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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Ale brewed with Michigan Honey & Hops
(6.5% abv)

This is what Belgian beer is all about: Using locally available ingredients, each sip brings forth nuances that make this beer worth truly savoring.

Clover honey added during the boil contributes color and complexity but adds no sweetness to the beer as the sugars are broken down during fermentation. Look for whispers of apricot and nectarine on the palate, mixed with the floral aroma of the hops grown in northern Michigan.

umich03jm's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
umich03jm (2062) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2013 Can. Pours a cloudy orange color with a very small amount of head. Aroma is grainy malt, honey, and some light citrus and red fruit. Taste is very smooth. Reminds me a Belgian Triple. Light fruity notes mixed with some flavorful malt. The honey holds it together it keeps it smooth. The Belgian yeast flavor does not come through until the finish and is very subtle. High carbonation and medium body. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. I enjoyed this beer. Not nearly as complex as other Belgian Strongs but itís smooth and tasty. Re-rate 2/22/13 - Had this twice more and donít like it as much. Over-carbonated a bit and the flavors are dry and a bit stale. Itís not bad though. Nice fruitiness, lots of honey. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
miyauchi38 (281) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2014

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rubbishystuff (1866) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2014
At Rockwell. it was called a Biere de Garde on the menu at the restaurant and I think it more fits that. A little sweet, and didnít really have the belgiany yeast. Still decent. Serving: tap

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fritz123 (1040) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Can from my friend Dan. Thanks! Pours a muddy yellowish orange with a thick head. Aroma is honey, grass, hay, cereal, and some dankness. The taste is rather odd. I get the honey, but thereís a muddy, earthy taste that I cant place. Maybe the hops? Some fruity notes like apricots and mangos. The finish has that earthy dankness that I didnít care for. Medium body. Little carb. Not my favorite beer and really didnít seem like a Belgian.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (1728) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
kinda dull for a belgian ale. would have pegged it for a saison or farmhouse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mark_Eck (714) - - AUG 11, 2014
Draft at Vivant. Pours a clear orangish amber. Aroma and taste are sweet with honey and light orange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (3740) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Sampled on tap at the brewery. Mild honey and malt sweetness, no hops in the nose. Orange-amber, brilliant clear with thin head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Start sweet with honey, pale malt. Light biscuit. Mild hop bitterness. Finishes with light bitterness and some honey undertones. Light sweet after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alliance100 (721) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2014
16oz can - pours a lighter gold . Soft hop aromas with some faint honey . Taste is light piney hops and sweet honey . Good . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tectactoe (2055) - Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2014 Can: Yellow, slightly amber body with decent clarity & a mild chill haze. Foamy, white head that recedes to a ring quickly. Aroma is honey, dirt, earth, & a slight grassy hop tone. Flavor has a slight skunky quality with some honey, earthy & dirt-laden hops, mild must, slight citrus finish. Almost some DMS notes, with a big backbone of bread & yeast. More honey in the aftertaste. Nothing inherently terrible about it, but nowhere near worth what youíll pay for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpongeRuiner (756) - Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Not a ton of flavor going on in this one. End taste and mouthfeel is filled with a ton of honey. Kind of nice to a point since I do really like honey. Overall though not the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Had on-tap at One-Eyed Bettyís in Ferndale, Michigan as part of a paddle. Appearance: The very definition of brown. No haze that I could tell, and just brown, brown, brown. A mini head was in my sample glass for a little while, but poofed away before too long. The lacing is somewhat patchy. Very good looking beer overall. Smell: Yeah, thatís a Biere de Garde. Iíve only had a couple, but this style has a distinctive smell to me... just a sort of funky/sour sort of apple smell. Musky. Really hard to describe, but itís really about what I tend to get from this style. Iíd have to guess that the main attribution to this smell/taste is the yeast. Taste/feel: Much like the smell. Thereís not much bitterness at all, but thereís a lot of that tart, sour flavor. This doesnít have nearly as much of that as youíd expect in a described "SOUR" beer, but it has a nice character to it. Aftertaste is apple-istic (yes, I made that up) with malt. Not the best of the few BdGís Iíve had, but itís still a tasty beer, for sure.

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