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Brewed by Theillier
Style: Bière de Garde
Bavay, France
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RATINGS: 350   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2003 750ml bottle <P> Clear, effervescent reddish-amber with a creamy tan head that starts rich and full, then shrinks to a solid cap with scattered lacing. Intoxicating malty aroma with a good dose of caramel, nuts, flowery hop, spicy and earthy yeast, and some faint fruity esters. The flavor is incredibly rich and well integrated, exploding with a blast of malt complexity. There’s some flowery hops, but they’re there mostly in a supporting role. Lots of smooth caramel and nuts, along with a fair amount of funky farmhouse yeast, adding a slightly spicy edge. Lengthy finish with some bread and hop flavor. The last half of the bottle adds a slight metallic note. Mouthfeel is perfect. Round, full, and creamy, without being anywhere near cloying. Carbonation keeps it lively, but doesn’t intrude. Just…perfect. This must be the most amazing bière de garde in existence...the standard to which I hold all others. Damn…I could drink an ocean of this stuff!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2003
Good Biere de Garde. Lots of flavor malty, yeasty, and spicey. Finishes clean, creamy, and smooth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2003
Malt, fruit and bread aromas. Copper, small custard head. Quite a bitter start, very malty. Medium bodied, good mouthfeel. Really fine!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2003
Dark honey colored, pours with a frothy head. Yeasty, spicy aroma, maybe of nutmeg and (slight) clove. More sweet than I was expecting. Enjoyable brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Pours with an amber body with orange accents topped by a medium thick off white fizzy lasting head with lots of lacing. The aroma is sweet and decadent with notes of malt, orange peel, flowers and alcohol. Sweet malty flavor with a good bitter balance and notes of orange, licorice, alcohol and hops. The finish is slightly bitter. Medium to full bodied with plenty of tingling from the carbonation and a slight warming sensation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2158) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 19, 2003
Lots of nice scum all over the bottle cap. No cork. This looks almost scary -- lots of rust and gunk all over it. I'm decanting so as not to stir up much yeast and it pours a clean, clear browning copper. Not much yeast in the nose on the first glass -- mostly carmels. Subsequent glasses add more yeast, and I get hints of pear, lemon, creamyness, waxy crayon, pepper, dust. The more yeast the better. Love the spritzy but creamy feel -- much like a good DuPont but more brutal. Not nearly as refined as other BdGs but exciting and curious for it. I love the biere de garde style. Thanks a bunch and big congrats to Hey_Kevin -- I'm having this to salute his new baby. CHEERS!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUL 29, 2003
pours a deep golden/orangeish color with a huge frothy head. very lively carbonation. aroma and flavor reminds me of grape with woody and metallic notes. also detected a hint of brown sugar.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2003
Dark amber with a medium-tan head. Big bubbles. Sweet malty caramel flavors. A grassy, bitter, dry hoppiness to the finish. Excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eirikur (369) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - JUN 15, 2003
Very nice Orange colour, beautiful head, vanishing in about 5 minutes. I didnt really like that beer, it is very hoppy and reminded me of tuppers hop pocket ale.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
haukur (1285) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUN 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2003 looked real good when poured into the glass, a weak aroma to begin with but half in the glass it smells really nice. VERY hoppy beer, nice fruity taste, a bit sour, cant wait to try some other beers in this style... I´ll buy this again, that´s for sure


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