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RATINGS: 70   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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4.1
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Lighter saison style. Nice mouthfeel. Slightly sweet. Nice lingering saison flavor. Not as dry as advertised, but good. Not spicy as I would've expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
Drake (13741) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Served on draft at Maduro in Madison, WI at the GTMW pre-party. Pours a clear pale golden with a thin creamy white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of pale bready notes, caramel, spice and herbal hops. The taste is bread, caramel, spices and herbal hops. Medium bodied. Refreshing.

3.9
ebone1988 (1931) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Sample at Roll Out the Barrel 2016. Aroma is tart, barrel, citrus, funky, goodish. Appearance is golden, hazy, white head. Taste is tart, wheat, barrel, dry, citrus, funk, great. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, light crisp carbonation, tart dry aftertaste. Overall, this is very good.

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.

3.8
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2011
On tap at Maduro. Poured clear, bright golden with a tall, creamy white head. The aroma picked up crisp lemon and grass over a complementary bready base.. really enjoyed it. The flavor found meaty lemon and bread at the core, with more tart lemon, wheat, and dry white spices around.. perfect balance, with lovely, lingering lemon on the dry finish. Lighter-bodied and crisp on the palate.. dry and refreshing.. very good stuff.

3.8
GTAEgeek (2220) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Sample at the Secret Stash Bash. Light straw color, with a huge white head. The aroma is faint lemons, hay, biscuit dough, and some mellow yeasty funk. The flavor is sweet and a little musty in the finish. Light body, crisp feel, with a smooth, creamy, and mellow finish. I thought it was brave of Bell’s to bring this to a fest with lots of big stouts and sour ales, but I was impressed, in spite of the competition. It is a very light, flavorful, and wonderfully unique beer. I wish I had a bottle to age, and see how it ages.

3.8
CanIHave4Beers (4187) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 17, 2016
On Draught,
Pours a pale yellow, very hazy with a nice head & good lacing on the glass.

The aroma is subtle but very nice, citric and lightly funky with a nice bready character. Light sweet smelling, chill.

The flavor is tart and has some light lemon zest, it’s got a bready malt thing and a big yeastiness. Very dry, pleasantly sour, coolio.


3.8
arminjewell (9676) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Pour on tap at Hopcat, hazy golden pour with white head, aroma brought notes of orange, lemon, hints of white fruit, nice acidic note into a bit of grass, lemon peel. Taste was a mix of white fruit, lemon, oak, some slight brett, hints of tart lactic notes, finishing slightly tart, slightly dry.

3.7
blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2010
On tap, cloudy bright yellow pour with wispy foam, aroma of sweet, chalky lemon, Flavor is mildly bitter lemons, grassy hay, smooth yeasty finish

3.7
574deadzone (1419) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2012
On tap at Bell’s. Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a light cream colored head. Nose involves some light dust, citrus notes, flowers, and some melon: very pleasant. Taste is lightly sweet with a touch of bitterness: not big but in balance. Palate is crisp and light, almost pilsener-like. A nice light refreshing beer with some different character compared to other similar types of light beers. The Lady liked this one quite a bit.


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