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


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RATINGS: 352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Erasmus_ro (1693) - Alabama, USA - MAY 26, 2013
750ml bottle 6,5% ABV, 25/05/13. Pours auburn with a medium-sized, beige head. Aroma is... underwhelming: Caramel and yeast. Not much else. Unfortunately the flavor follows the aroma. Not much there either. Caramel, dried fruit, some herbalness, light touch of yeast. Meh. The palate is a bit too light as well, not much carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3215) - Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Seriously massive never ending gusher here upon opening. Pours extremely cloudy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off-white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, pear, apple, grape, honey, floral, herbal, clove, pepper, bread, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt with fruity/spicy ester notes. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, grape, honey, bread, floral, herbal, clove, pepper, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, honey, bread, floral, herbal, clove, pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy ester flavors with moderate hop earthiness; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Biere de Garde style! All around great balance and complexity of malt with fruity/spicy esters and hop flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Peter_L (1051) - SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2013
Flaska från Systembolaget. Kopparfärgad vätska. Doft av bröd och små toner av bär och karamell. Beskedlig beska.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corkyrory66 (841) - BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2013
Bière ambrée pur malt. OK. Bière de garde, je n’aime pas trop, mais comme Bavay est près de la frontière, on peut essayer... Fabrication artisanale à l’ancienne de la famille Theillier. Couleur ambre moyen, quasi brun clair. Clarté nette. Bulles moyennes partout mais pas assez nombreuses. Mousse beige clair qui tient à 1 cm, bien floconneuse. Arômes de malt,candi brun avec touches de cassonade, pointe de noisette et pain gris à l’ancienne. 1ère bouche à la texture douce et présentant un côté très original genre malt à whisky. Arrière-bouche sur des céréales et un bon houblon plutôt fleuri. 2ème bouche toujours avec le même côté un peu fumé, et arrière-bouche équilibrée. La 3ème bouche passe à un goût un peu plus neutre, et le rétro-nez est plutôt caramélisé. La longueur reste sur le malt caramélisé qui ressort constamment (bière ambrée oblige …). Levure inexistante. Alcool correct, pas mal progressif. La finale n’offre aucun élan, et on est même proche de l’inverse... Bière avec de bons débuts donc, ensuite on stagne et on est à la limite de la descente en finale. Aspect le plus négatif d’une dégustation, comme chacun sait... Donc, rien de grandiose, ni même de mémorable, sauf le petit côté malt à whisky. Cette détestable habitude de la bière ambrée vient encore de nuire ici à une bière française, et qui plus est, du Nord … Mais le débat est inutile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SperkeleForce (706) - FINLAND - APR 21, 2013
Bottle 25 cl @ HBF 2013. POours dark brown copper color with big bubbly head. Strong notes of dark bread, sour dark bread and roasted malts. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (2963) - FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
Bottle 25 cl, BBE 12/2013. Pours clear amber with a foamy tan head. Nutty aroma, some dark fruits and some bready malty notes as well are there. Dry. Bready malty taste, some dark fruits but just a little bit of them. Slightly bitter with them light fruity and bready maltyness in aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjs (5112) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
(Bottle, 0.25 l, at HBF2013) The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, yeast and berries. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, hops, boiled vegetables and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty and bitter. Not an impressive brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6946) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
250 ml bottle @ HBF2013. Pours an copper amber colour with a white head. Aroma of sweet malts, hay and bread. Flavour of sweet malts, hay, cardboard, grass and some lemon. Light bodied, slick mouthfeel and a fruity, cardboardy finish. Past it’s prime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiong (4564) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
250ml bottle @ HBF 2013

Pours dark orange with a foamy head. Aroma of ripe fruits, malts, spices and yeast. Taste is smooth, yeasty and slightly fruity with notes of malts and spices. Finish is spicy and malty. Decent, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (7344) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 20, 2013
Sample @ HBF2013.
Pours copper color with a small head head. Aroma of grain and malts. Flavour of cardboard, malts and hay. A bit disappointing.

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