Brewed by Duyck
Style: Bière de Garde
Jenlain, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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The most widely-available of the bieres de garde.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CEZ (403) - Milano, ITALY - JAN 9, 2004
A fellow ratebeerian whose name I've forgotten (sorry) had once told me that sushi tastes better with a biere de garde instead of the usual japanese dry lager... and well, he was damn right! Deep red body, medium head, mostly lasting. Rather wide range of flavour encompassing spices, orange (it may be the season, but I keep detecting orange flavours in all my beers these days!), and a somewhat rusty aroma. Strongly hoppy but balanced overall. Dry finish. Very nice, original and drinkable. This one has to be the first french brew that I really liked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2004
Amber biere de garde. 750 ml bottle with champagne style cork. Lively fizz. Nice dark amber appearance. Malty nose. Some balancing bite on the palate. Quite full bodied. Soft finish. Bottled, France, December 2003

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Crit (3483) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2003
Amber with off white head.Lightly fruity malt nose.Rich malt flavor with light alcohol overtones. Full bodied and creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 Bottled. Amber coloured beer with strong toffee aromas. Fairly sweet and sticky. Certainly a winters beer, just fit for tonight. Re-rated, 1 Feb 04: Thought it was slightly better the second time around.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1400) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2003
I am highly impressed. Deep amber hue with nice foamy head, but not unruly that I had to wait to sip it. Wonderful smooth and buttery mouthfeel. The flavor is balanced between the malts with a bit of tartness on the backside. I just can't believe how incredibly smooth this one is!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5970) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2003
First I have had of this style and I like it. Has a sweet toffee-like aroma with a nice off white head with good lacing. Color is a light amber. Flavor has some licorice qualities to it with some caramel undertones - very pleasing in my opinion. Goes down extremely well, rolls off the tongue. Best French beer I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4576) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2003
Nice sweet, leathery, yeasty malt aroma. Hazy, woody brown, lotsa sediment. Way sweet, tastes like honeysuckle with an underlying astringency. Aspirin-bitter finish. I guess this is good beer, but I'm just too unsophisticated to appreciate it. Difficult drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ulla (17) - Halmstad, Nebraska, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2003
This copper-amber coloured French Bière du Garde, really has a suitable name, beer to keep. After 2 years in the cellar it gets a little less sweeter in the 75 cl bottles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2004 No head, amber body. I didn't get much more than a malty-sweetness in both aroma and taste. Pleasent but not memorable.... 2 years of aging has made for a more rounded and memorable experience with maple syrup and bicuits. (7,3,7,3,14)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2451) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Pours with a medium head, leaving some lace. Nice amber color. Malty, citrus orange nose. Starts sweet and fruity and finishes with some tartness and underlying hops. Medium bodied. Very different for a French beer. Served at Passports in Glouster, MA ($4.75).

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