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Brewed by Bières23
Style: Bière de Garde
St. Etienne de Fursac, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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French Country Golden Ale (brewed by a cranky Englishman)


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Horrible bottling variation, about a quarter of the bottle was empty with the cap still on (varaition about the same as the first time I bottleed my homebrew). Pours with no head and a hazy yellowish body. Aroma of caramele, light spices and some fresh wildflower honey. No carbonation, watery and thin, taste is caramel with some applee and very little flavor overall.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
crossovert (7738) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle. Flat pour. Oxidation, stale malt and hops; the bottle has gone bad unfortunately.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Earthy, malty aroma with light tartness. Malt/honey flavor with light tartness and light woodsiness. Medium-light bodied with light carbonation. Honey-malt lingers with light tartness. Bottle may be lightly carbonated - wood be better with more carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernest (6319) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard, cobwebs), with notes of lemon/lime/orange zest, sour apple skin, band-aid, dried papaya, hint of wood. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Awwww, yeah! That’s what I’m talkin’ about. This is like Orval mixed with a light golden saison, and it’s as good as that sounds. Yeah, the mouthfeel is fairly thin and watery, but otherwise it’s dreamy for rustic beer lovers like myself.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6028) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2008
bottle, thanks to Bu11zeye, golden color with very still head, lightly sour nose with fruity floral very light flavors, medium bodied with crisp dry finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Bottle shared by Vferg, thanks dudy. Pours a hazy golden body with a white head. Dry earthy notes of brett, wood, floral notes, grain and some citrus but more like a weizen in terms of the fruit character. Finishes with spicy apple bitterness. Good brew, reminds me of ithaca brute.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4989) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours opaque orange with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet apricot, tart orange, sweet malt and bitter hops. Tart orange flavor up front with some bitter hops and a malty finish. Other than the thin finish, no complaints here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2008
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. murky yellow pour with some white froth. slight tart aroma on the nose with some spices and earth. very light on the palate with a smooth sourness and fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4508) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010 Pours gold into a tulip. Bright white head quickly recedes to hug rim after a vigorous pour. Sourdough and marshmallow aromas. Spritzy but a little thin with sour apple from front to back into a lasting finish. Not a lot of depth or balance when cold - tastes almost like a white wine.... Interesting yeast funk develops as it warms improving the overall experience.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4112) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Man, this one caught me by surprise. Was not expecting the level of bossness that I encountered here. Had a weird cap/no carbonation on opening. Nevermind all that, awesome nose. Bretty and lemony. Notes of lemongrass, white pepper, hay, hibiscus, and citrus zest. Lightly acidic and acetic in the flavor. Lots of lemon rind and a prominent floral character. Very nice. Light body and low carbonation. Huzzah, best biere de garde/mars ever


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