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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)


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7295) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Bottle. Rock candy, orange malt and barnyard aroma. Hazy golden yellow color with minimal head. Lightly sweet orange malt and mild vinegar flavor. Body on the light side. Nice - on the funky side.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
crossovert (6934) - 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 (6734) - 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 (6143) - 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 (5999) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4778) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4730) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4291) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 5, 2009
750ml from Sam’s, Durham. Pale orange body, and the vigorous pour leaves a sizable head and a buncha floaties. The nose is initially soft fruits like pear and apple, with some mild spice. But it soon reveals some delicious funk, something that’s more than a little present in the flavors. Nothing especially barnyard-y, but more like DeProef’s yeast strain in this nicely mild beer. Rustic and dry, with only moderate sweetness, and that’s just fine with me. Pretty good beer, docked just a tick because of the steep price.


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