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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Pours a murky, orangey, honey color with a gushing, white, frothy, average head which settles quickly to a very small, frothy, lasting layer and leaves some, tight, Belgian lace. Nose is very refreshing and complex but subtle; a light sour note of overripe kiwi, lots of fresh flowers, musty yeast, some light barnyard notes, minerally, and faint wet earth. Flavor is bit of a disappointment for me; notes of light grains, some honey, some very faint but tart lemons, and some fresh grass into the finish. Not much of the complexities or funkiness that I got from the nose. Palate is okay with a medium body, a semi-dry but refreshing feel, and a soft to lively carbonation. The finish is quick with a lightly dry, a moderately light bitterness, and notes of minerals, fresh grass, some bretty tartness (lemons). A very nice sessionable, Biere de Garde, almost Biere de Mars-like. Very nice from the start but the flavor was just adequate. Quite nice from a dying style.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4320) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7390) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11352) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2008
(750ml bottle) Mild gusher reveals mostly diminishing white head atop hazy apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, apple, some spicy/dusky. Taste is medium sweet, apple, dusky, light spicy. Light body, some crispness, effervescence. If you told me it was a cider I wouldn’t know any better, but that doesn’t mean I’m complaining.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Fresh 750ml bottle. The pour yields a hazy, golden amber colored body with a small, foamy, off-white head. A soapy wash leaves few dry spots of lacing behind. The aroma shows a clean, lightly sweet grain bill with hints of light orchard fruit, bitter flowers, fresh grass, and minerals. There’s an overtone of young brett that imparts a bit of welcomed farmhouse mustiness. Flavors follow suit, sweet up front from the grainy malt, transitioning to a semi-dry, peppery, grassy hop finish. The brett is very mild, offering just a hint of wild farmhouse character. Medium bodied, the palate sports a fine, lively carbonation that cuts through the initial sweetness and delivers the dry finish. Solid, sessionable brew that borders on wild ale. Some additional age might funk it up a bit more.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8283) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 9, 2011
750mL courtesy of ryan. The pour is a cloudy light gold with really zero head forming. White bubbles emerge. Aroma is a nice fruity Brett infection (Brett A and/or C) with pineapple, cotton candy, soft lemon, mild vinegar, and rustic hay. Body is sharp and Bretty with cork notes, wood, lemon tea, sweet citrus, pear and tart peach. Very nice. Palate is lacking, carbonation a little fizzy. Body is thin, especially for Biere de Garde. Would be great with some head retention ;)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2011
hazy gold, thin white ring, no lacing. Lots of Brett, light rind and earth, bit of hops Brett is nice but a bit overdone.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8913) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle... Lightly hazed yellow ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Decent retention. The funky, earthy aroma lends notes of apple, wood and lactic acidic. Medium-bodied with laid-back carbonation. The tart, fruity flavor puts forward apricot, wood, lactic acid, apple and gentle hop bitterness. Finishes lightly crisp, minerally and a touch tangy.

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

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bb (6797) - 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.


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