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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The first in a three-part series of interpretations on the French Biere de Garde style, Le Batteur leads with a distinctive yeast aromatic character mixed with light bready notes. Noticeably dry, the finish is crisp with a mild, refreshing acidity. The French term for a drummer, Le Batteur takes its name from a component of a classic jazz trio.

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3.1
drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
gtmw11, Pours pale straw white head nose grain, sweet grain, honey. Flavors of sweet grain and honey, very simple and clean but boring.

3.7
DYCSoccer17 (3691) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 8, 2016
10 oz sample at Kickback in Jax...Aroma has hints of lacto and Brett. Light sweet caramel, too. Moderately hazy honey orange color with a medium tan head. Starts with a tart, lacto based flavor. Has a little smoke and milk flavor in the middle. Finishes with cereal grains. Lots of malt, balanced by some tart. Unique and good.

3.5
Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2010
On tap pre-GTMW
My first sample was a pint of the Biere de Garde. Nicely done this was a decent example of the style. I donít know how Bells can brew across so many different styles so well. However they do it I know the chances of being disappointed are very slim when I get a chance to try something new.

Aroma / Appearance - Carbonated golden bubbles sparkled like champagne. A clean white head shine like a spotlight above the surface. Hay, wheat, yeast, and other aromas feel like sitting sitting on a farm as a summer breeze blows across the fields.

Flavor / Palate - Wheat, hay which has been trampled flat, and cereal grains mix into a summery haze. A little bit of alcohol leaks through in the finish. This is very balanced and had there not been other exceptional choices this would have made a solid go to for the rest of the evening.

3.5
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Draft at Trion. Light bready malt aroma. Clear light gold with a small white head. Biscuity malt, and light funky flavor. Medium creamy body, soft carbonation.

3.3
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2013
On tap; interesting concept and always like more of this beer styyle. Would have liked to try the other 2 if I had the time. This one selected by the Wife. A fairly drinkable and bready beer; definitely dry. An unobjectionable, but hardly a standout beer.

3.7
koleminer20 (3498) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2016
On draft at Roll Out the Barrel 2016. The pour is a cloudy golden yellow with a thin white head and a couple spots of lace. The aroma is nicely tart and sour with a bright light fruit to it. There is a tart Brett funkiness, but itís well balanced. I like it. The flavor is a little more relaxed. Itís nice and fruity. There is a light tartness and a good balance here. There is a light barnyard funk and a decent farmhouse quality to it. The mouth feel is light and crisp with a brighter carbonation and a lingeringly sweet and tart finish. Itís interesting.

3.8
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Draft at MBGSF. Pours a deep gold/bronze with a sticky head. Nose is somewhat spicy and dusty, complimented by fresh meyer lemon and lemongrass as well. Light honey comes through also. Taste is quite earthy, though fresh. More of the distant citrus notes and fresh grass come through, as do rustic malt and bread notes. finish clean. More saison than biere de garde to me.

3.6
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Draft at maduro pre-gtmw... Pours a slightly trasparent golden yellow haze with a thin to medium frothy head... aroma of old socks and a lemony citrus nite that take precedent. Almost like a lemony berlinner weiss in a godd way... Pale malt with lemon accents, some light hoppage that adds to the texture. Light to medium carbonation... Fairly decent

3.2
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a mostly clear golden-yellow colored body with a finger-width, frothy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is a bit bready and slightly fruity with a touch of floral citrus and some grains. Flavor is better. Pale malts and a touch of bread with a nice grassy, floral citrus throughout. Finishes dry and clean with a nice floral, light bitterness and touch of honey sweetness that leaves a medium length aftertaste. Light body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent beer. Nice, even flavor with a solid balance. Not bad.

3
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Draft at Jetís Pizza, Chelsea. 4 Realz. Clearish straw body, thin off-white ring of carbonation. Light fruity body, cerealy, sweet, and grassy. Apple peel and spelt. A light, quaffable farmhouse ale, plain but not uninteresting.


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