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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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As a lover of saisons I felt it necessary to brew its French counterpart, the Biere de Garde, full of luxurious richness with its aroma sweet to tart candy apples. The palette is full of expressive malt yet finishes dry and spicy with a note of tartness from the yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2009
750ml Bottle: Aroma of light tart fruit, light yeast, wheat bread crusts, grains, spices, cardamom, earth, slight citric acid, slight sour-apple, and slight fruit. Poured muddy brown in color with a large, loose, tan head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Flavor is complex, lightly sweet, and slightly bitter. Tastes of dirty malts, light spices, yeast, slight sugary fruit candy, slight citric acid, slight mushroom, light hops, and slight wood. Light to medium body. Dry, slightly chalky texture. Lively carbonation makes my cheeks expand. Malt, grain, light hop finish is dry and slightly chalky. 7.2%ABV is completely hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (4690) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2009
On tap, at brewpub. Pours a clear copper tinged amber body with a one finger frothy beige head that fell to a thin ring. Slightly grainy earthy malt dominates the nose with a lighter accent of farmhouse funk. A little bit of horseblanket and mushroom soil. The flavor is more funky than the nose though, it has an over-ripe mushroom note that doominates the farmhouse character. Some light yeast and dark malts. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, a little heavy for the style in my experience, with a slightly clingy finish. Overall this was decent, without any real flaws, but it just doesn’t do it for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (4665) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Cloudy brown pour with tan head and lace. Light brown sugar aroma. Brown sugar and a light sour. Light/medium bodied with no carbonation. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (4540) - Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2010
750 ml bottle shared by? Pours a hazy copper color with a large dense beige colored head that leaves thick lacing. The aroma is floral, spicy, grassy with some caramel and bready malts. The flavor is sweet bready malt, caramel, with spices, dry citrus, and floral notes. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a nice dry finish. This is not a style I have had a lot of, but I found this to be enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Poured a hazy brown color with an off-white head. Mildly sweet aroma with spicy phenols hitting the nose. The flavor was sweet and malty with notes of yeast and phenolic pepper. Light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2010
750ml from Capone’s, Norristown. A very dark pour for a biere de garde, at least so it seemed (mighty gusher too). Huge chunks and tons of sediment enough for two beers. Ripe tart fruit in the nose, particularly getting hints of crabapple and so forth. Body’s a bit thin, something a bit medicinal in there too. Not bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Can’t get into this one at all. Nose is weird, flavor is the same. Plastic, vacuum cleaner, some fruity yeastiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (3875) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Thanks JCB for sharing. Pours a murky caramel amber with a profuse fizzy tan head. Nose is sweet, acidic, yeasty, caramel, some fruit, definitely malt dominant. Flavor is tart and vinous, muscadines, malty, mildly astringent, some yeast, a bit of spice. Palate is dry with a some astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2010
This poured a light cloudy brown color with an off white head. Aroma was light spices, some yeast and some maltiness too. Flavor was light floral hops, some tartness, light spices, and yeast. Interesting stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2009
thanks to kan for sharing! pours hazy amber with white head. nose of strawberries, mild tartness, yeast. flavors of caramel, berry, grainy, yeasty, dry spicy finish. odd tasting beer.

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