC 2015. Pours a pale amber orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty weak floral aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty weak bretty flavor. Has a fruity spicy yeasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2948) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Pours mostly clear amber with a beige head. Aroma is a bit dirty from the Brett with light funk and sweet malts and tea. Flavor has the light tartness with some sweet tea as well on a lighter but full body for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (12976) - DENMARK - JUL 27, 2015
CBC. Hazy brown with off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel, yeast, spices and a little toasted. Flavour is malt, fruit, caramel, yeast, toasted, wood, hop and medium sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1225) - - JUL 22, 2015
Draft. Pours a brownish amber color. Aroma and taste are tart with fruit, some caramel, and some sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5746) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2015
On tap: The aroma consists of light caramel, cola, fruit, and a touch of toasted nuts. It’s a mostly transparent dark orangish-brown with a small off-white head that eventually fades to a thin film outlined by a thick ring. There is some spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts light caramel and cola flavors. There is some light sour cherry and toasted nuts in finish. It’s light-medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrana (590) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2015
I respect this beer, but it's not really my cup of tea. Has tons of dark fruit, caramel, and Belgian like yeast notes.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3785) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Draft at fireworks Arlington. Pours golden with a thin white head. Doesn't leave much lacing. Has a bit of a fruity note on the nose. A bit of sweetness on the tongue. Finishes clean. Solid but not spectacular. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4343) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Sample at Boulevardia 2015. Comes a somewhat cloudy reddish brown with a decent eggshell head. Aroma of malt, fruit, yeast, and spice. Taste is malt, caramel, fruit, berries, yeast, and spice. Different in a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3497) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Multiple ~3 oz sample at the Boulevardia Taps & Tastes in Kansas City, Missouri. The pour is a slight haze copper brown with a small off white head. The aroma is dough, semi sweet caramel, nutty and a hint of roast/toast. The taste is very much the nose, a pleasant balance of the dough, nut and caramel malt along with a pleasant yeast floral herbal. Bit of the roast and toast in the finish. The palate is medium bodied, softer carbonation and the yeast floral roast finish. Different and fun beer.

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