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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
THE ALE: This Bière de Garde is brewed in the style of a traditional, rustic artisanal French farmhouse ale. Its complex malt-driven flavor elicits notes of toasted caramel, roasted malts and cocoa, complimented by a mild sweetness. It pairs best with rich foods like steak and barbecue. THE STORY: Named to commemorate a night in Kenya, when his house was shaking so strongly Del thought it was an earthquake. He shot out of bed and ran outside to see what was happening. It turned out to be a massive hippo from nearby Lake Naivasha, scratching itself against the house. Don’t worry – this ale is much more subtle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
drfabulous (6672) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2013
750 from Whole Foods Austin. Bit of syrup and cola. Light caramel throughout. Bit of a letdown overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2013
draft. ester-heavy nose of moldy apples and overripe apricot buried underneath starchy caramel malt. sweet with a syrupy and chewy texture. floral peach / apricot mixed with husky, charred dark amber malt. very pedestrian and not near anything I would call French biere de garde. oh yeah, "Belgium Style Beire de Garde Ale" LOLOLOLOL

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13426) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2013
750 ml bottle courtyesy of Bu11zeye (thanks Markus!) poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of bread, yeast, earthiness and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of bread, yeast, earthiness, spice and a hint of fruittiness withg a smooth dry lingering earthy finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (6302) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2012
750 Ml bottle from Kegs and Barrels, Plano, TX. Paid $8.99. Bottled 02/08/2012 Bottle 1027. BOOM!! We got a gusher! Massive over carbonation under intense pressure. We had to pour slowly and often to get a tulip each. Anyhow, nose is similar to a few other Bière de Garde’s I’ve had recently. Not real pleasant. Yeast and a chemical note. Flavor has toffee, caramel malt and a spicy note. With the bottle aged about 11 months at 6.9 ABV, I’m thinking it’s a bit past it’s prime. The over carbonation really distorts the mouthfeel. I give every brew I drink a chance, this just isn’t my type of thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
smith4498 (3561) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle from secret Santa 2012 - blutt59. Pours clear copper color with off white head. Musty apple and damp grain aromas. Lightly sweet and earthy flavor with some mustiness and slightly fruity. Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Thanks Bob.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Hmm, 2 bottles poured with some fizz but very little foam, while the other 2 poured a billowing cloud of foam that made me paranoid. Hazy burnt orange color either way. Aroma of wheat bread, baked apples, toffee, tortillas (?), and maybe grapes. It’s an odd aroma. Flavor is equally eventful with some caramel, sweet bread, bitter apples, earth, tea, grapes and....I don’t know, I’m at a loss. Finishes dry with lingering malt and weird fruit flavors. Not too bitter. Regardless of how it poured, the carbonation felt high either way but the mouthfeel just seemed not to come together for me. Good effort, but it has some weirdness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Really enjoyed this one. Pours a beautiful rich copper with a clean white head. Nose was grassy with caramel, toasted notes with a light booziness, perhaps of vodka? Flavor is a bubbly apple, malt and toffee, toasted. Great light-medium body. Definitely enjoyable for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
sjohnny (521) - - OCT 12, 2012
Smells of plums and dried fruit. Orange amber with off white head. Weird beer. Hard to define flavor. More of a textural experience. Dry like red wine with a crisp bitterness. Becomes tart with a lemon flavor on the tip of the tongue as it sits.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
3sheets2wind (78) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2012
This is a boring beer. Malty is the only description I can give it. The treat is not adding much complexity and there is not much hops character. I will support local brewers when I can, but these guys need to bring more to the table.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle:   Reddish hued amber, dirty, hazy, moderate foamy sandy head, light lacing.   Rustic nose, barnish, musty, a little bit of earthiness with a dull floral background.   Bright musty/barnish notes, a little earthy on the tongue.   Fairly respectable.   The only thing I dont care for is that both the 750ml and 330ml that I opened tended to gush right out of the bottle.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Bright earthy finish, slight sweetness, barnish and musty.   A bit more exciting than the majority of other Biere de Gardes I have had, especially French ones.   Thanks Bill!

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