Distillerie Bielle

Distillerie Bielle, Marie-Galante: Address, Phone Number, Distillerie Bielle Reviews: 4/5

Distillerie Bielle
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BrushM
Oxford, UK1,301 contributions
Feb 2020
All a bit ramshackle and feeling like it'd held together with string, but a fascinating place to visit - do they really leave the vats open to the rain?

We went as part of a tour (the excellent Echappees Mariegalantaises) and it was worth having a guide to explain how it worked.

Also if you are not driving they are extremely generous with the seemingly unlimited samples.
Written March 4, 2020
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Terry F
Madison, AL75 contributions
Dec 2019 • Friends
I had read on Trip Advisor that Bielle is even better than Pere Lebat so we went there when we left Lebat. The rum is pretty much the same, but Bielle is much more "USDA approved" sort of facility. More touristy, more expensive, authentic but not as much as Lebat. Tastings were offered like at Lebat, but the server gave us dirty looks for asking to try more than one....although the look might have been because we spoke English. The tasting counter is about 3 times as big, so she was busier as well. We didn't buy anything and I was sorry I wasted our other passengers' time going.
Written January 3, 2020
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skyisblu
Montreal, Canada2,538 contributions
Jan 2019
Located down the hilly, bumpy, pot-holed roads that are the secondary routes of Marie-Galante, Distillerie Bielle is, in my opinion, the best rum on the island, and in all of Guadeloupe. Here, they produce rhum agricole - it tastes slightly sweet, hinting to its sugar cane origins, and it's incredibly smooth for something that is 59 percent alcohol! We were turned on to Bielle by our previous hosts on this island, and have never looked back. There is the possibility to venture behind the tasting bar, down crumbling pathways into the factory to see the production of the sweet nectar. It's all self-guided, though, with a few explanatory signs here and there, old distillery equipment strewn about the back of the site. Note that this is a working distillery, so it can be a little dangerous for sandal-clad feet - I would recommend closed-toes shoes to avoid any unwanted injuries. Enjoy the many generous pours at the tasting bar - the people here are VERY proud of their rums and flavoured liquors - but drink lots of water, too, or you might have to stick around for a bit! Thankfully, there is the shop across the road where you can purchase the same rum, and for cheaper than any other location on the island, but also a small boutique with clothing, jewelry and beauty products. At the far end of the parking is the studio of a local potter, who produces and sells magnificent bowls, plates, sake cups and tea goblets - definitely worth the walk over. Finally, take a look at the tables of goodies set up by the locals next to the parking - the women here sell local specialties like the accras codfish fritters, cacaboeuf molasses cookies, and small empanada-like pies filled with fish, or coconut, or pumpkin. All are delicious for snacking while driving around the island, and VERY affordable. ​
Written August 12, 2019
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Livetoexplore
Cardiff, UK115 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Of the three distilleries, this was my fave. The lady doing the tastings was very generous and didn’t mind us tasting pretty much everything, which meant that we bought a fair few bottles. The distillery was quiet that day and a lovely employee gave us a little tour of the fermentation vats and let us taste some freshly brewed rum that was still hot: nectar! Thanks for this experience
Written June 17, 2019
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CarlosHEL
Helsinki, Finland160 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Distillerie Bielle not only has the best rum of the three distilleries on Marie-Galante (in my humble opinion), but it also offers the most informative tour (as well as rum end liquor tasting). Knowing French helps, as most of the panels are only in French.
Written February 6, 2019
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Needagoodbed
Mountain View, CA133 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
The crowds at this distillery, one of three to visit on Marie-Galante, are there for tasting and buying. Yes, you can walk through the small production area behind the tasting counters, and there are explanatory posters describing rum production, but the place is really not compelling or interesting. If you only have time to visit one distillery, this should not be the one.

A number of local vendors sell snacks in the parking area and the path leading to the tasting area. Great food and a great value-- stock up and they head off to the beach for a picnic!
Written March 19, 2018
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Film G
New England823 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
At the end of a narrow road, this small distillery was in full swing, with several people selling sorbets and other comestibles, a nice craft shop and a pottery there as well. This distillery, unlike Bellevue, has free tastings, and of course you’re able to buy some rum. The distillery was not offering tours and there are no signs with explanation, but it’s a small place and open, so you can see many of the goings on.
Written February 23, 2018
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skyisblu
Montreal, Canada2,538 contributions
Jan 2017 • Couples
A great stop for an initiation into the wonderful rums of Marie-Galante. Of 3 distilleries on the island, Bielle is the most popular, but for good reason - their rums have been winning honors since the mid-nineties. Theirs is also one of the most potent, clocking in a whopping 59 proof, but you wouldn't know it -this stuff is smooth. We briefly toured around the grounds, checking out the machinery used in the processing and distilling of the cane syrup - there are a smattering of information panels in french only, but the process is the same in all the distilleries - if you've seen one, you;ll understand them all. But really, we're here for the rum, so we wandered over to the tasting counter. We went through the whole range, white and dark, aged and oaked, flavoured and fruity. We really enjoyed a 40th anniversary aged dark rum, which was smooth and rich, and I had a soft spot for the Shrubb, an orange peel-flavoured rum liqueur, specialty of Guadeloupe and great for around the holidays. We filled up the trunk of our rental car with bottles.

Important to remember:

One, this is a working rum distillery, not a museum, so don't expect a museum - just enjoy the tasty, tasty rum.

Two, make sure to stop by the small tables at the entrance to the parking, set up by some of the local women. They make some of the most delicious local treats you will find, and for good prices, too. Look for the hot fish-filled pastries(they also have coconut ones and pumpkin ones) and the molasses-spice cacaboeuf cookies,
named as such because they really do resemble a cow patty!
Written December 31, 2017
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Rebecca L
London, UK73 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
Small, rustic distillery in full working action when we visited in May. Information boards in French and English to describe the process and the full range available for tasting. The shop prices are also the cheapest we found in Guadeloupe, so stock up. As big rhum fans, this is one of our favourite distilleries.
Written July 27, 2017
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Laura G
Kansas City, MO258 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
Sometimes you tour a "working factory" but it's really just a demonstration area. But this is a real rum factory. It's cool to see the truckloads of sugar cane coming in and the pressed juice coming out. Plus you can taste the different rums to find your favorite and purchase it there. While you're there, stop by the little clothing shop and the artists' store in the same area. And we bought food from three different women who were selling homemade pastries and juices next to the distillerie. Everything was delicious and safe to eat.
Written June 14, 2016
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