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La Bavaisienne Ambrée

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Brewed by Theillier
Style: Bière de Garde
Bavay, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

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unknown

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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
In the little town of Bavay, only a few miles from the border with Belgium, the Theillier family has crafted its fine bière de garde for generations. The charming brewery is built into the Theillier family home, which was constructed in the 1600’s on sturdy Roman foundations. La Bavaisienne is artfully brewed, in very small batches, using a resourceful combination of ancient and modern equipment.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3281) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Pours a reddish orange with a good head and nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma is honey and soft nuttiness, richly malty... but not overly sweet smelling, with mild notes of noble hops and leaf rot.

The flavor is earthy but sweet up front, nutty, with a good balance from leafy and earthy hops and the soft bitterness they exude... some mild honey, with a semi dry finish.

It’s got a remarkable balance going on in both the aroma and the flavor, not many beers pull off a malt character like this one does, my hat is off.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kurde39 (7) - FRANCE - DEC 28, 2013 does not count
Déçu! ! Pour l’une des meilleures bières française je m’attendais a bien plus surprenant. Au lieu de ça je me retrouve avec une ambrées bonne mais presque fade. C’est malté et caramel, c’est plutôt cool mais ça manque grave de patate. Je la conseille au petit déjeuner pour en profiter pleinement .

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Martinus (2818) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2013
Clear amber colour, cream head. Malty aroma, caramel, green banana, yeast. Malty flavour, caramel, light mineral notes, hint of bitterness. Malty finish, lingering bitter, mineral notes.
(from 75cL bottle @ Benzai. Thanks for sharing, Rene!)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DutchDrebus (4028) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2013
Bottle @ benzai thx to benzai. Amber colour with a small to medium sized beige head. Smells slightly glue-ish.. Not a whole lot of smell. Tastes malty, some caramel, sweetish.. A bit boring. Soft carbo, thin to medium best. Shouldn’t be the best beer from France. Mont Saleve destroyes stuff like this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8241) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2013
Bottle [from trade with EricKok] @ weekly tasting. Clear amber to red color, medium sized off-white head. Smell malts, caramel, oatmeal somehow, sweetish. Taste malts, slightly some sweetness, sweet caramel, brown sugar. Medium body and carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 5, 2013
750mL bottle, pours an opaque dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out lots oak, wet wood, very dry cardboard-like notes, and some farmhouse traits. Flavour brings out notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, fruity accents, wet wood and oak. There is some sweetness to it as well, which is unexpected in the style; though despite the sweetness, it’s still quite dry in the mouthfeel. Medium-to-high carbonation, finishing on notes of wood and spices. Solid stuff, but I actually prefer the blonde version more so.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (1568) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2013
Pours a clear garnet color with a lofty tan head than falls to a thin layer. The smell is brown sugar, roasted malt, yeast. The taste is rich malty, brown sugar, some fruit ending a bit dry. Light/ medium body a bit slick with nice tingling carbonation. A nice complex malty brew.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (10676) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 11, 2013
Etwas muffiger, recht malziger Antrunk. Brotig, leichte Hefenoten. Das Bier wird weicher, rund, nett. Wenig hopfig. 8/9/7/9/8/10

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Very complex subtle malt flavors. Layers of raisin bread, rum raisin, dried dark fruit, candied plums, milk chocolate, caramelized banana, honey, browned apple, light toffee and spices. Awesome mouthfeel. Fine, creamy carbonation. Medium-medium-light body. Rich flavors, without the extra weight. Super easy to drink. Belgian Dubbel like. Deserving of its acclaim. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3257) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 11, 2013
bottle offered at farmhouse fest. rich bready sweet dough. rustic fall leaves. good.


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